TBH I'd totally recommend the first episode just to see how that OST adds energy to the (sub?)standard animation (but with vibrant and 90s Slayers style expressive art, to be fair).
I mean, they play Kaishuu Meirei in the first episode already. Modern day Kajiura show would never.
Elemental Gelade is pure trash as a show. .Hack was where it was at. Before the meme-world of SAO took hold.
Lets not get started on where we thought YK's career was heading during the Xenosaga days. Things could have been different lets just say that.
My favorite Kajiura osts come from shows with a lot of character development so I'd like to see her do more grounded stuff since all these fantasy shows she's doing end up being action or trashy melodrama.
I'd love if she could do the soundtrack for all the zaregoto books if they ever get animated. Kubikiri Cycle is one of my favorite things she's ever done.
inside a dream is sooo good I almost can't recognize Joelle during the first part!
I think Pony Canyon decided to make the audition, not Kajiura herself(but I'm pretty sure they'll be paying her for her time in judging+Mori ) Isn't it also how Revo did when he transferred to new label?
While group is probable, I hope for a solo singer....