Today is a very special anniversary.
Exactly 10 years ago, on 15th January 2010, the first YouTube Video was uploaded to this channel. It was a piano arrangement of Hikari no Senritsu, the opening song of Sora no Woto.
Equipped with only a simple camcorder, I recorded my very first piano arrangement on my old upright piano which was in my parents' living room. Back then I was simply playing every single piece of music I would came across on the piano because I was able to play songs by ear.
But one specific type of music had always fascinated me since my teenage years: Anime OPs and EDs. And therefore the idea was born: to create my own YouTube channel dedicated to Anime piano arrangements only.
A lot of things have happened since then. I reached the 1 million subscriber milestone, one of my videos exceeded 50 million views, and I made arrangements of over 150 songs while gradually upgrading the audio equipment. Eventually, I started holding Animenz Live concerts all over the world where I had the opportunity to play live on the stage in front of my fans. It has truly been a fantastic time.
And during these years, YouTube has also changed a lot. Anime piano channels came and went, the "stuck-on-301-views" bug has finally been purged and many new functions have been added.
But even 10 years later, the core idea of this YouTube Channel - Animenz Piano Sheets - hasn't changed at all: it is and it will always be about Anime piano arrangements.
With the 10th anniversary around the corner, I knew exactly which song I would upload: "My Dearest" - the OP song of Guilty Crown. Because back in 2013, when I was having a dark time period in my life, this was the piece that showed me the possible future of Anime piano. It was an experiment, a prototype for a new type of music: By combining classical music elements with Japanese anime music, I have managed to create something new on my own.
Without this piece, "Animenz" wouldn't be what it is today.
For this channel's 10th Anniversary, I have decided to rearrange "My Dearest" by merging both the earlier 2013 arrangement with additional enhancements inspired by the original "My Dearest" song from Supercell.
This new version serves as a culmination of everything I have learnt in the past 10 years of creating piano arrangements, starting from my 2011-2013 era when I was still using a lot of classical music references to the current 2017-2020 era with my own orchestral arrangement style. This is the definitive, final version of "My Dearest".
Last but not least, I have also included a personal message for the listeners by adding the final Coda part at 6:58. This is my way to say "Thank you for these 10 years. Thank you for making my dream come true - by being an Anime pianist".
Well then, it is time to wrap things up.
But before I go, there is one more thing I wanted to get off my chest: I want to dedicate this Anniversary video to all the people who have supported me during all these years:
- to my parents who gave me the opportunity to choose my own path,
- to my piano teachers who cultivated my classical piano skills,
- to my friends and anime bros who I can always rely on in times of need,
- to TheIshter, a fellow Anime pianist and a lifetime good friend,
- to all the other Anime pianists on Youtube, who are contributing to the anime piano community on YouTube,
and last but not least:
You, dear watchers.
For always watching my videos. And for always giving me your support.
Here's to another 10 years of anime piano on YouTube.
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Piano arrangement by Animenz
Original Song: My Dearest
Anime: Guilty Crown
Published by: Sony Music Records
Composed by: ryo (supercell)
Performed by: Koeda (supercell)
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