M.O.V.E Continues Working on Initial D With New Theme Song

If there’s anything that sets racing anime Initial D apart from other anime, it’s that the anime uses a lot of Eurobeat to set the stage for the races.  One of the groups who have been a part of this project has been the 2-person band M.O.V.E, which includes singer yuri (real name Yuri Masuda) and rapper motsu (real name Mototaka Segawa).  And based on reports out of Kodansha Magazine via MangaNewsJapon, M.O.V.E will be writing and performing a new theme song for the Initial D anime set to be released this year.

This won’t be the first time M.O.V.E has worked on the Initial D franchise.  One of their greatest hits (see below), “Around the world,” was used as Initial D’s opening theme.  Some of their other works for anime include “Romancing Train” from Final Fantasy Unlimited and “i WAKE YOUR LOVE!,” which was used in Asobotto Senki Goku.  Currently, no single announcements have been made.  As for this latest addition to the Initial D franchise, expect it to air this coming November.

J-pop Group Sphere a Scheduled Guest at Singapore’s Anime Festival Asia 2012

Sphere, the J-pop idol group made up of seiyuu/singers Haruka Tomatsu, Minako Kotobuki, Ayahi Takagaki, and Aki Toyosaki, will be one of the prominent guests who will make their appearance at Anime Festival Asia held in Singapore towards the middle of November.

Needless to say, this is big news as this seiyuu idol pop group has risen quite a bit since their debut singing the opening song to Hatsukoi Limited, titled “Future Stream.” After that, the group has gone on to release such hits as Hanasaku Iroha’s ending theme, “Hazy” and Otome Youkai Zakuro’s opening theme, “Moon Signal.”

Sphere will be joining some other big names at Anime Festival Asia this year, so stay tuned for a more detailed listing of all the other anime music artists who will be performing a concert along with them at the convention.  The only note is that no concert dates have been set thus far, so details will be forthcoming.

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.

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.

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…]

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.

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