Weekly Anime Music Releases – May 8

All the anime music releases seem to have been slowed down for this week. This Wednesday is also Constitution Day in Japan, so that’s probably why the releases have been moved over to Friday. In any case, it’s a smaller amount of releases and that certainly helps to make my workload a whole heck of a lot easier. So here’s the anime music you’re getting from this week:

Anime Openings and Ending Themes

Ore Monogatari OP

Ore Monogatari!!

Album Name: Miraikei Answer
Artist: Trustrick
Purchase at: CDJapan
The duo of Sayaka Kanda and Billy are back again. After releasing “Flying Fafnir” for Juuou Mujin no Fafnir‘s OP, they’ve gone ahead and released this latest single with the opening theme to Ore Monogatari!!. The song isn’t much to speak of since it’s pretty much standard J-pop, but the show is cute and worth checking out if you’re a fan of cheesy romances.

Nyaruko-san OVA

Haiyore! Nyaruko-san F

Album Name: Haiyore Once Nyagain
Artist: Kitto Engage
Purchase at: CDJapan
Call them whatever you want, but I’ll always find the opening songs by the Haiyore! Nyaruko-san seiyuu to be absolutely hilarious. Their modus operandi always seems to be creating raucous singing that’s fun with the memetic repetition that you don’t mind that it’s not, by all accounts great music. But since we’re dealing with anime music, we should be thankful that we don’t need to take this medium toooooo seriously.

Anime Soundtracks and Albums

Nyaruko-san Mini Album

Haiyore! Nyaruko-san

Album Name: Haiyore! Nyaruko-san Best Selection Mini Album Jasenkyokutachi
Artist: Kana Asumi, Miyu Matsuki, Yuka Otsubo, Ryoka Yuzuki, Eri Kitamura, Wataru Hatano, Rie Kugimiya, Mariko Kouda, Aya Hisakawa
Purchase at: CDJapan
And if the above album doesn’t do enough to satiate your love for Haiyore! Nyaruko-san, then this album certainly will. After all, it contains most of the music from the previous anime seasons, starting off with the infamous “UUUUU! NYAN! Let’s NYAN!” theme that everyone loves so much. Shrill singing it may be, but once again, fun wins the day!

Weekly Anime Music Releases – January 14

We’re already two weeks into January and already, the offerings look a lot more substantial. With the Fall 2014 anime season coming to an end, we’re starting to see the Winter 2015 anime season kick into high gear. So that means more opening and ending themes from new anime. But more importantly, it means that we’re starting to see soundtrack releases come down the pipeline. The pipeline is still a bit limited, but hey, something is better than nothing. So here are the anime music releases you can expect for the week of January 14:

Anime OP/ED Singles

Eden-Nana Mizuki

Cross Ange & Dog Days”

Album Name: Eden
Artist: Nana Mizuki
Purchase at: CDJapan
If there’s a standout artist that people will have their eyes on, it’ll probably be none other than Nana Mizuki. Nana Mizuki’s been a long standby on the anime music front, having done excellent work on the White Album opening as well as her work on Nanoha. Lately, she’s also been teaming up with the J-Rock star, T.M. Revolution to perform both openings to Valvrave the Liberator, most notably with Preserved Roses and Kakumei Dualism, neither of which were especially acclaimed by our reviewers. Nevertheless, given that this is Nana Mizuki that we’re talking about, this single should sell pretty well, especially when it tacks on the Cross Ange ending theme and insert song, the Dog Days” opening theme, and even the Animelo mix TV-CM Song!

Flying Fafnir-Trustrick

Juuou Mujin no Fafnir

Album Name: FLYING FAFNIR
Artist: TRUSTRICK
Purchase at: CDJapan
You have more or less a new band who will be performing the opening theme song for Juuou Mujin no Fafnir, which is adapted from a light novel by Tsukasa where the plot revolves around a boy who is thrown into a school where there are girls who have dragon powers. In other words, typical light novel fare. Either way, there aren’t too many high expectations riding on this single, but the group might be of interest. TRUSTRICK is made up of singer Sayaka Kanda and guitarist Billy. They’ve released their debut album “Eternity” on June 25, 2014 and as a note, Sayaka Kanda is the daughter of pop singer Seiko Matsuda and actor Masaki Kanda and has also voice Anna in the Japanese dub of Frozen.

Kamisama no Kamisama - Kamisama Kiss

Kamisama Kiss@

Album Name: Kamisama no Kamisama/Ototoi Oide
Artist: Hanae
Purchase at: CDJapan
No, I can’t claim to know much about the singer, who’s an unknown factor and whose other notable work has been for, surprise, surprise, the first season of Kamisama Kiss where she sang the theme song “Kamisama Hajimemashita.” And the little I know of the anime, Kamisama Kiss, is that it’s definitely a shoujo manga about a girl who is homeless, but finds a place to live at a shrine populated by Tomoe, a youkai, and Onikiri and Kotetsu, his attendants. The girl, Nanami, will become a god and grow closer to Tomoe.

Anime Soundtracks and Albums

Appleseed Alpha OST

Appleseed Alpha

Album Name: Appleseed Alpha Original Soundtrack
Artist: Various
Purchase at: CDJapan
What’s to say? The Appleseed franchise has been known for its cyberpunk mecha feel which carries over to its soundtrack quite nicely. Based on some of the previous soundtracks, you’ll hear a lot of electronica, all from a wide array of composers that it makes the listening experience varied. Either way, this will all feature music from the movie that aired last June and for those of you who haven’t seen it, it’s one of the most beautifully animated works yet, which is saying a lot when you’re talking about the Appleseed franchise.

Psycho Pass-Ling tosite sigure

Psycho Pass

Album Name: Best of Tornado
Artist: Ling tosite sigure
Purchase at: CDJapan
Ling tosite sigure’s theme songs for the Psycho Pass anime series have proven to be very popular, what with “abnormalize” really doing well with those who saw the first season and “Enigmatic Feeling” roaring in for the second season. Best of Tornado is essentially their compilation album and will include the two opening songs from Psycho Pass.

Sora no Method OST

Sora no Method

Album Name: “Sora no Method” Original Soundtrack Kiriyakochou Ongaku Sanpo
Artist: Tatsuya Kato
Purchase at: CDJapan
You know, Tatsuya Katou seems to get a lot of work these days. I’m never quite sure why. The stuff he does isn’t melodic by any stretch, and more often than not, his music serves as a background role than anything that would stand out on its own. So why anyone would listen to his music on a standalone basis is curious indeed. Anyway, he did compose the soundtrack to the Sora no Method anime which focuses on a miracle that happens in a town when a UFO appears above Kiriya Lake and a girl finds her wishes fulfilled.

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