PES: Peace Eco Smile – Toyota-Sponsored Anime Short with Pleasant Synth & Electronica

Last year saw a curious 4-episode anime titled Houkago no Pleiades, a joint work between Gainax (Evangelion, Gurren Lagaan) and the carmaker Subaru. The plot consists of Subaru, a young girl, and four other girls who become magical girls and are tasked with finding engine fragments. Its execution was a bit silly all in all, with a bit of product placement in the sound effects and the logo.

Well, it looks like Toyota is also getting into the action, partnering up with Studio 4°C to create an anime short titled PES: Peace Eco Smile. The plot centers around PES, a humanoid alien accompanied by beings called NaSuBi. Both have found Earth to be pleasant and seek to learn more about people. To find out more, the trailer has already been released and you can see it after the jump. [Read more…]

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.

School Food Punishment To Go On Hiatus

Ever since the release of “Futuristic Imagination” from Eden of the East, School Food Punishment have made quite a splash in the realm of anime opening and ending themes through their blend of voice, acoustic, and electric instruments which lends itself to a rich, complex, aural experience. After releasing such well-received singles as [C]’s RPG and Un-go’s How to Go, School Food Punishment have announced, unfortunately, that they will be going on hiatus. Although no reason was given for this hiatus, the individual members will continue making music… just not as a cohesive unit like they were. Whether they will actually make a return as a group like Do As Infinity, who knows? We’ll have to wait and see.

Source: https://twitter.com/#!/ottocycle/status/164371066167377920

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.

Steins;Gate Singer Kanako Itou to be at Anime Boston 2012

Steins;Gate from 2011 certainly did well to enthrall viewers with its time-travel-based plot and “Hacking to the Gate,” the OP theme to the anime was sung by Kanako Itou, whose vocals helped weave an aura of mystery and urgency into the mix. Her singing has been generally well-regarded by fans who’ve followed her work on visual novels like Steins;Gate, Saya no Uta, and Chaos;Head and for those of you based in the USA, you can look forward to her appearance at Anime Boston in 2012.

Although Kanako Itou has performed live concerts at events such as Anime Festival Asia and various years in attendance at the Animelo concerts, this will be her first appearance in the United States.

Currently, no schedule has been announced for meet and greets or concerts, but do pay attention as we will update you when we have any news about Kanako Itou’s appearance.

Yoko Kanno Composes Intro to NHK’s 62nd Kohaku Uta Gassen

Looks like one of the reasons why Japanese composer Yoko Kanno hasn’t been composing so much anime music has been answered. Although she has not had any new anime compositions since the Macross Frontier movies, we’re about to see new compositions from her. The first will be for the next addition to the Sousei no Aquarion franchise, titled Aquarion Evol which is set to be aired in Winter 2012’s anime season.

But perhaps more importantly, Kanno has been assigned to compose the opening to NHK’s 62nd Kohaku Uta Gessen, a music show that takes place every year on New Year’s Eve. The piece itself is set to play when hosts Arashi and Mao Inoue are introduced as well as when artists are introduced, artists which include the likes of Ayumi Hamazaki, Nana Mizuki, and L’Arc~en~Ciel.

Source: Oricon via Tokyohive.

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.

Hatsune Miku Slated to Perform Vocaloid Concert in Singapore

Apparently Hatsune Miku isn’t quite done with her concert tour just yet. After performing to a sold-out crowd at Mikunopolis, it looks like her next destination will be Singapore for Anime Festival Asia.

This concert should provide an exciting opportunity for Vocaloid fans who weren’t able to see Hatsune Miku’s Los Angeles concert, one that was well-received by many attendees. In any event, we hope that you’ll be able to make it out there to see not only the wondrous technology, but also the music, which has enthralled many fans both in and out of Japan.

Maon Kurosaki to Perform at Anime Expo

Maon Kurosaki’s career is still pretty much in its infancy since her music experience prior to performing anisong has been in performing at Akihabara’s Dearstage Club, but she’ll be looking to see where it can go with her first concert outside the Japan. On July 3, Anime Expo attendees can expect to see her in concert at the Club Nokia in Los Angeles.

Maon Kurosaki is probably best known for performing the ending theme for the High School of the Dead anime series produced by Madhouse as well as the ending theme to Toaru Majutsu no Index II. In addition to performing at Anime Expo, Maon Kurosaki will also be participating in Animelo Summer Live 2011 and will release an album containing the ending theme to the Hakuouki OVA.

Yuki Kajiura Presents Solo Concert with Madoka’s Music on June 29

Yuki Kajiura, the anime composer known for her works for Noir, Madlax, My-HiME, has confirmed that she will be doing a solo performance at the NHK Hall in Tokyo on June 29 this year. And as an added bonus, for fans who really enjoyed the work she did for the Puella Magi Madoka Magica soundtrack, she will be playing a few selections from that OST as part of the setlist.

Source: http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20110601-00000153-sph-ent

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