AQUAPLUS VOCAL COLLECTION VOL.6

After way over a year of VOL.5 (which we did release, but unfortunately the torrent is lost), VOL.6 is finally out. Most of the songs on the list should be familiar to you.

Tracklist:
1. just now [Clap]
2. Kibou no Kaze [Motoda Emi]
3. Kimi dake no Tabiji [Suara]
4. SADAME [Yuzuki Ryouka]
5. Kimi ga Tame [Suara]
6. Remote Viewing [Okui Masami]
7. Ichibanboshi [Suara]
8. Heart to Heart [Uehara Rena]
9. Cosmos no You ni [Uehara Rena]
10.Shin Utawarerumono no Theme [Koyama Tsuyoshi]
11.just now -ReMIX- [Clap]
12.Heart to Heart -ReMIX- [Uehara Rena]

The one song that needs to be mentioned is “Heart to Heart”.  To me, it is one of the best Leaf songs, if not of all game songs. If you have my mp3 song pack, Nakayama Arisa’s version is there. As you can see, there is a different version in this album, performed by Uehara Rena. Both of them are official, one being the original ToHeart2 OP, and the other being the OP of ToHeart2 AnotherDays, the sequel game. Which version do you prefer? I would like you all to vote in the poll at the bottom of this post. Below are the links to full samples of them for your convenience:

Heart to Heart [Nakayama Arisa] (ToHeart2 OP)
Heart to Heart [Uehara Rena] (ToHeart2 AnotherDays OP)

5 -Five- Sound Album yukar (Fixed Version)

Before I start, I know quite many of you already have this album, but it’s extremely likely that the one you got is the bugged version. There are two bugged versions: one is the original bugged version, meaning the original commerical disc is bugged; the other one is a bugged rip of the fixed version, meaning it’s a rip of the fixed commercial disc but bugged due to technical error during ripping. To tell if it’s the original bugged version, listen to track 3 and 9 of DISC 1. If the music of the two are the same, then it’s the original bugged version (the booklet/scans have errors too by the way, if you have them); to tell if it’s the bugged rip of the fixed version, listen to the 2:00 mark of track 1 of DISC 2. If there’s a skip between 2:00 and 2:01, then it’s the bugged rip of the fixed version. There is also a third version out there that combines the rip of fixed version and the scans of original version that have errors. To tell if the scans are the ones of original bugged version, check the lyrics page of OP&ED (track 9 and 10). The original one with errors has 3 columns of lyrics for OP (“Kaze no Kotowari Remix ver”), while the fixed one only has 1 column for OP.

Fist of all, I’m honored to introduce you this album. There are plenty of talented music composers out there, but since most of them make a living on music, they have to keep writing new works to keep their career going even when they don’t have the inspiration. As a result, you will hear mediocre compositions from them from time to time. However, there are a few exceptions. Maeda Jun is definitely one of them. I would assume you already know who he is since you’re reading this, but if you don’t, he participated in AIR and CLANNAD’s (Kanon’s too actually, but he wrote only 2 tracks in it, plus the so-famous “Last regrets”) soundtracks. I’m sure you have heard his famous BGMs such as Natsukage from AIR and Nagisa from CLANNAD (i.e. the background music of Dango Daikazoku). Just when you think soundtracks can’t get any better than AIR, CLANNAD, and Tomoyo After’s, he have brought us yet another surprise with this one. Even better, unlike the ones mentioned above of which he wrote some of the tracks, this one he is the major composer. In fact, he wrote the whole DISC 1 (and DISC 3 are vocal versions of some of the BGMs on DISC 1, except track 8 is adapted from DISC 2). Tomoyo After and AIR soundtracks have always ranked at the top on my list, and now 5 (yukar) has joined them to be my top 3.

