The Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Central Band has a proud 66-year history. Founded in 1951 as part of the National Police Reserve, it is one of Japan’s best known wind ensembles, and has performed everywhere from chamber concerts to military tattoos. And their latest album contains music from Pokémon, Digimon, and beyond.
Their “Niconico Collection” is a CD containing twelve anime, game, and Vocaloid covers performed by the legendary group, released by Universal Music. The complete track list includes:
1. “Senbonzakura” (Vocaloid)
2. “Snow Halation” (Love Live! School Idol Project)
3. “Butter-Fly” (Digimon)
4. Main theme to Detective Conan/Case Closed
5. “Mezase Pokémon Master” (Pokémon)
6. “To Zanarkand” (Final Fantasy X)
7. “Miku-Miku ni Shite Ageru” (Vocaloid)
8. “Matryoshka” (Vocaloid)
9. “Migikata no Chou” (Vocaloid)
10. “Sakura no Ame” (Vocaloid)
11. “Genesis of Aquarion”
12. “Proof of a Hero” (Monster Hunter 4)
More samples are available on Universal Music Japan’s YouTube channel.
A limited-edition CD/DVD set is available for ¥3,200 (about 27.17) featuring video from the concert and an extra song from Space Battleship Yamato. The regular CD costs ¥2,727 (about $23.15). Additionally, the scores for the music featured on the CD are also available.
Source: Universal Music Japan
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