Zankyou no Terror ED Mini-album – Dare ka, Umi wo – Review

Dare Ka Umi Wo

Album Title: Dare ka, Umi wo
Anime Title: Zankyou no Terror
Artist: Aimer and Various
Catalog Number: DFCL-2079
Release Type: EP
Release Date: September 3, 2014
Purchase at: CD Japan

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Music Notes: Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso – Episode 1

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Prologue: After Nodame Cantabile, you’d have to forgive me for believing no other anime would attempt using classical music as the backbone for a romantic comedy. But with this Fall season, we have Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso, which has sufficiently impressed me with that very approach, imparting a level of enthusiasm that I haven’t felt since watching Nodame.

Classical music to make a match in heaven? While the two main characters, Kousei Arima and Kaori Miyazono, aren’t even close to being a mature, compelling couple (they’re middle school students after all), the classical music backdrop is enough to get me to stay. It’s worth my while to stick with this series, especially if I can use this soapbox to comment about classical music itself and maybe even give a bit of insight on why the music was used like it was. [Read more…]

A Young Music Lover’s Experience at Comiket

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Comiket, for those who don’t know, is the largest convention for self-published and produced works in the world. Spanning three days, it is an enormous marketplace held in the Tokyo Big Sight convention center where people sell mainly art and crafts either inspired by anime or in the anime style. Among the goods being sold are tons of CDs produced by a thriving doujin music community. Of course, being in Japan over the summer, I made it part of my plans to check it out. While I couldn’t attend the first day because I was stuck in a cubicle, I did join up with some friends in the area for the second and third.

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Hanayamata OP Single – Hana wa Odore ya Irohaniho – Review

Hanayamata OP Single

Album Title: Hana wa Odore ya Irohaniho
Anime Title: Hanayamata
Artist: Hidekazu Tanaka, Takao Nagatani, Hanayamata Team: Reina Ueda, Minami Tanaka,
Kaya Okuno, Yuka Otsubo, Manami Numakura
Catalog Number: AVCA-74539
Release Type: OP/ED Single
Release Date: August 27, 2014
Purchase at: CDJapan, Play-Asia

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Kanon AIR Piano Arrange Album Re-feel – Review

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Album Title: Kanon AIR Piano Arrange Album Re-feel
Anime Title: Kanon (2006), Air
Artist: Jun Maeda, OdiakeS, Shinji Orito, Magome Togoshi
Catalog Number: KSLA-0010
Release Type: Arrangement
Release Date: December 28, 2003
Purchase at: CDJapan

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