Amanchu!’s Anime Music Is A Mixed Batch

One of the more enjoyable anime from last season was Amanchu!, a show about two girls, Teko and Pikari, who immerse themselves into the world of scuba diving. The anime itself is sourced from the Kozue Amano manga of the same name and is directed by Junichi Sato. The music also highlights composers and singers new and old, and I’ve gotten a chance to review Amanchu!‘s music in the latest batch. Here’s the rundown of my thoughts if you’re curious:

  • Amanchu! Original Soundtrack – I was actually hyped for Amanchu!‘s soundtrack when I discovered that the music would be composed by Gontiti, the acoustic guitar duo that did an excellent job with Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou. Amanchu!‘s music proved to be pleasant, but the biggest sticking point is that it just wasn’t memorable enough. Laid-back acoustic guitar music can only take you so far, and without more compelling themes to drive it along, won’t lead to any sort of life-changing experience.
  • Amanchu!’s Opening Theme: Million Clouds by Maaya Sakamoto – I fell in love with “Million Clouds” when I first heard this. Maaya Sakamoto’s voice is crisp and clear, with all the serenity in the initial stanzas before bursting into an infectious exuberance that speaks to the thrill of discovery and takes you all the way to the end. Definitely one of Maaya Sakamoto’s stronger works.
  • Amanchu!’s Ending Theme: Futari Shoujo – This ending theme basically plays to the characters who sing it. In “Futari Shoujo”, we see Ai Kayano and Eri Suzuki, the two voice actresses for Teko and Pikari, respectively sing a song about friendship. Ai Kayano, who sings first, has a shy, quiet voice that matches Teko’s character while Eri Suzuki’s delivery is more extroverted, in line with what you’d expect from the outgoing PIkari. The overall tone is balmy and pleasant, but not altogether too memorable. On this album, I actually prefer the works of the group Misteria Feo, which takes Mina Kubota’s compositions into a more ethereal realm. A solid album overall though.

Rewrite Anime’s Music Staff Includes Key Visual’s Jun Maeda and Shinji Orito

Rewrite, an anime based on the Key Visual Arts visual novel of the same name, is set to be released in July of this year. The show, which takes place in Kazamatsuri, revolves around Kotaro Tennoji and his interactions with his classmates Kotori Kanbe, Chihaya Ohtori, Akane Senri, Sizuru Nakatsu, and Lucia Konohana. To take a sneak peek of what the show has on offer, here’s the promotional video for Rewrite.

Much of the staff who worked on the game version of Rewrite will be reprising their roles for the anime. The voice cast is one area in which this occurs, but the same goes for the music composers. Names from Key Visual Arts include Shinji Orito and Jun Maeda who have worked together on previous Key Visual works like Kanon, Air, and Clannad. Ryō Mizutsuki also has worked with the Key composers as an arranger for Little Busters while Maiko Iuchi brings her experience as part of I’ve Sound to the team. Last, but not least, Soushi Hosoi has worked on his fair share of visual novels as well.

I’ve long ceased to follow up on Key Visual’s other VNs beyond Air, Kanon, and Clannad, so this probably won’t be something I’d pick up. The music in the PV is a mix of light and darker atmospheric fare that doesn’t readily catch my attention, but I’m curious to see Maeda’s tracks in action since he can capture those heartfelt moments really well.

J-pop Singer Pile Thanks Love Live’s Maki as Their Final Single Sells 113,278 Copies

Love Live Pile
There’s something to be said for gratitude, especially when you take on the voice of one of the most popular characters for a franchise that’s propelled your career. That’s what happened to Pile, the Korean-Japanese singer who takes on the role of Maki Nishikino from the school idol anime Love Live. This role has allowed her career to grow and grow to where she’s offered more roles and opportunities to perform.

To thank the Love Live franchise, particularly Maki, for all that it’s done to help her out, she snuck in a hidden message in the lyrics to the song “P.S. Arigatō…”. Scattered in the song are words that combine to read:

Maki-chan, I can finally say it. I really thank you [for everything] up till now. I’m here because of you. Watch over me gently somehow. P.S. Really, thank you.

Talk about appreciation! With this newfound popularity, she’s landed a role in the second season of World Trigger. On top of that, she’ll be performing the opening theme of the second season of RIN-NE, a song titled “Melody”.

While Pile might be thankful for Love Live in enabling her career growth, the Love Live franchise should also be grateful to her. The Love Live franchise’s last single, titled “Moment Ring”, has sold 16,799 copies from March 7-13. It sold even better during its first week, with 96,479 copies, making it the top-selling Love Live single CD of all time! In addition to the A-side, the single also contains the B-side “Sayonara e Sayonara”, which, if nothing else, is an appropriate way to conclude a cute, but wonderful franchise.

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.

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

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

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