A Young Music Lover’s Experience at Comiket


Comiket, for those who don’t know, is the largest convention for self-published and produced works in the world. Spanning three days, it is an enormous marketplace held in the Tokyo Big Sight convention center where people sell mainly art and crafts either inspired by anime or in the anime style. Among the goods being sold are tons of CDs produced by a thriving doujin music community. Of course, being in Japan over the summer, I made it part of my plans to check it out. While I couldn’t attend the first day because I was stuck in a cubicle, I did join up with some friends in the area for the second and third.

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Hanayamata OP Single – Hana wa Odore ya Irohaniho – Review

Hanayamata OP Single

Album Title: Hana wa Odore ya Irohaniho
Anime Title: Hanayamata
Artist: Hidekazu Tanaka, Takao Nagatani, Hanayamata Team: Reina Ueda, Minami Tanaka,
Kaya Okuno, Yuka Otsubo, Manami Numakura
Catalog Number: AVCA-74539
Release Type: OP/ED Single
Release Date: August 27, 2014
Purchase at: CDJapan, Play-Asia

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Kanon AIR Piano Arrange Album Re-feel – Review

re-feel cover

Album Title: Kanon AIR Piano Arrange Album Re-feel
Anime Title: Kanon (2006), Air
Artist: Jun Maeda, OdiakeS, Shinji Orito, Magome Togoshi
Catalog Number: KSLA-0010
Release Type: Arrangement
Release Date: December 28, 2003
Purchase at: CDJapan

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Aldnoah.Zero OP Single – heavenly blue – Review


Album Title: heavenly blue
Anime Title: Aldnoah.Zero
Artist: Kalafina
Catalog Number: SECL-1545
Release Type: OP/ED Single
Release Date: August 6, 2014
Purchase at: CDJapan

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Musical Connections with Cellist Eru Matsumoto

Eru Matsumoto
Video game and anime music have long struggled to find a place within the realms of what is considered “serious” music and Eru Matsumoto probably realizes this more than most. As the principal cellist for the rePlay Symphony of Heroes video game concert at Anime Expo as well as a soloist who performed selections from Sword Art Online, Eru Matsumoto was careful to affirm her love for classical music, but also stress that music, in all its forms, should serve to connect with the audience.

In my conversation with cellist Eru Matsumoto at Anime Expo, the theme of “forging connections through music” was one that came up repeatedly. From the beginning, her interest in the cello laid the foundation upon which Eru’s musical threads would be initially stiched. But it was her passion and persistence that would ultimately allow her to reinforce those threads, thereby linking them together into a rich and meaningful tapestry. [Read more…]

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