Instrumental Pick of the Month!

Konnichiwa! Did you enjoy last month's selection of instrumental pieces? It's the month of December, and here are some instrumentals for you to get away from the Christmas carols blasting in malls 24/7 and into your anime world.

Last month's selection had some really short pieces, so to make up for it, here are 5 tracks that are at least 4 minutes long each :D

Check out this month's selections, again in no order of merit. If you've watched the anime, see if you can pick up where these songs were played in the background (:


1. Sadame (Composed by Naoki Sato, X)

Yes, an instrumental that is not 1-2 minutes long! XD Coming from a manga by CLAMP in 1999, this series follows Kamui Shiro, a young esper who returns home to Tokyo after a six-year absence to face his destiny as the one who will determine humanity's fate. The manga series was never finished, but the anime adaptation still packs a storyline and a good soundtrack.


2. Legend of Ashitaka (Composed by Joe Hisaishi, Mononoke Hime)

The film has very strong environmental-conscious messages, and it is an intriguing film because there is no obvious 'right' or 'wrong' side. Not to mention that accompanying the storyline is a fantastic soundtrack ^.^ This song is most representative of the film, I feel.

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3. Desert sunset (Composed by Yuki Kajiura, El Cazador de la Bruja)

Personally, I have not watched this series, but it has gone into my to-watch list simply because of the soundtrack and also because the composer is Yuki Kaijura <3


4. Hikari (Composed by Kaoru Wada, Kingdom Hearts)

Now Kingdom Hearts warrants no introduction! Orchestra version. Check out the Japanese and English (titled Simple and Clean) versions as well, sung by powerhouse J-Pop singer Utada Hikaru! Unfortunately, she has gone on hiatus at the moment, but she has continued to write music during this time, so you can still expect awesome music from her!


5. Krone (Composed by Sawano Hiroyuki, Guilty Crown)

Played in episode 13 of this highly popular series, it is the bittersweet, non-vocalised version of Bios. Sadly, I felt that the plot execution of this series did not match up to the stellar quality the soundtracks and songs achieved. Still, this song and the whole soundtrack is worth a listen!

Moreover, if you will be at Comic Fiesta this December, you can catch Redjuice in person!

Hope you've enjoyed this month's selection! Stay tuned for the next one :D

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- Amaya

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