New additions to DAP

You would notice that I have changed “mp3 player” to “DAP” in the title this year. I have upgraded my player a few times in recent years (currently AK380 plus its dedicated amplifier), and mid to high end DAPs are getting more and more popular in the market these days, so I figure “mp3 player” is not really an appropriate term to use anymore. Anyway, let’s take a look at the songs I have added over the past year. It has been an interesting year: a good number of songs I added are one-star, yet there are also a few 3-star ones:

1. Over the Skyblue (full ver.) [Mitose Noriko] (ED of the game Ano Harewataru Sora Yori Takaku. I don’t think one-star is a fair assessment for this song, but I just can’t get myself to give it two stars. The reason is, if I listen to this song too much, I feel like I want to jump out of the window and literally over the sky. A good song nonetheless, but I would highly recommend you not to listen to it too often)

2. Kisetsu no Shutter [Ray] (OP of the anime Ano Natsu de Metteru Tokubetsuhen. I added the ED last year, and finally also the OP this time. I wasn’t sure if I liked it back then, but now I enjoy it)

3. Kimi ni Deatte Koi wo Shite [i.o.sound] (ED of the game Minami Juujisei Renka)

4. Eterna [marina] (ED of the PSV game Kaihou Shoujo SIN. Background chorus is what makes this song special, else it wouldn’t get onto my DAP)

5. Seven Deadly Sins [MAN WITH A MISSION] (OP of the anime Nanatsu no Taizai)

6. Lavender no Junzen [Katakiri Rekka] (OP of the game Kourin no Machi, Lavender no Shoujo. Imagine yourself sitting back relaxingly in a train that’s traveling along a lavender field and listening to this song… wish I will get to do that someday)

7. Eien no Mukou [Ayaka] (ED of the game Kourin no Machi, Lavender no Shoujo. Wow, just wow. I totally didn’t expect a 3-star song coming from a game song CD that I missed 5 years ago. Ayaka sang the song with huge passion which I don’t mind listening to everyday)

8. Kisetsu ha Tsugitsugi Shindeiku [amazarashi] (ED of the anime Tokyo Ghoul √A. When it comes to anime songs, I’m usually not into ones performed by male singers, but I got to say this one is pretty good)

9. Kiseki Made no Straight Line [ZAQ] (OP of the anime Trinity Seven)

10.Jikan Ressha [supercell] (a song from their album ZIGAEXPERIENTIA. A weird song, but somehow it’s fun to listen to)

11.Hoshikuzu no Interlude [fhana] (ED of the anime Sora no Method)

12.Fuyu no Epilogue [Goose house] (OP of the anime Shigatsu ha Kimi no Uso. I have yet to start on this show which I should sometime)

13.Aozora to Green Belt [Nishizawa Hagumi] (ED of the anime Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai. There are songs that appear to be great in initial listening but turn out to fail to even getting onto my DAP eventually, while there are songs that appear to sound plain but got that little magic to make it special enough to just enter my collection. This one definitely belongs to latter case. It sounds like a plain song, but makes me want to go back listening to it from time to time)

14.ailes Conscious Remix [TRUE] (one of the remix versions of ED of the anime Junketsu no Maria. Probably the most interesting 3-star song I have come across so far. While the original song bores me, this remix version is amazing. The extra music in the remix is so repetitive and got nothing to do with the original song, but it just fits the entire song amazingly well and turns a boring song into an exciting one)

15.&Z [SawanoHiroyuki[nZk]] (OP2 of the anime ALDNOAH.ZERO. I was tempted to give this song 3 stars, it’s lacking just tiny little bit to get there)

16.Colony [BUMP OF CHICKEN] (OP of the anime Kekkai Sensen)

17.Tsuwamonodomo ga Yume no Ato [Uesaka Sumire] (c/w of ED single of the anime Shimoneta to Iu Gainen ga Sonzai Shinai Taikutsu na Sakai. I got to admit that I didn’t and wouldn’t expect a song of such style coming from Uesaka Sumire’s CD, and she did a pretty good job for it. Sunset is probably the most appropriate time of the day to listen to this song)

