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 25

February comes to an end and that means spring is but a mere 3 weeks away! That brings with it a new anime season with new shows to check out and old anime to wrap up and see how things end. What you should also look forward to are new anime soundtracks that are due once a series finishes. While there isn’t a whole lot of that here, they’ll come sooner rather than later and when they do, it’ll be fantastic indeed since this current season has quite a few that are worth checking out.

So with that in mind, this week is a pretty action-packed anime music release week. :

Anime OP/ED Singles

Yurikuma Arashi OP Single

Yurikuma Arashi

Album Name: Ano Mori de Matteru
Artist: Bonjour Suzuki
Purchase at: CDJapan
Yurikuma Arashi fans should be pleased to know that the opening theme to the anime, “Ano Mori de Matteru” will finally be released at long last. The song has that soft, seductive feel to it that meshes really nicely with the anime’s subject matter. Furthermore the manner in which the lyrics are delivered, that is to say, a sort of rap mixed in with the cooing eroticism, is really pleasing to the ear and should delight many a fan.

Death Parade Flyers OP

Death Parade

Album Name: Flyers
Artist: BRADIO
Purchase at: CDJapan
Out of all the opening themes from shows airing this winter, nothing quite compares to BRADIO’s opening for Death Parade: “Flyers”. Its atmosphere is just really fun as the music makes you want to get up and dance. Although the macabre nature of the anime is at odds with the partying love fest that the OP theme packs in spades, it’s still a song that easily stands out as being, if not the best, the most entertaining one on offer.

Koufuko Grafitti ED Theme

Koufuku Graffiti

Album Name: Egao ni Naru
Artist: Ryo (CV: Rina Satoh) & Kirin (CV: Asuka Ogame)
Purchase at: CDJapan
In terms of songs sung by an anime’s seiyuu, I suppose you could do a lot worse than Rina Satoh’s and Asuka Ogame’s delivery in “Egao ni Naru” for Koufuku Graffiti. Given the show’s content, it’s not a surprise that the central focus of the ED theme is on the joys of cooking and you’ll be able to hear both seiyuu gush over how much fun it is to cook and consume their creations. The song itself is pretty saccharine sweet, but I suppose you wouldn’t have it any other way.

Shirobako OPED Theme

Shirobako

Album Name: TREASURE BOX / Platinum Jet
Artist: Masami Okui, Juri Kimura, Haruka Yoshimura, Haruka Chisuga, Asami Takano, Hitomi Ohwada
Purchase at: CDJapan
Now here’s something pleasant and uplifting. In a show that started about dreams and is now showing some of the more surprising aspects of the anime industry, Shirobako is a breath of fresh air that has an OP/ED single that is light and fun. The opening theme, “Treasure box”, is pleasant with Masami Okui’s voice leading the way with her warm vocals and makes for an endearing song. The ED, “Platinum Jet”, features Shirobako‘s main cast singing an energetic theme that is as fun as the anime itself and together, makes the album worth checking out.
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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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