This upcoming weekend we get to see Sword Art Online Progressive: Aria of a Starless Night… So I’m inspired to write a new entry in my Anime Playlist series, covering the Sword Art Online franchise. I own more music from this franchise than any other non-idol series.
As an anime season winds down, I start thinking about what music to add to my anime playlist. Winter 2021 is no exception, and yields some fine music indeed. And with so many sequels, it also lets me get caught up some on my backlog of Playlist posts!
So, without further ado, let’s hit the jump and listen to some laid back music!
Should be working on X or Y, but my brain wants to work on Z – an anime playlist post. Specifically, on the Yuuki Yuuna franchise. Fine, fine, it’s one I’ve been especially meaning to get to sooner rather than later… So, hit the jump and let’s get it going!
Haven’t posted anything about my anime playlist in a bit, so I guess it’s time to update with my latest additions and thoughts.
Recovery of an MMO Junkie
Net-juu no Susume / “Recommendation of the Wonderful Virtual Life” Saturday Night Question – Megumi Nakajima
Rewatched MMO Junkie a couple of months back – and realized that I watched and listened to the OP every time. Maybe I didn’t fall in love the first time around, but I certainly did this time.
Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!
(Eizōken ni wa Te o Dasu na!) Chelmico – Easy Breezy
I watched the OP every single week, and loved it. But when I listened to the complete song, I didn’t like it so much. Still, wanted to share it because it’s a fun tune. And an anime very much worth watching if you haven’t.
My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!
Otome Gēmu no Hametsu Furagu Shika Nai Akuyaku Reijō ni Tensei Shite Shimatta angela – There’s More Than Just One Route For a Maiden!
Another song that fell into the “great OP, didn’t like the full song” category… I think I liked the OP because of how neatly the music and animation were integrated. You don’t often see it so very well done.
What OP’s have you enjoyed recently? Bought any new anime music? Drop a comment and let’s chat.
For some months, I’ve been training an anime music channel on Pandora… (Link leads to the channel.) I’ve mostly tried to use seeds and thumbs up, though I had to thumb down the Pokémon Theme. Not only was it in heavy rotation – I positively loathe that song. And really, it was the heavy rotation that was the problem. Pandora’s selection of anime music is rather thin, and their song selection algorithms are… odd. They choose based on how much a song is “like” something you’ve already seeded the station with or given a thumbs up. Since the algorithm has only a limited understanding of “genre”, that tends to result in homogenization. Since they don’t seem to have a large selection of non-mainstream music, that also tends to result in pretty short playlists. (Though to be honest between their limited catalog and the algorithm’s over-eager pruning my more mainstream channels often suffer from the same problem.)
Anyhow, to make a long story short, I’ve had a Wake Up Girls playlist on iTunes for a couple of years now. A week or so ago, iblessall tweeted about buying the Girls Last Tour OST on iTunes-Japan, and I decided to see what, if any, anime music could be found on iTunes… (Though I limited myself to the American version because I didn’t want to go through the hoop jumping that shopping iTunes-Japan requires.)
I actually came up with a pretty nice selection of music. I could probably have found more, but my lovely wife gave me The Look and inquired as to just how much I intended to spend… I only really made one mistake, I didn’t pay attention when I bought START:DASH!!. I ended up buying the version performed by μ’s full lineup rather than the Honoka/Kotori/Umi version from ep 3 (which I prefer).
Anyhow, between Pandora and my iTunes playlist I have a nice selection of music to play when I’m working on my writing. When one gets old, I can swap to the other.
Do you have an anime playlist? What’s on it? Drop a comment and let me know!