Anime Music on the AIRS Ep. 3 – Sports

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We’re still in the tinkering stage for Anime Music on the AIRS, but thanks to your feedback and support, I think we’re heading in the right direction. So with this episode of Anime Music on the AIRS, we give you sports anime! That is, music from any anime series that could be classified as a sport. With that, sit back and we hope you enjoy the show!

Anime Music on the AIRS ep. 3

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Index:
0:53 – Giant Killing – My story ~Mada Minu Ashita he~ – THE CHERRY COKE$
5:42 – One Outs – Aerobatic Funk – Akihiko Matsumoto
7:49 – Haikyuu! – Haikyuu! – Yuki Hayashi
12:26 – Initial D – Space Boy – Dave Rodgers (requested by @yuminaga_akira)
18:06 – Free! Eternal Summer – Eternal Blue – Tatsuya Katou (requested by @Kaikyaku_NHRV and Stephen)
21:35 – Ping Pong the Animation – Ping Pong Phase 2 – Kensuke Ushio
24:16 – Redline – Redline – James Shimoji
28:23 – Yowamushi Pedal – Top Sprinter – Kan Sawada
30:55 – Hajime no Ippo – Stand Proud – Tsuneo Imahori (requested by @BorisFaust)
36:40 – Kaiji – Big Zawa – Hideki Taniuchi (requested by @ottocycle)
40:08 – Chihayafuru – Kakegae no nai Tomo Totomoni – Kousuke Yamashita (requested by @kadian1365)

Again, let us know what you think, whether it’s about the formatting of the show, track selections, or anything else that comes to mind. Also, please feel free to request tracks to be played in future shows and we’ll get in as many as we can! For those looking to do this, the next theme is: Space.

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Anime Instrumentality’s 7th Year Anniversary and a Certain April Fools

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Comparing the last 3 months to the rest of last year and the difference is night and day. we made the resolution last year to continue pecking away with more anime music-related goodness. There was pecking, sure, but it was horrendously slow going. To compare, from May 2013 through May 2014, we succeeded in writing 16 reviews. Not bad, but not ideal. But then, from May 2014 to January 2015, we wrote a mere 10 music reviews. There was even a month where we posted nothing at all, a first for us. Thoughts of the unthinkable began to creep in.

And then January happened. A combination of some life changes on my end and the ensuing New Year’s resolutions solidified my determination to right the ship. Anime music was too awesome to be ignored and I was still passionate about that medium, even if my written output said otherwise. All I needed was to get my priorities in order.

As a result, these past 3 months saw us pour out 7 music reviews. What makes this achievement even better was that since the middle of January, we’ve managed to pump out a post a week! That voracious posting rate was something we haven’t seen since the middle of 2013.

With that, we can sit back and look at the fruits of our labors with glowing satisfaction. More importantly, we can move forward into Anime Instrumentality’s 7th year in existence with much more confidence about the direction of the site. And if not the direction, then at least the knowledge that we can carry out our vision to provide you all with the best that anime music has to offer. Lucky 7 fight, right?

That brings us to a few things:
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10 Notable Examples of Irish/Celtic Music in Anime

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Nearly 3 years ago, TWWK over at Beneath the Tangles wrote about Japan’s connection with Irish/Celtic music where he observed how many anime series also use music from that broader Celtic region. The biggest takeaway for me was why the music appeals to Japanese listeners: its ability to evoke a nostalgia tied to simpler times, be it childhood or a romanticized past.

In short, Celtic music, with its yearning tones, evokes images of that romantic past remarkably well and popular fare like “Danny Boy” made inroads amongst the Japanese pretty easily. Not surprisingly, many Celtic conventions have crept into anime music, particularly traditional Celtic folk music and dynamic dance music. With that in mind, I decided to search through anime titles for instances of Celtic music. And this is what I came up with.

All pieces are in their entirety. If you want to just sit there and listen to this curated playlist, you can do so below:

Master List

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Anime Music on the AIRS Ep. 2 – Madness

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Since our previous attempt was somewhat successful, we decided to give it a shot with episode 2. Like the previous episode, we settled upon a theme and ultimately chose madness and insanity, because what is the anime hobby if not some degree of madness and insanity, especially if you’ve been around as long as we have? As discordant as these pieces may be, we hope you enjoy them all the same!

Anime Music on the AIRS ep. 2

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Index:
0:55 – Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei – Itoshiki Nozomu
3:38 – Le Portrait de Petite Cossette – love pain
6:57 – Welcome to the NHK – Inbou wa Yoake ni Warau
11:04 – Higurashi no naku koro ni – Higurashi no naku koro ni
16:17 – Yumekui Merry – Main theme
23:19 – Paprika – Parade
30:00 – Nichijou – Hyadain no Kakakata Kataomoi
34:58 – Ga-rei Zero – Massacre
38:06 – Death Parade – VS
41:13 – Princess Jellyfish – We are AMARS

Again, let us know what you think, whether it’s about the formatting of the show, track selections, or anything else that comes to mind. Also, please feel free to request tracks to be played in future shows and we’ll get in as many as we can!

2013′s Anime Music in Review – Soundtrack Edition

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Introduction:
It wasn’t the worst of times, but it wasn’t exactly the best of times either. Perhaps that’s why this writeup took a bit longer for us to do than usual. 2013 was unusual in that there weren’t a huge quantity of musical standouts that would cause long debates about whether or not to include such and such soundtrack in this writeup and which equally-deserving score would have to be removed. Instead, things fell together pretty neatly and predictably. It’s a tad disappointing since it does rob us of the fireworks in our internal chat. But you can’t have everything.

So once more, we at Anime Instrumentality step into the fray, 3D maneuvering gear and all, to cut deep in search of the best soundtracks of 2013. And here’s what we found:

All pieces are in their entirety. If you want to just sit there and be enchanted while listening to a playlist, you can do so below:

Master List

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