Archive for the ‘Nana Mizuki’ Category

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Mizuki Nana- Silent Bible

2010年 2月 23日

Gorgeous, gorgeous cover. Her skin looks radiant against the blue. When I saw this cover I knew I wanted to incorporate it into Tsuki no Ai’s layout.

Silent Bible takes us back to Nana’s anime/seiyuu roots (think Justice to Believe). The song is quiet at first, with just piano and quiet synth. The sad and longing melody presented in the introduction continues throughout the rest of the song, but at a faster pace. Strings are present in this song, as they are in most of Nana’s songs. Overall the song is catchy and passionate, one of Nana’s best.

Polaris has an interesting title as well as an interesting musical concept. Nana’s actually doing something of an R&B song. I’m not used to hearing her voice against R&B instrumentals or at this particular pace, but that’s not to say this isn’t a good song. All in all I prefer the anime-ish songs, but this shows that Nana is more than just a seiyuu turned musician. Nana Mizuki is a musician in her own right… no anime necessary.

UNCHAINWORLD begins with some heavy guitar riffs, but the song incorporates an anime feel during the verses and chorus. This song is high energy and full of power. While thus far all three songs have used minor themes, it doesn’t keep the songs like UNCHAINWORLD from being enjoyable.

Undercover sounds like something that belonged on her previous single, PHANTOM MINDS. Here’s where we use a more major key (though not happy-go-luck of course). The strings in the song kind of give me an Irish vibe for some reason. The song is well-orchestrated and wraps up the single nicely.

Overall: Nana has really been delivering in her singles lately. While most seiyuu artists can only find sales within an anime niche, Nana Mizuki has proven that she can last as a Jpop singer without relying on her popularity as a seiyuu.

Rating: 9/10

Track list:

  1. Silent Bible
  2. Polaris
  3. UNCHAIN∞WORLD
  4. undercover
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Nana Mizuki (The Alchemists)- Theme of Lan Fan

2009年 12月 24日

Now who is at on the cover some might ask? It’s Lan Fan, the kick-ass body guard from Xing from Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood. In my opinion Lan Fan is one of the strongest female characters in anime today.

Both songs are by Japan’s most famous seiyuu, Nana Mizuki. In accordance with a number of other seiyuus from FMA, Nana-chan has created a single in honor of her character, Lan Fan. Despite the fact that these songs are for an anime, Nana has departed from the typical anime sound. She opts for real instruments instead of synth. Sorakaze opens us up with some electric guitars. It seems intense at first, but the verses are much more ethereal with the acoustic guitars and background synth. I have a little problem with the chorus in the song because it returns to the electric guitar feel and Nana’s voice doesn’t seem to match it too well.

Sotto, sotto is the better of the two tracks. It too uses acoustic guitar during the verses. It’s all very calm and peaceful until we get to the chorus. The chorus is more descriptive of Xing and Lan Fan. It’s upbeat with an imperial feel to it. It reminds me of horses galloping with the all the clapping and guitar rhythms. My only complaint is that this song is too short!

Overall: A solid single from Nana-chan, but sotto, sotto takes the cake.

Rating: 8.5/10

Track list:
1. Sorakaze
2. Sotto, sotto