Blogger Appreciation Award: Saying 1 Positive Thing About Myself

     Thanks to Spooky Red Head (please do check out her blog!), here’s another award post. Usually award posts tend to be Q&A sessions and this one turned out to be a bit different. Well, by its nature, asking to write something positive about yourself is also a question, but a comparatively open one, so all the better.

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Musings and Reflections – Spring 2018 Week 8

One phrase impressions:

Hisone to Maso-tan – All good, except the sexual humor.
SAO Alternative: Gun Gale Online – Alright, except boring.
Piano no Mori
– All good, except… Well, it’s just good.
Golden Kamuy
– Alright, except the resurrection of the sexual humor.
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Scattered Thoughts – throat singing (and a bit of Shigurui)

     Did you know that a single person can sing 2 different melodies at the same time? Sounds a bit insane, doesn’t it? How on earth a single person could possess two throats or something? In fact you don’t need to visit Chernobyl (sorry for the bad joke) to be able to perform throat singing, otherwise known as overtone singing. I’ve known about this amusing technique for some time but what did surprise me, was to find it used in the soundtrack of Shigurui, anime I reviewed several weeks ago. As far as I know, no other anime soundtrack uses the technique so it is pretty obscure to say the least. Well, going into details about it doesn’t really concern neither anime, nor manga, nor Japanese culture (for the most part) but I think the more people will hear about some obscure trivia (that to me is quite interesting), the better. Don’t fear some basic physics stuff ahead, I hope I’ll make it comprehensible enough.

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Musings and Reflections – Spring 2018 Week 7

One phrase impressions:

Hisone to Maso-tan – Licking solves all the problems in the world!
SAO Alternative: Gun Gale Online – Video games solve all the problems in the world!
Piano no Mori
– Time skips solve all the problems in the world!
Golden Kamuy
– Wolves ex Machina solve all the problems in the world!
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Scattered Thoughts – what do I listen to?

     There probably isn’t a person who would say with absolute confidence that music has no part in their life. Music naturally is also a part of anime community, although not many people try to analyse it apart from stating that for example “Kajiura, Kanno and Sawano are cool” (love them all by the way, in that order). Listening to anime OSTs isn’t what I’d consider my hobby but I try to pay as much attention to it as I can. If an artist proves to be entertaining, obviously I try to dig deeper. As working in anime industry isn’t always what musicians only do, over time one band or another comes under my radar, so that’s what I’m going to talk about today – 5 Japanese artists/bands (that not necessarily have strong ties with anime industry) that I came to love.

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Musings and Reflections – Spring 2018 Week 6

One phrase impressions:

Hisone to Maso-tan – Deserted island and some seriousness
SAO Alternative: Gun Gale Online – Recap time!
Piano no Mori
– Dvorak!
Golden Kamuy
– The flow is better, the comedy – not necessarily.
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Neat Blogger Award

     Neat Blogger. Nice. I certainly hope that doesn’t imply any association with being a NEET. Not that I qualify for that.

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Shigurui – intense slowness

Alternative title Shigurui: Death Frenzy
Studio Madhouse
Genres Action, Drama, Historical
Source Manga (itself based on a novel)
Episodes 12
Season Summer 2007
Director Hiroshi Hamasaki
Music Kiyoshi Yoshida

 

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     It was near the end of September but the sun still climbed high and showered everything with its inescapable piercing rays. Cicadas were mostly hidden in a few trees but their chirping almost drowned slow and sparse beats of drums. Everyone was silent. The daimyo sat under the shadow but the cruel light encompassed everything. He didn’t care. Wide opened unblinking eyes were fixated on the beaten field, his thin lips slightly curled into a cruel smile, ripe with anticipation and excitement. The announcer had just spoken his words. Only the silent crunch of the pebbles was heard as a samurai entered the field. On the other side even more silently appeared his opponent, led by a woman. It seemed like the bleaching light was so thick and all-embracing that it was hard to move through the wall of it. The rivals slowly got into their positions, as if judging one another and trying to pick up the slightest hints about their moves. The public began to stir, seeing that one of the samurai was one-handed and the other was both blind and crippled. How could that be? Isn’t it a disgrace to the Lord? The lord was silent. Two swords were drawn. Not the usual wooden ones, but real. Metal shined as if burning white. The murmuring stopped. The cicadas also seemed to had gone silent. Everything became still as if before the storm. The world was only the white field. Each of the opponents was determined to end everything here. The past didn’t matter anymore. Their women, slightly trembling, both looked stone-faced. They also didn’t matter now. The sun beat down even harder. The match was about to begin.

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Musings and Reflections – Spring 2018 Week 5

One phrase impressions:

Hisone to Maso-tan – More dragon-girls!
SAO Alternative: Gun Gale Online – Ugh…
Piano no Mori
– Seems like Kai will have to become a pro, willingly or not.
Golden Kamuy
– Oh, hello again, bear-san.
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Musings and Reflections – Spring 2018 Week 4

One phrase impressions:

Hisone to Maso-tan – Hisone, get in the damn dragon!
SAO Alternative: Gun Gale Online – W-what happened, M?
Piano no Mori
– Ah, the CG! Ah, my eyes!
Golden Kamuy
– Sticking to the determined structure.
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