Girl’s Haul!!! (Free!, UtaPri, Shoujo and More…)

Hello everyone, it’s been a while! Exams have been killing me for the past two weeks but I’m pretty much done now which means I can’t wait to get back to the wonderful world of anime and fandoms. Today I have a really fun Haul to share with you all. Part 1 of this haul came out last week while Part 2 was released just now. This blog post will also provide you girls (and guys) with any extra pictures you might want to see of your favourite merch PLUS some really fun bonus pieces that I didn’t have time to mention but are super adorable nonetheless. I hope you guys enjoy ^^

Part 1:

Part 2

BONUS STUFF!!

I didn’t have time to get through EVERYTHING in the haul because it was already split into two parts but I hope you guys enjoy these pictures…

Fangirling is better when we do it together.

– Cloudy

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MCM London Comicon 2014 Dealer’s Room Haul

Here are close up pictures of all the merchandise I got from the Dealer’s room at MCM in London this year. Great variety of dealers and tons of UtaPri & Free goods \>v</ If you guys are looking for the vlog… click here!

My Top 10 Favourite Anime Openings & Endings

Hey guys, today I’m doing a long overdue post on my favourite openings and endings in the anime world. Honestly it was SO HARD picking ten for the list because there are so many amazing songs out there.

10) Angel Beats Opening – My Soul Your Beats (LiA)

Top 10 OPs and EDs (3)“I felt like I heard it because I felt like I sensed it. Just now, in my heart that’s begun to tremble…”

Angel Beats starts off the list. I have never ever missed an opening of Angel Beats for the entirety of the series nor the second time I rewatched the series to review. I love the concept of Kanade’s name and Tenshi title alluding to the beats of the song. The song goes splendidly with the themes in the story and bring back the feels of the finale. My Soul Your Beats is on almost every top anime song playlist out there and it wouldn’t be an anime playlist without it.

9) Luminous – Puella Magi Madoka Magica Movie Opening (ClariS)

Top 10 OPs and EDs (4)“The things I would dream of when I was young are still far away, but when you’re here I feel I’m a little stronger…”

When I first heard Luminous in the theatres I was almost jumping out of my seat because it is just so amazing. It encompasses both the emotions of the story and the thrill and excitement of magical girls. ClariS is disbanding right now because one of the members are taking time off to pursue her studies. I am going to miss Clara and Alice so much! It was really hard to pick one ClariS song on my list this would definitely be the one for me.

8) Hoshizora no Watlz – Kimi ga Nozomu Eien Ending (Kuribayashi Minami)

Top 10 OPs and EDs (12)“There is only one dream I see in the night sky. I want to become your star someday…”

To be honest I have only ever seen one episode of the series and it’s outside my usual genre because the series has a lot of bishoujo drama and tragedy for guys because it is based on a romance visual novel. However, the ending song is absolutely beautiful and I stumbled upon it many years ago when I was still a light anime fan. Now even when new seasons generate new openings and endings, Hoshizora no Waltz remains one of my all time favourites.

7) Sekai de Ichiban Koi Shiteru – Sekaiichi Hatsukoi Opening 1 (Shuuhei Kita)

Top 10 OPs and EDs (9)“I’m in love with you, the greatest person in the world. At the tick of every second, I like you more and more…”

Okay so maybe this one’s a really personal pick because it’s my favourite yaoi series opening but it is just SO CATCHY and it does a great job introducing the story and its characters. It goes through each of the main couples and supporting characters as the scenes pan from one office to the other. The song was written to go hand-in-hand with the premise of the series story. Also, there are so many sparkles, flowers, hearts, bunnies and flower petals in this opening, it’s the ultimate shojo fluff opening and the series is definitely one of my guilty pleasure songs.

6) Bokura wa Ima no Naka de – Love Live Opening 1 (Muse)

Top 10 OPs and EDs (5)“If we try our hardest, with all those things we love, we’ll reach a new goal. If we’re able to believe in all those things we love, we’ll move forward on this heart-throbbing path!”

Let all your idol dreams come true in this opening. I fell in love with it when I watched Love Live. I learned all the lyrics, I’ve seen the voice actresses perform the song live and I have learned all t he dance moves to go with it. I love how it brings out all the feelings and insecurities and confidence of the idols and it’s just a really fun and upbeat song to listen to when you need to give yourself a positive boost.

5) Starlog – Fate Kaleid Liner Prisma Illya Opening (Choucho)

Top 10 OPs and EDs (6)“The star brightens up the darkness and night of the changing world. It’s telling me to fly into the guiding sky… For the promises we exchanged that day. I believe.”

This song is probably the newest and most recent on one the list. It came out with the new Fate series depicting Illyasviel von Einzbern as a magic girl. I loved the driving beats of the song and ChouCho’s vocals are just perfect along with the dreamy atmosphere of the song. The lyrics speak of the courage it takes to become a magical girl and paints a really vivid starry sky in your mind.

4) Uta no Prince-sama 1000% Ending – Maji Love 1000% (STARISH)

Top 10 OPs and EDs (10)“DOKI DOKI de kowaresou 1000%* LOVE HEY!!)

