Chihayafuru Original Soundtrack & Character Song Album 1 – Review

Album Title: Chihayafuru Original Soundtrack & Character Song Album 1
Anime Title: Chihayafuru
Artist: Kousuke Yamashita, Ko-ta, Ko-hey, hidehiro kawai, SADA, Yutaka Shinya, 99RadioService, Asami Seto, Tooru Nara, Yoshimasa Hosoya
Catalog Number: VPCG-84916
Release Type: Soundtrack
Release Date: January 18, 2012
Purchase at: CDJapan, Play-Asia

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Monday Melodic Musings: Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei – Itoshiki Nozomu


This week’s track was one of many that I’d been considering, but chaostangent’s music post effectively made it go to the top of my mind.

Back when I compiled my list of 20 noteworthy anime titles from the previous decade for Behind the Nihon Review, I had this to say about Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei:

Stretch things far enough and sure enough, they’ll snap! That’s the basic lesson that Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei teaches us through Itoshiki Nozomu’s misadventures. Backing him up is a two-dimensional cast that provides all the perspectives you could possibly need to weigh in on the societal issues that this despairing teacher comes across, to hilarious results. Black comedies are a rare sight in the world of anime and I’m just glad that this one saw the light of day since its irreverent treatment of its subject matter is what makes this show’s brand of comedy so enjoyable.

Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei – Itoshiki Nozomu

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Monday Melodic Musings: Martian Successor Nadesico – Ima wa Oyasumi Wo…

Satomi Arimori’s immortal eponymous line penned for Martian Successor Nadesico’s OP “You Get To Burning” will always give me a chuckle or two because of its engrishy nature, but that doesn’t hide the fact that Toshiyuki Omori’s composition is catchy and engaging and that Yumi Matsuzawa’s vocals deliver the necessary urgency and inspiration that captures the show’s more serious moments.

While Omori’s music is already enjoyable, what I like even more about Nadesico’s music is how composer Takayuki Hattori uses the opening theme as part of the anime’s BGM. The theme not only materializes in the form of a magnificent orchestral display in “Nadesico Hasshinsu!” but also in the mellowness of “Ima wa Oyasumi wo…,” the subject of today’s musing.

Nadesico – Ima wa Oyasumi wo

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Aquarion Evol OP/ED Single – Kimi no Shinwa ~ Aquarion Dai Ni Shou – Review

Album Title: Kimi no Shinwa ~ Aquarion Dai Ni Shou
Anime Title: Aquarion Evol
Artist: AKINO with bless4, AIKI from bless4, Yoko Kanno
Catalog Number: VTCL-35125
Release Type: OP/ED Single
Release Date: February 15, 2012
Purchase at: CDJapan, iTunes

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Monday Melodic Musings: Only Yesterday (Omohide Poro Poro) – Theme and Variation Abe-kun

This is the inaugural post for a new post series where Anime Instrumentality staff gush or prattle over a piece of anime music. There’s no set structure or format here: it can range from a melodic dissection to random musings about the emotions flowing within the piece. Either way, we hope you enjoy this change of pace as we share our thoughts and dive more deeply into a piece than a soundtrack review would normally allow.

Theme Variation Abe-kun

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As I watched Studio Ghibli’s Only Yesterday, I found the transitions between past and present remarkably seamless as Taeko’s journey into the countryside turns into a journey of self-discovery, revealing the joys and frustrations she faced when she was younger and giving us insight into the relationship she has with her family and friends. Together, these memories make up the person she has become and the next step is for her to figure out who she wants to be. [Read more…]

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