Chihara Minori – Sing All Love

Since quite a few people asked about the repeated tags of our release of Chihara Minori’s newest album, I will provide the correct tracklist below (which you could have found in the nfo file of our releases, or on the scans provided):

1. Kakusei Filament
2. Final Moratorium
3. Tomorrow’s chance
4. Kakikake no Destiny
5. Kodoku no Kesshou
6. Love Medicine*
7. Amaoto no Veil
8. tea for two
9. PRECIOUS ONE
10.Sakura Pierce
11.Falling heaven’s now
12.Flame
13.Perfect energy
14.sing for you

Yes, I was dead tired when I ripped the album, hence the mistakes. By the way, the concert DVD that comes with the album isn’t that great, DVD-quality-wise… I mean, it’s a bonus item, so what do you expect? As for the choice of songs, I guess they are okay. For me, it’s nice to see “Fragment -Shooting star of the origin-” live.

Sakakibara Yui – You I -Sweet Tuned by 5pb.-

Yes, there’s a lot of yuinyan lately, but most of you don’t mind, do you? Anyway, here comes her new album. It’s mainly a compliation album with songs that should be familiar to you, plus 3 new songs. Let’s take a look at the tracklist:

1. LOOP
2. Toki no Nai Sekai
3. Happiness Houteishiki
4. Soshite Boku ha…
5. Silky Rain
6. Nanairo MERRY→GO→ROUND
7. Magical Generation
8. Distance
9. RISE
10.Deja vu
11.Koi no Honoo
12.Natsu no Inori
13.Eien no Koi
14.Eternal Snow
15.You I -we will be together-

Track 1, 6, and 15 are the new songs. I just finished a game lately that’s full of yuinyan, and I enjoyed it a lot more than I expected, so I will refrain from making negative comments. No, the new songs are not bad or anything per se, just… yeah, I will save the comments. 😛

New Background Music

Yes, I know it has been a while since I updated the BGM. How did you all like the December BGM? Since there are quite a few celebrations this month, such as Chinese/Lunar New Year for the asians, I intended to look for a merrier BGM for this month, but then I came across this one while playing a game (yes, hint: it’s from a game) lately. If you want more hints, you can ask me on IRC. Even though it’s far from a merry music, it does kind of fit the season in some places. Click “Background Music” on the right under the link section to listen to it now.

ELISA’s 2nd album – Rouge Adolescence

After a VERY fast year (pretty much exactly one year, since her 1st album was released on 1/21, 2009), here comes her 2nd album. As you can imagine, her new hit songs after the 1st album, namely Hayate2 OP “Wonder Wind” and Railgun ED “Dear My Friend -Mada Minu Mirai he-“, are included in this album. On an interesting note: Railgun ED2 “Real Force”, is also featured in this album, even though its single has yet to be released. Let’s take a look at the complete tracklist:

1. Prologue of Rouge Adolescence
2. Wonder Wind
3. Real Force
4. Dear My Friend -Mada Minu Mirai he-
5. Snowy Bell
6. Rinrin to
7. Absolute Perfection (Interlude)
8. Waterland
9. Seihitsu no Prophesia
10.Absolute Perfection
11.Itsukushimi no Bolero
12.Epilogue of Rouge Adolescence

Personal picks are track 6, 8, and 10.

solfa heart to heart -from iyunaline to solfa 2-

If you still remember, we released solfa’s album solfa further along -from iyunaline to solfa- a few months ago. In case you haven’t got it yet, you should, because it’s a pretty nice album (I even have 2 songs from it added to my mp3 pack). Introducing the 2nd album, solfa heart to heart -from iyunaline to solfa 2-, it features most of the singers from the 1st album. Here’s the tracklist with the complete list of artists:

1. heart to heart [Katakiri Rekka]*
2. Midoriiro no Yume [Annabel]
3. Kuro to Shiro no Shirabe [yuiko]
4. step up! [Rita]
5. shooting star [Yuuki]
6. No.51 [Duca]
7. Mizu no Naka no Kumo [yanaginagi]
8. voice [Chata]
9. brand new beat [Itou Kanako]
10.Yukou yo Jupiter he [Yuuki]
11.LOVELY TRACKS [Kotsuki Miya]
12.Fuyu no Okurimono [Yuiduki Sora]
13.Salary Gunman no Kouya [iyuna]
*This “heart to heart” is not ToHeart2’s OP; it’s a different song

I haven’t had the chance to listen to it carefully, so I’m not sure about my favorite songs of this album, but track 2 and 11 seemed to catch my attention when I skimmed through the album. As for “heart to heart”, of course it’s not comparable to that “Heart to Heart”, but it’s not bad either. I do find it interesting though for Katakiri to sing this song, there’s just something unusual about it comparing to the songs she usually sings.

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)

FF – Fate Festival (nope, not Final Fantasy)

First of all, Happy New Year everyone! Best wishes for 2010. 🙂

On 12/23, 3 Fate-related CDs were released on the same day, hence this post’s title “Fate Festival” (yeah, I made it up. It’s not a CD/series’ name or anything). We already released the first one, Tainaka Sachi’s “Mariage -tribute to Fate-“, earlier this week. In case you missed it, it’s Tainaka performing various songs from the Fate series, mainly the game ones (except “disillusion”, of which she is the original singer):

Tracklist:
1. disillusion
2. days
3. memory
4. Over The Mountain
5. Sakura Saite
6. hollow
7. Bokutachi no Mirai
8. Ougon no Kagayaki
9. Link
10.Alive

In case you have never heard the original versions or forgot how they sound, here comes the second CD, “Fate/Recapture -original songs collection-“, with the (original) singer’s name in [ ]:

