Weekly Anime Music – May 13

It’s a depressing anime music release date when all you’re getting are a bunch of opening and ending singles with scarcely a soundtrack to get excited about. Worse yet, they all seem to be the same people or a group of seiyuu releasing the same thing over and over again. That doesn’t do much to stir my attention, but the fans get what they want, so that’s not a bad thing is it? So for this week’s releases, Kalafina might be the sole highlight, but there’s quite a few things for you all to chew upon this week:

Anime Openings and Ending Themes

Fate Stay Night ED Theme Kalafina

Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works]

Album Name: ring your bell
Artist: Kalafina
Purchase at: CDJapan
Is there anything to be said about Kalafina that hasn’t been said before? I guess we could say that we’ve been treated to the same song and dance before and that we’ve heard pretty much the same thing over. Kalafina’s branding has been tied to these soaring vocals with a melancholy tilt and they’re hardly inspiring or enthralling. I’d say give this single a pass unless you’re a really hardcore fan.

Gunslinger Stratos Mirai

Gunslinger Stratos

Album Name: MIRAI
Artist: GARNiDELiA
Purchase at: CDJapan
Garnidelia, the group made up of singers Maria and producer toku continue to roll out singles left and right. What’s not certain is whether they’ve worn out their welcome, but signs point to them still releasing decent fare. The ED theme to Gunslinger Stratos is soft and pleasant, what with the backing piano and instruments. So for fans of Garnidelia, there’s nothing to fear here since this effort was pretty solid all around!

Le Eden de la Grisaia Opening Theme

Le Eden de la Grisaia

Album Name: Setsuna no Kajitsu
Artist: Maon Kurosaki
Purchase at: CDJapan
Ever since I heard Maon Kurosaki sing the music to Highschool of the Dead, I was definitely captivated by the energy she proffered and the way she navigate made me believe in her ability to deliver as a singer. So with those preconceptions in mind, hearing her efforts on Grisaia carries a sort of urgency that’s at odds with what’s on screen. But the biggest takeaway is that it’s very much a competent effort, even if it’s not eye-opening.

Re-Kan OP-ED Themes

Re-Kan!

Album Name: Colorful Story
Artist: every♥ing!
Purchase at: CDJapan
Here, we have another seiyuu effort that’s pretty much packed with cutesy vocals. That’s not too unusual given that this show features cute girls, one of whom is capable of spotting spirits. So if you’re not too down on listening to energetic, optimistic seiyuu pop, this wouldn’t be a bad one to start with.

Hibike Euphonium ED Theme

Sound! Euphonium

Album Name: Tutti!
Artist: Kitauji Quartet
Purchase at: CDJapan
Seiyuu pop that’s infectiously energetic, though I don’t think it’s as good as Re-Kan‘s above. There’s something about their singing that strikes me as being much more generic, which isn’t too bad a thing, except that this show is about music. It’s not too much to expect good music out of a music anime, is it?

Show By Rock ED Theme

SHOW BY ROCK!!

Album Name: Have a nice MUSIC!!
Artist: Plasmagica
Purchase at: CDJapan
More energetic seiyuu pop, and I daresay their execution here isn’t too bad since they manage to keep a good rhythm going throughout the song. The whole arrangement does get a little repetitive though, so the song won’t have much staying power beyond the anime, but it’s at least a fun listen on the whole.

Denpa Kyoushi Theme

Denpa Kyoushi

Album Name: Youthful Dreamer
Artist: TrySail
Purchase at: CDJapan
There’s not much to expect out of Denpa Kyoushi‘s OP because it’s painfully generic. Nothing about it really stands out as it plays out as a by-the-numbers J-pop song that doesn’t really push the bounds of innovation. You’ve heard it before; just keep those expectations low.

Shokugeki no Soma ED Theme

Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma

Album Name: Kibou no Uta
Artist: Ultra Tower
Purchase at: CDJapan
Is this anime considered a shounen anime? If so, the idea of Ultra Tower’s rocking feel is going to be pretty appropriate. In listening to them, I almost get vibes of bands like Galileo Galilei, which is never a bad thing. The way the singer navigates the passages is kind of interesting even if we’ve heard it before. At least there’s a bit of energy to keep things interesting.

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