Cuteness Contained – Yuru Yuri and Nisemonogatari Music Reviews

Today’s reviews include anime music from two shows: Yuru Yuri and Nisemonogatari.  The first review covers the opening theme of the first season of Yuru Yuri while the second review covers Nisemonogatari, which also includes touching upon the very enjoyable “Platinum Disco.”  Both albums feature works that are sung by the anime’s respective seiyuu, with the former including the likes of Yuka Ootsubo, Rumi Okubo, Shiori Mikami, and Minami Tsuda who play roles on Yuru Yuri.  For Nisemonogatari, you have music from Satoru Kousaki and anime music sung by Yuka Iguchi.

Sometimes, the moe slice of life genre is all about being over-the-top silly and fun, and the rambunctious nature of shows like Yuru Yuri reinforce that.  The energy can be reinforced through the OP and ED themes and of those, we find Yuri Yura Rarara Yuru Yuri Dai Jiken, the OP to the first season of Yuru Yuri is a stellar example of a silly, but ultimately very fun opening theme.  Check out what kevo has to say about it in his review.

A show that was slightly off the beaten path, but featured plenty of cute moments comes in the much-heralded Nisemonogatari, the sequel to Bakemonogatari.  Whereas Bakemonogatari showered us with the cuteness of Kana Hanazawa’s performance on “Renai Circulation,” Nisemonogatari’s cuteness overload comes in the form of “Platinum Disco,” with Nisemonogatari’s soundtrack included.  Although the voice of Yuka Iguchi might not compare as strongly to that of Kana Hanazawa, there’s no doubt that the moe moments are still there, especially when they’re coupled with the dance movements on the OP theme’s video.  Satoru Kousaki’s minimalist fare is a mixed bag however, and that kind of drags the album down on the whole.  Come check out what Aftershok has to say about the album!

Also, let us know what you thought of them in the comments!

Win an Anime CD! Listen to Shirokuma Cafe’s “Grizzly-san no G★ROCK” ED Theme

Polar Bear Cafe, also known as Shirokuma Cafe, has had its moments of hilarity and lameness.  The anime’s premise is all about seeing animals act like people and the results are mixed.  But if there’s any character that has succeeded at being awesome, it would have to be Shirokuma Cafe’s Grizzly.  His ending song runs true to form with his exaggerated sense of aggressiveness and is definitely a departure from all of the seiyuu idol pop that has been coming out as of late.  So when you get the chance, give our review of Shirokuma Cafe’s second ending theme, “Grizzly-san no G★ROCK” a read and give the single a listen!

Also, Anime Instrumentality is giving away an anime CD.  Just check this team blog post for all the details on how to fill out your entry and win!  Looking forward to seeing the submissions and good luck.

Tsuritama’s Soundtrack Reels Our Reviewer In. Plus, How Anime Impacts its OP/ED Themes

Two new articles have graced our anime music blog in the past week, one of which is an editorial that goes in-depth into 3 anime series that add meaning to their opening/ending themes. While the usage of OP/ED themes have commonly been used to set the tone for an anime, in some cases, the reverse is true as the anime make the instrumentals and lyrics in their respective opening and ending theme much more meaningful, tying the anime song together with the anime in a way that renders it unforgettable and better as a result. Definitely give it a read as it goes on to talk about Natsume Yuujinchou, Steins;Gate, and the perennial favorite, Puella Magi Madoka Magica.

The second post is a review of Tsuritama’s soundtrack. We did cover Tsuritama’s soundtrack release a few weeks ago and we’re happy to report that it’s soundtrack is very much wistful and enjoyable. If you’re looking for music that’s calm, mellow, and slightly eccentric, look no further than the Kuricorder Quartet’s compositions for this anime.

Simoun’s Soundtrack’s Orchestral Flair and Hisaishi and Touhou Blendings

Toshihiko Sahashi’s discography over the years is probably strongest around 2003-2006, where his releases included the Gunslinger Girl soundtrack and the subject of today’s review, the magnificent Simoun soundtrack which features an orchestral score complete with a main theme that is likely to engross the listener.  In fact, looking at how well it channels the themes of war and loss, this may very well be Sahashi’s best work and our writer, Yu, feels it’s deserving of a masterpiece rating.

We also updated recently with a single track drawn from a combination of Joe Hisaishi’s music and music from the Touhou shooter franchise.  Do check it out if you’re curious to see how the wonderful main theme from Howl’s Moving Castle blends in so well with Cirno’s theme, all of it set to an orchestral sound sample that turns out really nicely.  Definitely do check out this combination, titled “Cirno’s Moving Castle” by kaztora.

Two Lackluster Anime Music Reviews

Today, we present two reviews of albums that just don’t hold up compared to better anime music that exists out there. In the first review, Aftershok takes a look at the opening theme from the currently-airing Yuru Yuri♪♪ titled Yes! Yuyuyu☆Yuru Yuri♪♪ and demonstrates that even though seiyuu collaborations can be enjoyable at times, in this instance, it’s just a mess, especially when the B-side is taken into account.

Maskerade, on the other hand, presents us with a review of Best of Jazzin’ for Ghibli. As you can probably guess, this album features Ghibli film themes, ranging from Laputa to Princess Mononoke set to jazz. Unfortunately, the execution is way off and leaves much to be desired, especially when they try to throw some rap around in a way that never really makes a whole lot of sense.

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