MyAnimeList Anime Music Club Year-end Wrap-up

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Those of you who keep that steady eye on TokyoTosho when it came back up may have noticed the [#MALKeionbu] pop up recently, especially if you follow the music updates. As you can probably guess, this is indeed the mark that the MyAnimeList Anime Music Piece of the Week Club (popularly known as the MALKeionbu) has left behind from its work this year for others to enjoy. Through our efforts, we compiled two discs: one is made up of a number of tracks which have won first place in each week’s competition and the other is made up entirely of 2-3 of each member’s favorite tracks.

The Main Disc, as I’ll call the Best Anime Music Collection 2009b really is a quirky set of tracks, ranging from classics like “Tsuki no Mayu” from Turn A Gundam and “Blue” from Cowboy Bebop to newer stuff you might not have heard like “SYNCHRONICITY” from Appleseed Ex Machina. Since it’s unlikely that you’ll have heard all of the tracks, we do hope that you discover something fresh from listening to this main compilation!

Tracklist is below for those who are curious. The anime series is listed first, followed by the track title. Download information is also provided for your convenience.
[spoiler show=”Main Disc Tracklist”]
Best-of Compilation
1. Turn A Gundam – Tsuki no Mayu
2. V-Gundam – The Woods of the Fatherland
3. Appleseed Ex Machina – SYNCHRONICITY
4. One Outs – Aerobatic Funk
5. GaoGaiGar – Yuusha Ou Tanjou! -Gathering Mythology Ver-
6. Mahou Tsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto ~Natsu no Sora~ – Bourbon and Rock
7. Top wo Nerae 2! – Groovin’ Magic
8. Clannad – Nagisa~Saka no Shita no Wakare
9. Neon Genesis Evangelion ~Death & Rebirth~ – Warei no Namida
10. Princess Mononoke – Ashitaka Sekki
11. Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann – “Libera Me” From Hell
12. Nodame Cantabile – Allegro Cantabile
13. Earth Girl Arjuna – Saigo no Mameshiba
14. Cowboy Bebop – Call Me Call Me
15. Rebuild of Evangelion: 2.0 – You May (Not) Advance – Sin From Genesis
16. Rurouni Kenshin Tsuiokuhen – In Memories “KO・TO・WA・RI”
17. Heroic Age – Heroic Age
18. Cowboy Bebop – Blue[/spoiler]
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Miscellaneous information like liner notes can be found here.

As I mentioned above, these are more personal favorites, which means instead of group quirkiness, we have individual quirks popping up. This still leads to a strange album, but is nevertheless similar in its diversity. I think the only claim that this album can truly make is that each track comes from a different series, so there’s even more stuff to explore. Presentation is the same as above.

[spoiler show=”Companion Disc Tracklist”]
Best-of Compilation Companion Disc
1. NEEDLESS – Modern Strange Cowboy
2. Paprika – Parade
3. Kaiba – Never
4. Gintama – Jinsei wa Belt Conveyor no Youni Nagareru
5. Macross 7 – Diamond Calling
6. Kure-nai – Suiheisen no Mukou ni ~ Anime vers.
7. Hidamari Sketch x365 – Shinmiri
8. Berserk – Forces
9. Gigantic Formula – MAIN THEME (ver. 0)
10. Code Geass – Black Knights
11. Romeo x Juliet – Touch
12. Mahou Tsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto ~Natsu no Sora~ – Fly Away
13. Mahou Tsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto – Where the Sky and the Earth Meet
14. Beyond the Clouds – The Place Promised in Our Early Days – Hope and Aspiration
15. Kokoro Library – The Place Where Miracles Happen
16. Birdy the Mighty DECODE – Let’s go together
17. Rurouni Kenshin Seisouhen – Heart of the Sunrise
18. Giniro no Kami no Agito – Ai no Melody (Soundtrack ver.)[/spoiler]
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Miscellaneous information here.

Anyhow, Omo has already done an excellent job of capturing the sentiments that make this club so enjoyable and I can’t really add much more to that. It’s pleasant all-around, especially for those who really enjoy the thrill of discovering new anime music to add to ye olde music player and learning about what other people find appealing. Feel free to lurk if it suits your fancy or contribute if you find anything interesting. We won’t bite!

Either way, we’d love it if you could take the time to give these tracks and whirl and comment about our collective tastes! Also, a big thank you goes out to Omo for making this compilation event happen and for anyone who has ever nominated, voted, or commented on the forums! You are what makes this club so awesome!


Anime Instrumentality's Founder and Editor-in-Chief. As you can probably guess, I'm a big anime music junkie with a special love for composers who've put out some beautiful melodies to accompany some of my favorite anime series. I tend to gravitate towards music in the classical style with Joe Hisaishi and Yoko Kanno being a few of my favorite composers, but I've come to appreciate jazz and rock as anime music has widened my tastes.

0 thoughts on “MyAnimeList Anime Music Club Year-end Wrap-up

  • December 28, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    Nice, I’ll give those discs a try. I see a lot of tracks on them that I don’t think I’ve heard before.

  • December 28, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    I always wish I had the time to actively participate in MALKeionbu (lol dormant member). Nevertheless, selections across both compilations are very good and I am pleased to see tracks from One Outs and Someday’s Dreamer 😀

  • December 28, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    If you ever give it a try, let me know how it goes!

    High praise from you indeed! I’m glad that the track diversity meets with your approval. In putting this all together, I can look back and say that there’s a certain degree of joy in being able to introduce people to stuff from One Outs and Someday’s Dreamer, both of which are painfully underrated soundtracks. Here’s hoping this compilation will increase the love!

  • December 31, 2009 at 7:08 am

    Here I was thinking I’ll have a boring New Year’s eve. Doing my blogging rounds and the torrent was done. Having listened to both discs, I won’t say that I agree with all the songs but it’s a pretty darn good 80%.

    Now, instead of the lonely New ear’s eve I was expecting, I’m having a rather great time going through the tracks. Some slow and sweet, some feet tappers, and some just plain rocks hard. Good way to reminiscence and end this year wouldn’t you say? :p

    For that, I Thank You. And Thank MAL K-ON BU too. Lol.

    Edit: How can I forget this!

  • January 2, 2010 at 12:48 am

    Diverse tracks befitting of diverse tastes I think. And a happy New Year and Happy Blogging trails for this coming 2010! (which has already shown up. doh!)

  • January 2, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    I’m glad you guys made this, it’s such a convenient way to share your discoveries with the community as a whole. MAL Keionbu is one of those things I wanted to get into but never really did, but it looks like a great way to discuss and discover new music. A

    nyway, I might start taking part later in the year, but even if I don’t, I’ll keep learning what I can about anime music. The two torrents are downloading as we speak!

  • January 3, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    Yeah, consider it a gift for the people who are otherwise too busy to participate. Do hope to see you around though, since the process of discovery is quite an enjoyable one. Laid-back atmosphere helps too! :p

  • January 6, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    Hmm, interesting discs. They definitely feel like a bunch of individual quirks put together. Some tracks fit me perfectly while others not so well. It was a fun experience, but I’m probably going to select a few tracks from each instead of listening to the entire discs in the future.

  • January 6, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    Probably the best policy. Dare I ask which discoveries you made from listening to this set? :p

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