Amanchu’s Soundtrack Composed and Performed by Gontiti

Amanchu
Amanchu!, an anime that derives its story from Kozue Amano’s manga of the same name, is one of my top picks for Summer 2016’s anime releases. The anime, which focuses on teenagers who form a scuba diving group, possesses a gentle atmosphere that makes it a spiritual successor to the equally wonderful ARIA franchise, a work also done by Kozue Amano. And to top it off, Amanchu!‘s soundtrack will be composed and performed by GONTITI, a group also known for their gentle, laid-back melodies.

I first became aware of GONTITI through their work on Yokohama Kaidasishi Kikou, and was immediately drawn into their light acoustic guitar melodies that captured the relaxing atmosphere that the anime projected. One of my favorite pieces of theirs is “Dance of the Evening Calm” which is a nice and light Spanish-flavored piece from YKK and showcases the type of sound you’re in for when you watch Amanchu!

GONTITI, the duo made up of Masahiko “Gonzalez” Mikami and Masahide “Titi” Matsumura, have since gone on to work on other another anime OVA in TO-Y. Beyond that, their involvement with anime is still pretty sparse.

Still, I’m excited to see what comes out of Amanchu!’s soundtrack. Already, the early signs look favorable with the promo video that was released a few days ago. GONTITI’s acoustic guitar work is just a little more alive, a little more serene, and all that comes together to make the whole presentation just a bit more special. To see what I mean, I’ve embedded Amanchu!’s PV below.

You can expect the anime to be released sometime in July.

The Pillows Performs Ninja Slayer’s Episode 1 Ending Theme

Thepillows
For most anime fans, their exposure to the rock band The Pillows came about through watching FLCL. Amidst FLCL‘s spasticness, The Pillows thrilled with musical numbers such as “Ride on Shooting Star” and my personal favorite of the bunch: “Little Busters”. Although their anime contributions since then have been few and far in between with contributions to Beck and Moonlight Mile, this spring season, they’ll be contributing a song to the Ninja Slayer anime’s long list of ending themes in the form of “Locomotion, more! more”. Better still, this song will be the first ending song to be played in case you don’t want to go through the entire Ninja Slayer anime.

So although Ninja Slayer has been streamed about a year ago, the new Ninja Slayer TV airing will compile those TV episodes with the broadcast to begin airing on April 2 on Tokyo MX1.

And if you’re like me and you’re not all that keen on watching Ninja Slayer, you can still catch sight of the song on The Pillows’ 20th album, titled Stroll and Roll. This album will be released on April 6, marking 27 years of being around, rocking out, and winning Western fans with their contributions to that Gainax anime of old, FLCL.

Weekly Anime Music Releases – March 23

A lot of weeks experience a deluge of singles which can be a pain in the neck to keep track of. But for some reason or other, possibly because we’re reaching the end of a season, this week is more of a soundtrack release push. There’s a lot out there for me to sample, but I am particularly excited about this upcoming Michiru Ooshima release. So with that, here’s what we can expect out of the week of March 16:

Anime Soundtracks and Albums

KonoSuba OST

KONOSUBA -God’s blessing on this wonderful world!

Album Name: Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Syukufuku wo! Original Soundtrack
Artist: Masato Coda, Tomoya Sonoda, Ryosei Sato
Purchase at: CDJapan
This is a show that I’ve been hearing a lot about, especially with how it’s been one of the more engaging anime comedies to have come out in recent times. But because I’ve been out of the loop, I haven’t heard much talk about the show’s music. A lot of the background music comes courtesy of Masato Coda, who’s more of a video game composer, but in looking at the credits, it looks like they’ve got quite a mix of orchestral instruments and more traditional fare. The other performers do pique my interest though, so I might wind up giving this one a go.

Undefeated Bahamut

Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle

Album Name: UNDEFEATED BAHAMUT CHRONICLE ORIGINAL SOUND TRACKS
Artist: Akito Matsuda, Tsukasa Yatoki, Jun Sasaki
Purchase at: CDJapan
A look at the album cover isn’t too inspiring and the name Akito Matsuda isn’t exactly a household name either. Except that this is the same guy who penned the soundtrack to Hibike! Euphonium and has numerous OST credits as Nijine. That alone is enough to make me curious about how this one will go. While the show doesn’t look like anything up my alley, I am cautiously optimistic that Matsuda can once again deliver with the goods here. [Read more…]

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.

