Anime OST: Tokyo Magnitude 8.0

Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 OST Album Scan

Title: Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 Original Soundtrack
Composer: Kow Otani, Hiroshi Shibasaki, and Shion Tsuji
Distributor: Epic Records
Release Date: Oct 28, 2009

8.0s tragic story wouldn’t be the same without its soundtrack. It maintains a mellow tone for the most part, and it has the heart-pounding pieces that should automatically follow even the title alone, and of course the inevitable drama that its premise summons. They’re well done, well timed, and overall it’s a solid soundtrack with several very memorable pieces.
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Anime OST: Code Geass

Code Geass R2 OST Cover

Title: Code Geass Lelouch of the Rebellion O.S.T & Code Geass Leleouch of the Rebellion R.2 O.S.T
Composer: Kotaro Nakagawa, and Hitomi Kuroishi.
Distributor: Victor Entertainment
Release Date: December 20, 2006 (Season One) to March 24, 2007 (Season 2)

The soundtrack of Code Geass reflects upon the shows setting with its formula of foreign influence and cultural tension between warring countries. The oppressive nobility of the Britannian Empire, and the pride of the oppressed Japanese. The character songs speak out their feelings, and the battle music is very well orchestrated to give the viewer the extra kick they need to be immersed.

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Music Video Monday #35: Furi Curi Edition

Finally back from Comic Con! I’m pretty exhausted with all the walking I did on the expo hall. Anyhow, here’s this week’s music video, ‘Ride on Shooting Star’ by the Pillows, or better known as the ED to FLCL. Did I mention how awesome the Pillows are? Many of their songs on the FLCL OST is fan-fucking-tastic and sounds great for anyone big on jrock music. I recommend listening to the whole soundtrack, if you can. It’s just boss.

Anime OST: Clannad

Clannad Original Soundtrack Cover

Title: CLANNAD Original Soundtrack
Composer: Jun Maeda, Shinji Orito, and Magome Togoshi.
Distributor: Key Sound Label
Release Date: August 13, 2004

The soundtrack of Clannad is one that faintly rings in our ears while we watch the characters in front of us grow and develop beyond belief and supports the characters and scenarios to the best of their potential. The songs of Clannad carry large significance, and with it act as reminders to the listener for past events and characters in the show. All the bases are covered with this soundtrack, from calm intermission, comedic to silly scenes, sustained suspense and action, and above all the dramatic and heartbreaking music.

Warning: Spoilers in track comments.
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Anime OST: Death Note

Death Note’s soundtrack utilizes an extremely wide variety of sounds and instruments that accurately match every mood and tone needed within the show. Yoshihisa Hirano and Hideki Taniuchi use latin choirs, modern rock instruments, electric chiptune beats, and an incredible orchestra to create one of if not the most masterful soundtracks in anime history.

This particular soundtrack gave me a hard time in watering down to the most notable tracks, of course to my own judgment.

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Anime OST: Summer Wars

Composed by Akihiko Matsumoto, the Summer Wars soundtrack is an assortment of upbeat and eerie chiptune songs, energetic orchestra, awe-inspiring and emotional pieces, heavy action, and is just an incredibly well-rounded composition altogether. Akihiko’s focus on synthesized noises, strings, and piano are the strongest points of this album.

Notable Tracks:

Summer Wars Original Soundtrack 

Our Summer Dream

  • #01 – Our Summer Dream

Anime OST: The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya

The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya Original Soundtrack

Composed by Takada Ryuuichi, this OST mainly uses strings and wind instruments to give off a suspenseful, climactic and dramatic atmospheres that support the movie scenes almost perfectly. These tracks truly fit the charisma that the Haruhi franchise demands, and the aura of theatrical movie.

Notable Tracks:

Disc 1

Disc 2

  • #01 – Gyumnopedies Dai 1 Ban (in truth, a series of piano compositions made in 1888 by French composer,  Erik Satie)

The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya Original Soundtrack on CDJapan

Anime OST: Shiki


Shiki Original Soundtrack Mini Album "Rouge"

Composed by Yasuharu Takanashi, Shiki’s soundtrack creates tones that range from weeping and mournful, to horrific and tragic, and both at the same time. So far, only this mini album has been released, and I don’t know if any more will soon be released.

Notable Tracks:

Anime OST: Angel Beats!

Angel Beats! Original Soundtrack

Composed by ANANT-GARDE EYES and Jun Maeda, Angel Beats!’ soundtrack uses strings and mainly piano for dramatic and deep tones that stand out by themselves as do they along with the show’s animation.

Notable Tracks:

Disc 1

Disc 2