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If you’ve been reading my articles, I really want to thank you – it’s so much more enjoyable to write when you know that people are at least entertained, if not informed, by what you are doing.

Here’s what I’ve written so far this month:

Tasty or Tacky? This doll’s dress is what’s for dinner

meat dress 1

Awash in the lights and colors of traditional Japan at Meguro Gajoen’s brilliant summer event

wa no akari

Toy Story’s Little Green Men have invaded a popular Tokyo Disney summer treat

little green man

Wagakki Band breathes life into the Olympics with “Kishikaisei”

wagakki sakura tree

Soy Shape saucers add a third dimension to your sushi experience

soy shapes

The world’s first smart umbrella is the last umbrella you’ll ever lose!

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Beloved manga Bleach comes to an end and fans are grieving

bleach finale

Naruto’s favorite noodle shop Ichiraku Ramen is real, and we just visited it!

naruto ramen

Looks are deceiving when it comes to these backpacks from anello, the new hot-item bags in Japan

anello bag

 

Anime Music Vol 2. – The Good, the Bad, and the Weird

I’d ask you if you want the good news first, or the bad, as is the standard, but since none of this is news, I don’t think I’m beholden to that : D

 

So let’s start with the BAD.  And when I say bad, I mean any of these words are applicable:

 

BAD

I invite you to use any of these in your personal reviews of the following.

 

Rain City Rocker’s Anime EP

Yes, it’s free.  And as so many say, free is good, right?  In fact, when I bought a dozen doughnuts from Krispy Kreme yesterday and they gave me a gratis box of doughnut holes, I would have been in wholehearted agreement with that statement.

Donuts

 

That is, until I heard this.  (BTW, you can hear it, too, and trust me, there is a reason it’s free – get it here, if you dare: http://arcadesushi.com/rain-city-rockers-anime-ep-download/)

 

I suppose it’s a good thing that RCR made the album free – charging fans for this would have probably annihilated any fanbase they have.

 

Alright, exactly what makes it so bad?  Well, for starters, the vocals sound about as good as the video you accidently click on of someone karaoke-ing the Sailor Moon English OP that only has like 23 views since 2002 instead of the official verision, except that kid didn’t have the advantage of professional editing and mixing.

 

I hesitate to bash the actual voice of the singer, because not everyone has the same goal, desire, or ability to sing beautifully – and indeed, given the musical history of the members of this band, I might think they could care less about that, but it does matter to some extent.  The songs chosen intentionally and specifically lack complexity, which means they need one of two things to succeed – resonance with an existing fanbase (as the original versions had) or a KILLER voice to really make it shine.

 

Raon Lee and PelleK are great examples of voices that could probably make these songs somehow more than they are. (Check them out on this collab of the Mirai Nikki OP -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vx_TXdaZjSg)

 

Unfortunately, Andrew Conroy doesn’t have that voice.  It just comes out whiny.  Nasality is something you expect when you listen to a lot of JPop, but there’s a way of doing it to avoid that whiny sound and Conroy either wasn’t aware of the difference, didn’t care, or simply can’t adjust.

 

The other thing is…ok.  It is well within their means and rights to prefer the English OPs over the original Japanese ones.  Hey, everyone’s got an opinion.  Even I personally think the Sailor Moon OP in English is actually leaps and bounds better than the lame Moonlight Densetsu.

 

Sailor OMG

Sorry, Usagi, but I’m with Serena on this one.

 

In reality though, despite whatever nostalgia the English version may harken within us all, the songs are pretty pathetic (alright, maybe except Pokemon – it’s hard to hate on such a classic).

 

To that point, he says he’s an anime fan.  And I am the last person to question the level of somebody’s fandom (Ha!  Great Goldfinger song for that btw – -> “Miles Away”), but I can’t help but question either the true nature of his fandom or the band’s actual interest and taste in music itself.  There are a plethora of anime songs that are exponentially better than any of the songs covered, regardless of the language they are in.  In fact, there are songs that would have been better suited to the band’s musical aesthetic that would have likely made this EP suck less.

 

Too late for that, I guess.

 

I was excited when I saw that a member of Goldfinger was in this band….I kind of wish it was John Feldmann on vocals instead.

 

The music’s whatever.  Seriously.  I mean, they LITERALLY did the opening version of the songs, so they are only about a minute long….maybe that means I’M taking it too seriously.  Which may also mean that Arcade Sushi’s excitement about this seems rather fake.

 

Still….

Now I’m looking at those free doughnut holes and wondering if they are really all that great…

They were free for a reason.

 

Next time, I’ll talk about the Good.  (or the Weird, I haven’t really decided yet *^_^*)

~Sugoi Miro

 

What are some of your favorite anime covers?  Have you listened to this EP?  What do you think?  Leave a comment below!

 

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Anime Music Vol 1. – Let’s Get This Party Started

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People are writing about the mangas.  They are writing about the animes.  They are writing about the fantastic merch.  But who’s really writing about the music??

Me!

There are so many times when I am translating a song that I come across something so cool or quirky or interesting that I want to share and I just can’t express it in the limitations imposed by Twitter and imo, anything longer than that on Facebook tends to put a TL;DR look on most people’s faces.  So, I’m gonna do it here.

Before I get started though, a small request.  If you like what you read here, if you like the translations I am doing, or if you simply like me (how sweet *^_^*), then please use my affiliate links to make a purchase.  You can also send a gift via PayPal.  Any effort is always appreciated and hopefully, in return, I’ll be adding a little something to your life in return!  And for those of you who like to get your swag on (ok, I’m so sorry I said that…never again!), JBox/Jlist is the place to go, and I’ve got an affiliate link for that as well.

If things go better, maybe one day I’ll even start a Patreon!  But, let’s not get ahead of ourselves :D

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An actual post, with actual content is on it’s way!  To whet your appetite, here’s the title – The Good, The Bad, and The Weird.

I wonder what you think it’s about ;P  Here are some picture clues to help:

ArjunaRain City RockersMaaya_Sakamoto

Hope you are looking forward to it as much as I am!

~Sugoi Miro

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