Posts Tagged ‘anime’

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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

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Stereopony- Tsukiakari no Michishirube

2009年 11月 21日

I love the Stereopony girls’ style. They have this alternative-edgy look to them. Nice =]

Tsukiakari no Michishirube, signpost of the moonlight, is my Stereopony debut. I had heard their name around before, but the first time I heard their music was when I was watching Darker than Black: Ryuusei no Gemini, for which Tsukiakari no Michishirube is the opening song. Aimi’s vocals, coupled with electric guitar, open up the song. The song has a progressive feel during the verses, but things get exciting in the chorus. The chorus creates this hopeful and determined atmosphere, which is perfect for an anime like the Darker than Black sequel.

Things slow down in the next song, Daidai Iro. The song reminds me of a toned down version of Smilife. It wasn’t my favorite song on the single, just because it pales in comparison to the A-side.

The opening of Fuzz is very similar to the opening of Smilife. However, being that the song is just a little over 2 minutes long, it opts for a very energetic feel. It’s a shame that this song is so short, because rather than making this an “experimental” interlude, this song would have been great in full version. We hear very little vocals, but the guitar technique makes up for it.

Overall: Tsukiakari no Michishirube shows Stereopony’s ability to tap different kinds of styles with their music, thus giving me a hopeful future for Stereopony’s future.

Rating: 8/10

Track List:

1.Tsukiakari no Michishirube
2.Daidai iro
3.Fuzz
4.Tsukiakari no Michishirube (Instrumental)
5.Tsukiakari no Michishirube (Opening Edition)

 

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Lil’B- Tsunaida Te

2009年 11月 20日

Pretty cover… but I only see 1/2 of the hip-pop duo ;_;

Tsunaida Te is the 3rd ending song to the popular anime, Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood. Lil’B does a great job at creating a sentimental, yet hopeful, song. I’ve already posted the PV for the song, here. Although Lil’B is classified as a hip-hop duo, Tsunaida Te has a much more pop feel because it uses a delicate melody, strings, and guitars. This song is addicting as hell and it’s my latest obsession.

The first B-side, Last Letter, is a bit more hip-hop than the previous track, but still very tasteful. The poignant melody meshes perfectly with AILA’s rapping, and MIE’s voice rings during the chorus.

Continuing with an sad R&B vibe, we have Kiss (One More Kiss Mix). I love how this song employs a subtle harmony with piano in the background. AILA’s rapping is much slower in this song.

As a side note, I recommend listening to the instrumental version of Tsunaida Te. This song completely blew my mind and it helps to listen to the instrumental to fully appreciate the orchestration of the song.

Overall: This is the best R&B single I have heard all year.  This single shows that despite their “hip-hop” genre, Lil’B is an incredibly versatile duo. They’re pop, hip-hop, R&B, and kick-ass. Excellent job Lil’B!

Rating: 9.5/10

Track List:

1. Tsunaida Te
2. Last Letter
3. KISS ( one more kiss mix )
4. Tsunaida Te ( TV version )
5. Tsunaida Te ( karaoke )