The fall 2012 season of anime has produced a number of brilliant new titles that will continue to enjoy long lasting popularity in the years to come. Many of these shows have also enlisted the talents of some of the best and most surprising acts from Japan and around the world to provide opening and closing themes, ensuring that the fall season will also result in a period of successful soundtrack releases for fan of the shows.
Six of the most popular shows have included Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun, BTOOOM!, K, Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai, and Robotics;Notes, and each has an excellent lineup of music surrounding the marketing of the series. Here are six recommendations inspired by these themes present in the fall 2012 anime season:
For fans of “Q&A Recital” the opening of Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun:
Haruka Tomatsu, the performer of “Q&A Recital” is the seiyuu responsible for characters such as To Love-Ru's Lala, and also maintains a successful singing career on the side. She provided the ending theme “Yume Sekai” for Sword Art Online, and her other noteworthy tracks include “Girls, Be Ambitious,” “Naissance,” and “Koi no Uta”. She has one studio album, Rainbow Road.
For fans of “No Pain, No Game” the opening of BTOOOM!:
The hard-hitting opening of BTOOOM is sung by Nano, a utaite who covers unreleased songs and posts them on video sharing websites such as Nico Nico Douga. Nano is a fluent bilingual singer, performing in both Japanese and English and transitioning easily between both. Some of her strongest tracks include “Silence,” “Conception,” and her cover of Hatsune Miku's “Rolling Girl.”
For fans of “Tsumetai Hiya, Hitori,” the closing of K:
Mikako Komatsu has a strong career as a female seiyuu, performing this season as K's charming Neko, but she also enjoys singing on the side. In the persona of Neko she performs the adorable “Neko no Uta,” and has also released tracks such as “Black Holy” for Bodacious Space Pirates.
For fans of “Roundabout,” the closing of Jojo's Bizarre Adventure:
Jojo took an interesting route by choosing the 1972 single of progressive Brit band Yes, “Roundabout” as its closing track rather than choosing music from a modern Japanese artist. Naturally this is Yes' first foray into the world of anime, but they also have a lineup of excellent tracks such as “Owner of a Lonely Heart,” “Long Distance Runaround,” and “Mood for a Day.”
For fans of “Sparkling Daydream,” the opening of Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai:
Chuunibyou has been doing all the right things this season, and choosing upcoming female artist Zaq for the opening theme was a smart decision. Some of Zaq's additional compositions include “Open Canvas,” “Little Pray,” and “Reason Why XXX”. She is slated to release her second major single in 2013.
For fans of “Junjou Spectra,” the opening of Robotics;Notes:
It had been some time since duo Zwei had released a new single, so having them appear in Robotics;Notes was an unexpected surprise. Some of their best singles include “Koyubi no Paradox,” “Dragon,” and “Distance.” Zwei has two studio albums, Pretty Queen and Z (Zeta).
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