Working’!! OP/ED Single – Coolish Walk – Review

Album Title: Special CD Vol. 1
Anime Title: Working’!!
Artist: Kana Asumi, Saki Fujita, Eri Kitamura, Jun Fukuyama, Daisuke Ono, Hiroshi Kamiya
Catalog Number: ANZX-9961 (packaged with DVD)
Release Type: OP/ED Single
Release Date: Nov 2, 2011
Purchase at: CDJapan

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Anime Festival Asia 2011 – Day 3 – Concert Report

Before I start, let me just say that this was the first time I have ever been to a J-pop concert. While the bulk of my experiences had been symphonic performances or musicals where I can sit back and let the music wash gently over me, AFA’s concert was akin to being stuck in a washing machine in a spin cycle, amidst hundreds of people waving lightsticks, singing along with the artists, cheering and screaming themselves hoarse. And to make matters worse, my spirit was not even a fraction of theirs, and while my heart did beat a little faster, there was not a moment where I even came close to losing myself.

Still, throughout most of the concert, I was in awe. [Read more...]

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Animelo Summer Live 2011 – Part 3 – Second Concert, Sunday 28 August 2011

In my previous posts I covered getting to Japan for Animelo Summer Live 2011 – Rainbow and the first of the two concerts on Saturday 27 August 2011.

Sunday was a bit more relaxed. The hotel was 20 minutes walk from Ueno station and closer to the hotel were the main museums and galleries in Tokyo.

Tokyo National Museum

I visited the Tokyo National Museum then took a limited express train from Ueno to Saitama-Shintoshin and this time purchased a towel, some food and bottled water outside the arena. Again, I met the person from KNT and we were seated in slightly different seats in the same guest box as the previous night’s concert. The audience was no less enthusiastic than they were the previous day.

There is a summary clip on Youtube that has song excerpts and photos of the artists, mainly taken at the second concert here, but to go into my thoughts, let’s hop on down after the jump! [Read more...]

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Phi Brain: Kami no Puzzle OP Single – Brain Diver – Review


Album Title: Brain Diver
Anime Title: Phi Brain: Kami no Puzzle
Artist: May’n
Catalog Number: VTCL-35116
Release Type: OP/ED Single
Release Date: November 2, 2011
Purchase at: CDJapan, Play-Asia

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Steins;Gate’s OP: “Hacking to the Gate” Gets Jazzified

If you’ve talked to me online lately and brought up some of the more recent shows that I’ve watched, you should be able to catch on to the fact that I really enjoyed the heck out of Steins;Gate. Without straying too far away from this site’s musical forte, allow me to say that time travel stories are never the easiest to write. It can be very difficult to avoid plot holes, but Steins;Gate managed to execute its premise well, and I enjoyed the characters and the story thoroughly.

So, not surprisingly, this jazz arrangement of Steins;Gate‘s opening theme caught my ear. While I slightly prefer BGM arrangements because of how rare they are, OP/ED arrangements still earn my favor if done well. And this jazz arrangement certainly fits that criterion. Give it a listen after the jump! [Read more...]

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