Poet of Fall

BECK/Mongolian Chop Squad

Posted in Music, Review by vien88 on January 31, 2009

As promised after the end of reading Bremen, I decided to resume my consumption of BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad. I used to read the manga…but then, I feel like I wanted to quickly go through the story, I watch the anime instead. Cos I have only one week of holiday with assignments to finish (which I have not done yet!). Reading the manga might slow me down (as it has been..) because of the connection. And also, by watching the anime you get to know how the songs sound like.

Unfortunately, I found way to many English versions of BECK in Youtube. It’s not like the English version is bad, but somehow it made the anime seem kinda slow and boring. It wasn’t until I reach episode 20+ when I accidentally found the Japanese version argh! So I previewed the first Episode of Japanese version (with English subs), well, at least it has more ‘life’ to their expressions.

Storywise…it’s pretty much realistic. You don’t get to see the loser for a main character instantly become talented musician. Instead, we get to see how he slowly improves in playing the guitar. Which took him about one year to actually master. Impressive… There’s no GAR in the story…as you can see the person who was initially enthustiastic about forming the ultimate band almost gave up, but thanks to the protagonist persistence (and awesome lyrics + vocals), the band made it big.

When it comes to romance, too bad there was a lack of expression (i dunno if it’s bcos of the dub or the low quality of an animation), so I couldn’t feel what the characters feel… jealous? Shy? Embarrassed? Awkward..? I dunno…sure it’s no shojo genre, but still… this part should give a lot of impact.

Another thing… the author seem to have a grudge against bubble-gum pop, visual kei (or anything bishie-licious) and metal. Well, I have to say I that I agree, but that’s a lil bit of a one-sided opinion. I mean, oh well…maybe cos I like visual kei…not only because they’re pretty, but their songs are not that bad. But in BECK, the author purposely showed a bad example of pretty boy rock band ahaha XD

The band name was named after a dog called BECK….

Probably the only thing that is unrealistic...

BECK or Mongolian Chop Squad known in the USA is a five-piece rock band, the members are;

  • Yukio “Koyuki” Tanaka – The protagonist and also the last member for BECK. He plays the second guitar and takes the role of the vocalist for slower songs. He started off as a nobody…until he met Ryusuke Minami, his life changed as he got himself involved in music. He learned how to play the guitar from an old ex-olympic swimmer (also his swimming instructor). He had a crush on a childhood friend, but was merely an unrequited love as she thinks of him as a little brother.Later, he developed a relationship with Ryusuke’s younger sister. Koyuki may seem like a typical coward, but he’s different from Kobayakawa Sena (Eyeshield 21) – he has a strong determination and even dared himself to perform on stage..alone.
  • Ryusuke “Ray” Minami – The founder of the band, the lead guitarist and the owner of Beck (the dog). He first met Koyuki when Koyuki saved Beck from a bunch of rowdy kids. Ryusuke lent Koyuki one of his guitars which eventually becomes the cause of all the trouble. But if that didn’t happen, there’s no amazing Beck as you see to the end. He’s close friends with one of the band members of “The Dying Breed” (hails from USA). Ryusuke is the one night stand type of guy, and though he went out with random girls, the band is always his top priority. Unless it’s about the rock band or music, he doesn’t care much about other people… nor about being friends. His favourite guitar, Prudence (or Lucille in the manga) has her own backstory.
  • Yoshiyuki Taira – The bassist and the first person to be recruited into Ryusuke’s band. I don’t see much of his character in the anime, but he’s the most rational person among the five. He even questioned Ryusuke’s decision about taking in two newbies into the band and doubts their skillfulness. He’s too good of a bassist that Ryusuke and his rival fought over him.
  • Tsunemi Chiba – The vocalist for fast-paced songs (and rap) and also the one responsible for naming the band, after staring at the dog for a few moments. Taira agreed to join Ryusuke only if Chiba is recruited as well. Chiba is loud and crazy! But ironically, he’s the class president and also the top student in his high school. To my surprise, he’s like the protective big brother type, where he voluntarily dealt with anyone who bullies Koyuki.
  • Yuji “Saku” Sakurai – The drummer, who joined the band along with Koyuki. When Koyuki suffers a massive silent treatment by the school bully, he was the only one who talked to Koyuki (since he’s a transfer student, he probably had no idea what was going on lol). He’s a strong character, he didn’t feel threatened when the bullies confront him for talking to Koyuki. And..yeah… he’s the only person who stick with Koyuki all the way… >///>

