The Blue Sky is Crying in Blood+

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Rating: 😀 😀 😀 😀 🙂 (4 & 1/2 out of 5 grins)

Aozora no Namida (青空のナミダ / Tears of the Blue Sky) sung by Takahashi Hitomi (高橋 瞳) is the first opening theme song of one of my favourite anime series Blood+.  It is used in episodes 1-13.  This song is one of the most-played on my phone.  I just love it!

The guitars and the drums are AWE-SOOOOOME. . .so bad-ass, yet the lyrics are very soulful and quite sad, actually.  I don’t like the vocals very much (sorry, Takahashi-san), but I admire that she hits the right notes, especially the high ones.  I think that it fits the theme of Blood+ very well.

As for the music video, I like that it incorporates scenes from the anime, especially at the very beginning.  As the mv goes on, however, this incorporation becomes somewhat tacky.  Although I like its dystopian atmosphere, very Resident Evil-like.

Overall, Aozora no Namida is one of my favourite songs.  I’ll take a pass at watching the mv, but I love listening to the song.  If you haven’t heard of this song yet, watch it below now.  Enjoy!


Uploaded by:  Angelus NightLord

Links:
Blood+ Official Website (Japanese)
Takahashi Hitomi Official Website (Japanese)


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Attack on Titan Procrastination

30-DAY ANIME CHALLENGE
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Day 6:  Anime You Want to See But Haven’t Yet

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I’m so terrible.  I’ve been saying this for more than a year now.  I want to watch Attack on Titan!  But it seems that I never get to.  (sigh)  I’ve had so many opportunities to watch it, but I always procrastinate.  I’ve even read so many great reviews about it.

Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin/進撃の巨人) is a series created by mangaka Isayama Hajime-sensei (諫山 創).  I more or less know what’s it about, since I’ve read so many articles about it before even watching it.  Let me tell you something.  It’s number 1 on my “to-watch” list but lately, I tend to re-watch my favourite anime series such as ONE PIECE, Bakuman。, HUNTER x HUNTER, Death Noteetc. instead of watching other series that I haven’t watched before.

It’s just that I’m not in the mood to watch other series yet.  When this mood eases, then I’ll finally watch Attack on Titan.  I don’t know when that’s going to be, though.  Nevertheless, I can’t help but feel excited with the announcement that there’s going to be a Season 2 for the anime.  Perhaps I should wait until Season 2?  Hmmm.  And of course, who can pass up the upcoming live-action movie starring actor Miura Haruma (三浦 春馬)?  (doki-doki) (●♡∀♡)

I know that I’ll eventually watch this anime.  It’s just a matter of when.  Perhaps when I’m tired re-watching my favourite anime. . .hmmm. . . .but surely, I’ll watch Attack on Titan since it’s number 1 on “to-watch” list.

お楽しみなぁぁぁぁ~ ☆:.。. o(≧▽≦)o .。.:


Uploaded by:  アニメポニーキャニオン

Links:
Shingeki no Kyojin Official Anime Website (Japanese)
Shingeki no Kyojin Official Manga Website (Japanese)
Attack on Titan on Funimaton (English)


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First Departure Towards Our Dreams

hunter x hunter 2011

Rating:  😀 😀 😀 🙂 (3 & 1/2 out of 5 grins)

HUNTER x HUNTER is one of my most favourite anime ever!  I love the manga and both the first and the latest (just “ended”) anime adaptations.  In the latest anime adaptation HUNTER x HUNTER (2011), the opening theme song for the whole series alternates between 2 versions of Departure! by rock and heavy metal singer-songwriter Ono Masatoshi (小野正利).  

The first version is used for the first, third, fourth, and sixth openings.  I just love how Ono-san sings the high notes.  It’s very catchy, and the guitars are AWE-SOOOOME!!!  But what I love the most is the lyrics.  I think that they’re very reflective of Gon’s goal of becoming a hunter and searching for his father in the series.  No, I’ll change that.  I think that it’s reflective of all the most of the people in the series doing their best to acquire a hunter license.  Like what the song says, “You just try again!”  Even if these people fail over and over, they just try the exams again because they know that there is a greater reward waiting for them once they succeed.

And did I mention that the opening’s animation are so cool?  I think that the animators did an excellent job in synchronizing the graphics with the music.  Looooooove!  Watch the different openings using the first version of Departure! below.  Enjoy!

Opening 1

Uploaded by:  saomi aldaba


Opening 3 

Uploaded by:   Da Coon


Opening 4

Uploaded by:  Da Coon


Opening 6 

Uploaded by:  Kazuya Freecss

Links:
Ono Masatoshi Official Website (Japanese)
HUNTERxHUNTER (2011) on NTV (Japanese)


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There is No Anime That I’m Ashamed of Watching

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Day 5:  Anime You’re Ashamed You Enjoyed

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Exploring the World of Yaoi Through BLCD’s

Ah, yaoi.  (/≧ω\)

Ever since the Internet became the hub for many manga and anime fans, you WILL always find someone who has a taste for Boys’ Love (BL).  It took a while for me before I became comfortable reading and watching BL manga & anime.  Now I don’t mind them at all.  Sometimes, I even prefer them over many shoujo series out there.  Besides, almost most of the time, BL series feature incredibly HOT guys whose personalities I prefer more than many of the male characters in gyaku harem (reverse harem) series.

I don’t normally search BL titles by myself.  Most of the series that I read/watch are recommended to me by fellow anime/manga fans who are also BL lovers.  Those of them who are proficient in Japanese recommend listening to BLCD’s.  I always reply to this recommendation with a non-committal “I’ll do that next time.”  This “next time” never really happened until last month.

love stage

I was messing around Youtube, trying to search for something interesting to watch.  Then for some reason, videos of BLCD recordings appeared on my “Recommended to You” list.  Not really thinking too much about it, I clicked on one video.  Boy, was I shocked!–in a good way, of course.

Before I knew it, I was clicking on the next video, and the next one after that, and so on.  Then I began to recognize some of the seiyuu from my favourite shounen anime, and I was like $#@&!* Nanja koryaaaaa????!!!  ヽ༼ ಠ益ಠ ༽ノ

After hyper-ventilating, I moved my shaky fingers and clicked on the next BL recording.  I didn’t care about the titles.  All I wanted was to listen to as much as I could.  I don’t even remember most of the titles and the stories, but I DO remember the voices, especially the ones of my favourite seiyuu.  Of course, I know that many of my favourite male seiyuu are also doing BLCD’s, but this is the first time that I’ve heard them in this kind of drama CD.  Wow.  No wonder female fans go “Kyaaaaaaaa! <insert seiyuu name>-sama! Kekkon-shite kudasai!” whenever these seiyuu have public appearances.  As I thought, it doesn’t make sense that they get this kind of reception for their shounen roles.  It’s because of their BL roles that they manage to create this female hysteria.

During the first week of listening to BL recordings, I alternated between horror and mirth.  Horror at hearing some of my favourite seiyuu making moaning and, ahem, sucking and slurping sounds.  Then mirth. . .for all the exact same reasons.  Oh well.

Now that I’ve taken a taste of the world of BLCD, there’s no going back.  I’m going to hunt for the proper CD’s.  I can’t just settle for those short Youtube clips.  I want the complete BLCD’s. (*≧艸≦)

How about you?  Have you tried listening to Boys’ Love CD’s?


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