ANI-ON LIVE! Anime Expo 2014 Concert Report

Ani-on Live Anime Expo
Hullo everyone! Pointblanket here: long-time Anime Instrumentality lurker and first-time contributor. I’ll be sharing my impressions of the recent performance of up-and-coming anime rock cover band, Ani-On Live!, who played a series of shows during Anime Expo this year.

For those who are unfamiliar, this Boston-based group is led by the emphatic producer, Shota Nakama (of Video Game Orchestra), who also plays guitar and keyboard for the band. The other members normally include Maho Azuma and Luis Rivera on vocals, Masato Ito on lead guitar, Louis Ochoa on Bass, and Takuma Anzai on Drums. Ochoa and Takuma were unable to attend the shows out in Los Angeles. Instead, their parts were pre-recorded and mixed in as background accompaniment for each musical number. This tricky feat of coordination was made possible through the efforts of underground sound engineer and mixer Falk Au Yeong who is known for his contributions towards the original soundtracks for the Sonic: Before/After the Sequel fan games and his close collaboration with many of Shota’s projects.

But enough of introductions, and on with the show! When considering the limited nature of the Lounge21 venue at Anime Expo and the fact that blaring rock performances aren’t usually my type of show, Ani-On Live! put on a powerful yet fun performance whose energy was clearly reflected by the attending crowd. There was even a full line of fans performing “wotagei” throughout the evening to make the mood feel just right. [Read more…]

No Game No Life OP Single – This Game – Review

Limited Edition Cover

Album Title: This Game
Anime Title: No Game No Life
Artist: Suzuki Konomi
Catalog Number: ZMCZ-9306 (Limited Edition)
ZMCZ-9307 (Regular Edition)
Release Type: OP/ED Single
Release Date: May 21, 2014
Purchase at: CDJapan

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Anime Expo 2014 Detox and Quick Thoughts

Anime Expo has this odd way of taking what should have been a manageable schedule and throwing enough wrinkles to make for a packed weekend. And no, I’m not just talking about the huge crowds or the never-ending parade of logistical problems either.

Everything I had going on, both for work and for fun, had me on my feet the entire time. If it wasn’t a press conference or an event that I was interested in covering, then it was simply reaching out to the anitweeps to meet up, say the hi and hellos, and catch up if I’ve met them previously or put a name to a face if I haven’t. And with all the people to see and things to do, Anime Expo was pretty good at keeping me busy and occupied. It’s certainly better than being bored out of my mind, which can be a danger when you account for my narrow interests in certain facets of the anime fandom. [Read more…]

Listening to Anime OSTs Standalone

Anime Girl Violin
The love and joy that countless hours of anime music have brought me were what led to Anime Instrumentality being founded. While the J-popping OP/EDs are enjoyable, it’s been the BGM, especially those that are so rich in energy and emotion that they transcend the context entirely, that continue to endure in my consciousness and enrich my life as I marvel at their beauty.

Kai of Deluscar definitely feels the power that great BGM can deliver unto listeners. Here are his thoughts on how his interest in anime soundtracks has enriched his anime viewing experience and provides a touch of inspiration outside of anime so that he can pursue his passions while overcoming the obstacles that lie in his path.

The Aspect of Listening to OSTs Standalone

Ever listened to some great music tracks in anime? If you did, I’m sure a majority of you would get the anime’s OST albums and listen to them standalone. Chances are, listening to them standalone won’t be much different; they retain the same high-quality music, as though you are listening to them in the anime itself, or it might evoke different feelings and opinions you had toward those very songs. [Read more…]

Anime Expo 2014 – The Pregame Edition

As the July 4th weekend begins to roll around, the rumblings that signal a return into the breach of the North American anime fandom materialize. As usual, I’ll continue to seek out any musical offerings that sate my palate, with varying degrees of success. That said, this year looks more promising than last! Unlike last year, this year’s artists are somewhat relevant to my interests. We don’t have to deal with brand-new idol groups trying to get their footing and instead, get pros who’ve been on the scene long enough to provide serviceable music. There are even a few instrumentalists thrown around for good measure!

So in poring over the schedule, here’s how events are going to shape up on my end over the 4 days of the convention: [Read more…]

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