Thursday, May 31, 2012

Yuuki Aoi to Sing on DECO*27's New Album

I thought this was coming. Yuuki Aoi will sing one of the songs on DECO*27's new album, Love Calendar, which is to come out July 25.

DECO*27 wrote and orchestrated two tracks on Ao-chan's album Petit Pas. At the time he said she added a lot to the songs, and he had thoughts about how he might orchestrate for her if they worked together again. He said he had been a fan of her voice-acting since Kurenai (2008). And she said that she had long been a fan of his work, too.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Favorite OP/EDs of the season

For me, this is the best season for anime OPs and EDs since spring 2009 (Pandora Hearts, Requiem for the Phantom, Shangri-la, etc.).

This season, we have Sakamichi no Apollon, Hyouka, Tasogare Otome x Amnesia, Jormungand, Hiiro no Kakera, Sankarea, Eureka 7 Ao, and Natsuiro Kiseki.

It's always hard for me to differentiate between the music and the images. I tend to base my preferences on the music, whether the animation is stellar or not.

Anyway, here are my favorites, with a bit of comment about each one. I'm not putting them in definite order, but I'll start with Sakamichi no Apollon's OP, "Sakamichi no Melody". It's a vivid marriage between Kanno Youko's music, and Yuki's lyrics and singing. Not really jazz. I even hear a bit of Beatles in there. But a great song. And the images and rhythms of the visuals work for me:

Next, here's "Yasashisa no Riyu", the OP to Hyouka, which is the first KyoAni show I've really liked since Clannad -- or even Haruhi. The voice of Choucho (the name means "butterfly") is entrancing and strong.