The Ultimate Music Survey

March 4, 2011 at 5:24 am | Posted in Music, _random rants | 1 Comment

Felt like procrastinating a bit.

Ultimate Music Survey
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What is your favorite genre of music?: J-Pop
Why?: has more variety than American pop
Name your favorite band(s): Bump of Chicken, Kalafina, Paramore
Name your favorite solo artist(s): Imogen Heap, Rurutia, Sakamoto Maaya
What is your favorite album?: Sakamoto Maaya’s Shounen Alice
What is your favorite album cover?: most of Rurutia’s CD covers
Name your favorite song(s): yoshiki*lisa – Destin Histoire
Favorite CD you own: Mizuki Nana’s Dream Skipper
Favorite song on your computer: A-ha – Question of Lust (Depeche Mode cover)
Favorite song you DON’T have: Selena Gomez – A Year Without Rain
Favorite lyrics: Joanna Newsom – Peach, Plum, Pear
Favorite vocalist: too many to name
Favorite guitarist: no real preference
Favorite bassist: Nikki Monninger of Silversun Pickups
Favorite drummer: Kim Pine from Scott Pilgrim… lol
Favorite instrumentalist (any instrument not mentioned above): Imogen Heap! such a talented multi-instrumentalist :)
Favorite classical / jazz composer: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Favorite rapper: N/A… not a fan of rap in general
Favorite theatrical score: Laputa: Castle in the Sky
Favorite of anything not mentioned: Hilary Duff’s songs are my favorite guilty pleasure
The bad stuff
What’s your least favorite genre of music?: Rap, lots of anime charasong stuff
Who’s your least favorite band?: any super moe seiyuu unit
Who’s your least favorite solo artist?: Hirano Aya
Who do you think is the most annoying musician?: Miley Cyrus, for her public image more so than music
If you could shoot any “artist” or “band”, who would it be?: Jason Derulo, for that “Whatcha Say” monstrosity
Who do you think is the least talented?: there are too many to name as well
Least favorite song: most of the generic pop crap in America
Most annoying song: Toyosaki Aki – GO!GO!MANIAC
Most repetative song: Eiffel 65 – Blue. Love that song though.
Last song to be stuck in your head: Depeche Mode – Precious
Did this survey just get that song stuck in your head again? (sorry): It’s not a bad song, so I don’t mind.
Worst band that used to be good?: not a band, but… I prefer YUI’s older material a lot more
A good band that used to suck?: fripSide. well, they were just kind of unmemorable before
Your musical backgroun
What was the first music you remember listening to?: Swan Lake soundtrack
What type of music do your parents listen to?: classical, some old Chinese pop from their generatioin
Do you play any musical instruments, or sing? If so, elaborate.: I used to play viola & piano, and I sing a bit
Do you take lessons for instruments or voice? If so, for how long?: piano – 4 years, viola – 5
Do you plan to / have you gone to college for music?: nope!
Who are your musical inspirations?: Vienna Teng, Gregory and the Hawk
Who was your first favorite band or artist?: Avril Lavigne
Who is your most recent favorite band or artist?: Takagaki Ayahi
What styles of music are you interested in learning about?: I’m really open to most types…
What styles of music do you already know a lot about?: J-Pop for listening, classical for playing
Do you know much about musical theory? If not, would you like to?: decent, but I’m rusty
If you take lessons, do you like your teacher(s)?: I liked most of my music teachers.
How many different music teachers do you have, or have you had?: piano – at least 3?, viola – only 1
This or that
Classical or jazz?: classical
Classic rock or modern rock?: modern rock
Rock or Rap?: rock
Emo or Punk?: punk, but both are good if done correctly
Funk or Blues?: neither, but leaning towards blues
Pink Floyd or Led Zeppelin?: neither
Bob Marley or Michael Franti?: neither
Coldplay or Radiohead?: on the fence with this one
Guster or Dispatch?: don’t know
John Mayer or Jack Johnson?: Jack Johnson
Eminem or 50 Cent?: eh, neither
Britney Spears or Christina Aguilera?: both
Backstreet Boys or N’SYNC?: N’SYNC
The Beatles or the Rolling Stones?: The Beatles
Beethoven or Mozart?: both
Rachmaninoff or Debussy?: hmm, depends…
Duke Ellington or Count Basie?: don’t know
Electric or acoustic?: acoustic
Mandolin or ukulele?: ukulele
Saxophone or trumpet?: saxophone
Miscelaneous
Why do you like music?: it’s interesting and creative and fun. sorry I couldn’t give a better answer
When you’re angry, what type of music do you listen to?: loud rock
Has music ever made you cry? When?: yes, Gackt’s Last Song
Has music ever made you laugh? When?: yes, at most of The Lonely Island’s songs
Do you like local music?: haven’t checked out the scene yet
What is the best show you have ever been to?: Vienna Teng’s live back in June 2009
Have you ever played in any shows?: if you count being in orchestra in school
If so, what type of music was it?: classical, contemporary instrumental
Do you enjoy being on stage?: yes
Do you like to sing, even if you don’t consider yourself a singer?: yes
If you could meet any musician and ask them for advice, who would it be?: I’d like to ask many of my favorites for advice.
If you could just chill with any musician, who would it be?: Marina & the diamonds. Would be a fun day
What instrument that you don’t play now would you like to learn next?: harp
Do you like foreign types of music? If so, what types?: huge fan of J-Pop <3
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Anxiously awaiting Destin Histoire

