Hello everyone! I'm still alive. Just been busy with schoolwork on weekdays and more schoolwork to come this weekend. I don't think I'll be able to get a full review of this album out any time soon but I'll be putting out some songs that I've been listening to lately, just like what I've done with this post and my previous post. Now onto my album preview and my favorite song from the album:
Sakura Ame Kinematograph ~Taishou Ippyakunen Kitan~ is an album by Automata Girl, featuring the arrangers from Aftergrow: Mano and Hiratake as well as vocalists from various circles. For some reason, they decided to use "Orca Ameno" as the arranger names for this album. Mano and Hiratake both make some really interesting and unique arrangements and this album really lives up to their reputation and style.
然様ならば (Sayou naraba) is an arrangement of Sakuya Izayoi's theme, Lunar Clock ~ Luna Dial. It is a very short song but I feel that it does an amazing job at capturing the essence of Sakuya! In it, we get a glimpse of Sakuya's daily life as the head maid of the Scarlet Devil Mansion. I can't praise Tsubaki Ichimatsu enough as she once again does a fantastic job on the vocals in this song; Both her japanese and English are just so enchanting to listen to in this song (her english has improved since her syrufit/poplica days!). The instrument featured here is an accordian or concertina. I'm not really sure since these kinds of instruments are rarely used in Touhou music. Though being a foreign instrument, it really adds a nice and unique touch to the lovely vocals of Tsubaki. Among all the various arrangements of Luna Dial, 然様ならば (Sayou naraba) is truely a special one.
Lastly, the translation of the lyrics for this song can be found here or by turning on the CC in the youtube video,
I really love music like this.
The first song, Feels so Good, is by Supercell featuring Nagi from the album Today is a Beautiful day. Supercell is probably most well known for his work with vocaloids songs in his album Supercell. His second album, Today is a Beautiful Day, features all vocal works by Nagi. Some of you anime watchers may recognize her voice in, Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari, the OP for Bakamonogatari.
Onto Feels so Good itself - Smooth piano and bass. Playful guitar strumming in the background. Sweet drums. SEXY vocals. The song is about a girl playfully enjoying her weekend; The instrumental solo that comes in the middle was pretty awesome in reflecting the time that the girl spent mindlessly having fun while nearly missing the last train of the night. How could anyone not feel good after listening to a song like this? :P
The second song is by Aftergrow featuring Mineko from the album URBANIZED STEREO. Aftergrow is a touhou rock group run by Hiratake and it is the first time that I've heard him arrange something like this. While 坂道 (Sakamichi) is similar sounding to Feels so Good, the mood of this song is a bit darker sounding in comparison. Nevertheless, the vocals are once again the highlight of this song, along with the amazing instrumental work to back it up.
Does anyone know of another other songs that are similarly sounding to these two?
Lastly, a quick update... I decided to start reading Swan Song instead of waiting for Steins;Gate. So far it is looking to be a pretty dark story with an interesting premise!
My 21st Visual Novel is complete! Read more for my short review on this fantastic VN.
Now that I've finished Cross Channel, there are tons of other VNs that I want to read but I think I will hold out for the English release of Steins;gate. I've already had my limited edition copy pre-ordered from rightstuf for months and it is scheduled for release on March 31st so it won't be a long wait. Schoolwork will keep me busy til then!
Gunjo Gakuen (Deep Blue School) is a facility designed to gather and isolate those students who got a high score on an adaptation exam (Scoring high on this exam indicates that the student is less likely to be able to be adapted to the society) mandated by the government.
foxfactory is an orchestral circle that consists of Yukkie Mizuhashi and his illustrator, amato (sweet tooth?). Although Yukkie is mostly known for arranging orchestral albums, once in a while he produces instrumental/easy listening arrangements.
Released in Reitaisai 10, Touhou Gensoukai -Fuujinroku no Oto- is a touhou orchestral arrangement album featuring themes from Mountain of Faith. This album is truly one of Yukkie Mizuhashi's best works, bringing forth a variety of arrangements and styles that represent the eastern sounds from Touhou.
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