Anime Music of Christmases (Long) Past

Unlike the iconic Dickens novel, I do mean long-past. I won’t be talking about special vocal albums like the Marimite Christmas album either, as hilarious as it is. No, for the purposes of this entry, I’m going to focus more on compositions or instrumental arrangements that channel the spirit of Christmas.

Back when I started watching anime, it never occurred to me that Japan would embrace the holiday to the point that they’d roll out their own Christmas tunes; up to that point, my experience with “foreign” Christmas music was mostly confined to “Feliz Navidad” and Asian-language variations of popular Christmas carols. It wasn’t until I finally watched Nadesico that I realized, to a mixture of horror and delight, that Japanese Christmas music is just as cheesy and unbearable as those commonly heard over here in the States! [Read more…]

Leftovers from Anime Expo 2010 – A Megumi Nakajima and May’n Panel

Last summer, you might have recalled that I was on assignment for Original Sound Version at Anime Expo and that my job was mostly to babble about how much I enjoyed the (mostly) Macross Frontier Concert as well as the performance that MELL put forth. Lost in that shuffle was a panel that I attended which had both May’n and Megumi Nakajima present to answer a few questions about their work, with a focus on their work for Macross Frontier, but also touched upon the latter’s experience as a seiyuu.

What you’ll get here is a brief rundown of the questions that were asked at the panel and the answers they gave. The questions don’t exactly follow the order in which they’re asked (else it’d jump around a whole lot), so without further ado, check out what they had to say after the jump! [Read more…]

CLANNAD / Tomoyo After Piano Arrange Album “Piano no Mori” – Review

Album Title: CLANNAD / Tomoyo After Piano Arrange Album “Piano no Mori”
Anime Title: Clannad
Artist: Magome Togoshi, Shinji Orito, Jun Maeda, riya, Ryo Mizutsuki
Catalog Number: KSLA-0021
Release Type: Arrangement
Release Date: December 29, 2005

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Clannad Vocal Image Album Sorarado – Review

Album Title: Sorarado
Visual Novel Title: Clannad
Artist: riya; Magome Togoshi; Shinji Orito; Takumaru; Manyo
Catalog Number: KSLA-0009
Release Type: Arrangement
Release Date: December 28, 2003

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Write-in Poll: Who are Your Top 10 Anime Composers?

I’ve been talking on and off about needing a new project to sprinkle in amidst the reviews, and quite a few of you think that it’s about time I delve into the composer side of the equation. After all, these are the people responsible for all the amazing (or bland) melodies that add the extra bit of impact to the scenes they accompany, reveal a character’s inner turmoil, or immerse us within some grand spectacle. So let’s cut to the chase: who are your ten favorite anime composers?

A few ground rules: when I say anime composers, any composer who’s written any music for anime (including OPs/EDs/insert songs) qualifies. That was easy, wasn’t it? Basically, the only vocalists that are permissible for this are those who actually compose music. Obviously the extent to which you enjoy their music is important and will probably be the primary criterion by which you assemble your list. You can also consider other things like their quantity of work they’ve done. But when you put together your list, do rank order them from most favorite to tenth favorite. Nothing more needs to be done, but you are welcome to add comments about why you chose X person.

Lastly, do try to come up with ten. I specifically stress the word try, because it’s perfectly OK if you aren’t able to come up with that many. If you’re stuck, it does help to look through some of your favorite shows and see who composed their music, but if all else fails, just list one, or two, or five. That’s totally fine. This is mostly to satisfy my brimming curiosity anyhow. Yes, I will use the results for an upcoming article series that focuses upon composers and not to attempt at an objective measurement of who exactly are the ten best anime composers out there. Do fill this out by December 31, 2010. I’ll be scattering reminders every so often!

For what it’s worth, it’d be terrible of me if I didn’t include my own Top 10 list, so here goes: [Read more…]

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