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A short summer playlist and loots from September…

Friday, October 21, 2016 / No Comments
Time really flies by fast these days. 

It has already been 11 weeks since I was enlisted and am currently beginning my BMT phase. Tekong really changed my perspective on time. Throwing a live grenade felt so surreal and firing live rounds with a rifle feels absolutely different than shooting in game. Army really lets you experience interesting things and with Field Camp in a few weeks, I am quite nervous and at the same time looking forward to it.

Anyway, without further ado. Here’s my short summer playlist that was due three weeks ago (sorry).

The first song on the list is “Million Clouds”, the opening from Amanchu! I really love this song. It is calming to listen to where I can’t help but close my eyes as I listen to the song and let the music slowly drift me into a tranquil state. The drums and quicken pace in the second part of the song really stands out where it makes it seem as though a brand new day is arriving.

The next song is the opening from Fate/Kaleid liner PRISMAILLYA 3rei!! “Asterism” by the ever famous Choucho. I don’t know how many times I have said this but I absolutely love her voice. The rhythm of the song really keeps my finger busy tapping to it and as you get to the chorus, it builds it up slowly before it then drops and transits to the chorus. The song is highly reminiscing of the previous songs from this series and I really do like it.

Following that is from a movie that came out during the month of August but I could only watch it during September. 

Kimi no Na wa with its theme song “Zen Zen Zense” by RADWIMPS. I instantly love the song when it was played in the movie. My fingers were tapping like crazy as I tried my best to play out the song. It sorts of reminds me of “Yasashisa no Riyuu” Hyouka’s opening at some parts of the song.

The last two songs are the second opening and ending from the anime Macross Delta, ”Zettai Reidou θ Novatic” and “Hametsu no Junjou” respectively. I consider these two songs as the best for my Top 5 as I have replayed them too many times on my phone and in the car’s speakers. I really love how each of their voices compliments each other either when they sing together or for their separate parts. I would really love to go for their concert if they had one. If you were to ask me to choose either of them to put as my top for this season, I would say the ending. I absolutely love how Mikumo sounds like in the chorus and yes, I know there’s a Mikumo solo version for it.

In the last few days of September, I spoiled my Otaku self a bit by buying a few figurines. The two of the three are from the Monogatari series.

Hachikuji Mayoi with her huge backpack and Yotsugi Ononoki with her peace pose, which I find absolutely adorable (even with her straight face). The last figure I bought is Nagato from Kantai Collection.

She comes with her equipment, which was in a separate box, where it leaves me wondering how can she carry its weight. I really shouldn't underestimate the power of one of The Big Seven. So now in my collection of figurines I have three characters from the Monogatari series, which are Shinobu, and the two mentioned above, if I’m including a chibi Karen then it’ll be four, a nendroid Shimakaze, scale figure of Mutsuki and the Nagato mentioned above from Kantai Collection. Following that is Izayoi Sakuya from Touhou Project, BRS from Black Rock Shooter, a Hatsune Miku Append figma and Snow Bell nendroid, Mami and Homura from Madoka Magica. A Saber Nero nendroid, Sakamoto Mio Armor Girls Project, an Angela Balzac chibi and finally a Gundam.

As you can already tell, I am not a frequent buyer and certainly not a collector so my figures won’t be as much your average otaku. I’m sorry. I’m setting aside and saving up some money for other things in the future like going to a university, travelling abroad and by any chance I require the money desperately for various reasons.

Well, it’s time to turn in for the night. My cough medicine should be kicking in any moment now.

Mata ne~

Spring Playlist '16

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 / No Comments
Oh look! Most series have aired their last episode. And yet, I still procrastinate on choosing my playlist for this Spring season. Being distracted by new things makes the older ones feel left out. On the bright side, I got back into gaming again. With my newly bought PS4, I’ve been spending my time playing around and trying different games, regretting some of my purchases while being delighted on others that had entertained. Overwatch and Broforce has been in my mind most of the time and from time to time, I do play Touhou Gensou Rondo. But on the darker side of things, my schedule has completely changed and I don’t even watch as much anime as I used to. I decided to cramp all of them together to see how it plays out. 

Anyways, let’s start the playlist!

First up is from Anne Happy!. The opening theme “PUNCHMINDHAPPINESS” by Happy Clover. I just can’t get enough of this song. It’s so fun to dance and sing along. I just can’t help it. I have to move some part of my body to it. With the funny emotions put into it and the cheering. This is most definitely my favorite song for this season.

Next is the opening from Bakuon!. “FEELxALIVE” by Sasaki Sayaka. This is another song that I too can’t help but tap my feet to. The vocals really go well with the song. The chorus feels pumping with energy. It’s really a feel good song.

Following that is from flying witch. The opening “シャンランラン” by miwa (Sharanran by miwa). This song as well is another song that you have to move your body to despite being less upbeat than the others. It has this fluffy atmosphere emanating from it which really fits the character Makoto. And the chorus with the clapping. I can't help but wait for to come and clap along with it. The style of this song greatly reminds me of Goose House.

After that we have Kuromukuro with its opening “デストピア” by GLAY (Deathtopia by GLAY). I am sure a lot of us have this song as one of the top few songs for this season. This song actually passed me when I was watching Kuromukuro as the anime wasn’t really that interesting in my opinion. 