18.Spice [Tokyo Karankoron] (ED of the anime Shokugeki no Soma. A song that will spice up your moment momentarily. No pun intended)

19.Hidamari Days [SisterS] (ED of the anime Himouto! Umaru-chan)

20.sati [eufonius] (a song from a single of the same title. Last year I just added a 3-star song of eufonius and soon after they came out with another 3-star song. This time I did not have a single bit of hesitation in giving 3 stars; I liked it instantly. In fact, I like this song so much that I purchased the DSD128 version of this song)

21.Tokimeki Poporon [Chimame Tai] (ED of the anime Gochuumon ha Usagi Desu ka??. Fresh out of the oven. Before this anime I used to see the ED animation of Narue no Sekai, together with the song Ice Cream, as the best ED animation ever, but now it’s taken over by this one. Cuteness overflow)

22.Wings of Courage -Sora wo Koete- [Kawada Mami] (OP of the game Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm)

As usual, you can find those songs in Download section, with DDL available.

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New additions to mp3 player (2014 ver.)

Another year passed since last update. Since music is what keeps me going, as busy as I am, I have been adding songs to my collection from time to time alright. Here are the songs I have added over the past year:

1. future gazer [fripSide] (OP of the anime OVA To Aru Kagaku no Railgun)

2. fortissimo-the ultimate crisis- [fripSide] (c/w song of above single. Feels like typical fripSide song but pretty listenable, hence I gave it two stars)

3. Sentimental Love [Mimi Meme MIMI] (OP of the anime Kimi no Iru Machi. A light but touchy song, just like the anime)

4. Am I Ready? [Mimi Meme MIMI] (c/w song of above single. Although I only gave it one star, it’s actually well performed)

5. Never Say Never [TKDz2b] (OP of the anime Dangan Ronpa The Animation)

6. Alleluia [Kalafina] (Theme song of Gekijouban Kara no Kyoukai Mirai Fukuin. KEIKO is the main vocal and she did an excellent job, totally worth three stars)

7. Boys be Smile [Suzuyu] (OP of the anime Little Busters! -Refrain-. Yet another heart-wrenching piece from Maeda Jun)

8. Magical Marriage March [Sakakibara Yui] (a song from the game Magical Marriage Lunatics!!. Very interesting song that incorporates the melody of “Wedding March”, something to listen for fun)

9. Eternal Love Song [Shimotsuki Haruka] (a song from the game Magical Marriage Lunatics!!. A lighthearted song)

10.lull -Soshite Bokura ha- [Ray] (OP of the anime Nagi no Asukara. Good show by the way, if you haven’t watched it yet)

11.ebb and flow [Ray] (OP2 of the anime Nagi no Asukara)

12.I DO Ai [Tamura Yukari] (c/w song of OP single of the anime Nourin. An amazing upbeat song by Yukarin and an excellent song for testing your audio player and earphone/headphone because it’s so well recorded)

13.secret base -Kimi ga Kureta Mono- (10 years after Ver.) [Honma Meiko (Kayano Ai), Anjou Naruko (Tomatsu Haruka), Tsurumi Chiriko (Hayami Saori)] (from the popular anime Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi ha Mada Shiranai.. An emotional song, as you can expect from an emotional show)

14.Cala [eufonius] (very nice piece from a single of them. A song that will easily calm you down. After giving it much consideration, I decided to give it three stars)

15.Butterfly Dreams [Lia] (c/w song of OP single of the anime Wizard Barristers: Benmashi Cecil. Amazing song, amazing lyrics, and amazing singer as usual. I’m glad you are still singing after having a baby, Lia)

16.Day to Story [Sadohara Kaori] (ED of the anime DATE A LIVE II. I like the 15-second introduction)

17.Itsuka no, Ikutsuka no Kimi to no Sekai [fhana] (OP of the anime Bokura ha Minna Kawaisou. A soothing song, full of “seishun” feel)

18.Niji no Kakera [Kon Natsumi] (OP of the anime Isshuukan Friends. A song that sings about “friendship”, from an anime that talks about “friendship”. Just friends? Yeah sure…)

19.Kanade [Fujimiya Koari (CV: Amamiya Sora)] (ED of the anime Isshuukan Friends)

20.Kotonoha Aoba [Wake Up, Girls!] (ED of the anime Wake Up, Girls!)

