Azumanga Daioh OST Vol. #1 (of 1) (Mania.com)

By:Lauren Goodnight
Date: Friday, November 19, 2004
Release Date: Tuesday, March 08, 2005



What They Say
The anime series "Azumanga Daioh" is a hilarious look into the daily lives and classroom antics of a group of normal (and not-so normal) high school girls and their teachers based on a popular comic strip turned-anime series. Featuring 10-year-old geniuses, hand-biting kittens and endearing music-box instrumentals from composer Masaki Kurihara, the "Azumanga Daioh Original Soundtrack 1," offers 36 tracks including the TV size versions of the opening vocal song, "Soramimi no Cake" and the closing theme, "Raspberry Heaven" by the group, Oranges & Lemons (Fushigi Yugi Eikoden, .hack//Legend of the Twilight).

Azumanga Daioh, the popular anime series available on DVD and airing now on The Anime Network, features theme songs composed and performed by the group Oranges & Lemons, consisting of Yoko Ueno and Masumi Ito (Fushigi Yugi Eikoden, Haibane Renmei, .hack//Legend of the Twilight, Koi Kaze, Scrapped Princess) as well as a full-color insert booklet with lyrics and song titles translated in English, as well as romanized lyrics.

The Review!
Well, spank my butt and call me Sam. I enjoyed this soundtrack more than I enjoyed the anime, and the anime was a real treat for me. This music is bouncy without being obnoxious or repetitive. I particularly enjoyed the jazzier moments that began several tracks, and the slight Celtic influences that ran throughout because of the liberal use of pipe-style instruments. Every piece is short and distinct, but they ordered in such a way as to complement each other nicely. Track this down, boys and girls, because there will always come a rainy day in awful traffic when this cheerful album will come in handy!

Where I took it: Retail is boring, AzuDai is not!
Where it took me: This disc made me happier. There's not much else to say, because "happy" is such a nice place to be!
Standout track: Oranges and Lemons -- Soramimi Cake - I will never tire of this great song! It is distinctive without being annoying and understated without being boring.
Skip-it track: Is It A Break? 2 - This one just seemed too high-pitched and manic, but it made complete sense in the context of the anime.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Features
Let’s Begin,Soramimi Cake (Ear-playing-tricks Cake) TV Size, Of All Circumstances!, New School Term 1, You Mean During the Break? 1, Let’s Go Slowly, … Well, Bonkura-zu, Somehow, What Do You Mean?,I Think You’re Wrong…, It’s a Tightrope, New School Term 2, Miss Yukari Goes Wild! ~ First Half ~, Miss Yukari Goes Wild! ~ Second Half ~, Melancholy of Chiyo-chan, See You Tomorrow, It’s a Stroll, New School Term 3, Chiyo-chan Runs!, Is it a Break?, It’s a Holiday Tomorrow!, So Suspicious…, New School Term 4, I Wonder Why, Big Trouble!?, Good Scenery, What Are You Talking About?, Good Night, New School Term 5, …Damn It’s Too Late, It’s All Right, … huh?, New School Term 6, Hang On~, Starry Night, Like This Sky, Rasberry Heaven (TV Size)

Review Equipment




Age Rating: All
Released By: Geneon Anime Music
MSRP: 14.98
Aspect Ratio: 52652
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Azumanga Daioh