Masumi Ito’s Yume no Naka no Watashi no Yume Release Wraps Up First Week of August’s Anime Music

Those who have seen Summer 2012’s anime offering of Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita will undoubtedly have come across an ending theme that’s set to a blurry, shadowy, dreamlike state.  That song, “Yume no Naka no Watashi no Yume,” has a haunting quality to it delivered through vocalist Masumi Ito.  Longtime anime fans might find her delivery to be similar to the vocals in Azumanga Daioh’s “Raspberry Heaven,” which shouldn’t be too much of a surprise given that Masumi Ito made up a part of the Oranges and Lemons group that performed “Raspberry Heaven.”

In addition to singing this ending theme, Masumi Ito has done a lot of compositions over the years for anime like the Bungaku Shoujo movie and the Chrono Crusade anime under the composer name of Hikaru Nanase.

The release of “Yume no Naka no Watashi no Yume” will be the only Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita music that’ll be out for awhile and it’s set to be released on August 4, 2012 (not too long after the mega-release last Wednesday which included Nana Mizuki’s “Bright Stream”).  The opening theme, “Real world” by nano.RIPE was released just last week and the soundtrack won’t be out for awhile longer.  If you’re looking to get the ending theme single, you can do so through CDJapan.  Those who want to take a peek at the ending sequence for the anime can do so below: [Read more…]

Nana Mizuki’s Bright Stream, AiRI’s Dreamer, & Megumi Nakajima Headline August 1’s Anime Music Releases

As far as release dates go, August 1st is a pretty busy day with the release of singles by prominent singers.  Of those, none are more prominent than the release of Nana Mizuki’s Bright Stream, which includes the theme song she sings for the Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A’s movie as well as the opening theme from the latest entry in the Dog Days franchise.  Needless to say, Nana Mizuki’s voice is still going on strong and given her popularity, this single is expected to sell well.  For those looking to get a physical copy, you can do so through CDJapan.

Nana Mizuki isn’t the only one seeing a single released.  AiRI, the singer who’s done much vocal work for video games and anime like Fairy Tail, will be releasing her single Dreamer, the opening to this season’s Tari Tari, about high school students who form a choir club, among other things.  Finally, the last noteworthy release is in Megumi Nakajima’s Marble, the opening theme song to Rinne no Lagrange‘s second season (the first season’s opening is also included on the disc too). In addition to that, this single is composed by Rasmus Faber, the man behind the Platina Jazz series of albums.  Those who are looking for AiRI’s Tari Tari opener can order it here.  And if you’re fond of Rasmus Faber or Megumi Nakajima’s singing, you can give “Marble” a shot by ordering the single here.

Beyond that, there are a few releases of music from previous season’s shows like Nyaruko-san’s opening theme as well as Accel World’s new opening theme for those interested.

Two Lackluster Anime Music Reviews

Today, we present two reviews of albums that just don’t hold up compared to better anime music that exists out there. In the first review, Aftershok takes a look at the opening theme from the currently-airing Yuru Yuri♪♪ titled Yes! Yuyuyu☆Yuru Yuri♪♪ and demonstrates that even though seiyuu collaborations can be enjoyable at times, in this instance, it’s just a mess, especially when the B-side is taken into account.

Maskerade, on the other hand, presents us with a review of Best of Jazzin’ for Ghibli. As you can probably guess, this album features Ghibli film themes, ranging from Laputa to Princess Mononoke set to jazz. Unfortunately, the execution is way off and leaves much to be desired, especially when they try to throw some rap around in a way that never really makes a whole lot of sense.

Yui Ogura’s J-Pop Ending Theme for Campione, Titled “Raise,” Released July 18

Singer and voice actress Yui Ogura’s song, “Raise,” serves as the ending theme song for the Campione anime series, a harem romance anime that is airing during the summer 2012 season and is based off of a series of light novels.  The song itself features heavy rhythm and synth which mix well with Yui Ogura’s pop vocals to propel the song along.

This wouldn’t be the first time that Yui Ogura would sing for anime.  Some of her better-known works include the ending theme for the basketball anime Ro-Kyu-Bu as well as the second ending theme to Aquarion Evol.  Her voice roles also extend to Campione, where she voices Athena, and her past experiences date back all the way to Yumeiro Patisserie’s character, Mint.

The single itself can be pre-ordered from CDJapan where it will be released on July 18.

IOSYS Composes Theme Song for Winter Anime Yumekui Merry

In another sign of just how far the doujin music scene has come, it looks like that the doujin music circle IOSYS will be doing the theme songs to this winter’s Yumekui Merry anime series. The plot of the show revolves around the protagonist’s ability to see other people’s dreams and nightmares and one day, he meets a girl who comes from the land of dreams.

I’m slightly skeptical of how this will go because, to be frank, IOSYS hasn’t exactly been at the top of their game in their latest Touhou releases. A lot of their tracks are somewhat gimmicky and the last album that Anime Instrumentality reviewed, their Anime House Vol. 2 album, was utterly atrocious. Still, that they’ve gotten this gig is pretty interesting and I do hope to see some good melodies/tunes come out of it.

If anything’s for certain, the quality of the OP/ED will most definitely depend on the singers they can find. Some of their usuals just haven’t been able to cut it.

K-ON!! Episode 14 Features New OP and ED Theme

With the release of episode 14, the K-ON!! anime now comes with a new intro and outro theme. “Utauyo!!MIRACLE” and “NO, Thank You!” replace “Go! Go! Maniac” and “Listen!!” respectively. As expected, Aki Toyosaki sings the introduction and Yoko Hisaka sings the ending theme like they have been from the start of the K-ON! franchise.

For a quick look at the new themes, the youtube videos are posted after the jump! [Read more…]

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