I first started paying attention to Natsuki Kiyoura after hearing her sing the OP to Sketchbook, and I haven’t gotten tired of her voice since then. Maybe because of that song itself, I like to think of her singing as soothing, regardless of how she’s been using it since, for power, for fun, or for awesome. That quality is something that I don’t usually hear in people who perform OP/EDs for anime, so it was captivating for me, especially after hearing the OP from Spice and Wolf for the first time.
I also haven’t met a song of hers that I haven’t liked in some capacity from the singles that she’s released. So after hearing from omo that she recently released her first album which also happened to contain a lot of her singles from anime, I jumped at the chance, bought the album, and decided to write about it (or at least my fanboying of her). I also know that the people that composed or produced some of the songs were a big part of what made them special. But her voice was what got me more than anything else. It was definitely at least 40-something bucks worth my time.
Not the best cover picture, but hey. Colors.
Continue reading ‘Musical Impressions on 19 Colors by Natsumi Kiyoura’
With that headline, it should be a golden apple, I suppose
With apologies to SHAFT and Ume Aoki.
Another contribution to the campaigning in the Megatokyo Anime Grand Prix, where Horo is currently a candidate.
Published December 28, 2008
fanboy spiel , impressions on a year , music
Tags: allison & lillia, allison to lillia, ARIA, ARIA The ORIGINATION, birdy the mighty decode, CLANNAD, clannad ~after story~, Ga-rei Zero, Gunslinger Girl, gunslinger girl - il teatrino, hidamari sketch, hidamari sketch x365, Kamen no Maid Guy, Kannagi, Kyouran Kazoku Nikki, macross frontier, Michiko to Hatchin, natsu no sora, penguin musume heart, somedays dreamers, soul eater, spice and wolf, tetsuwan birdy decode, tytania, Wolf and Spice
Part 1: Interesting People
This year was insane with the amount of anime openings and endings that I liked, and it was hard to narrow down the amount to a “reasonable” number… so I didn’t really attempt to. But these ones here (coupled with Youtube videos) are the ones that stick in my mind the most over the year visually, aurally, or both. That being said, there is a list of Honorable Mentions at the end of the post to include OP/EDs that were also good, but stuff I could easily leave as well. I’m much more critical of music than I am of anime, but doesn’t mean that I have standards.
Continue reading ‘Impressions on a Year 2008: Awesome OPs/EDs’
Published December 18, 2008
fanboy spiel , impressions on a year , nomadotto , state o' the blog
Tags: code geass, hidamari sketch, hidamari sketch x365, Kure-nai, Kurenai, lucky star, nodame cantabile, spice and wolf, Strike Witches, toradora, touhou, true tears, Wolf and Spice
So according to others, I was apparently supposed to be part of the “12 Days of Christmas” craze that’s sweeping the blogosphere, and I’m kinda confused on how that impression came to be. I’m planning on doing what I did last year with the “Impressions on a Year 2008″ coming soon after Christmas, but nothing of the sort was happening before the holiday. At the same time, I feel guilty when I see links from other blogs saying that I’m participating in it when I’m not, so I figured that I should go and do something about it. And from the outset be lazy and selfish about it. So, instead of covering my thoughts on the year of anime that I saw, I decided to write about what I thought were the best posts on DMAB this year, even though December isn’t over yet. Of course there’s bias involved here (yay self-horn tooting!), so if you have different favorites than I do, please feel free to say so. Nor is this post itself going to be the pinnacle of good writing (as I’m tired and lazy right now), but I feel that this helps people who haven’t bothered to check out the blog before, and at least it gives me some time to reflect on things.
A mix-up almost as bad as this one?
Continue reading ‘Unfulfilled Expectations or a Drastic My Anime Blog 2008 Primer’
Written by TheBigN
As stated before and probably forever till the end of time, we all have our preferences in terms of what we want to do, which includes watching anime for example. And as a result of these preferences, you could say that all we need are certain elements that fit them in order to keep up watching and enjoying a show where most other things that the program should have “going for it”, well, aren’t. You might have noticed that one of things that work for me consists of how the characters interact with each other in a series, and if I’m entertained in that way, it doesn’t matter how bad things can get for me. Luckily, both Spice and Wolf and Hatenkou Yugi aren’t bad shows at all and have much going for them besides that aspect, though they still have their problems. But the relationships between the main characters in these pieces more than make up for the rest of what I saw as shortcomings that both had in other aspects.
Continue reading ‘An Impression Double Deuce on Spice and Wolf and Hatenkou Yugi: The Odd Groupings Are the Best Ones’
By Nomad (is not an economist) Otto
At the suggestion of BigN, and because there hasn’t been much to blog about, anime wise (Zetsubou continues and is frequently funny, Wolf and Spice continues, and doesn’t suck, Mne..something was a pretty good ova, for basically being a story of tits and explosions, nothing else is starting before april) I’m going to talk about what the hell is going on in Spice and Wolf, in terms of the great currency plot. This post doesn’t really have much to do with anime in general, and might tend to sound like a lecture you’d hear from your TA, but is useful if you’re trying to figure out why people are doing what they are. I’ll begin with a discussion of what money is, and, from there, I’ll move on to discuss the three different types of currency, and why the economics of Wolf and Spice are the way they are.