Cloudy’s Favourite Anime Soundtracks

Hello everyone! I hope you’re all well…

Last week was really hectic for me. I had a family emergency and truth be told, I don’t feel completely myself but I decided to film a music vlog for you guys… I didn’t think much for this vlog and simply wanted to share my favourite soundtracks with you guys. I find that the instrumental tracks always help me de-stress or unwind when I’ve got a lot on my mind. Below is the video as well as some sample tracks from each soundtrack for you guys to get a better sense of what I’m talking about…

Nagi no Asukara – 母の手

 

Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso – 弟みたいな存在 (Piano Solo)

 

Fate/Zero – Let the Stars Fall Down

 

Pandora Hearts – Lacie

Pandora Hearts – Will

 

K Project – K’s Theme

K Project – Mikoto Suoh’s Theme

 

Zankyou no Terror – Von

– Cloudy

What are you pondering today?

 

 

 

Cloudy’s Spring Anime Season Rundown (2015)

Hey guys how are you all, I am so eager to get into the spring season of anime because winter has been dragging on WAY too long. The winter anime releases weren’t as strong and the big series from the Fall season have ended so spring is truly bringing LittleCloudCuriosity to a new start this anime season. There are so many great shows I’m looking forward to this season. I’ll be watching a lot more than the ones featured here but below you’ll find the highlight reel of what I am most looking forward to. As always, I’m open to any and all suggestions from you guys and I’ll be watching at least one episode from each new show for first impressions posts.

Since there are really SO MANY upcoming anime, I’ve decided to divide my favourite into categories. Tier 1 will encompass my absolute favourites, shows that I will absolutely be reviewing weekly and producing first impression vlogs for. Tier 2 will encompass new shows of which reviews and vlogs are pending.

**Please keep in mind that the listed release dates are regular broadcasting release dates. Many pilot episodes will be screened in Japan at theaters and other events earlier in the last week of March 2015

First Tier Faves

Uta no Prince-sama Season 3 Maji Love RevolutionsUta no Prince-Sama: Maji Love Revolutions (うたの☆プリンスさまっ♪マジLOVEレボリューションズ)- NO WORDS CAN DESCRIBE HOW UTTERLY EXCITED FOR UTA NO PRINCE-SAMA SEASON THREE BECAUSE I HAVE BEEN LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS SINCE LAST SUMMER AND OMG I AM SO EXCITED FOR MORE. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

…Well now that that’s over with, let’s get to the intro…

Uta no Prince-sama is picking up again for an all new season back with all our favourite princes, heroine and voice actors, complete with all new character designs and ALL. NEW. SONGS. I am absolute ECSTATIC for the continuation of this anime. Since this season is picking up after the conclusion of subsequent seasons, I will advise new fans to check out season one or two of the series (OR PLAY THE GAMES) before you dip your toes into season 3. Producer by A-1 Pictures, the animation will surely not disappoint.

Release Date: April 5, 2015

Fate Stay Night Unlimited Blade Works Season 2Fate/Stay Night Unlimited Blade Works (Second Half)- FATEEEEEEEEE STAYYYYYYY NIGHTTTTT ISSSSS BACKKKKKKKK… The first part of the season concluded in the fall season and the second half of Unlimited Blade Works has been HIGHLY ANTICIPATED. If you guys are looking to refresh your memory with what exactly happened last season, click the link here.

Release Date: April 5, 2015

 

 

Nisekoi Season 2 BNisekoi Season 2 (ニセコイ)- THE HEAD TILTS ARE BACK YO. I just KNEW Nisekoi would be back for a second season. Season one was so fantastic and ended on such a romantic note that I have been reading the manga and anticipating more sinec the first season concluded last spring. Nisekoi follows a boy named Raku Ichijo who made a promise with his childhood friend. After exchange a lock and a key, Raku has grown up wondering and longing to find the girl he made the promise with. The first season introduced us to most of the girls in this comedy-romance-high school setting but season two will bring even more exciting female characters to the screen. If you guys are looking for a feel of the series, check out my previous posts here. #TeamChitoge #TeamOnodera #TeamMarika #TeamTsumugu #TeamHaru #TeamRuri

