bambooXZX's personal blog, mostly dedicated to song lyrics translation from Japanese to English.

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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 (the review)), 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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2013 Stats

Review time again. I like the format I used last year, so let’s stick with that.

In total, the blog received 137,176 views, way up from 107,358 in 2012.

01: 13659
Ooe Senri (covered by Makihara Noriyuki, Hata Motohiro, etc) – Rain
(January 22, 2012)
Kotonoha no Niwa ending theme (Hata Motohiro version)

Once again, most-viewed post of the year becomes most-viewed post ever. The song is great – I fell in love with it the moment I heard it in the trailer for Kotonoha no Niwa – but I didn’t expect it to outstrip everything else like this. First post of mine to break 10000 in a year.

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2012 Stats

So, that time again. Review!

In total, the blog (I still need to think of an actual name) received 107,358 views, down from 110,927 in 2011.

01: 9593
livetune feat. Hatsune Miku – Tell Your World
(January 22, 2012)

Winner by a massive margin. Since I posted the song, it has consistently been the most-viewed page every day, and in my opinion, the song very much deserves its spot. It is in fact now my most-viewed post ever.

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