21.Kyou ni Koi Iro [May’n] (OP of the anime Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha.)

22.MASAYUME CHASING [BoA] (OP15 of the anime FAIRY TAIL. A pop style song, should be obvious given who the singer is)

23.Natsu no Hi to Kimi no Koe [ChouCho] (OP of the anime GLASSLIP. A very soothing song that you won’t get bored to)

24.days [Lia] (ED of the anime MEKAKUCITY ACTOR. Mind you, as much as I like the song, it’s depressing. That’s the reason I gave it two stars instead of three. It doesn’t sound depressing per se, but… anyway listen to it and you will know what I mean)

25.point at infinity [Yanagi Nagi] (ED of the anime Ano Natsu de Metteru Tokubetsuhen. Not your usual Yanagi song because it’s written by someone from I’ve)

26.Sayonara no Koto [Uehara Rena] (ED of some of the episodes of the anime WHITE ALBUM 2. With heavy soap drama feel)

27.Suki janakattara… [Kuribayashi Minami] (c/w song of OP single of the anime Hataraku Maou-sama!. Credits to Kuribayashi who is getting better and better at singing)

28.Ashita no Kaze yo [Oohashi Ayaka] (c/w song of OP single of the anime Sabagebu!. Part of its melody is addictive)

29.Katatsumuri [May’n] (c/w song of OP single of the anime M3 -Sono Kuroki Hagane-)

30.Kimi ga Itekureta Kara [Duca] (a song from the game MeltyMoment)

31.Anata ni, Ichiban, Tsutaetai Koto. [Katakiri Rekka] (a song from the game Miageta Sora ni Ochiteiku. Thank you my friend in a certain music channel for recommending me the song)

32.eternity [solfa feat.Shimotsuki Haruka] (a song from the game Hare Nochi Kitto Nanohana Biyori)

33.Ichibanboshi [Kuraho Neko (CV: Taneda Risa) / Tachibana Kana (CV: Suzaki Aya) / Kazumi Schlieren-Sauer (CV: M.A.O) / Takatori Kotori (CV: Tadokoro Azusa)] (ED of the anime BRYNHILDR IN THE DARKNESS. A lighthearted song from a very non-lighthearted but recommended show)

34.candy girl [Maid’ish(Duca&Rita&Chata)] (theme song of the game Custom Maid Online. Just the singer combo alone should already sound attractive to you, not mentioning the song itself is a good one)

35.DOGFIGHT [m.o.v.e] (one of the two Initial D songs of m.o.v.e I’m adding. Best Initial D OP in my opinion)

36.Days [m.o.v.e] (another Initial D song of m.o.v.e. Appeared in the very last episode of last series of Initial D anime, aka Initial D Final Stage)

As usual, you can find those songs in Download section, with DDL available.

New look and new additions to mp3 player (more like, DAC player) + Yuki Kajiura LIVE in Hong Kong

It has been almost a year since last update and after receiving a few queries about if LonE is still “alive”, I figured it’s time to write here again. First of all, yes, we are alive. We rarely release now but we are still alive, at least I am still adding new songs to my player from time to time. So with this new look of page that should bring your a “brighter” feel, let’s briefly go over the songs I have added over the past year:

1. …to you [Kawasumi Ayako] (OP of the anime Piano, written and performed by Kawasumi herself. I am not going to comment on her piano playing skill here, but this piece of piano music itself is pretty impressive. As a piano player myself, I truly enjoyed the anime in which Kawasumi voiced as the main character, and this nice little OP written by her)

2. you -Arigatou- [Yuduki] (the “original” version of you, I don’t think I really need to talk about this one, do I?)

