The Japanese record label King Amusement Creative has launched a new anime music streaming channel on YouTube. The stream, called Anileap, went live earlier this summer and has been playing music from both old and new anime that KAC (formerly Starchild) has helped produce, meaning listeners can enjoy the opening and ending themes of anime from the King Records archive.
The YouTube stream is currently available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The playlist is also available on other streaming services, including Spotify and Apple Music.
Parent company King Records, which celebrated its 90th anniversary last year, started as a division of Japanese mega-publisher Kodansha and became an independent company in the 1950s. Although the label does not produce animation itself, it has supervised and produced soundtracks for a wide variety of soundtracks and artists, including Pokemon: Black and White, Sailor Moon Crystal, Shaman Kingand Mobile Suit Gundam. It has also produced solo albums for voice actors who are also famous singers, such as legendary voice actor Megumi Hayashibara. I’ve found a wide variety of songs on the stream, from alternate versions of themes from the ’90s to music from shows that I had not heard of before.
The animated artwork for Anileap shows its protagonist, Leap, in the middle of a space voyage. She and her pet, Cabbage, are shown floating in her bedroom listening to anime music and reading as the stars flow past the balcony. The artwork was created by the animation art project NOSTALOOK, which creates original animation designed after the styles of the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. The studio we+ designed the logo, modeling it after the YouTube seek bar and symbolizing the feeling that Anileap wants to make sure that all listeners are close to the anime songs.
Currently, the channel is marked as a beta version, and King Records is using it to test the functions, movements, and server load for the official release of the project, so things are very likely to change as it goes forward. There is a possibility that this specific stream could end without warning, though hopefully just to set up the official release. One change that I’d like to see would be to have it list the anime that the music is from, in addition to the song title and artist. Still, it’s working well for now, so if you’re interested in anime and J-pop music, give it a listen.