Super Deluxe Review Special Version 2.9!

Monday, November 3, 2008 rinachan

Hey, dudes and dudettes! Sorry I haven’t been updating recently. Life can get so frustrating sometimes, y’know? Anyway, on to my Super Deluxe Review Special Version 2.9! … Okay, so the name isn’t the greatest. Moving on. Let’s start off with some music, why don’t we?

OLIVIA

Wow, almost forgot how to insert a picture.

Anyway, I pretty much love all songs by OLIVIA. She’s half German-American, and half Japanese. She can hit high notes. Her voice is the voice of an angel. She’s fluent in English and Japanese. What’s there to not love?

Olivia Lufkin was born in the Okinawa Prefecture in 1979, as the daughter of a German-American man and a Ryukyuan woman. She only spent three years in Japan before moving to California. She traveled back and forth between the US and Japan before finally settling in Okinawa once more, where she was found by the director of the label Rising Productions. She signed to AVEX TRAX as part of the group D&D and eventually went solo.

She was moderately successful up until her big role: playing Reira from the anime and manga, NANA. There, she recorded several songs for the role. It’s even said that the creator of NANA, Ai Yazawa, said “It can only be her!” after hearing a few songs of Olivia’s.

Here are a few of my favorite songs by her:

  • Dekinai
  • Starless Night
  • Stars shining out
  • Sea me
  • SpidER Spins (Lost Lolli Mix)
  • Color Of Your Spoon
  • a little pain
  • Winter Sleep

Thelma Aoyama

Thelma Aoyama is also a mix-breed Japanese singer. She’s 25% Trinidadian and 75% Japanese. She was born in Nara, Japan, on October 27, 1987 (happy birthday!). She made her debut in 2007 with the single One Way, although it only charted #98 on the Oricon Charts. She’s collaborated with the rapper SoulJa several times, as well. She’s, perhaps, best known for the collaborations Koko ni Iru yo and Soba ni Iru ne. Soba ni Iru ne served as her second single, and, unlike her first single, it was #1 on the Oricon Charts. She followed up with Nando Mo, which was #6 on the charts.

Discussing more of her personal life now. She developed an interest in singing and dancing at young ages, resulting in taking vocal lessons and learning in international schools. When she was twelve, she moved to Los Angeles and lived there for two years before moving back to Japan in 2002. At the moment, Thelma is in college.

Favorite songs by Thelma:

  • One Way
  • Good Time
  • Koko ni Iru yo
  • Soba ni Iru ne
  • Yakusoku no Hi (collaboration with Dohzi-T)
  • My Dear Friend
  • Nando Mo

Hm… Well, that’s that. On to some anime!

Solty Rei

I haven’t exactly finished this anime yet, but I’ve watched enough episodes to know what it’s basically about.

The story revolves around a girl who is 100% robot, something unthought of in the new society. It is said that humans who are part robot can only be up to about 60% robot. How did the act of fake body parts come to life? Some time ago, there was an explosion. Many people were killed, and those who were injured in the blast were missing body parts. The answer? Replacements. Sure, they existed before the explosion, but they became a common trend after the disaster. Regardless, the story pretty much is about the mystery of a young, homeless girl with green hair and a knack for orange clothes who is a good daughter to the old man that adopted her, Roy.

I really love this series right now. It’s the perfect blend of heart-warming fun and plenty of crazy, butt-kicking action. I truly do recommend this to fans of every nature!

Ai Yori Aoshi

Yes, this is a harem anime. Yes, he’s surrounded by many females who just happen to look great. Yes, some of them even dig him. But this anime isn’t as average as you think.

Ai Yori Aoshi is about one guy who was apart of the Hanabishi family, until he fled from the place due to being mistreated, hurt, and practically alone. He met Aoi, a pretty girl with blue hair who almost always wears kimono, during his time there and they were set up to have an arranged marriage when time permitted them to. But when he left, he was banished from the family and was to never return, thus calling off the marriage and leaving Aoi all alone to suffer. Aoi spent her whole life sharpening her tools so that she could be the perfect wife for the man she loved, Hanabishi Kaoru! She left the family to find him, and there they face all the things you’d never think they would or could. It also includes all the cute moe scenes and fun ferret-chasing craziness!

Ai Yori Aoshi has become a favorite of mine. I simply love it!

Manga, anyone?

Gokinjo Monogatari (Neighborhood Story)

Gokinjo is looked at as a “prequel” to Paradise Kiss, even though the series itself lasted longer than ParaKiss. It includes several of the older characters from ParaKiss, such as Mikako and Tsutomu. The manga (and the anime) have not yet been released in America, but all we can do is hope since mangaka Ai Yazawa is starting to become popular here in the US!

Gokinjo Monogatari revolves around getting big in business, just like ParaKiss does. The only difference is that the story focuses mainly on Miwako’s older sister, Mikako, and Tsutomu. More important characters include their friends, Ayumi, Mariko, Yuusuke, Risa, Mai, Shintaro, and Jiro. They all work together to make their shop a success, and there’s even romance as Mikako and Tsutomu become closer and closer to each other.

I personally prefer Gokinjo over ParaKiss. I read it on OneManga. If I could, I’d buy it, but it’s not in English yet. Ai Yazawa is a genius!

Lovely Complex

Love Com is all about Risa and Outani. These two banana-mad teens just can’t keep away from each other! Risa is the tall and dorky girl in the class, while Outani is the short and cute boy of the class. Since they’re always arguing and yelling at each other, the class call them a comedy duo just because it’s too terribly funny! However, Risa’s feelings turn from annoyance to love, and she eventually tries to go after Outani, no matter what it takes (or how many rejections she’s facing)!

This manga is very charming and funny. I fell in love with it after reading one chapter, and have been obsessing ever since! Although the manga is being released in America, the anime hasn’t been licensed yet, so cross your fingers!

Fashion has been on my mind lately.

Cosplay Crazy!

This isn’t exactly covering the subject, just me ranting on cool cosplay I see. I’ve been meaning to go to a con and show off my geisha costume, which looks so realistic! Anyway, here goes nothing!

Yuki from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

Haruhi from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

Mikuru from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

Konata from Lucky Star

Kagami from Lucky Star

Rikku from Final Fantasy

Yuuki from Vampire Knight

Kaname, Yuuki, and Zero from Vampire Knight

Ichigo from Bleach

Rukia from Bleach

BLAST from NANA

L from Death Note

Yukari and George from Paradise Kiss

Naruto from Naruto

Gurren Lagann

Isn’t it awesome? I totally loved all that cosplay searching.

That’s all for now, folks! I don’t know when I’ll be posting next, but I hope this satisfied your crave.

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