Disneyland~

Sorry for not posting for a while. I just got back from Disneyland (school trip), so I’m still in Disney mode. I’ll get back to reviewing ASAP!

Utada Hikaru – Deep River (song)

This song is so pretty. The instrumentals are calm and soothing; so is Utada’s voice. She sings this song with so much emotion too. Too bad there wasn’t a single released for this godly song. The melody itself is simple, accompanied by a solo guitar in the verse (with some synth) and added dynamics in the chorus. It gives me an image of a calm river, flowing naturally in the Rocky Mountains. The lyrics use the river and its landscape as a metaphor for a difficult love.

The PV for this song was filmed in Hawaii. I love how the camera showed the beautiful landscapes of the Hawaiian islands. This added to the song’s imagery, and made it even more stunning than it already was.

Overall Rating:
5/5

Hirano Aya – Haruhi Suzumiya Character Song

Release Date: July 5, 2006

Tracklist:
1. Parallel Days
2. SOS Nara Daijoubu
3. Hare Hare Yukai
4. Parallel Days (off vocal)
5. SOS Nara Daijoubu (off vocal)
6. Hare Hare Yukai (off vocal)

1. Parallel Days
This song is an uplifting song (well of course, it is Suzumiya-san ‘singing’ this!), and leans very heavily on the guitar and drum set. The vocals are quite strong, though it leans towards the girly side of Hirano’s voice. I must say, the electric guitar steals the show here, with its stunning solo between the chorus and the second verse. The lyrics of this song speak of being optimistic, even though you may feel down. Reading the lyrics translations, the lyrics seem very VERY hyper.

2. SOS Nara Daijoubu
Oh wow, they even have a song for SOS. Another really hyper song that speaks about Haruhi’s feelings towards SOS. In the song, it describes her everyday life being brightened up by the club. The instrumental carried the entire song, in my opinion. Hirano’s vocals are still girly here (I miss her mature voice), but that may be to suit Haruhi’s voice.

3. Hare Hare Yukai
I swear the beginning of the song sounded like something out of a Mario game. The lyrics come in, bringing us into another uplifting song. What happened to the sad side of Haruhi?! I think the melody saved this song (only because it was catchy..). Anyway, I didn’t like this song. The vocals are too idol-y again.

Overall Rating:
2.5/5

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

I’m an official Haruhiist! (aka, a Haruhi Suzumiya fan) Since this anime was so short (being 14 episodes long), I finished it in a record of two days. (Yes, I didn’t skip class just to watch this)

The anachronic order (not in chronological order) of the episodes were interesting. The first episode is supposed to be the 11th episode (chronologically), so at first, I had no idea what was going on. Soon, I caught on, and was sucked into the gold ‘religion’ known as Haruhiism!

Why do I call it a ‘religion’? (No, it is not because my life revolves around this show..) In the plot, Haruhi is explained to have the power to change reality. It is known that Haruhi may be the one who created ‘this world’, so she possesses a god-like position (If she knew this, her ego might be even bigger than it already is!).

The comedic and satirical moments in this anime were a pleasure to watch. I, for one, enjoyed the lack of romance between Kyon and Haruhi (if there ever was romance between them..). It proved to be a different and original anime than the ones I’m used to seeing. *cough*Naruto sucks*cough*

I won’t give any spoilers, so you can enjoy the greatness of “The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya” yourself!

As Suzumiya-san says:

OR HEADS WILL ROLL!*

*You’ll get it once you watch the anime.

Overall Rating:
5/5

[Jdrama] Last Friends – Ep.1

To tell you the truth, the only reason I have heard of this drama is because of Utada Hikaru’s Prisoner of Love. Needless to say, this did not disappoint at all. I mean, I DID watch it RAW (without subtitles). It was just that awesome. (For some reason, I sound like a fangirl rambling about her idol..)

Last Friends – Opening Video

I loved the opening video! The idea of Ruka sheltering Michiru with a blanket (allusion to the end of Episode 1), while Michiru’s boyfriend (sorry, I forgot his name in the drama, but he played Asou-kun in One Litre of Tears) is standing in the background. The main themes shown in the video were interesting too. My favourite part has to be the ‘red strings of fate’ that binds them together, all tangled up.

The first episode started with a dreary and overcasting foreshadow. Michiru states (set after the series), that someone is going to die. (I bet my two cents it’s going to be Ruka.) The ending shocked me too; Ruka kissing Michiru was really”O_O”.

Ueno Juri is a very versitaile actress; her Ruka is a 180 degree turn from Nodame. She’s brave to do the kissing part too. I’ll love to see her character develop and see the emotional turmoil inside of her.

The guy from One Litre of Tears is so convincing when he abuses Michiru. The murderous look in his eyes then look so genuine, it scares me a little. This is a big improvement since the last time I saw him in a drama.

Eita’s awesome as always, but his hair is always eyebrow-raising to me. His character is rather undeveloped as of now, but I’m quite interested of what caused him to have a fear of sex.

Since I’m at it, I might as well rate this episode!

Rating:
6/5 *BONUS MARKS*

Disclaimer: It’s a pretty mature show, and I won’t recommend this to..let’s say, 8 year olds or something like that.

Not dead..yet~

Wow, I haven’t updated this site for awhile.

Just been lazing off, so I’ll get back to reviewing ASAP!