February 21, 2011 at 1:26 am | Posted in Music, yoshiki*lisa, _random rants | Leave a comment

I can’t remember the last time I anticipated a J-Pop song’s full release so much.

Destin Histoire
, the opening to the anime GOSICK and the debut single of newcomer yoshiki*lisa (unless that’s just another name for a previously released singer) has been my obsession for the past two weeks.

The song reminds me of why I got into anime music in the first place, it’s everything an anime opening should be. It’s hard to describe, but it’s got the whole lighthearted opening/”welcoming you” feel with a slightly sad undertone. The melody is catchy with a nostalgic tint to it. The singer’s voice is not particularly amazing, but it suits the song well.

This is going to become one of those anime “classics” on my iPod in the years to come, by that I mean a song that I’ll never get tired of, a perennial favorite. There was Younha’s Houkiboshi in 2005, supercell’s Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari in 2009, and I’m pretty sure Destin Histoire will snag the 2011 spot.

Download the TV size here if you stumble upon this post after YouTube deletes the video. You’ll need an account, but the site is free.

The full single for Destin Histoire is out March 2nd.

3 (Non-Dance) Renai Circulation Covers Worth Checking Out

February 9, 2011 at 3:15 am | Posted in Music, _random rants, _seiyuu charasong | Leave a comment

Am I late jumping on the train or what? I’m sure those of you who are clued into the anime circuit remembered the hype of the cute 4th opening to Bakemonogatari – Renai Circulation by Hanazawa Kana.

And I’m pretty sure those of you who remember the song also associate it with the viral dance meme.  However, what interested me wasn’t the various dance covers (often featuring awkward lumbering otaku pretending to be Japanese schoolgirls) but the vocal covers. It’s not too hard to wave your arms and jump up and down like a bear on hot coals, but to sing the cutesy melody and chatter away adorably at the equally cutesy rap section… I was curious to see who could pull it off.

Unfortunately, sifting through YouTube for vocal covers of a popular anime song is akin to thrifting – you have to go through a bunch of garbage before finding a few gems.

Luckily for you, Yoruko has endured the countless wannabe-J-Pop idols shrieking in her Sony MDR-NC7’s so you can just sit back and enjoy these three wonderful Renai Circulation song covers of varying nature.

THIRD PLACE
HAN0N1viBritannia’s karaoke version


Props for actually doing the full version, most cover singers are usually too lazy and stop at TV-size. Her voice quality is like a softer rendition of Hanazawa’s, and while she isn’t a particularly strong singer and tends to mumble a bit, her adorable lisp has character. I just want to give that voice a tight hug :)

SECOND PLACE
Osamurai-san & acane_madder’s acoustic version


Osamurai-san plays the guitar and harmonica in this, with acane_madder on vocals and piano. acane’s pitched this down a little and given the song a gentler, wispier tone. I’m a sucker for acoustic renditions and I honestly didn’t think one of Renai would have worked, but this cover convinced me otherwise. The rap section was done beautifully, and the instrumentation is great.

