Shirobako Aki-Matsuri

This past Sunday, I stopped by Makuhari, Chiba, for a little event – the Shirobako Aki-Matsuri (fall festival). There were doughnuts, dances, and (the voice actresses of) pretty young anime girls. So it was a pretty good time.

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Quote of a Week #28

“For as long as I can remember, I’ve never been able to feel emotions. I pretend to be normal when I’m around other people, but on the inside, I feel nothing. It’s not as bad as it may sound. I know that I’m broken, but I don’t care. This is normal for me. But everything changed when I met him… my Senpai.”

– Yandere-chan, Yandere Simulator
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30 Day Song Challenge, Day 31: The Recap

Here we are at the end of the challenge! I figured I should do a brief recap and actually include some songs I had on my mind that didn’t quite fit elsewhere.

And once again, I’m sorry that there was almost a two week gap after day 26! I didn’t have a chance to prepare the rest beforehand, and during most of my job training I didn’t have internet available. I’m all moved in now, so that’s no longer an issue.

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30 Day Song Challenge, Day 29: A Song You Want Played At Your Funeral

Morbidity of the topic aside, this is a question I was asked once, and I didn’t really have an answer. It’s certainly strange to think about what song(s) you would want played at your own funeral. But there are two that came up after putting my mind to it.

Note: The original topic for this day of the challenge was “a song currently stuck in your head,” but since that overlapped with day 19’s, “a song you’re currently obsessed with,” I combined those and opted for a different topic here.

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30 Day Song Challenge, Day 27: A Song You Make Fun Of

I normally don’t make fun of songs, either because they’re just funny and actually enjoyable, or I don’t bother listening a second time to ingrain them in my memory. These ones stand out though. For all the wrong reasons.

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30 Day Song Challenge, Day 26: A Song By Your Favorite Band

I don’t have a single favorite band, so instead I’ll go with a favorite song from four of my favorite bands. There’s one song from another particular band that I’m omitting because it will apply to day 29, and I would have included La Villa Strangiato if it wasn’t included with day 17.

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30 Day Song Challenge, Day 25: An Acoustic Song You Love

Acoustic music always acts as an interesting foil to typically “electric” music, stripping back instrumentation for a simple and focused approach to the music.

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30 Day Song Challenge, Day 24: A Song That Makes You Angry

Of all the emotions that music can incite, anger isn’t really one of them for me unless a song is really bad and I just want it to stop. But since I don’t want to post bad music, I’ll go with something different.

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30 Day Song Challenge, Day 23: A Cover Song

Hearing a musician put a different spin on a song than the original performer can always be interesting – many times it’s just a matter of them playing the song, not including substantial changes, but other times they transform it into something different. In either case, it’s normally at least worth a listen to compare.

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30 Day Song Challenge, Day 22: A Song That You Haven’t Listened To In a While

Most of the songs that would apply to this topic would also apply to an earlier one, day 14’s “A Song You Liked When You Were Younger.” However, there are definitely ones that slipped through the cracks over the years, so that’s what I’ll focus on here.

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30 Day Song Challenge, Day 21: A Song You Want To Dance To At Your Wedding

Whenever I go to a wedding, I come out thinking “That’s exactly what I don’t want to do.” And that’s half in regards to the DJ with no sense of tonal balance, resulting in non-existing mids and aggravatingly overblown bass that just sounds like ass, and half in regards to the nearly universally crappy music.

And then there’s the fact that I don’t/can’t dance. So a more accurate title for this post would be “A Song of Your Choice To Be Played At Your Wedding.” I’ll be as realistic as possible.

I’ll also only hire someone with a sense of proper equalization/volume control.

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30 Day Song Challenge, Day 20: A Song From an Album You Are Looking Forward To

I actually haven’t paid too much attention to what albums are coming out in the near future, or which artists are even putting stuff out soon-ish, so I only have two songs that apply at this time.

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30 Day Song Challenge, Day 19: A Song Currently Stuck In Your Head

Sometimes a song ends up stuck in your head because you hear it too much, and sometimes it’s just too catchy for its own good. Fortunately, each song today is mostly a self-inflicted ear worm.

Today’s original topic, “a song you’re currently obsessed with,” overlapped with day 28’s (which is what I’m sort of doing today), so I just decided to jam them together. Day 28’s post will be a completely different topic.

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30 Day Song Challenge, Day 17: A Song You Like Hearing Live

Seeing a band live is an experience that can’t quite be captured in words – instead of just hearing the music performed live in some venue, it’s an entirely different experience. So for this post, I’ll be including songs from three particular shows I’ve been to.

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30 Day Song Challenge, Day 15: A Song People Wouldn’t Expect You To Like

In most cases, I think my taste in music is pretty straightforward. There are definitely the selections that are a bit… out there… but otherwise they’re somewhat consistent. These are some of the ones that don’t quite fit the mold, but to go along with tomorrow’s post, none of them are guilty pleasures.

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30 Day Song Challenge, Day 14: A Song You Liked When You Were Younger

This was probably the most fun thing to think about, reaching back into my childhood and basically what kind of music I listened to before I really got into music during middle/high school. So the quality varies, but it was a nice nostalgiac look back at my ignorant days.

