Gundam 00 Original Soundtrack 2 – Review


Album Title: Gundam 00 Original Soundtrack 2
Anime Title: Gundam 00
Artist: Kenji Kawai
Catalog Number: VTCL-60022
Release Type: Soundtrack
Release Date: March 26, 2008
Purchase at: CDJapan, Play-Asia

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Reminiscing over the Decade’s Anime Music – 2002


Artist: Shachi Kamaboko

2002 brings in more shows that I’m now more familiar with, though the one thing to keep in mind is that I didn’t watch these shows in 2002. It was a time where I was transitioning into a new environment and all of the excitement and anxieties that come with doing such a thing. So I ended up putting off anime for a whole year until 2003 rekindled my interest in the medium once more with a spate of shows that proved to be pretty damn awesome. Well, you weren’t really here to read my life story, so I’ll spare you the details for another day when it might actually be relevant.

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Sora no Woto OP – Hikari no Senritsu – Review

Album Title: Hikari no Senritsu
Anime Title: Sora no Woto
Artist: Kalafina, Yuki Kajiura
Catalog Number: SECL-838
Release Type: OP/ED Single
Release Date: January 20, 2010
Purchase at: CDJapan

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Gundam 00 Original Soundtrack 1 – Review

Album Title: Gundam 00 Original Soundtrack 1
Anime Title: Gundam 00
Artist: Kenji Kawai
Catalog Number: VTCL-60014
Release Type: Soundtrack
Release Date: January 10, 2008
Purchase at: CDJapan

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Utada in the Flesh 2010 – Concert Report

Going into this concert, I can’t really claim to have much in the way of knowledge of Hikaru Utada or many of her works. My particular focus on J-pop is mostly confined to whatever is packaged with anime series or video game music so in this instance, her work on the Kingdom Hearts franchise is about all that I’m familiar with. Still, after listening to this performance, I can see why she is held in such high regard. That she composes her own music and writes the lyrics herself is already something that earns my respect. When you combine that element with her ability to sing live, I can’t help but be impressed by her completeness as an artist.

I should not have been surprised when I saw the line snake around the block right in front of the House of Blues on LA’s Sunset strip. After all, it had been about three years since she last performed in LA and people were looking forward to seeing what slate of songs she would be singing this time around. On my end, this concert would be a new experience since not only would I be introduced to more of Hikaru Utada’s repertoire, it would also be the first time I’ve attended a concert where it was standing room only.


The line was pretty long, comparable to her Seattle concert shown above (photo courtesy of @erwinwijanto)

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