Ghibli theme song for My Neighbour Totoro gets an electronic makeover in Japan

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New version of the classic melody is making news with Ghibli fans around the country.

Characters, plot and dialogue are three of the main elements that make for a captivating anime film, but when it comes to creating an emotional response from the audience, it’s the soundtrack that takes centre stage.

Japan’s acclaimed animation house Studio Ghibli knows exactly how to use the power of music to enhance their magical storylines. One of their most beloved films, My Neighbour Totoro (known as Tonari no Totoro in Japanese), has a charming theme song, with a simple chorus – “Totoro, Totoro” – that stays in your head for days.

Check out the song “Tonari no Totoro“, performed by the original singer, Azumi Inoue:

The melody has a playful tone that perfectly encapsulates the spirit of the film, conjuring up images of the giant Totoro and adventures that involve bounding across hills on a giant catbus. The song has inspired many over the years, and now there’s a new version making news with Ghibli fans in Japan.

Called “Totoro Requiem”, the song has been created by Serph, a Tokyo-based musician specialising in dance and electronic music. Despite the ominous-sounding title, the new track