Madoka Magica Movie Features ClariS’s Song Luminous

ClariS, the girl duo made up of singers Clara and Alice have once again reprised their roles as singers for the Puella Magi Madoka Magica franchise.  This time, they will be performing a theme for the Madoka movie slated to be released this October.  Instead of performing the Madoka OP song “Connect,” their new song will be titled “Luminous” and has been revealed through the latest trailer to show off the movie.

The Madoka movie itself looks to summarize the TV series and will be set as a trilogy.  Much of the main staff for the movie will be retained; Akiyuki Shinbo will still be the director and Yuki Kajiura will continue composing music like she did for Madoka’s soundtrack.  For those looking for a preview of what to expect from the movie, check out the trailer which includes ClariS’s new song, which will be formally released on October 10.

ClariS Girl Duo’s Moyashimon OP Single, Wake Up, Released Wednesday

The J-pop duo known as ClariS has been active on the anime music scene for some time, starting with Ore no Imouto’s OP single, “Irony.”  Their latest single, Wake Up, is the opening theme to the summer 2012 anime, Moyashimon Returns, which is the sequel to the original Moyashimon anime and continues the story of Sawaki Tadayasu and his college friends as they experience life at an agricultural university and learn about microbes through the eccentric Professor Itsuki.  The single itself is set to be released this Wednesday, August 15 and can be ordered through CDJapan.  This will be ClariS’s sixth single for the duo of Clara and Alice who became recognized on Nico Nico Douga for performing covers of anime songs like “Only My Railgun,” the OP song for To Aru Kagaku no Railgun.

For those looking for a preview of ClariS’s “Wake Up,” be sure to check out the video below:

Rock Out with Fairy Tail: Houou no Miko Movie Soundtrack Release

Fairy Tail has managed to capitalize on its popularity through an anime series that has kept audiences riveted and now, a movie titled Fairy Tail: Houou no Miko. One of the hallmarks of this franchise has to be the Fairy Tail musical soundtrack, which features the blend of Celtic music and rock, all put together by the talented composer Yasuharu Takanashi.  The music certainly goes a long way in capturing the more badass moments the anime brings to the fore and also bestows a sense of grand adventure throughout.

Fairy Tail’s movie looks to continue the adventures of the team and revolves around a priestess named Eclair.  If there are any certainties, you can look forward to a lot of action, excitement, and good music.  The soundtrack will be released next week on August 15 amd can be preordered from CDJapan if the music from the anime series really caught your ear with its Celtic majesticness.  The trailer for the Fairy Tail movie can be seen below:

LiSA’s Crossing Field for Sword Art Online a Part of August 8’s Release Lineup

One of the songs that LiSA showcased during her Anime Expo concert was “crossing field,” the opening theme to this anime season’s Sword Art Online. In this song, she reprises her rock-oriented vocals to deliver a song that, while it might not be all too memorable, does stand out for being emphatic as she was able to channel a loudness into the music.  So for those looking to get their hands on the album, CDJapan is probably your best bet as usual, especially if you’ve enjoyed LiSA’s singing all the way back from her days singing some of the insert songs and OP theme in Angel Beats.

But that’s not the only album up for release for this upcoming Wednesday.  Fans of Kenichi Maeyamada (better known as Hyadain) should relish his opening theme to the Toriko anime as he unleashes the power of samba.  On top of that, Masami Okui and yozuca also have releases with the former’s “Sora no Uta” from Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere and yozuca’s “Platinum 17” from Dakara Boku-ha H ga Dekinai.  These albums will all be released along with Tatsuya Katou’s Medaka Box soundtrack August 8.

Medaka Box is the Major Anime OST Set to Release August 8, Idolm@ster Bossa Nova Arrangement Review Published

The anime music release schedule for August 8 might be pretty light on anime soundtracks, but there is one that’s worth taking note of:  Tatsuya Katou’s Medeka Box Original Soundtrack.  The Medaka Box anime is focused on Medaka Kurokami, the student council president who tries to fulfill her fellow students’ suggestions.

For those of you who might not be familiar with Tatsuya Katou’s work, he is an up-and-coming composer who has done work on anime such as Kämpfer’s Original Sound Track. While a so-so solo debut, some of his other works have gotten more plaudits like his soundtrack for Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere and Mirai Nikki‘s soundtrack is said to have been solid as well.

Preorders for the Medaka Box soundtrack can be done so through CDJapan as usual.

Also, for people interested in Idolm@ster music, we’ve published a review of Idolm@ster’s Perfect Idol 04 over on our anime music blog site.  Check it out if you want to see how well pop music can be combined with bossa nova to yield a fun listening experience!

Masumi Ito’s Yume no Naka no Watashi no Yume Release Wraps Up First Week of August’s Anime Music

Those who have seen Summer 2012’s anime offering of Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita will undoubtedly have come across an ending theme that’s set to a blurry, shadowy, dreamlike state.  That song, “Yume no Naka no Watashi no Yume,” has a haunting quality to it delivered through vocalist Masumi Ito.  Longtime anime fans might find her delivery to be similar to the vocals in Azumanga Daioh’s “Raspberry Heaven,” which shouldn’t be too much of a surprise given that Masumi Ito made up a part of the Oranges and Lemons group that performed “Raspberry Heaven.”

