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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Monday Melodic Musings: Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei – Itoshiki Nozomu


This week’s track was one of many that I’d been considering, but chaostangent’s music post effectively made it go to the top of my mind.

Back when I compiled my list of 20 noteworthy anime titles from the previous decade for Behind the Nihon Review, I had this to say about Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei:

Stretch things far enough and sure enough, they’ll snap! That’s the basic lesson that Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei teaches us through Itoshiki Nozomu’s misadventures. Backing him up is a two-dimensional cast that provides all the perspectives you could possibly need to weigh in on the societal issues that this despairing teacher comes across, to hilarious results. Black comedies are a rare sight in the world of anime and I’m just glad that this one saw the light of day since its irreverent treatment of its subject matter is what makes this show’s brand of comedy so enjoyable.

Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei – Itoshiki Nozomu

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Monday Melodic Musings: Martian Successor Nadesico – Ima wa Oyasumi Wo…

Satomi Arimori’s immortal eponymous line penned for Martian Successor Nadesico’s OP “You Get To Burning” will always give me a chuckle or two because of its engrishy nature, but that doesn’t hide the fact that Toshiyuki Omori’s composition is catchy and engaging and that Yumi Matsuzawa’s vocals deliver the necessary urgency and inspiration that captures the show’s more serious moments.

While Omori’s music is already enjoyable, what I like even more about Nadesico’s music is how composer Takayuki Hattori uses the opening theme as part of the anime’s BGM. The theme not only materializes in the form of a magnificent orchestral display in “Nadesico Hasshinsu!” but also in the mellowness of “Ima wa Oyasumi wo…,” the subject of today’s musing.

Nadesico – Ima wa Oyasumi wo

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