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Music Monday – Sakura Nagashi (桜流し)

November 2, 2015, by , posted in Music

Okay, so, Madman has *finally* announced the release date for Evangelion 3.0 on DVD and BluRay. It’s cool guys, not like it was released three years ago or anything. But anyway, to celebrate, I thought I’d feature the ending theme: Sakura Nagashi (桜流し) by Utada Hikaru (宇多田 ヒカル).

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Revival of Music Mondays – The Perfect Insider

October 26, 2015, by , posted in Music

What is this?! [email protected] is reviving music Mondays! This unheard of. Hide your kids, hide your wife….

Music Monday has been an anime club tradition ever since its conception in 2010 and it went on strong until the last one in February 2014. With the new execs all settled in and are ready to take the club to the next level, I think it would be an adequate time to bring back a part of the club that was lost in the past years.

To kick it off I bring you a rather new anime, coming out this season (Fall 2015) called Subete ga F ni Naru – The Perfect Insider. It is mystery genre anime, which is rather rare to find these days, made by NotaminA. That alone should get you hyped up. Animation is top notch and so far (we are in week 3 now) we have absolutely no idea what the show is about, isn’t that great. But it is definitely a candidate for AOTS. For this Music Monday I would like to put up both the OP and ED of the show, as they are both rather unique and have catchy songs.

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Music Monday – Blumenkranz

February 3, 2014, by , posted in Music

Blumenkranz

Blumenkranz – in german it means a wreath of flowers (ring of flowers) and that is what normal german speakers would think if they heard anyone say this word. Well if anime fas, who are watching the show Kill La Kill hears this word, they will undoubtedly think of the second best track from the OST (Original Sound Track) which bears the same name – Blumenkranz.

The soundtrack plays whenever Satsuki’s mother comes on screen to give a strong and powerful feeling that the main villain of the series deserves. I don’t know what it is with german language that gives it so much strength and power, but more and more Japanese singers seem to be incorporating words or phrases into their songs lately. But of course not only are the lyrics a bit strangely arranged (some people are even saying that they were made using google translate) but the girl who sings it is obviously not German as she can barely pronounce the words properly. To be fair, is did a lot better then Link Horizon with their Guren no Yumiya (Shingeki OP).

If you know even a bit of German, I suggest you look at the lyrics and try reading them while the song is playing to see the difference. Also here is a cover by a German singer, and this sounds so much better. Especially in the “Ja, Ich bin viel stärker, als ich je gedacht hab” part in the middle of the song. The Japanese singer completely swallows the gedacht, like it never existed, making it that much harder to sing for the German Girl.

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Music Monday – It’s the season to be jolly

December 23, 2013, by , posted in Music

It’s the Christmas season and the big day itself is less than two days away. It’s time to get into the spirit with some Christmas carols, in none other than Japanese!

So many of you have grown up with Sailor Moon, so why not revisit her and her friends in this time of family and loving and possibly even nostalgia. I’m personally choosing to embed Ami Mizuno(‘s actress)’s rendition of ‘Jingle Bells’ (though they sure talk a lot in the middle of the song!), but feel free to pursue the entirety of the album this Christmas Day. Or eve, as you wish.

If you’re looking for something perhaps a bit less traditional but entirely classy though, there’s no one better to go to than Lisa Ono from this ‘Japanese Christmas Mix’ a kind soul has decided to put together. The name gives it away though, honestly! It’s a soothing and relaxing song that enhances that holiday spirit in a gentle way.

And, well, where would we be without Vocaloid, I suppose? Have a medley of a few of the traditionals again. These are old favourites, but they’re favourites all the same. From Carols in the Domain to Vocaloid, we’ll enjoy them every Christmas time — don’t let anyone stop you from doing so! If you want to.

If none of those suit your tastes and you feel like something silly though, this interesting AMV here could be to your tastes — coincidentally the first video that I looked at when I began this search for Japanese Christmas music. By coincidentally I mean… Um. ANYWAY — happy listening and happy holidays from us here at [email protected]!

Hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Ho ho ho!

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: