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Songs I’ve listened to as of recent.

Well, it’s been two days, and even though I’m a little behind on schoolwork, I’m going to review again for you!

Yoo Seung Jun’s Shut Up!!

Recently, I listened to a song called Shut Up!! on a YouTube AMV (anime music video). I was addicted like crazy. Well, click play on the above, and you’ll see what I’m talking about. It’s the AMV I watched.

Ha ha, I really love that song. The singer/rapper for the song is a guy who is from South Korea. He lived in the US for a while and was actually banned from returning to Korea until his step father died. Then he allowed back for the funeral.

Ayumi Lee’s Wrongful Meeting

I found this song when I was browsing on CrunchyRoll. It’s another Korean song, too. (I’ve really betrayed my Japanese blog, haven’t I?) I liked it live, it sounded pretty good. There’s no music video (that I’m aware of), but at least it’s popular enough to get YouTube videos, huh?

Anyway, the singer debuted in girl-group Sugar. They occasionally did Japanese songs, too. Ayumi fit in perfectly in that scene since she grew up and spent the majority of her life in Japan (despite being Korean).

Waii’s ตกหลุมรัก

Haha, now we’re getting into urban Thai music. This is one catchy tune, parodying on one of Beethoven’s pieces. At first, the language was quite… weird to me. But now I really love her music! It’s very unique compared to other urban artists.

Sorry that I don’t have an western title and I used symbols. It’s pretty tough finding her music.

Hyori Lee’s U-Go-Girl

That’s a live performance of the song. Hyori Lee paired up with another girl. I think it’s pretty good.

It’s also Hyori’s comeback single. Her sales weren’t going so good before, so now she’s doing a different type of hip hop. It’s much more original now, even though I loved her old music!

It’s in Korean.

Thelma Aoyama’s ONE WAY

She’s a goddess on the vocals. She’s also a newbie in the music industry, debuting back in 2007. What does that mean? She’s definitely got natural talent. I love this song, along with her other song “GOOD TIME” on the same single. I love listening to this song in the car!

Psst, does anyone know if she was born in America? Or Canada? Or something? Her English is flawless!

Chieko Kawabe’s Mermaid (Mama made)

Haha, for one reason or another, Chie’s my favorite singer. I’m in love with her music, and recently, I’m in love with this song. It’s so… catchy and yet, slow. It’s addicting. I just love it!

Chie’s French and Japanese (although she may not really look it). She’s also a model and actress, starring in the Sailor Moon musicals as Sailor Mercury and being casted in the live-action Sailor Moon series as Naru.

Dohzi-T ft. Thelma Aoyama – Yaku Soku no Hi

I heard this one browsing YouTube’s profile for Universal Music Japan. I fell in love with the song; it’s so beautiful, and I swore I knew the chorus’s voice from somewhere — Thelma Aoyama! That made me even happier. I really have no information on the artist. They’re pretty unwell-known, so I couldn’t even look on Wikipedia. However, after flying all over the internet and translating what seemed like a thousand Japanese pages, I found a download! Yay!

And that concludes today’s post. I hope you guys found your newest favorite song or at least something you like.

Rina-chan, out!


1 comment Friday, September 12, 2008

Yazawa Fashion.

Mangaka (manga artist) Yazawa Ai is one fashionable lady, and it shows, especially in her famous manga NANA and Paradise Kiss. Most of her characters a punk-fashioned, with cool little chains and gorgeous hairstyles. She also pays very great attention to every detail, and it counts. I’ll show you several Paradise Kiss pictures of her fashionable characters.

Miwako (a definite lolicon and is part of the fashion line Paradise Kiss)

Yukari (an upcoming fashion model and main character of the series

Arashi and Miwako (both are of the Paradise Kiss fashion line)

George and Yukari (George is the head honcho of Paradise Kiss and Yukari’s a former-prep-student-gone-model)

As you can see, all of these characters are quite fashionable (as is suspected of a manga all about how a girl wants to free herself of the boring lie of a person she was, and begins modeling after finding the inspiration of some weird, but very nice [and sometimes mean] fashion designers of Paradise Kiss). Most of the characters are pretty unique (no, actually, none of them are too alike). And I just started reading this manga, I love it!

