A Double Dose of Suisei no Gargantia

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Today, we see two entries, both of which focus on one particular anime series: the currently-airing Suisei no Gargantia, better known as Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet.

Our first post focuses on the Gargantia ending theme, titled Sora to Kimi to Message, an anime song by ChouCho which might not be a heavy hitter, but it comes across as being wonderfully pleasant. ChouCho has this really soft, soothing voice that helps you feel at ease as she sings of a personal sort of love, a sentiment I vastly prefer to the euphoric outpourings that invest the J-pop world. Having love ballads like this are a rare gem and feel all the more precious. The B-side isn’t bad either, though it is just a bit indistinct from the opening single.

The second post is more on the actual music implementation in the Gargantia anime. Taro Iwashiro’s use of strings is absolutely sublime as they’re able to convey the sense of loss wonderfully. Although death can be associated with a personal melancholia, what this post posits is that the melancholia focuses on the event as a whole, that the game has changed with Captain Fairlock’s passing. The way it progresses from sadness to growing confidence makes this an awesome experience, showcasing what good music could do to boost an anime’s stock and get its audience more invested.

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We’ve been on a tear lately with our publishing and for good reason: there’s a lot of interesting anime music in store that we want to share and thought that you would find awesome!

Our first review is of the Chihayafuru 2 Original Soundtrack. Once again, composer Kousuke Yamashita does the music for this anime and while we really loved the first season’s soundtrack (judging by how it deserved our award for Anime Soundtrack of the Year), we unfortunately have to say that this one doesn’t quite meet with our expectations. That said, there are some lovely pieces and that it does end well with the lovely ending theme titled “Akanezora” sung by seiyuu Asami Seto. I’m not sure why more songs aren’t like that as it’s become one of my favorite ending themes this year.

The next one is of the awesome Nana Mizuki and TM Revolution team-up combo. Yup! I’m talking about none other than the magnificent Valvrave the Liberator OP single titled “Preserved Roses.” As you might expect from such a teamwork, this piece flat-out rocks and it’s a grand spectacle. The problem then becomes that it really doesn’t have much soul to back it up. Nana Mizuki and T.M. Revolution don’t quite put in sterling performances and the result is that it’s nowhere as awesome as it could be. I wouldn’t really recommend this album too much since it veers on the side of being only slightly above average.

So that’s a wrap for this week’s edition. Hope to be able to turn out more anime music reviews for your perusal!

A Composer Profile and Some Awards

Hope you’ve been keeping up with our updates over on the anime music blog side of things.  As summer comes, we’re going back into gear with updates about the music scene and what you should be looking for once the summer conventions begin to roll around.  In the meantime, here are a few updates that you can check out over on the Anime Instrumentality Blog:

First off, we’ve finally gotten around to writing up the Anime Music Awards for 2012.  This year’s voting rolls resulted in quite a few close matchups, though at the end of the day, the esteemed soundtrack to the Tsuritama anime managed to take home the top honors.  From the composer standpoint, Yoko Kanno took home the honors there, no surprise given how well her work for Aquarion EVOL and Kids on the Slope was received.  Opening and ending themes are always a bit controversial, and Kids on the Slope’s “Sakamichi no Melody” earned its place as did the ending theme to Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita, titled “Yume no naka no Watashi no Yume” and sung by the wonderful Masumi Ito.  We even have an extras section, but won’t reveal it here, so read the post to check it out!

Secondly, we may be continuing on with our anime music composers series.  This time, we’re taking a look at composer Jun Maeda, the man who’s perhaps best known for scoring all the theme songs and BGM for visual novels like Kanon, Air, Clannad, and Little Busters! as well as original anime like Angel Beats!  Most of his works have gotten a lot of widespread appeal, especially for those who are sentimentally inclined as he’s worked on quite a few beautiful songs in conjunction with singers like Lia.  So regardless of how you perceive him, he’s definitely worth checking out since his body of work is decently large and, all in all, pretty unforgettable.

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