Music reviews: Boku no Lyric no Bouyomi, Blue Encount, ent, ONE OK ROCK, [Alexandros]

I did not expect such a diverse range of albums to be released in a single month. And it’s only February! I had no criteria for selecting these albums. Except for ONE OK ROCK (which I’ve been looking forward to since ‘Taking Off’) and [Alexandros], I’d never heard of any of these artists until end-December/early January. This humble blog hopes to showcase and review their latest … Continue reading Music reviews: Boku no Lyric no Bouyomi, Blue Encount, ent, ONE OK ROCK, [Alexandros]

Oyakodon keeps this restaurant alive for 250 years.

Happy New Year everyone! 新年明けましておめでとうございます!今年も宜しくお願い致します。 I love oyakodon (chicken and egg rice bowl). It was the first Japanese dish I learned to cook, and still one of my favorites. To be honest when I saw the title of this video that I chanced upon, I did not think that oyakodon had the power to keep a restaurant’s business alive for 250 years. What impressed me … Continue reading Oyakodon keeps this restaurant alive for 250 years.

First Impressions: WWW.Working!!, Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru, Bungou Stray Dogs 2, Haikyuu!! Karasuno vs Shiratorizawa, Occultic; Nine

It was nice that the finale of some of the shows in the previous season ended on different weeks, so it felt like there was no “break” in the momentum in between.

Jumping right into Fall’s line-up, here are my thoughts on the ones that I originally shortlisted, and then some.  Continue reading “First Impressions: WWW.Working!!, Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru, Bungou Stray Dogs 2, Haikyuu!! Karasuno vs Shiratorizawa, Occultic; Nine”

Anime summer season afterthoughts (aka. ASSA)

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No way am I walking out of September without posting anything! (evidently too late at the time of publishing)

Just because I haven’t been writing doesn’t mean I haven’t been watching anything.

The truth is I’ve been diverting practically all my writing energy to work (having taken over my company’s regional monthly newsletter) and studying (I’m taking my JLPT N2 exam in December, so am practising my kanji an hour a day).

But when I’m not doing any of those, I spend my Tuesdays and Saturday nights catching up with six shows a week.

And now, to cut to the chase, these are my ASSAs, starting with which one aired first at the start of the week. Continue reading “Anime summer season afterthoughts (aka. ASSA)”

『君の名は』”Your Name” Original Soundtrack review

For the longest time, I wondered why RADWIMPS’ music was never featured in any series. Since Order Made in 2006, they have released and marketed their music by conventional means, i.e. album/digital sales. The only notable effort  to break out of its mold was when vocalist Yojiro Noda embarked on a solo side project as illion and star in a live-action movie earlier this year.

But when the band announced its involvement in Your Name (Kimi no Na Wa 「君の名は」), the realisation hit me that this was RADWIMPS we’re talking about. If they wanted to write music for a show, they don’t just contribute a song as a main theme. They compose the whole thing. They become the composers and literally set the direction and tone for the entire run.

RADWIMPS as composers. And for an animated film by Makoto Shinkai (5 Centimetres Per Second; The Garden of Words) of all people. Of course. It all makes perfect sense. Continue reading “『君の名は』”Your Name” Original Soundtrack review”