While Maeda Jun is one of the major attractions of this album, the other one is not any less well-known, but in vocal part instead. She is no other than our beloved Shimotsuki Haruka. She performs all the songs in this album, with the exception of track 5 of DISC 3 “Gin no Chizu”, which also features guest vocal of Rita, Chata, and Katakiri Rekka. If you still remember, LonE has released the maxi single with OP and ED before. The full versions of OP and ED are also featured in this album, so in case you missed that one, you will still get to hear them. Other than OP and ED (which are both very nice songs written by Maeda Jun, by the way), DISC 3 of this album features the vocal versions of some of the BGMs of DISC 1, meaning that they are all written by Maeda Jun. As mentioned above, there is one exception, which is track 8 “immature”, adapated from track 1 of DISC 2, written by Kyou (aka Higawara Yuu). Ironically, that song is my most favorite of the album other than OP and ED. Maybe that means Maeda’s BGMs should just stay as BGMs. That reminds me, that one time we were discussing about Key on IRC, I suggested that Maeda is better at writing BGMs, while Orito Shinji (i.e. the one who wrote “Tori no Uta”) is better at writing songs. Anyone else agrees?

Tracklist:
DISC 1
1. Kaze no Kotowari
2. cise kor*
3. have a stroll
4. Yuki no Ko
5. Mori no Ko
6. SensitiveSoul Inst
7. Fuyu no Hidamari cise*
8. Bokka Musou
9. over the snow
10.Sora no Katari
11.Kumo Nagarete
12.Yuki no Ashiato
13.end of promise
14.perch_Ikoi
15.soldiers
16.Kanashimi no Mori
17.iruska*
18.Kono Chi no Sakebi
19.SensitiveSoul
20.Gensou Fuukei
21.Fuyu no Hidamari arke*
22.Eien

DISC 2
1. Little Snow
2. ihunke*
3. Okite no Ori
4. Endless Pain
5. Stew no Kaori
6. Itetsuku Daichi
7. imeru*
8. Shiro no Kouya
9. Tomorrow Song
10.rera*
11.Kaze no Kotowari short ver

DISC 3
1. prologue
2. cise ek*
3. Koi no Mama de
4. proudness
5. Gin no Chizu
6. Tabidatsu Tori
7. echo
8. immature
9. Kaze no Kotowari Remix ver
10.Eien Remix ver
11.epilogue

Note: the ones end with * mean the titles are written in/contains Ainu language. I believe most of you have never heard of Ainu language before. Wikipedia has an article about Ainu language that you can read up if you are interested to find out what it is. Many thanks to hisana/hisahisa and tomoyoafter for helping me with figuring out the romaji of all the Ainu titles.

 

Finally, I would like you all to participate in the polls below. First one is to choose your most favorite song of this album, excluding OP and ED:

 

Second one is to choose your most favorite BGM of Maeda Jun. Below are the links to full samples of them for your convenience:

Yume no Ato (from Kanon)
Natsukage (from AIR)
Nagisa (from CLANNAD)
hope (from Tomoyo After)
cise kor (from 5 -Five-)

 

Also, how would you rank the 5 BGMs? A couple of us tried to do it, and it turned out to be really hard. Let us know in the comment.

Sorairo OP Single – Sorairo

NEKONEKO SOFT’s newest game, “Sorairo”, will be coming out in about 3 weeks (supposed to come out in 2 days on 8/28 but postponed). If NEKONEKO SOFT doesn’t sound familiar to you, it’s the company that made Mizuiro. On a side note, Mizuiro was animated into 2 different versions of OVA, with the 2003 version’s OP featured on my mp3 player playlist, which was also performed by Satou Hiromi. And on another side note, if you haven’t watched the 2003 Mizuiro OVA, go watch it now. Anyway, so, after Mizuiro, now we have Sorairo. The video below is its PV:

The background song is the OP theme on this single. It’s a pretty nice song, enjoy.

Harada Hitomi – eden* Theme Song Single – little explorer

Ever since minori has blocked its website access to people outside of Japan, I bet most of you haven’t really paid attention to the company. While some of you might be still in the reminiscence of ef, minori already has a new game due for next month. minori has just posted the promotion video of the new game, titled “eden*”, on youtube recently:

The background song, which will also be the game’s theme song, is again performed by Harada Hitomi (who sang ef game’s theme song “Yuukyuu no Tsubasa”), and is again written by Tenmon. We have released the FLAC and mp3 version of the theme song’s single so you can hear the full version. What do you think about the new game and its theme song?

