Bringing back the beautiful music of Revolutionary Girl Utena for this month’s ANiMATO 2018 tribute. Enjoy our covers of “Poison” and the famous “Sunlit Garden” by string orchestra, percussion, piano, and harp.
Ending July with our medley of “Swordland” and “Luminous Sword” from Sword Art Online (SAO)
Music: 梶浦由記 Yuki Kaijura
Our most popular series ANiMATO reaches its fourth anniversary this April! We’re marking this milestone with orchestral tribute videos featuring our highest-viewed tributes from 2014-2017 and 3 pieces selected by our viewers!
Each piece will be an expansion and re-orchestration of our original version with a large ensemble. Are you excited to what’s to come? Mention us with #iTSO and #ANiMATO2018!
The first video premieres Tuesday, April 24 on our Youtube page with subsequent videos uploaded on the last Tuesday of every month through the end of the year.
Today marks the 25th anniversary of Yoshihiro Togashi and Studio Pierrot’s anime series Yu Yu Hakusho! As one of the classic hits of 90s anime invasion, it has a special place in our hearts and is one of the first anime for some American viewers.
To celebrate, we’ve arranged a special jazzy version of the opening theme “Smile Bomb” featuring the lovely singer Katherine Wright and a string sextet.
Follow announcements of “Yuhaku” 25th anniversary celebration on its official webpage.
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Sailor Moon, we returned to Los Angeles and reunited members of the DiC music team for a special live concert starring Jennifer Cihi, Annelle K. Gregory, and Sandy Howell.
Held at the stellar Aratani Theatre at the Japanese American Cultural Community Center, the symphonic-pop concert featured songs from the 90s anime, DiC dub, live-action TV show, Sailor Moon Crystal, and musicals performed by a trim 15-piece ensemble of strings, winds, percussion.
A special meet-and-greet session was held pre-concert with select songwriters and singers from the 1995 DiC English-language dub – composer Michael Benghiat (“My Only Love”), composer John Miyagi Author (“The Power of Love”), singer-songwriter Lois Blaisch (“Rainy Day Man”), singer Jennifer Cihi (“It’s A New Day”), and singer-songwriter Sandy Howell (“Oh Starry Night”). It has been more than 20 years since these fine musicians had seen each other, so the reunion was at times nostalgic, informative, playful, and comedic. Thank you to these wonderful guests for joining us and creating memorable songs for our favorite show!
(Highlights from the panel discussion will be available for viewing on the SeraSymphony youtube page.
Music performed at the concert included “Maboroshi no Ginzuishou~SILVER CRYSTAL,” “La Soldier,” “Kirari Sailor Dream!,” first-ever live performance of “Oh Starry Night” with Sandy Howell, “My Only Love” with Jennifer Cihi, “Sailor Star Song,” and “Uranus and Neptune” featuring Annelle K. Gregory, among others.
SERASYMPHONY II: Half Moon is now available for digital download
Happy 2017 Everyone! Hope you had a great celebration. We start the year off with our top 10 anime OSTs from 2016. The anime may not be best/most-popular of the year, but the music certainly is:
#10 Twin-Star Exorcists / Mikio Endō
WATCH The hit action show of the summer starts of our list! Mikio Endō (K, Coppelion) is a newbie to the anime scene and at times it shows. But this action-packed score is so powerful that we couldn’t help but put it on the list. Looking forward to the OST release!
#9 SERVAMP / Kenji Kawai
WATCHBUY Veteran composer Kenji Kawai (Fate/stay night, Ranma 1/2) brings his decades of experience to this fun, supernatural show. “Smooth” best describes his dynamic score which moves effortlessly from sweet “elevator music” to pumping action under a synthetic melody. Kawai has certainly embraced the electronic-synth age as he continues his craft.
#8 Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Season 3 / Yasuharu Takanashi
WATCHBUY Season 1 & 2 weren’t the best in terms of music (or animation, for that matter). But season 3 is differently moving in the right direction. Yasuharu Takanashi’s (Naruto Shippuden, Fairy Tail) familiar magical girl score may still pale in comparison to the original – save for a few stand-out tracks. Arisawa certainly expanded his music language with each new season and we’re hopeful Takanashi will do the same.
#7 AJIN / Yugo Kanno
WATCHBUY Psycho-Pass composer Yugo Kanno brings a complex score to the sleeper hit of the winter season. Combining acoustic orchestral writing á la God of War with the Japanese new-age electronica, Kanno’s suspenseful tunes accurately reflect the traumatic and desperate lives of the Ajin such as the perfectly demonic “Main Theme.”
#6 Bungō Stray Dogs / Taku Iwasaki
WATCHBUY The music chameleon Taku Iwasaki (Kekkaishi, Soul Eater) is back with a solid soundtrack for a solid anime. Bungo’s score’s strength lies in Iwasaki’s unique approach to electro-acoustic music, blending genres and unusual timbres with pulsating EDM beats and guest rappers. Fun fact: season 2 is his favorite score to date!
#5 D.Gray-man HALLOW / Kaoru Wada
WATCHBUY Kaoru Wada (InuYasha, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney) is a master of manipulation! He creates unforgettable themes and transforms them throughout all his scores – and HALLOW is no exception! Listen to Allen’s theme as a battle tune, romantic interlude, suspenseful moment, or creepy encounter – it’s genius! So happy to hear throwbacks to his original music from the 2006 anime as well!
#4 Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju / Kana Shibue
WATCH A newcomer to the anime scene, gifted pianist-composer Shibue offers a nostaglic score imbued with jazz idioms and improvisational musical dialogue that fits perfectly with the show’s time period. We’re very excited to hear what she has coming next!
#3 Erased / Yuki Kajiura
WATCH If you weren’t expecting to cry this year, tough luck! Aniplex’s tearjerking thriller had some of the best storylines and OSTs of the season! Yuki Kaijura (Sword Art Online, Tsubasa Resevoir Chronicle) is really at her best here; her score piano-driven score is sensitive, emotional, nuanced and will ALWAYS MAKE YOU CRY.
#2 Natsume Yūjinchō Go / Makoto Yoshimori
WATCH Yes, yes, YES!! It’s BAAACCCKKK!! Makoto Yoshimori (Baccano! Durarara!!) creates a fitting warmth and gentle soundtrack for this very sweet and humbling anime. Certainly a pianist at heart, he has a delicate touch in orchestrating for his small chamber group of strings, clarinet, harp, piano, and traditional Japanese instruments. Would love to do a concert of all his beautiful music from the Natsume series.
#1 My Hero Academia / Yuki Hayashi
WATCHBUYThe most popular anime of the year? Probably. The most epic shounen score of the year? Definitely! Yuki Hayashi has been creating strong OSTs recently (Haikyuu!!, Death Parade, One Piece Film: Gold) and this one is no exception; he’s becoming a powerhouse in the shounen genre. So, get pumped, get inspired, and rock out with your … superpower out to this powerful soundtrack! Check out our version of the thrilling “you say run.” Highly recommended.
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