Thursday, February 28, 2013

Happy Twenteenth Birthday to me! Day 1

Dalawampung taong gulang na rin ako sa wakas. Pero ayoko pa talagang mawala sa aking teen stage kaya naman "twenteenth" ang gamit ko. Wala nang basagan ng trip! Haha.

Dahil hindi ako nakauwi nung birthday celebration ni Mama last February 10, inobliga ako ng Papa ko na umuwi sa birthday ko. Hindi sana ako uuwi kasi andaming kong gagawin atsaka wala akong pera pero sabi niya ibabalik daw nya ang perang magagastos ko sa trip so pumayag na rin ako.

Pero kainis lang nung araw na yun kasi ina-allergy na naman ko. After ng boring na klase ko sa ChE 172, dali-dali akong dumeretso papuntang Olivarez. Pero, hep! Kumain muna ako sa Jollibee at nagtake out narin ng pang-lunch o snack. Nagulat pa ako nung nakita ko si "Dragonesa" kumakain! Si "Dragonesa" ay yung assistant ng College Secretary namin sa CEAT. Andami na niyang nabiktima sa kaswangitan nya! Haha. Isa na ako dun nung OF palang ako.

Anyways, namumukhaan niya ata ako dahil kakapasa ko lang nung week na iyon ang aking Plan of Course Work.

Around 2PM ako nakarating sa Cubao. Nagpunta ulit ako sa Jollibee dun para magrefill ng aking mga resources. Haha. Mas mura kasi pag sa Jollibee ka bumili kaysa sa mga stop overs na overpriced eh hindi mo pa na-attain yung satisfaction na hinahanap mo.

Ang nakuha kong ticket ay ticket no. 39 sa byaheng 2:30PM. Buti nalang 10 minutes lang ako maghihintay unlike nung ibang byahe ko last time na kahit 2PM ako dumating eh 5PM na lang ang bakante...

Ako na talaga ang masipag. Nagbabasa ako ng Noli me Tangere at El FIlibusterismo sa bus habang nabyahe! I can't believe na natapos ko yung selected chapters nung nakarating na kami sa Bulacan. Nainggit ata yung katabi ko at nagbasa din sya ng Bob Ong. Salamat sa bagong pair of glasses ko, hindi ako nahihilo habang nagbabasa.

Napakacomfortable ng bus ng Victory Liner. Parang deluxe na nga yung sinakyan ko pero ndi sya deluxe ah!

Around 1:40AM na ako nakarating sa bahay. Of course, sinundo ako nila Mama, Papa, at Chamme sa babaan ko. Weeeh!

Anyways, hindi ko man lang naenjoy ang Feb Fair. Tsk. Wala talaga akong social life. At least nag-e-enjoy pa rin ako haha!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Kaori Oda Third Single 「Akatsuki no Butterfly」

[UPDATE]

Team Entertainment finally uploaded the short version of 「Akatsuki no Butterfly」 PV in their YouTube and Nico Nico Douga account!

http://youtu.be/FQX9IoMuob8

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Hey guys!
It's already confirmed that the three songs previously announced in this post, Kaori Oda to sing new songs for 「AMNESIA Crowd」 + More!, will be released as a single.


That's KAORI's third single for you.

And yes, it seems that Kaori is really going for the game-tie route.

You can get a glimpse of the game version of 「Akatsuki no Butterfly」 HERE.

It's an upbeat song. Yes!

Anyways, the confirmation post was taken from HERE.

I'll translate it anyways.

NOTE: Translation in italicized gray font placed directly below the phrase/sentence/paragraph.

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人気シンガー・織田かおりさんのNewシングル「暁のバタフライ」が、4月24日に発売することが決定した!しかも収録曲は、女性向け人気ゲームレーベル・オトメイトの最新作『AMNESIA CROWD(アムネシア クラウド)』(4月18日発売予定)のOPテーマ&EDテーマとなっている。
The popular singer Kaori Oda's new single 「Akatsuki no Butterfly」 will be released on April 24! The tracklist will contain the OP and ED for the third installment of the popular otome game 「AMNESIA CROWD」 which will be released on April 18.

