A Journey Through Space with Yamato and Majestic Prince

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Space Battleship Yamato and Ginga Kikoutai Majestic Prince have much in common beyond just orchestral music and anime that are set in space. So for those who haven’t looked at our reviews for awhile, we’d like to present our two latest soundtrack reviews that you can look forward to! So with that, here’s a snippet of what we thought about Ginga Kikoutai Majestic Prince and Space Battleship Yamato 2199.

The first of our reviews is none other than Ginga Kikoutai Majestic Prince. The latest anime work by Toshiyuki Watanabe, anime fans can definitely count on the rich orchestrals that make Majestic Prince such an exciting listen because of how consistent the album is in general, making this one a worthy mecha album. Definitely check out our review to hear the samples and if this is what you’re looking for, go ahead and grab it off of CDJapan.

The next CD that we wound up reviewing is the almighty soundtrack to Space Battleship Yamato 2199, which incorporates a lot of retro elements like disjointed melodic snippets and discordant passages that were present on Hiroshi Miyagawa’s score for the original. The music for Yamato 2199 also incorporates some new music by Hiroshi Miyagawa’s son, Akira Miyagawa, but if there’s anything that’s tried and true, composer Akira Miyagawa retains the old, classic music that made the original Yamato such a memorable experience. So yes, for old fans, you can definitely hear Isao Sasaki belt out his rendition of the Yamato opening which captures the awesome space odyssey feel and the anthems will really come off as being inspiring. Unfortunately, some of the more repetitive and uninteresting tracks weigh this album down and so, it’s not quite as consistent as it could be. Again, check out the samples and if you think it works for you, this is also another album you can get off of CDJapan.

Anime Pianist TehIshter Brings Anime Piano Concert to Los Angeles


It looks like Singapore won’t be the only place to receive an anime piano concert. Looks like the next stop for Youtube anime pianist TehIshter will be Los Angeles!

Back in 2013, TehIshter teamed up with longtime anime piano arranger AnimeNZ to perform a concert called Attack on Piano, held all the way out in Singapore. The concert brought in a lot of anime fans and was generally regarded to be a big success. Although our staffer wasn’t able to confirm that this would be anything more than a one-shot deal, TehIshter posted on his Facebook page on January 3rd confirming that there would be more concerts down the line and that the first one will take place in Los Angeles where TehIshter started playing the piano.

As of now, there’s little information about venue, time, or even ticketing information. The only information we have is that the concert will be held sometime in the spring of 2014. So with that, we’ll be keeping our eyes and ears out for further announcements and will keep you all updated!

Attack on Titan’s Guren no Yumiya Set to Jazz

Given how popular Attack on Titan has been in 2013, there’s been a lot of fan works related to not only the series, but also the music. One notable example of music-related works has been the many arrangements of Attack on Titan’s OP theme, titled “Guren no Yumiya.” For example, you could hear this get a piano treatment at AnimeNZ and TehIshter’s concert called Attack on Piano concert.

While there are other examples, few of them match the fineries of this jazzy arrangement which sees the keyboards bearing most of the melody. It’s certainly light and stays mostly faithful throughout. Will this ever turn into anything on the level of a Platina Jazz? Well, the artists do have other works on their Youtube channel so you can definitely check those out to decide for yourself!

Weekly Anime Music Releases: Space Brothers Soundtrack, AiRI, and more!

Another week brings us a new spate of music for people to look forward to, seeing that it’s Wednesday. Well, this Wednesday’s batch is much smaller than last week’s, but there are quite a few gems to look forward to make your listening experience really enjoyable.

  • First off, for some, imagination is greater than reality, and that turns out to be the name of AiRI’s single where she sings the ending theme to Gundam Build Fighters. “Imagination > Reality” looks to be entertaining as you more or less get a power pop song to blaze away and nab at your attention. And if you’re not familiar with AiRI, you might know her from the ending themes to Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere.
  • Tomohisa Sako sings of a colorful world in his latest single, “Colorful World”, which serves as the ending theme to the Meganebu anime, a high school club that revolves around people who wear glasses.
  • DATE TIME, by the group known as Mineral★Miracle★Muse, but is mostly made up of seiyuu like Haruka Tomatsu, M・A・O, and Erii Yamazaki also will see their CD released today. “DATE TIME” serves as the first ending theme to the “Samurai Flamenco” anime and that only means you can expect another single for this anime down the line.
  • Finally, we’ve really been looking to the release of Toshiyuki Watanabe’s compositions for the long-running Space Brothers anime. Much of the work takes on an orchestral bent that is epic and really carries you through much of the anime’s action. For those who might not know, this soundtrack came pretty close to winning a spot in our Anime Soundtrack of the Year polls and is very much worth checking out.

Official Puella Magi Madoka Magica Soundtrack Release Date Confirmed for Christmas

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Perhaps you’ve really enjoyed watching Puella Magi Madoka Magica and that you really enjoyed listening to the Madoka soundtrack. Maybe watching through the movies really helped remind you of certain scenes where the music made a huge impact and that you really want to relive those moments once more. Well, for fans who’ve really liked Yuki Kajiura’s compositions for the Madoka Magica anime, wait no longer! After seeing only releases in the vein of DVD/Blu-ray enclosures, we’ve finally got a release date for the official soundtrack! The Puella Magi Madoka Magica soundtrack will be released on December 25th. So yes, that means it’ll be out on Christmas Day and can be pre-ordered at CDJapan if you want this awesome CD set.

