Death Parade Music Reviews

Death Parade
Death Parade is an anime about people who have died and are sent to the sinister Quindecim bar. There, they must play a game ranging from darts to billiards where, in the course of playing, they will be judged by the barkeep, a solemn man named Decim so that their eventual fates are revealed. Although the anime ended less than a month ago, if there’s anything that separates Death Parade from all the other shows, it’s that music is excellent.

Recently, we got a chance to review some of the music. We listened to Death Parade‘s opening theme, “Flyers” by a band called Bradio and we came out of it very impressed. The music has a rock quality to it that’s exciting and the dance rhythm they throw around is absolutely thrilling. When you tie that in with the dancing in the visuals that play during the opening, it makes for a fun atmosphere that’s certainly different from the kind of atmosphere you’d expect out of Death Parade.

Rather, when you check out the Death Parade soundtrack, that’s when the music becomes much more appropriate. Here, the music can be a lot more somber, especially with that delicious piano track at the very end titled “Moonlit Night”. The other tracks range from quieter, more introspective piano music to wild chaotic affairs that really hit the jazzy vibes really nicely. Composer Yuki Hayashi demonstrates a great amount of range in his music and you come out of the soundtrack experience feeling pretty gratified with what he comes up with.

In the end, Death Parade’s music is an overall positive experience, one that takes in a diverse range of themes and melodies to return a wonderful listen. While the opening theme might be the star of the show, it’s the soundtrack, with its weighted emotions, that leaves you with the memories that the show carries around all the way to the end.

Weekly Anime Music Releases – March 11

March 11’s anime music releases are pretty slow. There are only 3 CDs really worth thinking about. That actually compares favorably to most weeks since I usually only care about 3 CDs anyway, so the fact that there’s 3 CDs worth your time means we’re hitting par for this course. So when you have the likes of a ryo-led Noisycell to boost the Death Parade anime, some pleasant Galileo Galilei on Magic Kaito‘s ED theme, and, of course the GARO the Animation soundtrack featuring the MONACA dudes, you can’t call this week a failure at all! Here’s a look at what’s coming out this week:

Anime OP/ED Singles

Death Parade Noisycell

Death Parade

Album Name: Last Theater
Artist: Noisycell
Purchase at: iTunes
Ryo is back once more, not the one who plies his trade with supercell, but a completely different one with NoisyCell, which features a male artist instead of his usual act of having a female vocalist at the helm. The song itself is decent, with a rocking feel, especially in the chorus which seems to cry out in protest. That said, it’s not too notable, and is certainly not as catchy as you’d hope for.

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Magic Kaito Kid

Album Name: Koi no Jumyou
Artist: Galileo Galilei
Purchase at: CDJapan
Galileo Galilei hops on the scene with a passable song that isn’t as good as some of their other works, namely, the opening theme to Ano Hana. But the soft rock feel is definitely alive in Magic Kaito Kid‘s “Koi no Jumyou” where the vocals by Yuuki Ozaki continues to be as mellow as ever without ever getting overly excitable. They’re definitely the type of band I enjoy in any case.

Anime Soundtracks and Albums

Garo the Animation OST

GARO the Animation

Album Name: GARO -Honoo no Kokuin- ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
Artist: MONACA (Ryuichi Takada, Kakeru Ishihama, Keiichi Okabe)
Purchase at: CDJapan
MONACA’s history has waffled between bland atmospheric fare to interesting atmospheric fare, with a few doses of variety thrown in for good measure. GARO‘s soundtrack features an eclectic crowd that includes the composer who did Working! and Nier, which should easily excite your musical palette. So while this release won’t be at the top of my radar, I think it’s still worth taking a peek at on the off chance that this is one of their better offerings.

Weekly Anime Music Releases – February 25

February comes to an end and that means spring is but a mere 3 weeks away! That brings with it a new anime season with new shows to check out and old anime to wrap up and see how things end. What you should also look forward to are new anime soundtracks that are due once a series finishes. While there isn’t a whole lot of that here, they’ll come sooner rather than later and when they do, it’ll be fantastic indeed since this current season has quite a few that are worth checking out.

So with that in mind, this week is a pretty action-packed anime music release week. :

Anime OP/ED Singles

Yurikuma Arashi OP Single

Yurikuma Arashi

Album Name: Ano Mori de Matteru
Artist: Bonjour Suzuki
Purchase at: CDJapan
Yurikuma Arashi fans should be pleased to know that the opening theme to the anime, “Ano Mori de Matteru” will finally be released at long last. The song has that soft, seductive feel to it that meshes really nicely with the anime’s subject matter. Furthermore the manner in which the lyrics are delivered, that is to say, a sort of rap mixed in with the cooing eroticism, is really pleasing to the ear and should delight many a fan.

Death Parade Flyers OP

Death Parade

Album Name: Flyers
Artist: BRADIO
Purchase at: CDJapan
Out of all the opening themes from shows airing this winter, nothing quite compares to BRADIO’s opening for Death Parade: “Flyers”. Its atmosphere is just really fun as the music makes you want to get up and dance. Although the macabre nature of the anime is at odds with the partying love fest that the OP theme packs in spades, it’s still a song that easily stands out as being, if not the best, the most entertaining one on offer.

Koufuko Grafitti ED Theme

Koufuku Graffiti

Album Name: Egao ni Naru
Artist: Ryo (CV: Rina Satoh) & Kirin (CV: Asuka Ogame)
Purchase at: CDJapan
In terms of songs sung by an anime’s seiyuu, I suppose you could do a lot worse than Rina Satoh’s and Asuka Ogame’s delivery in “Egao ni Naru” for Koufuku Graffiti. Given the show’s content, it’s not a surprise that the central focus of the ED theme is on the joys of cooking and you’ll be able to hear both seiyuu gush over how much fun it is to cook and consume their creations. The song itself is pretty saccharine sweet, but I suppose you wouldn’t have it any other way.

Shirobako OPED Theme

Shirobako

Album Name: TREASURE BOX / Platinum Jet
Artist: Masami Okui, Juri Kimura, Haruka Yoshimura, Haruka Chisuga, Asami Takano, Hitomi Ohwada
Purchase at: CDJapan
Now here’s something pleasant and uplifting. In a show that started about dreams and is now showing some of the more surprising aspects of the anime industry, Shirobako is a breath of fresh air that has an OP/ED single that is light and fun. The opening theme, “Treasure box”, is pleasant with Masami Okui’s voice leading the way with her warm vocals and makes for an endearing song. The ED, “Platinum Jet”, features Shirobako‘s main cast singing an energetic theme that is as fun as the anime itself and together, makes the album worth checking out.
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