Those of you who keep that steady eye on TokyoTosho when it came back up may have noticed the [#MALKeionbu] pop up recently, especially if you follow the music updates. As you can probably guess, this is indeed the mark that the MyAnimeList Anime Music Piece of the Week Club (popularly known as the MALKeionbu) has left behind from its work this year for others to enjoy. Through our efforts, we compiled two discs: one is made up of a number of tracks which have won first place in each week’s competition and the other is made up entirely of 2-3 of each member’s favorite tracks.
The Main Disc, as I’ll call the Best Anime Music Collection 2009b really is a quirky set of tracks, ranging from classics like “Tsuki no Mayu” from Turn A Gundam and “Blue” from Cowboy Bebop to newer stuff you might not have heard like “SYNCHRONICITY” from Appleseed Ex Machina. Since it’s unlikely that you’ll have heard all of the tracks, we do hope that you discover something fresh from listening to this main compilation!
Tracklist is below for those who are curious. The anime series is listed first, followed by the track title. Download information is also provided for your convenience.
1. Turn A Gundam – Tsuki no Mayu
2. V-Gundam – The Woods of the Fatherland
3. Appleseed Ex Machina – SYNCHRONICITY
4. One Outs – Aerobatic Funk
5. GaoGaiGar – Yuusha Ou Tanjou! -Gathering Mythology Ver-
6. Mahou Tsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto ~Natsu no Sora~ – Bourbon and Rock
7. Top wo Nerae 2! – Groovin’ Magic
8. Clannad – Nagisa~Saka no Shita no Wakare
9. Neon Genesis Evangelion ~Death & Rebirth~ – Warei no Namida
10. Princess Mononoke – Ashitaka Sekki
11. Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann – “Libera Me” From Hell
12. Nodame Cantabile – Allegro Cantabile
13. Earth Girl Arjuna – Saigo no Mameshiba
14. Cowboy Bebop – Call Me Call Me
15. Rebuild of Evangelion: 2.0 – You May (Not) Advance – Sin From Genesis
16. Rurouni Kenshin Tsuiokuhen – In Memories “KO・TO・WA・RI”
17. Heroic Age – Heroic Age
18. Cowboy Bebop – Blue
As I mentioned above, these are more personal favorites, which means instead of group quirkiness, we have individual quirks popping up. This still leads to a strange album, but is nevertheless similar in its diversity. I think the only claim that this album can truly make is that each track comes from a different series, so there’s even more stuff to explore. Presentation is the same as above.
Best-of Compilation Companion Disc
1. NEEDLESS – Modern Strange Cowboy
2. Paprika – Parade
3. Kaiba – Never
4. Gintama – Jinsei wa Belt Conveyor no Youni Nagareru
5. Macross 7 – Diamond Calling
6. Kure-nai – Suiheisen no Mukou ni ~ Anime vers.
7. Hidamari Sketch x365 – Shinmiri
8. Berserk – Forces
9. Gigantic Formula – MAIN THEME (ver. 0)
10. Code Geass – Black Knights
11. Romeo x Juliet – Touch
12. Mahou Tsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto ~Natsu no Sora~ – Fly Away
13. Mahou Tsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto – Where the Sky and the Earth Meet
14. Beyond the Clouds – The Place Promised in Our Early Days – Hope and Aspiration
15. Kokoro Library – The Place Where Miracles Happen
16. Birdy the Mighty DECODE – Let’s go together
17. Rurouni Kenshin Seisouhen – Heart of the Sunrise
18. Giniro no Kami no Agito – Ai no Melody (Soundtrack ver.)
Anyhow, Omo has already done an excellent job of capturing the sentiments that make this club so enjoyable and I can’t really add much more to that. It’s pleasant all-around, especially for those who really enjoy the thrill of discovering new anime music to add to ye olde music player and learning about what other people find appealing. Feel free to lurk if it suits your fancy or contribute if you find anything interesting. We won’t bite!
Either way, we’d love it if you could take the time to give these tracks and whirl and comment about our collective tastes! Also, a big thank you goes out to Omo for making this compilation event happen and for anyone who has ever nominated, voted, or commented on the forums! You are what makes this club so awesome!