Our Top 10 Anime Composers… of all time!

At the start of the month, we put a poll together asking for your top 10 anime composers of all time. And now, we’re exactly a week from when the poll is set to expire. If you haven’t gotten around to doing so, you have one more week to go if you want to get your favorite anime composers tallied into the system!

Because we didn’t want to leave ourselves out of the poll, our writers got together to talk about our favorite anime composers, launching our Anime Music Live Show in the process. So in the inaugural episode of the Anime Instrumentality Live Show, me, Yu, and Pointblanket go through and talk about our favorite anime composers and why we enjoyed them so much. You can check out the live show below.

But if you just want to see how we ranked things, here are our picks along with some anime soundtracks and tracks that particularly resonated with us:

Number zzeroparticle Yu Pointblanket
1 Joe Hisaishi Joe Hisaishi Yoko Kanno
2 Michiru Oshima Toshihiko Sahashi Joe Hisaishi
3 Yoko Kanno Yoshihisa Hirano Taku Iwasaki
4 Kousuke Yamashita Michiru Oshima Yuki Kajiura
5 Yoshihisa Hirano Taku Iwasaki Michiru Oshima
6 Toshihiko Sahashi Yuuji Nomi Makoto Yoshimori
7 Taku Iwasaki Kousuke Yamashita Kousuke Yamashita
8 Shigeharu Sasago Ken Muramatsu Hiromi Mizutani
9 Tsuneyoshi Saito Tsuneyoshi Saito Jun Maeda
10 Yuki Kajiura Yoko Kanno Masumi Ito

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Music Notes: Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso – Episode 1

Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso - 01-01
Prologue: After Nodame Cantabile, you’d have to forgive me for believing no other anime would attempt using classical music as the backbone for a romantic comedy. But with this Fall season, we have Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso, which has sufficiently impressed me with that very approach, imparting a level of enthusiasm that I haven’t felt since watching Nodame.

Classical music to make a match in heaven? While the two main characters, Kousei Arima and Kaori Miyazono, aren’t even close to being a mature, compelling couple (they’re middle school students after all), the classical music backdrop is enough to get me to stay. It’s worth my while to stick with this series, especially if I can use this soapbox to comment about classical music itself and maybe even give a bit of insight on why the music was used like it was. [Read more…]

Joe Hisaishi’s Piano Stories Best ’88-’08 – Review

Joe Hisaishi Piano Best

Album Title: Piano Stories Best ’88-’08
Anime Title: Nausicaä of the Valley of Wind
Laputa: Castle in the Sky
Porco Rosso
My Neighbor Totoro
Howl’s Moving Castle
Artist: Joe Hisaishi, Masahiro Sayama
Catalog Number: UPCI-1080
Release Type: Arrangement
Release Date: April 16, 2008
Purchase at: CDJapan, iTunes

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The Wind Rises Soundtrack – Review

Wind Rises Kaze Tachinu

Album Title: The Wind Rises Soundtrack
Anime Title: The Wind Rises
Artist: Joe Hisaishi, Yumi Arai
Catalog Number: TKCA-73920
Release Type: Soundtrack
Release Date: July 17, 2013
Purchase at: CDJapan, iTunes

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Musical Musing: When Hisaishi and Touhou Collide, Some Miscellany

Doujin games and anime aren’t so far apart that we can apply the statement that ne’er the twain shall meet because the two fanbases do overlap. However, they are far apart enough that you rarely see anyone combining music from games and anime into a fan-made arrangement. After all, much of the doujin music that comes out of Comiket are decidedly non-anime in nature. Ditto with Reitaisai for obvious reasons.

So when I come across a track that combines both, it’s always cause for rejoicing and kaztora’s “チルノの動く城” is one that fits the bill. As you listen to this, you may find yourself surprised to find two familiar themes milling about (moreso if you can’t figure out the translation for the track title!):


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