VIDEO RELEASE: “Smile Bomb”

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.

VIDEO RELEASE: “Kanashii Ureshii”

Season IV has begun! And we’re proud to be serving our online followers with new videos and a brand-new series. Every month, we’ll be adding to our OP/ED series – our takes on various animated openings and endings arranged for chamber ensembles. The first – “Kanashii Ureshii” – is from the Summer 2017 anime Koi to Uso (“Love and Lies”) and features our Artistic Director, International Relations Director, clarinet, and guitar!

Next week is the 25th anniversary of Yu Yu Hakusho, so we might do something special to celebrate!

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Celebrating 25 Years of Sailor Moon

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.

Photos by BLC3Music Services

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

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Takayuki Negishi, composer

Best Music from Takayuki Negishi

It’s his birthday! Composer and synthesizer operator Takayuki Negishi is comfortable working with magical girls, action-adventure boys, and card games all around! Best known for his Cardcaptor Sakura and Cardfight!! Vanguard OSTs, Negishi’s combination of pop styles, jazz chords, and classical orchestration have created memorable musical moments in anime history! Check-out our top 5 tracks from his discography:

“Sakura Theme II” (Cardcaptor Sakura, 1998)


We LOVE this pop-disco theme for the ever-so-energetic Sakura. Equal parts beautiful and inspiring, the uptempo rhythm section backs the sweet string melody as the titular character learns to control her newfound powers. Hope Negishi returns for the new anime!

“Power of Psyqualia” (Cardfight!! Vanguard, 2011)


Final Turn! You know when this them begins, you’re in deep doo-doo. The powerful pulsating opening rhythm opens up the gates of Hell to unleash the demonic strength of the blaring horns and high intensity strings. Perhaps the best moments in Cardfight history!

“Aoyama-kun daisuki!” (Tokyo Mew Mew, 2002)


At 2:00, Ichigo’s young love theme is rich and dynamic, passing through several moments of lush string harmonies, cello and viola riffs, and unexpected by inspiring chord changes. Negishi borrows the “gentle ending” affect from his work on Cardcaptor Sakura.

Shukusei no monotachi (Tokyo Majin, 2007)


Negishi’s re-working of Vivaldi’s “Winter” with added harpsichord solo and Aeolian orchestra break creates the hellish atmosphere for Animax’s supernaturally super-powered teen action-drama. And what a great budget to have live instruments interpreting the classically sinister score!

“Which will win? Lupin vs. The General” (Lupin III: Dead or Alive, 1996)


Right at home in the famous Lupin universe, Negishi’s jazz training shines through in this high 70’s battle/chase music paying homage to Yuji Ohno. Listen to his masterful juggling of harmonized saxophone passages, sweeping strings, and full band powerful octaves!

Happy Birthday, Takayuki!

VIDEO RELEASE: V. La révolution (final)

We reach the end of our tribute to Revolutionary Girl Utena! Thank you helping us celebrate 20 years of this powerful anime and its gorgeous score. Please enjoy the final movement, aptly titled “La révolution!”

ANiMATO will soon be getting it’s own page so you re-watch all of our long-form tributes thus far.