Knights of Sidonia opening march

I’ve started watching Knights of Sidonia, which I like OK. I’m a mediocre anime fan, but for some reason I usually really like the opening/closing themes to most anime series.

In the opening theme, there is a military march which sounds very familiar (Russian?) is this a classical tune, or does it just sound like it? (starts at around :35 – not the best video – if you google “Knights of Sidonia opening theme” you will get a lot of hits)


Clearly they couldn’t afford the Muse song. And changed the spelling as well.

I had to google that. While the names are similar, the music is completely different.


I thought that the music in the link sounded somewhat familiar, too.

I think that, like a lot of soundtrack music, it takes bits-and-pieces from various music and classical pieces, and adapts/improvises it into their score.

I figure the manga and music were both independently named after the Lebanese city, and probably have nothing to do with each other.

I recognise it, but I can’t put a name to it.

It’s classical music. It’s certainly not a march. It may be something like a Slavonic dance, but I’m not sure.

Part of it reminds me of Chim Chim Cheree

Cydonia is a region of Mars which was named for a city-state on Crete


You must be right; all the sci-fi stuff makes more sense in light of the Martian angle. I always assumed they were referring to the Crusades.

I initially assumed the manga and anime (as opposed to the song) was a reference tothe asteroid - as in, that is literally the same asteroid that is part of the ship. On research, I saw that the ship asteroid isn’t near big enough to be* 579 Sidonia*, but I can fanwank that as it’s what’s left after the rest was mined to make the rest of the ship.

And, according to Wikipedia, the asteroid was “named after a character in Christoph Willibald Gluck’s opera Armide.”

That name certainly gets around!

I misinterpreted the title of this thread as “KoS is coming back in March”. Hurry up with the new season!