July 2, 2011 § Leave a comment
I’ve gotta say, this is UVERworld’s best song to date. The saxaphone was a nice fresh touch to the instrumentation, but the bass is just really hot. Although the saxaphone only appears in the introductory theme (which then appears at least two or three more times in the song), it really is the main highlight rather than a minor transitional instrument. I also like the guitar chords going on. Overall, I gotta say the instrumentation in this song is just perfect. Also, unlike the song they did for the Gundam 00 movie Qualia (I think), the transitioning between themes is so smooth that the melodies just melt into the other. This song isn’t just some A and B on repeat: there’s epic instrumental bridge themes and even a C part. It’s got a lot of contrast with melodic movement. There is a balance between moving and stagnant vocal melodies, as well as harmonic movement in the instrumental parts. The lyrics are really well written this time around (either that or the translations I found at Gendou.com are FANTASTIC!) My favourite part is the last stanza:
It just wraps the song nicely and I like the repetitive consanance.
Oh and I’m gonna say that Takuya is really hawt in the PV.
April 17, 2011 § Leave a comment
New season is on its way, and there are a few awesome opening and ending credit themes that I wanna share. I haven’t seen a lot of the premier episodes for most of these, so I’m gonna keep comments minimal.
Deadman Wonderland ED -SHINY SHINY
Credits are kind of boring, but if anybody remembers Eureka Seven, then you’ll recognize the featured artist NIRGILIS.
Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai OP- Aoi Shiori
Very cute song. I like the timing of the video with the rhythmic intro and outro.
Steins;Gate ED – Toki Tsukasadoru Juuni no Meiyaku
Kind of evanecense ish…
C: The Money of Soul and Possibility Control OP- Matryoshka
Opening is pretty badass with the animation for the first half, then it gets boring. Reminds me of Eden of the East though.
C: The Money of Soul and Possibility Control ED- RPG
Like the ending A LOT more compared to the opening. Again, there is that Eden of the East similarity in animation, and even the ending artist is the same
Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko OP- Os-Uchuujin
Song is fucktarded…really weird. Animation video is great though. SUPA TRIPPY!
Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko ED – Ruru
Wah! This is super cute >w<
A-Channel OP- Morning Arch
Animation video is cute, and the song is cute too. Makes me want to watch this anime, even though I find the art a little weird…
A-Channel ED- Humming Girl
This song is also really cute. I just…don’t like the chorus. There’s way too many people singing D:
Nichijou OP- Hyadain no Kakakata☆Kataomoi-C
SUPER UPBEAT OPENING! I like. I think Nichijou has the two bests themes this season. Gahhhhh!
Nichijou ED -Zzz
I say…BEST SONG OF THE SEASON, but I'm bias cause I really like this show And look how cute the sun is teeheee!
Alright, so there are probably a bunch more anime openings out there I haven't heard yet. But I'm getting there…will post if they are acutally worth listening lol.
February 7, 2011 § Leave a comment
Song is extremely catchy, rhythm is extremly catchy, vocal line is extremly catchy. I really liked the extreme staccato moments leaving a millisecond of a pause between the melody. It does wonders to the song; makes it super exciting to sing along as well. The lyrics are uplifting and encouraging, which is kind of necessary for the anime.
Connect is the opening to the anime Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica. THIS ANIME IS FANTASTIC! I strongly, STRONGLY recommend Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica. It is one of the best anime’s this season. Yes it’s a magical girl show, but believe me, it is nothing you would expect from the genre. Backed up with a talented writer and a
January 22, 2011 § Leave a comment
Anime 2011 Winter Season is just beginning and contrary to what I was expecting, there is quite a bit of anime I’m interested in and a lot of new theme songs that I actually enjoy for once!
Kimi ni Todoke Second Season
I really like this song just as much as the first season’s opening. It is very cute and light hearted reflecting the nature of the anime. Since I love the manga, and watched the first season, I am most definitely going to watch the second season as well. Can I just say Miyano Mamoru really shines as the character Kento. It’s like the character is him!
The anime is another harem genre series with two tsunderes and two childhood friends (wtf?) Althought I’m not watching this series, I definitely like the opening! It’s Kuribayashi Menami afterall! The song reminds me a lot of the Mai-Hime opening theme Shining Days, which I thought was a really good upbeat pop song for an anime because it gave you a sense of adventure. Adventure that’s probably going to be misplaced in the anime.
The opening has a Touhou feeling to it and I really like how it’s high paced and rather rhythmic. Really gets my blood running! Unfortunately, the opening sequence that goes along with it is average. The anime is kind of average too. /yawns
This is a pretty good song by itself. Although it’s kind of a generic pop song, it’s the kind I like. I especially like the chorus when the harmonization starts kicking in. Comments on the anime itself, it’s decent. The genre is mystery, which already makes it quite different then most of the other animes this season. Also, Victorique is the best anime character so far this season. SHE IS HILARIOUS AND ADORABLE! She’s the main reason I’m waiting for the third episode.
Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica
This song has good contrast between the lyrical sections and the upbeat chorus. The animation sequence that goes along with it is also pretty good as well on an animation level, and storyboard level. The anime is really trippy and quite dark despite it being a Mahou Shoujo and in comparison to Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanaho. I’m definitely going to keep up with this anime!
Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica
Completely different from the opening theme, magica displays the rather trippy and dark overshadowing of this show. I am not joking about this anime being trippy. Just watch this fight scene for yourself. Of course, I would love this song immediately since it’s sung by Kalafina. It is a mix of the sound from Kara no Kyoukai and some of .Hack//SIGN’s vocal tracks.
Genjitsu to Iu Na no Kaibutsu to Tatakau Mono Tachi
This is the new ending to Bakuman. It just screams shounen from the animation to the actual song itself! It is the main reason why I like Bakuman. It’s essentially an anime adaptation of a manga about manga! Of course, since it’s running in shounen jump, it has to be a shounen manga, which just makes it that much more awesome! It’s fresh, it’s interesting, and fun to read/watch! I actually prefer the anime more because the manga is quite wordy for me. Easier for me to listen to the dialogue rather then read it.
Down by the Sally
Really nice folk like tune for the ending of Fractale. I really like this anime because it is very much like the anime series back in 2000, where the stories and settings were unique and fresh. I have very high hopes for this series and, like Madoka, will definitely be following this series as well.
To Aru Majutsu no Index II
This ending theme is rather upbeat and pretty generic, but catchy enough for me to take note of it. I also thought the animation was quite nice in the ending sequence. I don’t watch this anime, so I kind of mistakened it for an opening!
May 12, 2010 § Leave a comment
The opening theme from this season’s new anime Senkou no Night Raid. My favourite part has to be the instrumental bridge right after the intro chorus when the guitar and piano roll. I particularly like the vocals in the live version more than the actual recording, so the video was definitely a plus for me! I really love songs with a very vivid violin part merged with the metallic nature of a typical bad ensemble (guitar, bass, and drums.) So I don’t think its strange at all for me to become so addicted to this song so quickly as compared to my more recent addiction to electro pop like Perfume and Capsule.
May 11, 2010 § 1 Comment
Clannad ~After Story~ Opening “Toki wo Kizamu Uta” [Piano Cover]
I have finally recorded this song. For those of you who don’t know, this is the opening theme for Clannad ~After Story~ and is originally sung by Lia.
I don’t particularly remember where I got the original arrangment for this piece so if this sounds familiar to you, give me a shout and I’ll be sure to give you proper credit for having the gifted talent of transcribing music that I don’t have.
I played this on my Yamaha baby grand piano, so the sound will be much bolder compared to my most recent recording of the .Hack//G.U Desktop Theme. I also uploaded the keyboard version of this song, so you can compare for yourself!
Clannad ~After Story~ Opening “Toki wo Kizamu Uta” [Keyboard Cover]
March 20, 2010 § Leave a comment
化物語×Perfume 恋愛サーキュレーション(Baby Cruising Love mix)
I really enjoy this remix more than its original. I especially enjoy how the lyrics of the original song are written, fuwa fuwaru fuwa fuwarin~. I think this song is what made me like the sound of perfume’s music more because I originally thought it was annoying, but now its growing on me. I managed to play this song on repeat so many times that my roommate can hum along. Yup…
Uragiri no Yuuyake – Theatre Brook
The second I saw the opening sequence I knew two things. One, that I loved the song; two, that I loved the anime. What I like about the song is the sound of it. The drums, and the guitar. The lyrics are very creative too. Plus its something fresh compared to all the other anime opening and endings.
Just be Friends
Another great song, but what I like about it is that its a vocaloid piece. Meaning its an amateur artist. The PV is stunning and excellent, for something fan made. I really shouldn’t be surprised though because there are a lot of creative and talented people on nico nico where the song originally was posted. My only complaint is that if its sung in the males point of view, then a male vocaloid should have been used instead. My favourite part about the song is the art and the lyrics go slightly hand in hand. That’s pretty cool.
Austria and Prussia’s Maru Kaite Chikyuu Preview
And of course I’m going to include this in my music dump. I am in love with Austia’s Maru Kaite Chikyuu because of the orchestral backing. But I’m not going to lie, Prussia’s version is hilariously bad ass! It is very in character of him to just change the song completely. But nothing beats Arthur’s version [/bias].
Another obvious song I was bound to post. I really Really REALLY love this song [/bias]. As much as I love this song, I never want NEWS to sing a sad song ever again because the PV literally broke my heart. Seriously, I don’t understand why anyone would dump these wonderful (and hot looking) guys! I’m still happy that they are releasing a new song, so I’m not going complain anymore.
Love the animation, love the song, love the lyrics. This song totally describes my current situation, like exactly! Its almost comforting really, but not really…