With the recent art related posts, I thought it would be interesting to write about a Touhou album's artwork. There has been times where I've commented on the artwork on touhou albums before. After all, we almost always get to see the album art before we even get to listen to the music. It's a pretty important part of the album because it can really get people's attention. There have certainly been times where I've clicked on an album because it had interesting art on it. I don't always end up liking what I hear, but there have been times where I've found some amazing albums.
Replica isn't one of those albums that I discovered by chance, but It's one of my favorite touhou albums with one of the most beautiful artworks I've seen on an album cover. I believe the full image probably came from Poplica's website, which is no longer available. The actual cover is only the left side of the artwork.
The artwork for Replica is bold and powerful. Red and white dominates the palate and blends seamlessly with Reimu. Reimu herself is so pretty here, with her traditional outfit accented by purple and her hair and ribbons swaying with the wind. Aside from the background and Reimu, the usage of lighting is another highlight of this piece of art. The source of light comes from the left side, lighting up Reimu's left side while producing a flare effect on the middle (or right end) of the cover. There's a certain feeling of both calmness and intensity that I get from looking at this, and it's represented by Poplica's arrangements in the album. Just listen to track #5, 私と少女と風と to hear what I mean.
I might do more posts like these in the future, but I'll have to see. it would mainly just be for the older albums though because if I'm doing a review on a new album, I'll have comments for the album art on the review anyways. I just wanted to have a post in-between Reitaisai 13 and Comiket 90. C90 will be the next major post coming up. I can't promise it'll be done before C91 but I'll do my best! I really enjoyed writing that long series of previews for winter comiket last year and I'd like to be able to do something like that again.
Now that I've finally settled into my work routine and figured out how to handle my personal time better, I've finally gotten the chance to finish this post up. It's long overdue and I apologize to the faithful readers who have been waiting for this!
Reitaisai 13 is long done but maybe there will be an album or two on this recap that you may have missed! I always strive to listen to albums from circles that I've never heard of before, as they are usually the ones that surprise me. That has certainly been the case with this Reitaisai.
Before the album impressions though, I want to say thanks to @medoart for the art commission. I wanted a drawing of Satori because I've been really enjoying her theme lately and there was a pretty sweet arrangement of Third Eye in one of the R13 albums. If you've been reading my reviews, you'd know which one!
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