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July 2011

Exit Trance SATB 1-10 Tier Ranking

(I wrote this way back LAST summer 1 around when the tenth album had come out but had lost this whole write up until now! It turns out it was rar’d with some cryptic title on my TB but in a file for music rars, not with the rest of the Exit Trance stuff. However I got my TB for christmas so that doesn’t explain why I didn’t post this after it was written…)

I went through each album in Exit Trance’s Speed Anime Trance Best series (back when there were only ten albums) 2 and picked out the songs that stood out. Either for being blatantly terrible, mediocre, average or outstanding. There were a few that were so average and bland sounding that didn’t really fit on the list but the majority of each release is here

Of course as always this is just my opinion and not an actual ranking. You may fully disagree with what I considered the best tracks out of all ten albums and if you do, I invite you to share your choices with me. It might help my broaden my horizons, so to speak.

Well, without further ado~

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Notes:

  1. I had a lot of free time back then
  2. Disregarding anything I’ve said previously in reviews, this ranking came from a listen to all the alsumb at the time of ranking rather than based on previous opinions

Exit Trance SATB 13 Final Tracklist

Well 13 comes out in just over a week so I guess I am still in the safe zone to post this without it being super late and not relevant. Hopefully this shows up before Comiket (I mean it should right?) but whatever is fine.

I am impressed with the tracklist this time! I thought there was an album in the series where I knew next to zero of the songs but I can’t find which it is. Anyways, on this imaginary album I was pretty bored because I couldn’t compare the originals to the remixes. Of course I suppose I should just start looking up the songs as I listen to them but that is a lot of work and in the four years we have been together I think you can deduce I am one lazy SOB.

Anyways, onwards!

1. plasma 1 feat.Nahoko –  Connect (Mahou Shoujo Magica Madoka)
2. Hommarju feat.TAKANORI – CORE PRIDE (Ao no Exorcist)
3. Booing Day feat.MAKI- MA.KA.SE.TE Tonight (Kore wa Zombie Desu ka?)
4. Hommarju feat.mi-mi – Pandemic (Yondemasu yo, Azazel-san)
5. Icon feat.JJ – Destin Historie (GOSICK)
6. Hommarju feat.R.Cena + hideki – Immortalist (Dragon Crisis)
7. Booing Day feat.puchi – RPG (C)
8. Dizzi Mystica feat.405 + mi-mi – Waga na wa Shougakusei (Mitsudomoe Zouryouchuu)
9. Booing Day feat.KANA – Choose My Love (Kämpfer für die Liebe) 2
10. Dizzi Mystica feat.YURiE – Morning Arch (A Channel)
11. Hommarju feat.R.Cena – A Whole New World God Only Knows (KamiNomi)
12. Dizzi Mystica feat.mi-mi – SCARLET BALLET (Aria The Scarlet Ammo)
13. MK feat.Latte – Straight Jet (Infinite Stratos)
14. Dizzi Mystica feat.yumemi – Taste of Paradise (Onii-chan no Koto nanka Zenzen Suki Janain Dakara ne!!)
15. Dizzi Mystica feat.mi-mi – OS-Uchuujin (Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko)
16. MK feat.405 – SHINY SHINY (Deadman Wonderland) 3
17. Scarlet Knight – Dizzi Mystica feat.Latte (Dog Days)
18. Icon feat.Yusuke + yuno – Aoi Shiori (AnoHana)
19. Dizzi Mystica feat.Natsuhi + R.Cena – Magia (Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica) 4At least it won’t be Hom’s terrible trancecore)

Bold tracks are ones I’m looking forward to. Should be final since it is listed on CDJ and because, well, the album comes out in a week. But as always don’t blame me if something isn’t on the final result (as in the Gintama song listed for this originally but was dropped along the way). I must accept we will never get that Irony remix. And let me rant for a second (oh boy what else is new amirite) but I can’t even double check this because Exit Trance hasn’t updated their site with the album yet! Okay, Exit Trance/Tunes I know you think VOCALOID is god’s gift to your wallet but can you pull your head out of Miku’s ass for a MINUTE and focus on your actual remixes instead of rereleasing another bunch of songs already released on ten other albums? They have all their pages for their next Voca and GUMI albums that come out in September ready but this albums comes out in a little over a week and nothing. Okay, okay I’m done.

Preorder available at CDJapan.

Notes:

  1. CDJ listed it as plazma, I couldn’t tell if this is different from Plasma but I changed it anyways. If ET site lists something dif, I’ll change it to plazma
  2. This seems like a dick move adding this song from a two episode special. Where was that Irony mentioned before?
  3. My body is ready.

