Weekly Anime Music Releases – March 25

March 25’s anime music continues to be a torrent of full-length albums or soundtrack releases. Gear up, because this week brings with it some pretty big guns. By far and away, the most exciting release is KanColle‘s soundtrack. While I thought the opening and ending themes were decent, the BGM takes it to a whole new level and makes it a very solid release that we’ll hopefully put into the review pipeline. A smattering of other composers also deliver, like Tsuneyoshi Saito for yet another edition of Fafner. Aside from that, we also have Yuki Hayashi delivering some solid tunes for Gundam Builders Try. So, with all that good music in tow, here’s a look at what’s coming out this week:

Anime Soundtracks and Albums

KimiUso Classical

Your Lie in April

Album Name: Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso Twinkle Little Star
Artist: Yuna Shinohara, Taiji Koga, Eriko Kawachi
Purchase at: CDJapan
If you’ve been following our post series on Your Lie in April, you’ll find that we’ve been utterly absorbed by the anime’s approach to classical music. So now, if you want to sit down and be held in thrall by the many beautiful classical pieces that surface in the show, this album will be for you. You’ve got the likes of Chopin, Mozart, and Beethoven all popping their heads to deliver many a melodic delight that’ll have you coming back for more.

KanColle OST

Kantai Collection -KanColle-

Album Name: Kantai Collection -KanColle- Original Soundtrack “Kankyou”
Artist: Natsumi Kameoka
Purchase at: CDJapan
I don’t think anyone expected KanColle‘s OST to be so good. After all, the show’s premise is pretty silly, and the lack of character development only makes things worse. In a way, the OST saves KanColle from complete mediocrity. Natsumi Kameoka flexes her musical muscles and shows she’s capable of slinging orchestral melodies in a measured and confident manner. The strength that her compositions bring to light are very much the time to listen and this soundtrack is a strong contender for soundtrack of the year.

Fafner Exodus OST

Soukyuu no Fafner EXODUS

Album Name: Soukyuu no Fafner EXODUS Original Soundtrack vol.2
Artist: Tsuneyoshi Saito
Purchase at: CDJapan
What’s been said previously for volume 1 of the Fafner EXODUS soundtrack still holds true here. Once again, Tsuneyoshi Saito, with the backing of the Warsaw Philharmonic, will be unleashing yet another beautiful orchestral soundtrack. And for fans of piano concertos, rumor has it that the one on this disc is fairly solid and worth listening to.
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Weekly Anime Music Releases – February 11

Valentine’s Day approaches, signalling the discontentment of many singles and a deluge of anime singles. Granted, most of them aren’t too great and once again, the veterans like JAM Project and angela lead the way. So nothing for the cult of the new to dig in, which is just as well. That just means an opportunity to conserve the cash flow. So with that, here’s the list:

Anime OP/ED Singles

Durarara ED Theme

Durarara!! X2

Album Name: NEVER SAY NEVER
Artist: THREE LIGHTS DOWN KINGS
Purchase at: CDJapan
Durarara!!‘s ending theme rushes at you like a wild storm, using a distorted voice backed by some rocking tunes. This is a bit of a departure from the more mellow R&B stuff that you’ve heard from the first season’s ending themes, but if nothing else, at least this flies out in your face and leaves you some of idea of the sort of lingering thoughts the anime wants to internalize. I’m not sure that this is as good as the other themes we’ve heard out of Durarara, but if you don’t mind that reckless sort of energy and warbled vocals, I suppose you can’t go too wrong here.

Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso ED2

Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso

Album Name: Orange
Artist: Seven Oops
Purchase at: CDJapan
Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso, also known as Your Lie in April, has generally done well in the music department, though I’ve been hearing a bit of a blowback in that the second opening and ending themes are nowhere in the same ballpark as the first. I suppose a band that goes by Seven Oops doesn’t really inspire much confidence, but the song isn’t half bad, if just a bit on the generic side. The piano is mellow and the vocalist has a sense of clarity in her delivery. Granted, it’s not as good as the first ending theme, since the crime of being generic may just be a bit too much for people to bear, and that’s just as well since you’re not missing much by skipping over this album.

Fafner OPED Songs

Soukyuu no Fafner EXODUS

Album Name: Exist
Artist: Angela
Purchase at: CDJapan
Fair or not, whenever I look at the characters in Soukyuu no Fafner EXODUS, all I can think of is Gundam SEED, and that’s never a flattering comparison. This sort of disdain is a bit of a shame since angela isn’t that bad a singer and in EXODUS, she delivers a solid effort that includes good intonation, a few sharp cries that aren’t too grating. The ending theme is pretty poignant, with a backing violin that helps to bring out the emotions. So of the albums getting released, this one’s on a higher tier than the others because angela’s vocals are actually a step above most everyone else’s. [Read more…]

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