Hey guys, today I wanted to share with you the English translated lyrics of “Future Star” which is the idol song sung by the characters of Kyoukai no Kanata at episode 6. If you’re a fan of the series, you’ve … Continue reading
Hey guys, I’ve had a pretty crappy week this week. There have been tests, essays, school issues, house issues and the weather’s just been horrible. Blogging usually takes my mind off my worries so I’ve decided to post a Cloudy Says because we haven’t had one of these in a while.
If you’ve been following my tweets, you probably know that I just got a new phone. It’s a Samsung Galaxy Note III and even though it’s HUGE, it lets me blog and interact with social media everywhere I go so it’s absolutely fantastic compared to my old phone. I’m not trying to promote Samsung LOL. I totally paid for this phone and my wallet still hurts but the trade off is that I can carry my manga with me on an electronic app called MangaSearcher wherever I go, allowing me more time to read manga on the go which is great for me and for you guys cause there will be at least one manga review every week.
Speaking of Wednesday, it just so happens that every week around this time of the week, I feel inspired to write about a manga series so starting today, every Wednesday (or roughly this time in the week) there’s going to be a Midweek Manga Review. This gives me and you a relatively solid day for when manga reviews are going to be posted so please look out for that every week. I’ll be tweeting about it on Tuesday nights as well.
Series continuously being reviewed -> Kyoukai no Kanata, Log Horizon, Diabolik Lovers, Kill La Kill, Tokyo Ravens
If you’re following me for seasonal anime reviews, rants and screenshots, thank you very much for your support! And if you’re specifically following Kyoukai no Kanata, produced by Kyoto Animation and aired every Wednesday, you may or may not have heard that the ending song “Daisy,” sung by Stereo Dive Foundation has been recently leaked. I don’t blame them, the songs is really catchy and it’s one of my favourite songs this fall season. If you haven’t heard it, have a listen from the player below or click the mediafire link for the download.
Here’s the opening song as well…
Also, both the opening and ending songs of Kill La Kill and Golden Time have been released. Only the opening for Tokyo Ravens is out, the ending song will be released towards the end of November.
I hope you’re all well wherever you are!
What are you pondering today?
Hi everyone! I hope you’re all well. I know I’ve been doing a lot of anime reviews focusing on the summer season new series so I’m going to try and put out some different otaku related content. Today I’m going to be introducing one of my favourite music composers – Yuki Kaijura.
Kaijura’s done solo albums, written insert music for anime, game music, anime score music and even produced albums. What made me really look into her biography was the anime soundtracks that I became addicted to after the anime. The soundtrack is such a significant factor in the anime because it sets the mood, it reinforces the emotions of the story and it overall strengthens the dramatic punch of the plot.
“She is me, and I am her. Our existence is both the same and different. Alice. That was the name we were given. Alice.”
The first time I heard Kajiura’s music is in the Pandora Hearts soundtrack. The manga is one of my top favourites because the story is Alice in Wonderland-themed but the entire plot makes many twists and turns. The music is suspenseful, it’s dark but also hauntingly beautiful. My favourite song has to be Lacie. It’s so tragic and sad but also evokes a sense of nostalgia…
“If someone tells me it’s wrong to hope, I will tell them they’re wrong every time. I could tell them that countless times” – Madoka Kaname
The next two series are Puella Magi Madoka Magica and Sword Art Online. I watched both of them in the same year just as SAO was finishing its second season. Kaijura’s worked with Kalafina on multiple albums, one of which is called “After Eden” which was released in 2011. The track list included the insert song from Madoka, called “Magia.”
“That sword… is the dream all warriors, past, present, and future hold as their deaths approach. A sad, exalted dream. She carries their will as her pride, bidding them to remain steadfast in their loyalty. Now, the undefeated king sings aloud the name of the miracle she holds in her hand. It’s name is…” “Excalibur!” – Irisviel von Einzbern and Saber
Have you guys seen Fate/Zero? Fate/Zero is the prequel to Fate Stay Night and tells the story of the fourth Holy Grail War in Fuyuki city. The score for Fate/Zero is both dynamic and forceful to illustrate the violence of the battles and filled with heartbreaking sentiment to reflect the sorrows that come with war as well as the stories of Heroic Spirits. Take the song, “The Beginning of the End,” there is something so forlorn about the tone, but still, you can hear a spell of hope that occurs within the sadness and you can’t help but feel a strong sense of determination and resolve at the conclusion of the song.
“A person is very strong when he seeks to protect something.” – Heathcliff
In Sword Art Online, Kaijura’s most recent work, I actually hear pieces of Fate/Zero and Puella Magi Madoka Magica styled into the anime’s score. Listen to “Survive the Swordland,” “We Have to Defeat it,” and “Luminous Sword” and you’ll get a sense of what I mean.
Aside from three of my favourite anime soundtracks that she’s worked on, she’s also worked on the closing theme and insert songs for Mobile Suit Gundam Seed and Destiny, songs for the whole .hack series, Baccano!, Black Butler (both season), Loveless, Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles the Movie: Princess in Birdcage Kingdom and the list goes on.
“The best soundtrack music by-passes your mind and goes straight to your soul. It sort of trips something in your brain, you know you’re being transported.” – Cameron Crowe (Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous)
I hope you guys enjoyed this feature. If you did, make sure you hit like and follow for me stuff that’s coming every day! Let me know in the comment what your favourite soundtracks are and whether or not you love Kaijura’s work as well! Thank you guys so much for reading and I will talk to you guys soon! Take care!
What are you pondering today?
1) Relive the Story- I don’t know about you, but listening to “Survive the Swordland” on the Sword Art Online soundtrack gives me the tingles when I think back to the amazing anime. There’s a different song for every part of the story and the score on its own expresses the story in its own wordless way.
2) New Music- Every time I listen to an opening or ending sung by a certain singer or band, I immediately go look up other songs by the same genre or music style. Thanks to Puella Magi Madoka Magica, I own both of ClariS’ albums. Their music is just so darn catchy!
I won’t forget the promises we exchanged
I close my eyes to affirm it
I will shake off the overwhelming darkness to move forward (ClariS – Connect)
3) Favourite Characters- Go ahead and download those character songs. Listening to the bonus albums is almost like an anime encore! I absolutely love the songs from Uta no Prince-Sama because each one reflects each character’s personality. Sometimes when I’m feeling down, listening to Ichinose-san sing to me can make me feel better. Hopefully your favourite character can do that for you too!
All the things you wish for might not become stars
But if you have a dream you believe in
There will be thousands of the brightest shining jewels in the night sky
(Ichinose Tokiya – Nanairo no Compass)
4) Play Along! – There are tons of sheet music transcriptions compiled by fans for piano players, guitarists, flutists and almost every popular instrument there is out there. I love being able to play and sing to Lacus’s songs on the piano.
5) Drown out the World – Wherever you are, whatever you’re feeling, there’s probably a song for you. OST’s help you connect to the characters that you relate to and love, their stories stay with you through their music. Slipping on headphones or ear buds, and cranking up the volume is a great feeling on its own.
Hope you guys enjoyed this review. Thank you guys for reading! Feel free to comment below on YOUR reasons when it comes to listening to anime OSTs. Watashi kininarimasu!
What are you pondering today?
- ClariS Second Story Album Review (littlecloudcuriosity.wordpress.com)