And now we just sit around and wait for Gakkou Gurashi season two.
Yuuhei Satellite – 濡れた髪に触れられた時
Yuuhei Satellite is my favourite Touhou arrange group, as I’m sure I’ve said before. Not surprising perhaps since the main members that make up the group all are regular Exit Trance SATB contributers? (Or maybe that’s why I can tolerate SATB so much?) Anyways, sounds like a lot of variety. I really like the Princess Inada track because it’s pretty unusual from what they usually do.
Lost Garden – Luxurious Cattail
Lost Garden again. This time with a Little Busters arrange album. Really starting to like them. Liking them enough to wait for a Little Busters arrange album anyways.
Toho Warfare:BLACK ONYX and RED BERYL
Another IOSYS split release but one with gorgeous covers (though the REDALiCE ones had nice covers too). I wasn’t really interested because it seemed like they would be metal and not really of any importance to me but then I heard the crossfades (available on the site) and now this is one the releases I’m most anticipating.
Melodic Taste – Anime Song Orchestra III
Melodic Taste’s 3rd orchestral offering, obviously. When I saw the (adorable) cover, I assumed the Jinrui song would be Real World because that is the easy choice? I was pleasantly surprised to find out it was the ED which I absolutely love. Have never been big on the vocals included in this series (luckily there are the two seperate versions) but the arranges themselves have never been that disappointing so I’ll be waiting for this one. (crossfade)
ALBATROSICKS – AERAS
Ah wow am I ever excited. Back to the original sounding Albatrosicks. Last album was a remix album and that was a bit of a ripoff, imo. I mean I still think it was good but I was looking forward to new stuff. So it’s pretty much been a whole year since we heard any new stuff from them, right? As you can recall I was a bit disappointed with Star Cracker deviating away from their signature style but, based on the previews, this one seems more in line with what to originally expect from them. Quim also appears to be doing a lot more too!
Track previews are available on the main site.
RUSTYGEARS – Happy World Notification
Another spinoff/original group from IOSYS. This is actually there first album but I’m terribly excited for it. It’s pretty short at only five tracks but those five tracks do sound pretty good. I thought at first it would be Albatrosicks 2.0 (because quim and miko also partake in this album) but in some regards they actually sound completely different (give the crossfade a listen and what I mean will be blaringly obvious).
Crevasse Lamp – 少女さいをなげかれた
I can’t tell if this entirely Higurashi arranges because the tracklist lists some without the source (i.e PS2, TV, etc) so I assume some are original? Don’t hold me to that. I think it’s rare for an arrangement of the music outside of the original game and hell, even the show to be included. That’s why I was interested from the very first track.
IZMIZM – Give Back
Very short at only three tracks but sounds really good. I was impressed, at least. It’s not like I gave it a listen just because their is a Dark Side of Fate arrange or anything though!
LiLA’c Records – Heavenly Beats
I am not an Angel Beats fan. I think I have made that clear in the past. I am, however, a My Soul, Your Beats fan. It is one of my favourites and it is great and don’t even try to deny it. That is why when I heard there was version of My Soul, Your Beats with Akiakane I was floored. However it seems she only sings it in the remix featurued here which is a shame because her voice doesn’t really seem suited to a remix like that. Well, no matter. I’ll still have to give it a listen just for that! It isn’t actually only a Angel Beats album. It’s a KEY remix album which is terribly original, of course. It does feature the Rewrite OP so I guess they have that going for them. Also Brave Soul also sounds really good. But once again, I think a version with that vocalist JUST singing the song would be best.
Soundcloud crossfade available on the site.
クレバスランプ – Rebreathe VII -Belka, the After- & VIII -Magical Kingdom-
I guess it’s not very surprising that there should be a few Madoka arranges popping up but it is still exciting. I’m sure some of them will have to be good, right? This one isn’t entirely Madoka but contains arranges from other various mahou shoujo series. I heard the Platinum arrange on the crossfade and almost fainted. That one track has me so pumped for this album. Features quite a few songs from Nanoha, as expected. I’m not sure what the difference between the Belka, the After and Magical Kingdom is since the crossfade/tracklist features the same songs but I guess we’ll see when it actually comes out. (The Belka album might just be in keeping with all their previous Rebreathe albums that appear to all be Nanoha based. Just a theory)
Crossfade available on the site.
Visual Work Station – Agedum! Puella Magica
This one IS just a Madoka album, it appears. There are only a few track previews on the site though so it’s hard to get an initial impression. The TAMusic album that came out earlier will probably be of a higher quality but this one has some Ciel (wait didn’t TAM’s have her too?) so that track sounded pretty boss.
