Anime Expo 2014 – The Pregame Edition

As the July 4th weekend begins to roll around, the rumblings that signal a return into the breach of the North American anime fandom materialize. As usual, I’ll continue to seek out any musical offerings that sate my palate, with varying degrees of success. That said, this year looks more promising than last! Unlike last year, this year’s artists are somewhat relevant to my interests. We don’t have to deal with brand-new idol groups trying to get their footing and instead, get pros who’ve been on the scene long enough to provide serviceable music. There are even a few instrumentalists thrown around for good measure!

So in poring over the schedule, here’s how events are going to shape up on my end over the 4 days of the convention: [Read more…]

Black Bullet ED Single – Tokohana – Review

yanaginagi tokohana Black Bullet

Album Title: Tokohana
Anime Title: Black Bullet
Artist: yanaginagi
Catalog Number: GNCA-0343
Release Type: OP/ED Single
Release Date: June 04, 2014
Purchase at: CDJapan

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Joe Hisaishi’s Piano Stories Best ’88-’08 – Review

Joe Hisaishi Piano Best

Album Title: Piano Stories Best ’88-’08
Anime Title: Nausicaä of the Valley of Wind
Laputa: Castle in the Sky
Porco Rosso
My Neighbor Totoro
Howl’s Moving Castle
Artist: Joe Hisaishi, Masahiro Sayama
Catalog Number: UPCI-1080
Release Type: Arrangement
Release Date: April 16, 2008
Purchase at: CDJapan, iTunes

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KOKIA: Pieces – Review

KOKIA - pieces

Album Title: Pieces
Anime Title: Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom
Broken Blade
Bungaku Shoujo
Artist: KOKIA, Masumi Itou/Hikaru Nanase
Catalog Number: LACA-15141
Release Type: Album
Release Date: August 24, 2011
Purchase at: CDJapan, Play-Asia

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Wolf’s Rain Original Soundtrack 2 – Review

Wolf's Rain

Album Title: Wolf’s Rain Original Soundtrack 2
Anime Title: Wolf’s Rain
Artist: Yoko Kanno, Maaya Sakamoto, Ilaria Graziano, Franco Sansalone, Steve Conte
Catalog Number: VICL-61280
Release Type: Soundtrack
Release Date: April 21, 2004
Purchase at: CDJapan

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