Saturday, August 20, 2011

Nodame Cantabile Opening & Ending Theme Songs With Lyrics

I put up another anime opening/ending theme song compilation the other day. This time it's for Nodame Cantabile. These are the TV size opening and ending themes with the original animation sequences for all three seasons: Nodame Cantabile, Nodame Cantabile Paris-Hen, and Nodame Cantabile Finale. I also added the lyrics so you can sing along. Check it out and remember to vote for your favorite!

Nodame Cantabile Opening & Ending Theme Songs With Lyrics

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Sunday, August 7, 2011

Rock Musical Bleach - Kurosaki Ichigo Solos

Kurosaki Ichigo
Now it's time for me to introduce the "star" of Rock Musical Bleach: Kurosaki Ichigo! For those who haven't read the manga or seen the anime, the story of Bleach revolves around a ghost-seeing human boy named Kurosaki Ichigo who was plunged into the world of the Shinigami (Soul Reapers) by chance when a Hollow (soul-eating spirit or ghost) came to attack his family and Kuchiki Rukia, one of the Shinigami, came to their rescue.

In Rock Musical Bleach, we not only get to see Ichigo fight, we also get to see him dance and sing! Okay, so I couldn't help but laugh when I first saw it. Nothing in the manga or anime could have ever prepared me for the dancing Ichigo, but then it kind of grew on me. And Isaka Tatsuya, the actor who plays Ichigo, is so adorable both onstage and backstage. ^_^

These three songs are Kurosaki Ichigo solos: Kore ga Kurosaki Ichigo Daze is from Rock Musical Bleach: The Live Bankai Show Code 001, Where is My Body? is from Rock Musical Bleach: The Live Bankai Show Code 002, and Ore wa Kurosaki Ichigo ni Naru is from Rock Musical Bleach: No Clouds in the Blue Heavens.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Proof of How Awesome Aizen Sousuke Is

I know, Bleach manga/anime fans probably hate Aizen Sousuke's guts, but you just have to love how incredibly awesome he is in Rock Musical Bleach! I mean, the man deserves some respect. Case in point, this EPIC fight scene between Aizen, Ichigo, and Renji from Rock Musical Bleach: No Clouds in the Blue Heavens. My favorite fight scene in all Rock Musical Bleachdom. ^_^

Rock Musical Bleach - My Favorite Songs Part 3

This is the third part of my favorite songs from Rock Musical Bleach, and this time I turned my attention to songs that tell a story. Three of them immediately came to mind: Tsuyosa to Egao Tabanetera, Tsuki yo Oshiete Kure, and Utoshi Yattsu.

Tsuyosa to Egao Tabanetera is the story of Rukia (the girl with the strip of hair across her face) and how she grew up in a "place for garbage" with her childhood friend Renji (the guy with spiky red hair and funny eyebrows), then was adopted into the royal Kuchiki family by Byakuya (the guy with white clips on his hair). Later on, she meets Ichigo (the guy with spiky orange hair) who changes her life completely as she turns his upside down.

These three men care about Rukia in their own way, and they each want to support her. Because of them, Rukia is inspired to live her life burning. This version of the song is from Rock Musical Bleach: The Live Bankai Show Code 002.

Tsuki yo Oshiete Kure is the story of Renji, Momo (the girl with a bun on her head), and Izuru (the guy with bangs covering his left eye). The three of them were good friends back when they were students in the Soul Reaper (Shinigami) Academy, now they are vice captains to different squads in the Soul Society. Here the three of them are in jail for different reasons and each is doing some serious soul searching, if you will. The song ends with the three of them breaking out of jail and Rukia being rescued from her confinement.

This version of the song is from Rock Musical Bleach: The All.

Utoshi Yattsu is the story of Ichigo and Rukia's first encounter and how they affected each other. It also tells of how Ichigo came to possess Shinigami powers, and why Rukia is guilty of a crime. Their constant bickering reminds me of 5-year old kids fighting, but Ichigo and Rukia look really good together, don't they? ;P

This version of the song is from Rock Musical Bleach: The Live Bankai Show Code 001.

