Weekly Anime Music Releases – April 8

Seeing that we’re barely a week into the Spring 2015 anime season, this week’s anime music releases is fairly light indeed. In terms of openings and ending singles, all we’re getting are CDs from franchises that are already well-established and don’t actually need good quality to move discs. And the same can be said for the albums too. I think Nisekoi might be the only major franchise handing anything out this week in terms of albums. Either way, here’s a look at what’s coming out this week:

Anime Openings and Ending Themes

Uta no Prince-sama Maji LOVE Revolutions ED

Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Maji LOVE Revolutions

Album Name: Maji LOVE☆Revolutions
Artist: ST☆RISH, Mamoru Miyano, Kenichi Suzumura, Takuma Terashima, Junichi Suwabe, Hiro Shimono, Kisho Taniyama, Kosuke Toriumi
Purchase at: CDJapan
The theme songs for Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ isn’t anything more than comical, even if they have a decent group of male idol seiyuu to back them up. But like the next track, this isn’t a franchise that I’ll go out of my way to uncover, so I might as well dignify this single by saying as little as possible.

Kuroko no Basket 3 OP

Kuroko no Basket 3

Album Name: ZERO
Artist: Kensho Ono
Purchase at: CDJapan
There’s really not a whole lot here to praise or hold in disdain since I simply don’t care for the inevitable rock that comes out of the Kuroko no Basket franchise. As they say, it’s all about the apathy and I’m most certainly apathetic to this release since I know little about artist Kensho Ono and I’m not too inclined to learn more.

Anime Soundtracks and Albums

Seven Deadly Sins

The Seven Deadly Sins

Album Name: The Seven Deadly Sins Original soundtrack 2
Artist: Hiroyuki Sawano, Takafumi Wada
Purchase at: CDJapan
Hiroyuki Sawano is brash and bold and Takafumi Wada is a relative newcomer whose previous roles has been as a music programmer. Given Sawano’s idiom, the soundtrack to The Seven Deadly Sins is probably going to be like the loud Hollywood sound that’s become virtually commonplace at this point. While I don’t hold Sawano in as high a regard anymore, I do sometimes sit and hope that whatever he’s working on next will have the nuance needed to prevent it from being overwhelming dreck.

Nisekoi Best Songs

Nisekoi

Album Name: NISEKOI BEST SONGS
Artist: Nao Toyama, Kana Hanazawa, Mikako Komatsu, Kana Asumi, Yumi Uchiyama, ClariS
Purchase at: CDJapan
There’s not much to say here that hasn’t already been said. This album represents a collection of music from the anime series Nisekoi, which is only something you’ll watch if you’re fond of a little cockblocking and getting into spirited debates over which girl is better. Anyway, this album is a good fit for the Nisekoi fan, mostly because it has the theme songs as well as a few character songs to gush over. That said, it’s not my kind of thing and I’d rather find some good music relief elsewhere.

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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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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