Amanchu!’s Anime Music Is A Mixed Batch

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One of the more enjoyable anime from last season was Amanchu!, a show about two girls, Teko and Pikari, who immerse themselves into the world of scuba diving. The anime itself is sourced from the Kozue Amano manga of the same name and is directed by Junichi Sato. The music also highlights composers and singers new and old, and I’ve gotten a chance to review Amanchu!‘s music in the latest batch. Here’s the rundown of my thoughts if you’re curious:

  • Amanchu! Original Soundtrack – I was actually hyped for Amanchu!‘s soundtrack when I discovered that the music would be composed by Gontiti, the acoustic guitar duo that did an excellent job with Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou. Amanchu!‘s music proved to be pleasant, but the biggest sticking point is that it just wasn’t memorable enough. Laid-back acoustic guitar music can only take you so far, and without more compelling themes to drive it along, won’t lead to any sort of life-changing experience.
  • Amanchu!’s Opening Theme: Million Clouds by Maaya Sakamoto – I fell in love with “Million Clouds” when I first heard this. Maaya Sakamoto’s voice is crisp and clear, with all the serenity in the initial stanzas before bursting into an infectious exuberance that speaks to the thrill of discovery and takes you all the way to the end. Definitely one of Maaya Sakamoto’s stronger works.
  • Amanchu!’s Ending Theme: Futari Shoujo – This ending theme basically plays to the characters who sing it. In “Futari Shoujo”, we see Ai Kayano and Eri Suzuki, the two voice actresses for Teko and Pikari, respectively sing a song about friendship. Ai Kayano, who sings first, has a shy, quiet voice that matches Teko’s character while Eri Suzuki’s delivery is more extroverted, in line with what you’d expect from the outgoing PIkari. The overall tone is balmy and pleasant, but not altogether too memorable. On this album, I actually prefer the works of the group Misteria Feo, which takes Mina Kubota’s compositions into a more ethereal realm. A solid album overall though.

Weekly Anime Music Releases – April 1

This week’s anime music releases contains a light dash of anime soundtracks, mostly in the realms of Toshio Masuda’s music for Kamisama Hajimemashita‘s second season and a smattering of artists for Mekakucity Actors that includes some well-known artists like Teddyloid and ANANT-GARDE EYES. But that’s to be expected since we’re in an anime music doldrums. The last season just ended after all and the new season hasn’t shown much of its true colors yet. So we’ll have to see how that goes. With that light load in mind, here’s a look at what’s coming out this week:

Anime Openings and Ending Themes

Tamayura Movie Theme Song

Tamayura ~Sotsugyou Shashin~

Album Name: Kore kara
Artist: Maaya Sakamoto
Purchase at: CDJapan
When Maaya Sakamoto performed the opening theme for the Tamayura OVA, I absolutely loved her cover and was hoping to see more of her. And with the release of the Tamayura movie, it looks like we will! The anime focuses on four girls, one of whom is very interested in photography and you all get to see them explore life, mature, and come closer to achieving their dreams. All signs indicate that this movie will be more of the same, and that should give us a beautiful serene song from Maaya Sakamoto.

Nanoha Vivid ED Theme

Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ViVid

Album Name: Suki datte Ienakute
Artist: Yukari Tamura
Purchase at: CDJapan
I do like Yukari Tamura’s voice as Nanoha in the Nanoha series, so her appearance here is likely going to be a treat. While she doesn’t hold quite a candle to the vocal prowess that Nana Mizuki can deliver, she does a good job of singing in character, so there’s much to like here, assuming all the past Nanoha shows are of any indication. Or so we hope.

Anime Soundtracks and Albums

Kamisama Hajimemashita2 OST

Kamisama Hajimemashita◎

Album Name: Kamisama Hajimemashita◎ Original Soundtrack Otodamashu
Artist: Toshio Masuda
Purchase at: CDJapan
There’s not a whole lot that needs to be said about Toshio Masuda’s skills as a composer seeing just how well he’s been able to deliver on soundtracks for shows like Mushishi. His works carry a sort of atmosphere that’s just really absorbing and he’s also capable of drumming up some good melodies for shounen anime like Naruto. While I haven’t seen Kamisama Hajimemashita, I do have a lot of faith in Masuda bringing out yet another solid effort, and that means you shouldn’t take him lightly when he decides to write music for shoujo anime.

Unlimited Fafnir OST

Unlimited Fafnir

Album Name: Unlimited Fafnir Original Soundtrack -Dragons High-
Artist: R・O・N
Purchase at: CDJapan
The simple fact is that I’m not really too familiar with Unlimited Fafnir and I’m not really too interested in exploring it. Ditto goes towards the soundtrack, which is composed by R・O・N, whose real name is Ryuta Iida. This guy has worked in anime before, having written the music for Shinrei Tantei Yakumo and Togainu no Chi, but again, these are some low-rated shows, so I wouldn’t expect a whole lot to come out of their soundtracks.

Mekakucity Actors

MEKAKUCITY ACTORS

Album Name: MEKAKUCITY M’s 1: MEKAKUCITY ACTORS VOCAL & SOUND COLLECTION
Artist: Jin, ANANT-GARDE EYES, TeddyLoid, Ishifuro, Ryosuke Nakanishi, sasakure.UK
Purchase at: CDJapan
Mekakucity Actors‘ soundtrack comes with a bevy of artists whose portfolio of work is pretty excellent. The first one on that list is ANANT-GARDE EYES, who composed a large chunk of the soundtrack for Angel Beats. Then you have Teddyloid, whose penchant for electronica is widely respected, especially after all that fame he garnered through Panty and Stocking‘s OST. Suffice to say, there’s a risk that too many cooks spoil the broth, but if you were checking out this album anyway, it’s probably going to be a diverse mix that’ll match your tastes quite nicely.

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