Weekly Anime Music Releases – March 16

Well, we’re back, with a new set of anime music releases. Compared to our previous posts under this category, instead of trying to capture everything that’s released — frankly, that’s a lot of music to keep track of — we’ll go with a list of CDs that we think are notable. At least, for those of you who, like me, are still avid CD collectors. There’s some quality stuff to be had, so here’s what we can expect out of the week of March 16:

Anime OP/ED Singles

Erased OP Single

ERASED

Album Name: Re:Re:
Artist: ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION
Purchase at: CDJapan
ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION’s entry for ERASED isn’t necessarily a new composition, but they’ve added some slight tweaks to it. Personally, I enjoy the song. It’s definitely leagues above the crappiness that was the ending theme, Sayuri and Yuki Kajiura’s “Sore wa Chiisana Hikari no you na”, anyway and I’d definitely recommend giving this one a look.
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Previewing “And you thought there is Never a girl online?” Anime’s Theme Songs

Never A Girl Online
And you thought there is Never a girl online?, also known as Netoge no Yome wa Onna no Ko ja nai to Omotta?, is an anime about a high school guy who had a bad experience when he confessed his feelings for a girl online only to find out that the girl was really a guy. The show will be airing on April 7 in the 2016 Spring anime season. To ramp up for that release, the animation production studio Project No.9 has released a promotional video that features the anime’s opening theme, a song titled “1st Love Story” by Luce Twinkle Wink☆. The promotional video, including the opening theme, can be seen below:

Based on the video’s contents, Luce Twinkle Wink☆, comes across as a seiyuu group formed solely for the purpose of performing the theme song for And you thought there is Never a girl online?. It’s a cutesy J-pop idol song with plenty of energy thrown in and even if it’s not going to leave a lasting mark, it fits in with the show’s idiom.

The ending theme gets a bit of a bump from Yoshino Nanjou, who performs the song “Zero Ichi Kiseki” (Zero One Miracle). No preview has been released, so we won’t get to see what that’s like. However, Nanjou’s credentials as a singer are pretty solid. Her first singing role was on Soul Link The Animation, where she performed “Amenochi Hare”. On top of that, she’s also written the lyrics for the group fripside of Toaru Kagaku no Railgun fame and sang as the character Eli Ayase who is the student council President and performs in the school idol group μ’s from the Love Live anime. I’ve generally enjoyed her voice on the Love Live songs (since that’s her work in which I’m most familiar), even if I don’t necessarily enjoy the melodies themselves, so I’m curious to see how she’ll do here. For those looking for the single, it’ll be shipped out on May 25, 2016.

Preview of Joker Game’s Anime Themes

Joker Game
Joker Game, the anime sourced from Kōji Yanagi’s novel, takes place just prior to World War II where Japan’s army creates the “D Agency” to serve as its intelligence unit. Unlike Japan’s militaristic stance during this period, D Agency, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Yūki requires that the unit lives according to its mission statement of: “Don’t kill, don’t get killed, don’t get captured.” The anime is set to air on April 5, 2016.

With an airing date coming in less than a month, Production I.G., the studio in charge of animation production for Joker Game, has been releasing a series of trailers for the anime. In addition to that, they’ve also released the videos for both Joker Game‘s opening and ending themes. The opening theme is a song titled “Reason Triangle” by Quadrangle, a fairly unknown band. The ending theme, “Double”, is performed by Magic of Life, a group that’s also done work on Yowamushi Pedal’s second season. For those interested, the Youtube videos of the opening and ending themes can be found below.

Opening Theme: “Reason Triangle” by Quadrangle

Ending Theme: “Double” by Magic of Life

As you can hear from these previews, the opening theme is pretty snazzy, with a nice rhythm and a good amount of energy even if the melody repeats itself a bit much. “Reason Triangle” is par for what you’d expect from J-rock themes and at least the execution seems to be decent overall. As for “Double”, the introduction is marked by a combination of percussion and electric guitars which segue to decent vocals that feel pretty expressive compared to other songs of its ilk. All together, these songs come across as being competent if not exceptional, but they should serve Joker Game well.

With all that said, I’m less enthralled with knowing that the composer for the series will be none other than Kenji Kawai. The show’s contents already look to be kinda shounen-y and having Kawai on staff means I’ll be skipping this one.

Luna Sea’s “Limit” Featured on Endride Anime Trailer

Luna-Sea
Luna Sea, a J-rock band formed in Kanagawa, will be making their return to the anime realm with a song titled “Limit”. “Limit” will serve as the opening theme song to Brain Base’s upcoming anime, Endride, which is about a boy who travels to a fantasy world located beneath the earth.

