do you listen to enka?
For future reference, do you read hiragana?
Candidly dizzying but still fascinating.
Although Kokia seems pretty well-known among the American subculture of people who like anime and manga, and she's been mentioned on CAA pretty frequently, I just recently started listening to her.
She has a voice that really appeals to Western tastes, and I don't mean that in a bad way at all (I also like her voice a lot). But a lot of Japanese singers have a nasal quality that is just not appealing to Americans, and Kokia's voice is not like that. Also, the fact that she is a Christian is really neat. I wasn't sure whether she was or not until I read the Wikipedia article that you linked, but just from listening to the album of hers that I have, I could perceive the Christian influence and was wondering whether she were a Christian.
I only have one of her albums, but "Daiji na mono wa mabuta no ura" and "Transparent" are my favorites of her songs so far.
Rusty Claymore wrote: Kalafina
KazeShiki wrote:I obviously have to start with my favorite artist ever Nana Mizuki. Her concerts are just so epic, and her vocal strength is incredibly impressive, though that's to be expected since she's had over a decade of enka training. Whether you want exciting, cheerful, or beautiful, she can do it all. What I like most about her though is her personality. See my signature below, but she's a really inspiring person because of all the hardships she went through as a child which probably contributed to her being a super humble person despite all her popularity. Talking to fellow fans, I find she really does inspire a lot of people to better themselves. So that + amazing music = a very happy Kaze.
John_Smith wrote:Congratulations, you earned Mizuki another fan.
shooraijin wrote:Picked up Katamari Fortissimo Damashii on CD. That's not really this topic since it's more a VG OST, but it does allegedly have some J-pop artists on it.
the interesting thing was that as he kept starting and stopping and restarting, he also was switching back and forth between ぼく and わたし. It was very endearing. :3
shooraijin wrote:Katamari Fortissimo Damashii
Kaori wrote:Angela Aki, a J-pop singer and pianist, is interesting among other reasons because she is half-Japanese, half-Italian. After growing up in Japan she went to high school and college in the United States, so both her Japanese and English are excellent. Also I'm still unable to escape anime/game music, as she has notably sung "Kiss Me Goodbye" for FFXII and a cover of the FFVIII theme song "Eyes on Me."
Kaori wrote:I think that what I would like is for the thread to stay focused on whatever person or people are the primary creator(s) of the music in question, whether it is a band or an artist or a composer, and to not merely list specific soundtrack albums. That should help keep the thread organized clearly (so that we don't have one person introducing "The soundtrack to GitS:SAC" and then the next person introducing "The soundtrack to Wolf's Rain," both of which are composed by Kanno Yoko) and also keep it distinct from the "What's your favorite anime/game soundtrack?" threads. Also, volcanoid is in, but human beings please (the composer, not "Hatsune Miku").
shooraijin wrote:Interesting. I wonder if his anxiety is trying to determine the social context and which pronoun is appropriate?
John_Smith wrote:I’m not linking, because while the songs themselves are fine, curse the youtube side bar.
Kaori wrote:For Wakeshima on YouTube, how about this? Try clicking on that and let me know if the sidebar content is still objectionable for you. I'm getting perfectly unobjectionable sidebar things, but it also has to do with my browsing history (I'm seeing Ceui, Utada Hikaru, and Angela Aki because I listened to them in the last few months).
Kaori wrote:This, by the way, is my first time hearing of Wakeshima Kanon, and although her voice itself doesn't strike my fancy, I do like what is going on with the combination of classical instruments and other sounds.
KazeShiki wrote:Silver Will is probably my favorite.
Japanese Wikipedia wrote:Although it is confusing that there is a "J.D.K. (jdk) BAND" that has the same "J.D.K. (jdk)" in its name, it is a completely different organization from "Falcom Sound Team jdk." J.D.K.BAND is a band that performs arrangements of Falcom music at concerts and so on; the band members are not employees of Falcom and do not compose game music.
John_Smith wrote:I applaud you for finding the very same video I was going to link too.
John_Smith wrote:Did you find killy killy JOKER?
Kaori wrote:Oh man, that is gorgeous. I was sold on that one within the first few seconds. By the way, I've heard good things about the music for the Y's series, too (though I am under the impression that those games, also, are much more of a big deal in Japan than in the States).
Kaori wrote:Just as a tidbit, here's something I read on the Japanese Wikipedia page for Falcom Sound Team JDK (which does not exist in English):Japanese Wikipedia wrote:Although it is confusing that there is a "J.D.K. (jdk) BAND" that has the same "J.D.K. (jdk)" in its name, it is a completely different organization from "Falcom Sound Team jdk." J.D.K.BAND is a band that performs arrangements of Falcom music at concerts and so on; the band members are not employees of Falcom and do not compose game music.
I think anyone would be confused.
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