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30 Day Song Challenge, Day 13: A Song You Sing In The Shower

Along with dancing, I don’t really sing. However, being in the shower sometimes changes that, especially since I normally have my phone playing music during the duration. Whether or not I actually hum or sing along depends mostly on my energy levels, but there are plenty of songs that provide the motivation to do so.

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Stuff (I’m Going to Japan!)

Hello! This is a pinned post to provide an update on real-life stuff since I’m going to be busy for a while. I’ll update it as necessary, and the older versions will be available by viewing the entire post.

I’m leaving for Japan tomorrow! It’s going to be about a 28 hour journey in total (16 hours on planes, 4 on trains, then a crap load of layover time in-between), then I go to the hotel, eat and sleep, then meet up with everyone in the morning for the start of teacher training.

During the training period, which is going to be from the 9th to the 17th, I do not expect to have any time to write stuff up. I’m going to try to schedule all of the 30 Day Song Challenge posts some time before leaving so that I won’t need to postpone them. Besides those, I won’t be able to post anything until at least the weekend of the 19th (on which I may go to Tokyo Game Show).

So it’ll be a while, but I’ll be back!

– kyoycz

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30 Day Song Challenge, Day 11: A Song That Reminds You of Summer

Since the summer is starting to wind down, this is a bit of an interesting question to think about. All three songs that came to mind were for the same general reason as well.

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30 Day Song Challenge, Day 9: A Song That Makes You Want To Dance

I am not into dancing. At all. So I’m going to spin this question into something more relevant to me (and for which I can provide a concrete answer) – songs that make me want to pick up my bass and play along.

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30 Day Song Challenge, Day 5: A Song That Has New Meaning Each Time You Hear It

Looking through the list, this is probably the most difficult question to approach. This is nothing I’ve thought about before, so I had to dig a bit to see if I even had a valid answer.

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30 Day Song Challenge, Day 4: A Song That Reminds You of Something Sad

Honestly, the only songs that came to mind immediately are from soundtracks. But they’re still very appropriate.

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30 Day Song Challenge, Day 3: A Song That Makes You Laugh

While humor in music has been around for ages, it’s never something I actively look for. So instead of songs that will leave you in stitches, these are more along the type that will make you smirk or let out a light chuckle. Or shake your head in disappointment and question my morality.

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30 Day Song Challenge, Day 2: A Song That Helps Clear Your Head

There are two types of situations where I would turn to music to help clear my head – in preparation for something, or to simply relax. And since different songs would work for each situation, I decided to approach both with this post.

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30 Day Song Challenge, Day 1: A Song That Makes You Happy

Normally, I don’t listen to music in order to influence my mood. However, there are undoubtedly many songs out there that can easily brighten my day. Even if I do tend to prefer darker/atmospheric stuff.

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Coming Soon™?

So, if you’ve been reading my stuff for a while, you might remember a few posts last year highlighting things I was planning on typing up in the relatively near future. Most of that never came to fruition, either because they were bad ideas to begin with, or they were just ideas I considered without putting too much thought into how it would work out. So hopefully this time will provide better results.

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CrossCode

I’ve always been a bit critical of early access games. Why pay for something before it even has a release date? When you don’t even know if it will be properly released? When you have no indication of whether promises about the game’s content will be kept? Well, something has come around that finally motivated me to chip in – CrossCode.

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Taking Out The Trash #1 – Anime

This kind of post is something I’ve considered doing for a while, and now that I’ve had the time to marathon some shows recently I decided to go through with it. Basically, what I’ll be doing is these occasional posts on a selection of anime, games, or albums*, alternating between them from one post to another (so the next one will be games, then albums, then back to anime). For this one, it will cover a few anime I’ve watched over the past month that I feel are worth talking about, but not particularly shows I want to write full reviews for.

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The Liebster Award Parts 2 Through 4 / Real Neat Blog Award

With my low post numbers for the past few months, I wasn’t sure if I should write something up for the Real Neat Blog award when I was nominated by Overlord-G, but then I was also nominated for a second Liebster by FiddleTwix, so… here we go with a two-for-one post!

Update: I was also nominated by Aaronelpis and Marvelously Mismatched for the Liebster, so I’ve edited in those questions as well.

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Final Thoughts – Spring 2015 Anime

The spring season has come to a close, with a generally “okay” conclusion. At least there wasn’t anything abysmal that I dragged myself through.

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Xenosaga Episode I: Der Wille zur Macht

This series of posts, covering the Xenosaga trilogy for the PS2, will be slightly different than what I’ve done in the past. Right off the bat, I want to make something clear – I am playing the first two games for the sake of the third. I normally talk about how I like to avoid expectations when approaching something, going in blind and taking things as they come, but here very high expectations have been set for Xenosaga Episode III, while substantially lower expectations have been set for the first two. So basically, I’m very interested in playing these games and seeing how everything actually pans out.

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Thoughts So Far – Spring 2015 Anime

Unlike last spring, I’ve actually kept up with airing shows this time around! There’s certainly an odd collection of shows to keep track of, for better or worse.

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