Weekly Anime Music Releases – June 3

A short list of anime music including Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works]’s ED Theme by Aimer. Kajiura fans should rejoice as well since another FictionJunction album will soon surface. So sit down and take a look at what came out on the week of June 3:

Anime OP/ED Singles

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Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works]

Album Name: Brave Shine
Artist: Aimer
Purchase at: CDJapan
Aimer’s music doesn’t inspire so much as impart mysterious vibes that can be utterly captivating in the way that only she can deliver upon them. And that’s what makes “Brave Shine” a very intriguing proposition. There’s an underlying tension that makes the ending theme to Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works] so palatable that I definitely look forward to how the full single turns out.

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO OP

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO!

Album Name: Harumodoki
Artist: yanaginagi
Purchase at: CDJapan
And like clockwork, you have a release from the ear-pleasing yanaginagi, whose works performed since working for ryo of supercell have been mixed. With that said, her vocals remain pretty consistent in terms of their quality, but I’m not really having much hope for the composition or melody if it weren’t composed by the folks at ROUND TABLE. This one’s definitely a wait and see.
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Yuki Kajiura August 31 Live Concert Streamed


If you were at Anime Expo and can’t seem to get enough of Yuki Kajiura’s concert presence, August 31 should give you an opportunity to catch her in person. On August 31, at 7pm Japan time, Yuki Kajiura will be set to perform live. While this might normally not be worth mentioning because it will take place in Japan, the promising news is that people living outside Japan have the opportunity to view it as it’s streaming live!

To watch Yuki Kajiura live, head over to the concert event’s Ustream page. Information on ticketing can also be found on Ustream. Do keep in mind that tickets will cost 1,000 yen and you have to have a Ustream account or log in through Facebook.  Thankfully, this is not region-locked and if you have purchased your Ustream ticket, you get the bonus of being able to view archived footage of the event.  So set your clocks, purchase those tickets, and look forward to another magical, musical evening with Kajiura.

Source: Canta Per Me

Kalafina’s Latest Single, Moonfesta, Sees July 18 Release

Although it won’t be for an anime series, Kalafina, the group founded by anime composer Yuki Kajiura, will be releasing their latest single tomorrow on July 18.  The single, titled Moonfesta, is for a music program on the NHK channel called Minna no Uta and will be targeted towards kids.

For Kalafina, this will be their second single released in 2012, following in the footsteps of To the beginning, the opening theme to Fate/Zero.  This already makes it twice as many singles as they released back in 2011.  Kalafina, currently made up of singers Keiko, Wakana, and Hikaru, had their beginnings in singing the hauntingly beautiful theme songs to Kara no Kyoukai and have gone on to perform at live concerts in the United States at venues such as Anime Expo.

Preorders for Moonfesta can be had on CDJapan.

Anime Expo Concert Reports – Yuki Kajiura and FictionJunction and LiSA

This past Anime Expo 2012 saw the arrival of such stars as LiSA, the J-pop artist who performed songs from Angel Beats! and Fate/Zero as well as Yuki Kajiura, who composed music for Fate/Zero’s soundtrack as well as Puella Magi Madoka Magica’s soundtrack.  Both groups graced the Anime Expo fans with excellent concerts.  LiSA was able to showcase her energy and enthusiasm which made the performance lively and enjoyable.  Yuki Kajiura’s concert, in comparison, was more toned down in terms of its energy, but the setlist was truly amazing and allowed the audience to see just how well the members of FictionJunction could harmonize.

That said, the only hiccup in the entire concert is the fact that the venue churned out sound issues like reverb and the instrumental balance was out of whack, which intruded upon the audience’s ability to hear FictionJunction and LiSA sing their songs.  Despite these issues, it was a memorable night and one definitely worth experiencing.  Do check out the concert reports we have posted!

Yuki Kajiura Presents Solo Concert with Madoka’s Music on June 29

Yuki Kajiura, the anime composer known for her works for Noir, Madlax, My-HiME, has confirmed that she will be doing a solo performance at the NHK Hall in Tokyo on June 29 this year. And as an added bonus, for fans who really enjoyed the work she did for the Puella Magi Madoka Magica soundtrack, she will be playing a few selections from that OST as part of the setlist.

Source: http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20110601-00000153-sph-ent

Kalafina Named as Guest of Honor for Anime Expo

Anime Expo’s first major concert announcement has surfaced. On July 2, 2011, the trio Kalafina will be performing at Anime Expo in Los Angeles.

For fans who don’t know, Kalafina is a trio of singers. This group was initially created to sing the theme songs for the Kara no Kyoukai movies, but their popularity remained so strong that they’ve continued on to this day. All of their music is composed by Yuki Kajiura and includes such hits as Magia, the ending theme to Puella Magi Madoka Magica as well as Sora no Woto’s opening theme, Hikari no Senritsu.

Needless to say, this announcement brings up a lot of excitement and here’s hoping that Yuki Kajiura will also make an appearance!

Kara no Kyokai Original Soundtrack Secures Release Date

When the Kara no Kyokai DVDs and Blu-Rays were released, most of them came equipped with soundtrack discs from each of the movies. But because of that release, a standalone soundtrack release seemed to be out of the picture… until now!

On March 2, 2011, Yuki Kajiura’s score for the Kara no Kyoukai movies will be bundled in a 2-disc soundtrack package featuring the music from all of the movies. Though no tracklist has been laid out, what is probable is that none of the Kalafina ending songs are likely to be making an appearance. Those who want to pre-order the soundtrack can do so through CDJapan.

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