June 3, 2012

Piko releases new album "2PIKO"

Famous Japanese singer Piko recently released his second album "2PIKO". The tracklist includes:
1. ジョージャク:ヤッパダメカ
2. 咲色リフレイン 
3. 君に逢いたくて 
4. 乱獲パラレル 
5. 天樂 
6. シンドローム
7. ピコピコ★ナイトオブギャラクシー
8. ユメハナ 
9. Unlimited Dream Walkers
10. Maker÷Breaker
12. Acid soul-完全に厨二病じゃん-
13. ☆ピコピコ★レジェンドオブザナイトオブギャラクシー (BONUS TRACK.) 

A sample of the album can be downloaded here.

SID to release new album, “M&W”

Rock band SID has revealed that their new album, “M&W“, will be released on August 1!
This will be the band’s first full-length album in about a year and 5 months, with their last being “dead stock“. It will feature a total of 11 tracks, including their hit singles “Itsuka“, “Fuyu no Bench“, “Nokoriga“, and “S“.
The album will be available for purchase in 3 different versions: Limited Edition A, Limited Edition B, and Regular Edition. Both Limited Editions will come with a DVD containing footage of different live performances.
SID recently kicked off their nationwide tour, “TOUR 2012 ‘M&W’ preview“, on June 1. In September, after the album’s release, the band is scheduled to start “TOUR 2012 ‘M&W’“.

Source: Tokyohive

SNSD reveals details + track list for “Paparazzi”

In the span of just 2-days Shoujo Jidai has been releasing information on their upcoming Japanese single “PAPARAZZI” in pieces.
The news of their upcoming single “PAPARAZZI” was first released on the girls’ Japanese mobile site. After revealing the PV teaser and preview, they also revealed two promotional photos. Now the group has released the single jackets and track lists for the single.
As previously mentioned the single has been described as a strong dance tune, and to match the song, Shoujo Jidai’s choreography will include a ‘camera shutter’ move while also being chased around by paparazzi.
“PAPARAZZI” will be released on June 27th.
Check out the track list and details of the various versions below!
Limited Edition

< CD >
2. PAPARAZZI (Instrumental)
< DVD >
1. PAPARAZZI -Music Video-
2. PAPARAZZI -Music Video-(Close-up Version)

Extra: Photo Booklet

Regular Edition Type A
< CD >
2. PAPARAZZI (Instrumental)
< DVD >
1. PAPARAZZI -Music Video-

Regular Edition Type B
< CD >
2. PAPARAZZI (Instrumental)

Source: Tokyohive

Android App Spotlight: Songify


What is Songify? It is an app that turns your speech into music automatically. Simply just speak into your Android device, and Songify will magically turn your speech into a song. That is one cool app to play around with when you are incredibly bored and its a lot of fun! Hit the Play Store for more info.

Anime Review: Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha A's

The sequel of Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha is here; bigger and better than before. Now with more action, adventure and a proper story, Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha A's is a worthy successor to the anime series.

Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha A'sSynopsis:

After the events of the Lost Logia case, Nanoha waits patiently for the day she can reunite with her newfound friend, Fate. Although being an exceptionally powerful mage, Nanoha spends her days normally with her friends on Earth. But peace is once again suddenly shattered, as Nanoha is without warning attacked by a powerful mage. A group of violent mages have been attacking anything with magic power for their own goals. Nanoha and Fate, along with their friends Yuuno, Arf, Chrono and the Space/Time Administration Bureau must once more band together to stop these renegade mages from hurting anyone or anything else. Takes place after the first season of Lyrical Nanoha.


I must say that this series jumped straight into the action in the first few episodes- which is a good thing. The story starts off where the prequel left off with Fate finally being released from detention and is reunited with Nanoha in the worst way possible. As you may have guessed, Nanoha is attacked by a powerful mage with their own goals of collecting power from other mages. Once again it is up to Nanoha and her team to stop the renegade mage from hurting anyone or anything else. Much similar to the prequel, we see a huge conflict and misunderstanding between the mages as they fight for their own goals. Of course everyone is happy in the end, but this story is quite worth the watch as the battles are more aggressive and well planned. It was nice to see that the series has taken off from a "childish" start to a more "teenage" style approach that will interest teens which are into magical girls and super powers.

The art style and animation has been dramatically improved in this series with more special attacks, better transformation sequences and a whole new location. Character detail was slightly improved with the addition of textures and shading in some scenes. The new costumes and weapons all looked stunning and were spectacular in the battles scenes. It was good that the transformation sequences were toned down a bit which was my main complaint in the prequel.

The sound was rather decent with the opening and ending themes being your standard pop tunes. The voice acting was all but the same as the prequel. The new characters perfectly matched their voice actor counterpart. I must add though, I was quite amused and surprised that some weapons spoke German. That was quite interesting indeed. Moving on, the background music was rather reused a lot throughout the anime so there was no sense of invoked feelings from the music which was rather disappointing.

The anime series starts off with Nanoha as a 13 year old again. Once again, I thought 13 year olds doing the impossible was quite fantastical indeed. However, bearing through the prequel made me come to accept the girls as being this young. Thank goodness though that the anime ends with Nanoha being 15 after the events of the final battle that occurs in the last episode of the series. I also noticed that one of the characters, Vita was exactly like Taiga in Toradora! (same voice actor). Same personality: tsundere. As for the other new characters, they were quite interesting and uniquely different.

Overall, it was a enjoyable sequel to watch. The story has been improved, the visuals more spectacular, and the introduction of a few new characters made this that more entertaining to watch. Less repetitive action and more mysteries are abundant in Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha A's. If you are into magical girl anime then you definitely must watch this sequel. It is worth it.

A much better story with less repetitive battles and more of an interesting plot.

ART: 8
Improved battle animations and cute costumes!

The theme songs were rather generic but the voice acting was improved.

I liked the new characters more than the old ones.

Entertaining to watch. The improvements are a welcome addition to the anime.

Definitely improved from the sequel.

PSotD - Never Meant to Belong

Title: Never Meant to Belong
Artist: Shiro Sagisu
Album: BLEACH Original Soundtrack I
Year: 2005
Notes: A background song from the anime Bleach. Bleach was the anime that got me into the whole anime/manga craze, so I have rather emotional ties with this anime, despite the negative feedback that other people give. I think this manga has a brilliant storyline (at least the first season does), I love the characters and Kubo's artwork is unique. Kubo's a natural at drawing manga, he can capture deep and realistic human emotions with very few strokes of his brush, his pacing of the story is good, and his panels tend to be drawn at uncommon but effective angles and perspectives. Furthermore, Bleach is full of action, swords and bishies, the three things that makes my otaku life complete.
This song always makes me sad when I listen to it. I remember it being played during the scene where Rukia is imprisoned and she reflects back to the happy moments she spent with Ichigo and co..

DDL: From Gendou music (Requires account - it's easy to make one!)