Win an Anime CD! Listen to Shirokuma Cafe’s “Grizzly-san no G★ROCK” ED Theme

Polar Bear Cafe, also known as Shirokuma Cafe, has had its moments of hilarity and lameness.  The anime’s premise is all about seeing animals act like people and the results are mixed.  But if there’s any character that has succeeded at being awesome, it would have to be Shirokuma Cafe’s Grizzly.  His ending song runs true to form with his exaggerated sense of aggressiveness and is definitely a departure from all of the seiyuu idol pop that has been coming out as of late.  So when you get the chance, give our review of Shirokuma Cafe’s second ending theme, “Grizzly-san no G★ROCK” a read and give the single a listen!

Also, Anime Instrumentality is giving away an anime CD.  Just check this team blog post for all the details on how to fill out your entry and win!  Looking forward to seeing the submissions and good luck.

Yuki Kajiura August 31 Live Concert Streamed


If you were at Anime Expo and can’t seem to get enough of Yuki Kajiura’s concert presence, August 31 should give you an opportunity to catch her in person. On August 31, at 7pm Japan time, Yuki Kajiura will be set to perform live. While this might normally not be worth mentioning because it will take place in Japan, the promising news is that people living outside Japan have the opportunity to view it as it’s streaming live!

To watch Yuki Kajiura live, head over to the concert event’s Ustream page. Information on ticketing can also be found on Ustream. Do keep in mind that tickets will cost 1,000 yen and you have to have a Ustream account or log in through Facebook.  Thankfully, this is not region-locked and if you have purchased your Ustream ticket, you get the bonus of being able to view archived footage of the event.  So set your clocks, purchase those tickets, and look forward to another magical, musical evening with Kajiura.

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Tsuritama’s Soundtrack Reels Our Reviewer In. Plus, How Anime Impacts its OP/ED Themes

Two new articles have graced our anime music blog in the past week, one of which is an editorial that goes in-depth into 3 anime series that add meaning to their opening/ending themes. While the usage of OP/ED themes have commonly been used to set the tone for an anime, in some cases, the reverse is true as the anime make the instrumentals and lyrics in their respective opening and ending theme much more meaningful, tying the anime song together with the anime in a way that renders it unforgettable and better as a result. Definitely give it a read as it goes on to talk about Natsume Yuujinchou, Steins;Gate, and the perennial favorite, Puella Magi Madoka Magica.

The second post is a review of Tsuritama’s soundtrack. We did cover Tsuritama’s soundtrack release a few weeks ago and we’re happy to report that it’s soundtrack is very much wistful and enjoyable. If you’re looking for music that’s calm, mellow, and slightly eccentric, look no further than the Kuricorder Quartet’s compositions for this anime.

Madoka Magica Movie Features ClariS’s Song Luminous

ClariS, the girl duo made up of singers Clara and Alice have once again reprised their roles as singers for the Puella Magi Madoka Magica franchise.  This time, they will be performing a theme for the Madoka movie slated to be released this October.  Instead of performing the Madoka OP song “Connect,” their new song will be titled “Luminous” and has been revealed through the latest trailer to show off the movie.

The Madoka movie itself looks to summarize the TV series and will be set as a trilogy.  Much of the main staff for the movie will be retained; Akiyuki Shinbo will still be the director and Yuki Kajiura will continue composing music like she did for Madoka’s soundtrack.  For those looking for a preview of what to expect from the movie, check out the trailer which includes ClariS’s new song, which will be formally released on October 10.

Former Supercell Singer Nagi Yanagi to Appear at Singapore Anime Convention

Nagi Yanagi has been recently announced as a guest at Singapore’s A Certain Magical Event (abbreviated A.C.M.E.).  This will be A.C.M.E.’s fourth iteration and will be held this coming weekend, August 25, 2012 at the Singapore Expo, Garnet Room.  The announcement of Nagi Yanagi has come more or less at the last minute, but needless to say, there’s much excitement to be had.

Nagi Yanagi has gotten her start as a singer for doujin music, but her biggest splash came as a result of Bakemonogatari’s ending theme, “Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari,” where she partnered alongside supercell composer, Ryo.  Her other works include songs like “Hero” and “Sayonara Memories,” both of which have been very popular.  After leaving supercell, she’s gone on to sing songs for anime like Ano Natsu de Matteru and Jormungand.

In any case, she will be performing a live concert at the convention.  For people looking for more information, check out A.C.M.E.’s Facebook page for more details and further announcements.

