‘ANiMATO’ video series returns April 24

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.

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.

VIDEO RELEASE: “Platinum” from Sakura Symphony Vote

You wanted it, so you’ve got it! The winning tune from our Sakura Symphony vote is プラチナ [Purachina] “Platinum” (the 3rd Opening).

This “after-school special”-esque tune by Yoko Kanno and performed by Maaya Sakamoto is perhaps the most popular within in the CCS fandom. Thanks to all who watched, shared, and enjoyed our tribute to the music of Cardcaptor Sakura!

Next week, we’ll be announcing the theme to our next performance season: Season III!