VGM Composer Hiroki Kikuta’s Upcoming Touhou Arrangement Project

This bit of news is a bit old for those of you who really follow the Touhou doujin music scene closer than I, but video game composer Hiroki Kikuta has a Touhou album in the works, released through his Zero Symphonic Battalion doujin circle. As someone who still passively enjoys listening to Touhou music (and occasionally wanders into danmaku hell when time permits) it’s right up my alley. Compound that with my love affair with video game music complete with a skilled composer at the reins and this news certainly has me interested to say the least. [Read more…]

Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru/Tamayura OP Single – Down Town/Yasashisa ni Tsutsumareta Nara – Review

Album Title: Down Town / Yasashisa ni Tsutsumareta Nara
Anime Title: Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru; Tamayura
Artist: Maaya Sakamoto, Tatsurou Yamashita, Takayuki Hattori,
Yumi Arai, Depapepe, Kazuhiko Kato, J.A.M.
Catalog Number: VTCL-35092
Release Type: OP/ED Single
Release Date: October 20, 2010
Purchase at: CDJapan

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Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga nai OP Single – irony – Review

Album Title: irony
Anime Title: Ore no Imouto
Artist: ClariS
Catalog Number: SECL-908
Release Type: OP/ED Single
Release Date: Oct 20, 2010
Purchase at: CDJapan

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Depapepe meets Honey and Clover – Night & Day – Review

Album Title: Depapepe meets Honey and Clover – Night & Day
Anime Title: Honey and Clover II
Artist: Depapepe: Yoshinari Tokuoka, Takuya Miura
Catalog Number: SECL-430
Release Type: Insert Song
Release Date: October 11, 2006
Purchase at: CDJapan

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Brief Thoughts – Anime Music Article in the Japan Times and the Lack of Quality in Seiyuu Land

I do need a bit of a break from all this album reviewing and from getting my bases covered for the 2009 music post, such that the anime music article on the Japan Times, filled with plenty of material for commentary, was timely.

Anyway, here’s the article in question. Based on the article’s approach, I’m inclined to say that the author hasn’t really been immersed in anime music beyond skimming the Oricon charts and noticing some anime albums placing in the top ten. Some of the points it makes are contentious, especially in light of the “talented” claim, which I’ll dig into later on. In any case, I’ll give the article a blow by blow account.
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