fortissimo//Akkord:Bsusvier Vocal Mini Album

The other, somewhat larger half of "future gazer".

Everything I do - this blog, these purchases, my interest in this game - is musically motivated. Yousei Teikoku's opening "Asgard" is really nice, and if you downloaded "future gazer", the Railgun OVA's OP, you obtained the game's other OP as a B-side. Time to complete that collection. Included here are the first OP, three insert songs and the ED. Enjoy.

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State of the Character Songs Fall 2010

Greetings, fellow readers. Another season is upon us, and that means it's time for another round of character song guesswork. Let's get this party started.

Sora no Otoshimomo forte
Highly likely. The first season already had a set, and Columbia often releases character song albums for their series. There's also the "Sora no Shoujoutai" CD releases of old songs (a lot of covers lately), but those are in sort of a grey area.

Fortune Arterial ~Akai Yakusoku~
Two character song albums were already released for the game, so the chance of songs for the anime is slim. Still within the realm of possibility, but slim.

Already has a release confirmed. A Mio Isurugi character song album, featuring songs by Ayana Taketatsu. You're going to be seeing a lot of her this season. If there's more than the Mio CD, I'll let you know, but that's all for now.

Character songs are looking unlikely, though the girls of the show are getting a chance to sing the various ED themes, which will be included with the DVD releases only.

Hyakkaryouran Samurai Girls
Already has a character song album confirmed, like many Lantis shows this season. At least the main three (Yukimura, Jubei, Sen) will sing on it, along with a few others. The show's got a pretty wide selection of voice actors.

Arakawa Under the Bridge x Bridge
Nothing formally confirmed, but I'm expecting there to be a soundtrack/character song release once the show closes off. Maria's song needs to be somewhere, and where Maria's song is, songs for the others may well follow.

Yosuga no Sora
Unlikely, but it's under Starchild. Time will tell.

Otome Youkai Zakuro
There are AsoIku like collection of different EDs, but no character songs confirmed yet. It could still happen, though. Lantis and all.

Shinryaku! Ika Musume
Ika's going to be getting a character album all to herself ~de geso. Hisako Kanemoto hasn't sung much before, so this should be interesting.

Motto To Love Ru
Four character song albums confirmed so far, in pairs. Lala/Haruna, Mikan/Yami, Nana/Momo and Yui/Oshizu. As that doesn't even scratch the surface of the cast, there may be more. Keep your eyes open for more info.

Already confirmed. If there's a major female character in this show, she will sing. There will also be a group version of "Koi no Shirushi" released later in the year. Though each girl has their individual version, it is best expressed as a group song.

Tantei Opera Milky Holmes
A mini album containing insert songs for the game and anime has been confirmed. The four girls, Kokoro and Arsene will sing, at least. This will likely be the only character song release, so enjoy.

Under flyingDog, so relatively unlikely, but within the realm of possible. Unsure if it would be cover songs, though. Shaft loves the hell out of those lately.

Toaru Majutsu no Index II
Nothing formally announced, but I'm expecting at least three, maybe four, Archives covering some of the new characters introduced this season, and some of the old ones from last season. Orsola, Agnese, maybe a few others? It's almost a given they'll appear.

Odds and Ends
Amagami SS has had a proper character song album confirmed. Mitsudomoe has at least four more releases on the way. Strike Witches 2 has been pushed back to December.

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Mitsudomoe Web Radio OP ED

How Yabecchi got into this situation is best left to the imagination.

The Web Radio. One of the most universal forms of information and stories that most fans don't really listen to. Nonetheless, they remain a source for music in the anime world. Mitsudomoe's radio single has the OP (sung by the triplets) and the ED (sung by Yabecchi and Futaba). To watchers of the show, you may have heard the ED on the TV in the final broadcast episode and were wondering where to get it. The answer - here.

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Shin Koihime Musou Character Vocal Album

A tale of battle and friendship, told in song.

Ah, we return once more to Koihime. There's very little from this show I haven't released at this point. And where there's character songs, there's me. Ten songs are on here, and while not the whole cast gets to sing (there's far too many for one album), a good selection of characters appears. Who sings was posted in the Twitter feed some time ago. Enjoy!

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State of the Character Songs Summer 2010

Today is the future. Thus, tomorrow will be even more of the future. Simulcasts are at an all time high, character songs are still pretty consistently being released. Now that we're about a month into the summer of '10, time to figure out who will sing what.

For newcomers, I mostly tend to cover the possibility of character songs from shows I watch. As it turns out, most of the shows I watch have the possibility of character songs, while those that I don't usually don't. However, if one that I'm not does have songs, I will at least give it a nod at the end.

A character song album has been announced. Not sure who's going to sing on it, but the Otogi Bank alone has a sizable female cast, not counting outliers like Himeno, Mimi, etc. It releases after the series has aired, so it may be a while before more info is available.

Amagami SS
Going the Akane-iro route here and packaging character songs with the girls' ending songs. One of which was already released, and the others will follow in the coming months.

Shukufuku no Campanella
Already confirmed. There's going to be an album with songs for the four main heroines (and a duet for the Tortilla sisters). Some of these songs have been heard in the show, so now all that's left is the actual album release.

Three character singles, one for each of the triplets. It's unlikely that the side characters who aren't them will get songs, but there will be character songs.

Seitokai Yakuindomo
Nothing's formally been announced, but we're working with Starchild. If there are character songs (and it's pretty likely there will be for a show like this), they'll be packaged with the soundtrack or released on their own album near the end of the show's run.

Asobi ni Iku yo!
A character song album has already been announced, featuring songs for Eris, Manami and Aoi, while completely disregarding the side characters. Similar to Daimaou, in that they're packaged on a Drama CD.

Sekirei ~Pure Engagement~
Just as the first season did, I'm expecting there to be Sound Stages for this season. Mostly the major characters will get to sing, but there have been some surprises before (like Yukari.) There may be two Sound Stages, but more than that isn't unheard of.

Highschool of the Dead
Not happening, but the show's got enough ED themes to fill an entire album.

Seikimatsu Occult Gakuin
Covers of songs from 1999 are the order of the day, to be packaged with the DVDs. Yoko Hikasa and Minori Chihara will be singing on the first two.

Strike Witches 2
The first Strike Witches did get character songs, but only several months after the fact. Now that Columbia knows it's popular, the chance of them appearing for S2 are significantly raised.

Other Notices
Both seasons of Kuroshitsuji have a rather lengthy list of releases coming out. Kaichou wa Maid-sama! has had the Maid Latte Songs album confirmed, as well as a Virtual Live Album. K-ON!! has had its first character song CDs formally announced, following the same pattern as last season - two original songs and a solo version of an original song that won't be released until much, much later.

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Amagami Character Songs 7-8

With exactly a week until Amagami SS, the releases finish.

Celonius28 apologizes for the delay. CDs from TwoFive are a little more difficult to obtain than those from other companies, but, six months later, Haruka and Hibiki have been split into their own individual releases, making their monologues available, and their songs available too. Unless something is suddenly announced, I think this closes off this line of releases. The Soen CD trio will not be receiving solo releases, because they are minor characters.

Though this set of Amagami releases has finished, a new series is about to begin. The ED/character songs for the TV series. Enjoy!

Vol. 7 - Haruka Morishima (Shizuka Itou)
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Vol. 8 - Hibiki Tsukahara (Yuu Asakawa)
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B Gata H Kei Character Song Album

Yamada wants to sing 100 duets.

Finally, a new release, though I should have a few more surprises in the coming weeks. The B Gata H Kei character song album is, structurally, rather similar to Toradora's, in that it has individual songs for most major characters (and some minor ones), as well as a group song for the show's three leading ladies. Not everyone gets a tune (the erogami, Misato and Katase, etc.), but it's a nice album overall. Very high energy.

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State of the Character Songs Spring 2010

Since the Spring 2010 season begun, I have implemented a Twitter feed (seen to the right) to allow for up-to-the-minute news on character songs, who's singing them, and what shows they're for. But, things like that will eventually fade off the main page, and so, the State of the Character Songs will continue to take place about a month into a new season. Let's begin.

Shin Koihime Musou ~Otome Tairan~
A Character Vocal Collection for the show has been announced. While the show's second season brought two character singles from the Battle of the Bands, this is a full album, and likely to cover more of the cast (which is still only a small fragment of the cast.) More info on this as it develops.

B Gata H Kei
A character song album was confirmed for the show near the very start of the season. The show's got a fair amount of characters to its name, so at least the more major ones are likely to get a song. Specifics will be revealed as soon as I can get them, but an album does indeed exist.

