Weekly Anime Music – May 13

It’s a depressing anime music release date when all you’re getting are a bunch of opening and ending singles with scarcely a soundtrack to get excited about. Worse yet, they all seem to be the same people or a group of seiyuu releasing the same thing over and over again. That doesn’t do much to stir my attention, but the fans get what they want, so that’s not a bad thing is it? So for this week’s releases, Kalafina might be the sole highlight, but there’s quite a few things for you all to chew upon this week:

Anime Openings and Ending Themes

Fate Stay Night ED Theme Kalafina

Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works]

Album Name: ring your bell
Artist: Kalafina
Purchase at: CDJapan
Is there anything to be said about Kalafina that hasn’t been said before? I guess we could say that we’ve been treated to the same song and dance before and that we’ve heard pretty much the same thing over. Kalafina’s branding has been tied to these soaring vocals with a melancholy tilt and they’re hardly inspiring or enthralling. I’d say give this single a pass unless you’re a really hardcore fan.

Gunslinger Stratos Mirai

Gunslinger Stratos

Album Name: MIRAI
Artist: GARNiDELiA
Purchase at: CDJapan
Garnidelia, the group made up of singers Maria and producer toku continue to roll out singles left and right. What’s not certain is whether they’ve worn out their welcome, but signs point to them still releasing decent fare. The ED theme to Gunslinger Stratos is soft and pleasant, what with the backing piano and instruments. So for fans of Garnidelia, there’s nothing to fear here since this effort was pretty solid all around!

Le Eden de la Grisaia Opening Theme

Le Eden de la Grisaia

Album Name: Setsuna no Kajitsu
Artist: Maon Kurosaki
Purchase at: CDJapan
Ever since I heard Maon Kurosaki sing the music to Highschool of the Dead, I was definitely captivated by the energy she proffered and the way she navigate made me believe in her ability to deliver as a singer. So with those preconceptions in mind, hearing her efforts on Grisaia carries a sort of urgency that’s at odds with what’s on screen. But the biggest takeaway is that it’s very much a competent effort, even if it’s not eye-opening.
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Kalafina Sings the Ending Theme to Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works

Kalafina Kajiura
Kalafina, the group of singers founded by anime composer Yuki Kajiura and include members Hikaru, Keiko, and Wakana, will be performing the ending theme to the Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works anime. This won’t be the first time the group has collaborated with UFOtable, the animation studio behind the Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works. The group had worked with them on the Kara no Kyoukai anime, performing such songs as “oblivious,” “fairytale,” and “Seventh Heaven” as well as singing “to the beginning,” the opening theme to Fate/Zero.

For Kalafina, the release of “Ring Your Bell” will be the 17th single that the group has released. In addition to working with UFOtable, the group has gone on to do a variety of theme songs for a variety of anime. For example, they gave a spirited, folksy delivery on Sora no Woto‘s “Hikari no Senritsu” and the grimmer delivery on Puella Magi Madoka Magica‘s “Magia.” More recently, they’ve sung the opening theme song to Aldnoah.Zero, titled “heavenly blue.”

So what can we expect from this storied group? Probably a bit more in the way of melancholia since that’s what they’re best known for. Many of their songs have a lamenting tone in which they harmonize well together to deliver a memorable experience. While their sound is pretty unique, they’ve been singing this kind of music for awhile now and it might be getting tiresome for those who want Kalafina to expand to new territories. But for those who love that sense of familiarity that the group brings to the fore, you can look forward to the release of their latest single.

So for Kalafina fans, you can look forward to the latest single, which is due to be released on May 13, 2015. In the meantime, you can look forward to the latest addition to the Fate/Stay Night franchise, which is set to air in the spring anime season.

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