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C82 Previews

I didn’t do a post like this for C81 but evidentally not much interested me then. The only thing that really came from C81 that I adore is Asohgi’s Kantenboukitan soundtrack and I’ve only just caved and ordered that. I do like doing posts like this though since knowing about an album ahead of time is really handy during the rush of C82 uploads.

I’ll try and update this again next week because I have the feeling a few circles haven’t posted everything even though it’s a week away.

(Also, ALTERNAIT is listed as being there but their site is shut down so I’m confused if they have anything new or not)

ALBATROSICKS – Best Album
(http://albatrosicks.com/)

It’s hard to believe it’s been almost five years since the first album came out. It’s hard to believe they’ve already had eight albums too! Though one was a remix album so if you asked me, I would only count seven. The Best Album is split in to two discs with a combined 24 tracks total from all eight albums.

Lost Garden – Eden’s Pattern
(http://lost-garden.info/discography/edenspattern.php)

Sound CYCLONE  – Re:Brilliance
(http://cyclone.main.jp/disco/rebrilliance/)

Not a big Persona 4 fan but features a remix D.Watt (Otaku-Elite) and Tainokobone (Azure&Sands) so it isn’t that bad.

Melodic Taste – Melodic Battle
(http://taste-f.sakura.ne.jp/Melodic/CD006.html)

I’ve never really found orchestrated Touhou stuff that interesting but this sounds really good. Especially track five.
(Crossfade on site)

Amateras-Records – Re:Imagination -Amateras Records Remixes Vol.1-
(http://amateras-records.com/?p=1018)

Honestly never heard of Amateras-Records before except now they’re name is popping up a lot. Maybe because they’re releasing three albums this comiket? I was actually only interested in one of their other releases, Unlogical Trick. But then I saw Hommarju, of all people, was doing a remix of a track or two on this album. He’s actually worked with A-R before too, it seems. (Crossfade on site)

Allium Project x Compllege –  Human Beings Were Led to this Light

I’m not  interested in either series specifically but I like the idea and everything involved with this. A taishi produced Accel World and Sword Art Online image/doujin album that features a lot of my favourite Vocaloid, IA. I think most (if not all) of the vocals are Vocaloids? Taishi did a track for the IA intro album though and it was pretty good so I’m glad he’s taken a liking to her since I do love both of them and both of them together is even greater.

Teddyloid – Electric Alice
(http://mots.jp/)

Teddyloid has teamed up with fanastic artist JH科学 for this short three track (+ a remix) release.

Wonder Festival Summer 2012 News and Thoughts

Note: No pictures are mine. They’re either from twitter or from MyFigureCollection.net. If they are yours and you would like them removed, please let me know.

WonFes is a wonderful even that takes place twice a year. Once in the summer and once in the winter. It’s when all the big companies like Alter, Good Smile Company, Max Factory, FREEing, and Kotobukiya (among others) all announce new figures. Some are announced in name only, some have prototypes and some are completed and available for sale shortly. It’s also a chance for independent groups to showcase their garage kits, which you can usually buy there.

There are plenty of places to get Wonfes news and updates but I have mostly been following on, as I already mentioned, MFC and tracking the #wf2012s tag on twitter. Tons and tons of figures have already been announced but here are just a few highlights that I’ve taken notice of.

(Updated as news becomes available)

  • Chariot and Dead Master from the Black Rock Shooter TV anime are both getting nendoroids. Dead Master is also getting a Figma and Black Gold Saw is getting a new figure release.

I’m not a big fan of Dead Master’s new design so I’m going to pass on both. Chariot has a really cool design though so I might consider getting the nendo for her. I think a scaled figure would be the best for her though and here’s hoping that is still a possibility in the future.

  • Kotobukiya starts new line of chibi character figures that will include Dark Magician Girl, Kirino, Saber, Madoka, Mami and Idolmaster characters.

I believe they announced the Co-Poche line here? I had never heard of it before and the only figures in the line were all announced here with most of them being still prototypes or designs. Kotobukiya is a great, high quality company but since they only really did scaled, PVC figures, they can be inaccessible.  So this is a smart move for them. However, I don’t really find the designs that cute. They also picked a lot of popular characters that already have a ton of figures so it’s more reason for me to pass over the line for now.