Tracklist:
1. THIS ILLUSION [M.H.]
2. days [CHINO]
3. memory [M.H.]
4. Over The Mountain [rhu]
5. Sakura Saite [Haruka Futaki]
6. hollow [NUMBER 201 feat. rhu]
7. ataraxia [rhu]
8. Bokutachi no Mirai [NUMBER 201 feat. rhu]
9. Ougon no Kagayaki [NUMBER 201 feat. MAKI]
10.Link [NUMBER 201 feat. rhu]
11.Yume no Owari [Kawai Eri]
12.Alive [NUMBER 201 feat. Aramaki Youko]*
13.THIS ILLUSION -recapture ver.- [M.H.]
14.hollow -201 remix- [NUMBER 201 feat. rhu]
*Aramaki Youko is the same person as “MAKI”

Since there’s a collection for games, you can imagine there’s also a collection for the anime. Introducing the last CD, “ricordanza -Fate/stay night TV song collection-“, it features most of the songs from the show.

Tracklist:
1. disillusion [Tainaka Sachi]
2. Kirameku Namida ha Hoshi ni [Tainaka Sachi]
3. Anata ga Ita Mori [Manami]*
4. Hikari [Manami]*
5. La sola [Sasaki Hisako]
6. Kimi to no Ashita [Tainaka Sachi]
7. Tooi Yume [Kawasumi Ayako aka Saber]
8. KIRARI [Ueda Kana aka Tohsaka Rin]
9. Egao Hitotsu de [Shitaya Noriko aka Matou Sakura]
10.imitation [Tainaka Sachi]
*Manami is the singer of Jukai

How do you like 2010 starting with the Fate Festival? Better yet, the festival doesn’t end here. In case you didn’t know already, the F/sn movie, Unlimited Blade Works, will be in theatre later this month on 1/23. Here’s the trailer for you to get hyped for it:

Shinkai Makoto Sakuhin Image Album “Promise”

Written by Tenmon, performed by Eminence Symphony Orchestra, requested by many people (yes, I got multiple PMs asking if we were going to release it), here comes the much expected album “Promise”. Featuring orchestral arrangement of music from “Byousoku 5 Centimeter”, “Kumo no Mukou, Yakusoku no Basho”, “Hoshi no Koe”, and “Kanojo to Kanojo no Neko”, there’s no wonder why this album gets all the attention it does. Before I give my comment, let’s take a look at the tracklist:

1. One more time, One more chance (Instrumental)
2. Omoide ha Tooku no Hibi
3. Kanae no Kimochi
4. Kumo no Mukou, Yakusoku no Basho Main Theme
5. Futari no Keikaku / Kibou to Akogare
6. Sayuri
7. Kumo no Mukou, Yakusoku no Basho Main Theme (Piano Version)
8. Futari no Kattou
9. Kimi no Koe (Instrumental)
10.THROUGH THE YEARS AND FAR AWAY
11.Mikako kara no Tayori
12.Kanojo to Kanojo no Neko Main Theme
13.Kanojo to Kanojo no Neko (Piano Version)

Okay, you might think I would be praising this album, but to your surprise, I won’t. It doesn’t mean I dislike this album, but there is one major thing bugs me about it. This is supposed to be a orchestral album, however there’s too much non-orchestral instruments used. You will hear a lot of guitar and piano (well, this one is acceptable, plus we all know how Tenmon is fond of piano, but piano should not play a major role in an orchestral album) in it. Besides, too much focus is placed on string instruments. I would like to hear a more balanced arrangement, with more usage of woodwind and brass instruments. And, even though it’s said to be performed by a symphony orchestra, to me it feels more like a chamber orchestra’s performance. Therefore, in the orchestral sense, this album is an disappointment. If you just see it as a general arrangement album though, then it’s pretty nice. My favorite track would be “THROUGH THE YEARS AND FAR AWAY” (again, too much piano and guitar, but I love it in the non-orchestral sense).

DDL for FLAC + New additions to mp3 player

Thanks to kache for providing the space, we are once hosting the FLAC files for DDL again (and mp3 too, of course). You can find the links on our Download page. While uploading the files to our new space, I have added 3 more songs to the collection.

1. Inori [KOKIA] (her own performance of the Gundam song she wrote for Feldt Grace)
2. Kimi no Koe [Heart] (if not because it’s featured in one of the late albums, I had totally forgotten this song ^^;. Btw, I did think about adding “Through the Years & Far Away” before, but the Engrish of the song just really bugs me)
3. Suzu no Naru Basho [Rita] (a very heartwarming song. It’s just impossible for me to forget about this song once I heard it)

KOKIA – Coquillage -The Best Collection II-

Almost 4 years after releasing “pearl -The Best Collection-“, here finally comes the second one. And it’s not disappointing at all.

Tracklist:
1. Inori
2. Ave Maria
3. Atatakai Basho
4. song of pocchong~Shizuku no Uta
5. Douke
6. What a wonderful world
7. Kono Mune no Kurushimi ga Itooshii Hodo ni Ikite
8. Nukumori -aigakikoeru- (with strings)
9. infinity
10.say goodbye & good day
11.Chiisana Uta
12.Sekai no Owari ni
13.Kokoro no Rousoku
14.Everlasting

Special Limited Disc
1. Arigatou… (the Coquillage edtion)
2. Candle in the Heart

I pretty much like the whole album, but my favorites are track 1 “Inori” and track 10 “say goodbye & good day”. For “Inori”, it’s was actually first performed by someone else. If you still remember the Gundam 00 Voice Actor Single of Feldt Grace, the song was first featured there, sung by Takagahi Ayahi. However, for KOKIA to perform it herself (as a side note, the music and lyrics are written by her too), this is the first time. No offense to Takagahi, but KOKIA’s version is way, way more enjoyable. What do you think?