Uwaaaaaaa It would not be a favourites list with something by STARISH – the seiyuu singing group formed from the Uta no Prince-sama otome games and anime. The band is named STARISH after taking the first character of either first or last name from each of the characters. Syo, Tokiya, Aijima, Ren, Ittoki, Shinomiya and Hijirikawa all voiced by a group of wonderfully talented seiyuus. Mamoru Miyano among them is my favourite. Maji Love 1000% is STARISH’s debut song and every UtaPri fan who knows it knows it’s the ultimate UtaPri song.

3) Gundam Seed Destiny Opening 2 – Pride (Sung by High & Mighty)

Top 10 OPs and EDs (1)“The fleetingly scattered light wakes us up now. The sadness makes a sound and disappears from that place…”

This was the very first Gundam opening and song I ever watched and listened to. I love how the slow scenes introduce all the different couples and main characters before throwing us into the main mecha action. This is mainly one of my Gundam favourites because the lyrics are so poetic and really reflect a lot of the characters’ internal emotional and mental struggles as they contemplate the true meanings of war, power and true peace throughout the story.

2) Fate/Zero Ending 2 – Sora wa Takaku Kaze wo Utau (Haruna Luna)

Top 10 OPs and EDs (7)“Why is the sky so blue like it does not know any sadness? It keeps crumbling towards tomorrow without hesitation…”

Fate/Zero is one of my favourite anime series out there. I absolutely loved it and it was ten times better than the original Fate/Stay Night. I love the lyrics and the chord progression of the song because it perfectly goes with the atmosphere of the story and sentiment of the characters. Haruna Luna has a really clear and strong voice to bring out the emotion behind the lyrics and it’s all accompanied with a collection of visuals featuring Kiritsugu Emiya and Irisviel.

1) Clannad~After Story Opening – Toki wo Kizamu Uta (LiA)

Top 10 OPs and EDs (2)“You were the one… You were the one who I loved. My eyes start to water from the wind and you become a distant figure…”

One of the best openings in anime in in my opinion. When I heard this in the first episode of After Story, it was like taking a breath of fresh air back in the anime world I loved so much. The opening is a rush of bright lights and as the scenes pan through the city and introduce the different characters, you just get the feeling that there is something magical about Clannad. The opening of After Story is SO nostalgic and you get feels just from watching it.

Honourable Mention (technically #11)

Uta no Prince-Sama 1000% Opening – Orpheus (Mamoru Miyano)  [I couldn’t fit ten in the end and it ended up being eleven so this is sort of my way of cheating around the top 10 list… what? there are too many good songs to choose from >.< the list actually started off as a top 5 list and top 5 was even harder.]

Top 10 OPs and EDs (8)“Sing your song. Even when we’re apart we can understand. “Hear my wind. There is only one sky that connects us two…”

Orpheus is a really beautiful and powerful song about music and love. It’s sung by my all-time favourite singer and seiyuu Mamoru Miyano. If you’ve ever seen Mamo perform the song on stage, he is absolutely phenomenal with it. There’s something really mysterious and poetic about the lyrics that I can’t really explain. It’s one of those songs that keep growing on you the more you listen to it.

So there you have it, my top 10 favourite openings and endings. I know I left out a bunch of really great songs in general. Here’s an extra list of other openings and endings I really love.

Shingeki no Kyojin Opening 1 – Guren no Yumiya (Linked Horizon)

– Shingeki no Kyojin Ending – Utsukushiki Zankoku na Sekai (Yoko HIkasa)

No Game No Life Opening 1 – This Game (Konomia Suzuki)

Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei – Rising Hope (LiSA)

Brothers Conflict – 14 to 1 (Asahina Brothers)

Karneval Opening – Henai no Rondo (GRANRODEO)

Kyoukai no Kanata Ending – Daisy (Stereo Drive Foundation)

I hope you guys found something interesting to listen to from this post and I hope you enjoyed reading it cause I had a lot of fun writing it. Let me know what your favourites are in the comments or link me to your video or post on your blog, I’m always looking for new music to listen to! ^_^

– Cloudy

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The Little Things~ Animate USA Mini Haul

Hi guys! It’s been a pretty busy week for me since I had to get all my work done before I returned home for my grandma’s birthday. Luckily, my package from Animate USA came right on time so I got to grab all my new stuff before I return to my apartment in Kingston. This time I was really surprised at all the super fun bonus cards and stickers that came with my order.

The goods…

The Brothers Conflict rubber cell phone straps of Tsubaki and Azusa Asahina were a real treat. They’re just the perfect size, the detail in the designs go right down to the little diamond colours on each of their sweater vests and I’m once again impressed at the pristine condition of Japanese goods. Now that I’ve seen how well done these two straps are, I’m tempted to order the Natsume strap as well but having three (or maybe thirteen) on my phone might be a bit overboard 😉

I decided to get the Vocaloid clips on a whim because I’d never really seen official hair accessories that weren’t cosplay accessories for Vocaloid. The Anniversary bonus Meiko card and Kagamine Rin sticker had absolutely gorgeous art. They are just so adorable and I can’t wait to wear them around. And finally, the random single K Project coaster… I actually have Mikoto Suoh and Reisi Munakata K Project coasters that go with the design of this set. When I originally got the Red King and Blue King in Japan, they didn’t have Kuroh so I was just ecstatic when I found this coaster online.