Kaichou wa Maid-sama!
Four Concept CDs have been confirmed, fitting the usual Geneon mold of one or two character songs and some short drama. The first one ("School Side") has songs for Misa and for Sakura/Shizuko. Two maid side CDs are also announced, as well as "Another Side". Who sings on the remaining three will be revealed also as it develops.

Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou
A Variety CD is planned, and is very likely to include at least one song from the show's five female stars - Toyosaki, Hikasa, Yuuki, Hirohashi and Itou. Specifics to be announced when they come. This is another drama/character song dual release.

Angel Beats!
The show's CD lineup has been mostly revealed, and it fits into the category usually reserved for flyingDog shows and Basquash!. No character songs proper, but a lot of insert songs from Girls Dead Monster, one single of which has already been released. Two more ("Thousand Enemies" and "Little Braver") are on the way.

All the show's music appears to be released with the show itself, starting with the OP single being packaged with the first DVD. Until the show's website uncovers more, I can't say for certain, but the odds of there being character songs, given the voice cast and type of series, place it at "pretty likely".

Arakawa Under the Bridge
The possibility exists, being a Starchild Shaft Shinbo trifecta, but I'm not totally certain, especially with the show's ED single being released so close to the end of the show's life. But if something is announced, I will state it, as always.

kiss x sis
Already have full info on this one. First up is an AkoRiko mini album, featuring some solos and some duets from the twins. Then there's the character song/soundtrack release, with songs from Ako, Riko and the other three girls in the show. Miharu (the one with the glasses), Yuuzuki (the teacher) and Mikazuki (the little one).

Mayoi Neko Overrun!
While the director may change every week, the music is consistent. The four leading girls are all getting character singles. Fumino, Chise, Nozomi and Otome are planned.

The second season of an insanely popular series that has made the sales of its CDs an industry onto itself. Of course it's getting character songs, that's not a question. All that remains is a matter of "when". Given that !! (don't ask me how you pronounce that) is running for somewhat longer than its previous season, it may not be until we're well into the summer. But it will happen.

I know I mostly tend to report on shows that I watch (by chance or choice, most shows that I watch end up getting character songs), in fairness, if anyone is watching Hakuoki, there are character songs for that show as well.

See you in the summer, readers!

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Hanamaru Kindergarten Best Album - childhood memories

Actually the second Alice in Wonderland themed cover on this site.

Take what I said about scans, and magnify it. Plus, Hanamaru has some great songs among its number, covering a wide variety of genres and themes. Including magical girl, horror show and Charlie Brown + black and white movie. The OST is also included, because it was the second disc. Starchild does have a tendency to do that with its releases. All songs and all scans are here, and there's a lot of them. Over an hour of music on the first disc alone.

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Umi Monogatari Drama CD

Everyone, I love you!

Were it not for character songs, I would not have started this blog. Were it not for character songs, I would not have obtained this CD. Kana Asumi, as Marin, sings a song by the name of her catchphrase. Two songs by marble and a song by Masumi Itou are also present. If you want marble's songs in full, look for their album Kuusou Jet!.

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Saki Portable OP ED

If they're playing their own game, we have entered a recursive reality.

The first of three releases I have in store for today, though there's plenty of releases in general on the way. We're in the end of the month release-happy period, and a new season is upon us. In here are the OP and ED to Saki Portable, sung by Little Non. Easier to understand than "bloooomin'", but still catchy. Absurdly long title, though. I haven't seen something of that length since Higurashi Daybreak's single.

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Tentai Senshi Sunred Vocal Album

Florsheim invites you to sing with them!

I'm glad I was able to release this one. Features songs for several heroes, including the Weather Three, Sunred himself, Sakyuun, Night Owl (not that one [formerly Nightman]}, and plenty of others. Enjoy.

Except for Shuchishin. That's not on here. But it was ultra-popular for a time, so finding it shouldn't be terribly difficult.

Edit: I accidentally put "Kakishima Shinji" instead of "Kakijima Shinji" in the tags. Sorry about this mistake.

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Higurashi Kizuna 4th Single - Angelic bright

Hanyuu, take us home.

I'm aware it's been a while since I've released something, but I'm not going to stop. The times are changing. I've added a Twitter feed off to the side (the news of which will be collected into the State of the, I'm not stopping those), and have two new releases today. Celonius28 also has been authorized on TokyoTosho, so you can be sure it's an official release. (I'm the only one using this name as it is. Obscure anime can do that.)

My desire to have scans is both my strength and my weakness. This lacked scans, so I provided some. In here is the theme to the fourth and last of the Higurashi Kizuna DS game series. This version's singles are sung by Ayane, one of my favorites. Enjoy.