Infinity+Integral perfect Vocals -Never7 Ever17 Remember11 12RIVEN-

Years after a theme song collection of Memories Off series was released, they finally decided to do one for the Infinity series too. Don’t you have a “oh, about time” feeling? I’m pretty sure most of you haven’t played all the 4 games of the series (personally I haven’t either. I still need to play Never7 someday), but I believe quite many of you have played at least one of them, namely Ever17. If you recall, we even used one of its sound tracks “Karma” as our blog BGM. I can type up a whole article about how epic that game was but I will save it here. 🙂 Anyway, about this album, it should consist the theme songs of all the Infinity games, which of course including “LeMU -Haruka Naru Lemuria Tairiku-“. Doesn’t listening to it make you feel nostalgic?

Tracklist (song title [game title OP/ED] [artist]):
1. Sen’oku no Hoshikuzu Furasu Yono Sora [Never7 -the end of infinity- PSP OP] [Asriel]
2. TREASURE DREAM [Never7 -the end of infinity- ED] [Kawashima Yuuka (CV: Kawakami Tomoko)]
3. Hokorobishi Hana [Never7 -the end of infinity- PSP ED] [Asriel]
4. It’s a fine day [Ever17 -the out of infinity- PSP OP] [Imai Asami]
5. LeMU -Haruka Naru Lemuria Tairiku- [Ever17 -the out of infinity- OP] [KAORI]
6. The Azure -Ao no Kioku- [Ever17 -the out of infinity- PSP ED] [Imai Asami]
7. Aqua Stripe [Ever17 -the out of infinity- ED] [Kasahara Hiroko]
8. Uchuu no Stencil [Remember11 -the age of infinity- PSP OP] [Miyazaki Ui]
9. little prophet [Remember11 -the age of infinity- OP] [KAORI]
10.Kirenai Knife [Remember11 -the age of infinity- PSP ED] [Miyazaki Ui]
11.Darkness of chaos [Remember11 -the age of infinity- ED] [Minagawa Junko]
12.Toki no Nai Sekai [12RIVEN -the Ψcliminal of integral- PSP OP] [Sakakibara Yui]
13.third bridge [12RIVEN -the Ψcliminal of integral- OP] [KAORI]
14.Distance [12RIVEN -the Ψcliminal of integral- PSP ED] [Sakakibara Yui]
15.Process [12RIVEN -the Ψcliminal of integral- ED] [KAORI]

Natsu to YURIA

When sitting around during these hot summer days, I have the tendency to listen to various songs related to summer. From quintessential favorites such as the AIR OST, to vocal songs about summer, I feel they’re perfect for getting one in the mood for the season. One of my favorite artists who is certainly no stranger to summer songs is YURIA:

Summer Days

Natsumegu!

Natsu no Melody

SUMMER RAINBOW (as Honey Bee)

She sang numerous game songs classics (SHUFFLE, Canvas 2, School Days) and quite a few anime songs (GRAVION, Canvas 2, Sumomomo Momomo) too. Not to mention she also does the voice of Ama Shigure in SHUFFLE.
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nao complete anthology 2002-2009 ~my graduation~

As many are probably already aware, nao has officially broken up with SAT,  signaling the end of fripSide as we know it. As a commemoration of  their parting of sorts, they’re releasing a 10-disc anthology of their works.  The collection, which carries a 19,740円 price tag, releases 7/17/2009 and contains over 100 songs,  including many that have never been released before.  (Which means we finally get a version of colorless fate -erica 2007-!)

The official tracklist is as follows:

■Disc1:first odyssey of fripSide

1.introduction
2.distant moon
3.come to mind
4.Love to Sing
5.Colorless fate
6.your ocean -azure reproduct mix-
7.be sure…-album mix-
8.bright days
9.in the future -side02-
10.end game

■Disc2:2nd fragment of fripSide

1.second fragment
2.sky
3.transitory orbit
4.message
5.save me again
6.belief
7.stellar
8.Detour -fripSide edition-
9:crying moon
10.storm of sorrow

■Disc3:3rd refrection of fripSide

1.an evening calm
2.reminiscense blue
3.nostalgia
4.transient wind
5.vanity destroyer -fripSide edition-
6.velocity -fripSide+vin-PRAD-
7.splash emotion
8.colors of summer dream
9.planet illusion
10.sky -sLab reproduct mix-
11.bright days -version2005-
12.distant moon -version2005-