Release Date: April 10, 2015

Owari no Seraph_Seraph of the EndOwari no Seraph (終わりのセラフ)- Ahhh, Owari no Seraph is the one series that isn’t a continuation of an already established anime fandom, but a new anime adapted from a manga series serialized by Shonen Jump. The original series is by written by Takaya Kagami and illustrated by Yamato Yamamoto. The plot follows a boy named Yuuichirou Hyakuya whose goal is to eradicate all the vampires that a virus on earth has created. It’s like a vampire-hunter coming of age story with TONS of action. I highly recommend checking out the manga beforehand. Studio Wit will be picking up this shonen, supernatural, drama-charged story working with voice actors such as Miyu Irino, Kensho Ono, Yuuichi Nakamura, Takahiro Sakurai and Sasori Hayami, just to name a few.

They’ve got pretty stellar voice actors lined up for the supporting roles as well.

Release Date: April 4, 2015

Second Tier Picks

Ame-iro CocoaAme-Iro Cocoa (雨色ココア)- Initially I skipped over this series but was drawn back into it when I saw that MAMORU MIYANO is part of the main cast. The series features a cute group of bishounen boys in their college years set in a coffee shop scene. What more do you want, girls? Just kidding. Not much is known about the series because the PV is pretty vague. It really only gives us a glimpse of the character designs but this is one of those series I’ll be horribly biased to checking out because of the super experienced veteran cast including Hikaru Midorikawa, Hiro Shimono, Ryo Horikawa and Daisuke Hirakawa in addition to Miyano.

Release Date: April 5, 2015

Arslan SenkiArslan Senki(アルスラーン戦記)- Arslan Senki is a great new anime for fans of fantasy, historical and political kingdom stories. It basically follows a prince named Arslan from a prosperous and powerful kingdom. After a devastating war, Arslan must now find a way to reclaim his kingdom.

To be honest I’m surprised the series is getting another adaptation but the much older adaptation aired in the late 90s in six OVA episodes so it’ll be nice to see this classic kingdom story get another interpretation with a fresh set of animators especially since it’s being produced as the collaboration between Liden Films and the Sanzigen Animation Studio.

Release Date: April 4, 2015

Digimon Adventure TriDigimon Adventure Tri. (デジモンアドベンチャーtri)– While I did grow up with Pokemon and have a strong appreciation for the franchise, my heart truly lies with Digimon and now we’re hitting Digimon’s FIFTEENTH YEAR ANNIVERSARY!!!! *cries* I’m so ecstatic for this new adaptation, I want to go back and high-five my eight year old self through the time space continuum because this is the generation of characters I grew up with. Now, the kids have grown up and they’re r-viewing the Digi-World in their high school days. I just love the original Digimon Adventure so much. I really hope the new animation and storytelling does justice to the classic styles of the world.

Release Date: April 2015

Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru no Darou kaDungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru no Darou ka? (ダンジョンに出会いを求めるのは間違っているのだろうか)In the city of Orario, is the gateway to a huge labyrinth known as “The Dungeon.” Situated underground, it is a strange and mysterious place that attracts hopes and fantasies of all sorts. Enter a boy named Bell Cranel with a thirst for adventure and a little goddess girl named Hestia who are both question in search of something…

To be honest I’m pretty hyped for this anime and it was really close to being grouped into the First Tier of series because the manga series is so compelling to read. The original story is written by Fujino Oomori and illustrated by Kunieda. Both the J.C. Staff and Genco will be picking up the animation and working with voices of Inori Minase and Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as the lead characters. I’m eager to see a fairly new female voice actor work with a fairly experienced male voice actor. Hopefully there’s enough chemistry to draw out the romantic elements of the story. Matusoka seems like a definite good pick when it comes to adventuring-hero protagonists due to his work as Kirito on Sword Art Online and Arata in Arata Kangatari. Check out my first impressions of the manga here.