For people who are into J-rock and Luna Sea in particular should rejoice. “Limit” is Luna Sea’s latest effort after a long hiatus; they haven’t written a song since “A Will” which dates all the way back to 2013. On top of that, “Limit” is also their first anime tie-in. But for those not familiar with the band, Luna Sea has been around since 1986 and are considered one of the more successful visual-kei bands. Currently, the group is made up of lead singer Ryuichi Kawamura, Jun “J” Onose on bass, Kiyonobu “Inoran” Inoue, who plays rhythm guitar, lead guitarist Yūne “Sugizo” Sugihara, and Shinya Yamada on drums. Pretty much all of these members have been a part of the band since the late 1980s.

In any case, for J-rock fans or anime fans interested in their work or just want to catch sight of Endride, here’s the trailer for the anime that includes the Luna Sea song. The song itself is an intense, but emotional J-rock track that’s not as overbearing as other songs in that genre.

Endride will be airing on April 2 of this year. Soundtrack fans might be excited to learn that the composer on the anime will be one of our favorites: Kouhei Tanaka.

Anime and Visual Novel Composer Jun Maeda Hospitalized

Jun Maeda According to Jun Maeda’s Twitter account, the longtime anime and visual novel writer and composer has been hospitalized since Monday.

There hasn’t been any mention made of what he’s afflicted by. The only notes that have come out from him is that he’s receiving treatment and will stay in the hospital until he has recovered.

The tweet that discusses his condition can be found below:

A few years ago, we wrote a lengthy biography focused on Jun Maeda’s musical side and how he wrote the music to many of Key Visual Art’s popular visual novels like Air, Kanon, and Clannad. On top of those works, he’s also composed music for Angel Beats and Charlotte. In addition to writing music, he’s also responsible for writing the script to those visual novels and anime.

Either way, here’s hoping for a speedy recovery!

via: ANN

Vocaloid IA visits the East Coast in Concert on October 11

IA
All of the East Coast Vocaloid fans who weren’t able to see IA perform live in concert this past summer at Anime Expo can catch her in concert this October in New York City. The concert, billed as the IA SPECIAL 3D LIVE SHOWCASE will take place on October 11 at the Gramercy Theater located on 127 East 23rd St in New York City.

Given the arrangements by the organizers, viewers can be treated to many of IA’s Kagerou Project songs and see some pretty neat visual effects afforded by the 3D holographic projector.

For those interested, tickets are available for $35 if bought in advance, $45 if purchased the day of, and $75 for special VIP seats. Tickets can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.

On top of that, there will be a pre-show event at the Kinokuniya Bookstore in New York City located on 1073 Ave of Americas. The event will start at 6pm and ends at 7pm, giving all concertgoers time to get to the Gramercy Theater in time for the 8pm showing.

If you’d like to know what sort of songs you can expect out of the IA concert, check out the concert clips below, all taken from her performance at the Nokia Theater at Anime Expo 2015. More information about the event can be found on the IA website on 1st Place’s website, the company organizing this event.

Weekly Anime Music Releases – June 3

A short list of anime music including Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works]’s ED Theme by Aimer. Kajiura fans should rejoice as well since another FictionJunction album will soon surface. So sit down and take a look at what came out on the week of June 3:

Anime OP/ED Singles

FateStayNight UBW

Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works]

Album Name: Brave Shine
Artist: Aimer
Purchase at: CDJapan
Aimer’s music doesn’t inspire so much as impart mysterious vibes that can be utterly captivating in the way that only she can deliver upon them. And that’s what makes “Brave Shine” a very intriguing proposition. There’s an underlying tension that makes the ending theme to Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works] so palatable that I definitely look forward to how the full single turns out.

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO OP

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO!

Album Name: Harumodoki
Artist: yanaginagi
Purchase at: CDJapan
And like clockwork, you have a release from the ear-pleasing yanaginagi, whose works performed since working for ryo of supercell have been mixed. With that said, her vocals remain pretty consistent in terms of their quality, but I’m not really having much hope for the composition or melody if it weren’t composed by the folks at ROUND TABLE. This one’s definitely a wait and see.
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Weekly Anime Music Releases – May 27

A long list of anime music including Nisekoi’s Rally Go Round by LiSA. Sit down and take a look at what came out on the week of May 27:

Anime OP/ED Singles

Nisekoi LISA

NISEKOI: -False Love-

Album Name: Rally Go Round
Artist: LiSA
Purchase at: CDJapan
I’ve never really hid my disdain for LiSA’s music since power pop was never my style and she seems to have the unfortunate tendency to get in my face without really transmitting anything too meaningful. Other artists like Nana Mizuki do a much better job, and if I wanted to listen to that type of music, I’d listen to her over LiSA

Houkago no Pleiades ED

Wish Upon the Pleiades

Album Name: Koko kara, Kanata kara
Artist: fragments
Purchase at: CDJapan
Given what you’ve seen out of the show, it’s not surprising to hear that “Koro Kara, Kanata Kara” is full of the sugary sweet seiyuu goodness. The song doesn’t go out of its way to inspire, but then again, it doesn’t really have to. The cuteness factor is what fans are going after anyway, and the song is pretty mellow and relaxing.
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Weekly Anime Music Releases – May 20

