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Akatsuki no Yona Final Impressions

Akatsuki no Yona

What do I even do with my pointless, worthless life any more? Yona was my life for twenty-four beautiful weeks. How do I go back to a Tuesday with no Yona? Is there even a point?

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#kirigen down

It’s unlikely that anybody trying to reach #kirigen will see this post but in the off chance that it happens, I am aware that #kirigen is down because my basic-ass web hosting couldn’t handle your BURNING LOVE strong desire to sort shipgirls.

Because of animeblogger.net’s gracious hosting for the last seven years, I’ve never had this really come up as a problem. Likewise, #kirigen has never had anything that would draw attention so this also hasn’t been an issue with that site. And now it is and I’m wondering what to do next.

#kirigen has always been and still is a place for me to put the stupid stuff I’ve stupidly wasted time on. And I’ve spent lots of time, regrettably, on the character sorters and generators so I’m not going to be like “eh, that’s it I guess”. On the other hand, I’m in no position to really be spending money on something like this.

Well, so I say. Its host features cheap enough hosting that I can get this embarrassing problem solved once and for all (or at least a year) but it will, unfortunately, have to wait until April 6th. Which means that #kirigen will remain down until that time. It sucks but thems the breaks.

Mekakucity M’s Complete Box – Mekakucity Actors Vocal & Sound Collection

Mekakucity M'S Complete Box

This kind of flew under the radar for me though I also think it wasn’t announced until too recently. Well, in any case it comes out on April 1st. That would give me a few more weeks of excruciating debate about whether or not I should spend $62 1 on this massive collection. It would, anyways, if it weren’t for the fact that everywhere that is carrying the LE is sold out or not accepting orders. Probably for the best since I have something to be saving for but goddamn. I really want it.

The regular edition features the Kagepro cover songs used in the anime as well as the Mekakucity Actors BGM tracks. The LE edition, however, is four discs and one dvd (which I assume is the Days and Daze PV and maybe (but less likely) the actual PVs themselves?) with almost 80 tracks total. Little glad it doesn’t include the originals (despite that making it a ~definitive~ collection) because I already own the original CDs and that would impact my decision ahuehuehue.

It also comes in a beautiful book looking box with the after credits style Azami on the cover. I was smitten with that case before even learning all the merits of the collection. Amazon has the best look at the book-like casing.

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I guess I never even realized that the OST never really came out. I remember watching it and thinking a lot of the OST wasn’t really good at all but upon sampling this (and we’ll get to the super awesome site in a moment), I realize there are a lot of tracks that I really, really enjoyed. 幻想曲 「Medousa」, 目に焼き付ける, in a daze and especially 忘却の夏 2 are all tracks that I’m super excited to have the full versions of. So mostly it’s just the upbeat, jazzy and silly songs that aren’t that well done.

The site for this collection is fantastic. You can sample pretty much all of the tracks. I say pretty much all of them but I can’t find the Toumei Answer with vocals by Annabel 3, Lia doing Shinigami Record 4 or Shounen Brave with nano.RIPE. But whatever. Those are what hooked me so I don’t blame them for keeping those hidden.

But the best part is they have the available tracks meticulously sorted. You can listen by genre, mood, story (sorted by which episode they are featured in), or artist. I hope that when the actual collection comes out they update the site with the rest of the tracks even if their just samples because this is such a great feature and it definitely got me more excited for this track. Even if I do buy this expensive release (I’m fighting with everything I have not to), I’d still go back just for the handiness of the site.

Something of note is that I was surprised that Teddyloid did music for the OST. What’s more surprising is one of Teddyloid’s track (first track on the list) features the exact same sound as one of the parts of Me!Me!Me!. I don’t recall such a track being used in the show though. Maybe it didn’t get used and he liked it too much to let it go to waste? No, that sounds dumb.

Well, in any case I’m really excited for the actual OST for those aforementioned and other chill, dece tracks. To say nothing of the covers of the songs that didn’t get them in show like goddamn Toumei Answer by goddamn Annabel. The only thing that would have made me drop cash even quicker would have been Nagi Yanagi getting in on this but THANKFULLY (?) I’m safe. 5

Update #1: I bit the big one and ordered the LE.

Update #2: I forgot to mention that as it gets closer to release, they seem to be releasing promotional PVs for these new cover tracks. They’re compilation of tracks from the show (the Ayano death scene in Yobanashi Deceive is soooo good). As of this update there are two released. One can assume they’re released each Saturday leading up to the release of the collection on April 1st.

Yobanashi Deceive by MARiA (from GARNiDELiA) and LiSA

Shounen Brave by Kimiko (from Nano.Ripe)

Notes:

  1. w/o shipping ofc
  2. Actually, I just love ALL of the tracks done by Jin with that really subtle, ambient vibe to it that usually played in the heat haze because that is definitely the shit I’m into
  3. which I am SO excited for oh my good god yes
  4. was this in the show and I just forgot about it? There’s no way because I’m sure I would have Cried A Lot
  5. jk I’m weak and pathetic and will probably order this tomorrow if it’s still an option

Loli Salad’s Bi-Monthly Music Feature: Volume #13

This makes me lazy and a liar.

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Fang-tan’s Big Shoujo Jamboree

I can’t think of a more appropriate time to finally finish and post this than Valentine’s. I actually wanted to post this before Christmas but I got so bogged down that I kind of forgot about it. And good thing! Because I read a ton more stuff in that time.

There’s actually an order. My favourite to least favourite. And a separate category for stuff that is licensed and available in North America since supporting the creators and the industry is a good thing I guess yeah.
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Ano Mori de Matteru Remix Roundup

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Grab Box (S Size for Boys) from Amiami

I still haven’t had the luck to get the 3000 yen grab box but maybe one day. I’m especially eager to get my paws on one because this was a “used” item grab box that was only 1300 yen. Of course because of one particular item shipping was 4000 yen for this bad boy so it ended up quite pricy.

Still, I would probably (once I have money again) get another one just because it was so fun and exciting. Plus I ended up with a few small things from my character specific collections. Seriously, a Precure and Saber figure I can believe because those things are common. But an Arcueid keychain? Come on, Amiami, you just wanted to spoil me.

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LINE Sticker Selection #05

  

  

I’ve been so focused on other stuff that things like this have fallen to the back of my to-do list. I really gotta start using my time better.

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Monty Oum: 1981 – 2015

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Can you match my resolve?

If so then you will succeed

I believe that the human spirit is indomitable. If you endeavor to achieve, it will happen given enough resolve. It may not be immediate, and often your greater dreams is something you will not achieve within your own lifetime. The effort you put forth to anything transcends yourself, for there is no futility even in death.

– Monty Oum, October 6th, 2012 1

I don’t think I’ve ever cried so hard over the death of a “celebrity” before. Perhaps because despite his fame, Oum didn’t seem very celebrity-like. In the tales and stories that have come out in the last few hours, everyone describes him an insanely hardworking person with more drive and determination than the average person could possibly possess. Despite that, fans and friends describe him as easy to approach and someone you were better for knowing.

It’s seeing how he has touched and inspired fans so much or how deeply his friends and colleagues are grieving that drive home that he wasn’t some distant celebrity but just an anything but regular guy. Someone who just simply wanted to create anything he could and stopped at nothing to achieve this.

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More Songs We Think Are Cool

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