ARIA the Box – Soundtrack Collection – Review

Album Title: ARIA the Box
Anime Title: ARIA the Animation; ARIA the Natural
ARIA the Origination; ARIA the OVA ~Arietta~
Artist: Choro Club; Takeshi Senoo; Yui Makino; Round Table feat. Nino;
SONOROUS, Chiwa Saito, Eri Kawai, Ryo Hirohashi, Erino Hazuki
Catalog Number: VTCL-60114-6
Release Type: Soundtrack
Release Date: September 23, 2009
Purchase at: CDJapan, Play-Asia (Out of Print)

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Bakemonogatari/CENCOROLL – Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari – Review

Album Title: Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari
Anime Title: Bakemonogatari/CENCOROLL
Artist: supercell, Nagi
Catalog Number: SRCL-7081
Release Type: OP/ED Single
Release Date: August 12, 2009
Purchase at: CDJapan, Play-Asia

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sugar sweet nightmare & Bakemonogatari Original Soundtrack – Review

Album Title: sugar sweet nightmare & Bakemonogatari Original Soundtrack
Anime Title: Bakemonogatari
Artist: Satoru Kousaki; Horie Yui; meg rock
Catalog Number: ANZB-9459 (packaged with DVD)
Release Type: Soundtrack
Release Date: February 24, 2010
Purchase at: CDJapan, Play-Asia

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Doujin Music: Highlighting the AnimeRemix Community

Good doujin music is hard to find. That’s the message I’ve gotten when I was unfortunate enough to have to listen to either of the Anime House albums or TAMUSIC’s godawful Haruhi arrange album. Hell, if it weren’t for kevo’s post celebrating the better Japanese doujin electronica works, I’d probably be giving up on the endeavor altogether.

My chief complaint with doujin music lies in its lack of creativity; most groups seem content with taking a well-known melody, be it an OP, ED, insert song, or, even more rarely, BGM, and slapping some UNTZ UNTZ UNTZ on top of it. Such a method feels so half-assed that I just become disenchanted by what passes for effort, and head off to better anime music pastures. I realize that such pastures are thin indeed, but the one that has stood out has been the works at

Back when videogame music dominated my listening charts, was a site that I’d check out a lot. Not only did it (and still does) offer a whole lot of video game remixes, the ones that were posted there were generally pretty good. You didn’t have lazy techno beats draped on top of an anime melody, straight up transcriptions of game scores, or anything that simple. The people whose submissions were put on the site demonstrated a good amount of effort and creativity in their works, which made listening to their compositions a very fulfilling experience.

AnimeRemix is pretty much an offshoot of OCRemix and their goals are the same, except their focus is on music from animated works (be it Western or Japanese). The scale to which they’re operating isn’t quite as large as OCR because anime music is still an underdeveloped area within the anime fandom, but that it even has more than 100 remixes housed on the site is something to celebrate.

After going through their cache of remixes, I figured I’d showcase some of my favorites in no particular order. If you want to download the track in question, I’ve linked to the track’s downloads page for your convenience. [Read more…]

Gundam Unicorn Original Sound Track – Review

Album Title: Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn Original Soundtrack
Anime Title: Gundam Unicorn
Artist: Hiroyuki Sawano; Cyua; Yumiko Inoue; Yuko Kawai
Catalog Number: SMCL-20004
Release Type: Soundtrack
Release Date: March 10, 2010
Purchase at: CDJapan, Play-Asia

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