Kuricorder Quartet’s Tsuritama Anime Soundtrack Surfaces July 25

Tsuritama, the noitaminA anime that somehow managed to take the story of the socially inept Yuki’s encounter with Haru, an alien, and combine it with a fishing trip and a save-the-world scenario, will be getting a soundtrack release that’s set for next week, July 25, 2012.  Those who kept track of the Tsuritama anime’s music might have noticed that the Kuricorder Quartet collaboratively helmed the soundtrack and filled the anime with some light-hearted, whimsical anime music.

The Kuricorder Quartet is made up of members Misaki Kurihara, Kenji Kondo, Takero Sekizima, and Yoshiyuki Kawaguchi and are known to specialize entirely in the recorder.  This group has done music for quite a few notable anime including the soundtracks to Azumanga Daioh as well as the theme song to Allison and Lillia.

With luck, we will be able to review this album in a week or so.  For those who are impatient and are looking to get a pre-order in, you can do so through CDJapan.

Kalafina’s Latest Single, Moonfesta, Sees July 18 Release

Although it won’t be for an anime series, Kalafina, the group founded by anime composer Yuki Kajiura, will be releasing their latest single tomorrow on July 18.  The single, titled Moonfesta, is for a music program on the NHK channel called Minna no Uta and will be targeted towards kids.

For Kalafina, this will be their second single released in 2012, following in the footsteps of To the beginning, the opening theme to Fate/Zero.  This already makes it twice as many singles as they released back in 2011.  Kalafina, currently made up of singers Keiko, Wakana, and Hikaru, had their beginnings in singing the hauntingly beautiful theme songs to Kara no Kyoukai and have gone on to perform at live concerts in the United States at venues such as Anime Expo.

Preorders for Moonfesta can be had on CDJapan.

Yui Ogura’s J-Pop Ending Theme for Campione, Titled “Raise,” Released July 18

Singer and voice actress Yui Ogura’s song, “Raise,” serves as the ending theme song for the Campione anime series, a harem romance anime that is airing during the summer 2012 season and is based off of a series of light novels.  The song itself features heavy rhythm and synth which mix well with Yui Ogura’s pop vocals to propel the song along.

This wouldn’t be the first time that Yui Ogura would sing for anime.  Some of her better-known works include the ending theme for the basketball anime Ro-Kyu-Bu as well as the second ending theme to Aquarion Evol.  Her voice roles also extend to Campione, where she voices Athena, and her past experiences date back all the way to Yumeiro Patisserie’s character, Mint.

The single itself can be pre-ordered from CDJapan where it will be released on July 18.

Yoko Kanno/Shinichiro Watanabe’s Jazzy Sakamichi no Apollon: Kids on the Slope Begins + Soundtrack Info

For those of you who have been eagerly waiting, the first episode of Sakamichi no Apollon: Kids on the Slope has been released. Directed by Shinichiro Watanabe with music taken from classic jazz albums, along with works by composer Yoko Kanno, Sakamichi no Apollon follows the story of a transfer student, Kaoru, a chance meeting with the school delinquent Sentaro, and how that eventually draws him into the world of jazz.

In our coverage of the anime, we will not only go over the plot points, but will also go into detail regarding the jazz pieces featured in the anime as well as put the pieces within the historical context of jazz as a whole. So for those who want to follow our episodic posts, you can use the episodic category.

Also, the soundtrack for Sakamichi no Apollon will be released on April 25, 2012 and can be pre-ordered through CDJapan. There’s also a collection of jazz pieces that have been compiled together. That disc was released in 2009 and can also be ordered through CDJapan.

Anime Song Compilation Album Titled J-Anison Shinkyoku Matsuri Released Earlier This Month

42 songs are a lot for an anime song compilation to have, but Sony Music (with help from DJ Kazu, who has worked on events such as Animax Musix 2011) was able to compile those songs onto 1 disc and release it on February 8 of 2012.

