azTRAX Summer 2011 Special

October 19th, 2011

azTRAX 2011 Anime Summer Season SpecialIt happened so fast, the summer went by and most of us were just getting used to it. Usually, we have that feeling when a new season is coming, what happened to the last 3 months?

For this Summer 2011 Anime Season, a lot happened, many series were able to catch out attention and some weren't as good as expected. But what about the music that came along?

You could say that this particular summer, the music was exactly what you'd expect from an anime series, let's say the sounds were as 'animeish' as they could be, strong and faster OP and more relaxed ED themes.

But also, the artists behind weren't as commercial as they have been in recent seasons. Still, there is always something interesting for everybody, and this was also another fun season to follow and listen.

Right away you'll understand what I mean while you listen to the OP theme for the Hayate no Gotoku movie theme by Ruka Suirenji, a dance idol and an amateur mangaka. With that fast pace, you'll bump into seiyuu Hitomi Harada and Kenichi Suzumura.

Chiaki Ishikawa, the former lead vocalist of unit See-saw, has done so well on her own, and proof of it is what she did on the Kami-sama Dolls anime series.

You'll also listen to new bands like LAMA, formed in 2011 and made up of Nakamura Kouji, Furukawa Miki, Tabuschi Hisako and Ushio Kensuke. Or the debut single release from CHOCHO who is quite popular in the Nico Nico Douga "Utattemita" section.

Finally, what can be said about Yui Horie, pop artist and a well-known idol seiyuu.

Have a great Autumn!

azTRAX Spring 2011 Special

July 18th, 2011

azTRAX 2011 Anime Spring Season SpecialAn extended Spring Season is done, and there were a lot of good singles in many of the anime series aired during this period of the year.

The Spring 2011 left us a good mix between classic anime, commercial and experimental tunes. To prove it, we started with Marina Kawano, the winner of the 4th Animax Anison Grand Prix. Followed by an anime and game loved artist like Aki Misato.

As usual, there is a good amount of rock sounds, like Hokkaido based band Galileo Galilei, or a Korean band named 2PM, who are trying to conquer Japan with their music style.

One thing is certain, pop music can't stay behind when you have groups like Sphere or solo artist like azusa.

Finally, a really interesting song was in DWB's which included the featured vocals from electro rock band Nirgilis. I'm sure you'll find it quite catchy.

And if anime is already your second name, then Nana Misuki will agree with you completely and give you something nice for your ears.

So, don't be afraid to listen and share it everywhere.

May your summertime be full of new experiences!

  • A Channel - Morning Arch [Marina Kawano]
  • Ore-tachi ni Tsubasa wa nai - Spread Wings. [Aki Misato]
  • Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shira nai. - Aoi Shiori [Galileo Galilei]
  • Astarotte no Omocha - Manatsu no Photograph [azusa]
  • Deadman Wonderland - SHINY SHINY [DWB feat. Nirgilis]
  • Hanasaku Iroha - Hazy [Sphere]
  • Ao no Exorcist - Take off [2PM]
  • Dog Days - SCARLET KNIGHT [Nana Mizuki]
  • C - RPG [School Food Punishment]
  • Astarotte no Omocha - Tenshi no CLOVER [Aimi]
  • Hidan no Aria - Camellia no Hitomi [Aiko Nakano]
  • Softenni - Tsumasakidachi [Kanae Itou]
  • 30sai no Hoken Taiiku - learn together [AiRI]
  • Tiger Bunny - Orion wo Nazoru [UNISON SQUARE GARDEN]
  • Gintama' - Samurai Heart (Some Like It Hot) [SPYAIR]

azTRAX Winter 2011 Special

April 16th, 2011

azTRAX 2011 Anime Winter Season SpecialWhenever you listen to music, you want to listen to certain classic styles, but also, you have to be open to new ones.

The Winter season was able to do exactly that, from well known artists like Yui Horie and anime favorites like Rie Fu to more 'rockeish' sounds like Iori Nomizu or Chiaki Kuriyama.

One thing is certain, rock music is able to express a lot of feelings, maybe that's why it has become a must for OP singles.

I'm sure you'll find this particular special to be filled with a lot of those emotions, and mixing it happened in a fast pace, maybe my 'musical ear' is getting trained by now?

Enjoy the new season and stay away from UV rays!

