Weekly Anime Music Releases – May 20

This week had a lot of insert songs from shows we really don’t care too much about. Given that it’s the tail end of the spring anime season (time sure flies, huh?), there’s not a whole lot left to go before the shows all close out. So aside from a few odds and ends, the only major release is Hiroyuki Sawano’s work on Owari no Seraph. Granted, the reaction will depend on what you think about Sawano. So here’s a look at what’s coming out this week:

Anime OP/ED Singles

Owari no Seraph OP-ED

Owari no Seraph

Album Name: X.U.
Artist: scaPEGoat / SawanoHiroyuki[nZk]
Purchase at: CDJapan
Well, when you have Hiroyuki Sawano in the composer’s chair for an opening or ending theme, you can safely expect some electronica moving rhythmically along followed by a loud outburst. True to form, that’s what you get from Owari no Seraph‘s OP theme. The most damning thing about it is how boring it is and I’d give it a pass. The ending theme is a bit better and it reminds you of Aldnoah.Zero‘s ending theme. But it’s still not all that good and I wouldn’t bother too much with this release, Sawano or no.

Houkago no Pleides OP

Wish Upon the Pleiades

Album Name: Stella-rium
Artist: Kano
Purchase at: CDJapan
The Houkago no Pleiades OP theme is probably the type of theme you would expect if you looked at the character designs and anime screenshots. Make no mistake: the song, Stella-rium, doesn’t deviate much from the energetic J-pop opener and pretty much stays the course through and through. That said, Kano’s vocals do sound cute even if this is a paint by the numbers J-pop song, so the worst you’d probably feel is unoffended.

Yamada-kun 7 Witches OP

Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches

Album Name: Kuchizuke Diamond
Artist: WEAVER
Purchase at: CDJapan
Well, the piano chords that open up the opening theme to Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches is pretty energetic, and WEAVER’s voice follows suit quite nicely. But it hardly stands out as something you’ve never heard before since it stays the course for the sort of boy band J-pop songs that have been released over the years. Again, nothing special, but nothing offensive either. Just a bit boring maybe.

Blood Blockade Battlefront ED

Blood Blockade Battlefront

Album Name: Sugar Song and Bitter Step
Artist: UNISON SQUARE GARDEN
Purchase at: CDJapan
Having actually watched Blood Blockade Battlefront, I’d say the ending theme isn’t all too that impressive from the musical standpoint, but there’s no doubt that it’s pretty fun watching the visuals be paired along with this song as the characters strut about doing their stuff. You do need the context to get into it, but it’s not too bad all around. Nothing compared to the far better opening though.

Weekly Anime Music Releases – April 8

Seeing that we’re barely a week into the Spring 2015 anime season, this week’s anime music releases is fairly light indeed. In terms of openings and ending singles, all we’re getting are CDs from franchises that are already well-established and don’t actually need good quality to move discs. And the same can be said for the albums too. I think Nisekoi might be the only major franchise handing anything out this week in terms of albums. Either way, here’s a look at what’s coming out this week:

Anime Openings and Ending Themes

Uta no Prince-sama Maji LOVE Revolutions ED

Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Maji LOVE Revolutions

Album Name: Maji LOVE☆Revolutions
Artist: ST☆RISH, Mamoru Miyano, Kenichi Suzumura, Takuma Terashima, Junichi Suwabe, Hiro Shimono, Kisho Taniyama, Kosuke Toriumi
Purchase at: CDJapan
The theme songs for Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ isn’t anything more than comical, even if they have a decent group of male idol seiyuu to back them up. But like the next track, this isn’t a franchise that I’ll go out of my way to uncover, so I might as well dignify this single by saying as little as possible.

Kuroko no Basket 3 OP

Kuroko no Basket 3

Album Name: ZERO
Artist: Kensho Ono
Purchase at: CDJapan
There’s really not a whole lot here to praise or hold in disdain since I simply don’t care for the inevitable rock that comes out of the Kuroko no Basket franchise. As they say, it’s all about the apathy and I’m most certainly apathetic to this release since I know little about artist Kensho Ono and I’m not too inclined to learn more.

Anime Soundtracks and Albums

Seven Deadly Sins

The Seven Deadly Sins

Album Name: The Seven Deadly Sins Original soundtrack 2
Artist: Hiroyuki Sawano, Takafumi Wada
Purchase at: CDJapan
Hiroyuki Sawano is brash and bold and Takafumi Wada is a relative newcomer whose previous roles has been as a music programmer. Given Sawano’s idiom, the soundtrack to The Seven Deadly Sins is probably going to be like the loud Hollywood sound that’s become virtually commonplace at this point. While I don’t hold Sawano in as high a regard anymore, I do sometimes sit and hope that whatever he’s working on next will have the nuance needed to prevent it from being overwhelming dreck.