3. you -2012 ver.- [Yuduki] (the slightly more upbeat version included in the album “Higurashi no Naku Koro ni -10 Shuunen Kinen CD- you & history”, which I prefer over the original one)

4. Little Busters! -TV animation ver.- [Rita] (while the original version only slightly impressed me, the anime version is just one word: wow! Amazing arrangement, and amazing improvement in singing by Rita too. A song that will rock your day or even your life. Thank you once again for bringing us yet another amazing song, Maeda Jun)

5. Mirai [Kalafina] (the “vocal version” of the transformation music of Mami, one of the girls in Puella Magi Madoka Magica who is best known for losing her head, literally. The transformation music itself is titled Credens justitiam, which is the best transformation music I have heard to date. Talking about Madoka, you might want to check out this little side story of mine)

6. Oshiete Sensei-san [Bottle fairy (Mizuki Nana, Naduka Kaori, Horie Yui, Nonaka Ai)] (OP of Bindume Yousei aka Bottle Fairy. The cutest and shortest full version anime song I have heard to date)

7. Shiawase ni Naru Ban [Lia / Tada Aoi / Rita / Chata] (written by Maeda Jun for celebration of Visual Art’s 20th anniversary. The song’s lyrics is supposed to cover the 4 epic Key works: AIR, Kanon, Little Busters! and CLANNAD)

8. Shin’ai Naru Sekai he [Ceui] (ED song of the August game Aiyoku no Eustia)

9. Close My Eyes [Ami Fujisaki] (insert song of the August game Aiyoku no Eustia)

10.Feel on the wind. [Kasahara Hiroko] (OP of the anime Wind -a breath of heart-. Feels like the anime was such a long time ago)

11.Tooi Sora [Kasahara Hiroko] (c/w song of the OP single of Wind -a breath of heart-. I actually prefer this song much more than the OP)

12.Karakurenai [Kudo Yuka] (OP song of an eroge called Gyakushuu 2 -Miko no Saidan-. I can bet that 99% of you have never heard of that song; just listen to it, it’s a song you don’t want to miss)

13.Restart [KOTOKO] (OP of the iPhone/Android game Ren’ai Replay. As upbeat as the song is, for some reason I can hear a bit of sadness in it… or is it just me?)

14.Largo [KOTOKO] (ED of the iPhone/Android game Ren’ai Replay)

15.Mizuiro [Satou Hiromi] (OP of the game Mizuiro. Should have included that long long time ago)

16.Natsu no Owari no Nirvana [solfa feat.Ceui] (OP of the game Natsu no Owari no Nirvana)

17.moratorium [solfa feat.Ceui] (ED of the game Natsu no Owari no Nirvana. I like the ED better than the OP, it really gives you a “near the end of summer” feel)

18.Prime number -Kimi to Daeru Hi- [Ookura Asuka] (ED2 of the anime Sakurasou no Pat na Kanojo)

19.sign [Ray] (OP of the anime Ano Natsu de Matteru, written by Orito Shinji. Thank you my friends in a certain music channel for recommending me the song and the anime)

20.Vidro Moyou [Yanagi Nagi] (ED of the anime Ano Natsu de Matteru)

21.sister’s noise [fripSide] (OP of the anime Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S. Sounds similar to “only my railgun”)

22.Snow Rain [Ueda Kana] (insert song of the anime Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha A’s, Hayate’s song)

23.Snow Rain -Ver.Holy Night- [Ueda Kana] (“battle version”)

24.The Brave Under The Summer Sky. [Harada Hitomi] (OP of the game Natsuzora no Perseus. Give it a try if you like Tenmon’s music)

25.W:Wonder tale [Tamura Yukari] (ED of the anime Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru. A cute song about a couple’s future)

26.ZERO!! [Kuribayashi Minami] (OP of the anime Hataraku Maou-sama!)

27.Forever Young [Symbol] (one of the three Initial D songs I’m adding. This one appeared in the fourth stage and is my most favorite ID song. The song plays when Takumi used “blind attack” for the first time, how can we ever forget that)

28.I WON’T FALL APART [JAGER] (another Initial D song. This one appeared in the fifth stage, a pretty new one. AE86 has a pair of white wings!)

29.Max Power [Dr. Love feat. D. Essex] (this Initial D song appeared in third stage the movie. AE86 roaring on the snow to save a girl, oh yeah)

As usual, you can find those songs in Download section, with DDL available.