織田かおりさんNewシングルは、PSP用ゲーム『AMNESIA CROWD』のオープニング主題歌「暁のバタフライ」と、エンディングテーマ「君と愛になる」をフルコーラスで収録!
The PSP game 「AMNESIA CROWD」's OP theme song 「Akatsuki no Butterfly」 and ED theme song 「Kimi to Ai ni Naruwill be included in the single!

更に、スマートフォンアプリ『アムネシア for iOS & Android』オープニング主題歌「記憶(きみ)のシルエット」もフルコーラスで収録している。
Furthermore, the full version of the OP theme song for the smartphone game  「AMNESIA for iOS & Android」 shall be included.

CD+DVDの2枚組仕様でのリリースで、、DVDディスクには「暁のバタフライ」ミュージッククリップの他、『AMNESIA CROWD』と『アムネシア for iOS & Android』のゲームオープニングムービーも収録しているぞ!
The release is going to be a CD+DVD set. The DVD will contain the PV for 「Akatsuki no Butterfly」, and the opening movie clips for 「AMNESIA CROWD」 and 「AMNESIA for iOS & Android!

是非ともゲットしておきたい1枚だ!
By all means, should get your own copy! 

<Release info>
CD◆「暁のバタフライ」
(Romaji: Akatsuki no Butterfly)
2013年4月24日(水)発売
Artist:織田かおり
Catalog Number:KDSD-00633、00634
Price:1,890円(税込)
Released by:team Entertainment Co., ltd
Sold by:Sony Music Entertainment Japan


【収録予定】
【CD】
1. 「Akatsuki no Butterfly」(PSP用ゲームソフト「AMNESIA CROWD」OPテーマ)
2. 「Kimi to Ai ni Naru」(PSP用ゲームソフト「AMNESIA CROWD」EDテーマ)
3. 「Kioku no Silhouette」(スマートフォンアプリ「アムネシア for iOS & Android」OPテーマ)
4. 「暁のバタフライ(Off Vocal)」
5. 「君と愛になる(Off Vocal)」
6. 「記憶(きみ)のシルエット(Off Vocal)」

【DVD】
1. 「Akatsuki no Butterfly」ミュージッククリップ
(Music Video)
2. 「Akatsuki no Butterfly」PSP用ゲームソフト「AMNESIA CROWD」オープニングムービー
3. 「Kioku no Silhouette」スマートフォンアプリ「アムネシア for iOS & Android」オープニングムービー

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Plus some other things which just tells about KAORI's profile and her first one-man live commemorating the released of her first solo album  「PLACE」
<織田かおりプロフィール>
抜群の歌唱力により早くから注目され、様々なプロダクツに参加。
梶浦由記プロジェクト『FictionJunction』に参加し、NHKテレビアニメ「ツバサクロニクル」でそのベールを脱ぐ。
現在は『FictionJunction』、サウンドクリエイター“Revo”の主催する幻想楽団『Sound Horizon』参加する傍ら、ソロとしてもゲーム「AMNESIA」のテーマ曲等、数々の楽曲を担当。
またネットを中心に活躍している気鋭のアーチスト「海賊王」「ティッシュ姫」「早川誠一郎」と共に、『アナザーユニオン』を結成しライブを中心に活動を始める。
2013年2月6日に初のソロアルバム「PLACE」をリリース。
今、注目されているシンガーの一人である。


<織田かおり イベント情報>
 2月6日にリリースされた、織田かおりさんのアルバム「PLACE」の発売を記念して、CD発売記念イベントを開催!『薄桜鬼』の主題歌で人気の吉岡亜衣加さんも出演してのジョイントイベント。
日時:3月3日(日)
時間:12:00~、14:30~ (2回公演)
会場:神奈川県・たまプラーザテラス ゲートプラザ 1Fフェスティバルコート
http://www.tamaplaza-terrace.com/
(最寄り駅:東急田園都市線 たまぷらーざ駅)
内容:ミニライブ、サイン会
●詳細はこちら!