Release Date: April 4, 2015

EtotamaEtotama (えとたま)- Do you like cute animal-human amalgamations? Adorable and colourful animation? Now here’s a slice of life that you’ll want to check out. With so many hard-hitting season two releases and so many epic fantasy new series, Etotama seems like a refreshing and spunky change in pace. The story follows a girl named Nya-tan, the poor little cat who was left out of the Chinese zodiac. According to Chinese mythology, the cat fell into the river towards the end of the race which is why she never made it to the finish line and was not included in the Chinese zodiac. In this anime, Nya-tan ends up meeting a boy named Takeru Tendo who lives alone in Akihabara. The premise is straightforward and the set-up makes for lots of fun comedy and slice of life as Nya-tan strives to achieve her goal. Nya-tan will be voice by the lovely Rie Murakawa and the male protagonist by Hiro Shimono both of which have ample experience previously in similar voice roles.

Release Date: April 9, 2015

Hibike EuphoniumHibike! Euphonium (響け!ユーフォニアム)- I’m hugely impressed by Hibike’s gumption in this upcoming line of releases. With Uta no Prince-sama utterly dominating the music genre and its huge fandom support for its absolutely stunning line of voice actors and singers, Hibike Euphonium will have A LOT of live up to in its genre. Don’t forget, we’ve also seen intensely emotional music series such as Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso as well as fun and popular idol series like iDOLM@STER conclude in the previous season. It’ll be refreshing to see a big animation company throw their two cents into the genre when the anime music scene is so popular.

Seeing as the target audience of both shows is generally different, Hibike Euphonium will have some leeway for popularity. Brought to you by Kyoto Animation, previously responsible for another very popular music-high school series called K-On!, Hibike Euphonium revolves around a girl named Kumiko Oumae, who had an unpleasant incident with her middle school brass band club. Nevertheless, she resolves to join the brass band club in high school and runs into an old classmate…

KyotoAni is working with a whole new line of female voice actors in its main group of girls but side characters also include voices of Takahiro Sakurai, Minori Chihara and others so I’m pretty excited for this one. I’ve missed KyotoAni.

Release Date: April 8, 2015

Houkago no PleaidesHoukago no Pleiades (放課後のプレアデス)- Oh after all the hilarity from Binan Koukou Chikyuu Bouei-bu and the panicked screams from class magic girl fans, the genre is yet another magical girls series loosely translated as Afterschool Pleaiades which follows a group of five girls (whose character designs strangely resemble the colours from Madoka Magica’s girls). Subaru, Itsuki, Nanako, Hikaru and Aoi form an after school club that works to help a little creature/alien from Pleiades, return home. To be honest, this reminds me A LOT of Sora no Method from the Fall season but I am willing to give the show the benefit of the doubt… well, until at least the third episode.

Release Date: April 10, 2015

Kekkai SensenKekkai Sensen(血界戦線)- Kekkai Sensen is really different from my usual palette and comfortable range of genres but I am willing to give this show a chance because of its compelling synopsis breakdown. The story begins in New York where humans and netherworld creatures have been trapped together due to a rupture between the two worlds. Now someone is threatening to destroy this delicate balance so a group of superhumans have been assembled to deal with the threat. Recommended for mature audiences and animated by Studio Bones, this series falls into categories of action, fantasy, supernatural and seinen. It also happens to be one of the early releases to open the season.

Release Date: April 5, 2015

Mikagura Gakuen KumikyokuMikagura Gakuen Kumikyoku (ミカグラ学園組曲)- I wavered a bit with including or excluding this show from the line up but the vibrant poster design and the fast-paced snappy animation in the PV has really grabbed my attention for this show. The story is based on a set of light novels based on yet another set of songs from the creative world of Vocaloid. Considering how well-received Mekaku City Actors was received by its pre-existing fanbase, Mikagura Gakuen Kumikyoku will surely deliver with its catchy music and quirky character designs; brought to you by Doga Kobo and Media Factory with a pretty big cast of seiyuu including Yoshimasa Hosoya, Nobunaga Shimazaki, Yothisugu Matsuoka and Natsuki Hanae just to name a few.

