Summer 2009's Soundtracks -Revisited-

summer 2009 revisited

Although Eminence Online is where I submit my anime music previews for upcoming seasons these days, I’ll still be reserving this blog space for the opportunity to look back on the music that’s been presented just to see how my guesses (if I made any) managed to pan out. As far as my summer preview article goes, I wasn’t able to take a peek at some of the shows I mentioned (notably, Toshihiko Sahashi’s work on Elements Hunters, nor was I able to check out Nanase’s work on CANAAN, or Yukari Hashimoto’s double duties on both Kanamemo or Yoku Wakaru Gendai Mahou. Of course, I wasn’t all too impressed with the music that she had written for Toradora! and the content of the shows themselves weren’t exactly up my alley either. Not that it was a problem since commentators like Sorrow-kun and hashi have declared summer to be one of the better seasons in recent memory (if not the best since Spring 2006). So not only was the content particularly strong, some of the soundtracks were downright fantastic. [Read more...]

Music From the ARIA Franchise (from the ARIA the NATURAL Extras DVD)

Aria Music

One of the feelings that I had expressed during Week 18 of the MALKeionbu was how ARIA’s music served as an excellent representation of the city of Neo-Venezia and how the focus on the city succeeded in making us all familiar with the setting. While I watched the series, there never was any doubt how important the music was in sculpting ARIA’s wonderful, charming atmosphere and both Takashi Senoo and the Choro Club deserve accolades for their work on the soundtrack. Being the ARIA fan that I am, I wanted to learn more about how the process of setting ARIA’s music to the show worked and it wasn’t until now that I was able to find the time to watch “The Sound of ARIA” segment on the Extras DVD from the ARIA the NATURAL box set. This segment was conducted as a friendly chat between a moderator and ARIA’s main director, Junichi Sato, his wife and the show’s sound director, Yasuno Sato, singer/songwriter Eri Kawai, the Choro Club’s Shigeharu Sasago, and Takeshi Senoo. More details after the jump. [Read more...]

Clannad Original Soundtrack – Review

Clannad OST Cover

Album Title: Clannad Original Soundtrack
Anime Title: Clannad
Artist: Magome Togoshi; Jun Maeda; Shinji Orito; riya; Lia; kiku
Catalog Number: KSLA-0012~0014
Release Type: Soundtrack
Release Date: August 13, 2004
Purchase at: Play-Asia

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Guin Saga ED Single – My Road ~ Songs from Guin Saga – Review

Kanon My Road

Album Title: My Road ~ Songs from Guin Saga
Anime Title: Guin Saga
Artist: Kanon; Nobuo Uematsu; Pietro Mascagni
Catalog Number: SICL-218
Release Type: OP/ED Single
Release Date: August 26, 2009

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Eminence's A Night in Fantasia Concert


Those of you who have visited the Eminence Website lately should be aware that the website for Eminence’s A Night in Fantasia concert is up and running. My fellow Eminence staff writers over at Original Sound Version have already declared in their post that this concert boasts one of the most impressive groups of video game music composers from both the East and the West. If you’ve checked out the program on the ANiF website, you’ll also notice that it’s heavily slanted towards video game music. So for all VGM aficiondos, it’s a given that music from games like Ace Combat V, Soul Calibur, and Chrono Cross are worth the price of admission alone and that Chiaking’s appearance to sing a song from IDOLM@STER is just the icing on a very delicious cake.

The question then is what this concert offers the anime fan. Well, the anime portion of the program, while not amazingly brilliant, is decent enough with quite a few good picks. I think the big surprise for me was seeing that the music from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya was going to be on the program and I’m going to guess based on the fact that because Shiro Hamaguchi is credited as the arranger, that we’ll be getting a piece from The String Concert of Haruhi Suzumiya. That’s not a major surprise since Hiroaki Yura, Eminence’s founder, also performed at the Haruhi concert in Japan. I’m also not too surprised to see Hisaishi’s compositions for Studio Ghibli’s films either since they have been performed in the past and the melodies themselves are well-known given that Miyazaki’s films are relatively mainstream (as mainstream as anime can get currently anyhow). So while they’re not getting a bigger cross-section of anime music out there, the series/movies from which they’ve picked have enjoyable music (moreso than your average anime soundtrack), so in that regard, it should make for a good concert. My only regret is that I’ll miss out on it since I don’t see myself traveling to Australia in the very near future.

The concert is scheduled for September 26 and if you’re planning to go and want to secure your tickets, just check the ANiF website.

Also, if anyone is going and is interested in writing a concert report for me, do let me know :p

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