Anime Music on the AIRS Ep. 9 – Despair Music

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Given some of the upbeat pieces we’ve had in the last few episodes of Anime Music on the AIRS, I feel like we’re about due for something more on the melancholy side. As in, so melancholy that it touches on the feelings of despair! There’s going to be plenty of heavier tracks to mull over as we hit upon the lowest of the low feelings, feelings that seem to be pretty prominent in anime anyway.

Anime Music on the AIRS ep. 9

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Index:
0:53 – Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom – Karma
7:12 – Blast of Tempest – Zetsuen
10:59 – Shion no Ou – Akai Kioku
15:47 – Gunslinger Girl – etereo
18:28 – Berserk Golden Age Arc III: Descent – Closing Credits (requested by ottocycle)
23:46 – K – Tsumetai Heya, Hitori (requested by PantherRH)
28:20 – Red Garden – Main Theme ~ Sou de Aru to Negau Kara
32:53 – Witch Hunter Robin – Allay Pain
35:01 – Welcome to the N.H.K. – Youkoso! Hitori Bocchi (requested by Amarrez95)
41:18 – Rurouni Kenshin OVA: Trust and Betrayal – The Will
44:21 – Zankyou no Terror – Dareka Umi Wo (requested by ratsavage)

A lot to chew on and we hope this wasn’t too depressing. The next episode will be our tenth episode. I’ll be doing something special for that. The only problem might be that the pieces featured might only be relevant to my interests.

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Sound! Euphonium Original Soundtrack Review – Light Music Delights

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Album Title: Sound! Euphonium Original Soundtrack Omoide Music
Anime Title: Sound! Euphonium / Hibike! Euphonium
Artist: Akito Matsuda
Catalog Number: LACA-9410
Release Type: Soundtrack
Release Date: July 8, 2015
Purchase at: CDJapan, Play-Asia, Amazon

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Wagakki Band’s Traditional-Modern Musical Blend Showcased in Anime Expo Concert

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The concept of blending traditional instruments and sounds with modern musical genres isn’t a new concept; one need only look at examples like the Yoshida Brothers rocking out on shamisen to see it done well. Wagakki Band takes that musical fusion to a new level through its sheer size: a group of 8 musicians including shigin singer Yuuko Suzuhana, Machiya on guitar, Beni Ninagawa on shamisen, Kiyoshi Ibukuro working the koto, Asa on bass, the energetic Daisuke Kaminaga playing the shakuhachi (Japanese recorder/flute), and Wasabi and Kurona on drums. Their hopes, spelled out during their press conference, was to connect with audiences across different cultures.

Lofty sentiments to be sure, but the Wagakki Band is capable of delivering upon that promise. In the course of doing some pre-concert research on the band, I came across their video for “Senbonzakura”. Wagakki Band takes the Vocaloid source material, gives it a rock backdrop, and sends it off with Yuuko Suzuhana’s vocals. The song itself is enjoyable and the band’s manic energy goes a long way to showcase their passion for their medium.

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Anime Music on the AIRS Ep. 8 – Travel Music

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As usual, we’d like to have the Anime Music on the AIRS radio show have themes that make some modicum of sense. Last time, we had a summer-riffic blast. Now, we turn to anime music that captures travel: whether it’s something like a full-fledged adventure, merely wandering about, short, but fast excursions, or whatever else strikes up your fancy. While there are some heavy tracks within, most are lighter fare. But then again, traveling is supposed to be exciting and fun!

Anime Music on the AIRS ep. 8

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Index:
0:53 – Twelve Kingdoms – Juuni, Genmu Kyoku – Ryo Kunihiko
6:14 – Madlax – Galza – Yuki Kajiura
10:00 – Cowboy Bebop – Road to the West – Yoko Kanno
13:33 – Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagaan – Fleeing the Hot Desert, Team Dai Gurren Can Continue – Taku Iwasaki
16:45 – Initial D – Night of Fire – Niko
22:38 – Sketchbook ~Full Colors~ – Kaze Sagashi – Natsumi Kiyoura
27:26 – Victorian Romance Emma – Silhouette of a Breeze – Ryo Kunihiko
31:11 – Allison and Lillia – Sora he – Shusei Murai
34:24 – Final Fantasy Unlimited – Ai’s Theme – Shiro Hamaguchi
37:12 – Pokemon Heroes – Search for the Girl – Shinji Miyazaki
41:30 – FLCL – Ride on Shooting Star – The Pillows

To carry on with our themes, let’s depart from the previous moods like summer’s joy and traveling’s optimism and let’s sink to the lower depths with some despair. So yeah, anything that dulls the happiness and makes you lose all traces of hope.

Also, if you have other themes you’d like me to place on the docket, feel free to throw your suggestions our way.

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IA’s Vocaloid Concert at Anime Expo Makes a Strong Case for Virtual Idols

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It’s been 4 years since Anime Expo attendees have been treated to the Vocaloid concert that was Mikunopolis. In that time, 1st Place Co. introduced a new Vocaloid named IA to the Vocaloid3 engine using the voice of one of my favorite J-pop artists: Lia, the vocalist behind such works as Clannad ~After Story~‘s “Toki wo Kizamu Uta” and Angel Beats‘ “My Soul, Your Beats”. Given my interest in Lia as an artist, you’d think this development would spur me to check out the Vocaloid scene in greater depth, but my interest in the Vocaloid scene never really budged from its initial levels of indifference. To me, the concept of the virtual idol was interesting, but not sufficiently interesting enough that I’d actively pay attention and seek out more Vocaloid music.

So another Anime Expo, another Vocaloid concert. Or so I thought. What I could not fathom was just how much things have improved since 4 years ago. 4 years is an awfully long time to get things right and for me to be more comfortable with the thought of a programmed hologram performing on stage. Between the technological progress with the holographic projection and my comfort level with virtual idol performances, IA’s concert was a blast. From the beginning of the concert, where images of galaxies, stars, and planets flew by until it settled upon Los Angeles, to the end of the concert, where IA dazzled us with her dance moves to convey her sweet and spunky personality, I found myself completely engrossed by what took place. [Read more…]

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