Weekly Anime Music Releases – April 1

This week’s anime music releases contains a light dash of anime soundtracks, mostly in the realms of Toshio Masuda’s music for Kamisama Hajimemashita‘s second season and a smattering of artists for Mekakucity Actors that includes some well-known artists like Teddyloid and ANANT-GARDE EYES. But that’s to be expected since we’re in an anime music doldrums. The last season just ended after all and the new season hasn’t shown much of its true colors yet. So we’ll have to see how that goes. With that light load in mind, here’s a look at what’s coming out this week:

Anime Openings and Ending Themes

Tamayura Movie Theme Song

Tamayura ~Sotsugyou Shashin~

Album Name: Kore kara
Artist: Maaya Sakamoto
Purchase at: CDJapan
When Maaya Sakamoto performed the opening theme for the Tamayura OVA, I absolutely loved her cover and was hoping to see more of her. And with the release of the Tamayura movie, it looks like we will! The anime focuses on four girls, one of whom is very interested in photography and you all get to see them explore life, mature, and come closer to achieving their dreams. All signs indicate that this movie will be more of the same, and that should give us a beautiful serene song from Maaya Sakamoto.

Nanoha Vivid ED Theme

Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ViVid

Album Name: Suki datte Ienakute
Artist: Yukari Tamura
Purchase at: CDJapan
I do like Yukari Tamura’s voice as Nanoha in the Nanoha series, so her appearance here is likely going to be a treat. While she doesn’t hold quite a candle to the vocal prowess that Nana Mizuki can deliver, she does a good job of singing in character, so there’s much to like here, assuming all the past Nanoha shows are of any indication. Or so we hope.

Anime Soundtracks and Albums

Kamisama Hajimemashita2 OST

Kamisama Hajimemashita◎

Album Name: Kamisama Hajimemashita◎ Original Soundtrack Otodamashu
Artist: Toshio Masuda
Purchase at: CDJapan
There’s not a whole lot that needs to be said about Toshio Masuda’s skills as a composer seeing just how well he’s been able to deliver on soundtracks for shows like Mushishi. His works carry a sort of atmosphere that’s just really absorbing and he’s also capable of drumming up some good melodies for shounen anime like Naruto. While I haven’t seen Kamisama Hajimemashita, I do have a lot of faith in Masuda bringing out yet another solid effort, and that means you shouldn’t take him lightly when he decides to write music for shoujo anime.

Unlimited Fafnir OST

Unlimited Fafnir

Album Name: Unlimited Fafnir Original Soundtrack -Dragons High-
Artist: R・O・N
Purchase at: CDJapan
The simple fact is that I’m not really too familiar with Unlimited Fafnir and I’m not really too interested in exploring it. Ditto goes towards the soundtrack, which is composed by R・O・N, whose real name is Ryuta Iida. This guy has worked in anime before, having written the music for Shinrei Tantei Yakumo and Togainu no Chi, but again, these are some low-rated shows, so I wouldn’t expect a whole lot to come out of their soundtracks.

Mekakucity Actors

MEKAKUCITY ACTORS

Album Name: MEKAKUCITY M’s 1: MEKAKUCITY ACTORS VOCAL & SOUND COLLECTION
Artist: Jin, ANANT-GARDE EYES, TeddyLoid, Ishifuro, Ryosuke Nakanishi, sasakure.UK
Purchase at: CDJapan
Mekakucity Actors‘ soundtrack comes with a bevy of artists whose portfolio of work is pretty excellent. The first one on that list is ANANT-GARDE EYES, who composed a large chunk of the soundtrack for Angel Beats. Then you have Teddyloid, whose penchant for electronica is widely respected, especially after all that fame he garnered through Panty and Stocking‘s OST. Suffice to say, there’s a risk that too many cooks spoil the broth, but if you were checking out this album anyway, it’s probably going to be a diverse mix that’ll match your tastes quite nicely.

Weekly Anime Releases – January 28

Finally, we get to the end of January. The last week. With the Winter 2015 anime season gone fully under way, many of the opening and ending themes are starting to turn into a deluge. In this iteration, we’ve got the likes of music from JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure as well as long-running fare like Fairy Tail and Kuroko no Basket. But don’t underestimate the soundtrack front either, since we’re getting heavy hitters like Mushishi. Terraformars is a bit more in the air, but Shusei Murai’s done good work, so it’s at least worth checking out, even if you didn’t love the anime. With that, here’s the list:

Anime OP/ED Singles

Saekano OP Theme

Saekano -How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend-

Album Name: Kimi-iro Signal
Artist: Luna Haruna
Purchase at: CDJapan
To be honest, it’s been interesting to see Luna Haruna’s career trajectory and how she went from an amateur fashion model to becoming a full-fledged anison artist with her first effort on Fate/Zero‘s ending theme. Her latest work is for Saekano -How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend-‘s opening theme, but I can’t really speak much to it, mostly because the premise puts me off and Luna Haruna isn’t a huge must-see in my book. She does manage to make a splash and is continually able to find work, so that’s got to count for something.

Saekano ED Theme
Album Name: Colorful.
Artist: Miku Sawai
Purchase at: CDJapan
Hot on the heels of Luna Haruna’s OP theme for Saekano -How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend- comes Miku Sawai’s ending theme for the same anime. Miku Sawai has been a relative newcomer, with most of her works coming in the form of ending themes and her debut work being “Nakimushi” for the Kimi to Boku anime. Given her status and small portfolio size, I’m not sure she’s really popped on people’s radars just yet and with her role on a relatively unhyped show this season, looks like she’ll have to wait to really get that big break she’s been looking for. [Read more…]

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