Weekly Anime Releases – January 21

The third week of January has brought on more anime music, mostly opening and ending themes associated with new shows. Cross Ange continues to bring on new material and you’ve got a few more hits from anison artists like ZAQ. On the soundtrack front, we’ve got two CDs hitting the shelves soon: the classical music anime Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso (which we’ve blogged to some degree) and the less-spectacular Girl Friend BETA soundtrack. Anyway, you’ll be able to find the releases below.

Anime OP/ED Singles

Cross Ange-Shinjitsu no Mokushiroku

Cross Ange

Album Name: Shinjitsu no Mokushiroku
Artist: Yoko Takahashi
Purchase at: CDJapan
Yoko Takahashi is an interesting case since she’s not a name that many people will know of, but she has a vast body of work throughout the years, including a very very heavy hitter in “Cruel Angel’s Thesis” for the Evangelion anime. So once again, she reprises her singing role on “Shinjitsu no Mokushiroku”, which is set to be the opening song to the second season of Cross Ange. With composer Toshiyuki Omori to back her up, it’s hard to think that the results will be anything but solid.

Junketsu no Maria-ZAQ

Junketsu no Maria

Album Name: Philosophy of Dear World
Artist: ZAQ
Purchase at: CDJapan
Junketsu no Maria is an interesting title in that you don’t see too many series that revolve around the Hundred Years war. Either way, this show focuses on a witch who disrupts some of the events that take place during the period and draws the attention of the Heavens. As for the single, you’re seeing yet another performance from ZAQ, who entered my radar when she did the opening theme to Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!. And incidentally, “Sparkling Daydream” was also her first single where she was the performing artist. Since then, she’s gone on to do songs for HIGH SCHOOL DxD so her latest effort might be worthwhile.

Anime Soundtracks and Albums

Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso soundtrack

Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso

Album Name: Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso ORIGINAL SONG & SOUNDTRACK
Artist: Masaru Yokoyama
Purchase at: CDJapan
Oh Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso. If there’s anything to be said about this show, it’s that the classical music portion of the anime is absolutely fantastic, featuring the likes of Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin, and Saint-Saens. There were many moments throughout where I was enthralled with the onscreen performances and the musical selection, and if you want to learn more, head over to the Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso posts on the blog. Now, if we look at the music outside of the classical side, you’ll find the steady hand of Masaru Yokoyama at the wheel. His work for the boobalicious Queen’s Blade is solid and enjoyable, a surprise if you look into that show just a bit more.

Garnidelia Album 1

KILL la KILL & The irregular at magic high school & Gundam Reconguista in G

Album Name: Linkage Ring
Artist: GARNiDELiA
Purchase at: CDJapan
“Linkage Ring” marks the first full-length album by the artist GARNiDELiA, who, as you can see above, has performed music to such series as KILL la KILL and Gundam Reconguista in G. After looking a bit more into the work she’s done, I’d have to say that her voice doesn’t deviate too much from standard fare J-pop that really makes her stand out since her voice sounds pretty similar to other artists that do the bellowing pop sound (think Nana Mizuki). The music that they have her performing isn’t too bad though, so people looking to get all of her music in one place might get some mileage out of this album.

Girl Friend Beta OST

Girl Friend BETA

Album Name: Girl Friend BETA Original Soundtrack
Artist: Kenji Kawai
Purchase at: CDJapan
One of the more puzzling aspects of the anime soundtrack business is how Kenji Kawai is able to still get jobs. His compositions have been pretty mediocre, often hitting the atmospheric tone to work well within the situational context of the anime, but leave much to be desired when listened to on a standalone basis. The anime that Kawai is scoring for, Girl Friend BETA, is hardly a compelling offering given that its source material lies in a mobile dating sim featuring lots of girls with varied personalities. I think I’ll give this album a pass.

