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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