Rock Musical Bleach Backstage Specials

The backstage specials are definitely one of my favorite parts of Rock Musical Bleach. You get to see the cast rehearsing, expressing their thoughts, or just plain goofing around. The backstage specials also include random footage from shows other than the one recorded for the DVD and footage of what goes on backstage while the show is going on.

My most favorite part though has got to be at the end of the very last show for each run where all the cast members talk to the audience. You can really feel their earnestness and passion. And they're all such a crazy bunch of goofballs I can't stop laughing! The audience seems to love it as well. (Wish I could have been there!) These two videos are clips from the backstage specials for Rock Musical Bleach (2005) and Rock Musical Bleach: Saien (2006). I'd have loved to include the ones from the other shows, but they haven't been subbed in English yet. :(

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Rock Musical Bleach Anthem - Mou Hitotsu no Chijou

"Mou Hitotsu no Chijou" is the one song in Rock Musical Bleach wherein all the main characters get to sing solo (except for Ichigo, since it's the anthem of the Soul Society's 13 Court Guard Squads and he's not part of them), and that is probably why it is an all-time favorite among many fans. As expected, a song that gives eight squad captains, five vice captains, and three squad members some solo time is a long one - nine minutes and two seconds to be exact. But it's well worth the time.

This version of "Mou Hitotsu no Chijou" is from Rock Musical Bleach: The Live Bankai Show Code 002, and it is the last version of the song with Aizen Sousuke. (Ohkuchi Kengo, the actor who played Aizen, was not able to be a part of The Live Bankai Show 003 which was the last Rock Musical Bleach with the original cast.)

By the way, I love how it opens with the set rotating up into place from beneath the dark stage and then you see everyone slowly appearing with lanterns that create this mysterious, other-worldly atmosphere. I wish I could have seen it live. ^_^

Mou Hitotsu no Chijou

Mou Hitotsu no Chijou Lyrics

kawaita kaze ni tadayoi nagara oto mo tatezu ni chikazukeba
hikaru yaiba wa hi no ya no gotoku kuruoshiku shi wo tsukasadoru
minikuku mayoeru tamashii yo kaihou e to michibiite yarou ka
warera Gotei Juusantai koko wa mou hitotsu no chijou

heimin nado ni wa rikai dekimai
kizoku toshite sei wo uketa hokori takaki kokorozashi
okite koso ga ashita e no michi shirube ni naru
kegarenaki chitsujo mamoru tame kono mi wo toshite hataraku sadame

tobikoetee uzee yatsu ga iru
tsuyoku nakereba ikiteru imi nante doko ni mo, doko ni mo aryashi nee.
kono sekai no dorei ni nanka naranee ze
honnou no manma ni tsuki susumu dake kono saibou ga nietagiru made

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

5th International Manga Awards Now Ongoing

The 5th International Manga Awards is now on, and the Embassy of Japan is inviting Filipino manga artists to join and submit their own original manga. I really really want to join this contest, but I don't know how to make my own manga yet. :P Another reason why it pays to be ready when opportunities arise.

Winners will receive awards and will be invited to Japan for ten days! Wah! I want to go! Hehe. ^_^ The awarding ceremony will be held in Tokyo in March 2012 so that might be when the winners are going to Japan.

Read this article from SunStar Daily News to learn more about the 5th International Manga Awards and how to submit your entries if you're interested to participate:

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Monday, August 1, 2011

Rock Musical Bleach - My Favorite Songs Part 2

his is part two of my favorite Rock Musical Bleach songs. The songs in Rock Musical Bleach - My Favorite Songs Part 1 were the songs that I love to sing along to. This time, I will share with you the Rock Musical Bleach songs that I love to dance along to. These are fun, upbeat, and high-energy songs that will get you up on your feet. In no particular order, these are my favorite Rock Musical Bleach songs to dance along to:

Death Song
This version is from Rock Musical Bleach: The Live Bankai Show Code 001.

Bleach Soul Shout
This version is from Rock Musical Bleach: The Live Bankai Show Code 002.

Hona Sainara / Hallelujah Goodbye
This version is from Rock Musical Bleach: The Live Bankai Show Code 001.

Care to dance with me? ^_^
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