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YouTube Randomness!

I have been spending a lot of time on YouTube the past week and I’ve found a lot of cute videos.  So, here they are!

Xiah Junsu’s super cute moments!!! I love Yoochun’s reactions to Junsu on helium.

Fun with members of D. Asagi being…Asagi lol. He always looks so cute!

So, now that I have incinerated your brain with cuteness…you can search for more!  Try the “Making Of…” videos for D…they are quite fun.

^_^ Sayonara!

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My New Favorite Songs!

So I’ve been obsessing a little over Youtube for a while.  I have found a couple songs that I’m completely mad over…in a good way.  I’ve listened to them over and over for hours.  So, I decided to share them with you!  Aren’t I so sweet???

My favorite mix of SPiCa, feat. Chibita.

I just found this artist this past week.  Meisa Kuroki.  I love the album Attitude.

Utada Hikaru is good for any mood!

^_^ Sayonara!

D’s Vampire Saga – Newest Album

This album is fucking EPIC!  *forgive the explicitives*  I’m so excited.  I finally got the album and have listened to it’s entirety.  Vampire Saga is by far my favorite from the band, D.  As much as I loved Neo Culture, that’s saying something.  Asagi’s voice is as effervescent as ever.  ^_^  This will be one of those albums that you’ll love every song.  As of right now, I’m loving “Prayer of the Purified Rose,” “In the Name of Justice,” “Day Walker,” “Love Within the Coffin,” and “King of Darkness.”

Vampire Saga was released in January, but I just got it and I really wanted to share it with everyone!  I’d give this album a straight 10 out of 10!  Once again…EPIC!

1. Muku naru bara no inori (Prayer of the Purified Rose)
2. In the Name of Justice
3. Underground Road
4. Day Walker
5. Midori no tsubasa (Green Wings)
6. Tsuki to umi no seiyaku (The Pledge of the Moon and Sea)
7. Ai wa hitsugi no naka ni (Love Within the Coffin)
8. Akaki hitsuji ni yoru bansankai (Dinner Party Due to the Red Sheep)
9. Taiko no kiba (Ancient Fang) – Instrumental
10. Desert Warrior
11. Mayonaka no (Midnight Quarter) – Quartet
12. Black Swan
13. Der König der Dunkelheit (The King of Darkness)
14. BONUS – Silver Acorn Bullet

*Is it just me or should Asagi play a live-action Sebastian Michaelis???  Yeah, I thought so too!*

^_^ Sayonara!

Visual Kei – Bands I Love

I wanted to post something that was informative and fun.  I’m always asked about Visual Kei and what it is exactly.  Visual Kei is what originally got me into Japanese music.  It’s similar to a lot of goth and glam rock that you would hear anywhere else.  It actually means “visual style.”  This is because the members of the band wear elaborate makeup, hair, clothing, and can be very eccentric.  It’s often mistaken for cosplay.  Majority of the time, the males dress as females or they simply seem androgynous.  These males who dress as females are sometimes referred to as “lolita boys.”

Visual Kei started in the late 80’s, but grew very popular in the 90’s and has stayed a very popular genre.  The following bands are certainly not the only ones.  These are just a few of my favorites.

Malice Mizer – This band went through a lot in their time.  They have three eras, which are distinguished by three different singers.  The sound changed with each one.  A very popular singer, Gackt, was one of them; his era was the longest and most popular. I’ll post two videos for this band since the style is different with each era; the first is Gackt and the second is Klaha.

The Gazette – Formed in 2002, this band has had quite a few songs featured in anime.

Phantasmagoria – This band is probably my favorite.  Their music is so addictive.  They took a couple years off, but they did release an album last year.

D – I love this band!  The lead singer, Asagi, has a very unique voice.  I love their style, too.

Versailles – This is a fairly new band, but I love the drama in their music.  It’s almost like vampire meets Phantom of the Opera.

Some other Visual Kei bands to look for:  Nightmare, Parfait, An Cafe (also called Antic Cafe and Antique Cafe), D’espairs Ray, and Alice Nine.

This is just because I felt like putting in another video.  This is An Cafe – Cherry SakuYuuki.

^_^ Sayonara!

You’re Beautiful – Review

This drama was recommended to me because I liked Hana Kimi.  I wanted something that was fun and light compared to Boys Before Flowers, which I watched previously.  This definitely stood up to that.

You’re Beautiful is a Korean Drama that, like Hana Kimi, is about a girl who pretends to be a boy.  Go Mi Nyu is a girl who grew up in a convent with her twin brother Go Mi Nam.  Mi Nyu is in the process of becoming a nun while her brother wants to be a famous singer.  The day before she is to leave for Rome, she is bombarded by her brother’s manager who begs her to pretend to be her brother.  Mi Nam has been accepted to be the popular band, A.N.Jell’s new member.  Mi Nam, who is currently in the U.S. receiving a cosmetic surgery, will not recover before the new member’s introduction to the band.  To keep her brother’s dream going, she does this.

