The Music For Spring 2013′s Anime Season – Thoughts Thus Far

Spring Anime 2013Introduction: The spring season is, once again, upon us, and for a group of anime music fans, that means out with the cold, out with our spell of Western cartoon music (maybe?), and in with warmer weather (in theory) that envelopes us, leaving us with much good cheer. While the last season turned out to be rather lacking, the spring roster sees the return of many big names like Mina Kubota, Hiroyuki Sawano, Akira Senju, and Yasuharu Takanashi doing something that’s not Fairy Tail or PreCure! There’s quite a bit to cover, so let’s get things under way. [Read more…]

Heartcatch Precure! Original Soundtrack 1 – Review

Album Title: Heartcatch Precure! Original Soundtrack 1
Anime Title: Heartcatch Precure!
Artist: Yasaharu Takanashi
Catalog Number: MJCD-20188
Release Type: Soundtrack
Release Date: June 09, 2010
Purchase at: CDJapan (out of print)

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Mononoke Original Soundtrack – Review

Album Title: Mononoke Original Soundtrack
Anime Title: Mononoke
Artist: Yasuharu Takanashi
Catalog Number: AICL-1855
Release Type: Soundtrack
Release Date: September 19, 2007
Purchase at: CDJapan, Play-Asia

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Shiki Original Soundtrack Mini Album “Rouge” – Review

Album Title: Shiki Original Soundtrack Mini Album “Rouge”
Anime Title: Shiki
Artist: Yasuharu Takanashi
Catalog Number: ANZB-9404 (Bundled with DVDs)
Release Type: Soundtrack
Release Date: November 24, 2010
Purchase at: CDJapan

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Announcing a New Upcoming Post Series: Anime Composer Profiles

About a month ago, I had asked you all to come up with a list rank-ordering your favorite anime composers for a few reasons. First of all, I was curious as to how well people know the composers behind some of their favorite anime series and I was delighted to see that we got a wide range of musicians, including a few I’ve never heard of. The second, but more important reason was because I had in mind a plan to do a writeup on anime composers and simply needed a list to put together so I can decide who to start with first.

The responses I got were pretty overwhelming and encompassed over 90 (!!!!!!!) composers (if you can believe that). Speaking as someone who can name maybe half that number, this was a pretty staggering amount and suggests that there may be more anime music fans amongst the fanbase than I’ve seen so far and that most are just kind of dormant. Anyhow, you’ll want to know how things will look over the next 15 months (yes, we do intend to cover 15 anime composers), so check out the list after the jump! [Read more…]

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