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...]

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...]

Usagi Drop Original Soundtrack – Review

Album Title: Usagi Drop Original Soundtrack
Anime Title: Usagi Drop
Artist: Suguru Matsutani
Catalog Number: ESCL-3747
Release Type: Soundtrack
Release Date: August 03, 2011
Purchase at: CDJapan, Play-Asia

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Mononoke Original Soundtrack – Review

Album Title: Mononoke Original Soundtrack
Anime Title: Mononoke
Artist: Yasuharu Takanashi
Catalog Number: AICL-1855
Release Type: Soundtrack
Release Date: September 19, 2007
Purchase at: CDJapan, Play-Asia

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