Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakama-tachi Original Soundtrack “Otogibako” – Review

Album Title: Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakama-tachi
Original Soundtrack “Otogibako”
Anime Title: Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakama-tachi or
Ookami-san and Her Seven Companions
Artist: Megumi Oohashi, May’n, OToGi8 (Louise Sfozur,
Miku Doll Charlotte, Nana Hamasaki, Sayuri Hara, Shiori Izawa,
Shiori Mikami, Wanae Ookubo, Yukafin Doll)
Catalog Number: VTCL-60227
Release Type: Soundtrack
Release Date: September 22, 2010
Purchase at: CDJapan, Play-Asia

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Symphonic Suite Princess Mononoke – Review

Album Title: Symphonic Suite Princess Mononoke
Anime Title: Princess Mononoke
Artist: Joe Hisaishi, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Catalog Number: TKCA-71395
Release Type: Arrangement
Release Date: July 08, 1998
Purchase at: CDJapan

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Reminiscing over the Decade’s Anime Music – 2009

The last.

It took me the better part of the year to get all the way to 2009, but getting that chance to revisit all the music from shows that I’ve watched and those that I only know of through the music feels like a long, but rewarding journey. I’ll express more of that joy and nostalgia in an afterthoughts post consisting of what I’ve learned, new stuff to check out, etc; this one is reserved solely for 2009’s shows, the year that brought us the divisive, but popular K-ON!, an end to the enthralling Kara no Kyoukai movies, and, of course, the excitement and mystery embodied in Eden of the East. Musically, this year saw names like Masaru Yokoyama and Akihiko Matsumoto put their stamp down while video game composers I’ve enjoyed have made ventures into the realm of anime music. There’s a lot to talk about, that’s for sure.

So as usual, full clips are delivered here, Youtube ones are spoilered. I’ll be cheating a bit and linking to reviews when warranted to save time else I’ll be repeating myself a bit too much. Beyond that, just sit back, and enjoy the bevy of tunes from the recent past! [Read more…]

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Some Meta About the Writing Process, Another Unboxing Video

Though I prefer not to do meta posts, indulge me for a moment as I reflect over the the writing process. Specifically to dispel one illusion that I had prior to starting Anime Instrumentality: the difficulty inherent in writing.

When I say difficulty, I really do mean it. If there’s one thing that I’ve learned writing all these music reviews, it’s that the writing process never gets easier with time; you’d think it would with 2+ years under my belt. I don’t know how some of my peers in the anime blogosphere deal with it, but I’m always in awe at the folks who can turn out a post every day and still have them be insightful and enjoyable reads. I’m not one of those people, unfortunately, and so, continue to struggle. It’s a long process, though not an unpleasant one (otherwise I wouldn’t be doing it!), but I do encounter those rough patches from time to time. [Read more…]

MM! OP Single – Help!! – Review

Album Title: Help!!
Anime Title: MM!
Artist: Taketatsu Ayana, Hayami Saori
Catalog Number: LASM-4082
Release Type: OP/ED Single
Release Date: October 27, 2010
Purchase at: CDJapan

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