In terms of the CD’s contents, you can expect to see many of the songs found in the anime. Tracks like “Sis Puella Magica” makes appearances as does Bach’s “Ave Maria”. And, of course, the soundtrack would not be complete without Kalafina’s “Magia” making an appearance. So if re-living Madoka’s journey or Homura’s struggles is right up your alley, definitely think about getting this CD and let the nostalgia take you into the diabolical worlds that the magical girls must endure until the cycle can be broken for good.

Anime Music Tournament Finals: Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari vs. Wareta Ringo

The Anime Music Tournament, which had started around August of this year, will finally come to a close once the Finals matchup is over. With this rendition of the tournament, we see an intriguing matchup between two songs, both of which have been reviewed on the Anime Instrumentality Blog.

The first song is the well-known “Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari,” which served as the ending song to Bakemonogatari. This song effectively brought ryo of Supercell from the Vocaloid scene out to a wider audience. The same can be said for Yanaginagi’s music career as well since her voice meshes very well with ryo’s instrumentals.

The second song is from a more recent anime titled Shinsekai Yori, but it too, is an ending theme. The song, titled “Wareta Ringo,” features Risa Taneda, Shinsekai Yori‘s seiyuu, on vocals and a very distinct guitar stutter which has garnered annoyance and delight.

Needless to say, the matchup looks to be tilted in favor of “Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari” but it’s hard to say at this point. Polls will remain open until Wednesday, so check out the Anime Music Tournament’s Finals and cast your vote!

Weekly Anime Music Releases: Supercell, Yuka Iguchi, Aqua Timez, and more!

As we approach Thanksgiving, there are always new CDs to check out given the weekly release schedule for most anime music. So for those who are looking forward to catching some of the opening or ending themes from this anime season, here’s what you can look forward to:

  • Yuka Iguchi, the singer behind such works as Nisemonogatari’s “Platinum Disco,” has a new single out. This one is titled “rainbow heart ♡ rainbow dream ☆/Strike my soul” and can be heard as the ending theme to the Strike the Blood anime series.
  • Aqua Timez, the band that’s been around since the early days of Bleach, also have a new single, this one, for Magi’s second season. In this instance, what we have is the ending theme to the anime series, titled Eden.
  • Ore no nounai sentakushi ga, Gakuen Love-comedy wo Zenryoku de Jama shiteiru is quite the mouthful to say and more or less confirms its status as a light novel. Well, this particular single features the work of two singers, Kaori Sadohara and Saeko Zougou who, together, form the group known as TWO-FORMULA. Its title is Taiyou to Tsuki no CROSS for those interested in checking it out and it serves as the ending theme to the long-titled anime series.
  • You’ve also heard of the seiyuu idol group Sphere, I hope? If not, it’s the group that has K-ON singers Aki Toyosaki and Minkao Kotobuki, but also features Ayahi Takagaki and Haruka Tomatsu. This quartet has been busy working on Yuusha ni Narenakatta Ore wa Shibushibu Shuushoku wo Ketsui Shimashita and sing “Sticking Places” from the anime.
  • Finally, what’s an anime music release without the likes of Supercell to top out the list, with an album no less? ZIGAEXPERIENTIA is the latest Supercell album, featuring the likes of koeda’s performances from anime such as Guilty Crown, Magi, and even the re-broadcast of Katanagatari. The days of yanaginagi have long flown by, but fans of ryo’s music should have a lot to look forward if the goal is to get all of his music in one convenient spot.

There are a few more noteworthy ones, so keep an eye out for those in the next post.

Previewing the Kill la Kill Soundtrack by Hiroyuki Sawano


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Just recently, we reported on how Kill la Kill’s soundtrack will be released around Christmas. Well, now that the release date is about a month away, we’ve actually gotten a chance to preview the music which you can check out through the video above.

As is usual with Hiroyuki Sawano, you get that big Hollywood type sound that is bombastic and overblown, which works for the action-packed anime. And then there are also the vocals, many of which remind listeners of some of the tracks from Attack on Titan’s soundtrack.

So take a look above and see if the music from Kill la Kill is up to your liking and if it is, definitely pre-order it, which you can do from CDJapan if your goal is to get this soundtrack around its Christmas release date. It’ll be worth it if you’re finding yourself enthralled by Sawano’s music for this anime.

Kill la Kill’s Soundtrack to be out at Christmas

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For those of you who are looking for some stocking stuffers for this holiday season, the soundtrack to the Kill la Kill anime will be released this Christmas!

If you haven’t checked out Kill la Kill, it’s an anime by Studio Trigger, also the same group who was behind Little Witch Academia. Many of the staffers were former Gainax staffers, so it’s not hard to see the artwork influence comes from.

The story revolves around Ryuko Matoi and is pretty action-packed. On top of that, the music is also quite a treat as it’s composed by Hiroyuki Sawano, the man behind the music for the recent Attack on Titan. So check it out when you can and if you find yourself enthralled by the music, keep your ears open for its release on Christmas this year!

A Harmonica Rendition of Ano Hana’s Secret Base

One of the most heartfelt songs in anime comes in the form of Ano Hana’s ending theme “Secret Base”, a song originally performed by the all-girl band ZONE, but has been repurposed many times, including for anime. The song is particularly poignant in the way it meshes with Ano Hana’s storyline pound for pound and it’s hard not to get a chill in the back of your spine after hearing its sentiments and really understanding the lyrics and becomes an unforgettable experience for most.

As always, it’s fun seeing the song used in other contexts and Youtuber Jang Li graces us with a harmonica version of the piece. Through his expressiveness, “Secret Base” retains its heartfelt message, standing well on its own to dispense with its sentiments to yield something absolutely beautiful. Give a listen to it below:

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