Sora no Woto OP – Hikari no Senritsu – Review

Album Title: Hikari no Senritsu
Anime Title: Sora no Woto
Artist: Kalafina, Yuki Kajiura
Catalog Number: SECL-838
Release Type: OP/ED Single
Release Date: January 20, 2010
Purchase at: CDJapan

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Gundam 00 Original Soundtrack 1 – Review

Album Title: Gundam 00 Original Soundtrack 1
Anime Title: Gundam 00
Artist: Kenji Kawai
Catalog Number: VTCL-60014
Release Type: Soundtrack
Release Date: January 10, 2008
Purchase at: CDJapan

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Utada in the Flesh 2010 – Concert Report

Going into this concert, I can’t really claim to have much in the way of knowledge of Hikaru Utada or many of her works. My particular focus on J-pop is mostly confined to whatever is packaged with anime series or video game music so in this instance, her work on the Kingdom Hearts franchise is about all that I’m familiar with. Still, after listening to this performance, I can see why she is held in such high regard. That she composes her own music and writes the lyrics herself is already something that earns my respect. When you combine that element with her ability to sing live, I can’t help but be impressed by her completeness as an artist.

I should not have been surprised when I saw the line snake around the block right in front of the House of Blues on LA’s Sunset strip. After all, it had been about three years since she last performed in LA and people were looking forward to seeing what slate of songs she would be singing this time around. On my end, this concert would be a new experience since not only would I be introduced to more of Hikaru Utada’s repertoire, it would also be the first time I’ve attended a concert where it was standing room only.


The line was pretty long, comparable to her Seattle concert shown above (photo courtesy of @erwinwijanto)

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Maria-sama ga Miteru – Christmas Album – La Vierge Marie Vous Regarde Merry Christmas – Review

Album Title: Christmas Album – La Vierge Marie Vous Regarde Merry Christmas
Anime Title: Maria-sama ga Miteru
Artist: Kana Ueda, Haruna Ikezawa, Mamiko Noto, Rie Kugimiya,
Kaori Shimizu, Ami Koshimizu
Catalog Number: FCCM-261
Release Type: Character Album
Release Date: December 10, 2008
Purchase at: CDJapan

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Some Eminence Stuff on Haruhi's Disappearance and Other Miscellany

The information is a bit old by now, but if anyone has been following Hiroaki Yura’s blogging activities, you may have noticed that he’s made a post regarding the recording of the soundtrack to the Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya movie which is currently looking towards a February release date in Japanese theaters. Satoru Kousaki will still be the composer as usual and I’ll be looking forward to seeing how his minimalist style interacts with the orchestral work that Eminence puts out. Somehow, my gut feeling tells me that they won’t be using the entirety of the Eminence ensemble. Maybe something on a smaller scale unless they’re flying Kousaki out to Australia to do the recording. Still, a fully orchestrated movie score is something to look forward to at any rate. [Read more…]

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