Weekly Anime Music Releases – March 04

This week’s set of anime music releases are much more tilted towards albums and soundtracks rather than the usual coterie of opening and ending singles. I mean, there are still quite a few, but it’s just not as numerous as the sort of barrage you find halfway through an anime season. Thank goodness for that I suppose.

So with that in mind, this week is a pretty action-packed week. We have the likes of LiSA and Konomi Suzuki coming out with releases. In the soundtrack realm, Log Horizon 2‘s OST will definitely be worth a look. Finally, we have some old stars in Yui Horie to sing up Dog Days” and StylipS bringing us something from Gundam Build Fighters Try. Here’s a look at what’s coming:

Anime OP/ED Singles

Gundam Build Fighters Try

Gundam Build Fighters Try

Album Name: Mayomayo Compass wa Iranai
Artist: StylipS
Purchase at: CDJapan
StylipS feels like one of those cutesy all-girl bands that you come to know and love because they feature some of the more enjoyable anison singers this side of sphere. Their body of work has been pretty formidable, what with the likes of “Miracle Rush” from Saki Achiga-hen, as well as “Prism Sympathy” from Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya. StylipS, which is made up of voice actresses Arisa Noto, Maho Matsunaga, Moe Toyota, and Miku Itou certainly don’t seem to lack for energy, even if the music can get a bit static after awhile. Either way, they perform the 2nd ED theme to Gundam Build Fighters Try where they’ll deliver some more of their infectious energy once more.

Dog Days 2 ED

DOG DAYS”

Album Name: Stay With Me
Artist: Yui Horie
Purchase at: CDJapan
Yui Horie has performed a lot of anime music over the years. My first exposure to her voice was when she sang some of the insert songs on the Love Hina anime before moving on to the popular “Scramble” from School Rumble. The last instance in which I was exposed to her clear voice was on Bakemonogatari‘s “Super Sweet Nightmare,” which didn’t really gather too much in the way of plaudits but did well with other people. I suspect “Stay with me,” the ED theme to Dog Days” will go the same way. And for her loyal fans, I don’t think that’s a bad thing at all.

Seven Deadly Sins Takigawa

The Seven Deadly Sins

Album Name: Season
Artist: Alisa Takigawa
Purchase at: CDJapan
Alisa Takigawa isn’t exactly a household name, whether it’s in the anime world or out. And that’s a bit a shame since her voice does show a bit of promise in “Season,” the second ending theme to the Seven Deadly Sins anime. There’s a certain strength in her voice that makes her worth a look even if it’s not exactly the kind of song that would really grab at your attention. But at least it’s about on par with a lot of other anime songs out there.
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The Best Anime Music of 2013

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2013 was a pretty good year for anime and anime music, with a wide variety of styles to choose from. Whether you’re a fan of orchestral, bombastic flair, or are looking for a lighter side of life, there were many soundtracks and anime theme songs that were up to bat.

As is our usual tradition, we’ve provided a writeup of what we thought was the best anime music of 2013. Some of you may find the results of this list to be surprising, especially since 2013 was the year in which Attack on Titan let loose its fury upon the anime fandom. But alas, it did not win best anime soundtrack; that prize went to the lesser-known, but far better Tanken Driland, an anime based on a mobile game, but received a big boost by being scored by Yoshihisa Hirano. Yoshihisa Hirano also managed to pick up the best anime composer award, not only for his work on Tanken Driland, but also his work on the Hunter x Hunter movies, Phantom Rouge and The Last Mission. Hirano’s consistency is a shining point and his versatility is a big bonus, since he composes rock, electronica, and throws in a bit of jazz in addition to his usual classical style to top things off.

When you look at the theme songs, many of the winners weren’t from the big shows that caught people’s attention. The award for best opening theme went to Red Data Girl‘s “Small Worldrop”. This single by Annabel shines in its simplicity and her delivery gives it much heart and nuance to settle us in nicely. Probably to the relief of many anime fans however, Attack on Titan‘s “Guren no Yumiya” did manage to snag the runner-up position.

On the ending theme side, our staff’s love for KOKIA’s music once again reared its head and we found ourselves falling for Space Battleship Yamato 2199‘s “Kioku no Hikari”. KOKIA’s voice is flawless in its delivery and we loved the way it flows and recedes in perfect harmony. And again, simplicity won out for the runner-up position, which went to The Wind Rises‘s “Vapor Trail”. Sung in 1973 by Yumi Matsutoya, we felt that it captured The Wind Rises‘s sentiments beautifully and was a perfect way to close out Miyazaki’s career.

So, go read our full impressions and let us know what you think of our selections. Any other anime soundtracks or theme songs you think are more deserving? Comment away!

A Journey Through Space with Yamato and Majestic Prince

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Space Battleship Yamato and Ginga Kikoutai Majestic Prince have much in common beyond just orchestral music and anime that are set in space. So for those who haven’t looked at our reviews for awhile, we’d like to present our two latest soundtrack reviews that you can look forward to! So with that, here’s a snippet of what we thought about Ginga Kikoutai Majestic Prince and Space Battleship Yamato 2199.

The first of our reviews is none other than Ginga Kikoutai Majestic Prince. The latest anime work by Toshiyuki Watanabe, anime fans can definitely count on the rich orchestrals that make Majestic Prince such an exciting listen because of how consistent the album is in general, making this one a worthy mecha album. Definitely check out our review to hear the samples and if this is what you’re looking for, go ahead and grab it off of CDJapan.

The next CD that we wound up reviewing is the almighty soundtrack to Space Battleship Yamato 2199, which incorporates a lot of retro elements like disjointed melodic snippets and discordant passages that were present on Hiroshi Miyagawa’s score for the original. The music for Yamato 2199 also incorporates some new music by Hiroshi Miyagawa’s son, Akira Miyagawa, but if there’s anything that’s tried and true, composer Akira Miyagawa retains the old, classic music that made the original Yamato such a memorable experience. So yes, for old fans, you can definitely hear Isao Sasaki belt out his rendition of the Yamato opening which captures the awesome space odyssey feel and the anthems will really come off as being inspiring. Unfortunately, some of the more repetitive and uninteresting tracks weigh this album down and so, it’s not quite as consistent as it could be. Again, check out the samples and if you think it works for you, this is also another album you can get off of CDJapan.

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