Weekly Anime Music Releases – March 25

March 25’s anime music continues to be a torrent of full-length albums or soundtrack releases. Gear up, because this week brings with it some pretty big guns. By far and away, the most exciting release is KanColle‘s soundtrack. While I thought the opening and ending themes were decent, the BGM takes it to a whole new level and makes it a very solid release that we’ll hopefully put into the review pipeline. A smattering of other composers also deliver, like Tsuneyoshi Saito for yet another edition of Fafner. Aside from that, we also have Yuki Hayashi delivering some solid tunes for Gundam Builders Try. So, with all that good music in tow, here’s a look at what’s coming out this week:

Anime Soundtracks and Albums

KimiUso Classical

Your Lie in April

Album Name: Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso Twinkle Little Star
Artist: Yuna Shinohara, Taiji Koga, Eriko Kawachi
Purchase at: CDJapan
If you’ve been following our post series on Your Lie in April, you’ll find that we’ve been utterly absorbed by the anime’s approach to classical music. So now, if you want to sit down and be held in thrall by the many beautiful classical pieces that surface in the show, this album will be for you. You’ve got the likes of Chopin, Mozart, and Beethoven all popping their heads to deliver many a melodic delight that’ll have you coming back for more.

KanColle OST

Kantai Collection -KanColle-

Album Name: Kantai Collection -KanColle- Original Soundtrack “Kankyou”
Artist: Natsumi Kameoka
Purchase at: CDJapan
I don’t think anyone expected KanColle‘s OST to be so good. After all, the show’s premise is pretty silly, and the lack of character development only makes things worse. In a way, the OST saves KanColle from complete mediocrity. Natsumi Kameoka flexes her musical muscles and shows she’s capable of slinging orchestral melodies in a measured and confident manner. The strength that her compositions bring to light are very much the time to listen and this soundtrack is a strong contender for soundtrack of the year.

Fafner Exodus OST

Soukyuu no Fafner EXODUS

Album Name: Soukyuu no Fafner EXODUS Original Soundtrack vol.2
Artist: Tsuneyoshi Saito
Purchase at: CDJapan
What’s been said previously for volume 1 of the Fafner EXODUS soundtrack still holds true here. Once again, Tsuneyoshi Saito, with the backing of the Warsaw Philharmonic, will be unleashing yet another beautiful orchestral soundtrack. And for fans of piano concertos, rumor has it that the one on this disc is fairly solid and worth listening to.

Gundam Build Fighters Try OST2

Gundam Build Fighters Try

Album Name: Gundam Build Fighters Try Original Soundtrack 02
Artist: Yuki Hayashi, Asami Tachibana
Purchase at: CDJapan
Yuki Hayashi appears to be taking the lead composer role for mecha anime as of late, so it’s appropriate that he’s given the chance to score the soundtrack to Gundam Build Fighters Try. Now, the one thing to note is that I’m not too fond the music he puts out since he’s hardly consistent, but fans of his work will find this entrant very compelling and well worth the wait.

Maria the Virgin Witch OST

Maria the Virgin Witch

Album Name: Junketsu no Maria Original Sound Track
Artist: Masato Kouda
Purchase at: CDJapan
Masato Kouda is a name that’s better known in game music circles. Most of his prominent compositions are for video games like the Devil May Cry franchise as well as a helping hand on the Wild Arms and Monster Hunter. As a non-gamer, I’m not really quite sure what to expect from his offerings, but it can’t be too bad if he keeps getting work over and over and can build upon that reputation.

Yatterman Night OST

Yatterman Night

Album Name: Yoru no Yatterman Original Soundtrack “Kiku Yatterman”
Artist: Tatsuya Kato
Purchase at: CDJapan
No, I’m not overly fond of Tatsuya Kato. Sure, much of his music may be passable, but that’s about all it can do for itself since his consistency is pretty suspect. So how he’s able to garner any fans is anyone’s guess, but you can’t begrudge the guy since he’s gotten a lot of work and so, will torture our ears for a bit longer.

Tokyo Ghoul OST

Tokyo Ghoul

Album Name: TV ANIMATION Tokyo Ghoul Original Soundtrack
Artist: Yutaka Yamada
Purchase at: CDJapan
They say not to judge a book by its cover, but I’m not sure I’m ready to stomach what this album brings. Without having watched the series and really having no desire to does not help if your goal is to write about anime music. So I’ll just stay in this veil of ignorance

Koufuko Graffiti OST

Gourmet Girl Graffiti

Album Name: Edible melodies ~Gourmet Girl Graffiti Original Soundtrack~
Artist: kotringo
Purchase at: CDJapan
Kotringo is the pen name of composer Rieko Miyoshi, which doesn’t really say a whole lot since most of her works are more for OP/ED themes as well as a miscellaneous OST here and there in the video game realm. So basically, there’s not much for me to go off beyond watching the show, but I’m about to start in a pile of steaming delicious food since that’ll have my appetite up, up, and away.

Testament of Sister New Devil OST

The Testament of Sister New Devil

Album Name: The Testament of Sister New Devil Rinkai Toppa no Etsuraku Ongakushuu
Artist: Yasuharu Takanashi
Purchase at: CDJapan
Sure, Yasuharu Takanashi might have a good reputation for scoring anime that have a bit of a supernatural element like the Shiki anime soundtrack, but that doesn’t mean he’ll be successful here, especially since the content of the anime is very much in suspect. So what he can pull off, I don’t know, but I won’t really be around to give this album a shake.

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