Episode Reviews

[Highlights] Piano no Mori 07-09: People Grow Up!!

I'm super behind schedule on this. To be honest, I seriously considered dropping this series just because of how busy I've become, and because by episode 6, it no longer appealed to me as much as its opening episode did. Now that characters have grown up and are playing lots of Chopin... I'm happy about… Continue reading [Highlights] Piano no Mori 07-09: People Grow Up!!

J-Pop/Anisong Listicles

Colour-Coded Kalafina: Black

Welcome to Kalafina recommendations ver. Gothic/rock. Sorry it took me so long to get to this one! Also, for those of you who requested translyrics/lyrics analysis, I'll get to that eventually! Previous song recommendations: Colour-Coded Kalafina: Red Colour-Coded Kalafina: Blue Colour-Coded Kalafina: Yellow "Yami no Uta" (2010) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTHYww8oh_0 Colour justification: "Song of Darkness" needs no… Continue reading Colour-Coded Kalafina: Black

Episode Reviews

[Highlights] Piano no Mori 01 + 02: Chopin x Shounen

Just to clarify, "Chopin x shounen" does not indicate a ship. That'd be a bit creepy. Ep. 1 The episode starts with Kai as an adult at the International Chopin Competition. Then it goes back and introduces us to Kai and his new friend, the transfer student Shuuhei. Kai and Shuuhei make up the ultimate… Continue reading [Highlights] Piano no Mori 01 + 02: Chopin x Shounen

J-Pop/Anisong Listicles

Colour-Coded Kalafina: Yellow

A list of songs that feel "yellow" to give you a dose of hope in life. The previous song recommendations: Colour-Coded Kalafina: Red Colour-Coded Kalafina: Blue Cream Yellow Light, gentle, bright. "Alleluia" (2013) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MkmoOn1BZWY Associated work: Kara no Kyoukai/Garden of Sinners Colour justification: The tone, accompaniment, and everything feel very iyashikei. Highlight: [3:21-3:42] "こんな小さな君の手を取って/いたいほどかがやきがあって" (As I… Continue reading Colour-Coded Kalafina: Yellow

J-Pop/Anisong Listicles

Colour-Coded Kalafina: Blue

A continuation of my Kalafina song recommendations. Read Colour-Coded Kalafina: Red here if you're interested. Lyrics are from canta-per-me.net with some translations modified by me. Sky Blue Light, soothing, angelic. "heavenly blue" (2015) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6H-aIImBg9s Associated work: Aldnoah.Zero Colour justification: "何処までも眩しい heavenly blue" (dazzling wherever it reaches, heavenly blue), what other colour can it be? Highlight: [2:41-2:56/3:45]… Continue reading Colour-Coded Kalafina: Blue

Lyrics and Translations

7 Yandere Songs to Listen to if You’re in Need of Some Love

Hello, hello. Can't believe I'm actually doing this post (in time for Valentine's Day, obviously)! I had this idea after stumbling into the wrong corner of YouTube Vocaloid MVs, which I used to watch the heck out of in my early otaku days. I'm assuming you all know what a yandere is. In case you… Continue reading 7 Yandere Songs to Listen to if You’re in Need of Some Love

Lyrics and Translations

[Translyrics] “Oblivious” and Kara no Kyoukai: An Overlooking View

All Kalafina songs are fairly easy to make English translyrics for - the songs are generally not that upbeat and the rhythms easy to work with (usually, what makes translyrics hard is figuring out which syllables to stretch for more than one note). So since Kalafina songs are so pleasant to translate and because Kalafina… Continue reading [Translyrics] “Oblivious” and Kara no Kyoukai: An Overlooking View