Merry Christmas everyone!
School is finally over for the semester, and that means another Comiket! But first of all... apologies for the lack of posts recently. Its been my hardest school semester yet, but at the same time the most rewarding. I've been keeping up with watching the Grisaia episodes of course, but I haven't had the time to write about any of them since episode 3. The season is nearly over, so I'll recap with my impressions of season 1 overall sometime later.
KanColle has grown immensely in popularity over the past year and as a result, many doujin groups have started to make arrangements based on KanColle themes. I haven't heard that many, but foxfactory's FlagshipS was fairly promising so I'm looking forward to hearing of KanColle. However, I don't think I'll get the same connection with the music just because I'm not familiar with either the original themes or the characters of the game. In that sense, I'll stick with the Touhou albums for the most part.
Anyways, lets see what exciting new albums there are!
[EastNewSound] - Proof Presence
Genre - Electronic, Trance
Site | XFD
Another Comiket, another ENS album. There's honestly not much to really say about ENS anymore. I think it'll be more of the same from them with this album. MAYBE there will be one or two tracks that I will like from the album, but that's a pretty big MAYBE. I think I'll probably just stop listening to their albums after this comiket. It's a shame, cause once in a while there's a gem in their albums.
Oh, and there's also an instrumental album of their last album like usual.
[CROW'SCLAW] - SHELLING AND TORPEDOING
Genre - Heavy Metal
Site | XFD
I can't say I'm too excited this one. SHELLING AND TORPEDOING will be an arrangement album based off of the very popular Kantai Collection. I'm not too familiar with the game's themes, and I've only heard one Kancolle album so far (by foxfactory). The crossfade sounds like Taka's usual heavy metal; perhaps not too different from Loudness Wars.
Yes... TAMUSIC has FOUR albums this Comiket! Two Touhou, and two KanColle. Jeez! I actually wasn't aware that they did more than just classical music til now.
[Unitone] - Vista
Genre - Uplifting Trance
Site | XFD
More trance, yay! Two of these tracks have Nago, the other half of Digital Logics (DGLG). Again, another nice album to check out.
[ShibayanRecords] - Andrastea
Genre - Nutrance, Disco
Site | XFD
To be honest, I didn't enjoy Shibyan's works back when I first started listening to Touhou music. I did like a few tracks here and there from various albums though. It was only earlier this month that I decided to give Shibayan a try again and it made me wonder just why didn't I like his works before? RETRO FUTURE GIRLS, Magico Catastrofe, and Musou Materialise have all been fantastic thus far.
Andrastea is no different! Shibayan keeps his usual nutrance/disco style that the touhou scene has come to love. However... with one new addition: Tsubaki Ichimatsu from Poplica/Syrufit (examples: liberate me, Reach for Tomorrow, Sayou Naraba). After two years of inactivity, she's finally back! She doesn't have the cutesy voice that 3L and Nachi can produce, but her vocals fit in line with the likes of Yana and others. That being said, the other vocal tracks with 3L, Nachi, and Milka all sound fantastic. I wish Yana was featured on this album though, as Desert Years is one of my favorite arrangements by Shibayan.
I really think that this album will be one of the best albums of C87, if not the best.
Sorry... no games section this Comiket! I haven't looked into any games this time around, and only really focused on the music. To recap: there seems to be a good amount of interesting albums this comiket from both old and familiar circles and others from circles that I haven't heard of.
It's not surprising that there are much more KanColle albums now than before, but I honestly would have rather seen more Touhou albums. Many of the "newer" touhou OSTs (lets say from Ten Desires onwards) don't quite get as much exposure as they should, compared to the older OSTs. But I think if we give it some time, circles will get around to arranging the new OSTs. It seems like circles have been getting around to arranging Subterranean Animism more nowadays (ex. Foxfactory, foxtail-grass studios, pizuya's cell, DDBY etc). Pizuya's Cell's piano albums have been working their way up from MoF onwards so if the trend continues, the next piano album will be arrangements of Double Dealing Character or another spinoff game/ost.
As said during the previews, the three albums that I am looking most forward to are: Shibayan's Andrastea, foxtail-grass studios' Hoshikuzu Atelier, and foxfactory's しっとりと、ときに華やかに. Those are three circles that have always been consistently good the past three years and releasing albums that I would consider to be 5/5s or at minimum, 4.5/5.
So be sure to look out for those three albums, along with other albums from the consistently good circles. Enjoy the music with some friends and family, and have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!
As a little side note... Forest306's webpage is different from the last time that I visited a while ago. It now says "I'll be taking a trip for a little while". But da... it's been two years! That's no "little while"! Finish your soul search and come back to us! I'm sure a lot of people would love to hear your acoustic guitar touhou arranges again. I'm not the only one who wants a Navigation il Mare 2... right?
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