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 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…]

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