FIRST PLACE
Male a capella version


This earns the gold medal due to sheer epicness. A male university a capella group covering this? So many things could have gone wrong, but they didn’t. The high voices are solid, and having the bass singers take the rap and chorus was an amusing spin on things. Also loved their vocal adaptation of the instrumentals. And you can’t forget their hilarious attempts to dance along. Viva otakus with good harmony!

Mix it all together and you know you got the…

October 10, 2009 at 5:44 am | Posted in Anime & Manga, Chihara Minori, Music, Seiyuu, _random rants, _seiyuu charasong | Leave a comment

…definitely NOT the best of both…er, all worlds.

I’m talking about the ending theme for the anime Needless. Despite its nearly mentally scarring yuri fanservice video which pretty much had shit to do with the series, the ending song itself is a lot to gripe about.

Recipe for an fanservice-filled trying-too-hard-to-be-a-kickass-shounen-anime ending song:

Ingredients:
1 Kitamura Eri
1 Makino Yui
1 Goto Saori
1 Chihara Minori

Ahahaha Madhouse, nice one. You almost got me there with the lineup.

WAIT WAIT WAIT…aren’t these seiyuu supposedly GOOD at singing…?

Individually, these girls do have rather nice voices, with Kitamura Eri and Chihara Minori erring on the sharper-sounding side, while Makino Yui and Goto Saori have softer, cutesier, ’rounder’ tones.

song samples:
Kitamura Eri – Before the Moment
Makino Yui – Symphony
Goto Saori – Shooting Star ~Negai wo Komete~
Chihara Minori – Paradise Lost

…so you think the creators would be wise enough to hire someone to write a song that plays to each of their vocal strengths…? Or in some cases, with a flock of good singers, the end result will be good no matter what you throw at them…?

Think again.

Just stick these four lovely women in a generic anison mixer, crank the pitch up too many notches, cook the music long enough so it comes out burnt and uninspired, and sprinkle some annoying moe yells…

and voila! Bon appetit!

Needless Girls+ – aggressive zone

I guess you can still hear it’s them…and maybe it’s mean to be some glorified charasong but…Jesus Christ. I know people can turn Miley Cyrus into some decent pop singer by giving her a decent song, but it never ceases to amaze me how good singers can sound so bad with the wrong songs…

And the worst part about “aggressive zone” is that the chorus is so damn catchy and it might end up on my mp3 player in my bunch of mindless music (though it can’t quite beat the horrible vocal of Gotou Yuuko’s “Special Days”)…it’s already wormed its way into my brain…ARGH. D:

~ Yoruko

P.S. I wanted to write a separate post for this, but decided I was too lazy.

After my rant about the song, you can go view the horrific ED sequence to make both your eyes AND ears bleed!

AND after that, you must watch this EPIC PARODY…words fail me. But then again, it’s also because it’s almost 6 AM and I’ve stayed up all night trying to write a lab report without much success 0rz ||

LEGIT & LEGAL, BITCHES.

May 14, 2009 at 12:21 am | Posted in Music, _random rants | 3 Comments

While Yoruko may be the pirate queen of music, whether it be anison, J-Pop, or even the occasional Western album…sometimes she does step down from her throne and joins the throng of hapless buyers out there. This is a peek into my J-Pop journey via the small collection of CDs I’ve amassed over the time period of…5~6 years?

WARNING: LENGTHY & IMAGE HEAVY POST AHEAD…

Continue Reading LEGIT & LEGAL, BITCHES….

J-Pop Survey Meme!

May 13, 2009 at 7:44 am | Posted in Music, _random rants | Leave a comment

~snagged from Sora to Kujira. Yes, the meme monster strikes here too! It’s bad enough I spam my friends on deviantART and Facebook with memes…but whatever XD

I am finally done with finals! *rejoices* I should be packing to move back home, but a little break can’t hurt :3

1. What was the first Japanese song that you ever listened to?
Rikki’s Suteki da ne from the Final Fantasy X soundtrack, but that didn’t really get me into J-Pop. That honor goes to Tanaka Rie’s I hear you everywhere.

2. Did it inspire you to like that group/singer, or did it turn you away?
I was in love with Tanaka Rie’s voice back in 8th grade, although I think I ended up going through a Mizuki Nana and Tamura Yukari phase before I went back to her. Oh, maybe even an Ishida Yoko phase. Who knows…*shrug*

3. What is the one song that you have been listening to for the longest time?
Haha…most likely the OP and ED themes from Naruto.

