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

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 closer to the release date. At this stage Isao Sasaki, Kalafina and T.M.Revolution are *NOT* listed as appearing on the videos.

The Borrower Arrietty Soundtrack – Review

Album Title: The Borrower Arrietty Soundtrack
Anime Title: The Secret World of Arrietty
Artist: Cécile Corbel, Simon Caby
Catalog Number: TKCA-73537
Release Type: Soundtrack
Release Date: July 14, 2010
Purchase at: CDJapan, Play-Asia, iTunes

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Future Diary (Mirai Nikki) OP Single – Kuso Mesorogi – Review

Album Title: Kuusou Mesologie
Anime Title: Future Diary
Artist: Yousei Teikoku
Catalog Number: LACM-4868
Release Type: OP/ED Single
Release Date: October 26, 2011
Purchase at: CDJapan

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Fractale’s ED and Japan’s Nostalgic Drive Toward Irish Music

Today’s guest post comes courtesy of TWWK over at Beneath the Tangles and I have to say that we’re in for an ethnomusicological treat. Now, ethnomusicology has always been an interesting area of study and I’m sorry to say that I just haven’t had the opportunity to dig into it further because it’s interesting to read up on how cultural exchanges transform music. TWWK’s entry delves into a cultural infusion, namely the one that brought Irish/Celtic music to Japan. It’s enlightening to get that understanding on why the Japanese took to this new style and I hope you get a lot out of this as much as I did! So without further ado, here’s TWWK: [Read more…]

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