At one stage I could very vividly picture an incredibly dynamic cinematic film trailer for No More Heroes every time I listened to this song. Talk about powerful music.
One of the best-matched songs to a fight scene in RWBY, I feel. This one's definitely going in my writing playlist for future fight scenes.
This was a soundtrack I listened to during a lot of late-night editing sessions. A friend gifted me Dustforce for Christmas, and honestly, all y'all should play it because it is magical. ★
Devil May Cry 3 is one of my favourite games for a lot of reasons. The soundtrack in particular is one I listened to probably the most while I was writing the first draft of No More Heroes, and thereafter during the editing process – generally it was battle music while I was slamming out fight scenes, but some of the level music made for a good mood-setter as well. One of my favourite pieces* is the track that plays in Mission 1 where Dante (one of my favourite game characters of all time) faces off against the Seven Hells in his office. Just look at him go.
The devil-may-care mid-fight attitude of Dante was also something I incorporated into one of my characters – if you've read No More Heroes, maybe you can guess who it is.
(Thanks to all those kids that make extended versions of game soundtrack pieces. You're tops.)
Tonally, the battle themes of the Devil May Cry 3 soundtrack are a pretty great match for the action I built into No More Heroes. If you'd like to check out that action for yourself and maybe listen to some rad DMC3 tunes while you're reading, you can purchase it in print or eBook format from Amazon, Kobo or Gumroad.
Early on in my planning process I listened to this one a lot to get in the right mindset. At the time it was the closest I had to an overall 'theme' for No More Heroes. That's changed since, but I'll always remember this one as having been helpful, haha.
Porter Robinson was a big musical influence on me both before and while I was writing. The PV for Lionhearted in particular struck a chord with me, especially the image of youth with makeshift weapons taking to the night and storming a nameless city. Actually, I listened to Worlds a lot while editing my first draft. If you've read No More Heroes that's probably obvious though, haha.
No More Heroes
An Action/Adventure YA novel. Vigilante action, rad fights & a mystery to be solved. Care to join the fray?
Michelle Kan is a filmmaker, videographer and writer based in Wellington, New Zealand.