Anyway, back to the matter at hand. I’m going to show some examples of several fashionable NANA characters.

Nana O. (lead vocalist of the rock band BLAST) and Nana K. (housewife of Trapnest’s head)

Nana Komatsu (nicknamed Hachi or Hachikou — a pun on her behavior, she acts like a lost and clingy puppy, just like the real Hachikou — check my history post)

Nana Osaki (Just goes by the name Nana)

BLAST (Nobu, Nana, Yasu, Shin)

Nana Osaki and Ren Honjo (Ren is the guitarist of Trapnest and former bassist of BLAST)

Now that I’ve shown you the anime version, I think it’s time to show you the cosplay (or live action) version of some of her characters.

These next two pictures are of Nana Osaki (from NANA)

This is Nana Komatsu (from NANA)

Chou cosplaying as Yukari (from Paradise Kiss)

Arashi (from Paradise Kiss)

Wow, so cool! The mangaka behind the stories, though, was born in 1967, meaning she’s about 41. Despite getting “up there,” this is her. The only picture I could even find.

She’s pretty fashionable, if you ask me. I like her lipstick. Her hair style suits her, too.

Thanks for reading! I know I haven’t been posting as much lately and that might make you sad. But, look! I finally gave you another fashion issue! Aren’t you happy?

Rina-chan, out! Peace!!

Oh my gosh, I’m wearing pigtail braids. *_*

3 comments Monday, September 8, 2008

Foxxi misQ Review.

Foxxi misQ is a Japanese hip-hop/R&B group. Here’s a picture of them for you:

They’re basically the Destiny Child of Japan. They were picked out and put together to create an Asian version of DC. They all competed on NTV’s Uta Star audition and were the final cut. Face 2 fAKE formed the group, and they all worked several months before debut to become fit. They’re also the poster girls for Skechers Japan.

As of right now, they have one album (GLOSS) and six singles, all released since 2006. While their sales aren’t top notch right now, only hope and new material can boost it. We’ll have to see what’s in store for “Tha F.Q. Style.” According to their website, in November, a seventh single will be released. Also, this month, on the 24th, there will be another release. Due to the language barrier (and a horrible translator), I’m confused as to whether there will be a new album or not, although it mentions one. I guess I’ll have to wait it out and see.

I recommend songs:

  • A-L-I-V-E
  • X B F
  • I like it
  • Tha F.Q’s Style

The meaning behind the name:

Foxxi is “Foxy!” and misQ is “misc” or “miscellanious”.

There is no lead singer and they rotate between leaders with each song.

Everyone gets the spotlight.



YU-A was born on May 29, 1986 in Hokkaido, Japan. She did apparatus gymnastics and performed in public.She also aimed to be a professional in dancing and singing, she started taking lessons.

YU-A is the one that goes by her own pace and time.


DEM was born on December 23, 1984 in Osaka, Japan. She sang and played the classical piano during middle school and went to a music dancing school, taking vocal lessons. She was fascinated by street performances and club stage events.

She is the “simple” and “innocent” one of the group.


CHiE was born on November 17, 1984 in the Saitama Prefecture and Spain. At the age of six, she began playing the piano and at the age of fourteen, she was in a park in France, creating original music on a guitar. At the age of sixteen, she was active in mainly Tokyo with jazz bands and had chorus vocal experience in lives. She is still affected by jazz today.

She is the “cool” one of the group.

Here are a few more pictures for your fan needs, and make sure to check them out — whether it’s YouTube, their website, or just a random playlist. Just make sure you listen to them!

1 comment Sunday, September 7, 2008

American-Japanese Cultured Mags.

When I say American-Japanese, I mean, seriously, Japanese-cultured mags in America. I’ll introduce some really good ones!

