Medaka Box is the Major Anime OST Set to Release August 8, Idolm@ster Bossa Nova Arrangement Review Published

The anime music release schedule for August 8 might be pretty light on anime soundtracks, but there is one that’s worth taking note of:  Tatsuya Katou’s Medeka Box Original Soundtrack.  The Medaka Box anime is focused on Medaka Kurokami, the student council president who tries to fulfill her fellow students’ suggestions.

For those of you who might not be familiar with Tatsuya Katou’s work, he is an up-and-coming composer who has done work on anime such as Kämpfer’s Original Sound Track. While a so-so solo debut, some of his other works have gotten more plaudits like his soundtrack for Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere and Mirai Nikki‘s soundtrack is said to have been solid as well.

Preorders for the Medaka Box soundtrack can be done so through CDJapan as usual.

Also, for people interested in Idolm@ster music, we’ve published a review of Idolm@ster’s Perfect Idol 04 over on our anime music blog site.  Check it out if you want to see how well pop music can be combined with bossa nova to yield a fun listening experience!

M.O.V.E Continues Working on Initial D With New Theme Song

If there’s anything that sets racing anime Initial D apart from other anime, it’s that the anime uses a lot of Eurobeat to set the stage for the races.  One of the groups who have been a part of this project has been the 2-person band M.O.V.E, which includes singer yuri (real name Yuri Masuda) and rapper motsu (real name Mototaka Segawa).  And based on reports out of Kodansha Magazine via MangaNewsJapon, M.O.V.E will be writing and performing a new theme song for the Initial D anime set to be released this year.

This won’t be the first time M.O.V.E has worked on the Initial D franchise.  One of their greatest hits (see below), “Around the world,” was used as Initial D’s opening theme.  Some of their other works for anime include “Romancing Train” from Final Fantasy Unlimited and “i WAKE YOUR LOVE!,” which was used in Asobotto Senki Goku.  Currently, no single announcements have been made.  As for this latest addition to the Initial D franchise, expect it to air this coming November.

J-pop Group Sphere a Scheduled Guest at Singapore’s Anime Festival Asia 2012

Sphere, the J-pop idol group made up of seiyuu/singers Haruka Tomatsu, Minako Kotobuki, Ayahi Takagaki, and Aki Toyosaki, will be one of the prominent guests who will make their appearance at Anime Festival Asia held in Singapore towards the middle of November.

Needless to say, this is big news as this seiyuu idol pop group has risen quite a bit since their debut singing the opening song to Hatsukoi Limited, titled “Future Stream.” After that, the group has gone on to release such hits as Hanasaku Iroha’s ending theme, “Hazy” and Otome Youkai Zakuro’s opening theme, “Moon Signal.”

Sphere will be joining some other big names at Anime Festival Asia this year, so stay tuned for a more detailed listing of all the other anime music artists who will be performing a concert along with them at the convention.  The only note is that no concert dates have been set thus far, so details will be forthcoming.

Masumi Ito’s Yume no Naka no Watashi no Yume Release Wraps Up First Week of August’s Anime Music

Those who have seen Summer 2012’s anime offering of Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita will undoubtedly have come across an ending theme that’s set to a blurry, shadowy, dreamlike state.  That song, “Yume no Naka no Watashi no Yume,” has a haunting quality to it delivered through vocalist Masumi Ito.  Longtime anime fans might find her delivery to be similar to the vocals in Azumanga Daioh’s “Raspberry Heaven,” which shouldn’t be too much of a surprise given that Masumi Ito made up a part of the Oranges and Lemons group that performed “Raspberry Heaven.”

In addition to singing this ending theme, Masumi Ito has done a lot of compositions over the years for anime like the Bungaku Shoujo movie and the Chrono Crusade anime under the composer name of Hikaru Nanase.

The release of “Yume no Naka no Watashi no Yume” will be the only Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita music that’ll be out for awhile and it’s set to be released on August 4, 2012 (not too long after the mega-release last Wednesday which included Nana Mizuki’s “Bright Stream”).  The opening theme, “Real world” by nano.RIPE was released just last week and the soundtrack won’t be out for awhile longer.  If you’re looking to get the ending theme single, you can do so through CDJapan.  Those who want to take a peek at the ending sequence for the anime can do so below: [Read more…]

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