Old Habits Die Hard

This is probably the first time I could say that I’m actually current with regards to the gaming scene. I own a 360, PS3, PSP, Vita, 3DS, 3DS LL (XL in JP), and a Wii. The only current generation console that I’m missing would be the Wii U, which I’ve been waiting to go on sale.

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I have quite a collection of titles in my gaming library. I don’t play as many genres as I used to, but out of the ones I do play, I’d say I’m relatively current. The latest additions to my library are Ni No Kuni, Fire Emblem, Project X Zone, Time and Eternity, and Shin Megami Tensei IV. I have Tales of Xillia and Rune Factory IV on pre-order and a few other titles which I’ve forgotten about.

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Monogatari – On Love

I’ve grown fascinated with the Monogatari universe ever since I first watched Bakemonogatari. The dialog and narrative are probably the major driving elements of the show. Despite its otaku panderings with character archetypes and particular fetishes, I have to say this group of shows is definitely quite unique and intriguing.

In watching the first episode of Nekomonogatari Kuro (Black), the Araragi family goes into discussion regarding matters of love. Koyomi asks his younger sister about the topic since she has a boyfriend and he’s feeling uncertain about his feelings. Continue reading “Monogatari – On Love”

My J-Rock Playlist (part 1) – ecosystem

Gintama has introduced me to a significant number of Japanese musicians. Two of those artists currently have a pretty heavy rotation in my music listening as of late. One of those artists is a J-Rock group called ecosystem.

ECOSYSTEM – DILEMMA

“ecosystem is a Japanese band formed in Osaka. Their alternative and progressive rock swallowed all genres sound with real lyrics, everyday cut and fit the melody mixed with a unique blend. They were an indie band, releasing Jean mini album in 2010, until went major with the single Dilemma in November 2011 that was also the opening theme for the anime Gintama”

(Source: MAL – LINK)

I became interested in the group from the first moment I heard the lead vocalist in the song “Dilemma (ジレンマ)”. She has this unique tone and a voice full of power and emotion. Continue reading “My J-Rock Playlist (part 1) – ecosystem”

Chords: YOUTHFUL – 99RadioService

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After putting it off for so long, I finally got around to watching Chihayafuru and I have to say I’m definitely hooked. I’m particularly fond of the opening theme song for the first season, “YOUTHFUL” by 99RadioService. I mocked up some quick chords for it, and may do a potential cover in the future.

Once again, I’m not sure if I notated some things right with regards to scales and calling notes their # or b equivalent, but hopefully you can understand what I mean by it.

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Morbid Curiousity – “Flowers of Evil”

akunohanaModern society has this peculiar fascination with peering into other peoples lives. Tabloids, gossip sites, and reality television seem to have this power to draw in countless curious viewers and readers. Many are interested in finding out about the latest scandal or breakup occurring in your typical celebrity’s life. Despite the real pain and anguish these public figures have to cope with, people have no shame in eating it up. Even the nightly news contributes in some degree to this in their excessive coverage of the hottest stories on the latest tragedy or natural disaster.

There is indeed a strange fascination that can be found in viewing the downfall of others. You might feel a sense of sympathy as you try to relate with the pain of the victim. You might get a sense of relief as you find comfort knowing that you’re not in that same situation. You may even feel some form of elitism as you judge the victim for falling into that situation, perhaps even pridefully proposing that you wouldn’t fail if it were you in the same scenario. Continue reading “Morbid Curiousity – “Flowers of Evil””

J-Rock – My Ever Evolving Music Tastes

As a consumer of anime and various other facets of Japanese media, I’ve opened up a small window which allows me to peer into the music scene over there. The view I have of it is relatively small as my exposure has mostly been through hearing various OPs and EDs (opening and ending themes) for the shows that I’ve watched. Most of the music usually emanating from this outlet is in some form of J-Pop (Japanese Pop), but I’ve had the opportunity to hear quite a few J-Rock (Japanese Rock) bands this way as well. I would probably say that the first anime J-Rock song that caught my attention was “Konya wa Hurricane” for Bubblegum Crisis, which I watched sometime in the early 90’s. The soundtrack for the show was solid, with several powerful 80’s styled rock songs and ballads. It was one of the first anime soundtracks that I ever got a hold of and listened to quite often. I even went as far as learning some the lyrics on my own, romanizing it by ear with no knowledge of the language.

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