Other characters…malas nak citer ahahah. go here la… List of Beck characters

Cos i wanna talk about their music. Er…i’m not much of a fan of random rapping (In terms of Rock + Hip-hop, I only like Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda’s rap cos they make sense) so most of their fast paced songs aren’t my cup of tea. But I’m currently addicted to Like a Foojin, By Her and Brainstorm. As for their slower songs, I dunno why they remind me of some…local indie band..or issit Indon band? I’m confused… but yeah, they do remind me of either one. It would be a turn of if it wasn’t for their lyrics. Srsly, i notice Japanese songs have much more beautiful lyrics than English songs and Malay/Indon. Er…of course I may not understand Japanese, but when I read the translations, I simply fell in love.

The Opening theme, HIT IN THE USA by Beat Crusaders is a worthy song as an intro for each episode. I don’t get tired of listening to it. So…I downloaded some of the BECK songs that i like… and was a lil disappointed that the Japanese versions had a lot of mispronunciations that slightly made the song go bad. So I lurked for the English versions, which sounded a lot better.

Okay, I can’t hold back anymore. I love this song (below)!! This is the English version of Slip Out (Little more than before) – vocals by Greg Ayres. Lyrics and mucis by Takuma (but the English version altered a few lines). My first impression of the song is… “omg…rock jiwang lulz…”. But listening to it while reading the lyrics, I think it has a powerful general message that I think everyone should indulge to. =)


I don’t know since when I changed to such a cold, cold-hearted guy
I have to thaw this frozen, icy, lonely heart of mine,
I like being wrapped with warmness more than anything else for sure
I’m gonna make my coming days and fill them with laughter and joy

I let myself down but being crueler than I thought I would be
I’m just a loser learning to care for the soul inside of me
I don’t give my heart to no one cause I don’t wanna waste my time
I tried to love this loneliness to slip out from where it hides.

Sorrow is what I hate but it’s grown my sensations
Regrets taught me how to make any hard decisions
Peace is always by my side but I’ve never felt it once
Love is not a word reserved only for the sweet romance

Well, I’m scared, I’m scared, I’m scared, I’m scared to death
And I’m scared to keep on going on my way
Well, I’m scared, I’m scared, I’m scared, I’m scared to death
And I’ll tell myself I’m special till the end

Recalling my torn, broken, aching heart of these long days
And all the memories I wanted to forget for making waves
Recalling, breaking, aching, crying, making sure I see
And I take all and grin at my future on the way.

So far…this is one of the few songs I dared myself to sing out loud (because I usually never do).

I shud consider reading the manga…cos the ending is not so satisfactory. D:

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Still Doll (Male Version) is hot

Posted in Music, Video by vien88 on January 16, 2009

Thanks to mana-sama ( >///> ) I fell in love with Kanon Wakeshima’s singles… The baroque fusion and gothic pop theme is totally new to me. She’s a learns to play the cello since the age of 3 (GILER), and when she’s sixteen she combines her cello skills with her singing. Awesome isn’t it? What’s more awesome is that she’s produced by Mana (of Malice Mizer)! Her ‘Still Doll’ single is used as the Ending theme for Vampire Knight anime adaptation.

Lurking in youtube for more of Wakeshima, I accidentally found this… male version of ‘Still Doll’. Weird, I thought somebody made a cover…but it turns out this youtube users lowered the pitch of the original song…and it turned out to be really sexy! ❤

YES! I fell in love with that smooth..and soft masculine voice >O< *meltz*

Kinda reminds me of Nobutoshi Canna’s voice <3333 (Hiroki from Junjo Romantica). I want..my name to be called with that kind of voice…. *blushes*

Anyways…If you’re interested…Here’s the original XD; Still Doll Music Video

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I want Gakupo Kamui!