  • New Steins;Gate figures so far include an Okabe by PLUM and a Suzuha by Alter.

This is really good news too since there are so few Steins;Gate figures that aren’t Kurisu. I’m still hoping they do a Suzuha nendoroid though.

  • Fujiwara no Mokou nendoroid announced.

This surprised me since they haven’t done other characters like Yukari or Patchouli but I’m really pleased with it. Definitely going to order this one. It would be nice if they did some newer characters from SA and up but that is pretty unlikely.

  • Yet another Miku Hatsune nendoroid announced.

Really? Enough is enough, please. Interestingly enough, MFC listed her as TV Animation Ver but removed the subtitle. So it might have been a mistake. Likely since Miku hasn’t made an anime apperances worth another nendoroid and I doubt they would let a VOCALOID anime slip in such a way. Actually, this is a giant Miku nendoroid.

  • Tons of Idolmaster Cinderella Girls stuff announced including Anzu Nendoroid Petite, a Rin figure, and Anzu and Kirari PHAT Company trading figures.

Well that was quick? There are so many CG idols that have great designs and look really interesting so I guess this is good in a way. Though I’m bored of imas merchandise, I can see this getting out of control pretty quickly.

  • Prize figures of Double H (Hikari and Hibari) from Mawaru Penguindrum
I was so excited about this. I still am. I love Hikari and Hibari. They’re cute and mysterious and awesome as kids. I never expected to see figures of them. Problem is that Sega prize figures can be… bad. Still. Probably definitely going to get both. Here’s hoping they aren’t completely terrible though.

 

Comiket 80 Previews

ALBATROSICKS – AERAS
(http://albatrosicks.com/)


Ah wow am I ever excited. Back to the original sounding Albatrosicks. Last album was a remix album and that was a bit of a ripoff, imo. I mean I still think it was good but I was looking forward to new stuff. So it’s pretty much been a whole year since we heard any new stuff from them, right? As you can recall I was a bit disappointed with Star Cracker deviating away from their signature style but, based on the previews, this one seems more in line with what to originally expect from them. Quim also appears to be doing a lot more too!

Track previews are available on the main site.

RUSTYGEARS – Happy World Notification
(http://rustygears.jp/)

Another spinoff/original group from IOSYS. This is actually there first album but I’m terribly excited for it. It’s pretty short at only five tracks but those five tracks do sound pretty good. I thought at first it would be Albatrosicks 2.0 (because quim and miko also partake in this album) but in some regards they actually sound completely different (give the crossfade a listen and what I mean will be blaringly obvious).

Crevasse Lamp – 少女さいをなげかれた
(http://crevasselamp.net/iceage4/)

I can’t tell if this entirely Higurashi arranges because the tracklist lists some without the source (i.e PS2, TV, etc) so I assume some are original? Don’t hold me to that. I think it’s rare for an arrangement of the music outside of the original game and hell, even the show to be included. That’s why I was interested from the very first track.

Tracklist a + b

IZMIZM – Give Back
(http://www.izmizm.net/C80/C80.html)

Very short at only three tracks but sounds really good. I was impressed, at least. It’s not like I gave it a listen just because their is a Dark Side of Fate arrange or anything though!

LiLA’c Records – Heavenly Beats
(http://www.lilac-records.com/)

I am not an Angel Beats fan. I think I have made that clear in the past. I am, however, a My Soul, Your Beats fan. It is one of my favourites and it is great and don’t even try to deny it. That is why when I heard there was version of My Soul, Your Beats with Akiakane I was floored. However it seems she only sings it in the remix featurued here which is a shame because her voice doesn’t really seem suited to a remix like that. Well, no matter. I’ll still have to give it a listen just for that! It isn’t actually only a Angel Beats album. It’s a KEY remix album which is terribly original, of course. It does feature the Rewrite OP so I guess they have that going for them. Also Brave Soul also sounds really good. But once again, I think a version with that vocalist JUST singing the song would be best.

Soundcloud crossfade available on the site.

