Weekly Anime Music Releases – March 04

This week’s set of anime music releases are much more tilted towards albums and soundtracks rather than the usual coterie of opening and ending singles. I mean, there are still quite a few, but it’s just not as numerous as the sort of barrage you find halfway through an anime season. Thank goodness for that I suppose.

So with that in mind, this week is a pretty action-packed week. We have the likes of LiSA and Konomi Suzuki coming out with releases. In the soundtrack realm, Log Horizon 2‘s OST will definitely be worth a look. Finally, we have some old stars in Yui Horie to sing up Dog Days” and StylipS bringing us something from Gundam Build Fighters Try. Here’s a look at what’s coming:

Anime OP/ED Singles

Gundam Build Fighters Try

Gundam Build Fighters Try

Album Name: Mayomayo Compass wa Iranai
Artist: StylipS
Purchase at: CDJapan
StylipS feels like one of those cutesy all-girl bands that you come to know and love because they feature some of the more enjoyable anison singers this side of sphere. Their body of work has been pretty formidable, what with the likes of “Miracle Rush” from Saki Achiga-hen, as well as “Prism Sympathy” from Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya. StylipS, which is made up of voice actresses Arisa Noto, Maho Matsunaga, Moe Toyota, and Miku Itou certainly don’t seem to lack for energy, even if the music can get a bit static after awhile. Either way, they perform the 2nd ED theme to Gundam Build Fighters Try where they’ll deliver some more of their infectious energy once more.

Dog Days 2 ED

DOG DAYS”

Album Name: Stay With Me
Artist: Yui Horie
Purchase at: CDJapan
Yui Horie has performed a lot of anime music over the years. My first exposure to her voice was when she sang some of the insert songs on the Love Hina anime before moving on to the popular “Scramble” from School Rumble. The last instance in which I was exposed to her clear voice was on Bakemonogatari‘s “Super Sweet Nightmare,” which didn’t really gather too much in the way of plaudits but did well with other people. I suspect “Stay with me,” the ED theme to Dog Days” will go the same way. And for her loyal fans, I don’t think that’s a bad thing at all.

Seven Deadly Sins Takigawa

The Seven Deadly Sins

Album Name: Season
Artist: Alisa Takigawa
Purchase at: CDJapan
Alisa Takigawa isn’t exactly a household name, whether it’s in the anime world or out. And that’s a bit a shame since her voice does show a bit of promise in “Season,” the second ending theme to the Seven Deadly Sins anime. There’s a certain strength in her voice that makes her worth a look even if it’s not exactly the kind of song that would really grab at your attention. But at least it’s about on par with a lot of other anime songs out there.

Anime Soundtracks and Albums

Log Horizon OST2

Log Horizon 2

Album Name: LOG HORIZON ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK 2
Artist: Yasuharu Takanashi
Purchase at: CDJapan
Is there anything we stated about Yasuharu Takanashi that we haven’t already said? The man is pretty prolific as hell, putting together a solid career which has included hits like the more serious shows like Mononoke and Shiki. Between this and The Testament of Sister New Devil, Takanashi has got his hands full, but he’s always been a solid composer, even if his music doesn’t really stick in people’s minds. But they fit well within the show’s idiom, so that’s about all you can ask for.

Testament of Sister New Devil

The Testament of Sister New Devil

Album Name: The Testament of Sister New Devil Rinkai Toppa no Zecchou Ongakushuu
Artist: Yasuharu Takanashi
Purchase at: CDJapan
I really wonder about the kind of work that Yasuharu Takanashi is getting since he seems to be scoring a lot of anime and someone with that kind of schedule can’t give everything the proper music it deserves. In addition to putting out the soundtrack to Testament of Sister New Devil, he’s at it, slinging the music to Log Horizon 2. But maybe because it’s an anime sequel, it’s actually not a whole lot of work, so what do I know about it? Either way, Takanashi tends to be a decent composer if not earth-shattering. Unless he’s allowed to completely rock out like he does for Fairy Tail‘s soundtrack.

Space Battleship Yamato 2199 Music

Space Battleship YAMATO 2199

Album Name: Music from “Space Battleship YAMATO 2199”
Artist: Akira Miyagawa
Purchase at: CDJapan
If there’s anything that screams MAJESTIC in your direction, the music from Space Battleship Yamato 2199 would surely fall under that category. From the opening theme, composed by Hiroshi Miyagawa to the current incarnation’s music headed by his talented son, the music to Yamato will live on. So what makes this release especially exciting is that it’ll include music from a wind orchestra, which means that the already majestic music from Yamato just might become even more so.

Lisa Launcher

Sword Art Online II & The irregular at magic high school

Album Name: Launcher
Artist: LiSA
Purchase at: CDJapan
LiSA is undoubtedly the queen of power pop, putting together some solid performances for anime like Angel Beats and Sword Art Online. The only point to note, however, is that she seems to go too much in the power pop, where her voice pretty much directs itself in your face without really offering much in the way of nuance. I kind of wish she wasn’t trying to outdo Nana Mizuki, but that’s sometimes the goal of her songs and it can come off as strained in an undesirable way. Oh well.

Konomi Suzuki Album

Absolute Duo, No Game, No Life, & Lord Marksman and Vanadis

Album Name: 18 -Colorful Gift-
Artist: Konomi Suzuki
Purchase at: CDJapan
If there’s anything to be said about this single, it’s that it’s very colorful. As far as her singing abilities go however… that can be a little suspect. Our review of her work on No Game, No Life veered towards extreme disappointment, and because of that, we’re going to say there’s nothing to really look forward to here. Suzuki is pretty much a bust of a singer at this point.

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