Shojo Beat (under Viz Media)

On the cover, we have NANA’s Nana (Hachi) Komatsu.

Shojo Beat focuses on, well, shoujo (girls’ manga) titles. It is a line under the main branch, Viz Media, and brings shoujo titles to America for us to read. Many of their popular titles are NANA, Sand Chronicles, Vampire Knight, Honey And Clover, and Absolute Boyfriend. There are many, many other titles, and those are just a few. As of right now, Haruka, Honey And Clover, Honey Hunt, Crimson Hero, Vampire Knight, and Sand Chronicles are all serialized in the magazine. This month, there were two previews — one chapter of We Were There (Bokura ga Ita) and one chapter of Captive Hearts. I’m currently subscribed to this mag (it’s much cheaper!).

The price for the mag is $5.99 each, but if you subscribe, it’s only about $30 a year (and $2.50 an issue). It is published monthly, usually over 300 pages-filled. It includes music, letters to the mag, horoscope, fashion and tips, and any other girly thing you’d find in a shoujo mag.

Shonen Jump

The cover is, obviousl, Naruto.

Shonen Jump is also under the Viz Media label. It is an American version of Japan’s Shonen Jump Weekly. It obviously focuses on shonen (manga targeted at boys) and is probably one of the most popular manga mags of America. Some popular titles are Bleach, Naruto, YuYu Hakusho, and Hikaru no Go. They are all serialized in the magazine, along with One Piece, Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo, and Slam Dunk. There are over 300 pages in this magazine, and sometimes, it nears or surpasses 400.

I don’t subscribe, which is silly, because I buy it every month. Included in this magazine, there are usually game cards in the trade card game section, as well as covers on games, Japanese language and culture, mangaka (manga artists) interviews, news on anime and manga, and much more. The price is the same for Shojo Beat ($5.99).

Anime Insider

That’s the guy from Final Fantasy VII.

This is, personally, one of my most favorite magazines, period. I love this magazine. Although it doesn’t have as many pages as Shojo Beat and Shonen Jump, it has plenty of content. It goes over Japanese culture completely, barely ever missing a spot. It includes tons of reviews on manga and anime, even dramas, music, language, and even places in Japan that just catch your eye. There’s a segment in every issue called JPN101, which teachers you many phrases and words. There’s even a “fan service” picture, showing a girl and a guy that you just can’t help but stare at, as well as a VS. segment, where they describe what would happen if two people, from two different series, go head to head and fight. It’s usually very funny. There’s so much more in the magazine, it’s a must-have for any anime/manga lover as well as for anyone interested in Japanese culture.

The price for this mag is $4.99. Here’s the website for you:

That’s all for now, folks. If you want to know about another other manga-themed or anime-themed magazines, here’s a list for you:

  • Newtype USA (was done after February, but there’s still backordering)
  • Otaku USA
  • PiQ (didn’t last too long, but backordering for this one too would work)
  • Protoculture Addicts
  • Naruto Collector
  • Future Anime

Thanks for reading! I hope I informed you of something new or got you into the latest and greatest!

Rina-chan, out!

Add a comment Friday, September 5, 2008

Japanese 101: Learning Japanese Slowly V.3

Today’s lesson is Useful Longer Phrases.

It may be helpful if you can actually speak Japanese to someone… so in case you’re in Japan, and you’ve got no idea how to say hello to those around you, here you go–

Where is the __________? — __________ wa doko desu ka?

Example: Where is the toilet? — Otearai wa doko desu ka?

Do you have _________? — ___________ ga arimasuka?

Example: Do you have kittens? — Koneko ga arimasuka?

The _________ does not work. — __________ ga ugoki masen.

Example: The telephone does not work. — Denwa ga ugoki masen.

I am ______________. — Watakushi wa _________ desu.

Example: I am a fox. — Watakushi wa kitsune desu.

(Sorry for that one, I really couldn’t think of anything.)