That's all!
Once again, please support KAORI by buying this single.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Kaori Oda to sing new songs for 「AMNESIA Crowd」 + More!

KAORI will be singing the OP and ED for the PSP otome game  「AMNESIA Crowd」; this game is the third game from the series.

FYI, the game series is actually popular and I hope these songs will be released as a single.

For more information, please the official web site at:
http://www.otomate.jp/amnesia_crowd

But wait, there's more!

KAORI will also be singing the OP for the iOS and Android port of the first game  「AMNESIA」.
The OP will be included in the album 「MANYO WORKS BEST!!」.

For more information, please visit:
http://www.team-e.co.jp/products/kdsd-00623.html

That's all!

I'm actually curious. Will KAORI's solo work be focusing on game-ties? I want an anime-tie though.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Happy vs. Grumpy... you decide!

Anyways, yesterday I changed my Facebook DP and actually used the grumpy version of me because it looked more mature than the happy version. Well, I'm turning twenteen soon so I decided to at lease look mature on the photos.

Here's the Happy me!





The grumpy version




Haha. My mom told me to shave-off teh facial hair because I don't look good with teh mature look.

Friday, February 8, 2013

REVIEW: Kaori Oda 「PLACE」

Note: I don't provide download links. I only give download links for exclusive releases. Thank you! Although some of the songs are available for download somewhere in my blog.

Fans of KAORI, the long-awaited 1st Album 「PLACE」 is finally available in the market!!

Support KAORI by buying the original CD!

Also, Yuki Kajiura tweeted her supports on KAORI. Show you support too! Tweet her with the hash tag #place_kaori.

RELATED POST: TRANSLATION: "kaori's melody: 1st Album PLACE 発売!!

Here's the cover art:

simple?

Tracklist:
1. PLACE
2. Brilliant World
3. Eien no Ichibyou
4. Promise
5. My Destiny
6. Mizukagami
7. No sing, No life
8. Sekai no Hate de
9. Hi no Ataru Basho he
10. Honki ni Uso (Ver. True Heart)
11. Hajimari no Kioku
12. Emotional
13. Calling

My review:
There are nine songs with tie-in projects. Only seven of the tie-in songs were previously released in the market as singles or compilations. The remaining five songs are new.

M1. PLACE
The title song is an upbeat song \(^0^). This song was composed by Takumi Ozawa; she's also the composer for most of YUUKA's solo songs nowadays. This is actually their second song together. The first one was 「LOVE×∞」; This song is relatively unknown to most of the fans. Anyways, 「PLACE」 is actually good. Very pop-pish. I was expecting some Ozawago though. The chorus is very catchy too! This is actually what I expect for most of the new songs in her album. (9/10)

M2. Brilliant World
This song was used as the OP for the DS game 「Luminous Arc」. I played the game, it was actually a very good JRPG; though I still haven't finished it. A typical J-pop song. Actually, it's quite repetitive. I used to like this back when I was still searching for her solo songs. But IMHO, this is better than the second game's OP 「Unlimited World」. I really love the piano parts and the build up of strings before the chorus. (6/10)

M3. Eien no Ichibyou
This song was used as the ED for the PSP game 「AMNESIA Later」. Yuki Kajiura really like KAORI singing ballads; this is not a Yuki Kajiura composition BTW. For me, I like KAORI singing upbeat songs more. But this quite nice anyways. Though it is still not a favorite song of mine. This sounds very otome-ish; well, the game is an otome genre game. (7/10)

M4. Promise.
I've been stressing in a lot of social networking sites that is is my favorite new song from her album. I love upbeat songs! I wish I can see this performed live. I really love the chorus because it's very catchy. I hope for more songs like this in the future! The mix of the chorus vocals were also good. (10/10)