Weekly Anime Music Releases – January 14

We’re already two weeks into January and already, the offerings look a lot more substantial. With the Fall 2014 anime season coming to an end, we’re starting to see the Winter 2015 anime season kick into high gear. So that means more opening and ending themes from new anime. But more importantly, it means that we’re starting to see soundtrack releases come down the pipeline. The pipeline is still a bit limited, but hey, something is better than nothing. So here are the anime music releases you can expect for the week of January 14:

Anime OP/ED Singles

Eden-Nana Mizuki

Cross Ange & Dog Days”

Album Name: Eden
Artist: Nana Mizuki
Purchase at: CDJapan
If there’s a standout artist that people will have their eyes on, it’ll probably be none other than Nana Mizuki. Nana Mizuki’s been a long standby on the anime music front, having done excellent work on the White Album opening as well as her work on Nanoha. Lately, she’s also been teaming up with the J-Rock star, T.M. Revolution to perform both openings to Valvrave the Liberator, most notably with Preserved Roses and Kakumei Dualism, neither of which were especially acclaimed by our reviewers. Nevertheless, given that this is Nana Mizuki that we’re talking about, this single should sell pretty well, especially when it tacks on the Cross Ange ending theme and insert song, the Dog Days” opening theme, and even the Animelo mix TV-CM Song!

Flying Fafnir-Trustrick

Juuou Mujin no Fafnir

Album Name: FLYING FAFNIR
Artist: TRUSTRICK
Purchase at: CDJapan
You have more or less a new band who will be performing the opening theme song for Juuou Mujin no Fafnir, which is adapted from a light novel by Tsukasa where the plot revolves around a boy who is thrown into a school where there are girls who have dragon powers. In other words, typical light novel fare. Either way, there aren’t too many high expectations riding on this single, but the group might be of interest. TRUSTRICK is made up of singer Sayaka Kanda and guitarist Billy. They’ve released their debut album “Eternity” on June 25, 2014 and as a note, Sayaka Kanda is the daughter of pop singer Seiko Matsuda and actor Masaki Kanda and has also voice Anna in the Japanese dub of Frozen.

Kamisama no Kamisama - Kamisama Kiss

Kamisama Kiss@

Album Name: Kamisama no Kamisama/Ototoi Oide
Artist: Hanae
Purchase at: CDJapan
No, I can’t claim to know much about the singer, who’s an unknown factor and whose other notable work has been for, surprise, surprise, the first season of Kamisama Kiss where she sang the theme song “Kamisama Hajimemashita.” And the little I know of the anime, Kamisama Kiss, is that it’s definitely a shoujo manga about a girl who is homeless, but finds a place to live at a shrine populated by Tomoe, a youkai, and Onikiri and Kotetsu, his attendants. The girl, Nanami, will become a god and grow closer to Tomoe.

Anime Soundtracks and Albums

Appleseed Alpha OST

Appleseed Alpha

Album Name: Appleseed Alpha Original Soundtrack
Artist: Various
Purchase at: CDJapan
What’s to say? The Appleseed franchise has been known for its cyberpunk mecha feel which carries over to its soundtrack quite nicely. Based on some of the previous soundtracks, you’ll hear a lot of electronica, all from a wide array of composers that it makes the listening experience varied. Either way, this will all feature music from the movie that aired last June and for those of you who haven’t seen it, it’s one of the most beautifully animated works yet, which is saying a lot when you’re talking about the Appleseed franchise.

Psycho Pass-Ling tosite sigure

Psycho Pass

Album Name: Best of Tornado
Artist: Ling tosite sigure
Purchase at: CDJapan
Ling tosite sigure’s theme songs for the Psycho Pass anime series have proven to be very popular, what with “abnormalize” really doing well with those who saw the first season and “Enigmatic Feeling” roaring in for the second season. Best of Tornado is essentially their compilation album and will include the two opening songs from Psycho Pass.

Sora no Method OST

Sora no Method

Album Name: “Sora no Method” Original Soundtrack Kiriyakochou Ongaku Sanpo
Artist: Tatsuya Kato
Purchase at: CDJapan
You know, Tatsuya Katou seems to get a lot of work these days. I’m never quite sure why. The stuff he does isn’t melodic by any stretch, and more often than not, his music serves as a background role than anything that would stand out on its own. So why anyone would listen to his music on a standalone basis is curious indeed. Anyway, he did compose the soundtrack to the Sora no Method anime which focuses on a miracle that happens in a town when a UFO appears above Kiriya Lake and a girl finds her wishes fulfilled.

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