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...]

07-Ghost OP Single – Hi Iro no Kakera – Review

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Album Title: Hi Iro no Kakera
Anime Title: 07-Ghost
Artist: Yuki Suzuki, Naoki Maeda
Catalog Number: AVCA-29256
Release Type: OP/ED Single
Release Date: July 29, 2009

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Saki Original Soundtrack – Review

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Album Title: Saki Original Soundtrack
Anime Title: Saki
Artist: Tsuyoshi Watanabe
Catalog Number: LASA-5018
Release Type: Soundtrack
Release Date: October 7, 2009

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Project Promise Update: The Arrangers’ Circle and Upcoming Q&A

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UPDATE: We finally have a review up of the Makoto Shinkai Promise album.

For people who have not read this post, the Eminence Symphony Orchestra, based out in Sydney, Australia, will be releasing a 13-track disc this December containing arrangements of Tenmon’s musical compositions in honor of Makoto Shinkai and his 10 years of work as an anime director, animator, and scriptwriter. Until recently, we’ve only had a glimpse of what this disc was capable of delivering through the tracklist; what we didn’t have was a solid idea of what what to should expect out of these arrangements. But now that my Eminence contact has disclosed the names of the arrangers, fans of Tenmon and Makoto Shinkai can rejoice! With people like Shiro Hamaguchi, Akifumi Tada, and Yasunori Iwasaki at the helm, the arrangements should turn out to be awesome! [Read more...]

Kuroshitsuji Soundtrack – Kuroshitsuji Sound Complete Black Box – Review

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Album Title: Kuroshitsuji Sound Complete Black Box
Anime Title: Kuroshitsuji
Artist: Taku Iwasaki; Daisuke Ono; SID; BECCA; Kalafina; Yuki Kajiura
Catalog Number: SVWC-7646
Release Type: Soundtrack
Release Date: August 26, 2009
Purchase at: CDJapan or Play-Asia

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