M5. My Destiny
This song was used as an theme song[?] for the drama CD 「AMNESIA of the Dead」. Another otome-ish upbeat song. It was actually a likeable upbeat song of hers until 「Promise」 came. (8/10)

M6. Mizukagami
This song was used as the ED for the PSP game 「L.G.S ~Shinsetsu Houshin Engi~」. Another ballad! I'm not actually a fan of ballad but sometimes just hafta listen to it. KAORI's sweet voice is all over the song. It is actually one of the "progressive" ballads that starts of at low pitch and ends in high pitch. Nice one although still haven't reach LSS mode for me. I actually love the "aaaahhhhh" in the bridge (7/10)

M7. No sing, No life
And another upbeat song... but slower compared to 「Promise」. The chorus was actually weird.... for me. But thanks to that, I was LSS on this song for two days hahaha! (7/10)

M8. Sekai no Hate de
This song was used in another PSP otome game 「L.G.S ~Shinsetsu Houshin Engi~」. I only heard this from previews of the song in youtube. Yes there's also another "aaaaaahhhh" in this song. This is actually a likeable ballad. A sweet song indeed. The chorus build up was nice IMHO. (8/10)

M9. Hi no Ataru Basho he
This song was tied with the 3DS game 「Unchained Blade EXXiV」. I hope to get my hands on this game once it localizes in my country. A very long ballad but it's worth listening to it. I specially like the "unchained my heart" lyrics before the chorus. The last part of the chorus had a twist part which left me wanting for more but sadly, it ends there... Haha. (9/10).

M10. Honki no Uso (Ver. True Heart)
This song was used as the OP for the game 「Wild Arms XF」. I thought it was actually balladish at the start but this is actually an upbeat song. This was also one of the first song I heard when I was searching for her solo works. The instrumentals are actually very rich; It got a lot of instruments you wouldn't normally hear on typical Jpops. Nice one although I was actually hoping it's sister song 「Taga Tameni」 would be included instead of this. (8/10)

M11. Hajimari no Kioku
This song was used as the OP for the PSP otome game 「AMNESIA Later」. This is my favorite ballad song among her other ballads. The song is very sweet and nostalgic. \(^0^ ) (10/10)

M12. Emotional
Yey another upbeat song! But a typical Jpop song. It has yet to grow on me. (6/10)

M13. Calling
This song was used as the ED for the anime 「Baccano!」. This was composed by Yuki Kajiura. Well, duh? Of course this is a good song. It's actually quite high pitched. The mix of Yuriko Kaida and Kaori Nishina in the chorus is very enjoyable. (10/10)

Overall Rating: 8.08/10
But this is just me rating. You are free to rate the songs according to your liking.

Top 5 Favorites:
1. Calling
2. Promise
3. Hajimari no Kioku
4. Hi no Ataru Basho he
5. PLACE

TRANSLATION: "kaori's melody: 1st Album PLACE 発売!!"

Did you already buy your own copy? Just asking \(^0^ ).

Anyways, after the long wait, KAORI's album is finally out in the market. I'll do a review on the songs later. 

This is a [rough] translation on the blog post made by KAORI prior to the release of her album. She visited many stores who's currently selling her album.

Hopefully, lots of people will buy. I wanna listen to more KAORI on the future, so let's all support her with this giant leap in her career! 

permalink: http://blog.livedoor.jp/kaori_melody/archives/51764620.html
NOTE: Translation in gray color place directly below the original text. Some lines were left unstranslated.

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1st Album PLACE 発売!!
1st Album PLACE released!!


2013年2月6日(水)!

大雪警報が出ていた関東地方ですが、皆さまご無事でしょうか??
The announcement of heavy snow over Kanto was out in the news, was everyone okay??

そんな中、無事に織田かおり1st Album 『PLACE』が発売されました.。゚+.(・∀・)゚+.゚
On the other hand, today is the launching of my 1st Album 『PLACE』.