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State of the Character Songs Winter 2010

We're into a new year, a new decade, and a new batch of anime. There are still a few holdovers from 2009 on the airwaves, but the spring is the season to clean. With simulcasting gaining increasing prominence and shows darting every which way, where do people turn for advice on character songs? To the Celonius28's Song Images Quarterly State of the Character Songs, beginning with its first installment in 2010. Read onward, fellow enthusiasts.

A set of four character singles has already been confirmed for the four main girls. Nayu (Minori Chihara), Haruka (Sayuri Yahagi), Yako (Minako Kotobuki) and Kiyono (Yoko Hikasa). A good day starts with good underwear and good music. I'm expecting at least one of these to be a comedic patter song. Possibly Nayu.

So Ra no Wo To
Wo To's two "parents", so to speak, in K-ON! and Strike Witches both had character songs, and this one will as well. Rather than a straight up album release, these will be across the DVDs. Kanata is first, and the rest are likely to follow.

Ladies versus Butlers!
One character song/drama mini album has already been confirmed, covering Sernia and Tomomi. Sanae and Kaoru are likely to be on the next one, and there may be more beyond that. It'll definitely have character songs, that much I'm sure of. Unlike the show previews, these will not be played at the same time. I wouldn't reccommend that. Does something awful on the ears.

Omamori Himari
A character song album has been confirmed. The show's already determined who the main haremettes are (the group that sings "BEAM my BEAM"), and this'll give them a chance to sing solo. Koshimizu, Iori Nomizu and Yuki Matsuoka are among the voices on here. Press information is saying that solo versions of "BEAM my BEAM" will be a major selling point for this.

Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu
A character song album has already been confirmed, covering F Class. This wouldn't be the only show Hitomi Harada is singing in this season, and it's very likely to feature the trap that's captured the hearts of confused fans, Hideyoshi. It is under Lantis, and they have a pretty good track record with these things.

Dance in the Vampire Bund
It's under Shaft and has FlyingDog as a label. The chances of the show to have character songs is low, but there's always a margin of error factored into these things.

Hidamari Sketch x Hoshimittsu
While I'm not ruling out the possibility of a CD release, current trends point to the character songs being included on the DVDs, similar to Wo To. As the series is likely to have six DVDs, and there are six tenants at the Hidamari Apartments, everything works out nicely.

It's a small franchise, and under FlyingDog. The possibility certainly exists, but I rule it unlikely. We'll see what happens.

Seikon no Qwaser
Similar to Baka Test, songs have already been confirmed in the form of a mini album. There are several pairs that one can look at in this show, depending on what you've seen. You have Toyosaki and Fujimura (Blacksmith), Toyosaki and Hikasa (K-On!) and Hirano and Chihara (Suzumiya). The best music, fresh from the source. It's well documented what the source is.

Hanamaru Kindergarten
It's been confirmed via the show's blog that Tsuchida, at least, is getting a character song. It's also under the Starchild label, so the chances are pretty likely. No character songs will happen, but the show will have its massive collection of ED songs, which will likely include solos by the main trio, as well as Tsuchi and Yamamoto.

Past Seasons Updates

In the time since my last update, two Archives for Toaru Kagaku no Railgun have been confirmed. Given that Index had four, I'm expecting an equal number for its spinoff. The first two cover Mikoto/Kuroko and Uiharu/Saten. Other candidates for singing include Kiyama-sensei, Mii and maybe Mitsuko.

Sora no Otoshimono has also had a proper character song album announced. The main grouping of characters (Tomoki, Mikako, Sugata, Sohara, Ikaros and Nymph) are all going to sing. Even Tomoko. This is Columbia, and they have a pretty good track record when it comes to music. Both in providing it and the songs themselves.

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Amagami Character Songs - Comiket 77 Specials

A Happy New Year and a happy haul from Comiket.

Just as it happened before with Miya and Sae, so shall it happen again. Haruka and Hibiki on one CD, and a collection of minor characters, including the Bromantic Foil, on the other. There is a song here called "Doggie Disco Fever". Disco may be dead, but that doesn't mean it can't be undead. As it's January 1st, a very happy 2010 to all my readers. Once the season gets underway, I'll begin preparing my quarterly State of the Character Songs. Plenty of shows seem to be in ship shape this season. Enjoy.

Akogare CD
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Soen CD
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