4. What group/singer have you liked the longest?
singer: Mizuki Nana
group: Rythem

5. What is the song with the most plays on your itunes/media player?
3rd place: monobright – Anata MAGIC
2nd place: NEWS – weeeek
1st place: Kawada Mami – PSI-missing

6. Is that song your favorite?
Not really. I was obsessed with weeek and Anata MAGIC because they were really catchy, and PSI-missing because I liked the overall tone/composition of the song. weeek did save my ass on my Japanese final, so I think it deserves a special spot in my favorites XD

7. If not, what is?
I never have consistent favorites…they change often depending on my mood. Right now it’s FictionJunction’s Parallel Hearts and some random Kalafina songs (sprinter, Kizuato, oblivious…). Another Kajiura Yuki phase much?

8. Is there any one group that you can listen to all/most of the songs by?
THYME. I haven’t heard a single cringe-worthy song from them…yet.

9. What is your favorite agency?
I don’t follow agencies…whatever artist is good, it doesn’t matter to me the agency he/she/they come from.

10. What is your favorite group/singer?
currently?
group: Kalafina
singer: Suara

The Crack Post of Crack Posts

April 17, 2009 at 12:18 am | Posted in Kajiura Yuki, Music, Revo, x_crack_x, _random rants | Leave a comment

REVO AND KAJIURA YUKI BELONG TOGETHER.

And I don’t mean in just the musical sense. I know you think I’m probably crazy, but the more and more I think about it, the more it makes sense.

WARNING: I DON’T KNOW WHAT I WAS ON WHEN I WROTE THIS.

Continue Reading The Crack Post of Crack Posts…

Random tidbits, catching up, what have you…

March 8, 2009 at 1:20 am | Posted in !announcements, Anime & Manga, Music, Seiyuu, _random rants | 1 Comment

Okay, so my hiatus took more than until just after I finished that paper (which, might I add, epically failed on anyways)…lol, I was gone for a month. Gosh, I wish could be more dedicated to my blog but long story short, sometimes life happens. OH HAY YORUKO HAS LIFE OUTSIDE OF ANIME/J-POP/SEIYUU WORLD?

But really on a serious note…my grandmother passed away on the 24th, and I was kind of just in a slump that week…which led to academic stuff piling up before my spring break (starting March 16th) so I am staring hell week in the face right now. So until then, I will not be blogging much.

Anyways about blog stuff…I must finish up that BeForU album review sometime. And even though I planned to review BeForU and Macross Frontier stuff, I sort of have an urge to review seiyuu music now…I’ve gotten re-obsessed with Suzumura Kenichi and Sakamoto Maaya. Of course, there’s also Mizuki Nana and Chihara Minori…and even Hirano Aya for the lulz. Orikasa Fumiko also has a really pleasant singing voice, but I doubt I’ll review anything by her though – she’s not a very high priority on my list.

The one thing in seiyuu music that has caught my attention the most is that…Inoue Marina needs an album. I’ve been desperately wanting one for…two years now. I mean, if someone like Hirano Aya can even land a recording contract…well, Aya-bashing aside, Marina has a simply wonderful singing voice. It’s amazingly versatile, and she blows a lot of real J-Pop singers out of the water. I was tired of putting the same six songs (her three 2-track singles) on repeat so I started hunting down some of her character songs (Speaking of which, I need to grab that Manabi Straight charasingle…)

Anime-watching has kind of been on a major hiatus for me ever since I finished Code Geass R2 during mid-January. Well I’ve previewed a couple of the new shows and so I’ll give a few random scribbles on them…I’m not following any of them closely though.

