Anime Music Tournament Finals: Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari vs. Wareta Ringo

The Anime Music Tournament, which had started around August of this year, will finally come to a close once the Finals matchup is over. With this rendition of the tournament, we see an intriguing matchup between two songs, both of which have been reviewed on the Anime Instrumentality Blog.

The first song is the well-known “Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari,” which served as the ending song to Bakemonogatari. This song effectively brought ryo of Supercell from the Vocaloid scene out to a wider audience. The same can be said for Yanaginagi’s music career as well since her voice meshes very well with ryo’s instrumentals.

The second song is from a more recent anime titled Shinsekai Yori, but it too, is an ending theme. The song, titled “Wareta Ringo,” features Risa Taneda, Shinsekai Yori‘s seiyuu, on vocals and a very distinct guitar stutter which has garnered annoyance and delight.

Needless to say, the matchup looks to be tilted in favor of “Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari” but it’s hard to say at this point. Polls will remain open until Wednesday, so check out the Anime Music Tournament’s Finals and cast your vote!

Weekly Anime Music Releases: Supercell, Yuka Iguchi, Aqua Timez, and more!

As we approach Thanksgiving, there are always new CDs to check out given the weekly release schedule for most anime music. So for those who are looking forward to catching some of the opening or ending themes from this anime season, here’s what you can look forward to:

  • Yuka Iguchi, the singer behind such works as Nisemonogatari’s “Platinum Disco,” has a new single out. This one is titled “rainbow heart ♡ rainbow dream ☆/Strike my soul” and can be heard as the ending theme to the Strike the Blood anime series.
  • Aqua Timez, the band that’s been around since the early days of Bleach, also have a new single, this one, for Magi’s second season. In this instance, what we have is the ending theme to the anime series, titled Eden.
  • Ore no nounai sentakushi ga, Gakuen Love-comedy wo Zenryoku de Jama shiteiru is quite the mouthful to say and more or less confirms its status as a light novel. Well, this particular single features the work of two singers, Kaori Sadohara and Saeko Zougou who, together, form the group known as TWO-FORMULA. Its title is Taiyou to Tsuki no CROSS for those interested in checking it out and it serves as the ending theme to the long-titled anime series.
  • You’ve also heard of the seiyuu idol group Sphere, I hope? If not, it’s the group that has K-ON singers Aki Toyosaki and Minkao Kotobuki, but also features Ayahi Takagaki and Haruka Tomatsu. This quartet has been busy working on Yuusha ni Narenakatta Ore wa Shibushibu Shuushoku wo Ketsui Shimashita and sing “Sticking Places” from the anime.
  • Finally, what’s an anime music release without the likes of Supercell to top out the list, with an album no less? ZIGAEXPERIENTIA is the latest Supercell album, featuring the likes of koeda’s performances from anime such as Guilty Crown, Magi, and even the re-broadcast of Katanagatari. The days of yanaginagi have long flown by, but fans of ryo’s music should have a lot to look forward if the goal is to get all of his music in one convenient spot.

There are a few more noteworthy ones, so keep an eye out for those in the next post.

Bakemonogatari Full Soundtrack To Be Released in December

For a lot of us, Bakemonogatari was an anime that was high on the charm and presented with it a lot of excellent music. If you are like us in any way, songs like “Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari,” “Staple Stable,” and “Renai Circulation” will live long in our consciousness. The same can be said for Satoru Kousaki’s Bakemonogatari soundtrack, which features his usual atmospheric tones along with minimalistic piano melodies. The problem? None of them have been compiled on a CD… until now.

Finally, Aniplex has gotten their act together and have made a belated release of Bakemonogatari’s soundtrack compiled alongside the opening and ending themes we love so much. The entire package is spread across two discs and will be released on December 21, 2011. Those of you interested in ordering the soundtrack can do so through CDJapan or Play-Asia.

Vocaloid Character Hatsune Miku Turns Three

Given all of the Hatsune Miku songs that have been created and played on sites like Nico Nico Douga, it seems as though she’s been around forever. But when August 31 rolls around, it’s a firm reminder just how relatively new she is as she turns 3 years old this year.

With a voice sampled from the voice actress Saki Fujita (known most recently for playing the roll of Mahiru Inami from Working!!), Hatsune Miku has gone on to do arrangements of popular anime themes along with original works like supercell’s “Melt” and more famously, “Black Rock Shooter.” Her popularity continues to grow and reach out far beyond Japan and with new mixes continually being churned out, she still has plenty left in her and so, we can all look forward to seeing what this year brings for her!

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