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