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!