Doujin Album: Limited Chords Works Vol. 1 – Review

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Album Title: Limited Chords Works Vol. 1
Anime Title: Various
Artist: j1m0ne
Catalog Number: J1M1-0001
Release Type: Doujin
Release Date: November 17, 2009

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Aoi Hana Original Soundtrack – Sweet – Review

Aoi Hana Soundtrack

Album Title: Aoi Hana Original Soundtrack – Sweet
Anime Title: Aoi Hana
Artist: Takefumi Haketa
Catalog Number: LASA-5009
Release Type: Soundtrack
Release Date: August 26, 2009

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Vampire Knight ED – Still Doll – Review

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Album Title: Still Doll
Anime Title: Vampire Knight
Artist: Kanon Wakeshima, Mana
Catalog Number: DFCL-1467
Release Type: OP/ED Single
Release Date: May 28, 2008

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NEEDLESS Original Soundtrack – I got you under my skin – Review

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Album Title: NEEDLESS Original Soundtrack – I got you under my skin
Anime Title: NEEDLESS
Artist: Masaaki Iizuka (e-ZUKA)
Catalog Number: LASA-5012
Release Type: Soundtrack
Release Date: September 30, 2009

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Celebrating 25 Weeks of Anime Music (#MALKeionbu)

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It seems like forever since I’ve written up anything related to the MALKeionbu (alternatively known as the MyAnimeList Music Piece of the Week Club), but I figured now that we’ve entered our 25th week of voting, there’s something special to be had in this moment. 25 represents a pretty significant psychological barrier, for me at least, because, let’s face it, keeping a weekly event running for 25 consecutive weeks with few hiccups along the way is a pretty huge feat. And for that, I’d like to thank all of those who’ve directly participated whether it’s in track nomination or voting, in making this such an awesome event.

This milestone also offers an excellent opportunity to look back on all the tracks that have come and gone. The weekly process of nominating 7-10 tracks for 25 consecutive weeks yields a whole hell of a lot of anime music of all styles and rhythms. We’ve gone from simple emotions like Love and Despair, scene depictions like Action and Cityscapes, works from a single composer, to examining music covering various styles (Funky/Groovy) and instruments used (Piano, Electric Guitar). The thing that blows my mind the most is the club members’ ability to come up with a pretty good set of tracks week after week and I’ve yet to go through a week where I didn’t learn something new or find some album or composer to check out. Then there are the discussions that result during the voting phase that have been enjoyable to take part in, because through that, you get a better understanding for people’s tastes and opinions which in turn, helps you appreciate the music more. So it’s been a great learning process through and through!

With that in mind, let’s turn to some of the pieces that really struck a chord with me in some way or other. For the purposes of this list, neither tracks that I’ve nominated nor tracks that I’ve heard extensively are eligible since a big part of what makes this club fun is the process of discovering new pieces. So here are my picks: [Read more…]

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