VIDEO RELEASE: “Clear” from Cardcaptor Sakura

One of our favorites – Cardcaptor Sakura – is returning to the small screen with a brand-new arc! We fell in love with the opening theme “Clear” by Maaya Sakamoto; watch our version inspired by the official trailer

Also, due to the growing love of our original Sakura Symphony tribute, we’ll be premiering a live concert in New York City Fall of 2018! Details to come in the Spring.

Cardcaptor Sakura ~ Clear Card Arc will be simulcast by Funimation starting January 6, 2018.

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!

Just Magic!

Just Magic! A Magical Girl Musical Maid Cafe

**PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT IS LOCATED ON THE 2ND FLOOR (1.5 FLIGHTS UP). THERE IS NO ELEVATOR SERVICE**

iconiQ The Soundtrack Orchestra presents its first musical cafe dedicated to the cutest spellcasters in the world: magical girls! Featuring a team of talented magical maids serving light desserts and beverages while a chamber orchestra performs music from Cutie Honey, Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, Revolutionary Girl Utena, Pretty Cure, Cardcaptor Sakura, and more!

Admission includes the price of food and 1 non-alcoholic beverage plus a photo op with your maid. Most items also available for a la carte purchase. Concert-only tickets not available at this time.

Select your Maid Cafe time slot from the drop-down menu below:
12-3pm
4-7pm

Please note: this venue is a flexible-seating theater (on risers) not a traditional cafe space.

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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!