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Music Monday – Usagi Drop

July 31, 2011, by , posted in Features

For today’s Music Monday, I thought I’d talk about my favourite anime of this season: Usagi Drop. In case you haven’t seen it yet, Usagi Drop tells the story of 30-year-old Daikichi Kawachi, who chooses to take of his grandfather’s illegitimate daughter Rin when he passes away. From dealing with wet beds, buying clothes and doing Rin’s hair, Daikichi must learn to be a father figure and make sure Rin has a happy childhood, no matter the sacrifices he must make.

The opening, ‘Sweet Drops’ by PUFFY, has quickly become one of my favourite Anime openings. It’s so such a happy, hope-full song that fills your heart with a warm, fuzzy feeling – as if the series itself didn’t do that with the character of Rin. I mean just look at her, she’s so cute and smart and mature for her age, but as you watch you can tell she is, after all, still a child who above all needs the love of a caring parent.

Indeed, everything about the anime gives me such a fuzzy feeling, especially Daikichi’s efforts on doing right by Rin after all she’s gone through., no matter the cost to himself. This is even more admirable when you understand that it wasn’t his responsibility to take care of Rin – he could have easily ignore her and live his own life. Instead, when he saw no one else in his family was willing to take care of Rin, he stepped up and assumed full responsibilities of Rin’s welfare – even if he didn’t know a thing about being a parent.

The ending is slower than the opening, but by no means is it worse than it. “High High High” by Kasarinchu is a little happy tune than fits the anime quite well, and it’s also becoming one of my favourite songs.

In conclusion, if you’re not watching this anime, what are you doing reading this? GO WATCH IT.

Karaoke and Eatout

July 30, 2011, by , posted in Events

Is it bubbling up in your throat, your burning desire to beat out a few songs, free from shame or any other inhibitions? Come and make a fool of yourselves at one of Anime@UTS’s all too favourite past-times and staple events, because you can’t stop the music! Nobody can stop the music! It’s all about having fun! (Right?) If you don’t feel like singing, then come along anyway and watch other people make fools of themselves.

Afterwards, join us for dinner. Fill your stomach with Japanese food, drink some sake (if you’re overage) and have a chat with other club members!

Date: Saturday 6th August, 2011
Time: 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Location: Mizuya, Town Hall
Price (karaoke only): $15 for the 3 hour block

Don’t know where Mizuya is?

If you don’t know where Mizuya is, there will be a few of us meeting at the front Town Hall steps (facing Woolworths) at 1:45PM. For a general idea, however, Mizuya is across the road from the George St Cinemas, next to Galaxy World and close to McDonalds.

Please consult the Anime@UTS IRC if you have any concerns.

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Music Monday

July 28, 2011, by , posted in Features

Well, to this week’s music post, we bring you back to music from a classic anime, rather than from recent. Although this was just an insert song from one of the movies, the emotions evoked during that brief moment of barely 20 seconds lingered with me. The song below is Ai no Uta, by Every Little Thing, from Inuyasha.

Maybe it’s sentimentality, but although I also greatly enjoy the theme songs, usually the insert songs and original ones also stay with me. The ‘Song of Parting’ was featured in the fourth movie.

Music Monday

July 20, 2011, by , posted in Features

Ignoring the slight detail that is the day of the week, we once again bring you music to (hopefully) brighten up your week and play on that internal music player for hours to come.

Aoi Shiori comes from the opening of a recent anime from the past season, Ano Hana (aka ‘Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai’). What struck me most about it is that it differed from the other openings of the season. It wasn’t your average pop or rock type opening – there was a pleasant tune to it, and there was a harmonised part I enjoyed greatly. The lyrics themselves are also quite meaningful and bring a sense of nostalgia, complementing the anime nicely.

I couldn’t find a video that wasn’t mirrored, so I’m inserting the full song. The animations for the OP added to what caught my eye initially though.

Having said all that, I think the ending theme (Secret Base ~Kimi ga Kureta Mono~) is also well worth a listen to, see under.

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Music Monday

July 4, 2011, by , posted in Features

Having almost never listened to heavy metal, when someone told me about these metal covers of famous Studio Ghibli soundtrack pieces I was intrigued to find out what they sounded like.

I’ve watched Laputa: Castle in the Sky countless times since I was a little boy, and since then, I’ve always loved Joe Hisaishi’s theme song, Kimi wo Nosete . So upon hearing such a beloved piece of anime music to be so changed into such a radically different style, I wasn’t sure whether I liked it or hated it.

Here’s the original. More to come after the jump.

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