In addition to singing this ending theme, Masumi Ito has done a lot of compositions over the years for anime like the Bungaku Shoujo movie and the Chrono Crusade anime under the composer name of Hikaru Nanase.

The release of “Yume no Naka no Watashi no Yume” will be the only Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita music that’ll be out for awhile and it’s set to be released on August 4, 2012 (not too long after the mega-release last Wednesday which included Nana Mizuki’s “Bright Stream”).  The opening theme, “Real world” by nano.RIPE was released just last week and the soundtrack won’t be out for awhile longer.  If you’re looking to get the ending theme single, you can do so through CDJapan.  Those who want to take a peek at the ending sequence for the anime can do so below: [Read more…]

Nana Mizuki’s Bright Stream, AiRI’s Dreamer, & Megumi Nakajima Headline August 1’s Anime Music Releases

As far as release dates go, August 1st is a pretty busy day with the release of singles by prominent singers.  Of those, none are more prominent than the release of Nana Mizuki’s Bright Stream, which includes the theme song she sings for the Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A’s movie as well as the opening theme from the latest entry in the Dog Days franchise.  Needless to say, Nana Mizuki’s voice is still going on strong and given her popularity, this single is expected to sell well.  For those looking to get a physical copy, you can do so through CDJapan.

Nana Mizuki isn’t the only one seeing a single released.  AiRI, the singer who’s done much vocal work for video games and anime like Fairy Tail, will be releasing her single Dreamer, the opening to this season’s Tari Tari, about high school students who form a choir club, among other things.  Finally, the last noteworthy release is in Megumi Nakajima’s Marble, the opening theme song to Rinne no Lagrange‘s second season (the first season’s opening is also included on the disc too). In addition to that, this single is composed by Rasmus Faber, the man behind the Platina Jazz series of albums.  Those who are looking for AiRI’s Tari Tari opener can order it here.  And if you’re fond of Rasmus Faber or Megumi Nakajima’s singing, you can give “Marble” a shot by ordering the single here.

Beyond that, there are a few releases of music from previous season’s shows like Nyaruko-san’s opening theme as well as Accel World’s new opening theme for those interested.

Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita’s Oddball Opening Theme Real World by nano.RIPE Released July 25

One of the more oddball anime to come out this season, Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita (Humanity has Declined) features a very strange opening title “Real World” by the group nano.RIPE that features hypnotizing dance movements.  The song itself is a bit on the shrill side, but nevertheless has an unmistakably upbeat air that’s energetic. When you look at the energy that’s on display here, the song is very much at odds with the premise of the show itself which is about the slow stagnation and decline of mankind.

This wouldn’t be nano.RIPE’s first anime song release. Nano.RIPE, a group made up of Kimiko on vocals and Sasaki Jun on guitar, debuted with the opening theme to Hanasaku Iroha. From there, they’ve moved on to Sankarea before working on the opening theme “Real World” for Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita. You can check out the opening theme in the video located towards the bottom.

For people who do enjoy the song and don’t mind the mismatch between the upbeat energy and the show’s premise, the single will be released on July 25 and can be pre-ordered off of CDJapan. [Read more…]

Nisemonogatari’s Platinum Disco and Soundtrack Gets Released July 25

One of the more memorable moments about watching Nisemonogatari was seeing Yuka Iguchi, who plays the role of Tsukihi Araragi sing the insanely catchy “Platinum Disco.”  The song accompanied a very enthralling dance sequence that definitely made “Platinum Disco” all the more enjoyable.

Like most of the other Bakemonogatari/Nisemonogatari themes like “Staple Stable” and “Renai Circulation,” the music was composed by Satoru Kousaki (who also composed the Bakemonogatari soundtrack) and the lyrics were written by meg rock.

This disc also contains more of Nisemonogatari’s soundtrack (also composed by Satoru Kousaki).  Unfortunately, the entire package is such that the you have to purchase the Nisemonogatari DVD or Blu-rays to be able to obtain this latest music.  But if you have some spare cash and don’t mind purchasing this completed bundle, you can do so through CDJapan.

On the off-chance that you have not seen the “Platinum Disco” dance, you can check it out here (granted, with a live human performing the dance): [Read more…]

Aquarion EVOL Vocal Collection, @New Dimension, Released July 25

The Aquarion franchise, an anime set in the future involving teenagers whose hormones power giant robots, has been known for excellent music with a soundtrack composed by Yoko Kanno who works on not only the score, but the OP/ED themes sung by AKINO.  For those who’ve really enjoyed this collaboration of Kanno’s music and AKINO’s vocals, along with many others who’ve worked on the Aquarion franchise, will see a vocal album set to be released on July 25.

This album will feature longtime favorite pieces like the original “Sousei no Aquarion” (see below), as well as songs from the second season like the momentous “Gekkou Symphonia” from the Kimi no Shinwa ~ Aquarion Dai Ni Shou single which included her brother, a part of the bless4 singing group.

Those who are looking forward to the album can preorder it still at CDJapan.

Also, if you’ve been enjoying Aquarion EVOL, we have posted a review of Aquarion EVOL’s soundtrack over on the blog, and it’s definitely worth checking out, not least because of the sheer variety that’s on display as well as the way she revisits some of the older tracks from the first Aquarion installment. [Read more…]

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