Akikan!
– I feared this would be a pointless/overly-fanservicey harem show. Turns out that some of the funny moments aren’t so bad and the characters are decent (with the exception of Melon – I do find her a bit too cliche and irritating). I love Kakeru’s perverted moments and the fact that he’s not as big of a loser as he seems to be. Najimi’s amusing to some extent, but I’d have to say Yell is my favorite. Oh, and you can’t forget the creepy gay government official who brings EPIC LULZ. Akikan! has a bit of a serious side too, and I hope the series balances it out nicely with the humor and doesn’t make them clash too strongly.
Chrome Shelled Regios – Fantasy/sci-fi combo with lots of fancy magic attacks and a clueless young male protagonist who has a past he wants to hide and some hidden power that must be used for the greater good…sounds like a recipe for disaster, right? The flashy fighting and to-die-for uniforms make Regios seem like some random fantasy RPG…I think this series is catering to my inner-child-who-wants-to-be-a-mahou-shoujo but it’s enjoyable all the same. Although I can’t help but facepalm when it seems like four girls might all fall in love with the main guy. I hope they at least bring his past into the series more later ~ I definitely want to see more about the Heaven Blades…
Genji Monogatari Sennenki – Historical anime has never really interested me…not because I can’t digest the information but lately I’ve been looking for anime as something that wouldn’t consume too much of my attention. The art is wonderful in this series, I love the voice acting as well (even though the antiquated speech manner grates on my ears) but I don’t think I’ll actively watch this. Although Genji’s trap-ness as a child was pretty amusing.
Kemono no Souja Erin – Good visuals, slightly too mellow/slow for my liking. The art is probably what would make me watch any more of it; it’s simplistic (reminds me of a Ghibli film almost) and the backgrounds are done nicely as well. Plot-wise…healers and dragons aren’t exactly my cup of tea.
Kurokami – Wonderfully dark and deliciously mysterious. I love the concept of the doppeliners – this series’ premise hooked me in, but for some reason I don’t really find myself being that enthusiastic about it. I think it’s mainly due to my recent search for light-hearted anime. I’ll definitely come back and watch this someday, since after a first few eps, it’s seriously giving me some Shakugan no Shana vibes. And I kind of want to cosplay that evil Irie Shouichi look-alike…but that’s beside the point.
SoraKake Shoujo (too lazy to look up the proper long title) – Promising, but somehow the character designs turn me off. I think I’m just tired of the whole ‘moe’ thing and shuddering at creepy otaku guys ogling them. The characters themselves are likeable enough though. Imo-chan is really adorable, and Fukuyama Jun as Leopard just cracks me up. This is low on my list, but I can’t say I won’t ever give it another chance…
White Album – Boring boring boring. I watched this for Mizuki Nana and Hirano Aya and still could barely get past the first ep. *sigh* Either this series really is shitty like j1m0ne says or I’m unable to appreciate the subtlety in its plot execution that Star Crossed loves, but I might just go through some more eps for the sake of the seiyuu cast…even though all the characters except for Rina seem depressingly bland. And there’s absolutely no chemistry between Touya and Yuki.

Sore ja, minna~

~ ’til next time,

Yoruko

You know it’s all about the music.

January 28, 2009 at 10:14 pm | Posted in Anime & Manga, Music, _random rants | Leave a comment

Of course, it would be stating the obvious that a big factor in anime is the quality of the music – even to the extent that the MAIN good thing about the series is the music. And no, I’m not even talking about Macross Frontier, even though that would be the most logical choice.

gintama - bleach parody
Y HELO THAR. TIME FOR YOUR DAILY DOSE OF GINTAMA BLEACH GINTAMA HURHURRR…

What I found out is that the majority of shounen shows out there (Shounen Jump ones in particular) generally have good opening and ending songs (the BGM is decent too, but nothing that stands out too much for me). This isn’t a huge surprise since those series are generally very high-budget and since they have connections to companies like Sony, they either snag really big name artists or bring some good quality indie bands out of obscurity.

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The 15 Best Seiyuu Singers Around

June 5, 2008 at 11:24 pm | Posted in Music, Seiyuu, _random rants | 8 Comments

…according to the great Yoruko-sama. XD

Ever since j1m0ne made a “My Top 10 Seiyuu Singers” post, I’ve wanted to make one as well but never got around to doing it. But here it is, the perfect way to break my blogging slump. Finally, after a bit of head-scratching and weighing the merits of various seiyuu, I came up with this simple little criteria:

1. Singing voice counts most. I cannot stress this enough. I do take song quality into consideration, but that depends on the abilities of the composer and lyricist, and not the seiyuu.
2. Must be active as a seiyuu…tarento who do occasional voice work don’t count (so Shoko-tan is out). Neither do retired seiyuu.

Anyhow, I’m not going to give away any names in the tags so…read away!

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