Qualidea Code Anime Reveals Theme Song Performers LiSA, GARNiDELiA, and ClariS

Qualidea Code
Qualidea Code‘s biggest splash isn’t going to come from its plot, which centers around kids who fight against the UNKNOWN (creative name, huh?) alien threat. Rather, the biggest news is the list of performers who will be performing the theme songs for the anime.

At AnimeJapan 2016, the people behind Qualidea Code announced that lisa will perform the opening theme song, ClariS will perform the first ending theme song, and GARNiDELiA. None of these three artists are new to the world of anison. LiSA received her big break performing songs from Angel Beats before moving on to the opening to Sword Art Online. ClariS, a two-girl group, performed the opening themes to Ore no Imouto and Madoka and GARNiDELiA worked on Kill la Kill and Mahouka. A video of the announcement can be seen below:

Now, if you’ve read any of my reviews of their work, you’ll know these are artists I don’t particularly hold in high regard. LiSA is too loud and burst-y for my tastes since I like my music to have some semblance of a dynamic range. ClariS is autotuned to hell and back and I don’t find any of the songs they’re made to sing to be all that enjoyable. Finally, GARNiDELiA plays it by the J-pop book and doesn’t stand out much from other artists.

The only point that got my attention from the Qualidea Code anime announcement is that the soundtrack will be composed by Taku Iwasaki. Iwasaki’s hasn’t been overwhelmingly consistent lately, what with his wild bouts of experimentation, but at least it’s a steady hand at the helm. Small blessings.

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 – February 18

With the Winter anime season really knee-deep in all that it has to offer, the number of anime music releases is resembling a missile barrage. And I’m not saying that just because Kantai Collection‘s OP theme is going to be released this week either. Be sure to look out for that as well as Akame ga Kill‘s soundtrack, featuring the work of composer Taku Iwasaki. There are other things too, but you’ll have to go through the list to find out exactly what can catch your eye:

Anime OP/ED Singles

KanColle OP Theme

Kantai Collection -KanColle-

Album Name: Miiro
Artist: AKINO from bless4
Purchase at: CDJapan
KanColle‘s release is probably one of the high-profile releases to be coming out this month given how it’s pretty much taken over the doujin scene out in Japan. So it’s to be expected that the KanColle fandom will be up in full force over this single, especially when it features the famous AKINO who sang the opening theme to Aquarion EVOL. My stock on it isn’t so high though since she seems to perform better with Yoko Kanno, but this just might wind up turning a few heads.

KanColle ED Theme
Album Name: Fubuki
Artist: Shiena Nishizawa
Purchase at: CDJapan
This week will see not just the OP theme, but also the ED theme to the Kantai Collection -KanColle- anime. Note that this will pretty much be Shiena Nishizawa’s entry into anison and she’s backed up by a composition that thunders forth with interesting sections where she’ll have some tough passages to navigate. I can say I like this a lot better than the OP theme though, so it’s at least decently worth checking out, especially since the lyrics are by micco, who has done a lot of good work for the laid-back band Marble.

Aldnoah Zero ED Theme Eir Aoi

ALDNOAH.ZERO

Album Name: GENESIS
Artist: Eir Aoi
Purchase at: CDJapan
The adventures of Inaho and Slaine are ended with “GENESIS,” the latest single by singer Eir Aoi, who has had a pretty illustrious career performing music to shows ranging from Fate/Zero to Kill la Kill. Compared to a lot of other anison artists, I’m not really too hyped about her and can’t really say I rate her too highly. With that said, she generally delivers a decent effort, where decent is mostly a sort of loudness that really lacks much nuance in her interaction with the lyrics. For those of us who care about music, we’ll just write it off as a damned shame. [Read more…]

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