Something Cute: Vocaloid Does Alice in Wonderland

So, I know this video is over three years old, but I haven’t shared any music around here lately and I really like this video. Featuring vocals by a cast dubbed the Vocaloid All Stars, the video chronicles Alice’s (Miku) 11-minute adventure through an alternate version of Alice in Wonderland in musical form—the musical is titled “Alice in Musicland.”

There’s actually a pretty impressive range of music styles contained within this video, and for someone who loves musicals (like I do), it’s a pleasant blend of two different artistic mediums I enjoy. The video, too, done in a sort of paper puppet animation style, is pretty adorable.

I’m not claiming this is a brilliantly insightful artistic endeavor, but it’s light, cute, and fun to watch. If you like musicals or Vocaloid, give it a shot. It just might brighten your day!

A Couple Songs from fhána

I don’t think I’ve hidden the fact that fhána is my favorite anisong band I’ve encountered in my time watching anime. Their sound is just one that really appeals to me. I’ll probably write a post on my favorite anisong bands/singers sometime, but for now I just wanted to share a couple songs they’ve recently released.

1. “Kotonoha Breakdown”

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Fall 2013 OPs: “tiny lamp”/fhána

Each season, it’s a dogfight for the title of best OP. With numerous songs coming out with each new show, it can be tough to wade through all the sounds to distinguish what’s really good, what’s bad disguised as okay and what is truly mediocre.

Rising above the morass is the OP for the seinen anime, Gingitsune. By fhána, the band responsible for The Eccentric Family‘s lovely EP last season, the title of the song is “tiny lamp.”

Driven by lead singer towana’s beautiful voice, “tiny lamp” is quintessential fhána, mixing pop rock with electronia and adding in effects like bells. Just watch the video, because its tough to really describe their sound. All I can say for sure is that their brand of pop rock unique enough to separate them from the mob this season, although they’ll have tough competition from shows like Beyond the Boundary and Log Horizon.

“tiny lamp” is available for purchase worldwide on iTunes.

“in the rain” by keeno, feat. Hatsune Miku (Dark)

As it’s been raining and drizzling outside all day, I’ve spent today in my room doing homework and listening to music, which really is not as lonely as it sounds (denial?). However, considering the weather, I thought it would be appropriate to share this beautiful tune.

It’s been a while since I found a Vocaloid song that made me say, “Oh, I want that,” but when I heard this track, I immediately went out and got it. Featuring the darker toned Hatsune Miku, “in the rain” takes full advantage of the lilts that seem to populate Vocaloid songs. The moments when you can tell that it’s an electronic vocal, not a human one actually add to the song’s laid back, peaceful charm. The title really tells you all you need to know about the track. The instrumental backing, featuring piano, synth and guitar, rides secondary to Miku’s gorgeous melody and captures perfectly the mood of standing in a peaceful rain.

“in the rain” clocked in at number 7 on Tower Records’ weekly anime song rankings (if you want to see the full list, go here). It is by the producer keeno. Enjoy the music and have a great Saturday!

Attack on Titan OP (Guren no Yumiya) Full

Yes, it’s still epic.

It’s no secret that the OP from the first half of Attack on Titan was one of the most beloved OPs in recent memory, winning almost universal praise for its epic sounds. However, towards the end of the first half of the season, rumors began to circulate that the full version of the song was not as epic as the OP slice. I am here to put those rumors to a much-needed rest. What follows is the full version of “Guren no Yumiya” by Linked Horizon. I don’t know why anyone would think that the full version was inferior to the 1:30 long clip we get at the beginning of the show. This is 5:18 of intensity, an impressive piece of music that captures the atmosphere of Attack on Titan perfectly. Enjoy.

Servant x Service OP: Contender for OP of the Season

Currently working on a trio of posts defending commonly criticized elements of Sword Art Online, so while I’m working on those, enjoy this contender for the best OP of the summer 2013 anime season.

It’s from the show Servant x Service, and is appropriately entitled “How May I Help You?” by Ai Kayano, Mai Nakahara and Aki Toyosaki.

EDIT: I should also mention that the new OPs for A Certain Scientific Railgun S and Attack on Titan have not been released (or, at least I haven’t heard them yet), and I expect good things from fripSide and whoever is doing the AoT OP.