Animelo Summer Live 2011 – Part 1 – Preamble and Travelogue

Hi, my name is Arthur Marsh from Adelaide, South Australia. I’ve enjoyed the music of anime since the days of Marine Boy, Gigantor and Kimba on black-and-white television, and more recently rediscovered the music of anime through the works of Studio Ghibli (including my first blu-ray purchase, Joe Hisaishi in Budokan – 25 years with the Animations of Hayao Miyazaki), and movies like Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honnêamise, Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence and series like The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. The blu-ray box set of the latter included a concert Suzumiya Haruhi no Gensō which included a singer with amazing diction who turned out to be Minori Chihara. That leads to…

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Some Meta About the Writing Process, Another Unboxing Video

Though I prefer not to do meta posts, indulge me for a moment as I reflect over the the writing process. Specifically to dispel one illusion that I had prior to starting Anime Instrumentality: the difficulty inherent in writing.

When I say difficulty, I really do mean it. If there’s one thing that I’ve learned writing all these music reviews, it’s that the writing process never gets easier with time; you’d think it would with 2+ years under my belt. I don’t know how some of my peers in the anime blogosphere deal with it, but I’m always in awe at the folks who can turn out a post every day and still have them be insightful and enjoyable reads. I’m not one of those people, unfortunately, and so, continue to struggle. It’s a long process, though not an unpleasant one (otherwise I wouldn’t be doing it!), but I do encounter those rough patches from time to time. [Read more…]

Makoto Shinkai Image Album – Promise – Review

Album Title: Makoto Shinkai Image Album – Promise
Anime Title: 5 Centimeters per Second, She and Her Cat,
Beyond the Clouds, the Promised Place,
Voices of a Distant Star
Artist: Eminence Symphony Orchestra, Shiro Hamaguchi, Akifumi Tada,
Yasunori Iwasaki, Tenmon
Catalog Number: CWCD-0003
Release Type: Arrangement
Release Date: December 09, 2009
Purchase at: CDJapan, Eminence Online

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The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya Original Soundtrack – Review

Album Title: The Vanishment of Haruhi Suzumiya Original Soundtrack
Anime Title: The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya
Artist: Satoru Kousaki, Ryuichi Takada, Keigo Hoashi, Kakeru Ishihama,
Erik Satie, Eminence Symphony Orchestra, Seiji Honda
Catalog Number: LACA-9178~9
Release Type: Soundtrack
Release Date: January 27, 2010
Purchase at: CDJapan, Play-Asia

Tracklist and miscellaneous album information provided by VGMdb.

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Prelude to a Review – The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya Showing in Los Angeles

For the past few months, I’ve heard reports about how people who’ve watch the cam-rip of The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya absolutely loved it. I didn’t pay too much attention to the details though since I didn’t want any of it spoiled, at least, that’s the reason I told myself. In reality, I might have been just a bit burnt out from the Endless Eight debacle and was pushing that out of my memory.

When I heard that they’d have a showing in LA, I was lukewarm about it, but what the hell, I gave it a shot and, buoyed by Shadowmage’s review of the movie on the Nihon Review, hoped that it would at least be passable.

Do you remember when you watched the first episode of the second season of Haruhi and all the positive goodwill you had about the franchise just kind of gushed out and gave you that pleasant buzz that made you feel warm and fuzzy? Well, watching the movie gives the same kind of feeling, except it felt even better than that!

Without going too much into a discussion of the movie (feel free to talk about it in the comments section though!) all I’d have to say is that the experience was an amazing one. Watching the ramifications of Haruhi’s disappearance was wonderful because the calm, sober atmosphere contrasted so much with the usual level of energy and excitement that we’ve come to associate with the Haruhi franchise. It just felt wrong, and in doing so, fit the scenario perfectly!

So yes, if you want a take on the movie, just read the review I linked to above. My only disagreement is that I thought it was worthy of a 9/10, but that just might be because the high the movie gave me resulted in a euphoria that’s lasted up until now and is still going strong. It made up for Endless Eight and then some and being able to experience it in the setting of a movie theater along with other anime fans who made the trek was fantastic! [Read more…]

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