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.
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.
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...]