Saimoe 2011 and the Mahou Shoujo Legacy

Saimoe (the real one, not the shitty ISML one) is one of my favourite times of the year. I enjoy, after a long hard day of doing nothing, checking the results of the last round and either celelbrating, accepting a loss gracefully or flipping right the hell out. It is usually the last one. I see a lot of people criticize  it because it’s been made so only those in Japan can really vote and while I think that is a bit unfair, I also don’t particularly care. It did make things unbalanced and I see Saimoe, now, as a spectator sport. I see the glass as half full that way, you can see it as half empty and say “but it isn’t a spectator sport. You just can’t vote because you don’t live in a certain place. That means it sucks.”

I honestly think it is fun. Making my picks, showing support in childish ways and bitching like a loser when Index that character fails. It really is like the football season here (haha). Preliminaries are still ongoing (which I only found out now) so I won’t make a detailed chart for each match (yet?) because we don’t know what the matchs are yet (but I guess you could find out I am just too lazy). Hopefully I won’t be lazy in the future and will do that though. It sounds fun!

I think we all have a good guess who might win this year. Hate the show all you like but you’re being childish if you honestly think there isn’t a chance of a character from Puella Magi Madoka Magica winning. I could be wrong but we have to look at the history of this tournament. Mahou shoujo have an advantage. Not just any mahou shoujo. Precure girls? They come and go. Flavour of the month dealios. The very first winner of the very first saimoe (2002) was Sakura Kinomoto from CardCaptor Sakura (whih reminds me to write a post about that too…) and in 2005, Nanoha Takamachi from Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha won. Since 2005 the caliber of girls who have won have changed and you might be apt to argue, “Azusa won, the era of moeblobs is here!” Well Madoka happens to be a moeblob and a mahou shoujo so there. (That would be my childish response) It is undeniable that Madoka has been just a strong presence in the mahou shoujo community as the victors before her have. Saimoe voters are predictable. Otaku are predictable. I’ve often though powerhouses like Mio from K-ON or that slut Mikoto from To Aru Majutsu no Index would win but neither ever did. Hell, Kanade who was WILDLY popular last year didn’t even make it to the finals. Being a flavour of the month doesn’t cut it.  I think Madoka has the history of saimoe, and the voters love of mahou shoujo, as well as the lasting impression she has left on fans and haters alike to back her up.

I say Madoka but of course it is possible one of the other girls might steal the winning spot for themselves. I find that unlikely as it always seemed that Fate was far more popular than Nanoha but it was still Nanoha who came out victorious in 2005. Fate, however, would reach second place in the following year but lose again, then, fan-favourite Suiseiseki from Rozen Maiden. Sayaka or Kyouko obviously don’t stand much of a chance and while Mami is popular I wonder if she is THAT popular. I think she is like Fate and would dominate a following tournament once the main characters did well. Which leaves Homura and Madoka. Homura is the proverbial Fate here. I would put my money down on Madoka as she is the titular character though. That is just me.

Well I have rambled for long enough here. The tournament hasn’t even officially started yet! I plan to use this barren wasteland of a blog to show support as the tournament goes on but I am fickle (read: lazy as all hell) so who knows~

DECO*27 feat. Topi – Light Lag

Wow! I can’t believe I forgot this was coming out! Well the actual single doesn’t come out till July 27th but still. Not too surprised to see the vocalist is Topi though. She’s covered a few of his songs in the past and was his last two full albums. I like her cover of Ai, think so better than Miku’s original, to be honest.  This is the PV for the title track, of course, but apparently the second track also feautures a music video (on the limited edition) and a remix (on the regular edition).

Available for pre-order at CDJapan. Regular Edition and Limited Edition.

Summer 2011 First Impressions

Sure is anime blogger around here lately. I always try doing these but I always get bored and stuff and they just get scraped. But I will write a little blurb after each show I check out. I wanted to write something about the end of Gosick which was amazing but I am still trying to sort it out in my head. I probably won’t write anything for it so I’ll just say my general feelings now. The series was mediocre at first but the second half (around where Unity came in) was great and the last few episodes were downright amazing. I’m usually afraid to say something is that good because I am convinced my opinion is of lesser value because I have shit taste but I have no other words to describe episode 22-24. The last episode had some pacing problems and they skipped a major timeskip and I am confused to whether the ending was fake or not but I enjoyed it and was satisfied with the ending.

Moving along now…

Ikuko Meiro no Croisee: continuing
Sacred Seven: dropped
Uta no Prince-sama: continuing?
Mawaru PenguimDrum: is it time for the next episode
Kamisama Dolls: dropped
Idolmaster: continuing

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