Anime Expo 2013 Detox and Quick Thoughts

Yes, yes, the tank that had everyone fawning. Including me.

Yes, yes, the tank that had everyone fawning. Including me.

For some people, Anime Expo was simply Line Con, where much of the majority of time was spent interacting with other fans, but in long lines, waiting for one delayed panel event to begin or for the chance to meet an elusive guest and obtain a photo op or, better yet, an autograph. For me, this year’s incarnation of Anime Expo was more of a Board Game Con. Making the drive out to Los Angeles for three subsequent days’ worth of anime conning, only to spend a large chunk of that time playing board games doesn’t seem like a prudent use of time or gasoline, but I assure you it was fun and definitely worthwhile. Certainly better than what I had expected at any rate, if my AX Pregame was of any indication.

Part of that preconception was the timing and content. This year’s Anime Expo comes on the heels of a perfect storm of events, both from personal matters that left me fretting more often than not and from the events that don’t quite pander to my tendencies. So if I looked slightly distracted and not totally focused on the convention compared to usual, well, now you have a hint as to why. [Read more…]

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…]

Eminence Presents: Project Promise – 10 Years of Makoto Shinkai & Tenmon

project promise

UPDATE: We finally have a review up of the Makoto Shinkai Promise album. Do enjoy the thoughts and opinions in that review!

It’s kind of funny actually. I had already been aware that the Eminence Symphony Orchestra was working on something called Project Promise because I had seen the name come up on Hiroaki Yura’s signature on Eminence’s forums. What I didn’t know was whether it would focus on anime or game music, so when I saw nyoronyolo link to Xcomp Randomness’s post on this latest Eminence project which celebrates 10 years of Makoto Shinkai’s collaboration with Tenmon through an orchestral arrangement of some of the most memorable pieces from Shinkai’s works, I was pretty excited.

The tracklist is already posted on the Xcomp Randomness site and the music covers Tenmon’s stuff from Shinkai’s 5 Centimeters Per Second, Beyond the Clouds: The Place Promised in Our Early Days, and even the short She and Her Cat. Of those works, I’m probably most familiar with 5 Centimeters Per Second, so over the next few days, I’ll be making some time to reacquaint myself with some of those other works, mostly to ponder how exactly the tracks from those works will be arranged. It should be delightful though since Tenmon does have the ability to write simple, but wonderful tracks like in 5 Centimeter’s “Sora to Umi no Shi.”

Sora to Umi no Shi

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Anyhow, people will inevitably have questions about Project Promise and I’ll do my best to see if anyone over at Eminence will divulge more information about this. Omo has come up with a few good ones already and if anyone else has any questions they’d like me to ask, just put them here and I’ll forward the questions on. No guarantees on the replies, but it’s worth a shot anyhow.

Other News:

You may have noticed that as of yesterday, Anime Instrumentality has a new contributor in Jen, who has started things off with an excellent review of Pandora Hearts Original Soundtrack 1. She’s been very enthusiastic about anime music in general and I’m glad to have someone with her passion on board, so join me in giving her a warm welcome to the review staff!

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