Hanayamata OP Single – Hana wa Odore ya Irohaniho – Review

Hanayamata OP Single

Album Title: Hana wa Odore ya Irohaniho
Anime Title: Hanayamata
Artist: Hidekazu Tanaka, Takao Nagatani, Hanayamata Team: Reina Ueda, Minami Tanaka,
Kaya Okuno, Yuka Otsubo, Manami Numakura
Catalog Number: AVCA-74539
Release Type: OP/ED Single
Release Date: August 27, 2014
Purchase at: CDJapan, Play-Asia

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Kanon AIR Piano Arrange Album Re-feel – Review

re-feel cover

Album Title: Kanon AIR Piano Arrange Album Re-feel
Anime Title: Kanon (2006), Air
Artist: Jun Maeda, OdiakeS, Shinji Orito, Magome Togoshi
Catalog Number: KSLA-0010
Release Type: Arrangement
Release Date: December 28, 2003
Purchase at: CDJapan

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Aldnoah.Zero OP Single – heavenly blue – Review


Album Title: heavenly blue
Anime Title: Aldnoah.Zero
Artist: Kalafina
Catalog Number: SECL-1545
Release Type: OP/ED Single
Release Date: August 6, 2014
Purchase at: CDJapan

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Musical Connections with Cellist Eru Matsumoto

Eru Matsumoto
Video game and anime music have long struggled to find a place within the realms of what is considered “serious” music and Eru Matsumoto probably realizes this more than most. As the principal cellist for the rePlay Symphony of Heroes video game concert at Anime Expo as well as a soloist who performed selections from Sword Art Online, Eru Matsumoto was careful to affirm her love for classical music, but also stress that music, in all its forms, should serve to connect with the audience.

In my conversation with cellist Eru Matsumoto at Anime Expo, the theme of “forging connections through music” was one that came up repeatedly. From the beginning, her interest in the cello laid the foundation upon which Eru’s musical threads would be initially stiched. But it was her passion and persistence that would ultimately allow her to reinforce those threads, thereby linking them together into a rich and meaningful tapestry. [Read more…]

AniPiano 2014 Concert feat. TheIshter & Friends

AniPiano Ishter

Imagine, for a moment, that you’re going to this hypothetical restaurant called the House of Bacon that is the talk of the town. Everyone raves over how it serves some of the most mouthwateringly scrumptious bacon that you’ll ever taste, prepared in all manners, shapes, and sizes. Now, imagine that you’ve decided to try its delicious fare and step in. But wait! You have to eat a bowl of uncooked tofu before you’re allowed to try any of the bacon. You’re right to be annoyed by this turn of events, but you grimly soldier on, determined to get to the bacon. It’s a trial, but you make it. In the end, the bacon is indeed delicious. And yet, that tofu in the beginning leaves a sour aftertaste. This wasn’t what you had signed up for.

And that describes my experience at AniPiano 2014 in a nutshell. [Read more…]

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