Weekly Anime Music Releases – March 18

March 18’s anime music releases are all full-length albums or soundtracks that are worth taking a look at. It helps that many of the composers up to bat this go-around are familiar too. You have Naoki Sato writing music for Assassination Classroom, Kunihiko Ryo is also back with Akatsuki no Yona, and then you have the continuation of Akame ga Kill with Taku Iwasaki. So needless to say, a lot of big names to consider. Here’s a look at what’s coming out this week:

Anime Soundtracks and Albums

Psycho-Pass OST2

PSYCHO-PASS 2

Album Name: PSYCHO-PASS Complete Original Soundtrack 2
Artist: Yugo Kanno
Purchase at: CDJapan
Is there anything I can write about for Psycho-Pass 2‘s OST that I haven’t already said when I reviewed Psycho-Pass‘s soundtrack? Yuugo Kanno is capable of delivering a brilliant theme/motif that ties all the tracks together and his skill with the Psycho-Pass franchise is particularly adroit. All of the big moments are captured well in his music and his ability to nail the orchestral and electronic instruments work in this awesome sci-fi epic thriller.

Assassination Classroom OST

Assassination Classroom

Album Name: Assassination Classroom Original Soundtrack
Artist: Naoki Sato
Purchase at: CDJapan
When it comes to hard-hitting action, you can always count on Naoki Sato to deliver the goods. The guy has had a long history of strong anime soundtracks, most notably when he composed the music to Eureka 7. Aside from that, you can always find him on shows like Moyashimon, but arguably, his best work may be on the mecha anime Heroic Age. So with those shows in mind and how good their scores are, you should be expecting a decent level of quality for Assassination Classroom‘s soundtrack.

Wake Up Girls Best

Wake Up, Girls!

Album Name: Wake Up, Best!
Artist: MONACA (Hidekazu Tanaka, Keiichi Hirokawa, Kuniyuki Takahashi, Satoru Kosaki, Keiichi Okabe)
Purchase at: CDJapan
I don’t recall Wake Up, Girls! getting a huge reception over in the West and I’ve absolutely no idea how well it fares against other idol anime (by which I mostly mean Love Live and idolm@ster). From what I can tell, however, Wake Up, Girls! takes an earnest approach in its depiction of idols and while it might not have the full glamour or innocent fantasies of what it means to be an idol, it has heart. And that has to count for something, depending on how you find their music.

Akatsuki no Yona OST

Akatsuki no Yona

Album Name: Akatsuki no Yona Original Sound Tracks
Artist: Kunihiko Ryo
Purchase at: CDJapan
Akatsuki no Yona isn’t an anime that I’m all too familiar with. In fact, I can say I’m much more familiar with the anime’s composer, Kunihiko Ryo. Kunihiko Ryo has made a strong stamp on the anime music world when he composed the soundtrack the The Twelve Kingdoms, and his forays into the historically-based anime, Victorian Romance Emma was just as good. And when you look at his work on Letter Bee‘s soundtrack, you’ll find the same high standards that mark his previous works. So even if you’re not watching the anime, there certainly are good things to be had here.

Rolling Girls OST

The Rolling Girls

Album Name: THE ROLLING GIRLS Original Soundtrack
Artist: Masaru Yokoyama
Purchase at: CDJapan
Masaru Yokoyama never seems to get much love, but the music he’s composed for shows like the dubious-at-first-glance tit-fest that is Queen’s Blade and the enjoyable Arakawa Under the Bridge has been solid, if unremarkable. Perhaps that’s what makes it difficult for him to stand out: he’s simply competently unremarkable. So with the wildness that is Rolling Girls, I’d hazard a guess that the same issues come into play here and if you’re looking for decent music, this is as good a bet as any.

Denkigai OST

Denkigai

Album Name: Denkigai no Honya-san Original Soundtrack
Artist: Hiroshi Takaki
Purchase at: CDJapan
One look at that album cover and you might be tempted to run away. One glance at the composer’s name and you might be tempted to write him off. After all, who is Hiroshi Takaki? The short answer: the guy who composed Tytania‘s soundtrack. If that caught you by surprise, well, then it should, and it should also portend well for Denkigai‘s OST. With Hiroshi Takaki at the helm, this is definitely going to be an OST on my radar.

Akame ga Kill OST2

Akame ga Kill!

Album Name: Akame ga Kill! Original Soundtrack 2
Artist: Taku Iwasaki
Purchase at: CDJapan
Not much needs to be said here. In a previous post, we had talked at length about Taku Iwasaki’s contributions to anime music and how those expectations were shaping up with Akame ga Kill‘s OST. From listening to that first CD, we were pleasantly surprised and expect a decent, if unconventional offering for this one as well.

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