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Old Sep 24, 2016, 06:39 AM
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Default Best Releases of 2016

I've watched quite a few animes this year, but few of them had music remarkable or memorable enough to bring me to get the soundtracks compared to 2014 and 2013, or maybe I'm just getting lazy. I'd like to know what are your anime music highlights this year.

For me it's only two albums so far:

Subete ga F ni Naru: The Perfect Insider Original Soundtrack by Kenji Kawai
I liked the soundtrack for its dark atmosphere and melancholy while watching the show, so I decided to give the soundtrack a listen. And it was really worth it, it's one of Kenji Kawai's better recent works.

Actually I don't really listen much to most of the pieces, but the album has some really, really notable highlights. Those are:
01 - beautiFul sorrow
07 - hellFire
08 - aFfliction
22 - conFronting

Akagami no Shirayukihime Original Soundtrack by Michiru Ooshima
I loved the music while watching the anime, it was one of the best musical experience in anime for me in a while. And it's true, the soundtrack is really good. I haven't listened to Ooshima's work for Rokka no Yuusha yet, but right now I consider Shirayukihime her best work since Zetsuen no Tempest.

Still, it's only a couple of pieces I really love. The soundtrack is overall very consistent, but also homogenous (like many of Ooshima's works), so it's easy to pick out the best tracks and listen to them over and over again instead of chosing a wide variety of pieces. Very beautiful flute and string work, though!

What I like most:
Disc 1
04 - Shirayuki: The Journey (especially the second half)
08 - The Meeting: A Day of Destiny
11 - The Prince of Clarines
24 - Raj's Transformation
35 - The Meeting: Their Kiss

Disc 2
11 - Shirayuki's Growth: The Achievement of Standing by Zen's Side

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Old Sep 25, 2016, 08:37 AM
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K RETURN OF KINGS CHARACTER SONG & SOUNDTRACK CD (Mikio Endo)
Groovines of this ost is magnificent and for me one of best this year.

Aria the Scarlet Ammo Double A ORIGINAL SOUND TRACK (Takuro Iga)
I was hoping for great things after hearing music in trailer and what a delivery of great action themes and beautiful orchestration.

Grimgar, Ashes and Illusions "BEST" (K)NoW_NAME (R·O·N, Makoto Miyazaki, Shuhei Mutsuki)
In great anime great music and songs.

TERRAFORMARS REVENGE O.S.T (Takafumi Wada)
Not so sure about buying CD after hearing music in first episodes, actually disappointed that Murai wasn´t scoring 2nd season, but with later episodes lot of interesting tracks appeared. This is anime "strings ostinato" ost of the year.
And I would buy this one only for 1st track.

Re: Life in a Different World from Zero Special Soundtrack CD 1 (Kenichiro Suehiro)
Not really objective about this one, because of my love of Suehiro works but this music is great - action, strings, choir. I always wanted Suehiro return to anime and he pulled this incredible score.

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Old Dec 11, 2016, 06:41 AM
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Just dropping by to say that Yukari Hashmotos Udon no Kuni no Kiniro no Kemari soundtrack is amazing, it definitely surpassed my moderately high expectations. Many beautiful tracks, especially those on the calm side (like #11). Need to listen to it more for a final verdict, but it could well be my soundtrack of the year.

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Old Dec 11, 2016, 04:23 PM
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Will update list as I remember all the good stuff I've listened over the year. In no particular order:

Usurai Shinjuu
Sore wa Chiisana Hikari no you na
Crazy Noisy Bizarre Town
Great Days
Blood Blockade Battlefront Original Series Soundtrack
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Aside from Tatsuya Kato and Kenji Kawai who always contribute amazing scores, Sakamoto desu ga? by Yasuhiko Fukuda and Osomatsu-san by Yukari Hashimoto were fantastic.
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Old Dec 14, 2016, 01:51 AM
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Thumbs up GET some Christmas ost CD

I just found that I have two copies of Fuga Hatori´s enclosure CD:
HHG Megami no Shuuen BGM Digital Sound Tracks RagnarØk
http://vgmdb.net/album/42972

If anyone is interested I was thinking I could use it as some christmas gift reward.
Anyone who will write his/her´s favorite anime CD releases from 2016 will be added in selection and than I use some software for random choosing of one name and I will send it to winner.
Shipping details could be arranged through PM.

Please write your favorite CD releases till 25th December 2016.

I hope that no one will be offended by this suggestion

All the best
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if I write a best releases of 2016 list, could you not put my nickname in your software?
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Old Dec 14, 2016, 11:06 AM
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if I write a best releases of 2016 list, could you not put my nickname in your software?
What software?
I would just add to each member number and then will choose from this numbers through whatever random number chooser software on net - like this one: https://www.random.org/ and its done

It would be like:

Blackiris - 1
Oniros - 2
CLBGM - 3
Phonograph - 4

etc...

Of course I don´t know if 3 people mentioned above would like to participate, so maybe it will go straight to you phono
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What software?
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I use some software
if you don't mean software, don't use software ;p
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Old Jul 26, 2017, 10:09 AM
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Short, very belated update:

The above mentioned Udon no Kuni no Kiniro Kemari soundtrack is, hands down, my favorite anime soundtrack of 2016. Yukari Hashmoto really outdid herself with lots of wonderfully nostalgic, relaxing and emotional tracks. I also love how even in parts with many instruments at once each instrument continues to have a clear voice.

Favorite tracks:
#8, 9, 11, 13, 22, 29, 31

Especially:
10 - Harewataru Sora to Kokoro
11 - Genpei no Sato
31 - Poco no Fushigi Kuukan
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