Our Top 10 Anime Composers… of all time!

At the start of the month, we put a poll together asking for your top 10 anime composers of all time. And now, we’re exactly a week from when the poll is set to expire. If you haven’t gotten around to doing so, you have one more week to go if you want to get your favorite anime composers tallied into the system!

Because we didn’t want to leave ourselves out of the poll, our writers got together to talk about our favorite anime composers, launching our Anime Music Live Show in the process. So in the inaugural episode of the Anime Instrumentality Live Show, me, Yu, and Pointblanket go through and talk about our favorite anime composers and why we enjoyed them so much. You can check out the live show below.

But if you just want to see how we ranked things, here are our picks along with some anime soundtracks and tracks that particularly resonated with us:

Number zzeroparticle Yu Pointblanket
1 Joe Hisaishi Joe Hisaishi Yoko Kanno
2 Michiru Oshima Toshihiko Sahashi Joe Hisaishi
3 Yoko Kanno Yoshihisa Hirano Taku Iwasaki
4 Kousuke Yamashita Michiru Oshima Yuki Kajiura
5 Yoshihisa Hirano Taku Iwasaki Michiru Oshima
6 Toshihiko Sahashi Yuuji Nomi Makoto Yoshimori
7 Taku Iwasaki Kousuke Yamashita Kousuke Yamashita
8 Shigeharu Sasago Ken Muramatsu Hiromi Mizutani
9 Tsuneyoshi Saito Tsuneyoshi Saito Jun Maeda
10 Yuki Kajiura Yoko Kanno Masumi Ito

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Charlotte OP/ED Single – Bravely You/Yake Ochinai Tsubasa – Review

Charlotte OP-ED

Album Title: Bravely You/Yake Ochinai Tsubasa
Anime Title: Charlotte
Artist: Jun Maeda, Lia, Aoi Tada
Catalog Number: KSLA-0104
Release Type: OP/ED Single
Release Date: August 26, 2015
Purchase at: CDJapan

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Introducing… the Anime Instrumentality Live Show and Q&A (Nov. 12)

About 10 days ago, we asked you all who you would put on your list of the Top 10 Anime Composers of all time! And so far, the responses have been higher than expected. As I mentioned in the post, you all have until December 1st to submit your entries, so there’s still over 2 weeks for you to decide.

But to give you some ideas, we’ll give you our picks, presented in a live-show format via YouTube. On November 12 at 9pm Pacific Time (-8 UTC, countdown timer for those who need it), we’ll be hosting a live show and present you all with a list of our Top 10 Anime Composers of All Time. On top of that, we’ll spend the last few minutes of the show answering whatever questions you may have about anime, about us, or about anime music.

For those of you who are interested in watching us rattle off 10 Japanese composer names each, pay attention to this post or our Facebook Page or Twitter accounts since we’ll be posting the link to the Youtube live-show there. For those who would like to ask us questions, it’s simple: submit your question in the comments section below or post them in the Youtube chat and we will answer your questions in the last segment of the show.

You can watch the show here:

So you want to talk about the latest anime season? Have a bone to pick with Yuki Kajiura? Have a question about a certain composer or artist? Send your questions our way and we will answer them later this week.

Anime Music on the AIRS Ep. 12 – Epic Anime Music

The anime scene is no stranger to the epic moments that keep us riveted and invested in what the show delivers upon. So in the 12th episode of Anime Music on the AIRS we wanted to showcase epic anime music from the traditional definition of an epic: a narrative featuring larger than life characters and a broadening scope over time and space. But in addition to all that, we also wanted to feature pieces that played during epic moments, where the action rains down in all its glory to be unforgettable! Come give the music a listen!

Our first foray into Mixcloud has been a success (follow us for updates!). If you’d prefer to user the links or the stream posted below, feel free to do so as well.

Anime Music on the AIRS Episode 12 – Epic Anime Music by Anime Instrumentality on Mixcloud

Anime Music on the AIRS ep. 12

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0:51 – Princess Mononoke – The Legend of Ashitaka – Joe Hisaishi
7:29 – Fate/Stay Night Unlimited Blade Works – Emiya_UBW Extended – Hideyuki Fukasawa
13:23 – Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle – a song of storm and fire – Yuki Kajiura
18:13 – One Punch Man – THE HERO!! ~Ikareru Kobushi ni Hi wo Tsukero~ – JAM Project
23:01 – Parasyte -the maxim- – I AM – Ken Arai
29:12 – Overman King Gainer – King Gainer Over – Yoshiki Fukuyama
34:45 – Gigantic Formula – Main Theme Ver.0 – Hiroyuki Sawano
39:12 – Top Wo Nerae Gunbuster – Gunbuster March – Kouhei Tanaka
41:15 – Katanagatari – Bahasa Palus – Taku Iwasaki
46:07 – Eureka 7 – Nirvash Type Zero – Naoki Sato

More than just sweeping orchestrals, we’ve looked to explore the gamut of such genres of rap and electronica. Hopefully there’s a lot for you all to discover, but more importantly, enjoy in all its epic glory! As far as the next program’s theme, let’s have episode 13 be focused on winter. The sky is getting colder and the holidays are coming along nicely too. So let’s shoot for music that reminds you of winter, or the holidays. Fire off as many suggestions as you can by letting us know in the comments below!

As always, if you enjoy these video and would like to help us out, consider contributing to our Patreon campaign. With your support, we’ll be able to increase our output even more and expand our reach in ways that are outside our capabilities at the moment.

Poll: Who are Your Top 10 Anime Composers? (2015 edition)

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5 years ago, we were curious about what people thought about anime music. More specifically, we wanted to know what people thought of the people behind the music in anime, the composers who toiled in obscurity to deliver moods that heighten the emotions on screen. We wanted to know that of those composers, which ones you all loved most by letting us know and rank-ordering your favorites.

Well, you all responded, and how! We received an overwhelming number of responses that encompassed over 90 anime composers. When the dust cleared, the top 5 anime composers based on point totals were Yuki Kajiura, Yoko Kanno, Joe Hisaishi, Taku Iwasaki, and Kenji Kawai.

So do these selections represent a bygone era? Since then, the anime music landscape has changed significantly. A new crop of composers who were on the bubble back then have risen to become rousing successes. Other composers who dabbled in the medium dropped out, never to be heard from again. There still are veterans who continue to explore, experiment, or stick to their guns, but still write soundtracks that capture the attention of anime fans both old and new. And we want to know who your favorites are.

So here’s how this works. We’ve set up a poll accessible here or below this post. Your job will be to write in a minimum of 3 but up to 10 of your favorite anime composers. When I say anime composers, I mean any composer who’s written any music for anime (including OPs/EDs/insert songs). In terms of who you select, the extent to which you enjoy their music is the primary criterion for your list. You can also consider other things like their quantity of work they’ve done, but when you put together your list, rank order them from your favorite to tenth favorite. Easy enough. You’re also welcome to comment in this post by indicating who you chose, why, and which of their soundtracks you really really liked.

Lastly, do try to come up with ten. I specifically stress the word try, because it’s perfectly OK if you aren’t able to come up with that many. If you’re stuck, it does help to look through some of your favorite shows and see who composed their music. That’s totally fine.

Yes, I will use the results for an upcoming project and I realize that this method will not yield an objective measurement of who exactly are the ten best anime composers out there. But the results should be interesting either way. Do fill this out by December 1, 2015. I’ll be scattering reminders every so often!

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