The leader of the band, Hwang Tae Kyung (far left), who doesn’t like anyone or anything, treats “Mi Nam” badly.  He shuns her and anything she does.  She, of course, is clumsy and causes a lot of mishaps which don’t actually make the guy like her at all. There are two other members, Jeremy (right) and Kang Shin Woo.  Shin Woo and Tae Kyung actually end up falling for her as does Jeremy, but he doesn’t realize “Mi Nam” is a girl until much later.  Mi Nyu loves Tae Kyung and only thinks of the other two as friends, though.

Mi Nyu has to go through a lot in the drama, 16 episodes, in order to keep her secret, well, a secret.  In doing so, she tries to find the mother she never knew and discovers what love is.  She also has to deal with anti-fans, a pop singer who’s in love with Tae Kyung, and producing a solo album.

This drama was so much fun to watch.  I love all the characters!  Tae Kyung has a serious OCD problem and I loved watching him overly clean self.  Not to mention, I’m a Jang Geun Suk fan, he’s so cute.  Jeremy was a complete mess for the first few episodes.  He thought he was gay for a while so it was pretty funny.  Shin Woo is one of those hopeless romantic guys that you like for a while, but then it gets really old.  I thought the acting was good, too.  They all have their own little tics that make their characters; for example: Tae Kyung calls Mi Nyu a “pig-rabbit” and he always scrunches his lips up when he’s thinking.

The music for this drama was actually pretty good.  I like the A.N.Jell song, “Still.”  I found myself singing to that song every time it was played.  It’s definitely a show to watch.  (I know I say that about everything now, but I’m serious!)

Story: 9

Characters: 9

Music: 9

Acting: 8

Overall: 9 out of 10

^_^ Sayonara!

My New Obsession – K-Pop

So, after watching a Korean drama, I suddenly became obsessed with K-Pop.  Right now I’m really loving some of these pop/dance songs.  I really wanted to share them with you all.

JYJ – I’m really loving Park Yoo Chun.  His voice is amazing.  My favorite songs are “Ayyy Girl” and “Empty,” and “Be My Girl.”  Their songs just make me want to dance…though that would be bad since I am a horrible dancer (*points at self* nerdy white girl).

MBLAQ – Listening to them right now!  The first song I heard was “Y” and it quickly became set on repeat.  Lol.

SS501 – I became a fan of Kim Hyun Joong while watching Boys Before Flowers and so, of course, when I found out he was in this band, I had to get every song!  He’s so cute!!  I’m loving “Deja Vu,” “UR Man,” and Kim Hyun Joong’s solo “Please.”

Some other songs I’ve been listening to are: “Fight the Bad Feeling” by T-Max, “Eat You Up” by BoA, and “What Should I Do” by Jisun.

^_^ Sayonara!

Top 10 Best Anime Openings/Endings

I decided to post more music since I’ve only got the one post.  NOTE: This top 10 is only based on my opinion of the anime that I’ve seen so far.  It’s by no means representative of ALL anime.  These are also based on whether I felt they matched well with the anime or not.  There are some songs I feel are chosen simply because it’s a popular song; it doesn’t match the anime well at all.  If there’s some you think I’d like or are your favorites, please feel free to comment…I love discovering new music!  Enjoy.

1. I can’t mention anime openings and not mention this song.  It’s probably one of the most famous openings for all anime.  The opening for Ghost in the Shell: S.A.C., Inner Universe (vocals by Origa).  I think most people would agree that this opening is perfect for the anime.

2. This is one of my favorite songs.  The first anime I ever watched was InuYasha and this is the first Japanese song I ever heard.  Every Heart by BoA is the 4th ending song for InuYasha.  The lyrics really do correspond to the anime well.

3. I think this video (though it has nothing to do with anime) is one of the most awesome PVs ever!  Maximum the Hormone – Zetsubou Billy is the 2nd ending song for Death Note.

4. ClariS – Irony is the opening for Ore no Imouto.  This song is so fun, just like the anime.  It fits so perfectly.

5. This song is from the movie Origins: Spirits of the Past.  Kokia has two songs in this movie (opening and ending), but the first, Chouwa Oto I think fits the anime so well.  It’s so beautiful and it has some sad dramatic moments, which go well with the anime’s world.

6. Futatsu no Kodou to Akai Tsumi is the opening song for Vampire Knight by ON/OFF.  It’s completely addictive.

7. The first part of season one of Black Butler is more fun than the rest of the series.  So, the ending should be fun, too, right?  It is.  I’m Alive by Becca is also one of my favorite songs as well as in my top 10 of openings/endings.

