Weekly Anime Music Releases – April 15

We’re still seeing only a trickle of new anime music releases for April 15. In fact, aside from the opening and ending singles, a huge chunk are soundtrack albums from earlier in the year, or even from shows from last year. So aside from Gundam Reconguista in G, there’s just not a while lot to excite me in the least. Either way, here’s a look at what’s coming out this week:

Anime Openings and Ending Themes

Choucho High School DxD

High School DxD BorN
Senran Kagura ESTIVAL VERSUS -Mizugi Darake no Zenyasai-

Album Name: BLESS YoUr NAME
Artist: ChouCho
Purchase at: CDJapan
I’ve always enjoyed ChouCho’s voice. She has a very pleasant quality that allows you to just relax and soak in her vocals, so that you really don’t feel much pressure and can be free as a result. I especially liked her performance on Gargantia‘s ED theme, “Sora to kimi to message” for being a quiet jaunt that’s beautiful to listen to, making it one of the standout OP/ED themes from 2013.

Uta no Prince-sama Maji LOVE Revolutions OP

Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Maji LOVE Revolutions

Album Name: Shine
Artist: Mamoru Miyano
Purchase at: CDJapan
Does Mamoru Miyano have a sexy, bishie voice? That’s the only explanation I get for why he gets so much work as a singing seiyuu on so many shoujo anime shows. Well, for what it’s worth, he is capable of delivering a decent effort, but whether that effort will actually be memorable is a whole new other issue. Count me in among the more pessimistic crowd.

Anime Soundtracks and Albums

Gundam Reconguista in G OST

Gundam Reconguista in G

Album Name: Gundam Reconguista in G ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
Artist: Yuugo Kanno
Purchase at: CDJapan
Yuugo Kanno’s music has always been solid and his work prior to Gundam Reconguista in G was the very solid soundtrack to Psycho-PASS. While I’ve watched bits and pieces of Gundam Reconguista in G, nothing in the music has really impressed so far, a problem, especially if we haven’t encountered that one really good Kanno track in the album.

noiaminA fan Best

noitaminA Anime

Album Name: noitaminA FAN BEST
Artist: Various
Purchase at: CDJapan
This album as a concept is a very good one, especially when you look at the track list and feel happy that democracy doesn’t yield tastes that are too bad. In looking through what’s on offer on this album, you see things like Nodame Cantabile‘s “Allegro Cantabile” as well as some exciting stuff from the Guilty Crown anime series. So given the strength of the music alone, this album looks like a clear winner even if you might consider it cheating for joining together so many hopeful pieces.

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.

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