Magic Knight Rayearth OST

I stumbled over this piece of magic on complete accident, searching for another anime soundtrack. It blew me once it hit the 30-second mark. Just oh my gosh! I absolutely love the strings and horns and wind instruments! It’s so upbeat and chirpy, yet regal with its use of classical instruments! It makes me so happy and almost nostalgic somehow to listen to it. It reminds me of some Studio Ghibli soundtracks somehow. Love love love it!

~Jamie

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The Battle is to the Strong from Fate/Zero

This epic, brilliant battle track from the anime Fate/Zero was written by female musical composer Yuki Kajiura and is one of her many great pieces of sound. I absolutely love the vocals and percussion. And the electric guitar solo in the middle is fantastic!

~Jamie

Kara no Kyokai Soundtrack Highlights

薄れる – Fade: When I first heard this, I was floored. Just floored. Its tone is airy with a touch of peril and techno, followed up by the angelic female vocals. And then a driving beat to round it all out. It’s beautiful and deadly and alluring and determined all at the same time. Mid-way through it softens back out without loosing its drive and we get a soft airiness to carry us to the song’s end.

Mirai Fukuin: Wow. The reverb. The darkness. The power. This pieces emanates such power! The airy dark techno, the female vocals; they work so well to create a chilling approach of shadows. I wish this track wasn’t so short because I could write pages of fiction to it.  Just wow. I really must give a round of applause to Yuki Kajiura for her talent in creating such amazing musical soundscapes!

~Jamie

Human After All from God Eater

Ok, so God Eater was interesting in concept but I don’t remember watching it very long…but there’s was scene in a certain episode that had this song playing over it and it made it VERY memorable and sad. Interestingly, the lyrics are in English, which is really cool to hear in a Japanese production. But this is one of my favorite songs from anime; a delicate, gorgeous female vocal, plodding piano and hints percussion accentuate tempo and mood. I enjoy it’s simplicity and it’s quite emotionally moving for me. ❤

~Jamie

The Fleet Girls Collection

This is a ten-minute loop of one of my favorite anime soundtracks from The Fleet Girls Collection. It has strong oriental influences, with pleasant piano and female vocals accompanying. It’s nice for repeating because it’s quite addictive to listen to, between the light, soft, engaging sounds and happy vibe. I could definitely listen to this all day! ❤

~Jamie

Hyouri from Bakemonogatari

This mysterious, anxious, powerful music box melody was written by Satoru Kōsaki. It tingles with a strong percussion rhythm by the end. This song triggers to me a sense of sweet and danger: it’s stirring. I remember writing many survival scenes to it throughout November while creating a zombie novel. It had the sound of pent-up emotion and danger that fueled the story forward, especially through an extended track.

~Jamie