8. Howling by Abingdon Boys School is the opening for Darker than Black.  This song is sooo good.

9. Shell by Bana is the opening for Witch Hunter Robin.  It’s so sad, but it fits so well with the story.

10.  This one is only at the bottom of the list because at first I didn’t like it, but now I’m really loving it.  Orange Range – Asterisk is the first opening for Bleach.

^_^ Sayonara!

Black Butler (All-in-One) – Review

Finally, I’ve come to review my favorite anime of all.  I do have about five favorite anime, but I think this one above all is my absolute favorite.  Kuroshitsuji, or Black Butler, is just…EPIC!  There’s more than just anime for this one, too, so I’m reviewing it all in one!  There’s the manga, the music, and the anime…and a musical, which I haven’t seen yet, and a videogame, which I have yet to play.

Black Butler is about a demon, Sebastian Michaelis, who makes a contract with a boy, Ciel Phantomhive.  The contract is basically that Sebastian serves Ciel as his butler until he takes his revenge against whoever killed his parents; after that, Sebastian get’s Ciel’s soul.  It’s set in Victorian England.  The first season of Black Butler is about Sebastian helping Ciel take his revenge.  The second season is just the continuation, but introduces a new demon, Claude Faustus.
I don’t want to give anything away so that’s all I’m telling you.  HA!  On to my review.

Sebastian really is “one hell of a butler.”  He’s attractive, but so very mysterious.  He’s funny when the time’s right; I’ll say one word…cat fetish.  Ciel, even though he’s just a boy, is very mature.  I love his character because you don’t expect him to be the way he is.  Granted, once you find out everything he went through, you’ll be more sympathetic and understand.

There are so many characters that I can’t describe them all, but I will tell you about a few of my favorites.  Grell Sutcliff is my favorite character second to Sebastian.  This guy is hilarious and utterly drool-worthy.  Grell is a Soul-Reaper and is absolutely in love with Sebastian, or Sebas-chan as he calls him, which I’m guessing would be like calling him Sebby for short.  Undertaker is, well, the undertaker, and he’s very creepy, but in a fun way.

Claude Faustus, who is only in the second season, is another demon.  I know that a lot of people hate Claude and his contracted, Alois Trancy, but I actually like Claude.  He’s an interesting character.  I really wish I knew more about him than what the anime shows.  I really do hate Alois though…he can just die!  Some other important characters are Elizabeth, Ciel’s fiance, Madame Red, Ciel’s aunt, Queen Victoria, William T. Spears, another Soul-Reaper, Prince Soma, an Indian Prince, and Soma’s butler, Agni.  There’s also the others who help in the Phantomhive manor: Finnian, May-Rin, Bardroy, and Tanaka.  Oh, and I can’t forget Pluto, the hell-hound.

The story can be very dramatic and at times there are some real loving moments.  Sebastian is devoted to Ciel in every way.  You come to realize just how important Sebastian is to Ciel and it can be very heart-wrenching.  One episode in particular where you realize this is the episode involving the camera.  This camera shows, in the photo of a person, the most important thing to that person that has passed on to the next world.

The first season is out in English now, but the voices aren’t the best.  Some of them are ok, but the Japanese version is better.  Jun Fukuyama voices Grell, which is just perfect!  Daisuke Ono is Sebastian, which is another perfect match.  In English, the voices are done with an accent, which I think was a mistake.  Finnian’s voice is the worst, Jason Liebrecht, no offense, I just think it was a bad match.  Undertaker is way better in Japanese, too; it’s so much more creepy.  The anime is at a total of 36 episodes.

The manga is so much more in-depth and is ongoing as of right now, 11 volumes.  The anime stretches past the manga so the manga’s story hasn’t gotten to the point of even the first season of the anime yet.  Usually I don’t review anything until it’s finished, but the manga is great, too.  The artwork is beyond great and there’s so many more minor storylines.

As for music, in the anime, it’s so good.  The opening for the first season is Monochrome no Kiss by SID, the first ending is I’m Alive by Becca, and the second ending is Lacrimosa by Kalafina.  The opening for the second season is Shiver by the Gazette and the ending is Bird by Matsushita Yuuya.  You’ll want to get all the songs.  However, there’s some you’ll want even more if you love this anime.  You’ll want to get all the character songs, too, as well as the soundtrack.  The character songs are all great!  My favorites are the songs for Grell, Prince Soma and Angi (their duet), and Sebastian.  All the songs are sung by the character’s Japanese voice actors.  I love them!!!

I can’t possibly describe all the good things about this anime, manga, and the music.  I hope that the manga continues with the story in the anime and maybe past that so there can be a Kuroshitsuji 3!  Watch it!!!!

