Achieving Instrumentality Through Western Means and Not Anime

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With Aftershok’s post on Tamako Market’s opening theme, a chapter has closed on Anime Instrumentality’s existence. In a really niche fandom increasingly subject to such injustices as CDs being bundled with DVD/Blu-Rays, all manner of bootlegs that trick unwary consumers into not contributing to an artist’s welfare, and the slowness of anime OP/ED appearances on US iTunes, we feel left out in the cold, bereft of our core value: instrumentality. That is, the sense that we’re serving a higher purpose.

But if there’s something that unites us all, it’s an unyielding persistence that carries us on. So those anime companies are too high-minded, too hoity-toity, too elitist to sell soundtracks unbundled? They dare cram nonsense like drama tracks that are a jarring contrast to the sweet melodies in tracks previous? Very well! We shall set off in search of greener pastures that suit our idiom. [Read more...]

Tamako Market OP Single – Dramatic Market Ride – Review

Dramatic Market

Album Title: Dramatic Market Ride
Anime Title: Tamako Market
Artist: Tamako Kitashirakawa (Aya Suzaki)
Catalog Number: PCCG-70172
Release Type: OP/ED Single
Release Date: January 25, 2013
Purchase at: CDJapan

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Anime Music Bootlegs: Figuring out the fakes from the real thing

This is what it feels like to get bootlegged.

This is what it feels like to get bootlegged.

So maybe you’re at the stage of your anime fandom where you’ve begun to appreciate anime for more than just the plot or just the characters! Maybe you’ve gone and branched out into the musical side of the anime fandom; it might have been the catchy J-pop OP/ED that did it or perhaps it was the beautiful soundtrack that grabbed at your attention and kept you engrossed. Whatever it was, you then decided that you had to have the soundtrack CD so you could experience the wondrous memories of the anime by listening to the music. Not content to have a mere mp3 file, you decided to scour eBay or some online shop to get a physical CD. I mean, you love the music and want to make sure the artist gets a cut of it too, right? Then you went and shared the latest anime CD you’ve acquired by taking a picture of it and posting it on twitter… only for the recipient of the picture to bemoan the fact that you have purchased the dreaded bootleg music CD!

Well, that’s exactly what happened to ratsavage/Joojoobees (of Abandoned Factory Anime Reviews), that’s happened to one of this site’s contributors, and that’s also happened to me. Needless to say, it’s quite a shocker to find out that something you spent hard-earned money on isn’t the genuine article and it frankly sucks. In this day and age of digital music files, it takes someone who’s quite the fanatic (whether it’s about anime soundtracks in general or some specific composer) to actually shell out for a physical disc, and the last thing I want to see is money going to a bootlegger than the real deal if the intention is to enjoy the real disc. So with that in mind, here’s my 1-step method to make sure that what you buy is a genuine article. And best of all, I’m willing to bet it works 99.95% of the time! [Read more...]

Psycho-Pass ED2 Single – All Alone With You – Review

Psycho-pass EGOIST cover

Album Title: All Alone With You
Anime Title: Psycho-Pass
Artist: EGOIST: chelly & ryo
Catalog Number: SRCL-8240
Release Type: OP/ED Single
Release Date: March 06, 2013
Purchase at: CDJapan

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Concert review: Luna Sea – The End Of The Dream

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I have some music-based items on my bucket list. Here’s three:

  • One, to wave a flag at the Glastonbury Music Festival.
  • Two, to go to any one of the rock festivals in Japan.
  • And three, to see all three of my favourite Jrock bands (L’arc-en-ciel, X Japan, LUNA SEA) play and rock out like I’ve never rocked out before.

In chasing these dreams, to date, I’ve flown to Taipei and enjoyed the hybrid pop/rock sounds of L’arc-en-ciel, risked the flood-wrought lands of Bangkok to witness X Japan’s reunion, and most recently, flown to Singapore to see LUNA SEA’s return to form. [Read more...]

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