Posted in Music, Poems by vien88 on December 15, 2008
Gakupo Kamui

Gakupo Kamui

Well, how I discovered him is all because of Hatsune Miku and my curiousity of vocaloids. Since I’m no good at singing or play musical instruments (but I know how to read them notes, mind ye), I thought i wanna find (download) the program. since my friend has Hatsune Miku’s…I thought of finding others that would suit the my songwritings. Preferably bass voiced male.. Nowaiii i’m not gonna let some female popstar sing my emo lyrics D:

Then I found Gakupo Kamui…whose voice almost satisfy the voice i’m looking for – after listening to his “Dancing Samurai”. Other English vocaloids ones sounds creepy. Although I know that Gakupo has some creepiness in his vocals when singing English songs… (his high pitched “Hey hey you you i don’t like your girlfriend!!” is freaky DX )

Of course, my research doesn’t end there. Gakupo Kamui…aka Gackpoid… well, you may have guessed it… the very popular actor-singer Gackt lent his voice and stage name for this very vocaloid. that explains the deep voice. Yeah, I love Gackt’s voice but had never been a fan of him. I’ve heard of him, and the first time I saw him was either somewhere in Gempak or the game Bujingai, where he modelled as the hero. I know I loved his face…but never realize how gorgeous he is until now… ToT

Even the first song I heard from him were REDEMPTION and LONGING as soundtracks for ‘Final Fantasy VII: Dirge of Cerberus’. Then he made an appearence as… Genesis Rhapsodos… (Final Fantasy 7: Crisis Core) which isn’t as good-looking as the real person. Really… Genesis looks like he cannot smile at all. XD

Okay then… curiousity kills the fox. But I can’t exactly remember how my lurking ended up with Malice Mizer @_@. Well, yeah Gackt used to be one of them, I think I read about it before but then I forgot, then I read about them again and suddenly re-remembered. OH YEA, i know why now… I think..? Cos I suddenly remembered about my particular original characters, who are supposedly musicians – rock band specifically. And then, I suddenly remembered, few years ago the reason why I was inspired to draw them was Malice Mizer. But then, I’ve never listened to any of their songs!! Just that their flamboyant image is very…fascinating. And thus I came up with my own fictional Visual Kei band XD.

So I was researching about them a bit, and finally previewed their songs in youtube. And I really regret… that I didn’t listen to their music earlier. D:   I LOVE THEM. But then, if I knew about them earlier, that time they’ve already disbanded. Back them I didn’t know where to preview their music so I didn’t bother listening to Japanese songs much. Limited to those I know from anime I watched. I hope it’s not too late to become a lover of Malice Mizer’s music. Please give me a link where I can download all their albums >3<

aku belum preview semua lagu tho…but dengar 2-3 dah suka ❤

Back to Gackt… my sis and I were trying to guess his age…since he disclosed it from the public. She said he has to be 40 something, but I objected the idea cos I want him to be 30. Then she said maye late 20s? He could’ve started his carreer during his teenage years? but according to wiki, he started his carreer when he was a young adult… that would probably be around 20. but then again.. look at Johnny Depp! He’s like 50 years old and he’s still HAWT <3333

Ok then we both get tensed and angry with him for having a pretty face despite of being a guy. We found his pic during high school and his eyes were…smaller…we were like…woah buat plastic surgery kah?? But his hair was still stylish lol. Ok, then previewed some of his pics and some videos… HIS F**KIN GORGEOUS. >////<   WHHHHYYYYYYYYY???? And his English is so…fluent TDT

Back to topic…Gackpoid cover was at first modelled by Gackt…but then they want some avatar like Len, Rin, Miku, Kaito, Meiko and Kaito…so he was given an image of a beautiful samurai (i guess it’s based on his Dancing Samurai original song). YEAH i tot he was a girl at first, especially with long purple hair. Then there’s a pic of him in a skirt. but his voice…that couldn’t be a husky girl voice! Turns out he is a male that looks like female… OH YES, ME *heart* TRAPs! Anyways, the character designer is Kentaro Miura, mangaka of a dark fantasy manga Berserk.

Currently, I’m trying to find Gackpoid torrent but couldn’t find any. Please… PLEASE INFORM ME, if you find any…

….

so i shud get drawing my beloved OCs now…

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The Crossroads

Posted in Music by vien88 on November 18, 2008

OverClocked Remix is a store of various video game soundtrack remixes. I often lurk around there to find rearranged tracks and medleys of my favourite game (more particularly my favourite tracks). There are too many to list down though. At first I thought the remixes will sound more like those techno/dance remix like how the popular songs turn into…often heard in the radio. Apparently, not all are like that. Remixers took the effort to “re-record” the soundtracks using the instruments of their desire :3

And even adding lyrics!!

Here’s one of my faves (Remixer: Jovette Rivera)


The Crossroads

VERSE
I got the beat to lay the funk down,
Come on step inside a my town,
Hold your breath and don’t think
There’s a new world ready to lay at your feet.