The album, as one might expect, covers a lot of artists (Nana Mizuki, Minori Chihara, and Yukari Tamura are but a few of the artists featured) and many prominent anime series (included are themes to Lucky Star, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Toradora and even Hyadain no Kakakata☆Kataomoi-C from Nichijou and “Magia” from the recent Puella Magi Madoka Magica anime).

Those who are interested can order the album over at CDJapan. If you just want to find out more about this collection, you can check it at the source at the main J-Anison Shinkyoku Matsuri website.

Platina Jazz ~Anime Standards Vol.3~ Released February 8, 2012

If you were to read our reviews, you’ll find that we have been taken in by Rasmus Faber and his team’s jazz arrangements of popular anime themes, namely, through the albums Platina Jazz ~Anime Standards Vol. 1~ and Platina Jazz ~Anime Standards Vol. 2~. The project seemed like a curiosity the first time we heard about it, but credit goes to Mr. Faber for delivering such excellent results.

So with that in mind, we’re delighted to announce that the Platina Jazz series still continues with the release of Volume 3 on February 8, 2012. The tracklist features such themes from series as Clannad, Trigun, Spice and Wolf, and Wolf’s Rain. A preview of one of the pieces, “half” from Rurouni Kenshin has been posted to the Platina Jazz Youtube page and is featured below. People looking to preorder the album can do so at CDJapan.

Bakemonogatari Full Soundtrack To Be Released in December

For a lot of us, Bakemonogatari was an anime that was high on the charm and presented with it a lot of excellent music. If you are like us in any way, songs like “Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari,” “Staple Stable,” and “Renai Circulation” will live long in our consciousness. The same can be said for Satoru Kousaki’s Bakemonogatari soundtrack, which features his usual atmospheric tones along with minimalistic piano melodies. The problem? None of them have been compiled on a CD… until now.

Finally, Aniplex has gotten their act together and have made a belated release of Bakemonogatari’s soundtrack compiled alongside the opening and ending themes we love so much. The entire package is spread across two discs and will be released on December 21, 2011. Those of you interested in ordering the soundtrack can do so through CDJapan or Play-Asia.

A Second Panty and Stocking With Garterbelt Soundtrack In the Works

Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt’s soundtrack has really been a hit with a lot of fans who really enjoyed the electronica, R&B, and house music that was on display through TCY Force, ☆Taku Takahashi, and Teddyloid’s music. And for those who were disappointed with a few tracks being left out on the original soundtrack should rejoice! On July 20, 2011, you can expect a release of the Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt Original Soundtrack 2!

Though we didn’t really enjoy the music so much, evidenced in our review, the fact that the first soundtrack sold so well is evidence that many people did. So if you’re looking for more of the same, be sure to pre-order your copy at CDJapan.

Kara no Kyokai Original Soundtrack Secures Release Date

When the Kara no Kyokai DVDs and Blu-Rays were released, most of them came equipped with soundtrack discs from each of the movies. But because of that release, a standalone soundtrack release seemed to be out of the picture… until now!

On March 2, 2011, Yuki Kajiura’s score for the Kara no Kyoukai movies will be bundled in a 2-disc soundtrack package featuring the music from all of the movies. Though no tracklist has been laid out, what is probable is that none of the Kalafina ending songs are likely to be making an appearance. Those who want to pre-order the soundtrack can do so through CDJapan.

K-ON!! Vol. 2 Anime Soundtrack Release Date Set

For those of you who’ve been having a blast listening to volume 1 of the K-ON!! Original Soundtrack, the soundtrack to the second season of the K-ON! anime, the second volume’s release date has been set. The CD will be out in stores on October 6, 2010. You can order the soundtrack on CDJapan.

Like with the previous album, volume 2 will continue to present Hajime Hyakkoku’s light-hearted compositions from the K-ON! anime series. Whether the album will come with a character song or two like the first volume did is unknown for now.

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