And now about my new player. Recently I have decided to upgrade my portable player and earphones so I ended up grabbing a Astell&Kern AK120 and a pair of Sennheiser IE800 and I can tell you, the listening experience is truly fascinating. Here is a picture of the combination:

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I can try to write up a short listening experience sometime if you’re interested. Anyway, I have an extra pair of slightly used IE800 which I would like to sell, condition is almost new and it looks like new. All accessories (unused) and original packaging included. If you are interested in this nice pair of earphones which is short in stock worldwide, please leave your contact details and I will get in touch with you.

Finally, Kajiura will be having a LIVE in Hong Kong in coming September. I am considering attending; feel free to get in touch with me if you would like to go together.

Theme Song of Visual Art’s 20th Anniversary: Orpheus -Kimi to Kanaderu Ashita he no Uta- + New additions to mp3 player + ACGHK 2012

I’m sure most of you know VA already but in case you don’t, Key‘s website URL (http://key.visualarts.gr.jp/) would give you a clue that Key is one of its game brands. Music-wise, I’ve Sound and Key Sounds Label are two of its music labels, which is why you see all these artists (i.e. Lia, Tada Aoi, Kawada Mami, Shimamiya Eiko, KOTOKO, Utatsuki Kaori, Chata, Rita, LiSA, Kitazawa Ayako [solo for 2nd track]) singing this anniversary song with its music written by Orito Shinji and lyrics written by VA’s president, Baba Takahiro. I said before that Orito’s work would be either hit or miss, so you must be wondering how this one turns out. And with that many artists, you would imagine identifying which section is sung by which artist is going to be quite a challenge, which in fact personally I’m not sure on a few of them, as much as I’m familiar with each of the individal artists. So how about listening to it yourself and let us know in comment? 🙂

For my mp3 player, together with Orpheus, I have added a couple of new songs to it since my last update. You can find them in Download section, with DDL available.

1. Orpheus -Kimi to Kanaderu Ashita he no Uta- [Lia, Tada Aoi, Kawada Mami, Shimamiya Eiko, KOTOKO, Utatsuki Kaori, Chata, Rita, LiSA]
2. Kimi Shinitamou Koto Nakare [May’n] (mentioned in this post)
3. For You [Rie fu] (mentioned in this post)
4. Dolce [Katakiri Rekka] (mentioned in this post)
5. Plastic Smile (Nijiiro Guitar VERSION) [Honey Bee (YURIA)] (the song itself remains as one of my top favorites. I already got the two other versions on my mp3 player and one day while listening to them, I figured I might as well include the other one for completeness sake and hence here it is. To be honest though, I still think this version is the comparatively the worst among the three, with the original game version being the best followed by Nijiiro Chorus MIX)
6. emotional flutter [Harada Hitomi] (OP of the PC game ef – the latter tale. I have no idea why I didn’t include this song earlier, which is as good as “Yuukyuu no Tsubasa”, OP of ef – the first tale. The bridge with violin from 1:48 to 2:28 is simply amazing. I also love the introduction section)
7. Sora ha Takaku Kaze ha Utau [Haruna Luna] (ED2 of Fate/Zero, written by Kajiura Yuki. As noted by someone, the whole song is in minor tone, which means it’s not exactly a cheerful song. Well, you wouldn’t expect one from Fate/Zero, will you?)
8. Hoshikaze no Horoscope [Nomiko] (OP of Hoshizora he Kakaru Hashi. Introduction of the song, i.e. first two lines, really attracts me for some reason. Rest of the song is quite enjoyable too)
9. Scarlet [Iwao Junko] (while revamping my anime list I noticed I had somehow forgotten to include this song. OP of Ayashi of Ceres, one of the best shows to start off the millennium. If you haven’t watched it already, you should do so right now. By the way, talking about my anime list, you can check it out here if you’re interested)

Finally. I think some of you might be interested to know that I will be visiting ACGHK 2012 that will be held from 27 to 31 July. I haven’t decided on the exact date yet; if you would like to discuss about it with me and/or others, you’re welcome to join #ACGHK. That should tell you where I am located right now. 🙂

