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February 2011

Fractale – Harinezumi (CrabMixx) (Inu feat. Azuma Hitomi)

I am absolutely in love with this guy’s remixes. Doesn’t hurt that I love this song already and can’t wait for the single. I always havea thing for remixes of unusual song. The guy who does that has a ton on his Soundcloud and I would diffinetly recommend checking some of them out. I sort of wish he would have done a full version of Meiya Kadenrou instead of just part of a mashup but that’s okay because the random ‘cheerio!’ throughout the rest of the song was pretty cute too.

You can check out that previously mentioned page here (his Niconico account only seems to have his mashups and some remixes done of western, j-pop or other random stuff). I was personally very pleased with the remixes of Puella Magi Madoka Magica’s Magia, Sugar Sugar Rune’s Chocola ni Muuchu, Ookami-san to Shichi Nin no Nakama Tachi’s Akazukin-chan Goyoujin, or Miyuki Sawarshiro’s Nante Jibun de Kangaenasai na from Arakawa Under The Bridge. The link, once again, is over here.

Puella Magi Madoka Magica Episode 8

I’m not going to elaborate or anything. I just wanted to say: CALLED IT. Although it was pretty obvious what was gonna happen to Sayaka. I guess for my prediction to be 100% right she has to be the witch from the first episode. In which case, I find it easy to believe Kyouko will die fighting her. It’s going to be pretty intense.

The problem is that if Sayaka IS that witch (aside from any random witch) then would the throwback fight be the main event? Wouldn’t they show that at the end of the series? Unless they beat Sayaka, Madoka magical girls-it up and goes onto to kick some Kyubey ass. EDIT: Err, I forgot about Walpurgis. I can see Sayaka getting taken out now.

I keep getting this idea of Madoka making a wish for Sayaka, Mami, Homura and Kyouko to have never made a contanct with Kyubey, nay, never even meet Kyubey where they all become normal regular girls and Madoka relays time to fight all their battles without them knowing in a twisted meta turn of events. But that would never happen. But if it did, I would bow to Shaft. EDIT x2COMBO: So Homura is from an alternative timeline? My theory is 20% (that sounded like a good solid number) more justifiable now! I wonder if the manga series that is coming out with different characters will have something to do with that timeline?

Kou Shibasaki – Mukei Spirit

I don’t really pay attention to J-artists unless they have some connection to anime music or to the doujin scene and even then I only know about them on a need to know basis. That being said I probably would not have had a chance to listen to this artist any other way. The only reason I did come to learn of Shibasaki’s latest single Mukei Spirit is because it was listed on DECO*27’s NicoNico channel. It feautured a Trio Amatou PV and so I was intrigued. It turns out DECO*27 did the arrangement of the song. The single came out at the beginning of Febuary but I’m having trouble finding if Shibasaki’s Genomi Chronicle was the same or a shout out or even possible unintentionally the same as Moziak Role. Well, they appear to have different lyrics at least. Also there isn’t a full PV for Genomi Chronicle which is a shame because it looked even cooler than the PV for Moziak Role. If we move on from Genomi Chronicle we have a remix of Mukei Spirit. Normally I don’t care about remixes but we have an exception here (although this did remind me to check out that PSI-Missing remix on Mami Kawada’s latest single). This remix is done by no other than Teddyloid of Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt fame. And it is delicious. Teddyloid really needs to make himself a little more vocal. We need to start seeing him some more. Well, I guess he’d show up if there was a PSG S2. Ha!

There is a lot of things attractive about this single. Great vocals, Trio Amatou PV, DECO*27’s influence or Teddyloid providing a sick remix of an already good song. Take your pick. I have a weird time trying to figure out who to recommend this to though. To Vocaloid fans? No because Genomi Chronicle isn’t Mozaik Role… exactly. People who enjoyed the PSG OST? No, because that was pretty out there and I know a lot of people who enjoyed it don’t necessarily enjoy J-Pop. IF, however, do happened to enjoy those three things then you need to hurry up and give this a listen.

(Also, if you were interested as I was there is artwork of Mukei Spirit and the short Genomi Chronicle part based off of Trio Amatou’s PV on pixiv. Tags are  無形スピリット and ゲノミクロニクル, respectively)

Available at CDJapan.