■Disc4:binarydigit

1.binary digit
2.hurting heart
3.misery
4.prominence -version2007-
5.refine progress
6.heat your wave
7.libration crisis
8.never no astray
9.transient wind -version2007-
10.dream myself!
11.true eternity -album version-
12.brave new world

■Disc5:Rabbit Syndrome

1.あっせんぶる☆LOVEさんぶる/fripSide NAO project!
2.せな★せな@Surprise!!/fripSide NAO project!
3.Rabbit Syndrome/fripSide NAO project!
4.こんいろ∞トキメキ!!~着せたら脱がさない~/fripSide NAO project!
5.かがやけ!dreamin’ガール/fripSide NAO project!
6.こいびと☆アクセント!!/fripSide NAO project!
7.Wireless Cosmic/fripSide NAO project!
8.リバーシブルロマンス/fripSide NAO project!
9.HAPPYジェネレーション/fripSide NAO project!
10.せな★せな@Surprise!!-生物RMX-/fripSide NAO project!
11.あっせんぶる☆LOVEさんぶる-R.S.PV RMX-/fripSide NAO project!

■Disc6:split tears

1.before dawn daybreak
2.split tears
3.praying over (album version)
4.magicaride
5.fictional moon (album version)
6.snow blind (album version)
7.snow blind -after-
8.spiral of despair
9.escape -version2008-
10.tomorrow
11.eternal twinkle

■Disc7:fripSide Re:product mixies ver0.2

01.hurting heart/ju-ri-mix
02.Red -reduction division-/sat vs tkm RMX ver.2.1
03.magicaride/kai Re:product RMX
04.vanity destroyer/tkm Re:product RMX
05.spiral of despair/tkm Re:product RMX
06.an evening calm/kai Re:product RMX
07.Red -reduction division-/sat vs tkm RMX
08.before dawn daybreak -phantoms RMX-

■Disc8:very best&Unpublished side1

1.Red -reduction division-
2.the chaostic world
3.true eternity
4.crescendo
5.fictional moon
6.absolute one
7.melody -reset+fripSide-
8.come to mind -short version-
9.Love to sing -R&T factory Remix-
10.crying moon -acoustic version-
11.in the future
12.be sure
13.Your Ocean

■Disc9:Unpublished side2

1.holy night magic
2.a little christmas time
3.promise
4.cheer up forever
5.ないしょ思春期/fripSide NAO project!
6.せな★せな@ultimate!!/fripSide NAO project!
7.every day⇔every way!/fripSide NAO project!
8.こいびと☆アクセント!!-remix edition-/fripSide NAO project!
9.Red Data Girl/fripSide NAO project!

■Disc10:Unpublished side3

1.grand blue
2.grace of summer
3.feeling trust
4.prominence
5.snow blind
6.colorless fate -erica 2007-(DEMO)
7.piece of azure
8.my graduation
9.hurting heart -nao piano arrange-

PV

While fans may observe there are some songs that didn’t make the cut, the fact that there are new songs and cuts make it worth a second glance, even to previous owners. Guess it’s time to start saving…

colorless fate -erica 2007-(DEMO)

Canvas3 -Hakugin no Portrait- Original Soundtrack

Here comes the high profile OST, featuring some well-known singers performing the image songs. Notice that the OP&ED here are only game sizes. Just recently we released its OP & ED single, so if you want the full size of that 2 songs, you should get that single.

Disc.1 features the vocal songs and their instrumental arrangements, while Disc.2 features the BGMs:

Disc.1
1. Kono Koe ga Todoitara (Game ver.) [eufonius, OP]
2. Candy girl [Kase Aina, Asato Rina IM]
3. Rainbow [Shimotsuki Haruka, Nagahashi Ryou IM]
4. Manten no Hoshi [Mitose Noriko, Akebi Yusa IM]
5. Tsubomi [Duca, Chigusa Nanami IM]
6. cotton candy [Chata, Yamabuki Renge IM]
7. Hoshi no Pulse (Game ver.) [eufonius, ED]
8. Candy girl (Inst Arrange ver.)
9. Candy girl (heartful ver.)
10.Rainbow (Inst Arrange ver.)
11.Rainbow (heartful ver.)
12.Manten no Hoshi (Inst Arrange ver.)
13.Manten no Hoshi (heartful ver.)
14.Tsubomi (Inst Arrange ver.)
15.Tsubomi (heartful ver.)
16.cotton candy (Inst Arrange ver.)
17.cotton candy (heartful ver.)