If I gotta give some point
To the new man trying to run on my joint,
Grab some traction, run and hide,
Betcha catch you now
Gonna meet you on the dark side.

VERSE 1B
You are the one keeping me
From doing what I
Do but now I see you too
So I’ll give it back to you

CHORUS
You can’t believe everything you hear
And you cannot see everything that’s near
But if I believe you’re gone
Then you’ll disappear
Still you reappear
Endlessly

VERSE 2
I’m at the point of no break
Gimme a dime and I’ll make
A million shine but it’s gonna take time
There ain’t no time to be fake
Gimme an inch and I’ll take
A mile long high better reach up to the sky.

VERSE 2B
Things steadily heavily
Being pushed on top of me
Readily constantly
So close that I can hear you breathe.

BRIDGE
Each and every day’s the same
Life has left you nothing new
Turn around and you
Will see what has become of you.
Your visions of
Immortality or love
Left you at the crossroads of
What to choose.

FF7 fans, recognize the song? The intro wasn’t that awesome. Kinda reminds you of aliens… But it gets better from 0.36 ….so…FF7 fans, do you recognize the song? :3

Sorry I couldn’t find a better vid. A Cid and Vincent AMV (not CidxVincent, mind you :3 ). The sound quality in this vid doesn’t do justice to the remix, so I suggest you to stream it here and you may download it if you wish. The vocals are just great. ❤  And the “Bridge” is definitely EPIC. I had this tune in my head for days after listening to this. Sometimes it just crossed my mind and makes me feel like i just HAD to relisten to it.

I wish I could master various musical instruments. But I guess my talent goes to drawing and writing. well, we’ve got fanartists, fanfic writers… AMV makers… perhaps it is time to give way for musically oriented fans for a change :3.

More to come~

Reset (Okami)

Posted in Music by vien88 on November 14, 2008

Been replaying this song over and over again. I simply love it. Sounds very Japanese. It’s a soundtrack from the video game Okami (PS2), I recommend you guys to play this! Sambutan kureng but IMO this is my number 1 favourite game. I will patiently wait for a sequel >w< . This time I take the ending video of the game – don’t worry it doesn’t give that much spoilers. It’s kinda like…the wolf, Amaterasu (main character) is walking along the scroll with a few cutscenes replaying as though she’s reliving the memories of what happen throughout the game.

Reset by Ayaka Hirahara

Chiriyuku hanabira ga machi wo irodoru kedo
Saigo no toki na noto kaze ga oshiete kureta
Kisetsu wa mawaru kara shinpai wa ira nai to
Ano toki yokogitta tsuki ga terashite kureta

Itsumo onaji namida bakari nagashi tsudukeru
Nakusa nakereba kiduka nai kara

Tada hitotsu negai ga kanau no nara
Kinou no jibun ni “Sayounara”
Kawara nai omoi ga aru no naraba
Itsuka sakura no shita de

Ano hi no yakusoku ga iroase nai you ni
Yubi de nazotte miru asa no mabayui hikari

Hitotsu toshite onaji toki wa otozure nai kara
Mou mayowazu ni saki he susumu no

Taisetsu na inori ga todoku you ni
Kyou mo utai tsudukete yuku
Sagashiteta kotae wa kitto aru to
Sotto oshiete kureru

Tada hitotsu negai ga kanau no nara
Toki wo koete todoketai
Kawara nai omoi ga aru no naraba
Itsuka sakura no shita de

Taisetsu na inori ga todoku you ni
Kyou mo utai tsudukete yuku
Sagashiteta kotae wa kono ni aru to
Sotto oshiete kureru

Kanashimi wo Resetto shite

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Sorry I can’t seem to find any translation for the lyrics. Please inform me if you find any… anyways…Play the game. You don’t see an animated + interactive Sumi-e style everyday :3
(I’ll write a review after my finals)
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Don’t Die Before I Do

Posted in Music by vien88 on November 10, 2008

An emo title… with an unexpected emo post…? It’s like saying that someone else is not allowed to die first before I do, but that is impossible. It’s more like… a softer way of saying I’ll sacrifice for you…. Actually, I am not sure myself. lol…

To tell you the truth….