Nisekoi Best Songs

Nisekoi

Album Name: NISEKOI BEST SONGS
Artist: Nao Toyama, Kana Hanazawa, Mikako Komatsu, Kana Asumi, Yumi Uchiyama, ClariS
Purchase at: CDJapan
There’s not much to say here that hasn’t already been said. This album represents a collection of music from the anime series Nisekoi, which is only something you’ll watch if you’re fond of a little cockblocking and getting into spirited debates over which girl is better. Anyway, this album is a good fit for the Nisekoi fan, mostly because it has the theme songs as well as a few character songs to gush over. That said, it’s not my kind of thing and I’d rather find some good music relief elsewhere.

Weekly Anime Music Releases – February 4

February comes, and with that, we’re about 6 weeks away from spring. But that doesn’t mean much in the quality of the releases since most of the OP/ED themes are pretty poor. The albums are something to think about though, what with Hiroyuki Sawano plying his trade and a very awesome collection of Higurashi no Naku koro ni vocal music. Of the anime music releases, that is, far and away, the biggest highlight and is definitely worth getting. So with that, here’s the list:

Anime OP/ED Singles

AldnoahZero OP Theme

ALDNOAH.ZERO

Album Name: &Z
Artist: Hiroyuki Sawano, mizuki, Yu “Masshoi” Yamauchi, Toshino Tanabe, Hiroshi Iimuro, Yasuo Sano, Tetsuro Toyama
Purchase at: CDJapan
Starting with his work on ALDNOAH.ZERO, Hiroyuki Sawano has been digging his toes deeper into the opening and ending theme pool. From the first run of ALDNOAH.ZERO, we got “A/Z” which featured mizuki performing the ending theme to the anime. And now, we have “&Z”, which is now the opening theme and also features mizuki on vocals. Given his compositional talents, this song is an easy step up compared to most other opening and ending themes and should be checked out, regardless of whether you’re a Sawano fan or not. Obviously, keep this on a higher priority if you enjoy his works.

Durarara x2 OP

Durarara!! X2

Album Name: HEADHUNT
Artist: Okamoto’s
Purchase at: CDJapan
The Durarara!! franchise has always had some interesting music to throw at anime fans and this incarnation of the franchise, Durarara!! X2 is no exception, pulling in the talents of the rock band, the Okamoto’s to perform the anime’s opening theme, “Headhunt”. The group had prior anime work, namely, performing the 18th ending theme for Naruto: Shippuden after forming as a band in 2010. The group’s members all adopted the name Okamoto in honor of the artist Taro Okamoto. In this latest single, “Headhunt”, don’t expect any type of rock that would deviate from convention, but it’s pleasant music all around.

Testament of Sister Devil

Shinmai Maou no Testament

Album Name: Blade of Hope
Artist: sweet ARMS
Purchase at: CDJapan
Shinmai Maou no Testament, known in English as The Testament of Sister New Devil, is as junky a title as you might expect and probably won’t inspire too many people to give this particular album a look. And that’s just as well since sweet ARMS is a seiyuu group made up of Iori Nomizu, Kaori Sadohara, Misato, and Misuzu Togashi. We’ve never been too hot about seiyuu groups who sing for shows unless their vocal talents are worth looking at. And from where we stand, there isn’t anything for us to care too much about here. [Read more…]

Previewing the Kill la Kill Soundtrack by Hiroyuki Sawano


「キルラキル」オリジナルサウンドトラックPV (HD) by AnimeSlovenija

Just recently, we reported on how Kill la Kill’s soundtrack will be released around Christmas. Well, now that the release date is about a month away, we’ve actually gotten a chance to preview the music which you can check out through the video above.

As is usual with Hiroyuki Sawano, you get that big Hollywood type sound that is bombastic and overblown, which works for the action-packed anime. And then there are also the vocals, many of which remind listeners of some of the tracks from Attack on Titan’s soundtrack.

So take a look above and see if the music from Kill la Kill is up to your liking and if it is, definitely pre-order it, which you can do from CDJapan if your goal is to get this soundtrack around its Christmas release date. It’ll be worth it if you’re finding yourself enthralled by Sawano’s music for this anime.

Kill la Kill’s Soundtrack to be out at Christmas

Kill la Kill OST Soundtrack
For those of you who are looking for some stocking stuffers for this holiday season, the soundtrack to the Kill la Kill anime will be released this Christmas!

If you haven’t checked out Kill la Kill, it’s an anime by Studio Trigger, also the same group who was behind Little Witch Academia. Many of the staffers were former Gainax staffers, so it’s not hard to see the artwork influence comes from.

The story revolves around Ryuko Matoi and is pretty action-packed. On top of that, the music is also quite a treat as it’s composed by Hiroyuki Sawano, the man behind the music for the recent Attack on Titan. So check it out when you can and if you find yourself enthralled by the music, keep your ears open for its release on Christmas this year!

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