Prelude to a Review – Navigating the Corridors of Trance/Happy Hardcore

Western anime arrangements are a lot more prevalent than you might think. Just go trawl on retailers like Amazon for anime music and you’ll stumble upon quite a few which often take the form of dance mixes or trance/techno albums. I’ve been tempted to check them out for awhile now, except that there are two reasons why I haven’t. First off, the quality looks suspect and second, I’m not sure which artists to go for. It doesn’t help that the music labels that produce such albums are relatively unknown and haven’t really made themselves known.

Some are making an effort. Pete Ellison at Disko Warp Music has been working on getting his record label’s name out there by promoting Anime Love Hardcore, an album consisting of 10 tracks from a scattershot of anime series that go as far back as Lupin III all the way to more recent fare like Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagaan. As you can probably guess from the album’s title, the music consists of techno remixes in the same vein as the music in the Exit Trance series with an emphasis on happy hardcore more so than trance music. [Read more...]

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Angel Beats! Original Soundtrack – Review

Album Title: Angel Beats! Original Soundtrack
Anime Title: Angel Beats!
Artist: Jun Maeda, ANANT-GARDE EYES, Lia, Aoi Tada, karuta
Catalog Number: KSLA-0059~60
Release Type: Soundtrack
Release Date: June 28, 2010
Purchase at: CDJapan, Play-Asia

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Prelude to a Review – Differentiating Anime and Video Game Music, Figuring Out Who ANANT-GARDE EYES' Really is

As a note, the backlog will be on hold until I can get Angel Beats!’s soundtrack reviewed. Right now, I’ve just been letting my ears drink in Jun Maeda/ANANT-GARDE EYES’ musical brew, and listening to it did bring some thoughts that I tossed haphazardly on my twitter account.

Anyhow, that thought received a response! A response that I’ll fully admit I wasn’t prepared to tackle because of how difficult it is to come up with a set of criteria that would differentiate a game score from an anime score. After all, both have their place in setting the atmosphere for their respective media and there’s enough commingling going on that it might as well be useless. (As an aside, when a game soundtrack sounds like something more than just a game soundtrack, I don’t say, “it sounds like an anime soundtrack,” I just say “it sounds cinematic.” See The Unsung War. ;) )

Still, I did make that statement, I continue to stand by it, so I suppose I ought to explain what I meant. [Read more...]

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K-ON2! Original Sound Track Vol. 1 – Review

Album Title: K-ON!! Original Sound Track Vol.1
Anime Title: K-ON!!
Artist: Hajime Hyakkoku, Aki Toyosaki, Madoka Yonezawa
Catalog Number: PCCG-1062
Release Type: Soundtrack
Release Date: July 21, 2010
Purchase at: CDJapan, Play-Asia

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B Gata H Kei OP/ED Single – Oshiete A to Z – Review

Hey everyone, kevo’ here again. I hope you all liked my last post here on zzeroparticle’s blog. Today I’m writing in again but contributing more of zzeroparticle’s more usual fare. I wrote a review of B Gata H Kei at about the same time, so I thought I would go ahead and review the OP/ED single separately. You can read my anime review here. Without further ado, enjoy the post.

Album Title: Oshiete A to Z
Anime Title: B Gata H Kei
Artist: Yukari Tamura
Catalog Number: KICM-1305
Release Type: OP/ED Single
Release Date: April 28, 2010

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