Weekly Anime Music Releases – April 22

And as if to put the past couple weeks to shame, the barrage of new anime music releases begins. Here’s a look at what’s coming out this week:

Anime Openings and Ending Themes

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Sound! Euphonium

Album Name: DREAM SOLISTER
Artist: TRUE
Purchase at: CDJapan
It’s interesting to hear the differences between the lackadaisical atmosphere of the show and compare it to the much more dynamic opening theme for Sound! Euphonium. I mean, the song isn’t really anything special since TRUE delivers a by-the-numbers J-pop song, but at least there’s some energy to be had whereas the show’s main character seems listless, lacking for an energy that would make this anime more captivating.

Blood Blockade Battlefront OP

Blood Blockade Battlefront

Album Name: Hello, world!/Colony
Artist: BUMP OF CHICKEN
Purchase at: CDJapan
Although this anime season’s opening themes aren’t much to speak of, you really can’t go wrong with Blood Blockade Battlefront‘s opening theme by Bump of Chicken. Strange band name aside, they’ve done a lot of good works where the rock isn’t so harsh and grating. If you’re a fan of the softer side of rock, I’d recommend giving this group and, by extension, this single a listen.

Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ViVid OP

Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ViVid

Album Name: Angel Blossom
Artist: Nana Mizuki
Purchase at: CDJapan
This might just be the nostalgia fan in me talking, but I’ve always enjoyed the work that Nana Mizuki has put into the Nanoha series. They might not necessarily be her most stellar work, but I could at least call it pretty competent. And I’m hoping for more of the same here.

School by Rock OP

SHOW BY ROCK!!

Album Name: Seishun wa Non-Stop!
Artist: Plasmagica
Purchase at: CDJapan
Call me a bit pessimistic, but there probably isn’t much here to chew on musically speaking. The composer has a track record that reaches the non-descript Upotte! and some doujin works from further on back, but there isn’t anything notable to speak of. And the songs are all performed by SHOW BY ROCK!!‘s seiyuu. Grab it if you’re a fan of Eri Inagawa, Sumire Uesaka, Manami Numakura, or Ayane Sakura. Otherwise, you can give it a pass.

The Heroic Legend of Arslan ED

The Heroic Legend of Arslan

Album Name: Lapis Lazuli
Artist: Eir Aoi
Purchase at: CDJapan
Unlike many, I’m just not that enthralled with Eir Aoi. Her voice doesn’t seem to exhibit much elegance since too many J-pop artists seem to play more for the loud power pop instead of anything with nuance. Still, with her name brand forged from the Fate/Zero anime, I guess it’s worth taking a look at The Heroic Legend of Arslan‘s ending theme which she performs.

Mikagura School Suite OP

Mikagura School Suite

Album Name: Houkago Kakumei
Artist: Houkago Rakuenbu
Purchase at: CDJapan
Again, you have another opening theme sung by the trio of Juri Kimura, Saori Oonishi, and Ari Ozawa. That’s a sign that you should safely be able to skip this one since none of these seiyuu really register so much as a blip on my radar and the show doesn’t really look like it has much going for it. PASS.

Anime Soundtracks and Albums

Gundam Origin

Mobile Suit Gundam THE ORIGIN

Album Name: MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM THE ORIGIN ORIGINAL SOUND TRACKS: portrait 01
Artist: Takayuki Hattori
Purchase at: CDJapan
Takayuki Hattori’s always been kind of a hit or miss. There are times where he’ll impress the hell out of you with a sweeping orchestral score and there are times where his musical cues will come off as being puny and weak. I guess the question from Mobile Suit Gundam THE ORIGIN is what he’s allowed to do here. If they cut him loose, his abilities will undoubtedly shine through. But rein him in and all you’ll get is disappointment.

Magic Kaito

Magic Kaito KID

Album Name: Magic Kaito KID Original Soundtrack
Artist: Taku Iwasaki
Purchase at: CDJapan
Well, color me interested. If it weren’t for Taku Iwasaki’s name on this list, I’d probably have given it a pass. Given his recent work on Akame Ga Kill, which featured much more orchestral pieces than previous, I’m hoping that this soundtrack for Magic Kaito KID is a continuation of this trend. Definitely something I’ll put on my listening list if I can get my hands on it.

Hanayamata OST

Hanayamata

Album Name: Hanayamata Best Album HANAOTOME
Artist: Reina Ueda, Minami Tanaka, Kaya Okuno, Yuka Otsubo, Manami Numakura, Ryuichi Takada, Keigo Hoashi
Purchase at: CDJapan
I love Hanayamata. If you paid any attention to me while the show aired, you would have seen how much I gushed over it. I loved the opening theme and I loved all the little stories that unfolded during the course of the show. Still, I don’t know what to take away from the music. While Ryuichi Takada and Keigo Hoashi know their stuff, MONACA has never really made a soundtrack I’ve loved. And I don’t think Hanayamata will be an exception either.

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