Weekly Anime Music Releases – February 18

With the Winter anime season really knee-deep in all that it has to offer, the number of anime music releases is resembling a missile barrage. And I’m not saying that just because Kantai Collection‘s OP theme is going to be released this week either. Be sure to look out for that as well as Akame ga Kill‘s soundtrack, featuring the work of composer Taku Iwasaki. There are other things too, but you’ll have to go through the list to find out exactly what can catch your eye:

Anime OP/ED Singles

KanColle OP Theme

Kantai Collection -KanColle-

Album Name: Miiro
Artist: AKINO from bless4
Purchase at: CDJapan
KanColle‘s release is probably one of the high-profile releases to be coming out this month given how it’s pretty much taken over the doujin scene out in Japan. So it’s to be expected that the KanColle fandom will be up in full force over this single, especially when it features the famous AKINO who sang the opening theme to Aquarion EVOL. My stock on it isn’t so high though since she seems to perform better with Yoko Kanno, but this just might wind up turning a few heads.

KanColle ED Theme
Album Name: Fubuki
Artist: Shiena Nishizawa
Purchase at: CDJapan
This week will see not just the OP theme, but also the ED theme to the Kantai Collection -KanColle- anime. Note that this will pretty much be Shiena Nishizawa’s entry into anison and she’s backed up by a composition that thunders forth with interesting sections where she’ll have some tough passages to navigate. I can say I like this a lot better than the OP theme though, so it’s at least decently worth checking out, especially since the lyrics are by micco, who has done a lot of good work for the laid-back band Marble.

Aldnoah Zero ED Theme Eir Aoi

ALDNOAH.ZERO

Album Name: GENESIS
Artist: Eir Aoi
Purchase at: CDJapan
The adventures of Inaho and Slaine are ended with “GENESIS,” the latest single by singer Eir Aoi, who has had a pretty illustrious career performing music to shows ranging from Fate/Zero to Kill la Kill. Compared to a lot of other anison artists, I’m not really too hyped about her and can’t really say I rate her too highly. With that said, she generally delivers a decent effort, where decent is mostly a sort of loudness that really lacks much nuance in her interaction with the lyrics. For those of us who care about music, we’ll just write it off as a damned shame.

Yowamushi Pedal Grande Road OP Theme

Yowamushi Pedal: Grande Road

Album Name: REMIND
Artist: ROOKiEZ is PUNK’D
Purchase at: CDJapan
I don’t think I’ve truly come to a realization as to just how popular the Yowamushi Pedal franchise has become since its characters have routinely done well in the character polls. As for the band, ROOKiEZ is PUNK’D, they’ve more or less made a name for themselves performing the opening themes to the Yowamushi Pedal anime, having gotten their start on works more varied like Blue Exorcist and Bleach. And if you’re performing for a shounen anime, you can’t go wrong with the energetic rocking sound that ROOKiEZ is PUNK’D can put forth.

Yowamushi Pedal Grande Road ED Theme
Album Name: Eikou e no Ichibyou
Artist: MAGIC OF LIFE
Purchase at: CDJapan
I guess that relatively speaking, MAGIC OF LIFE is new enough that getting the exposure they’re getting by performing the ED theme to Yowamushi Pedal might get them the sort of recognition they’re looking for to really catapult their careers. And in listening to it, it sounds more like a mellow pop-rock track that doesn’t stretch too many bounds, but isn’t grating on the ears either.

idolmaster Cinderella OP

THE iDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS

Album Name: THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS ANIMATION PROJECT 01 Star!!
Artist: CINDERELLA PROJECT
Purchase at: CDJapan
Idols. Idols everywhere! If there’s anything that might surprise you these days, it’s an anime season without a hint of idols. Though we have franchises like Love Live and more original looks like Wake Up Girls, none of them quite hold a candle to the might that the iDOLM@STER franchise is capable of pulling off. Although this new anime features a new cast, glimpses of the originals can be seen here and there. On the down side, the OP theme song isn’t quite as catchy as “Ready!!,” but then again, those lyrics were sure hard to beat. For what it’s worth, this is actually really nice and catchy, something you’d expect from the iDOLM@STER franchise, which lives up to what the crew at MONACA and put forth.

Assassination Classroom OP

Assassination Classroom

Album Name: Seishun Satsubatsuron
Artist: 3-nen E-gumi Utatan
Purchase at: CDJapan
Usually, when I see a song performed by the anime’s seiyuu, my skepticism radar tends to be on high alert. But in Assassination Classroom‘s case, what we have is an opening composed by anime veteran Kouhei Tanaka, who has done many a wonderful soundtrack to have me a little bit more at ease even if it’s just a bit repetitive. His compositional chops might not be on the level of a Satoru Kousaki when it comes to J-pop music, but he’s never one to be discounted and for all that can go wrong, this one might actually be worth a shot.

Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso OP2

Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso

Album Name: Nanairo Symphony
Artist: Coalamode.
Purchase at: CDJapan
I’ve written extensively about Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso on the Anime Instrumentality blog, so there’s not too much to say here. But if there’s one thing to get used to, it’s the fact that the anime has a new opening theme: “Nanairo Symphony”. Now, when you’re dealing with the likes of Goose House’s work on the first opening theme for this anime, you’ll find it an energetic affair. This new opening is also pretty energetic, but one of the first things that catches my attention is how juvenile the vocalist sounds, and that doesn’t really lead to an endearing delivery. So with that, I’d pass on this since it’s a bit too steep of a slope for this OP theme to even reach the same heights as Goose House’s efforts.

Anime Soundtracks and Albums

Akame ga Kill OST

Akame ga Kill!

Album Name: Akame ga Kill! Original Soundtrack 1
Artist: Taku Iwasaki
Purchase at: CDJapan
It’s kind of hard to be upbeat on anything related to Taku Iwasaki. I mean, his star has fallen pretty hard, from his early days when he was writing quality orchestral fare like the kind you’d find in the Rurouni Kenshin OVAs. His latest stuff from Gatchaman Crowds is certainly decent, but still nowhere up to his usual standards. Having not watched Akame ga Kill!, I’ll be the first to admit I don’t know what to expect, but they definitely aren’t all too high. Here’s hoping I’m wrong.

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