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[Music Monday] Platinum Disco

August 26, 2013, by , posted in Music

I watched all of Bakemonogatari shortly before the Season Season started airing about seven weeks ago and I’m having trouble remembering a time where I have fallen so hard for a series like I did for Bake. Of course, I didn’t stop there and I have now finished Nisemonogatari (it is interesting how it gets easier to spell the names of each series as you watch them. Who knew?) so I have no doubt anyone who has seen it will know this week’s song!

. . . As if the title wasn’t spoiler enough. /)_-

(It is really, really hard to find a TV Size version of the song on Youtube. Like, impossible.

Platinum Disco! One of the many, many things that I love about the Monogatari series is the openings. Each girl (well, most of them, at the time of this writing) have their own opening throughout the series, with Senjougahara, Hachikuji, Kanbaru, Sengoku and Hanekawa getting theirs in Bake while Nise gives one more to Senjougahara and two to each of Araragi’s sisters, Karen and Tsukihi.

As I haven’t been hearing it for long, I’m still trying to make up my mind about Platinum Disco. It is a fun, cheerful and even bouncy song, with the added animation just making you want to fall for Araragi’s little younger sister. At the same time, it feels to me like it’s trying too hard to be cute and bouncy. Maybe I just prefer Staple Stable, heh.

Even so, it’s still a good song for Tsuhiki, and helps to add a mood to her arc near the end of Nisemonogatari. And if you enjoy, do check out the other openings (and endings)! After Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood, the Monogatari series has the best OP and ED themes collections, I believe.

Music Monday – Gatcha!

August 12, 2013, by , posted in Music

Gatchaman Crowds is, without a doubt, the surprising jewel in the current anime season. I wasn’t even going to give it ago until a friend compared it to Tiger & Bunny, and, well, with a great main character, some really nice and colourful animation and a great soundtrack to boot, I’m glad I gave it a go.

But that’s enough about the anime. Let’s talk music! In particular, the Opening theme, ‘Crowds’ by White Ash.

I just love that intro, a series of one beats played on the drums and guitars as it flows into the rest of the song’s melody. I also love how it’s used alongside quick shots of the main characters before revealing the title of the show. It’s a rather upbeat rock song, with an emphasis on the electric guitar to back up the vocals, which is high enough for some people to think it was a woman singing them (for the curious, it’s a guy).

Most surprising (and this is something I just found out while looking for a video link of the opening) is that the majority is in English! I guess it could be attributed to the singer’s accent, although I believe it could be due to the rhythm of the song — a rhythm I had trouble keeping track of at first, which doesn’t happen very often.

Overall, I find it both a great song and a great anime opening, and quite honestly my favourite of Summer season, even with Shingeki’s second opening around. I can’t help but drum to it whenever I hear it and even more unusual, it sort of makes me wanna dance. And as always, with any song that I love, I end up looking up cover versions of the song, with my favourites being a guitar and drum cover.

The band also released a ‘short music video’ version of the song, that can be seen below, which only helps in making more excited and less patient for a full version of the song, not to mention hoping for a ‘making of’ feature on their music video. Like, seriously, how are they getting those two guys to ‘fly’ above the sea?!

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August 5, 2013, by , posted in News

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Music Monday – Testing out the wings

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Princess and the Pilot

It’s not that often that a song is able to stop you in your tracks – well, at least, not for me. Songs grow on some after time, you can learn to listen to all the hidden nuances, if they exist. Yet, there are some that are gripping, that hook right into you the minute you hear it and don’t ever quite seem to let you go, nomatter how long it has been since you’ve last listened to it.

This was the song I always meant to write about because it’s such a song for me, so now that it has finally appeared on that video-sharing network we love so much, why not finally follow my heart’s desire and post about it?

Without further ado, partake of this song before you read on! We’re not ones to set expectations – yup.

Ah, piano. I guess now I should have carried it on when my quinessentially Asian parents pushed me to learn an instrument, am I right? The nature of the piano itself being used in this song seems like it gives the song more intimacy somehow since most bands out there these days prefer the mixture of guitar, drums plus whatever else, it is refreshing to hear a different mixture of instruments being introduced into this song, though similarly not that strange or special either.

Toki no Tsubasa‘ by Seiko Niizuma appeared in 2011 as the theme song to ‘To Aru Hikushi e no Tsuioku’, otherwise known as ‘The Princess and the Pilot’ which was a 99 minute Japanese film based on a light novel. As usual, the film is for you to see and understand, but why do I love this song? If you’ve read any of my last posts, you may be able to tell that I do love an ‘uplifting’ feeling in my music and I love the energy of the song and those that sing it, coupled with an unreasonable love of strings. I could probably say the same for this.

The song at once starts off and carries with it a note of sorrow that is bittersweet and nostalgic, yet as the song progresses, hope and light seem to enter. There is a brighter world out there. The future is something to look forward to and everything seems different – how this ends is not how it began. Something has changed, and it’s time to test out those wings and take flight… Cheesy, huh?

I love it when a song is able to summarise and evoke all of the emotions of a series or of a film so well that it owns it, which this song does. This theme song is a part of the film and the film is part of the song. Having seen the film makes this song that much more poignant in the emotions it evokes both through the vocal talents of Seiko Niizuma as well as through the soft instrumental mix of piano, strings and what seems to be an instrument like a lute.

The song is overall simple, but that is all it needs. It is pure, soft and evocative and ends on a high, gentle and hopeful note that resounds yet seems expectant of more to come.