Valvrave the Liberator OP Single – Preserved Roses – Review

Preserved Roses - Nana Mizuki TM Revolution

Album Title: Preserved Roses
Anime Title: Valvrave the Liberator
Artist: T.M.REVOLUTION, Nana Mizuki, Daisuke Asakura
Catalog Number: ESCL-4052
Release Type: OP/ED Single
Release Date: May 15, 2013
Purchase at: CDJapan, Play-Asia, iTunes, Amazon MP3

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Chihayafuru 2 Original Soundtrack – Review

Chihayafuru 2 Soundtrack Cover

Album Title: Chihayafuru 2 Original Soundtrack
Anime Title: Chihayafuru 2
Artist: Kousuke Yamashita, Asami Seto, Ai Kayano
Catalog Number: VPCG-84939
Release Type: Soundtrack
Release Date: March 20, 2013
Purchase at: CDJapan

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Composer of the Month – Jun Maeda

Jun Maeda

Overview: When you think of Jun Maeda, sob stories that stir one’s heart (critics will label them melodramatic tripe) set in a world where at least some of the cast are dead are what often come to mind. Fair or not, Maeda’s reputation is built on these scenarios which he’s written as part of the visual novel company Key – his author credits include titles such as Kanon, Air, Clannad, and Little Busters! But though his written works are what often stirs the most discussion, Jun Maeda is quite an adept composer who excels at simple, but effective melodies that mesh perfectly with the visual novel’s scenarios, turning up the waterworks and ultimately rendering those moments absolutely unforgettable.

While the aspects of Maeda’s musical repertoire that remain most notable are the themes that he’s composed for Key’s visual novels, one shouldn’t underestimate his ability to write both the music and the lyrics for J-pop either. In the vocal music arena, Maeda’s collaborated with quite a few well-known names, ranging from Lia, to yanaginagi (formerly of supercell) where’s he’s delivered songs that are arguably as memorable as his BGM themes (though this entry will only cover his anime work or visual novels that have been adapted to anime).

So we embark once more (perhaps temporarily) in our composer series. In case you’re here to only listen to the soundclips and not read any of the text, below is the master list of all the pieces featured in this profile entry in order. It’ll save time if you don’t want to have to click through each and every track.

Master List

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Space Brothers – Space Brothers BGM Live Medley – Review

Space Brothers

Album Title: Space Brothers BGM Live Medley
Anime Title: Space Brothers
Artist: Toshiyuki Watanabe
Catalog Number: ANZX-3862 (enclosed with Blu-ray)
Release Type: Soundtrack
Release Date: March 27, 2013
Purchase at: CDJapan

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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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