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.
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!