The Music For Summer 2012′s Anime Season – Thoughts Thus Far

Intro by zzeroparticle: Three months have passed on by since the last iteration of this exercise and it is time once more to undergo the strange ritual where I pick up the latest season’s offerings, not for plots or anything of great importance, but to see what soundtracks I should look to add to my collection. By approaching anime in this manner, I’m rarely ever disappointed; no matter how bad the shows themselves might be, there are always at least 3-4 decent soundtracks to check out. And that holds true even for a slow season like this one, especially when come of my favorite video game composers are up to bat. So without further ado, here’s what we’ve got in store for summer and as always, my excitement is definitely a-brewin’. [Read more…]

Anime Expo 2012 Detox and Quick Thoughts

If Anime Expo didn’t have a musical component to it, the convention might as well be an offline meetup of folks I talk to online. I’m interested but not raving-fanatic about meeting voicecast members or anime producers/directors, so aside from attending LiSA’s panel (I wasn’t able to make Kajiura’s panel due to work-related reasons), this year’s Anime Expo was far less exhausting since I wasn’t on my feet, running around, filling up my notebook with interesting tidbits. I guess two concerts rather than four helps too. [Read more…]

Anime Instrumentality at Anime Expo – A Panel on Music and Its Impact on Notable Scenes

Last year saw me attempt to run an Anime Expo panel that focused on Yuki Kajiura’s music. It was my first time running a panel at a major convention and overall, things turned out OK aside from some technical glitches in the video. Either way, it was a good learning experience and I did get plenty of feedback that I was able to apply to this year’s presentation.

This year, I managed to bring Yu into the mix of it to help me out and, together, we decided to focus on a more general topic dealing with music and the role it plays in some notable and memorable scenes. The presentation was geared so that it was more accessible to anime fans. That is, we weren’t going to go all-out and pull something from a relatively obscure show like One Outs (which has one of the most underrated soundtracks ever!) and so, ended up picking titles that people had a chance to recognize (Death Note and Ouran High School Host Club, for example). [Read more…]

LiSA Panel and Concert at Anime Expo 2012

As you’ve probably already heard, J-pop singer LiSA was in the States this past weekend as a guest at Anime Expo, invited, no doubt, for her Angel Beats! and Fate/Zero involvement. Because this was my first chance to hear a J-pop idol talk and perform, I was pretty excited about her visit, even though I expected her to be your generic j-pop idol, mediocre singing and everything. At last, I would get to see one of the names in my music library in the flesh, a rare occurrence indeed. [Read more…]

Yuki Kajiura and FictionJunction Live at Anime Expo 2012 – Concert Report


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1. The beginning of the end
2. The battle is to the strong
3. The image theme of Xenosaga II
4. Vanity
5. Liminality
6. In the Land of Twilight, Under the Moon
7. Hanamori no Oka
8. Parallel Hearts
9. Salva Nos
10. Forest
11. Sis Puella Magica
12. Credens Justitiam
13. Himeboshi
14. Duran Shoukan
15. Mezame
16. Stone cold
17. Zodiacal sign
18. Open your heart
Encore: The World

In an industry largely overrun by cutesy J-pop idols, that a 46-year old woman can make for a fresh face is perhaps irony at its finest. I do realize that comparing a seasoned composer like Yuki Kajiura to J-pop idols is very much an apples and oranges comparison, but given that my interactions with music guests at Anime Expo have largely consisted of the latter, this difference is a wonderful change of pace. What Kajiura presented to the Anime Expo crowd who gathered to see her and FictionJunction perform is someone who is intelligent, thoughtful, and has a wry (perhaps unintentionally) sense of humor. But I am getting ahead of myself just a bit. [Read more…]

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