Well, that’s about it for this post. Like the title suggests, this was a really small package because I’m waiting for some online sales around Christmas season, as well, there will definitely be new merchandise out after the completion of this season’s anime series. As always, I love ordering from Animate whether its the Japan site or US site. The American site is easier to handle because it’s in full English and shipping doesn’t take as long nor is it too expensive. It’s absolutely fantastic that Animate is expanding into the North American market.

Hope you guys liked this haul, more to come when I order more stuff which will be soon ❤

– Cloudy

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Cloudy Says…

Hi guys. How are you all? How’s school and work in the new semester and fall? To be honest, school is keeping me so busy these days so I apologize for not being more frequent with reviews. This is also due to the fact that I still have no internet in my new house. God knows how many days it’s been and no internet is a pain. I seriously should have reconsidered this sharing internet with my housemate’s friends-next-door spiel. I can’t stress enough how annoyed I am at the no internet situation, I’m ready and willing to raise hell (by calling Dantalion)… Sigh* the missing reviews will be up soon! (I hope.)

Now that summer anime series are finishing up in the next little while, I’m very excited for the new season releases, so be on the lookout for a poll coming up soon for which series reviews you guys want to see. I’ve also decided to plan a general regimen out for myself every season so that there’s a new schedule that shakes things up from what I’ve done in the past while. Be ready for a lot of merchandise features, some travel stuff and ever always more manga reviews. I’ll try to get some photography out as well. Kingston proves to be a challenge once you see all that the little town has to offer but it will definitely challenge my creativity especially when the beautiful snowy winter sets in.

I really want to thank everyone for following and reading littlecloudcuriosity so far. It really means a lot to me and I can’t thank you enough for all your encouragement and support! I will keep trying my best to do what I do best and hopefully you guys will like what’s coming up!

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Brothers Conflict Episode 9 Review

For an otome game based show that’s mostly fanservice for many of the fans, this episode was surprisingly touching. It explores a bit more of the whole family and sense of belonging theme that comes with it especially since Chi … Continue reading

Brothers Conflict Episode 7 Review

We are finally starting this week’s new episodes and we’re just about halfway through BroCon. Things are seriously heating up in the Asahina family! Warning to future parents – when you have 14 kids and you’re never home, they may … Continue reading

Brothers Conflict Episode 5 Review

Rating: 4/5 curiously excited clouds  Things are heating up with BroCon!! This episode begins with a spur of the moment Asahina siblings dinner picnic under the cherry blossom trees. The brothers that are available and attend are Masaomi, Tsubaki, Azusa … Continue reading

KALMIA and BroCon Summer Song Releases

Good morning everyone! How are you all doing? I’ve been jamming to a lot of music these days. After this month, both the full opening and ending theme song from Brothers Conflict and Fate Kaleid Liner Prisma Illya have been officially released. Have a listen and enjoy!

Brothers Conflict Brothers Conflict Opening – Beloved X Survival by Gero 

 

BroCon - 14 to 1 Brothers Conflict Closing- 14 to 1 by the Asahina Brothers 

 

Cover (2) Fate Kaleid Liner Opening- Starlog by Choucho 

 

cover Fate Kaleid Liner Closing – Prism Sympathy by StlipS 

Reviews will be by in the late afternoon! Thanks for dropping in and have a great day!

– Cloudy

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Cloudy Says…

Hey guys! How are your summers so far? Today I have some really exciting news and some updates. With the release of the fifth episodes this weekend, music lovers will be excited to know that opening and ending theme songs for the summer animes will be coming soon. So far, the full opening song for Free!, BroCon, Fantasista Doll and Rozen Maiden (2013) as well as the ending song Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi have all been officially released.

Also, yesterday was the release date for Genei wo Kakeru Taiyou, Fate Kaleid Liner and Kimi no Iru Machi’s ending song. Here are the other release dates for animes that I’ve been covering so far…

July 31 – BroCon ED, Fate Kaleid Liner OP

Aug 7 – Free! ED, Genei wo Kakeru Taiyou OP, Rozen Maiden 2013 ED

Aug 14 – Kimi no Iru Machi OP

I’m really excited for this upcoming month. First of all, I’ll be stopping by Atomic Lollipop from August 2nd-4th. My birthday is actually on the 9th and Fanexpo Canada will be at the end of the month from the 22nd-25th

As well, I will be picking up Black Butler volume 14 and hopefully I can get my hands on a copy of the first volume of K-On! College. I know I still owe you guys a review of Missions of Love Volume 4 and that’s coming as soon as I find time to review it. I have a lot of exiting anime reviews to look forward to write every week on top of the other otaku-related rants I’m planning and artwork I’m drawing.

New posts are coming every day as well as new photography that I try to take as often as possible! Thank you guys so much for reading, liking, commenting, following!

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– Cloudy

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