Story: 10

Characters: 10

Artwork: 10

Music: 10

Voices: 8 (in English); 10 (in Japanese)

Overall: 10 out of 10

This is a video of the first ending credits.  The song is one of my favorites and the video is…KAWAII!

^_^ Sayonara!

Ore no Imouto – Review

Ore no Imouto, fully named Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai, translates as My Little Sister Can’t be This Cute.  This was an anime that I was hesitant to watch.  I was doing an only anime/manga craft swap and my partner had this listed as her favorite so I watched it to get an idea of what sort of things she liked and as it turns out, I loved it, too!

It’s about a teenage boy named Kyosuke who lives with his younger sister, Kirino, but they hardly talk because they are so different.  In fact, she never seems to really notice he’s there.  One day, Kyosuke finds a DVD in their house.  The case is of a magical girl anime, but the disk inside is actually eroge (an adult PC game).  After he asks, at the dinner table, if anyone knew about a magical girl anime, his sister acts a little weird, but doesn’t say anything.  Later that night, she reveals to her brother that she is an otaku, a person who has an anime/manga/videogame addiction.  She shows him her extensive collection of adult games that focus on a little sister theme.  Kyosuke, is told to help her with life advice, and also is helping her keep her secret from their parents.

The whole series is about the relationship that the brother and sister find with each other and how Kyosuke helps Kirino find friends she can talk to and gain confidence.  Kyosuke is probably my favorite character.  He’s so cute and loves his sister and is willing to sacrifice his dignity to help her, which he has to do numerous times.  Kirino is stubborn and continues to act like she’s taking her brother for granted.  The friends that she makes, who are also otaku, are Ruri and Saori.  Ruri, or Kuroneko, often wears cosplay and is an opposite personality to Kirino.  She’s always insulting Kirino and getting into arguments, but they become great friends.  Saori is a little crazy and very tall.

In the manga, more information is revealed about Saori, however, in the anime, you don’t get much information.  There’s one episode where you see a well dressed wealthy girl, which you find out was Saori, but that’s all you get.  It doesn’t go into any more detail.  Manami is Kyosuke’s childhood friend and you know that she is secretly in love with him.  She does make a small move in one episode, but that’s another thing that you never get anything else on.

It is a 3 volume manga, but is a 14 (including a 12.5) episode anime that features an alternative ending (just like an eroge game).  You decide the ending.  Both endings are good, but I do prefer one over the other.  I love the fact that it has two endings.  The artwork was a major surprise to me; it’s fantastic.  The opening song has actually become one of my favorite songs of all time!  It’s called Irony by a new Japanese girl group called ClariS.  The ending song is the same as the opening.  The Japanese version is the only version out right now, but the voices are good.

This anime was so cute!  It may not be for everyone though.  It’s not really romance, it’s not really a full comedy, but it’s also not a full drama either.  There’s some near Ecchi moments, but it’s not too much.  It’s just plain cute!  If your into the cuter anime/manga, then you may love this!

Story: 10

Characters: 9

Artwork: 9

Music: 10

Voices: 9

Overall: 9 out of 10

^_^ Sayonara!

My Favorite Bands/Artists

These are by no means in any special order.

Gackt – His voice is beautiful (as well as other parts of him).  There are some songs that seem a little pop and some that seem a little more rock-ish so it appeals to both sides of me.  He has some very heartfelt songs that I want to listen to over and over again.  I started listening to him when he sang for Malice Mizer and continued to listen to him after he went solo.  My favorite songs by him at the moment are: Ghost, Returner, Redemption, Seiipai no Sayonara, Farewell, and Seki-ray.

Phantasmagoria – Visual Kei at it’s best!!  Riku *faint* is amazing…voice, beautiful…appearance, beautiful.  Need I say more?  Unfortunately, they band stopped making music together a while back, but their songs are worth listening to.  My favorites are Eternal Silence ~Gensoukyoku~, Variant Jihad, and Neo-ark.

Versailles – Another visual Kei band; with another beautiful creature as the front man.  There are some very dramatic intros and their PVs are fantastic.  My favorites are: Sympathia, The Love From a Dead Orchestra, and Beast of Desire.

D – This band is the same as the other two visual Kei band’s I’ve described, but with a bit more femininity thrown in.  My favorite is: Ouka Saki Some ni Keri.  Yeah, just one, but it’s amazing!

Kokia – Her voice is unlike any other I’ve heard before.  She has a little bit of an operatic sense, but it’s very gentle.  Most of her songs ballads.  Favorites: Ai no Melody & Cyouwa Oto ~With Reflection~.  Both of these songs are featured in the anime movie Origins: Spirits of the Past.  Ai no Melody makes me cry everytime I see the video…just watch it.

Well, I think I’ve wasted enough of your time for today…at least with videos.  ^_^  Sayonara!