Perfume 6th Tour 2016: COSMIC EXPLORER Comes to the USA

Perfume J-pop
Perfume, the J-pop idol trio of Ayano Ōmoto (nicknamed “Nocchi”), Yuka Kashino (who goes by “Kashiyuka”), and Ayaka Nishiwaki (better known as “A~chan”) will be embarking upon their 6th concert tour that will take them to various venues in Japan and 4 venues in the United States to celebrate the release of their latest single, Cosmic Explorer.

North American fans of Perfume will have to wait until summer for them to reach US shores. They’re currently slated to be in Los Angeles on August 26, fly to San Francisco for a concert on August 28, head over to Chicago on August 31, and finally perform for two days on September 3-4 in New York City, New York.

Much of Perfume’s material falls into the category of idol technopop and anime fans might know them best for their work on the Doraemon anime movie titled Doraemon: Nobita no Himitsu Dōgu Museum. In terms of television shows, they’ve performed the theme song to Sushi Police, titled “I Don’t Understand You” which was done in collaborating with the LA-based band OK Go. But seeing that most Western anime fans don’t really have ties to the Doraemon franchise or watching anime shorts like Sushi Police, it’s probably not something that’s really high on people’s radar. And if you’re like me at all, they don’t make for a really compelling reason to go catch them live, so I’ll skip out on this one.

Weekly Anime Music Releases – March 16

Well, we’re back, with a new set of anime music releases. Compared to our previous posts under this category, instead of trying to capture everything that’s released — frankly, that’s a lot of music to keep track of — we’ll go with a list of CDs that we think are notable. At least, for those of you who, like me, are still avid CD collectors. There’s some quality stuff to be had, so here’s what we can expect out of the week of March 16:

Anime OP/ED Singles

Erased OP Single

ERASED

Album Name: Re:Re:
Artist: ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION
Purchase at: CDJapan
ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION’s entry for ERASED isn’t necessarily a new composition, but they’ve added some slight tweaks to it. Personally, I enjoy the song. It’s definitely leagues above the crappiness that was the ending theme, Sayuri and Yuki Kajiura’s “Sore wa Chiisana Hikari no you na”, anyway and I’d definitely recommend giving this one a look.
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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.

Preview of Joker Game’s Anime Themes

Joker Game
Joker Game, the anime sourced from Kōji Yanagi’s novel, takes place just prior to World War II where Japan’s army creates the “D Agency” to serve as its intelligence unit. Unlike Japan’s militaristic stance during this period, D Agency, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Yūki requires that the unit lives according to its mission statement of: “Don’t kill, don’t get killed, don’t get captured.” The anime is set to air on April 5, 2016.

With an airing date coming in less than a month, Production I.G., the studio in charge of animation production for Joker Game, has been releasing a series of trailers for the anime. In addition to that, they’ve also released the videos for both Joker Game‘s opening and ending themes. The opening theme is a song titled “Reason Triangle” by Quadrangle, a fairly unknown band. The ending theme, “Double”, is performed by Magic of Life, a group that’s also done work on Yowamushi Pedal’s second season. For those interested, the Youtube videos of the opening and ending themes can be found below.

Opening Theme: “Reason Triangle” by Quadrangle

Ending Theme: “Double” by Magic of Life

As you can hear from these previews, the opening theme is pretty snazzy, with a nice rhythm and a good amount of energy even if the melody repeats itself a bit much. “Reason Triangle” is par for what you’d expect from J-rock themes and at least the execution seems to be decent overall. As for “Double”, the introduction is marked by a combination of percussion and electric guitars which segue to decent vocals that feel pretty expressive compared to other songs of its ilk. All together, these songs come across as being competent if not exceptional, but they should serve Joker Game well.

With all that said, I’m less enthralled with knowing that the composer for the series will be none other than Kenji Kawai. The show’s contents already look to be kinda shounen-y and having Kawai on staff means I’ll be skipping this one.

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

Luna-Sea
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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