An Anime Music Retrospective: 2011 Tunes and a Chiaki Ishikawa Concert Report

2011’s anime music offered a lot of interesting melodies with composers like Hiroyuki Sawano and Yoshihisa Hirano topping the charts with anime like Guilty Crown, Ao no Exorcist, and Hunter x Hunter.  If you’re looking to see what managed to top our list of the best 15 anime soundtracks from 2011, check our anime music retrospective post, complete with plenty of samples for you to listen to so that you can figure out whether this is right up your alley.

In addition to that, we had a post recently by Arthur, who attended a Chiaki Ishikawa concert where she sang a lot of the music from when she was in the anime music group See-Saw.  No Chiaki Ishikawa concert would be complete without Bokurano’s OP theme, “Uninstall” however, and they did give that song an airing.  So if you’re interested in his thoughts on Chiaki Ishikawa’s concert as well as a concert where he got to see famed composer Ryuichi Sakamoto, head over and give his post a read.

ClariS Girl Duo’s Moyashimon OP Single, Wake Up, Released Wednesday

The J-pop duo known as ClariS has been active on the anime music scene for some time, starting with Ore no Imouto’s OP single, “Irony.”  Their latest single, Wake Up, is the opening theme to the summer 2012 anime, Moyashimon Returns, which is the sequel to the original Moyashimon anime and continues the story of Sawaki Tadayasu and his college friends as they experience life at an agricultural university and learn about microbes through the eccentric Professor Itsuki.  The single itself is set to be released this Wednesday, August 15 and can be ordered through CDJapan.  This will be ClariS’s sixth single for the duo of Clara and Alice who became recognized on Nico Nico Douga for performing covers of anime songs like “Only My Railgun,” the OP song for To Aru Kagaku no Railgun.

For those looking for a preview of ClariS’s “Wake Up,” be sure to check out the video below:

Simoun’s Soundtrack’s Orchestral Flair and Hisaishi and Touhou Blendings

Toshihiko Sahashi’s discography over the years is probably strongest around 2003-2006, where his releases included the Gunslinger Girl soundtrack and the subject of today’s review, the magnificent Simoun soundtrack which features an orchestral score complete with a main theme that is likely to engross the listener.  In fact, looking at how well it channels the themes of war and loss, this may very well be Sahashi’s best work and our writer, Yu, feels it’s deserving of a masterpiece rating.

We also updated recently with a single track drawn from a combination of Joe Hisaishi’s music and music from the Touhou shooter franchise.  Do check it out if you’re curious to see how the wonderful main theme from Howl’s Moving Castle blends in so well with Cirno’s theme, all of it set to an orchestral sound sample that turns out really nicely.  Definitely do check out this combination, titled “Cirno’s Moving Castle” by kaztora.

Rock Out with Fairy Tail: Houou no Miko Movie Soundtrack Release

Fairy Tail has managed to capitalize on its popularity through an anime series that has kept audiences riveted and now, a movie titled Fairy Tail: Houou no Miko. One of the hallmarks of this franchise has to be the Fairy Tail musical soundtrack, which features the blend of Celtic music and rock, all put together by the talented composer Yasuharu Takanashi.  The music certainly goes a long way in capturing the more badass moments the anime brings to the fore and also bestows a sense of grand adventure throughout.

Fairy Tail’s movie looks to continue the adventures of the team and revolves around a priestess named Eclair.  If there are any certainties, you can look forward to a lot of action, excitement, and good music.  The soundtrack will be released next week on August 15 amd can be preordered from CDJapan if the music from the anime series really caught your ear with its Celtic majesticness.  The trailer for the Fairy Tail movie can be seen below:

LiSA’s Crossing Field for Sword Art Online a Part of August 8’s Release Lineup

One of the songs that LiSA showcased during her Anime Expo concert was “crossing field,” the opening theme to this anime season’s Sword Art Online. In this song, she reprises her rock-oriented vocals to deliver a song that, while it might not be all too memorable, does stand out for being emphatic as she was able to channel a loudness into the music.  So for those looking to get their hands on the album, CDJapan is probably your best bet as usual, especially if you’ve enjoyed LiSA’s singing all the way back from her days singing some of the insert songs and OP theme in Angel Beats.

But that’s not the only album up for release for this upcoming Wednesday.  Fans of Kenichi Maeyamada (better known as Hyadain) should relish his opening theme to the Toriko anime as he unleashes the power of samba.  On top of that, Masami Okui and yozuca also have releases with the former’s “Sora no Uta” from Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere and yozuca’s “Platinum 17” from Dakara Boku-ha H ga Dekinai.  These albums will all be released along with Tatsuya Katou’s Medaka Box soundtrack August 8.

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