大雪と言っていたけれども、なんとか天候が持ち、最後は雨になって良かったです!
Though it was supposed to snow, it only rained! I'm so happy

今日は、たくさんの店舗さんにご挨拶に伺わさせて頂きました。
Today, I went to introduce myself to the a lot of stores selling my album.


~アニメイト秋葉原店さんにて~
~Animate Akihabara Branch~





















~ステラワースさんにて~


~アニメイト池袋店さんにて~
~Animate Ikebukuro Branch~




















~タワレコ新宿店さんにて~
~Tower Records Shinjuku Branch~




































~アニメイト新宿店さんにて~
~Animate Shinjuku Branch~
















~アニメイト渋谷店さんにて~
~Animate Shibuya Branch~




















~タワレコ渋谷店さんにて~
~Tower Records Shibuya Branch~























各店舗のスタッフの皆様に、本当に良くして頂きました。
Every staff in the stores were really nice.
アニメイト秋葉原店・吉岡さん、 ステラワース・川村さん、アニメイト池袋店・大工園さん、タワレコ新宿店・中澄さん、アニメイト新宿店・甲斐さん、アニメイト渋谷店・田畑さん、嶌さん、タワレコ渋谷店・滝野さん!
Thanks to... (She's basically giving thanks to the persons in each picture.)

各店舗さんにサイン入りポスターや色紙、メッセージ等ありますので、是非チェックしてみて下さい♪
Come and check out the autographed posters and my messages on each store ♪


本当に、私一人の力では出来上がることはありませんでした。
I couldn't have done all of this alone.

制作に関わったスタッフチーム、楽曲提供して下さった作家チーム、そして応援して下さる皆様あっての作品です。
This is the result of everyone's [the staff, song writers, etc.] work and everyone who supported us.
末永く愛してもらえたらいいな。

織田かおり『PLACE』、宜しくお願いします!!
Oda Kaori 『PLACE』 , Thank you!!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

REVIEW: SWORD ART ONLINE Original Soundtrack

NOTE: Again, I'm not giving any download links. So if you want a copy, go search elsewhere. I only give download links to exclusive releases. Thank you!

It's been a while since the last soundtrack release by Yuki Kajiura; The last one before this was the second part of 「Fate/Zero」's sountrack.

I started watching 「SWORD ART ONLINE」 after Yuki Kajiura announced that she'll be doing the soundtrack. The first episode was quite enjoyable. Well, I'm a fan of JRPG that's why I can relate to the anime because the theme revolves around playing MMOJRPG.

What also made me motivated to watch the show is that REMI, popularly known as a member of Revo's 「Sound Horizon」, will be providing vocals for the soundtrack. I really love REMI's voice. I actually wished REMI to work for Yuki Kajiura. Now, that wish was granted. #sohappy.


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The original soundtrack was again bundled with the limited edition BD of the anime. -sigh- I've been wanting a standalone OST for a long time. By the minute, the way they sell Yuki's OST is getting worst.The pattern... SO FAR.

「Kara no Kyoukai」 - OST bundled with the DVD release. Included the credits for the whole soundtrack and not for each song.

「Puella Magi ☆ Madoka Magica」 - OST bundled with the BD only release. Included the credits for each song... but some mismatch with the credits especially the third volume of the soundtrack.

「Fate/Zero」 - OST bundled with -sigh- BD box! Included the credits for the whole soundtrack and not for each song.

「SWORD ART ONLINE」 - OST bundled again with the BD only release. No other credits for the soundtrack but Yuki Kajiura.

Hah! The only SMEJ released of Yuki Kajiura soundtrack which is a stand alone and included proper crediting is her 「Rekishi Hiwa Historia」 soundtracks.

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Anyways, enough with the ranting.

