Illuminating the Depths of Rabbit Holes with MercuryLampe

If I ever become a mad scientist, there will have been warning signs . . . much like this one.

If I ever become a mad scientist, there will have been warning signs . . . much like this one.

Greetings and salutations, everyone! I’ve been following this blog for several years now, but I decided one day that I wanted to personally be a part of the awesome work the AI staff does. To my great pleasure, they welcomed me onto their team. Thanks again! Now I have to earn my keep.

I’m told I have one of the more unusual “what got me interested in anime” stories. I did not watch any Sailor Moon or Pokémon as a child, but I was an avid fan of film soundtracks and musicals. During my senior year of college, I came across the anime Le Portrait de Petite Cossette while researching “Cosette” from Les Miserables. The dark and bloody work had decidedly nothing to do with Les Miserables, but I was quite taken by the soundtrack, which quickly led to my love affair with Yuki Kajiura’s music. As I explored other anime series, I very much enjoyed the variety and complexity of series’ soundtracks. By the time I saw Kanon (2006), which has become my personal favourite, I was hooked on the medium. The way Kanon instilled deep emotional responses to musical cues to be exploited as the series progressed added a new level of enjoyment to the series. Anime: come for the girls and stay for the music. [Read more…]

Valvrave the Liberator OP2 Single – Kakumei Dualism – Review

Valvrave OP Single

Album Title: Kakumei Dualism
Anime Title: Valvrave the Liberator
Artist: T.M.REVOLUTION, Nana Mizuki, Noriyasu Agematsu
Catalog Number: KICM-91471
Release Type: OP/ED Single
Release Date: October 23, 2013
Purchase at: CDJapan, Play-Asia

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An In-Depth Interview with Platina Jazz’s Rasmus Faber, Part 1

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We recently had the pleasure to sit down and have a lengthy chat with none other than Rasmus Faber, Swedish musician and the mastermind behind the fantastic Platina Jazz series of albums. In the interview, we touched on everything from Platina to deep personal philosophies on music. In this segment, we discuss some of the behind-the-scenes production aspects of Platina Jazz, including the process behind how songs are chosen, the methodology behind how tunes are arranged, and more.

Platina Jazz Volumes 1, 2, 3, and 4 are on sale now. Check out our reviews of them here (1, 2, 3, 4).

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Gatchaman Crowds Original Soundtrack is Taku Iwasaki’s Return to Form

Gatchaman Crowds Soundtrack Cover

Album Title: Gatchaman Crowds Original Soundtrack
Anime Title: Gatchaman Crowds
Artist: Taku Iwasaki, Yutaka Shinya, WHITE ASH, Yuri Kasahara, Maaya Uchida
Catalog Number: VPCG-84945
Release Type: Soundtrack
Release Date: August 28, 2013
Purchase at: CDJapan, Play-Asia

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Attack on Titan Original Soundtrack – Bombastically Fitting, but Underwhelming

attack on titan soundtrack cover

Album Title: Attack on Titan Original Soundtrack
Anime Title: Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin)
Artist: Hiroyuki Sawano, Mika Kobayashi, mpi, Aimee Blackschleger, Cyua,
CASG (Caramel Apple Sound Gadget)
Catalog Number: PCCG-01351
Release Type: Soundtrack
Release Date: June 28, 2013
Purchase at: CDJapan, Play-Asia

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