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…]

Himitsu ~The Revelation~ Original Soundtrack – Review

Album Title: Himitsu ~The Revelation~ Original Soundtrack
Anime Title: Himitsu ~The Revelation~
Artist: Hirano Yoshihisa
Catalog Number: VPCG-84877
Release Type: Soundtrack
Release Date: Jul 07, 2008
Purchase at: CDJapan

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Previewing the Music For Winter 2012′s Anime Season

Intro by zzeroparticle: For those of you who follow this site pretty closely, you may have noticed that the Fall 2011 preview was conspicuously absent. School hammered me pretty hard and I just wasn’t able to find the time to put it together. To make amends, allow me to say this: Kousuke Yamashita’s work on Chihayafuru’s soundtrack is my most anticipated anime soundtrack from the current crop of Fall shows. Yes, I’m looking forward to it more than I’m looking forward to Yuki Kajiura’s work on Fate/Zero and more than Hiroyuki Sawano’s work on Guilty Crown. If you’ve never been exposed to Kousuke Yamashita’s work on either Glass Fleet or Shion no Ou and enjoy good music, you owe it to yourself to give both soundtracks a whirl just to see what he’s capable of.

Anyway, this niche column once again makes its return for Winter 2012. And like columns past, this one is sparse on plot elements since its focus is on the composer rolls, stuff they’ve done in the past, and wild speculation as to how well their music will mesh with the series in question. Onwards and sideways! (Note: sequels are not covered here.) [Read more…]

Mawaru Penguindrum OP Single – nornir – boys, come back to me – Review

Album Title: nornir – boys, come back to me
Anime Title: Mawaru Penguindrum
Artist: Yakushimaru Etsuko Metro Orchestra
Catalog Number: KICM-3238
Release Type: OP/ED Single
Release Date: October 5, 2011
Purchase at: CDJapan

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Un-Go OP Single – How to Go – Review

Album Title: How to go
Anime Title: Un-Go
Artist: School Food Punishment
Catalog Number: ESCL-3783
Release Type: OP/ED Single
Release Date: December 7, 2011
Purchase at: CDJapan

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