Weekly Anime Music Releases – March 18

March 18’s anime music releases are all full-length albums or soundtracks that are worth taking a look at. It helps that many of the composers up to bat this go-around are familiar too. You have Naoki Sato writing music for Assassination Classroom, Kunihiko Ryo is also back with Akatsuki no Yona, and then you have the continuation of Akame ga Kill with Taku Iwasaki. So needless to say, a lot of big names to consider. Here’s a look at what’s coming out this week:

Anime Soundtracks and Albums

Psycho-Pass OST2

PSYCHO-PASS 2

Album Name: PSYCHO-PASS Complete Original Soundtrack 2
Artist: Yugo Kanno
Purchase at: CDJapan
Is there anything I can write about for Psycho-Pass 2‘s OST that I haven’t already said when I reviewed Psycho-Pass‘s soundtrack? Yuugo Kanno is capable of delivering a brilliant theme/motif that ties all the tracks together and his skill with the Psycho-Pass franchise is particularly adroit. All of the big moments are captured well in his music and his ability to nail the orchestral and electronic instruments work in this awesome sci-fi epic thriller.

Assassination Classroom OST

Assassination Classroom

Album Name: Assassination Classroom Original Soundtrack
Artist: Naoki Sato
Purchase at: CDJapan
When it comes to hard-hitting action, you can always count on Naoki Sato to deliver the goods. The guy has had a long history of strong anime soundtracks, most notably when he composed the music to Eureka 7. Aside from that, you can always find him on shows like Moyashimon, but arguably, his best work may be on the mecha anime Heroic Age. So with those shows in mind and how good their scores are, you should be expecting a decent level of quality for Assassination Classroom‘s soundtrack.

Wake Up Girls Best

Wake Up, Girls!

Album Name: Wake Up, Best!
Artist: MONACA (Hidekazu Tanaka, Keiichi Hirokawa, Kuniyuki Takahashi, Satoru Kosaki, Keiichi Okabe)
Purchase at: CDJapan
I don’t recall Wake Up, Girls! getting a huge reception over in the West and I’ve absolutely no idea how well it fares against other idol anime (by which I mostly mean Love Live and idolm@ster). From what I can tell, however, Wake Up, Girls! takes an earnest approach in its depiction of idols and while it might not have the full glamour or innocent fantasies of what it means to be an idol, it has heart. And that has to count for something, depending on how you find their music.
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Weekly Anime Releases – January 21

The third week of January has brought on more anime music, mostly opening and ending themes associated with new shows. Cross Ange continues to bring on new material and you’ve got a few more hits from anison artists like ZAQ. On the soundtrack front, we’ve got two CDs hitting the shelves soon: the classical music anime Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso (which we’ve blogged to some degree) and the less-spectacular Girl Friend BETA soundtrack. Anyway, you’ll be able to find the releases below.

Anime OP/ED Singles

Cross Ange-Shinjitsu no Mokushiroku

Cross Ange

Album Name: Shinjitsu no Mokushiroku
Artist: Yoko Takahashi
Purchase at: CDJapan
Yoko Takahashi is an interesting case since she’s not a name that many people will know of, but she has a vast body of work throughout the years, including a very very heavy hitter in “Cruel Angel’s Thesis” for the Evangelion anime. So once again, she reprises her singing role on “Shinjitsu no Mokushiroku”, which is set to be the opening song to the second season of Cross Ange. With composer Toshiyuki Omori to back her up, it’s hard to think that the results will be anything but solid.

Junketsu no Maria-ZAQ

Junketsu no Maria

Album Name: Philosophy of Dear World
Artist: ZAQ
Purchase at: CDJapan
Junketsu no Maria is an interesting title in that you don’t see too many series that revolve around the Hundred Years war. Either way, this show focuses on a witch who disrupts some of the events that take place during the period and draws the attention of the Heavens. As for the single, you’re seeing yet another performance from ZAQ, who entered my radar when she did the opening theme to Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!. And incidentally, “Sparkling Daydream” was also her first single where she was the performing artist. Since then, she’s gone on to do songs for HIGH SCHOOL DxD so her latest effort might be worthwhile.

Anime Soundtracks and Albums

Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso soundtrack

Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso

Album Name: Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso ORIGINAL SONG & SOUNDTRACK
Artist: Masaru Yokoyama
Purchase at: CDJapan
Oh Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso. If there’s anything to be said about this show, it’s that the classical music portion of the anime is absolutely fantastic, featuring the likes of Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin, and Saint-Saens. There were many moments throughout where I was enthralled with the onscreen performances and the musical selection, and if you want to learn more, head over to the Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso posts on the blog. Now, if we look at the music outside of the classical side, you’ll find the steady hand of Masaru Yokoyama at the wheel. His work for the boobalicious Queen’s Blade is solid and enjoyable, a surprise if you look into that show just a bit more.

Garnidelia Album 1

KILL la KILL & The irregular at magic high school & Gundam Reconguista in G

Album Name: Linkage Ring
Artist: GARNiDELiA
Purchase at: CDJapan
“Linkage Ring” marks the first full-length album by the artist GARNiDELiA, who, as you can see above, has performed music to such series as KILL la KILL and Gundam Reconguista in G. After looking a bit more into the work she’s done, I’d have to say that her voice doesn’t deviate too much from standard fare J-pop that really makes her stand out since her voice sounds pretty similar to other artists that do the bellowing pop sound (think Nana Mizuki). The music that they have her performing isn’t too bad though, so people looking to get all of her music in one place might get some mileage out of this album.

Girl Friend Beta OST

Girl Friend BETA

Album Name: Girl Friend BETA Original Soundtrack
Artist: Kenji Kawai
Purchase at: CDJapan
One of the more puzzling aspects of the anime soundtrack business is how Kenji Kawai is able to still get jobs. His compositions have been pretty mediocre, often hitting the atmospheric tone to work well within the situational context of the anime, but leave much to be desired when listened to on a standalone basis. The anime that Kawai is scoring for, Girl Friend BETA, is hardly a compelling offering given that its source material lies in a mobile dating sim featuring lots of girls with varied personalities. I think I’ll give this album a pass.

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