Sakura no Mau Koro ni -Sotsugyou Album Dai Ichi Gakushou-

First of all, in case you wonder, this album has nothing to do with Higurashi or Umineko. Produced by Chambers Records, after putting out albums about summers and snowing winters (Natsu Uta series and Yuki Furu Uta series. In fact, we still have Natsu Uta 2 -Kimi to Kanaderu Ai no Uta- on our current tracker), this time it’s about graduation. Like its previous albums, they have also put together a group of recognizable singers together for this one, as you can see below:

1. Brand-New Spring [Rita]
2. Akaneiro no Kimi he [Oomori Mariko]
3. Ashita ni Mukatte [Yuduki]
4. a-tempo [yuiko]
5. Sotsugyou [yukana]
6. Sakura Illumination [Marie]
7. 2nd Introduction [Nakahata Takeharu]*
8. Sayonara Arigatou [Chata]
9. Bokura no Ashita [Uchiyae Yuka]
10.Let’s go on everyday -Kono Basho kara- [Mint]
11.Watashi no “Sayonara”. [Katakiri Rekka]
12.Boku ga Otona ni Naru Hi [Gojou Mayumi]
*instrumental

Personal pick of this album would be track 8. Even though I have been mentioning on IRC that Chata is the one who’s been standing out lately among the “doujin queens”, no, I didn’t pick the song because of that reason. It’s a pure coincidence.

Veil’s 2nd album – color me pop

In case you wonder why we did not release the 1st album, “assorted voices”, it’s because I have yet to get ahold of its scans. But anyway, let’s take a look at this one’s tracklist:

1. Shinsei Philosophy [Yui Yamamoto]
2. Hoshikuzu no Kizuna [Lia]
3. For the Truth [JURIE]
4. Kono Sora no Dokoka de [Aoi]
5. Fly away [misuzu feat. Aoi]
6. Aitakute [karuta & Hirona]
7. a drop in the water -duo version- [Lia & REI]
8. believe [YU⇒KA & REI]
9. Tsubasa wo Kudasai -acoustic ver- [Lia & Aoi]
10.Kagayakeru Basho [Lia, Aoi, YU⇒KA, karuta, REI, Hirona, misuzu]
11.Silent Message [Lia]

If you have my mp3 collection, you should recognize the first song, “Shinsei Philosophy”. Yes, it’s the OP song of the game “Yoake Mae Yori Ruriiro na -Moonlight Cradle-“. Yes, that means FEEEEEEEEENA (sorry, I just had to say that :P). And if you wonder about track 9, yes, it’s that “Tsubasa wo Kudasai”. Two things I would like to note though: 1) there’s a picture of the singer(s) under each song’s lyrics, other than first one’s, which means Yamamoto’s is missing. That’s quite a pity; 2) “Aoi” in this album is Tada Aoi, who is recognized for performing the ED of GUNSLINGER GIRL -IL TEATRINO-, “doll”, and most lately the ED of Angel Beats!, “Brave Song”.

Shimotsuki Haruka – Michibiki no Harmony

Meeting the expectation, this album is nothing short of amazing. I mean, songs like “Kaze no Kotowari” (no, it’s not “Kaze no Ri” as listed at some places), “Ruri no Tori”, “Omoi no Kanata”, “Snowdrop”, “Eien”, etc. are there, how wrong can the album go? Whether you are a fan of Shimotsukin or not, this album should easily impress you.

Tracklist:
1. Kaze no Kotowari
2. Ruri no Tori
3. Everywhere With You
4. Omoi no Kanata
5. Hajimari no story
6. Snowdrop
7. Blade of Tears
8. Hoshi no Yume -Gathering the stars of love-
9. Rakuen no Kagi
10.COSMOLAGOON
11.Tabidachi no Uta
12.Eien
13.so happy days
14.Nemuri no Hate no Aoi Hana
15.Michibiki no Harmony

The most noteworthy song of this album is none other than the original song of this album, whose title is also used for the album’s title, “Michibiki no Harmony”, featuring both music and lyrics written by Shimotsukin herself. The music is nice, but more importantly it’s the lyrics that describes how she feels about her music, or how she would like you to feel about her music. If you can understand the lyrics, it’s a pretty interesting song.