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Music Monday – Fukai Mori

December 7, 2015, by , posted in Music

Fukai mori is the 2nd ending theme for InuYasha. For me personally, that opening acoustic guitar just hits me with nostalgia as this is one the first series I committed myself to watching.

Written by Do as Infinity in 2001, the song is their best selling single to this day. This was not the end of their contribution to the series and furthermore the anime world having written Shinjitsu no Uta and Rakuen followed by Kimi Ga Inai Mirai for the final act. Some of you may recognize a more recent single of theirs Mysterious Magic which is an opening for Fairytail.

Moving on….
People have said that the ending and opening themes of InuYasha are among the best parts of the series and just listening to this, in my opinion is enough evidence for that.

– Del

Music Monday: Sing us a song, you’re the character

November 4, 2013, by , posted in Music

Oh hey there. Thanks for joining us. Last week we looked at OSTs, and briefly mentioned other custom-made music that is made for anime, but something I don’t often look at is Character Songs. In fact I’ve only looked at them for a few series, so if there’s one you recommend, feel free to send us a line here at UTS. Don’t be shy, send us an email if you want/need to.

There are two that I came across again recently though, and given that both of the voice actors that sang these songs have a fair degree of experience with singing, it’s more understandable as to why they’ve turned out quite good. Sometimes despite how good the singing talent of the voice actor is, if the song that was written was just not good at all (not necessarily lyrics-wise, but musically), even the voice actor’s singing talent is no saving grace.

I didn’t realise this was a character song at first when I discovered it in some long forgotten folders with a mangled song name and album information. Eventually I managed to piece together this scrambled text and track down the song though, and here goes nothing:

Kyouki no Hana is a Character song for ‘Kikyo’ from Katekyo Hitman Reborn, sung by Kazuki Kato. I don’t know what it is about the song that drew me in this time — I don’t even like the character himself, but typically people would dislike those painted as ‘villains’ (this is from the album of songs sung by the ‘rival characters’). But one doesn’t need to like the character to like their song, and often character songs strive to tell us more about the character themself. Maybe I was drawn by the seemingly utter confidence, yet calm, of the singer in this song.

The next song I actually prefer as the off-vocal, ‘You will rule the world’ sung by Daisuke Ono as ‘Sebastian Michaelis’ from Kuroshitsuji. Normally I enjoy Daisuke Ono’s songs a lot, but for some reason this one is different — perhaps I feel there should be more variation in the tones in his singing, he keeps this fairly low and even. You can always listen to the original with the vocal and let me know.

The first time I heard this off-vocal, again as a song I accidentally discovered with a mangled file name, I thought it was just another track from my OSTs and think it would do well as the soundtrack to something. Well, Kuroshitsuji does have a fair bit of action, I guess?

Finally, one I picked for the occasion.. Remember when character songs were more specifically just character theme songs? Such as one like this from that anime I’ve mentioned before! Sango’s theme from Inuyasha says as much about her as a song with words, considering her past and what she has managed to do since her life was changed by the main villain, Naraku. Of course there are such songs now still, but now with added dimension! Have a listen anyway for old times sake:

Music Monday – Yura yura to the music

October 7, 2013, by , posted in Music

How many of you have heard of the term ‘yura yura’ even if you don’t understand what it means? I know I’ve heard it at least once, which was why that note of familiarity upon seeing a title of yet another SoundHound search sparked an adventure in seeing how many songs with this title are out there~

Do you even need me to say it? Today we will be exploring songs that are named (or in some cases, mostly contain) the term ‘yura yura’, often interpreted as ‘swaying’, however it can also mean ‘rolling, swinging, wobbling, shake, waver, rock, tremble, vibration, flicker’, thus it’s no wonder that this phrase is so widely used. If you’re a Naruto fan, this would likely be familiar to you and is probably the most well known Yura yura (Wavering), performed by Hearts Grow and used in, you guessed it, Naruto.

Which theme was it used for? It was the ninth opening, and Heart Grow’s second single. I love the energy through it with the notes of nostalgia. The song as a whole is very positive though and I can see why they would choose such a song for a series such as Naruto (I wonder what message the lyrics would send fans though~). The animation they used for this opening was also interesting to me too, but your mileage may vary — you don’t see silhouettes used that often, or otherwise there are unusual takes on them. Content was a bit disappointing to me though ultimately — how well do YOU think it really matches the song?

In any case, moving on to the second order of business, another ‘yura yura’ that may be well known depending on how well you know the Inuyasha series. Yura yura (Swing swing) is performed by Every Little Thing, and was used not for the TV series itself, but was the opening to the second movie, though I forget how exactly. Have it for the sake of my nostalgia — to me this song is just fun and cheery… and speaks of another life of course. ;)

It’s interesting to see the types of songs which we get with just this simple title ‘yura yura’ and far these songs stretch back in history. Of course, this is to be expected, but each is unique in what they cover and how they cover it, it’s quite an adventure. If you’re into Every Little Thing and want more Inuyasha though, you could check out Ruben’s post.

So finally onto the last ‘yura yura’ I will cover — this is perhaps a little less well known to an anime-centric community like us, but BENI’s Yura yura (Swaying) is also a favourite with many. I do agree that it’s rather catchy, but since hearing this song either in a Japanese restaurant or other related place, I have become rather fond of the Jazztronik Remix. Who would have thunk? Unfortunately it’s not on YouTube though.

Previously debuting as Beni Arashiro but now known as BENI, it’s clear she has an extremely very versatile and clear voice, and while I’m not particularly into RnB which seems to be more up her alley, she does have some interesting tracks out there, and as a bonus also sings in English and for English-speaking audiences since she’s a halfu (American and Japanese). :) Might be worth checking out.

To keep this post getting too long, we’ll stop there, but there are quite a lot more tracks out there with this interesting term in it. Here’s some of the slightly more obscure ones (relatively, you know), but still worth a listen if you are inclined to, since I’ve already distilled them from the others, kekeke → Yura yura by EeL, Yura yura by Auncia, Yura yura ~AM 3:00~ by KEN THE 390 (mahoutsukainote Remix), Yura yura night by doku, Yura yura odore by ar.

Music Monday – When One InuYasha isn’t enough!

September 3, 2012, by , posted in Music

Hello again, your irritating red-gemmed anime club member here to regale you once more with a Music Monday so needlessly verbose and lacking in meaningful detail you’ll want to yell BAKA at me, then comically throw a dictionary at my face so hard you’ll make even Kyou Fujibayashi blush. Which makes no sense at all, because this Music Monday is about InuYasha.

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Music Monday – Why you in English?!

July 30, 2012, by , posted in Features, Music

It can’t be done -slams hands on the table- the last Music Monday was just to good, it was just a piece of writing so good that it is impossible to write another piece to follow it (being modest as per usual). However, it must be done. Music Monday will not die, I WILL NOT LET IT DIE. So. Here I am again, going to write the unwritable, just for your amusement. Enjoy~ … wait… what? Talent for Love?


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