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"Because you are my favorite music!"

Having said I would comment on recent musical purchases, let me start off with the best stuff first. Normally, I don't care for pop music whether done by Britney Spears, Shakira or Gackt, but in the case of Megumi Hayashibara, I make a very enthusiastic exception. I fell in love with the superstar seiyuu's voice after hearing her sing the opening and closing songs for the All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku original anime videos, especially the closing song for the first three episodes, "Oshiete Koi wa Happiness?" (Can you tell me if love means happiness?) which at the time I first heard it hit me like a million ton hammer from orbit. Well, aside from being the voice of Nuku Nuku, Hayashibara also has done a whole pile of other anime voices (most notably Ranma-chan from Ranma 1/2 or Rei Ayanami from Neon Genesis Evangelion, depending on how you feel about NGE) and cut a bunch of CDs in Japan that feature not only music from her anime but original compositions. One such CD is Enfleurage, which I got from one of the vendors at Anime Detour. Oh, man, this is some impressive music. One of the songs that particularly sticks in my head is "Until Strawberry Sherbet", which in Englilsh would have made me tear off the headphones and run screaming from the room - but with Hayashibara singing the Japanese verses and chorus, it's too cute for words.

Other anime music picked up at Anime Detour: Christopher Franke's awesome score for the first Tenchi movie, Tenchi Muyo In Love. Franke is probably more familiar to SF fans as the fellow whose score for Babylon 5 helped make it the awesome show it was, but before he went to Hollywood and started cranking out the movie and TV scores he was a founding member of Tangerine Dream, one of the all-time greatest electronic groups. This album is good, especially the closing song "Alchemy of Love", with unexpectedly superb vocals supplied by German punk-rock goddess Nina Hagen. Also acquired was the All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku "Sound Phase V-VI" two-CD set, which includes opening & closing songs, background music, karaoke versions of the songs, and narration in character by Hayashibara and Saeko Shimazu, who plays Akiko Natsume in the series. It's interesting, and the cover art is fine Yuzo Takada stuff, but all in all I don't think I'd buy it if I had to do it over.

Stuff I picked up at Cheapo this last time: the fabulous soundtrack to Apocalypse Now, U2's Achtung Baby, Joe Walsh's Rocky Mountain Way and Millenium Collection, along with the Vapors Vaporized, which includes New Clear Days and Magnets on one CD. Lots of yummy audio goodness.

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angeljuliet
May. 3rd, 2004 07:50 am (UTC)
Someone else who is a Megumi Hayashibara fan! ^_^ YES! I didn't think there were too many here. I was able to find one of her albums, Fuwari, but it was like $30. o.o I still picked it up though. Shameless as I am. However at the moment it is currently MIA. I'm sure it'll turn up.

Where can you find her albums here? I was able to find one in a Virgin outlet store in Arizona of all odd places. I think some of my favourite songs of hers are Sakura Saku from Love Hina, Give A Reason from Slayers Next, and Infinity from Lost Universe. All such GOOD songs!
wombat_socho
May. 3rd, 2004 06:07 pm (UTC)
Well, I found "Enfleurage" at one of the dealers' tables at this year's Anime Detour, but it was a Taiwanese knockoff, which I was too fatigued to notice until i got it home. Brian (the Token Fanboy) says you can find the Japanese originals at Anime Central's dealer room but to expect to pay $20-30 for them. They do show up on eBay occasionally, but I don't know if those are the originals or EverAnime knockoffs. I did get a legit DoCo CD off eBay once - so I guess you just have to be careful or trust to luck if you want to avoid bootlegs.
angeljuliet
May. 3rd, 2004 06:32 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I know my MH CD was legit. I'll have to keep looking.

I know I was able to find T.M.Revolution at The Source of all places. I think they had Puffy AmiYumi there also...(which I bought one of their CDs at Best Buy)
wombat_socho
May. 3rd, 2004 07:26 pm (UTC)
The Right Stuf also has a good selection of anime music and J-pop these days, though unfortunately nothing from Megumi-sama. I guess it doesn't surprise me too much to hear that The Source has such CDs now - they've come a long way from being the wargame & comics shop they were when I first saw them in the mid-80s.
huladavid
May. 3rd, 2004 03:28 pm (UTC)
Oooooh!
Nina Hagen, yes, yes, yes, yes, YES! She makes me swoon in delight, but then I also swoon in delite over stupid disaster movies like the one on NBC tonight.

There's goes the Golden Gate Bridge!

Oooooooh!
wombat_socho
May. 3rd, 2004 06:14 pm (UTC)
Re: Oooooh!
That's kind of the way I felt on seeing her name in the credits after watching "Tenchi Muyo In Love" and listening to the crushin' closing song. I was muttering to myself, "Nina Hagen?!?! NO fscking WAY!" so I rewound the tape and looked again - sure enough, it was her. Awesome voice. Just awesome. Nothing like the vocals I'd heard on a friend's copy of "Nunsexmonkrock" while overseas. I should have known Chris Franke was the perfect master, though...he thought she had the pipes for the part and he was absolutely damn right on the money.
huladavid
May. 3rd, 2004 07:56 pm (UTC)
Re: Oooooh!
"In view of what happened starting with Minicon 34, it seems obvious that “SF and fandom” were very narrowly defined indeed. In fact, David Dyer-Bennet’s essay on what a trufan is seemed to be the guiding manifesto of the HRMP, and DDB’s notion of trufandom began and ended with literary SF, e.g. books and magazines..."

DDB's essay, was that the one in the "What Becomes A Faan Most?"issue of RUNE? Do you have a copy of it? I'd like to use it for my essay in Enur.
wombat_socho
May. 3rd, 2004 08:25 pm (UTC)
Re: Oooooh!
Me have copies of Rune? You're joking, right?

And how'd this get all mixed up with music comments?
(Anonymous)
May. 7th, 2004 02:55 pm (UTC)
Seiyuu
First - Neon Genesis is one of the most thoughtful and subtle anime I have seen. Sure it has problems but I really enjoyed it and had no problem with the human instrumentality/mystical angle toward the end. it reminded me of Ender's Game/Speaker for the Dead where the tone and focus of the story shifts completely midstream but retains the complete story line continuity. Oh -- and the mecha are cool too.

My Favorite Seiyuu is Hisakawa Aya (Yohko in Devil Hunter Yohko, The helicopter pilot in the original Nuku Nuku, Skuld in Ah My Goddess, Becky Farrar in Gunsmith Cats, Amara Suu in Love Hina, and Chloe in Noir) Devil Hunter Yohko has tons of music that is performed by Ms Hisakawa. Thanks for the new recommendation --- I will get it as soon as possible.

-PH (JsrNull)
wombat_socho
May. 7th, 2004 06:54 pm (UTC)
Re: Seiyuu
NGE may be thoughtful and subtle, but there's something wrong with a shonen anime where all the girls have more balls than the hero. Hell, even the PENGUIN has more of a spine! I much prefer the Eyrie, Inc. rewrite, Neon Exodus Evangelion, featuring Fox Mulder's kid by Lara Croft as the hero. *nods nods*

Aya Hisakawa, on the other hand, definitely rocks. I'm still wondering what kind of horrible pictures they have that convinced her to come back and do Nuku Nuku DASH!, considering how they drained the brains out of Arisa in that series. Her singing is darn near as good as Hayashibara's, though, especially on "Love Coup d'Etat" from the DHY sound track. Yow.

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