A few random updates on Animelo Summer Live 2011

A few random things came up long after returning from Japan to see Animelo Summer Live 2011.

Firstly, sometimes you don’t realise that you’ve been somewhere that you’ve seen in a movie or anime until much later.

In my case, I was reading the Wikipedia article on The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and realised that I had indeed been to the National Museum of Tokyo:

Secondly, after hearing and meeting Minori Chihara and Chiaki Ishikawa at Animelo Summer Live 2011, it was intriguing to see that Minori Chihara’s forthcoming album, D-Formation has a track, この世界のモノでこの世界の者でない 作詞, written by Chiaki Ishikawa and Daisuke Kikuta of Elements Garden. (Thanks Keiri for the help with the translation!)

D-Formation (Dream Wonder Formation) Album details in Japanese are at http://lantis.jp/special/chihara/d-formation/

Thirdly, the DVDs and blu-rays of Animelo Summer Live 2011 are now available for pre-order from CD Japan, with a scheduled release date of 28 March 2012.

Day 1 on blu-ray
Day 2 on blu-ray

NOTE – It again appears that some of the performances will not appear on the videos. Check http://pc.animelo.jp/anisama/2011/rainbow/goods/#cd_dvd_bd closer to the release date. At this stage Isao Sasaki, Kalafina and T.M.Revolution are *NOT* listed as appearing on the videos.

Animelo Summer Live 2011 – Part 2 – First Concert, Saturday 27 August 2011

In the previous article, I covered my travels to and around Tokyo in the days before the Animelo concerts. It was great to wander around on foot and by train, absorbing the surroundings. There were very few non-Japanese tourists around and the experiences heightened my enjoyment of what was to come all the more.

To musically illustrate the concerts, I’ll include YouTube links where possible to complement my thoughts.  My appreciation goes out to those record companies that provided clips themselves.

As a note, much of my experience at Animelo was spent absorbing and enjoying everything, so it was difficult to make much comment on specific artists and songs. It also didn’t help that I couldn’t do much note-taking and that my comprehension of the Japanese language is minimal. However, I hope that this review provides some insight into my concert experience. [Read more…]

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (2009) ED Single – Tomare! – Review

Tomare Album Cover

Album Title: Tomare!
Anime Title: The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
Artist: Tomokazu Tashiro; Aya Hirano; Minori Chihara; Yuko Goto
Catalog Number: LACM-4640
Release Type: OP/ED Single
Release Date: Aug 26, 2009

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The String Concert of Haruhi Suzumiya – Review

Haruhi Gensou CD Cover

Album Title: The String Concert of Haruhi Suzumiya or Suzumiya Haruhi no Gensou
Anime Title: The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
Artist: Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Shiro Hamaguchi, Dimitri Shostakovich,
Minori Chihara, Aya Hirano
Catalog Number: LACA-5920
Release Type: Arranged Album
Release Date: June 24, 2009
Purchase at: CDJapan

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Minori Chihara Will Take Your Questions


As part of a project that I’m currently working on and will reveal at a later date, I’ll occasionally be given the chance to talk to vocalists and composers who work in the anime industry. As such, this is a wonderful opportunity for all of you to submit any burning questions that you might have for people working in the industry. With that in mind, the first person I’ll be interviewing is Minori Chihara.

Minori Chihara is well-known for both her singing and voice acting, having done varied roles from the stoic Yuki Nagato in The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya to the more cynical (and caustic) Chiaki Minami in Minami-ke. She’s also had an impressive lineup of vocal music, including her latest solo single, the attention-grabbing Paradise Lost from Ga-Rei Zero as well as her latest compilation album titled Parade which includes songs from her Melty tale storage, Ameagari no Hana yo Sake, and Paradise Lost singles. Her live concert schedule also looks to be pretty busy this year since she’ll be making an appearance at DaiCon around mid-July of this year in Malaysia as well as a performance at Animelo Summer Live 2009-RE:BRIDGE- event. (Thanks to j1m0ne’s post for alerting me to all this)

Though this blog and my project focuses on anime music, don’t feel as though you should stick to those areas. Questions regarding her voice work on the myriad of anime series that she has worked on are all fair game.

Once I get her responses to your questions, I’ll post them, so ask away!

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