A new and exciting feature series for me to try out and probably forget starts off with the very memorable (??) year of 2005 and all the great (????) anime openings it gave us!
Yun*Chi has teamed up with some notable(ish) people like livetune and Taku Takahashi for this anisong album which features a delightful music selection. That alone sets it apart from the rest.
The only work of hers I’m familiar with is Log Horizon though so I’m not super familiar with her work before going into this.
This kind of flew under the radar for me though I also think it wasn’t announced until too recently. Well, in any case it comes out on April 1st. That would give me a few more weeks of excruciating debate about whether or not I should spend $62 1 on this massive collection. It would, anyways, if it weren’t for the fact that everywhere that is carrying the LE is sold out or not accepting orders. Probably for the best since I have something to be saving for but goddamn. I really want it.
The regular edition features the Kagepro cover songs used in the anime as well as the Mekakucity Actors BGM tracks. The LE edition, however, is four discs and one dvd (which I assume is the Days and Daze PV and maybe (but less likely) the actual PVs themselves?) with almost 80 tracks total. Little glad it doesn’t include the originals (despite that making it a ~definitive~ collection) because I already own the original CDs and that would impact my decision ahuehuehue.
It also comes in a beautiful book looking box with the after credits style Azami on the cover. I was smitten with that case before even learning all the merits of the collection. Amazon has the best look at the book-like casing.
I guess I never even realized that the OST never really came out. I remember watching it and thinking a lot of the OST wasn’t really good at all but upon sampling this (and we’ll get to the super awesome site in a moment), I realize there are a lot of tracks that I really, really enjoyed. 幻想曲 「Medousa」, 目に焼き付ける, in a daze and especially 忘却の夏 2 are all tracks that I’m super excited to have the full versions of. So mostly it’s just the upbeat, jazzy and silly songs that aren’t that well done.
The site for this collection is fantastic. You can sample pretty much all of the tracks. I say pretty much all of them but I can’t find the Toumei Answer with vocals by Annabel 3, Lia doing Shinigami Record 4 or Shounen Brave with nano.RIPE. But whatever. Those are what hooked me so I don’t blame them for keeping those hidden.
But the best part is they have the available tracks meticulously sorted. You can listen by genre, mood, story (sorted by which episode they are featured in), or artist. I hope that when the actual collection comes out they update the site with the rest of the tracks even if their just samples because this is such a great feature and it definitely got me more excited for this track. Even if I do buy this expensive release (I’m fighting with everything I have not to), I’d still go back just for the handiness of the site.
Something of note is that I was surprised that Teddyloid did music for the OST. What’s more surprising is one of Teddyloid’s track (first track on the list) features the exact same sound as one of the parts of Me!Me!Me!. I don’t recall such a track being used in the show though. Maybe it didn’t get used and he liked it too much to let it go to waste? No, that sounds dumb.
Well, in any case I’m really excited for the actual OST for those aforementioned and other chill, dece tracks. To say nothing of the covers of the songs that didn’t get them in show like goddamn Toumei Answer by goddamn Annabel. The only thing that would have made me drop cash even quicker would have been Nagi Yanagi getting in on this but THANKFULLY (?) I’m safe. 5
Update #1: I bit the big one and ordered the LE.
Update #2: I forgot to mention that as it gets closer to release, they seem to be releasing promotional PVs for these new cover tracks. They’re compilation of tracks from the show (the Ayano death scene in Yobanashi Deceive is soooo good). As of this update there are two released. One can assume they’re released each Saturday leading up to the release of the collection on April 1st.
Yobanashi Deceive by MARiA (from GARNiDELiA) and LiSA
Shounen Brave by Kimiko (from Nano.Ripe)
- w/o shipping ofc ↩
- Actually, I just love ALL of the tracks done by Jin with that really subtle, ambient vibe to it that usually played in the heat haze because that is definitely the shit I’m into ↩
- which I am SO excited for oh my good god yes ↩
- was this in the show and I just forgot about it? There’s no way because I’m sure I would have Cried A Lot ↩
- jk I’m weak and pathetic and will probably order this tomorrow if it’s still an option ↩
Despite everything good airing this season, Akatsuki no Yona continues to be my favourite show. It’s a bit disheartening to realize they’re not going to get anywhere close to facing Su-won but apparently the manga isn’t even close to that point, from what I’ve heard.
Actually, I had never really looked at the studio before now. Being done by Pierrot does explain why it’s 2 cour, kind of. They seem a lot more focused on providing a quality show rather than a preview for the manga or light novel (as well as having done plenty of other shows directed at women that ended up with multiple seasons). Maybe Soredemo will even get a second season when it has more chapters then. Still, I’d much, much, much rather have more Yona than another season of Soredemo even though the desert arc is kind of interesting.
(That arc in Soredemo is interesting but if I recall correctly, ends up with more trite Bad Shoujo gimmicks like ‘oh she is so cool and strong and shit we love the rain I must have her so go to hell shota king’)
Alright, wildly off topic. I’m actually going to talk about what I had planned to originally. The new OP and ED.
This is it folks. The final one. I’ve bemoaned having to do this series for a long time but really I could have stopped at any time. However, honestly it brings in the most people and I’ve enjoyed talking to everyone over the years about the albums as they come out. People letting me know the album is out, anticipating my post and then chatting about what songs we liked best. I liked all those things so I did these posts even as I grew more and more disenchanted with the series.
So I’m not that sad it’s over. And I know I keep saying this but I do have another really big Exit Trance post that has been a draft for probably at least a year now. Maybe that’ll come out eventually.