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Loop-Worthy Character Songs

This month has been galloping like a wild horse; the third week is nearly finished. I'm not complaining though, for of late there are so much to read, watch and listen to. The jukebox has been playing some really awesome stuff. Speaking of which, I would like to introduce and recommend several character songs for anybody's listening pleasure. No worries about incorporating your daily cardio routine into any of these numbers, however the wandering disclaimer still applies. Shall we proceed?

The pleasant surprises which I would often get from realising that quite a handful of my favourite anime characters could actually hold their tunes beautifully has resulted in frantic googling and tracking down of several amazingly talented voice actors and the various songs that they have performed as those characters. The (mild) obsession with character songs has contributed significantly beyond the average playlist in my music player. I can't imagine the world without character songs. I think that I would make an interesting protagonist of some light novel series or something (in my fat dreams).

♪ MOMO'S BEAT / MIRACLE MAKER by Mikoshiba Momotarou (CV: Suzumura Kenichi)
Mikoshiba Momotarou is more popular than his elder brother Seijuurou, at least in terms of having anything done musically. Momotarou was first introduced to us in the second episode of Free! Eternal Summer, and quickly gained a considerable following among fans. Honestly, I would prefer hanging out with Momotarou over Seijuurou even though both brothers could be equally annoying. There is something rather charming about Momotarou which is severely lacking in Seijuurou. Nope, it is definitely not due to Pyunsuke (as much as I would love to acknowledge that). Incidentally, Seijuurou is the guest vocalist in MOMO'S BEAT (much to Momotarou's irritation of course). I actually prefer the coupling song more - MIRACLE MAKER. There is something ticklish about MIRACLE MAKER which I shall not spoil here for the interest of some readers.

♪ EVERYDAY MAGIC / Miracle Lala Lulu by Sena Izumi (CV: Yonaga Tsubasa)
I wonder how many readers out there are familiar with Yonaga Tsubasa. He has an awesome, unbelievably versatile voice range. If I were a voice actor, I would so quote Yonaga-san as my inspiration. Anyway, he is the voice behind Hazuki Nagisa (Free!), Manami Sangaku (Yowamushi Pedal) and of course, Sena Izumi (Love Stage!!). Sena Izumi comes from a family of entertainers, yet he has no inclination of becoming a celebrity himself. However, as a young child he had a cameo role as a little girl (yeah, girl) in a television commercial. That was how he first met Ichijou Ryouma. After a series of twists and turns, Izumi finally makes his debut across various media. Lala Lulu is an anime character that Izumi is obsessed with, hence it isn't surprising to have his own cover of Lala Lulu's theme song. The versatility of Yonaga-san truly complements the different character songs that he does.

♪ Mou sukoshi, ato sukoshi by Onoda Sakamichi (CV: Yamashita Daiki) and Makishima Yuusuke (CV: Morikubo Shoutarou)
Yowamushi Pedal is the only other sports-themed anime that I follow, and I suppose that my cycling hobby from childhood has indeed triggered quite an interest in the series even though competitive cycling is way out of my league. Anyway, the climbers of Team Sohoku have forged a rather eccentric bond throughout the course, and it is always fun(ny) to watch both of them interact with each other. In this character single, besides their individual numbers there is also a duet which provides a refreshingly light-hearted perspective on their cycling adventures. Just a little bit more towards the goal...I can easily imagine that scenario.

The jukebox continues to play my favourite tunes. Stay tuned for more recommendations!

Eccentrically Yours.

Written by J.Fluffysheep ♪

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