Disc.2
1. Sawayaka na Asa
2. Tanoshii Yokan
3. Nodoka na Hiruyasumi
4. Minna de Daran
5. Shizuka na Yoru
6. Kokoro no Sukima
7. Ounou Suru Koigokoro
8. Candy girl (serious ver.)
9. Rainbow (serious ver.)
10.Manten no Hoshi (serious ver.)
11.Tsubomi (serious ver.)
12.cotton candy (serious ver.)
13.Kioku no Kakera
14.Hakugin Seika
15.Itoshii Anata
16.Kasanaru Omoi
17.Mune Ippai no Omoi

Putting the OP&ED aside, personal favorite is Renge’s IM performed by Chata. Ryou’s IM, performed by Shimotsuki Haruka, is a simple yet cute (the cheerful-kind of cute) song; Nanami’s IM, performed by Duca, is as impressive as her other songs; however, to me, Chata’s “cotton candy” is the best at the end of the day. In addition to the beautiful melody (with a little sadness), the lyrics also depicts an extremely visual, beautiful prospect. It’s a song that brings you enjoyment both melodically and “visually”. How about you, which IM you like the best? Let us know by voting below and share your thoughts with us in comments.

GIGA OPENING SOUNDTRACK 2005-2008

Even though it’s called “SOUNDTRACK”, it’s all songs in this special album. As usual, let’s take a look at the tracklist:

1. Fochu Bread [Katakiri Rekka]
2. Leaf ticket [KOTOKO]
3. Fatally [KOTOKO]
4. Just Be With You [Sakura Saori]
5. allegretto -Sora to Kimi- [KOTOKO]
6. Emphatic -short version- [ave;new feat.C;LINE]
7. Vanille Rouge [Sakura Saori]
8. Lilies line [KOTOKO]
9. Divine [ave;new feat.C;LINE]
10.Arcadia Parade [Katakiri Rekka]
11.CRISIS BEAT [Rita]
12.I need magic -Tokenai Maji Kyun- [KOTOKO]
13.pile up HURRICANE! [Nakagawa Haruna]
14.Hurea Complex [NANA]
15.Restoration -Chinmoku no Sora- [KOTOKO]

Notes:

  • I’m not sure if track 1’s title is “Fochu Bread” or “Fortune Bread”;
  • Track 6, Emphatic, is subtitled “short version”, but it’s full version alright. I have the full version song, and it’s the exact same song/length. No idea why it says short version here.

 

A few of the songs should be pretty well-known, like “Leaf ticket”, “pile up HURRICANE!”, “Restoration -Chinmoku no Sora-” (we just released the single of it recently), etc. However, even if you haven’t heard the rest, they are all really nice songs, that’s why I won’t have any personal picks this time. “Emphatic” still remains as one of my favorite upbeat game songs, though.

eufonius – Canvas3 -Hakugin no Portrait- OP&ED Single – Kono Koe ga Todoitara

Canvas, the series that brought us lots of memoriable things. The can’t-be-any-cuter Tachibana Amane, the impressive OP song “Autumn Destiny”, the anime that surprised lots and lots of people “Canvas2 -Nijiiro no Sketch-“, the girl that stole lots of our hearts — Housen Elise, the OP song that I would name as one of the all-time top 10 game songs “Plastic Smile” (game version >>> anime version, I’m telling you). So, riding on its success, here comes the 3rd installment of this series, “Canvas3 -Hakugin no Portrait-“. Anyone smells an anime of it coming sometime by next year?

Here’s the OP movie of the game, featuring “Kono Koe ga Todoitara” as background song:

 

Personally I don’t think eufonius’ song fits this series (the OP movie itself should show — they try to make it fit with the song, but it just doesn’t feel quite right), but as someone said, eufonius is eufonius. Enjoy. 🙂