A few track previews are available on the site.
Round Booster – Revelations
Round Booster, who does the EDs for the Umineko games, will be releasing a single containing the ED for EP8 (I think it’s 8). Their singles are actually pretty big and contain four songs and then the four instrumental versions.
TAMUSIC – まど☆マギ Classic
Turns out TAM will be releasing another Madoka album. Seems a bit unnecessary but hey, who am I to judge. To be honest, I’m not that big a TAM fan (their crossfades usually sound better than the whole thing) and this one sounds a little weirder than the first one. I don’t know how to describe it. Less polished? Perhaps. I guess for them that isn’t so bad though. They do sound good.
SOUND HOLIC – Touhou PV2
Not really an album I suppose but I’m still looking forward to it! I really liked the PVs last time. Especially You May Know Dream. Twas sad. These ones seems to be more lighthearted compared to the last bunch and the song choices aren’t that appealing but I still think they’ll be a nice watch. One of the PVs art style reminded me a lot of Karaagetarou but he apparently had nothing to do with it.
Singerly – K-ON Fit
Singerly is releasing two albums, one Madoka and one K-ON. But the one I’m choosing to focus on for the moment here is the K-ON one because it is just such a ridiculous concept. K-ON songs arranged as if they were (presumably) from Wii Fit? It’s surprisingly adorable. Their Madoka album, Another Magic After All, is a little different than the other Madoka albums and is… I’m not sure. The vocals are more pop-oriented and the song arrangement is all over the place.
Geographic – Visibility
I kept seeing this all over the place and when I finally listened to it, I was impressed. Annabel’s track sounds the best but the very last track is amazing. It blew me away. Straight up moved me. Easily one of my most anticipated albums now.
Utanoha – 魔法少女フォルトゥネ★マギカ (Puella Magi Fortunae Magica)
Perhaps my favourite Madoka album and mostly for that PV because the music seems to be all original with just Madoka in mind? Well I guess. It sounds okay so I guess it does work.
ALTERNAIT – ALTERNAIT 2 (???)
Not 100% sure on the details but ALTERNAIT (omgosh yay) seems to be (finally) releasing ALTERNAIT 2 (I made a weird giggly noise when I found out). It will contain old tracks but since pretty much everything original seemed to be on ALTERNAIT 1 I really wonder what will end up here because all they did was UMG and that Touhou Set. EDIT: Actually, Prior Vivd and Secondary Color came out AFTER ALTERNAIT 1, I figured they did but those tracks will most likely be the bulk of ALTERNAIT 2. The UMG site still hasn’t been updated so I can’t tell if there is a new UMG coming out because it is a week until Comiket and there is no preview? Perhaps they put it aside so they could focus on ALTERNAIT 2 but it seems like it would have been a better idea to wait for the last UMG to be released and then, with no more games to work with, release their original stuff. But hey. I’m just happy for ANYTHING.
This lack of Celty was disturbing. Well, there was a little bit of Index. Those are my mains. Those are the two I’d like to see win or in the very least defeat Kanade and Railgun sluts characters. Umineko characters (hell, even Bern) and Holo are also high in my books. But they’re support doesn’t nearly reach the level of Index (or Celty).
You’ll probably hear it a lot that the Angel Beats OP is amazing. Really? Is it? Yeah it’s great. But Lia is great. Maybe compared to how bad the anime it is it seems even more spectacular (but it already is a really great song and I’m going to eagerly wait for the full version). Yeah, I’m hating on the show now. Why? Well it’s kind of disappointing. The whole first episode was mostly infodump and whining by an unappealing main character at least if you had the other Key leads they’d be cynical instead of a whiny baby. But I digress, I am still watching in hopes of the show redeeming itself. I mean what? It’s Key. That’s a big deal to some people. To me? See that heart monitor line in the logo of the eyecatch and the OP? What are the chances the whiny baby isn’t in a coma or something and imagining this all? It’s Key, the chances are slim. But there is some delicious Miyuki Sawashiro and this OP is just too appealing so I will have to keep watching. That is, as I keep saying, until they befriend the Angel. I cannot stand stoic characters and that will be the breaking point for me. However, enjoy this delicious song for now.
Kiss!Kiss!Kiss! is a favourite pixiv chart trend for me because it often gives my OTP a little boost (is that the right word?). If you aren’t famillar with the pixiv meme (yes, that would be a pixiv meme) then let this be a small showcase of some examples. (New pixiv tag, too!)
(If you really require a translation or explanation it goes: (clockwise) forehead kiss, nose kiss, ear kiss, kiss on the lips; but there are variations)