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ToraDora Character Song: Death of the Character CD

Posted in Music with tags on May 10, 2009 by djwhack03

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Greetings readers! Sorry for the long delay, but midterm exams and whatnot had me swamped for the past couple weeks. In any case, I will start anew with a review of the latest piece of ToraDora! merch: a character album. Although I originally thought that I wouldn’t be talking too much about music when I first reviewed “silky heart” and “Orange” from ToraDora! I guess it’s one of the things I can write about without feeling like I’m beating a dead horse considering all the anime blogs out there. I’ve also always had a thing for character CDs. Some of my favorite songs from anime usually come from these. Moving on, here is what I thought of the songs track by track.

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K-ON! OP&ED: Girls of Rock N’ Roll

Posted in Music with tags on April 20, 2009 by djwhack03

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Just got the OP and ED CDs for K-ON! (available in 320 kbps mp3s at your friendly neighborhood Nipponsei) and while I wasn’t blown away by either, I was completely satisfied with both of them.

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ToraDora OP&ED 2: Meh.

Posted in Music with tags , on January 28, 2009 by djwhack03

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I just got the new ToraDora! OP and ED CDs, and I have to say, I’m a bit underwhelmed. First let me start with the new ED: Orange, pictured above. While the lyrics and melody sound nice, there is nothing about it that really stands out.  It sounds like any other J-Pop song. Maybe understanding the lyrics would help me appreciate the song more, but I still prefer Pre-Parade over this.The other song on the CD, Koi Kurage is strange. It reminds me of a Hawaiian version of the Super Mario Bros. theme. While interesting, it is not particularly good.

The next song is “silky heart,” sung by Yui Horie. I’ve always liked her songs, and the same applies for this. My only problem is that it sounds too similar to the previous ED, “Vanila Salt.” The tempo and instruments are very similar, and while it doesn’t sound exactly the same, it’s almost like the difference between two Dragonforce songs.

Overall, they’re not bad, but not great. Their flaw is that the OP and ED that preceded them were so damn good. Both were catchy and energetic, and the second songs were also pretty good (especially Ka Ra Ku Ri, check it out if you haven’t heard it yet, it’s almost as good as Pre-Parade). Maybe they will grow on me more when I see how they are animated. Despite the crap I gave the new Gundam 00 OP, I’m actually starting to enjoy it now. On a random note, I’m surprised that these CDs came out before the OP and ED changed. It’s usually the other way around. Maybe there were hitches in production. In any case, check them out if you’re a ToraDora! fan. I’m probably not going to write many music reviews as I have little sense for music, but I felt a need to write about these. Hope you enjoy them.