Weekly Anime Music Releases: Space Brothers Soundtrack, AiRI, and more!

Another week brings us a new spate of music for people to look forward to, seeing that it’s Wednesday. Well, this Wednesday’s batch is much smaller than last week’s, but there are quite a few gems to look forward to make your listening experience really enjoyable.

  • First off, for some, imagination is greater than reality, and that turns out to be the name of AiRI’s single where she sings the ending theme to Gundam Build Fighters. “Imagination > Reality” looks to be entertaining as you more or less get a power pop song to blaze away and nab at your attention. And if you’re not familiar with AiRI, you might know her from the ending themes to Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere.
  • Tomohisa Sako sings of a colorful world in his latest single, “Colorful World”, which serves as the ending theme to the Meganebu anime, a high school club that revolves around people who wear glasses.
  • DATE TIME, by the group known as Mineral★Miracle★Muse, but is mostly made up of seiyuu like Haruka Tomatsu, M・A・O, and Erii Yamazaki also will see their CD released today. “DATE TIME” serves as the first ending theme to the “Samurai Flamenco” anime and that only means you can expect another single for this anime down the line.
  • Finally, we’ve really been looking to the release of Toshiyuki Watanabe’s compositions for the long-running Space Brothers anime. Much of the work takes on an orchestral bent that is epic and really carries you through much of the anime’s action. For those who might not know, this soundtrack came pretty close to winning a spot in our Anime Soundtrack of the Year polls and is very much worth checking out.

Official Puella Magi Madoka Magica Soundtrack Release Date Confirmed for Christmas

Madoka Magica
Perhaps you’ve really enjoyed watching Puella Magi Madoka Magica and that you really enjoyed listening to the Madoka soundtrack. Maybe watching through the movies really helped remind you of certain scenes where the music made a huge impact and that you really want to relive those moments once more. Well, for fans who’ve really liked Yuki Kajiura’s compositions for the Madoka Magica anime, wait no longer! After seeing only releases in the vein of DVD/Blu-ray enclosures, we’ve finally got a release date for the official soundtrack! The Puella Magi Madoka Magica soundtrack will be released on December 25th. So yes, that means it’ll be out on Christmas Day and can be pre-ordered at CDJapan if you want this awesome CD set.

In terms of the CD’s contents, you can expect to see many of the songs found in the anime. Tracks like “Sis Puella Magica” makes appearances as does Bach’s “Ave Maria”. And, of course, the soundtrack would not be complete without Kalafina’s “Magia” making an appearance. So if re-living Madoka’s journey or Homura’s struggles is right up your alley, definitely think about getting this CD and let the nostalgia take you into the diabolical worlds that the magical girls must endure until the cycle can be broken for good.

Anime Music Tournament Finals: Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari vs. Wareta Ringo

The Anime Music Tournament, which had started around August of this year, will finally come to a close once the Finals matchup is over. With this rendition of the tournament, we see an intriguing matchup between two songs, both of which have been reviewed on the Anime Instrumentality Blog.

The first song is the well-known “Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari,” which served as the ending song to Bakemonogatari. This song effectively brought ryo of Supercell from the Vocaloid scene out to a wider audience. The same can be said for Yanaginagi’s music career as well since her voice meshes very well with ryo’s instrumentals.

The second song is from a more recent anime titled Shinsekai Yori, but it too, is an ending theme. The song, titled “Wareta Ringo,” features Risa Taneda, Shinsekai Yori‘s seiyuu, on vocals and a very distinct guitar stutter which has garnered annoyance and delight.

Needless to say, the matchup looks to be tilted in favor of “Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari” but it’s hard to say at this point. Polls will remain open until Wednesday, so check out the Anime Music Tournament’s Finals and cast your vote!

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