“Arcadia” by Jupiter: A Harsh & Modern Fairy Tale

Rating: 😀 😀 😀 😀 (4 out of 5 grins)

Last time, I featured a fantastic visual kei power metal band called Jupiter with some flair of the classical and ballad.  This band was recommended to me by music blogger Kevin Pasman of Kevy Metal Blog.  I was impressed by Jupiter’s “Nostalgie”, which sounded like a love letter being sung.

I’m grateful that Kevin has kept in touch, often recommending music that he thought I might like.  He was the first to inform me that Jupiter has a new album titled The History of Genesis.  I highly recommend that you read his insightful review of Jupiter’s new album on his blog.

In his review, he praises the clashing guitars of “Arcadia.”  And I agree with him.  In “Nostalgie”, I couldn’t stress enough how gorgeous everyone in the band are.  Wherein the dark and the seductive are emphasized in “Nostalgie”, it seems to me that they’re aiming for a more traditional “fairy tale” interpretation in “Arcadia”.  See for yourself.


Uploaded by:  YouTube Jupiter Channel

Did you see how gorgeous Zin, the main vocalist, is?  My gosh.  And he’s not the only one.  All of them are gorgeous.  Too gorgeous!  I hate them a little.  I know that I’m focusing a little bit too much on the band members and their beauty, but I won’t apologize.  For more information on the songs in this new album, read Kevin’s review.

Once again, I want to thank Kevin for informing me of yet another set of awesome songs from Jupiter.  Don’t forget to check out his Kevy Metal Blog.

Links:
Jupiter Official Website (Japanese & English)

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May J. Lets It Go With “ARI NO MAMA DE”

Rating: 😀 😀 🙂 (2 & 1/2 grins)

Last week, I featured the Japanese rendition of Disney hit animated film Frozen’s “Let It Go”, “ありのままで” (Ari No Mama De), performed by Matsu Takako (松たか子) in the film [アナと雪の女王 (Ana to Yuki no Jo-ou/Ana & the Snow Queen) in Japanese].

This week, I’m featuring May J‘s rendition of Demi Lovato’s version of “Let It Go”.  Here is May J. performing “ありのままで” (Ari no Mama De).


Uploaded by: Angie Lawliet

I like May J.’s version, but I think I prefer Demi Lovato’s.  I’m not sure how to explain it, but I think that May J.’s version has less impact?  Hmmmm. . . .  Nevertheless, I still think that Matsu Takako did a wonderful job in the Japanese version of the film.

How about you?  Which do you think is better?

Links:
Ana to Yuki no Jo-ou (Frozen) at Disney Japan (Japanese)
May J. Official Website (Japanese)


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What if “ONE PIECE” is Luffy’s Hat All Along & Other Memes (ノಠ益ಠ)ノ

If you’ve been reading my blog for some time now, you’ll know that I’m a huge ONE PIECE fan.  I decided to take a break from my usual 30-Day Anime Challenge posts, and blog about one of my favourite topics–ONE PIECE!!!  Here are some entertaining OP memes from MemeCenter.  For some of the images, only OP viewers will be able to understand them.  Enjoy!

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Kurapika’s Chain of Death

30-DAY ANIME CHALLENGE
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Day 22:  Favourite Weapon, Gear, or Armour Used in an Anime

My favourite anime weapon hasn’t changed since 1999–Kurapika’s Chains.  I’ve been dreaming about his chains since I watched the first anime adaptation of HUNTER x HUNTER.  So cool!

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I think he has the coolest Nen weapon in the entire series.  You may disagree with me, but I don’t care.  Kurapika suddenly becomes a bad-ass after the Hunter Exam during the York Shin Arc.

He’s essentially a Conjurer-type Nen user, but becomes this freaking awesome Specialist when his eyes turn red.  He calls this state “Emperor Time”, where he’s able to wield 100% of each Nen categories (Enhancer, Transmuter, Conjurer, Emitter, Manipulator, and of course, Specialist).

His right hand holds his chains–five chains for each finger.  Each chain has its own specific purpose.  Here’s a short refresher of each chain:

Judgment Chain (Little Finger)
Kurapika can only use this chain when he’s in Specialist-Mode (when his eyes are red). A small dagger is attached at the end of this chain. He wraps the chain around a person’s heart with the dagger pointed at it, while he sets 2 conditions that the person must absolutely obey or the dagger will stab the heart, instantly killing the person.  He has a dagger chain wrapped around his own heart.

Dowsing Chain (Ring Finger)
A small metal ball is attached at the end. This is the chain that Kurapika often uses to fight.  He can also use this to “dowse”–to find missing objects/persons and also as a lie detector.

Chain Jail (Middle Finger)
This chain with a hook end can only be used against the Gen-ei Ryodan (Phantom Troupe).  If he uses it on a person other than a “spider”, he dies.  It wraps around a “spider”, forcing them in a state of Zetsu. Nen is completely shut down; the most dangerous weapon against a “spider”. Uvogin is its first victim.

??? Chain (Index Finger)
Not yet revealed, as far as I know. I can’t wait to learn what kind of chain it is.

Holy Chain (Thumb)
A cross is attached at the end. It can only be used when Kurapika is in Specialist-Mode, increasing his Enhancement abilities up to 100%.  He uses it to heal grave injuries instantly.

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Holy Chain while in Specialist-Mode

How cool is his weapon?  I like that each chain has its different use.  I especially LIKE when he goes into “Emperor Time”.  Seriously.  Who wouldn’t want 100% command of all the Nen categories?  That’s just too awesome.  But of course, it’s also a double-edged sword that will instantly kill him if he violates the conditions he set upon himself to obtain exponential power.

Although his chains are born out of hatred and desire for revenge against the Phantom Troupe, I still think they’re the best nen weapons in the whole series.  I think that his chains trump Gon’s Jajanken, Killua’s electricity, and (sigh) sadly, even Hisoka’s Bungee Gum & Texture Surprise.

Kurapika’s Chains are my favourite anime weapon.  What’s yours?

Links:
HUNTERxHUNTER (2011) on NTV  (Japanese)


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ARI NO MAMA DE: Japanese Version of Frozen’s “Let It Go”

Rating: 😀 😀 😀 😀 🙂 (4 & 1/2 grins)

Ever since I watched Disney’s hit animated film Frozen, theme song “Let It Go” has played inside my head over and over again that I want to tear all my hair out.  Why must I hear this song all the time?  This blasted. . .alluring song.  It’s frustrating, yet I can’t stop listening to it.

Then I made the mistake of listening to it in different languages.  What the heck was I thinking?!

The Japanese rendition of “Let It Go”, “ありのままで” (Ari No Mama De), performed by Matsu Takako (松たか子) in the film [アナと雪の女王 (Ana to Yuki no Jo-ou/Ana & the Snow Queen) in Japanese] is beautiful.


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Now the Japanese version is stuck in my head, even more than the original English one.  Ugh!  I’m so annoyed!

whispers:  I love the song, though.  Ssssh!

ARI NO MAMA DEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE~

Links:
Ana to Yuki no Jo-ou (Frozen) at Disney Japan (Japanese)
Matsu Takako Official Website (Japanese)


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