クレバスランプ – Rebreathe VII -Belka, the After- & VIII -Magical Kingdom-
(http://www.lalnet.info/rebreathe08.html)

I guess it’s not very surprising that there should be a few Madoka arranges popping up but it is still exciting. I’m sure some of them will have to be good, right? This one isn’t entirely Madoka but contains arranges from other various mahou shoujo series. I heard the Platinum arrange on the crossfade and almost fainted. That one track has me so pumped for this album. Features quite a few songs from Nanoha, as expected. I’m not sure what the difference between the Belka, the After and Magical Kingdom is since the crossfade/tracklist features the same songs but I guess we’ll see when it actually comes out. (The Belka album might just be in keeping with all their previous Rebreathe albums that appear to all be Nanoha based. Just a theory)

Crossfade available on the site.

Visual Work Station – Agedum! Puella Magica
(http://visualworkstation.net/agedum/)

This one IS just a Madoka album, it appears. There are only a few track previews on the site though so it’s hard to get an initial impression. The TAMusic album that came out earlier will probably be of a higher quality but this one has some Ciel (wait didn’t TAM’s have her too?) so that track sounded pretty boss.

A few track previews are available  on the site.

Round Booster – Revelations
(http://www.peidollspear.com/revelations/)

Round Booster, who does the EDs for the Umineko games, will be releasing a single containing the ED for EP8 (I think it’s 8). Their singles are actually pretty big and contain four songs and then the four instrumental versions.

TAMUSIC – まど☆マギ Classic
(http://tamusic.jp/?p=2284)

Turns out TAM will be releasing another Madoka album. Seems a bit unnecessary but hey, who am I to judge. To be honest, I’m not that big a TAM fan (their crossfades usually sound better than the whole thing) and this one sounds a little weirder than the first one. I don’t know how to describe it. Less polished? Perhaps. I guess for them that isn’t so bad though. They do sound good.

SOUND HOLIC – Touhou PV2
(http://pvd.dojin.com/2/)

Not really an album I suppose but I’m still looking forward to it! I really liked the PVs last time. Especially You May Know Dream. Twas sad. These ones seems to be more lighthearted compared to the last bunch and the song choices aren’t that appealing but I still think they’ll be a nice watch. One of the PVs art style reminded me a lot of Karaagetarou but he apparently had nothing to do with it.

Singerly – K-ON Fit
(http://singerly.jp/works/sound/sngly004.html)

Singerly is releasing two albums, one Madoka and one K-ON. But the one I’m choosing to focus on for the moment here is the K-ON one because it is just such a ridiculous concept. K-ON songs arranged as if they were (presumably) from Wii Fit? It’s surprisingly adorable. Their Madoka album, Another Magic After All, is a little different than the other Madoka albums and is… I’m not sure. The vocals are more pop-oriented and the song arrangement is all over the place.

Geographic – Visibility
(http://geographic.jp/visibility/)

I kept seeing this all over the place and when I finally listened to it, I was impressed. Annabel’s track sounds the best but the very last track is amazing. It blew me away. Straight up moved me. Easily one of my most anticipated albums now.

Utanoha – 魔法少女フォルトゥネ★マギカ (Puella Magi Fortunae Magica)
(http://www.utanoha.net/08_mm/)

Perhaps my favourite Madoka album and mostly for that PV because the music seems to be all original with just Madoka in mind? Well I guess. It sounds okay so I guess it does work.

ALTERNAIT – ALTERNAIT 2 (???)
(http://www.riff-raff.info/alternait/)
Not 100% sure on the details but ALTERNAIT (omgosh yay) seems to be (finally) releasing ALTERNAIT 2 (I made a weird giggly noise when I found out). It will contain old tracks but since pretty much everything original seemed to be on ALTERNAIT 1 I really wonder what will end up here because all they did was UMG and that Touhou Set. EDIT: Actually, Prior Vivd and Secondary Color came out AFTER ALTERNAIT 1, I figured they did but those tracks will most likely be the bulk of ALTERNAIT 2. The UMG site still hasn’t been updated so I can’t tell if there is a new UMG coming out because it is a week until Comiket and there is no preview? Perhaps they put it aside so they could focus on ALTERNAIT 2 but it seems like it would have been a better idea to wait for the last UMG to be released and then, with no more games to work with, release their original stuff. But hey. I’m just happy for ANYTHING.