Nee: Bittersweet Love in Hiiro no Kakera

hiiro no kakeraNee (ねぇ) by Fujita Maiko (藤田麻衣子) is the opening theme song of the first-season anime adaptation of Hiiro no Kakera (緋色の欠片).  Just before the first episode premiered, some of the seiyuu of the show revealed that Nee was deliberately created for the anime.

I didn’t like the anime very much (except for the hot guys who I enjoyed eyeing), but I love this song.  I think it’s very beautiful and sad at the same time.  The entire song, including the melody and the lyrics, perfectly demonstrate the bittersweet joy and pain of falling in love.

I also think that Fujita-san’s voice is perfect for the song.  She has a very mellow, sweet, and even vulnerable voice that effectively mirrors what the song is about.  I love it!  The first time I heard it, it immediately stuck in my head.  I can listen to this song all day, and I do so often.

Rating: 😀 😀 😀 😀 (4 out of 5 grins)

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Below is the actual full-length music video of Fujita Maiko-san.  I don’t like it very much, but I applaud its simplicity.


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Links:
Hiiro no Kakera Official TV Anime Website (Japanese)
Fujita Maiko Official Website (Japanese)
Fujita Maiko Official Blog (Japanese)

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Beautiful Complication on DuRaRaRa!!

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Complication is the second opening theme song in the anime adaptation of the series DuRaRa!! from episodes 13-25.  It is sung by the awesome band ROOKiEZ is PUNK’D.  Okay.  Before anything else, I just want to get this out of my chest.  I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE this freaking song!!!  Phew.  Thank you.

When I first heard it, I completely tuned everything out except this song.  I imagine that this experience is very similar to “love at first sight”.  Hmmm.  I love everything about it.  The musicality. . .especially the guitars. . .loooooooove!!!  And most especially the vocals.  Am I the only one who goes doki-doki when the vocalist growls the lyrics during the chorus?  sigh  This is one of the most-played songs on my phone.  I just can’t stop listening to it.  And the rap is so cool, don’t you think so?

If you haven’t heard this song yet, gosh, you’re missing out.  Listen now!

Rating: 😀 😀 😀 😀 (4 out of 5 grins)

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Isn’t it wonderful?  Next up is the full-length music video of the band.  The vocalists are hot.  Ahem.  I like that it has a rugged and street-style feel to it.  It’s very appropriate for the song.

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Overall,  Complication by ROOKiEZ is PUNK’D is one of my most favourite songs to listen to.

Links:
DuRaRaRa!! Official TV Anime Website (Japanese)
ROOKiEZ is PUNK’D Official Website (Japanese)


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ONE PIECE Life Lesson: Believe in Your Dreams

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

I’ve said this before and I’m going to say it again.  ONE PIECE is my number 1 favourite anime/manga series ever!  Believe is the second opening theme song of the anime.  It is sung by five-girl J-pop idol group Folder5.  This particular song is used in episodes 48 to 115 and also on the second movie titled ねじまき島の冒険 (Nejimaki-jima no Bouken / Clockwork Island Adventure).

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Bakuman: Inspiration For All Writers, Artists, and Dreamers

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Rating:  😀 😀 😀 😀 😀  (perfect 5 grins)

Bakuman. (バクマン。) is a manga series created by the same mangaka duo responsible for the masterpiece Death Note.  Like Bakuman‘s Takagi Akito, the manga is written by Oba Tsugumi-sensei (大場つぐみ) and like Mashiro Moritaka, it is illustrated by Obata Takeshi-sensei (小畑健).  The manga is then adapted into a 3-season anime, faithfully following the manga’s original plot.

A brief synopsis:  The series revolves around the 2 main protagonists, Mashiro Moritaka and Takagi Akito, in their quest to fulfill their dream of becoming a successful mangaka duo, much like the manga creators Oba-sensei and Obata-sensei.  A successful mangaka for them is someone who can live off of their earnings.

Of course, there is more to the story besides this.  Most of the secondary characters, even the minor characters, have impact on the plot, especially on Mashiro and Takagi’s journey of fulfilling their dream.  Some may include Azuki Miho and even Miyoshi Kaya (Mashiro and Takagi’s love interests respectively) as part of the main protagonists because of their major influence on Mashiro and Takagi’s dream.  However, I don’t consider them as such because the series mainly focuses on the tribulations and successes of Mashiro and Takagi.

What I love about this series is that it is a great inspiration for all creative writers, artists, and dreamers.  Mashiro and Takagi are passionate about being a mangaka duo.  No matter what shit life throws at them, no matter how hopeless their dream seems to be, they still get back on their feet and plunge head on in their journey towards being successful mangaka.  Since the beginning, they only have their eyes on one thing, and woe to those who try to stop them.  They are like bulls who ram straight ahead.  Even when they hit a wall, they continue on ramming until that wall breaks down so they could continue rushing forward towards their dream.

As a writer, Bakuman is a great resource in creating stories.  It takes into account the complexity of harmonizing the setting, characters, plot, and many other important elements in creating an amazing story.  There are many times upon watching the anime that I felt inspired to craft stories.  And whenever I feel out of ideas, I just watch the series again.  It never fails to inspire me.

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Although I say that Bakuman is an inspiration to writers and artists, I think that everyone can learn something from it.  Just as long as you have a dream of becoming someone different, this series will inspire you to chase after that dream without worrying about how society will react.  It is your dream, your life, and you can do what you want with it.  Don’t be afraid of failures because you’ll certainly fail, much like Mashiro and Takagi repeatedly had their manga series cancelled due to declining popularity.  But did they give up?  No.  They used their failures to propel them into much greater heights, prompting them to create even more incredible manga.

Bakuman is truly one of the best inspirational series out there.  It motivates me to be more determined and focused on chasing after my dream, to be resilient during failures, and simply to be strong against life’s shits.  If you are currently on your life’s journey of chasing your dream, I highly recommend that you read the manga and/or watch the anime.  I guarantee that you’ll be inspired and motivated like nothing before.

Links:
Bakuman Anime at NHK (Japanese)


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To You After 10 Years: Itano Tomomi’s Love Song

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I’m not a fan of AKB48 at all.  It baffles me up until now how these huge group of girls got so ultra-famous.  Nevertheless, there are only 2 AKB48 members that I like:  Shinoda Mariko (篠田 麻里子) and Itano Tomomi (板野 友美).  Don’t ask me why.  I don’t even know why I like these two.

Juu-nen-go no Kimi e (10年後の君へ) is Itano Tomomi’s song that I like the most.  I think that both the lyrics and the melody are beautiful.  I don’t like the music video that much, but at least, you can see that it has a story.  It feels like a love letter being sung.  This song is rare from an AKB48 because it really connects with the listener.  Enjoy!


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