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Rinne no Lagrange season2 – Wasurenai yo.

Nakajima Megumi, Rinne no Lagrange season2 ED2, Marble / Wasurenai yo.

I Won’t Forget.
Lyrics / Composition: Yabuki Kana
Arrangement: Shimizu Nobuyuki
Vocals: Nakajima Megumi

Rays of light illuminate my heart, rippling and rolling on the surface of the water.
I found myself looking up at the blue sky, connected to everything.

We had so much fun, so entranced that we’d lose track of time.
I made a wish: that all those days gone by would never disappear.

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Nanou feat. Hatsune Miku – Glory 3usi9

Nanou, Project Diva F 2nd ED, andLOIDs -All time best of nanou-

Through the magic of Japanese number readings, the title is pronounced “Glory Music”.

The second half of each chorus is fairly ambiguous. For example, it could be the vocalist’s own song and her own experiences speaking to her, or the listener’s music speaking to the listener, or it could be the vocalist speaking to the listener…

I, personally, believe that the answer is all three.

I don’t know if I’ve done the original lyrics justice. There’s just so much beauty in the original, its ambiguity, its rhythm, and it was difficult for me to carry it over to English. As always, I encourage everyone to try learning Japanese for better appreciation, but songs like this remind me why I keep on doing what I do: words and music can have immense positive power over a person’s spirit, and this in turn drives their own creation. If I’ve managed to help keep the cycle in motion, then I’m happy.

Glory 3usi9
Lyrics / Composition / Arrangement: Nanou
Vocals: Hatsune Miku

The things that didn’t matter,
The things that I treasured the most…
All of it would leave my memory so quickly -
That was my unchanging everyday.

Colorless, transparent droplets of light
Flowing through my earphones…
Wanting so much to catch hold of them,
I’ve been listening all this time.

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[2014-07-11] five great trailers

Well, the ‘post more of my own writing’ plan hasn’t been going so well. I think the problem is that the topics I had in mind are too high in scale to start with. Gonna go a little smaller and simpler now.

Trying to express my perspectives on art in words is always a struggle for me. I’ve only actually tried it once on this blog (in the form of my review for school food punishment’s amp-reflection, which I’m not especially fond of), but I did write a series of articles on music for my anime club when I was at school, and that got good feedback at the time (most notably from the lone music major in the club). I like to do what I can to bring attention to works and creators when I feel they deserve more, and if reviews are helpful, I should probably practice. It’s been a few years since I’ve done this, but I still hope you’ll find it worth your time.

So, to that end, trailers! There’s one particular class of trailers that I tend to enjoy – those with no dialogue, setting assorted imagery against a single musical track. I feel this format is a remarkably powerful one. With the right execution, the use of one well-produced, uninterrupted piece of music can allow the trailer to express the overall feeling and message that the work is meant to evoke – a perfect encapsulation of emotion, showcasing not just what happens in the story or who the characters are, but the very foundation of its existence.

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Love Live! – Happy maker!

μ’s, Love Live! S2 post-ED insert song (episode 13)

Happy maker!
Lyrics: Hata Aki
Composition / Arrangement: Maeguchi Wataru
Vocals: μ’s

A fanfare in my heart, a resounding encounter.
I have faith that you’ll always be your passionate self.
That’s what I believe!

“Adventure is better than peace of mind,”
We’ll laugh, jumping high.
In the middle of the constant movement of time,
We’ll keep on wishing for the light.

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Love Live! – KiRa-KiRa Sensation!

μ’s, Love Live! S2 insert song (episode 12)

KiRa-KiRa Sensation!
Lyrics: Hata Aki
Composition / Arrangement: Honda Koushirou
Vocals: μ’s

What sort of tomorrow could be waiting for us?
Well, I’ve worked out – we’ve worked out the answer little by little.

Through all the times we’ve supported each other, or collided with each other,
I’ve always known that we all have the same dream.

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Love Live! – Oh,Love&Peace!

μ’s, c/w 5th single Wonderful Rush; Love Live! S2 ED (episode 13)

Lyrics: Hata Aki
Composition / Arrangement: Kurosu Katsuhiko
Vocals: μ’s

Dedication is a wonderful thing,
An illogical, dedicated feeling.
Do you have rules for freedom and courage?

・To never fear progress,
・To share happiness…
I may only have those two, but I want to uphold them no matter what.

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Love Live! – Kitto Seishun ga Kikoeru

μ’s, Love Live! ED

I’m Sure I Can Hear Our Youth
Lyrics: Hata Aki
Composition / Arrangement: Takada Kyou
Vocals: μ’s

Chase after it earnestly, chase after it courageously.
Our little wish will create our tomorrow.
I think we can do it, if we all wish for it.

Try harder than anyone else, riding on passion for now.
Our aim is the beautiful, windy road.

Raise your arms as though they’re wings.
We’ll fly to the brilliant future.

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