Instrumental Pick of the Month!
It is 2013! Isn't it great that the world did not end in 2012? (And why should it, with all the awesome anime and music coming out XD) Now I am hoping that the soundtracks in 2013 will be just as awesome as in 2012! Meanwhile, check out the songs I have selected for you below (: If you are interested, catch the anime/game the song comes from!
1. Shounin to Ookami to, Tabi no Nibasha (Yoshino Yuuji, Spice and Wolf)
Originally a Japanese light novel series, it has expanded to have its own manga, anime, and game adaptations too! I found this piece a really cute and unique tune to listen to, having a bit of a medieval feel :P An interesting first track to open the entire soundtrack album.
2. Hane (Orito Shinji, AIR)
Utilising a music-box, this is a soothing piece for tear-jerker anime, AIR. Again, this anime is based on a visual novel series of the same name, which follows the life of Yukito Kunisaki, a travelling showman searching for the "girl in the sky". He arrives in a quiet, seaside town where he meets three girls, one of whom is the key to the end of his journey.
3. Innocent green (Yoko Kanno, Macross Frontier)
A series which boasts several powerful insert songs as part of its soundtrack due to its plot, there are some instrumentals to look out for! Give this peaceful piece a listen ^_^ It is a good piece to contrast the high energy, high tempo songs from Sheryl Nome and Ranka Lee.
4. Nagisa~Saka no Shita no Wakare (Orito Shinji, CLANNAD)
Dango, dango, dango, dango, dango daikazoku :D I like how they used the instruments to bring out the qualities and lyrical feels from the original vocal versions. On another note, this is again, based off a visual novel series.
5. Chrono Cross ~ Fragments of Dreams (Mitsuda Yasunori, Chrono Cross)
According to the composer, he was inspired by lots of visual imagery during song composition for this game. What kind of visual imagery comes to mind when you listen to this piece? With 45 playable characters you can collect, you will sure spend a very long time on this game.
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