Anime Expo 2013 – The Pregame Edition

Anime Expo 2013
Usually, the words “Anime Expo” and “relaxing” don’t mix well given the sheer number of events to attend and personalities/guests to meet, but this year’s offerings, for better or for worse, will give me the chance to take a breather. More so than normal anyway, owing to the dearth of musical guests relevant to my interests and my panel application getting denied (and boy, that removed a huge amount of work off my shoulders and freed up more personal bandwidth). While I can’t speak to how satisfied I will be with the convention experience this year, I can at least say that it’ll be a relaxing affair.

Mind you, there are a few things worthy of scouring. Based on the latest incarnation of the AX Schedule, my plan is going to look something like so: [Read more...]

Anime Instrumentality Turns 5 – Looking Back On Our Brief History

Anime Instrumentality
Anime Instrumentality has rocked and rolled, waltzed and jigged (the latter, possibly in a trance) its way through 5 years of existence. In that time, it has accumulated over 200 anime album reviews, over 10 concert reports, and just very recently, 1 million page views. With all of these accomplishments over this span of time, the 5-year mark stands as an opportunity to reflect at how far we’ve come along and look ahead at how far we still have to go.

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Interrogated By Another Blogger

…and thankfully it’s by Webkid94 over at Oasis Crossing and not the Recording Industry Association of Japan or something. Could you imagine?

Anyway, the rules (as set forth by Iso at Nabe!!):

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  • Each person is supposed to follow the rule of fives. You are allowed to ask 5 questions, after which you can tag up to 5 bloggers by hyper-linking to their blog; 5 questions because it’s not too many to flood another blogger and occupy too much of his/her time, but yet a large enough number to ask your most important questions, and 5 bloggers to avoid spamming. Hence, prioritize your questions, and who you wish to ask!
  • Those tagged are obliged to answer the questions in a blog post, and after which, they are entitled to create their own 5 questions and tag 5 other bloggers, so on and so fourth. You should answer your own 5 questions as well. You are allowed to tag the person that tagged you in the first place. Also, copy and paste this section on your blog so others can understand how the game goes.
  • In the case where a blogger strongly refuses to answer a question, he/she must instead post a nice anime image, wallpaper or cosplay picture, et cetera in response to that question.
  • To make things interesting, a blogger can include wildcards in his/her 5 questions by placing an asterisk, (*), after which those tagged are obliged to reveal something interesting about themselves that others did not previously know. There is no limit to the number of asterisks one can place (which means there can be up to 5 wildcard questions).
  • Anyone can feel free to start the game; you don’t necessarily need someone to tag you. Just create your 5 questions and tag your 5 people of choice. However, the catch is that you must answer your own 5 questions as well.

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Team Blogging and an Anime Music CD Giveaway

Back when I responded to Justin’s team blogging article, one of the things that surprised me the most as I thought over his questions was Anime Instrumentality’s slow transformation into a team blog. There never was a grand, overarching plan that I had envisioned for getting a group of writers to wax fondly over anime music; it just sort of happened serendipitously. The recruiting process is nearly nonexistent in that we’ve only had one staff contest. Most everyone else have come through informal channels, usually by sending me an e-mail, instant message, or talking to me through Twitter and indicating interest. It doesn’t get any more informal than that. I’m happy with how it’s currently working out and don’t plan to change it anytime soon.

Now, the one part that I partly addressed in my response to Justin is that having more people on staff brings about a diversity of opinions, backgrounds, and experiences that keep the content fresh. We all have our views on music and getting to read and understand different writers’ perspectives helps make the listening experience more enriching and engaging. It’s rare that I read something someone else wrote and not come out of it feeling more enlightened than before.

On top of the diversity of content and viewpoints, each writer also brings in a unique style, be it a quirky turn of phrase, descriptive tendencies, or a certain rhythm and tempo in their writing. And I’ve wondered for the longest time whether each writer on Anime Instrumentality has their own unique voice, a signature that sets them apart from the others that readers can readily pick up on and identify.

Here’s where you readers come in. [Read more...]

3 Examples of How Anime Add Meaning to Their Respective OP/EDs Themes


Whether they set the mood, deliver sentiments not carried across in dialogue, or accentuate certain themes within a show, anime songs work to add value to a show.

What may get overlooked, however, is that the reverse also applies: anime also add value to their respective OP and ED themes. And I’m not talking commercial value. (That may be topic for another day.) The element that arguably propels a merely enjoyable anisong into something great comes from how intimately the song is tied to the anime.

Spoilers to follow for Natsume Yuujinchou, Steins;Gate, and Puella Magi Madoka Magica. [Read more...]

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