Release Date: April 7, 2015

Plastic MemoriesPlastic Memories (プラスティック・メモリーズ)- Wow, Plastic Memories’ first PV brings quite a few feels to the forefront of your mind with a quiet piano ballad intro and a sweetly nostalgic voice singing along. The series is listed under sci-fi but I get the feeling that there will be hints of love and drama between the characters. The second PV is much more telling of the gorgeous animation and the look of the characters. The story takes place in a futuristic world where humans and androids co-exist. A company called SA Corp produces a new android that is capable of emotion. The series takes an old trope and reworks it into a new world structure where a “terminal service” has been created in order to deal with emotional androids, called Giftia, who are past their time…

I feel so much emotional hype from the PVs alone.

Release Date: April 5, 2015

Re-Kan!Re-Kan! (レーカン!)- Based on a 4-Koma panel manga series written and illustrated by Seta Hinako, the story revolves around a girl named Amami Hibiki who can perceive ghosts and other supernatural entities around her. She and her friends get into a quite a bit of mischief with the supernatural world. This series is brought to you by Pierrot Plus and falls into genres of comedy, school and seinen. The animation and character designs look pretty solid. I’m also really attracted to the show’s music style from the bits of score and song we get in the PVs so I’ll be looking out for this one as well.

Release Date: April 3, 2015

So we have a HUGE line up of new shows and season two hard-hitters for spring. I can’t express to you guys how utterly excited I am for the spring season after all the shows that lagged in the previous season. This time I’ve decided to include the poll with this post all at once. If you see a show you’d like to see First Impressions, weekly reviews or vlogs for, please vote in the poll below. If you don’t see your favourites, leave the series names in poll as well and I will definitely check those out. Thank you guys so much for reading and I will talk to you all very soon =)

– Cloudy

What are you pondering today?

HONG KONG HOLIDAY HAUL!!! (2014)

Hey guys! I hope your holidays are going well! Today I have a really fun mix of things in honour of the holidays. Hong Kong is one of the best places to go shopping for if you’re into collecting Japanese merchandise. There’s stuff from Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun, Vocaloid, No Game No Life, Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei, Type Moon (Fate), Pandora Hearts and Moomin. All this merchandise was collaborated in different areas and stores throughout Hong Kong such as Mong Kok, Sham Shui Po, Prince Edward and Tsim Sha Tsui.

Check out the video for vlog commentary and live shots as well as the pictures below for close up pictures. There will be TWO MORE HAULS coming after this!! Stay tuned for more here on the blog or over on my channel =D Till then, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and have a wonderful winter <3333

– Cloudy

What are you pondering today?

June Mini Haul!!!

Hatsune Miku Cherry Blossom Mug from the Anime Center in Tokyo, Japan

Totoro Plushies from Tsim Sha Tsui HK’s Studio Ghibli Store

“Pinched” cell phone keychains and straps

Zannan Titan Plushie

Cloudy’s Top 5 Strongest Female Heroines

“Well-behaved women seldom make history.” – Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

Hello everyone, I’m a little behind on world events since I’ve been caught up in my blog bubble and my schoolwork all last week and all weekend but I really wanted to a write a post to honour International Women’s Day last Saturday. I’ve been brainstorming me these for a while now and these are just my top 5 strongest female characters…

WARNING – SOME SPOILERS BELOW!!

Fuuko Ibuki

“This uncute appearance…I didn’t want you of all people to see me in such a state. But…this time I will protect you!” – Lizzy

5) Lizzy from Black Butler- At first Elizabeth Midford doesn’t seem like anything past your noble lady and I really hate how she was portrayed in the anime as a two-dimensional ditz. In truth, as seen in the manga, Elizabeth is actually very capable and talented especially in fencing and she will not hesitate to use those skills when it comes to protecting the one she loves. She is 150% devoted to her fiancé, Ciel Phantomhive despite his somewhat standoffish and workaholic ways and she strives to become his firmest pillar of support in life. Even though she and Ciel are really only teenagers, Elizabeth already has an internal grasp on the aristocratic and political burdens of her marriage to Ciel but she is willing to shoulder his burdens out of love all the while looking as cute as she can in her best dress.

“Of what worth is a king who fails to protect the powerless?