  • Gosick - Destin Histoire [yoshiki*lisa]
  • Kimi ni Todoke 2nd Season - Sawakaze [Tomofumi Tanizawa]
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica - Magia [Kalafina]
  • Kore wa Zombie desu ka? - Makasete Tonight [Iori Nomizu]
  • Level E - Code Finger Girl [Chiaki Kuriyama]
  • Yumekui Merry - Daydream Syndrome [Marina Fujiwara]
  • Fractale - Harinezumi [Hitomi Azuma]
  • Freezing - Color [MARiA]
  • Infinite Stratos - Straight Jet [Kuribayashi Minami]
  • Kore wa Zombie desu ka? - Kizuite Zombie-sama, Watashi wa Classmate desu [Rie Yamaguchi]
  • Onii-chan no Koto Nanka Zenzen Suki Janain Dakara ne - Taste of Paradise [Eri Kitamura]
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica - Connect [ClariS]
  • Yumekui Merry - Yume to Kibou to Ashita no Atashi [Ayane Sakura]
  • Hourou Musuko - For You [Rie fu]
  • Dragon Crisis OP Single - Immoralist [Yui Horie]

azTRAX Fall 2010 Special

January 12th, 2011

azTRAX 2010 Anime Fall Season SpecialFor a moment I was afraid that the fall season wasn't good enough to prepare this special mix. Sometimes it's good to be wrong.

You'll find a rare combination of genres that matched really nice, and as a whole you'll be surprised to hear real idols in JPop and Anime music such as KOTOKO, Lia or Maaya Sakamoto.

Also, some bands that are becoming icons thanks to constant appearances in anime series, specials or films. Sphere, Faylan, and even T.M. Revolution are a good example.

Have an incredible year!

  • Otome Youkai Zakuro - MOON SIGNAL [Sphere]
  • Sora no Otoshimono Forte - ff (Fortissimo) [Mina]
  • Soredemo Machi wa Mawatte iru - DOWN TOWN [Maaya Sakamoto]
  • Yosuga no Sora - Hiyoku no Hane [eufonius]
  • Yumeiro Patissiere SP Professional - HOME MADE HAPPY [Primavera]
  • Motto ToLoveRu - Baby Baby Love [Haruka Tomatsu]
  • Arakawa Under The Bridge x Bridge - COSMOS vs ALIEN [Etsuko Yakushimaru]
  • FORTUNE ARTERIAL Akae Yakusou - kizunairo [Lia]
  • Hyakka Ryouran Samurai Girls - Last vision for last [Faylan]
  • MM! - Help [Ayana Taketatsu]
  • Motto ToLoveRu - Loop-the-Loop [KOTOKO]
  • Sora no Otoshimono Forte - Heart no Kakuritsu [Hitomi Yoshida and Saori Hayami]
  • Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga nai - irony [ClariS]
  • BLEACH Movie 4 - Save The One, Save The All [T.M. Revolution]
  • To Aru Majutsu no Index II - No buts [Kawada Mami]

Anime Summer 2010 Special

October 7th, 2010

2010 Anime Summer Season SpecialWhat a busy summer! No matter what you try to do, there is always new to learn, do or correct. Either way, with no hurry I was able to spend some time preparing reviews and this little podcast.

What is true is that nowadays, there are a lot of interesting artist in Japan. Start with Sphere and their take on Asobi ni iku yo!

Just to fell into Highschool of the Dead, a series that was expected for a long time and that was able to fulfill several expectations, in terms of music, a whole CD with ending theme songs was released. Maon Kurosaki is the artist behind the H.O.T.D. album.

Somehow I thought this special would be a little bit slower than others, but there are some good JRock songs to hang from, specially from artists such as Shouko Nakagawa, BUCK-TICK or May'n.

Finally, another artist that is good to follow seems to be Ceui, with an interesting blend of sounds and a good voice.

Stay healthy and prepare to end 2010!

  • Asobi ni Iku yo - Now loading... SKY [Sphere]
  • Highschool of the Dead - Kimi to Taiyou ga Shinda Hi [Maon Kurosaki]
  • Seikimatsu Occult Gakuin - Flying Humanoid [Shouko Nakagawa]
  • Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakama-tachi - Ready Go [May'n]
  • Shiki - Kuchizuke [BUCK-TICK]
  • Densetsu no Yuusha no Densetsu - Truth Of My Destiny [Ceui]
  • Highschool of the Dead - Memories of days gone by [Maon Kurosaki]
  • Seikimatsu Occult Gakuin - Kimi ga Iru Basho [Ayahi Takagaki]
  • Strike Witches 2 - STRIKE WITCHES 2 Egao no Mahou [Youko Ishida]
  • Shukufuku no Campanella - Shiawase wa Tsuki Yori Tatakau [Aki Misato]
  • Amagami SS - Kimi no Hitomi ni Koishiteru [Shizuka Itou]
  • Densetsu no Yuusha no Densetsu - LAMENT Yagate Yorokobi wo [Aira Yuuki]
  • Shukufuku no Campanella - Mirai Kaikisen [Miyuki Hashimoto]
  • Highschool of the Dead - The Eternal Song [Maon Kurosaki]

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