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...]

Kill Me Baby OP/ED Single – Kill Me no Baby! / Futari no Kimochi no Honto no Himitsu Ki Ban – Review

Album Title: Futari no Kimochi no Honto no Himitsu / Yasuna to Sonya (CV: Chinatsu Akasaki, Mutsumi Tamura) Ki Ban
Anime Title: Kill Me Baby
Artist: Mutsumi Tamura, Chinatsu Akasaki
Catalog Number: PCCG-1231
Release Type: OP/ED Single
Release Date: January 18, 2012
Purchase at: CDJapan

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Liner Notes: Guilty Crown Original Soundtrack

One of the more fascinating aspects of listening to music in general has always been in wondering exactly what sort of thoughts and inspirations transpired as composers scribble down notes and, in doing so, conjure wondrous (or boring) melodies for us to savor and enjoy. These sorts of musings can usually be found in an album’s liner notes; the problem when looking through anime soundtracks (for me anyway) is the inability to read Japanese.

Until now…

Well, OK, not really. Much of the thanks for this goes to ottocycle who did the heavy lifting translating Hiroyuki Sawano’s thoughts when he composed Guilty Crown’s soundtrack. So without further ado, here’s Sawano on Guilty Crown after the jump! [Read more...]

A few random updates on Animelo Summer Live 2011

A few random things came up long after returning from Japan to see Animelo Summer Live 2011.

Firstly, sometimes you don’t realise that you’ve been somewhere that you’ve seen in a movie or anime until much later.

In my case, I was reading the Wikipedia article on The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and realised that I had indeed been to the National Museum of Tokyo:

Secondly, after hearing and meeting Minori Chihara and Chiaki Ishikawa at Animelo Summer Live 2011, it was intriguing to see that Minori Chihara’s forthcoming album, D-Formation has a track, この世界のモノでこの世界の者でない 作詞, written by Chiaki Ishikawa and Daisuke Kikuta of Elements Garden. (Thanks Keiri for the help with the translation!)

D-Formation (Dream Wonder Formation) Album details in Japanese are at http://lantis.jp/special/chihara/d-formation/

Thirdly, the DVDs and blu-rays of Animelo Summer Live 2011 are now available for pre-order from CD Japan, with a scheduled release date of 28 March 2012.

Day 1 on blu-ray
Day 2 on blu-ray

NOTE – It again appears that some of the performances will not appear on the videos. Check http://pc.animelo.jp/anisama/2011/rainbow/goods/#cd_dvd_bd closer to the release date. At this stage Isao Sasaki, Kalafina and T.M.Revolution are *NOT* listed as appearing on the videos.

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