For a long time, I have an interest in music ever since I played Piano and Clarinet when I was in high school. When I started to watch Anime again back in 2008, I have already established an interest towards Japanese music with Pokémon that simply grew beyond what I have listened to.
Several months after I posted my favorite artists last year, I guest reviewed several Anime related singles on Anime Instrumentality Blog. In addition, I have listened to other singers’ songs, which kind of redefined my perceptions of Anime Music a bit more. So, further ado, I want to share my updated favorite artists and music I have listened up to now (Image Source).
Little has changed since I have last listened to her newest song she did for Fortune Arterial, “Kizunairo”. In comparison to “My Soul, Your Beats”, “Kizunairo” felt different and not as smooth to what I normally hear. Nevertheless, I still enjoyed the song and the delivery was solid.
In short, she is still my favorite singer thus far…
After “Magic Number”, she sang some more amazing songs for the Fall 2010 anime Soredemo and Tamayura. “Downtown” and “Yasahisa ni Tsutsumareta Nara” just sounded so amazing that I was awed. On the other hand, “Kanashikute Yarikirenai” gave me a very nostalgic and warm feeling.
While I haven’t listened to most of her classics, I look forward what she has to offer in the near future.
Back in January, the hit magical girl anime, Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica has aired with some great music primarily composed by Yuki Kajiura. The music was used in the dramatic scenes gave a feeling of darkness and despair. “Magica” is a rather unique song that conveys this feeling of despair… It was so good that I couldn’t stop listening to it.
Several months after listening to “Colorless Wind” for the first time that I loved, I have listened to more of her other songs that she sung for True Tears and Tears to Tiara. For the most part, they sounded very good (with the exception of “Yume to Tsuki”, it sounded a bit dull). While I haven’t watched The Legend of the Legendary Heroes, I have taken a look at the opening, “LAMENT ～ yagate yorokobi wo ～” and it had a similar feeling to “Colorless Wind”. So, I feel that she has a very nice singing voice.
Sphere is a recent group of four voice actresses (Minako Kotobuki, Ayahi Takagki,
Haruka Tomatsu, Aki Toyosaki) that have decided to make a band like K-ON!… well, maybe not. In 2010, their songs were getting noticed more after one year of Sphere’s creation. There were two songs that caught my attention. They were “Now Loading… Sky!!” and “Moon Signal.” These songs bought out the cheerfulness and the strength of the group’s singing abilities (sans Toyosaki Aki) for the most part. After listening to the songs in the mentioned singles, I have enjoyed all the songs in both singles and hopefully they will continue their success with the ending single for Hanasaku Iroha, “Hazy.”
Favorite Opening/Ending Songs from Summer 2010 to Winter 2011 (Besides the artists mentioned above)
Connect (ClaiS) from Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica
Watashi ni Dekiru Koto (Nakajima Megumi) from Kobato
For You (Rie fu) from Hourou Musuko
No Thank You! (Ho-kago Tea Time/Hikasa Youko) from K-ON!! Second Season
My Secret (Mizuno Saaya) from Kaichou wa Maid-sama!
Ready Go! (May’n) from Ookami-san
Kimi no Mama de (azuza) from Amagami SS