Saber

4) Saber from Fate/Stay Night and Fate/Zero- Who would have guessed that legend of legends, the King of Camelot and all of Britain, was actually a girl? Saber makes the list because of chivalrous code of honour, selflessness to take on the burdens of others and her utter devotion to her kingdom. As the strongest Class of fighters in the Holy Grail War, she’s usually a lone wolf but she grows much as a character when she learns to cherish the bonds of love and friendship with her Master and other participants of the war that she may encounter. Saber is stubborn when it comes to her ideals and will stick by them even when others condemn or mock her for them. Her selflessness allows her to empathize with the weak while her pride as a king reminds her of her duty to Britain. She is truly one of the noblest kings.

“I dream of the day when I can see your dear smile again.” – Homura

3) Homura Akemi from Puella Magi Madoka Magica- Homura is one of the most complex characters I have ever encountered in the anime world. In the very first timeline, she is meek and shy, but by meeting Madoka, she begins to understand the meaning of friendship and selflessness. Seeing Madoka become a magic girl to save the world in the first timeline, Homura also becomes a magic girl to protect Madoka. Homura’s powers to pause, rewind and manipulate time stems from her wish to turn back time to save Madoka from a magic girl’s grim end. She repeats the time loop over and over again, hundreds of times in order to find a way to save Madoka. She becomes obsessed with Madoka enough to discard her life as a human and a magic girl to become the antagonistic force to God Madoka in hopes that she will one day meet Madoka again on even plains. She represents the best and worst in human beings – do we do things out of selflessness or selfishness? Homura’s emotions towards Madoka have become so complex that she herself probably does not even understand the extent of them, making her an intriguing character overall.

“This world is very cruel… but it is also very beautiful.” – Mikasa

2) Mikasa Ackerman from Shingeki no Kyojin- Mikasa lost her family to bandits when she was a child, on the verge of death, she was inspired by Eren to stand up and fight and to win. She’s immensely attached to Eren and her love for her extends so far as to follow him right into the military where she becomes one of mankind’s most powerful and talented soldiers against the wrath of the Titans. Mikasa’s shining moment comes when she believes that Eren has already died and she’s ready to give up her life, but her memories with Eren inspire her to continue living in his remembrance. Even when Eren is persecuted by the military for being a traitor to the titans, Mikasa is ready to give up her life to fight for his. Mikasa reaches third place in my list because she exemplifies mankind’s strength and also its fragility.

“There is no future for those who have died… and what of those who did the killing? Is happiness to be found in a future that is grasped with blood-stained hands? Is that the truth?” – Lacus

Lacus Clyne (1)

1) Lacus Clyne from Gundam Seed and Gundam Seed Destiny- No one finishes Gundam Seed and Gundam Seed Destiny without falling for Lacus’ charms at least once… or twice. Lacus is a songstress and symbol of peace during the Cosmic Era where different factions are constantly at war with one another through the use of mecha mobile suits. Despite having grown up sheltered in this war torn era, she is fully aware of the political tensions between PLANT, ORB and Earth. She emerges as a pacifist who works towards a peaceful co-existence between the Naturals (who are regular humans) and the Coordinators (a more evolved species of human able to pilot the Gundam). Although Lacus does not enter the battlefield personally per se, she is forever a support to her friends and even treats her enemies with kindness. She initiates a stalemate in the war and coordinates much of the postwar discussion to establish a stable peace among the different peoples.

“Shall I take you away, to the place where dreams come true…” – Nagisa

Nagisa Furukawa

*Honorary Mention goes out to Nagisa Furukawa from Clannad and Clannad after Story- Although Nagisa does not go through any death defying, humanity-testing quests of strength or skill, she is still an admirable character in her world. Having been born sickly and physically weak, Nagisa has been forced to repeat a year in her high school. Still, she is neither bitter nor resentful of her lot in life but faces her studies with a determination to make the best memories during her time at the school. She becomes an inspiration and source of hope to Okazaki Tomoya who has been jaded by his family situation. In After Story, Nagisa displays an overwhelming amount of bravery and resolve to bring Ushio into the world despite the very imminent possibility of death due to the strain of child birth.

Well, there you have it. My top 5 strongest female heroines. I hope you guys liked this post and like I said at the beginning, these are just my personal picks. If you have your own favourite kickass heroine you would like to share, comment below because I would love to read about her. It is always so hard to narrow down a top 5 of ANYTHING so I hope you guys enjoyed reading this!

“Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” – Nora Ephron

– Cloudy

What are you pondering today?

Out of the Box: Character Keychains Haul

Hey guys, today is my rubber straps haul feature characters from two very different series but both of which are on my list of favourites. The first is the Fate series with Saber and Gilgamesh while the second is the Free series with Haruka Nanase and Rin Matsuouka. The pinched straps and key chain designs seem to be quite popular lately and I think I’m going to start collecting more of them. They are currently restocking on AmiAmi.com where I got these ones. I love rubber straps because they are the best to hang on your phone. I am SO obsessed because they’re pretty resistant to the elements, bumps, light scratches and quality Japanese anime goods are always really solid. You don’t ever have to worry about one of the chain links breaking or straps untying, they’re all very durable and retain colour even after a few weeks hanging off your phone or bag.

20140130_005553cI usually go for the straps with the headphone jacks attached because the headphone stub is removable and you can turn the strap into a keychain anytime if you always have actual headphones plugged into your phone. my only slight issue is that the two Fate character straps seem slightly thicker than the Free ones adding just a bit more weight and bulk to it, but usually the trade off for style is worth it.

I haven’t gotten the newness of the straps to take the others out but I couldn’t resist playing with Haru… Lately there hasn’t been a whole lot of new merchandise I’m loving online. I’m waiting for the Spring Anime to really deliver after a dull Winter but I did get some new mini figures in Toronto because my favourite stores are stocked up. More Out of the Box features to come– I hope you guys liked this, thank you for dropping in and I will talk to you all soon!

– Cloudy

What are you pondering today?

Boxing Day Special!!! Fate/Zero Saber Nendoroid

Hello everyone and HAPPY BOXING DAY!!!! I hope you all had some very warm and wonderful Christmas dinners. Did you receive some nice presents? Or have you gotten to that age where you  just get gift cards? The present boxes get smaller every year am I right? If you have a parent that perhaps understands your otaku fandom, maybe you’ll get something like what I got this year…

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Special thanks to my Daddy for this adorably badass Saber Nendoroid ❤ and another shoutout to AmiAmi for getting my present here on time!!

If you don’t already know this, the Nendoroids are a series of chibi-ized figures by Good Smile Company. They’re usually pretty pricey so the Nendoroid collectors are mad good online hunters. The reason they’re priced high of the set of parts that comes with a figure. Saber is one of the main characters of the Fate Series/Franchise and in the Fate/Zero series, she’s sporting a sleek black suit which is really nicely done on the figure. As well, the figure comes with two changeable facial expressions, two sets of legs, arms, hands, hair, one extra suit top, one motorcycle and of course her famous Excalibur sword. There also two types of stands, one that’s a translucent white (that you can see in the photos) and another that’s printed with a wood pattern Nendoroids are pretty fun to play with because of all the different poses your figure can take depending on how you combine each of the body parts and they just look so fabulous on your shelves making imitations or lesser quality figures look shabby. My favourite part of Nendoroids as a collectory is probably that lovely and smooth matte paint finish that demonstrates just how well made the figure is. Saber is my second Nendoroid and in the four years I’ve been collecting figures, I’ve only purchased one other Nendoroid figure upon my first trip to Japan from the K-On line of Nendoroids.

I had tons of fun doing some basic photography for Saber and I can’t wait to set up proper shoot for Saber soon. My mom collects Hello Kitty and my dad and I both collect Gundams from time to time so I had a bit of fun mixing the characters up in a scene haha.

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I hope you guys enjoyed this special Out of the Box feature. What did you guys get for Boxing Day? Generic stuff or something special from someone who knows you well? Let me know in the comments and we can rant about how some relatives just give random gift sets that you have no use for. I’ve gotten pretty” soap before. And if you’re hitting the malls and bringing out your inner shopper, I wish you the best of luck on your boxing day hunt… Don’t bite anyone.

– Cloudy

What are you pondering today?

Fate Kaleid Liner Prisma Illya Episode 4 Review

“Anything one man can imagine, magic can bring about.” OMG THIS EPISODE WAS THE BEST!!!!!! Translations were up a bit later than usual which is why I didn’t get to his review until today but IT WAS SO WORTH THE … Continue reading