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 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.

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