Since this is not a standalone, here's the Limited BD cover:





Here's the tracklist:
1. swordland
          Vocal: REMI, Tokyo Konsei
2. feel uneasy s
3. everyday life
4. quiet strain s
5. no way s
6. stand at bay
7. weird place s
8. survive the swordland
9. taut nerves s
10. a tense situation
11. a strategy meeting s
12. in your past
13. march down
14. left in suspense
15. we have to defeat it
          Vocal: REMI
          Chorus: Tokyo Konsei
16. at our parting
17. confront battle
18. at our parting -piano only
19. luminous sword
          Vocal: REMI
20. at our parting -vc only
21. a close battle
22. a tender feeling
23. a narrow escape
          Chorus: REMI
24. he rules us
          Chorus: Tokyo Konsei
25. fight!!!
26. a tiny love
27. smile for me
28. gracefully
29. a squabble
30. with my friend
31. the first town
          Vocal: REMI
32. at nightfall
33. despaired

My review:
I actually enjoyed the whole soundtrack. One thing I notice about the soundtrack is that there are lots of SFX music. Generally, SFX music is not a bad thing. But there are lots. As in lots. And they were place in succession starting from 「feel uneasy」.

There's also a lot of rendition of the main theme 「swordland」. Actually, the main theme itself is similar to 「Fate/Zero」's 「rule the battlefield」. You can hear a fragment of the main theme on 「survive the swordland」 and 「in your past」, to name a few. This song has two parts, REMI's and Tokyo Konsei's part. Actually, the instrumental parts for both parts were kinda repeated. REMI started it with her majestic voice... Ahhhh she's so good. The second part features Tokyo Konsei. They were good as well. I think this is my most loved Tokyo Konsei track so far. What intrigued me is that the anime version feature them in reverse; Tokyo Konsei's part first before REMI's part.

The next vocal song is 「we have to defeat it」. This sounded like a typical Yuri Kasahara and Tokyo Konsei song but the female voice is younger so I think this is REMI's operatic voice. Very enjoyable especially the instrumental part. The string!!! The string \(^0^ )

My most awaited vocal song is REMI's 「luminous sword」. It's a generic Yuki Kajiura battle theme music but I still kinda love it because of REMI. She also did the chorus for the song, btw. I really love her voice in this music. This song is also one of the generic type of songs to be included in Yuki Kajiura LIVEs so I'm crossing my finger on hearing FictionJunction performing this; My bet that it would be Yuriko as main vocal. Although inviting REMI for the LIVE is also a a dream, nee? BTW the string was great!

The fourth vocal song is 「a narrow escape」. It features REMI on the chorus of a techno song. If you've been listening to non-Yuki Kajiura soundtracks that featured REMI, you can see that this song is similar to those. The wailing voice is overwhelming. I actually want Kajiura to make songs like this in the future. Of course, more REMI puhlease! If you want to hear more REMI songs like this, you can listen to 「Fairy Tail」's and 「SHIKI」's soundtracks.

The fifth vocal song is 「he rules us」. The instrumental was good. This would be similar to 「Fate/Zero」's 「you are my King」. Albeit, I kinda like this one better. Strings again FTW! At least this has no flute. I don't actually like flutes although flute is the only instrument I can play.

The last vocal song is 「the first town」. Actually, I never heard the vocal part of this song in the anime. As in never. I hated the staff for that. Why not include the vocal part?!!?! That was eargasmic, you know! Uhhh. Anyways, this is another strings music. The vocal part was sung by REMI. I also think this a typical song to be included in Yuki Kajiura LIVEs. The song kinda fitted 「Rekishi Hiwa Historia」, don't ya think?

I was expecting more songs such as 「fight!!!」. With more piano etc. But we got strings instead. Strings were good, IMHO. I hated the fact that some songs were not utilized especially 「luminous sword」 and 「the first town」. What were they thinking? This is just so wrong. Now, I do hope that there are also REMI songs for the second volume of the soundtrack.

Well, I do hope some song would appear in the next Yuki Kajiura LIVE coming this May! Also, more REMI songs puhlease? Yuki Kajiura, please? Thanks!