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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Animelo Summer Live 2011 – Part 2 – First Concert, Saturday 27 August 2011

In the previous article, I covered my travels to and around Tokyo in the days before the Animelo concerts. It was great to wander around on foot and by train, absorbing the surroundings. There were very few non-Japanese tourists around and the experiences heightened my enjoyment of what was to come all the more.

To musically illustrate the concerts, I’ll include YouTube links where possible to complement my thoughts.  My appreciation goes out to those record companies that provided clips themselves.

As a note, much of my experience at Animelo was spent absorbing and enjoying everything, so it was difficult to make much comment on specific artists and songs. It also didn’t help that I couldn’t do much note-taking and that my comprehension of the Japanese language is minimal. However, I hope that this review provides some insight into my concert experience. [Read more…]

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