This is another music post. 😀 This is a song by Rammstein featuring Sharleen Spiteri, all the way from Germany. There’s no video clip, but just listen to it. It’s lovely *w*

Stirb Nicht Vor Mir (Don’t Die Before I Do)

Die Nacht öffnet ihren Schoß
Das Kind heißt Einsamkeit
Es ist kalt und regungslos
Ich weine leise in die Zeit
Ich weiß nicht wie du heißt
Doch ich weiß dass es dich gibt
Ich weiß dass irgendwann
irgendwer mich liebt

He comes to me every night
No words are left to say
With his hands around my neck
I close my eyes and pass away

I don’t know who he is
In my dreams he does exist
His passion is a kiss
And I can not resist

Ich warte hier
Don’t die before I do
Ich warte hier
Stirb nicht vor mir

I don’t know who you are
I know that you exist
Stirb nicht
Sometimes love seems so far
Ich warte hier
Your love I can’t dismiss
Ich warte hier

Alle Häuser sind verschneit
Und in den Fenstern Kerzenlicht
Dort liegen sie zu zweit
Und ich
Ich warte nur auf dich

Ich warte hier
Don’t die before I do
Ich warte hier
Stirb nicht vor mir

I don’t know who you are
I know that you exist
Stirb nicht
Sometimes love seems so far
Ich warte hier
Your love I can’t dismiss

Stirb nicht vor mir

Source: Herzeleid.com (for translation as well)

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They say Rammstein is more towards metal. I’ve heard Mann Gegan Mann and some others, I didn’t quite like it. I don’t fancy his (the lead vocalist?) screaming voice (but I do love Chester Bennington’s). But hearing thislow tone singing ballad is pretty much romantic. Anyway, there is a deep meaning behind the lyrics, I am not quite sure but I do have my own interpretation (malas nak type). As a result, Imma take this as a theme song for one/two of my original characters cos their fate somehow relates to this song.

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Kimi no Kioku

Posted in Music by vien88 on October 29, 2008

Kimi no Kioku (Persona 3) by Kawamura Yumi

Listen to the song (sorry no video). then try to sing along.

kaze no koe hikari no tsubu madoromu kimi ni sosogu
wasurenai yasashii hohoemi kanashisa kakushita hitomi wo
negau koto tsurakutemo tachimukau yuuki kimi ni moratta
dakara yukune yume no naka mezametara mata aeruyo
 
tooi kioku mune ni hime utau
 
hakanaku tayutau sekai wo kimi no te de mamottakara
imawa tada tsubasa wo tatande yukkuri nemurinasai
eien no yasuragi ni tsutsumarete love through all eternity
yasashiku mimamoru watashi no kono te de nemurinasai
waratteta naiteta okotteta kimi no koto oboeteiru
wasurenai itsumademo kesshite until my life is exhausted
 
kousaten kikoetekita kimi ni yoku nita koe
furimuite sora wo aogi miru koboresouna namida koraete
ashita koso itsunohika
mou ichido kimi ni aeru to shinji hitori mayoi
ame no yoru hareta asa machitsuzukete
 
wasurenaiyo kakenuketa yoru wo
 
mabayuku kagayaku hitotoki minna to issho datta
kakegae no nai toki to shirazuni watashi wa sugoshite ita
imawa tada taisetsu ni shinobuyou I will embrace the feeling
kimi wa ne tashika ni ano toki watashi no soba ni ita
itsudatte itsudatte itsudatte sugu yoko de waratteita
nakushitemo torimodosu kimi wo I will never leave you
 
hakanaku tayutau sekai wo kimi no te de mamottakara
imawa tada tsubasa wo tatande yukkuri nemurinasai
eien no yasuragi ni tsutsumarete love through all eternity
yasashiku mimamoru watashi no kono te de nemurinasai
waratteta naiteta okotteta kimi no koto oboeteiru
wasurenai itsumademo kesshite until my life is exhausted
 
mabayuku kagayaku hitotoki minna to issho datta
kakegae no nai toki to shirazuni watashi wa sugoshite ita
imawa tada taisetsu ni shinobuyou I will embrace the feeling
kimi wa ne tashika ni ano toki watashi no soba ni ita
itsudatte itsudatte itsudatte sugu yoko de waratteita
nakushitemo torimodosu kimi wo I will never leave you

My sis and I were trying to do that a few days ago… IT WAS HARD. Getting literally exhausted at the end of each sentence XD. Yang boleh ikut lirik BI je lol~

btw it’s a nice song. It’s from the game Persona 3. Cepat beli, platform PS2. Persona 4 Eng version kuar December ni!!



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