Go back to To Love-Ru, Sairenji. You're lost

With a less fan-servicey Sairenji Haruna as the main heroine, it kind of puts me off. Don’t get me wrong. I don't hate Haruna. I actually do like her and of course I do look forward to her fan service. But the anime makes me have the impression that she is just some knock-off. Just throwing it out there.

Up next is the opening for Re: Zero kara Hajimaru Isekai, “Redo” by 鈴木このみ (Redo by Konomi Suzuki). Come on. Who doesn’t have this one in their list? It’s pumping with energy and emotions. There’s an introduction, a buildup, the confrontation, conflict, climax and then the resolution. It’s basically like an action packed story but the hero dies a victorious death. You can feel emotions put into it and coming out of it. Strangely enough, I am not sure why this song reminds me of “This game” by Konomi Suzuki. Well, apart from the singer.

Following that is the ending for the above mentioned anime, “STYX HELIX” by MYTH & ROID. Having been appearing in more anime ending this few seasons, I have come to really like their voice. Ever since the ending from Overlord and then Bubuki Buranki, they have a special place in my heart with their Japanese-English songs. Their English is not perfect but it doesn’t put you off from the song. The song feels gloomy from its chorus, makes this sense of solitude appear from within you. It kind of sways you. Anybody getting it? Just me? 

I don’t what to say if you guys don’t enjoy this song as much as I do. The opening for the popular anime, Sakamoto desu ga?. “COOLEST” by カスタマイZ (COOLEST by Customi Z) is so addicting to listen to. I would vaguely describe it as tone down OPM opening but with a bit more class. But come on. OPM opening is on another level. Anyway, I can’t help but shout along at their buildup to the chorus and the chorus. It just feels like they were having so much fun singing it.

Come on. Who doesn't love this scene?

The next one is a similar style to Anne Happy!’s opening. Sansha Sanyou brings its upbeat and quirky opening “クローバーかくめーしょん” by とりぷるふぃーりんぐ (CloverKakumation by TripleFeeling). I don't know why but this season I find this type of song style very entertaining to listen to. I am looking forward to theirs than other anime. I don't know if it’s just me but I think I heard them saying a malay word in their song in the second part of the song. The world “alamak” came to my ear as I was listening to it. I went to check it and it makes no sense that it isn’t what I heard as it actually fits the line of saying that the cat is so cute. It’s like saying “Oh gosh, this kitten is so cute!” Hmm…

After that we have Magi: Sinbad no Bouken with the ending “ポラリス” by フジファブリック (Polaris by Fujifabric). When it Spring season started, this was the song that I kept listening and going back to. It has a rhythm that I couldn’t help but tap my feet and sway my head to. And when the chorus approaches, I prepare myself to sing along with the singer. Zenshin zenrei subete wo tsukamu yo. It also gives off this fleeting feeling and the chorus feel so immersive as if you can see the world through it.

Finally, the last song didn't come from one of the main 23 minutes series for this season but from a short 3 minutes. The ending for the anime Wagamama High Spec, “ハイスペックDays” by 大島はるな (High Spec Days by Haruna Ooshima). I especially like the chorus for this song. The highly reminiscent visual novel style of song really got me into it.

Now, the recommendations for this season…

Anne Happy! ED - “明日でいいから” by Happy Clover
Bakuon! ED - “ぶぉん!ぶぉん!らいど・おん!” by 佐倉羽音(CV.上田麗奈)/鈴乃木凜(CV.東山奈央)/天野恩紗(CV.内山夕実)/三ノ輪聖(CV.山口立花子)
Boku no Hero Academia OP - “THE DAY” by ポルノグラフィティ
Boku no Hero Academia ED - “Heroes” by Brian the Sun
Gakusen Toshi Asterisk Season 2 ED - “愛の詩-words of love-” by 千菅春香
Hundred ED1 - “EYES ON ME” by エミリア(CV.大久保瑠美)&サクラ(CV.吉岡茉祐)
Kizniaver ED - "はじまりの速度” by 三月のパンタシア
Kotetsujou no Kabaneri ED - “ninelie” by Aimer x Chelly
Macross Delta OP - "一度だけの恋なら” by ワルキューレ
Macross Delta ED - “ルンがピカッと光ったら” by ワルキューレ
Mayoiga OP - “Gensou Drive” by Ami Wajima
Netoge no Yome wa Onnanoko ja Nai to Omotta? OP - “1st Love Story” by Luce Twinkle Wink
Netoge no Yome wa Onnanoko ja Nai to Omotta? ED - “ゼロイチキセキ” by 南條愛乃
Sinbad no Bouken OP - “スポットライト” by PENGUIN RESEARCH
Sansha Sanyou ED - “ぐーちょきパレード” by とりぷるふぃーりんぐ
Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge OP - “うたたねサンシャイン” by Unlimited tone
Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge ED - “BON-BON” by CooRie

Hahaha… That’s a lot. Thing is, I have not finish any of the anime for this season as I have been concentrating on my games. They’re just piling up in one corner and I never got to it even though I keep telling myself to. Looks like I’ll be marathoning through all of them in one go or I’ll lose the will to. I really need to organize my schedule properly. Where's my producer when you need her? Quoting Soldier 76, “I am not a young man anymore”.

Mata ne~

Written by Zwei