3rd Annual Anime Music Awards – The Best of 2012

Sakamichi no Apollon


by Yu
Despite the relatively sparse pickings in comparison to past years, 2012 still managed to produce its fair share of memorable favorites. In fact, the sheer variety on display appeals to many different tastes, and it shows in terms of how divided we were in regard to our selections. The soundtrack department saw the return of big names like Michiru Ooshima who scored the majestic Zetsuen no Tempest, a classically inspired tour de force of powerfully romantic themes and we were happy to see several composers rarely seen in the anime-sphere contribute some unexpectedly good music. Taking us all by surprise, Takagi Masakatsu’s Wolf Children delivers a minimalistic but nonetheless heartwarming tale of hardships and happiness alike. Quite a few gems surfaced in the year’s OP/ED collection as well, with fan favorites Kalafina performing the Fate/Zero OP. From such a list of respectable achievements, Anime Instrumentality is glad to present yet another round of awards to show what we thought were the most memorable works of 2012. [Read more…]

The Music For Spring 2013′s Anime Season – Thoughts Thus Far

Spring Anime 2013Introduction: The spring season is, once again, upon us, and for a group of anime music fans, that means out with the cold, out with our spell of Western cartoon music (maybe?), and in with warmer weather (in theory) that envelopes us, leaving us with much good cheer. While the last season turned out to be rather lacking, the spring roster sees the return of many big names like Mina Kubota, Hiroyuki Sawano, Akira Senju, and Yasuharu Takanashi doing something that’s not Fairy Tail or PreCure! There’s quite a bit to cover, so let’s get things under way. [Read more…]

SpongeBob SquarePants OST – The Yellow Album – Review


Album Title: The Yellow Album
Cartoon Title: SpongeBob SquarePants
Artist: Various
Catalog Number: 73974
Release Type: Compilation
Release Date: 2005
Purchase at: Amazon, Amazon MP3iTunes

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Jazz for Peanuts – Review

Benoit Peanuts

Album Title: Jazz for Peanuts: A Retrospective of the Charlie Brown TV Themes
Cartoon Title: You’re in Love, Charlie Brown
This is America, Charlie Brown
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown
It Was My Best Birthday Ever, Charlie Brown
I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown
A Charlie Brown Christmas
Artist: Vince Guaraldi, David Benoit, Wynton Marsalis, Dave Brubeck,
Don Grusin, Dave Grusin, Kenny G.
Catalog Number: PKD-30454
Release Type: Compilation
Release Date: 2008
Purchase at: Amazon, Amazon MP3, iTunes

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame Original Soundtrack – Review

Album Title: The Hunchback of Notre Dame Original Soundtrack
Cartoon Title: The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Composer: Alan Menken, Stephen Schwartz (lyrics)
Catalog Number: B000001M31
Release Type: Soundtrack
Release Date: June 21, 1996
Purchase at: Amazon, Amazon MP3, iTunes

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