2011′s Anime Music in Review – Soundtrack Edition

In August? Man, at this rate, the 2012 music roundup post won’t be released until 2014 at the earliest!


Starting last year, we decided that an anime soundtrack retrospective wouldn’t be a bad idea. Doing so serves two functions: it allows people to get an idea for what stuff we liked and think are worth checking out and it allows us to go over worthy soundtracks that we simply could not find the time to review but still want people to know about. Narrowing the list down to 15 was not going to be an easy task, but we do hope you enjoy what’s in store here.

Do note that clips presented will be played in their entirety. We do hope you discover something new or get to reminisce over some tune that impressed you during the course of last year. And for those who like a long playlist that they can listen to while at work, we’ve included the Master List below.

Master List

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The Music For Summer 2012′s Anime Season – Thoughts Thus Far

Intro by zzeroparticle: Three months have passed on by since the last iteration of this exercise and it is time once more to undergo the strange ritual where I pick up the latest season’s offerings, not for plots or anything of great importance, but to see what soundtracks I should look to add to my collection. By approaching anime in this manner, I’m rarely ever disappointed; no matter how bad the shows themselves might be, there are always at least 3-4 decent soundtracks to check out. And that holds true even for a slow season like this one, especially when come of my favorite video game composers are up to bat. So without further ado, here’s what we’ve got in store for summer and as always, my excitement is definitely a-brewin’. [Read more…]

The Music For Spring 2012′s Anime Season – Thoughts Thus Far

Intro by zzeroparticle: Normally, I write these things prior to the start of a new anime season. What could be more fun than mindlessly speculating over what such and such composer would deliver upon given the content of an anime? Well, the timing was bad and I never actually got around to completing it, so you’ll have to content yourself with my thoughts of the music from actually watching the anime in question. This might be for the best since the opinions given are informed (slanted though they be, given my musical tastes).

Anyway, as far as TV shows are actually concerned, there’s much to look forward to as far as this spring season goes, both in the quality of the shows and the quality of the BGM, so let’s dive in! (No coverage on opening or ending themes as usual, I’m afraid.) [Read more…]

2nd Annual Anime Music Awards – The Best of 2011

2011 wasn’t just a very solid year for anime. On the anime music front, we were treated to a considerable number of soundtracks and opening and ending themes that left an imprint upon our collective subconscious. While heavy hitters like Puella Magi Madoka Magica’s soundtrack rocked our world with haunting, memorable themes, this year also saw quiet efforts from other composers bubble forth, leaving us enamored with their compositions. Opening and ending themes also saw a mix of old and new artists make their stamp upon the year, with a fine example of both being Triple H’s (new artists) and Etsuko Yakushimaru’s (established artist) work on Mawaru Penguindrum. With so much in tow, we at Anime Instrumentality would like to present the first of three articles looking back on 2011 by talking about the best 2011 had to offer musically. [Read more…]

Fractale’s ED and Japan’s Nostalgic Drive Toward Irish Music

Today’s guest post comes courtesy of TWWK over at Beneath the Tangles and I have to say that we’re in for an ethnomusicological treat. Now, ethnomusicology has always been an interesting area of study and I’m sorry to say that I just haven’t had the opportunity to dig into it further because it’s interesting to read up on how cultural exchanges transform music. TWWK’s entry delves into a cultural infusion, namely the one that brought Irish/Celtic music to Japan. It’s enlightening to get that understanding on why the Japanese took to this new style and I hope you get a lot out of this as much as I did! So without further ado, here’s TWWK: [Read more…]

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