Data Mining the 50 Questions Posts in Relation to Anime Music

Over the last couple of weeks, there has been a trend in the anime blogosphere in which bloggers answer 50 questions about anime and about themselves. To my delight, Ace Railgun, who started this trend, did put a few questions related to anime music, and because so many took on the challenge of answering them (37 people, give or take a few), there’s quite a lot of data I could mine. And yes, me being who I am (a notorious procrastinator who will find any reason to duck out of doing schoolwork), I was curious enough to dig through every single one of these posts to see what observations I could make about the anime blogosphere as a whole on the soundtrack front.

Keep in mind that this is hardly scientific and only represents people who have been narcissistic enough to undertake such a writeup. This might be valuable, might not be. I just did it for amusement value and to satisfy my curiosity about anime blogger’s tastes in music. It’s a nice exercise at any rate and do forgive my tongue-in-cheek editorializing here and there. More after the jump. [Read more…]

Monday Melodic Musings: Mouryou no Hako – Mouryou no Hako ~main theme~

The convoluted chronology. The discussion of spirits that lasted one and a half episodes. And, of course, Kyougokudou’s (Akihiko Chuuzenji) dramatic reveal at the end as the disparate components of the mystery finally flow together into a coherent, engrossing narrative. Those were the three things that stood out to me most when I watched Mouryou no Hako, one of the more underrated anime series out there for mystery/horror fans.

Mouryo no Hako ~main theme~

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Not surprisingly, the music plays a strong role in making Mouryo no Hako’s storytelling an immersive experience. “Mouryo no Hako ~main theme~’s” quiet piano introduction brings out the undercurrent of tragedy and the sense of resignation that runs throughout the anime, as the characters find themselves drawn into a circle of fate forged by the past that none can escape from. [Read more…]

Mawaru Penguindrum – OST Vol. 1 – Review

Album Title: Mawaru Penguindrum Vol.1 Bonus CD
Anime Title: Mawaru Penguindrum
Artist: Yukari Hashimoto
Catalog Number: SSX-10205
Release Type: Soundtrack
Release Date: October 26, 2011
Purchase at: CDJapan, Play-Asia

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Monday Melodic Musings: Chobits – Let Me Be With You

As we approach the 10-year anniversary of the Chobits anime, I’d like to call your attention to its opening song, “Let Me Be with You,” by Round Table. [Read more…]

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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