This week had a lot of insert songs from shows we really don’t care too much about. Given that it’s the tail end of the spring anime season (time sure flies, huh?), there’s not a whole lot left to go before the shows all close out. So aside from a few odds and ends, the only major release is Hiroyuki Sawano’s work on Owari no Seraph. Granted, the reaction will depend on what you think about Sawano. So here’s a look at what’s coming out this week:

Anime OP/ED Singles

Owari no Seraph OP-ED

Owari no Seraph

Album Name: X.U.
Artist: scaPEGoat / SawanoHiroyuki[nZk]
Purchase at: CDJapan
Well, when you have Hiroyuki Sawano in the composer’s chair for an opening or ending theme, you can safely expect some electronica moving rhythmically along followed by a loud outburst. True to form, that’s what you get from Owari no Seraph‘s OP theme. The most damning thing about it is how boring it is and I’d give it a pass. The ending theme is a bit better and it reminds you of Aldnoah.Zero‘s ending theme. But it’s still not all that good and I wouldn’t bother too much with this release, Sawano or no.

Houkago no Pleides OP

Wish Upon the Pleiades

Album Name: Stella-rium
Artist: Kano
Purchase at: CDJapan
The Houkago no Pleiades OP theme is probably the type of theme you would expect if you looked at the character designs and anime screenshots. Make no mistake: the song, Stella-rium, doesn’t deviate much from the energetic J-pop opener and pretty much stays the course through and through. That said, Kano’s vocals do sound cute even if this is a paint by the numbers J-pop song, so the worst you’d probably feel is unoffended.

Yamada-kun 7 Witches OP

Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches

Album Name: Kuchizuke Diamond
Artist: WEAVER
Purchase at: CDJapan
Well, the piano chords that open up the opening theme to Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches is pretty energetic, and WEAVER’s voice follows suit quite nicely. But it hardly stands out as something you’ve never heard before since it stays the course for the sort of boy band J-pop songs that have been released over the years. Again, nothing special, but nothing offensive either. Just a bit boring maybe.

Blood Blockade Battlefront ED

Blood Blockade Battlefront

Album Name: Sugar Song and Bitter Step
Artist: UNISON SQUARE GARDEN
Purchase at: CDJapan
Having actually watched Blood Blockade Battlefront, I’d say the ending theme isn’t all too that impressive from the musical standpoint, but there’s no doubt that it’s pretty fun watching the visuals be paired along with this song as the characters strut about doing their stuff. You do need the context to get into it, but it’s not too bad all around. Nothing compared to the far better opening though.

Weekly Anime Music – May 13

It’s a depressing anime music release date when all you’re getting are a bunch of opening and ending singles with scarcely a soundtrack to get excited about. Worse yet, they all seem to be the same people or a group of seiyuu releasing the same thing over and over again. That doesn’t do much to stir my attention, but the fans get what they want, so that’s not a bad thing is it? So for this week’s releases, Kalafina might be the sole highlight, but there’s quite a few things for you all to chew upon this week:

Anime Openings and Ending Themes

Fate Stay Night ED Theme Kalafina

Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works]

Album Name: ring your bell
Artist: Kalafina
Purchase at: CDJapan
Is there anything to be said about Kalafina that hasn’t been said before? I guess we could say that we’ve been treated to the same song and dance before and that we’ve heard pretty much the same thing over. Kalafina’s branding has been tied to these soaring vocals with a melancholy tilt and they’re hardly inspiring or enthralling. I’d say give this single a pass unless you’re a really hardcore fan.

Gunslinger Stratos Mirai

Gunslinger Stratos

Album Name: MIRAI
Artist: GARNiDELiA
Purchase at: CDJapan
Garnidelia, the group made up of singers Maria and producer toku continue to roll out singles left and right. What’s not certain is whether they’ve worn out their welcome, but signs point to them still releasing decent fare. The ED theme to Gunslinger Stratos is soft and pleasant, what with the backing piano and instruments. So for fans of Garnidelia, there’s nothing to fear here since this effort was pretty solid all around!

Le Eden de la Grisaia Opening Theme

Le Eden de la Grisaia

Album Name: Setsuna no Kajitsu
Artist: Maon Kurosaki
Purchase at: CDJapan
Ever since I heard Maon Kurosaki sing the music to Highschool of the Dead, I was definitely captivated by the energy she proffered and the way she navigate made me believe in her ability to deliver as a singer. So with those preconceptions in mind, hearing her efforts on Grisaia carries a sort of urgency that’s at odds with what’s on screen. But the biggest takeaway is that it’s very much a competent effort, even if it’s not eye-opening.
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