Well here we are, halfway through 2011 already. Time flies, time flies. And with it a bunch of anime come and go, leaving behind trails in the forms of tears (ANOHANA ;_; ), laughs and what’s important for this blog, music.
I’m not sure what to make of the fact that I knew which single I’d be crowning as my no.1 for the first half of the year without giving it barely any thought. It could mean two things:
1, said single is just too damn awesome.
2, everything else was just darn shitty.
Well, I say it’s a mixture of both lol
Anyway, let’s just get on with it shall we.
Best anison single of 2011 (first half):
Horie Yui – Inmoralist (Dragon Crisis OP)
I was in love with the title song the moment I heard the full version. It’s so messed up but so controlled at the same time, brilliant. If it takes a break of over a year to come up with something this awesome, then I’d welcome such a break at any time. The 2nd track on the single, True Truly Love, is also strong enough to stand its own as a title track even, and Hocchan rapping has to be the cutest thing I’ve heard in a long time. Then the 3rd track, Holiday, while easily the weakest, was also a cheerful song that harmed no ears. A fine single all around. Oh, and the PV is kickass.
Honorable mentions: Rie Fu – For You (Hourou Musuko ED), Sphere – Hazy (Hanasaku Iroha ED).
…and since I’m at it~
Best anison-related album of 2011 (first half):
love your life, love my life
Toyosaki Aki – love your life, love my life
While I’ll admit to having been a bit disappointed with this album, that is in no part because the songs were no good. Quite the opposite, if anything. Aki’s singles prior to the album release had just set the bar too high, that’s all. Songs like love your life and Dill were just too lovable and hard to compete with. Of course, said songs are in the album, so that’s all good there. As for the album songs themselves, I’d point out Hello Allo and Alright as being the better ones, while march is also good in its own way. All in all, this is definitely one of the strongest albums I’ve come across from any seiyuu lately. A shame that it was somewhat wasted on these vocals in particular…
Honorable mentions: Katakiri Rekka – History of WORXSONGz, Sakamoto Maaya – You can’t catch me
…and that would be all. I might make a similar post for regular JPop later on. Or hoax kawaii-nanami into doing it =x