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 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.

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