Excuse me, I am lost. I do not speak Japanese. Please show me how to get __________ . — Sumimasen, michi ni mayoi mashita. Nihongo o hanasemasen. ___________ e no ikikata o oshiete kudasai.

Example: Excuse me, I am lost. I do not speak Japanese. Please show me got to get the ambulance. — Sumimasen, michi ni mayoi mashita. Nihongo o hanasemasen. Kyukyusha e no ikikata o oshiete kudasai.

And that is today’s lesson! Thanks for reading, today was a busy day. Woo. Rina-chan’s officially out.

Add a comment Saturday, August 23, 2008

Techno Spectacular.

I’m going to focus on two techno-pop artists today. First up,


Kotoko is very… unique. Her music is usually more techno than pop, but she does a good job of it. Since she is usually involved with singing for anime openings and closings, she’s probably not the most well-known, but she isn’t left in trash like some artists. She has twelve of her own singles (not including the ones released under the I’ve Sound project) and four albums. She also has one mini album and one live album.

She came into the music scene in 1999, and is still doing well as of present. She composes and writes lyrics, but not just for herself, but for other I’ve Sound artists, as well. Some anime she has had openings/closings for include Onegai Teacher, Onegai Twins, Kannazuki no Miko, Maria-sama ga Miteru, and Shakugan no Shana. Kotoko also has performed in the US three times, her first time back in 2005 at Anime Expo.

I recommend her songs…

  • Second Flight
  • Re-sublimity
  • Face of Fact
  • Shooting Star
  • Suppuration
  • Chercher

Nami Tamaki

Now, she’s pretty much messing around with different types of music, but in her old days, she was pure tech-pop. She debuted back in 2003 with her Sony Music Japan album Greeting, and has since released three more albums and a compilation album. Greeting had a US release. She has also released fifteen singles, about half of them making the top ten.She’s known for her young age and her powerful dancing.

She is also probably best known for her work on anime, most prominently Gundam SEED and Guman SEED Destiny, where she has contributed at least five songs. Aside from Gundam, though, she’s contributed songs to Kiba and D. Gray-man as well. She performed at the age of fifteen at Pacific Media Expo as well.

My favorite songs by this singer are…

  • Heroine
  • Prayer
  • Brightdown
  • High School Queen
  • Believe
  • Sanctuary
  • Eternal Voice

Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for a Vampire Knight review special.

Add a comment Saturday, August 23, 2008

Japanese 101: Learning Japanese Slowly V.2

Today’s lesson will revolve around apologizing, and asking nicely.

  • Please (when offering something) — Dozo
  • Please (when requesting something) — Kudasai
  • Please show me — Misete kudasai
  • Please write it — Kaite kudasai
  • Please give me this — Kore o kudasai
  • Please — Onegai
  • Excuse me (to get attention) — Sumi masen
  • Excuse me (pardon me) — Gomen nasai OR Shitsurei shimasu
  • I’m sorry — Gomen nasai

There you have it, guys. Today’s lesson. Thanks for checking out my blog, love you! Rina-chan’s got to go now, bye bye!

Side note: Katakana, Hiragana, and Kanji are all alphabets from Japanese. Katakana  and Hiragana are used to write English into Japanese, and Kanji is standard Japanese. Man’yougen is the ancient Japanese language, based off of the Chinese symbols. China gave Japan their symbols as a gift.

Add a comment Friday, August 22, 2008

Japanese 101: Learning Japanese Slowly V.1

I will teach Japanese very slowly. Today’s segment includes…


  • Konnichiwa – It is usually used as “hello” or “good day.”
  • Ohayo (gozaimasu) – Good morning. Gozaimasu makes it very formal.
  • Konbanwa – Good evening.
  • Oyasumi (nasai) – Good night. Nasai makes it very formal.
  • Sayonara – Good bye. This is usually used when someone is saying good bye to another person for a long time.
  • Mata ashita – See you tomorrow.

From now on, I’ll write several segments a week covering Japanese words by their class. Today’s class was greetings.

This was brought to you by…



リ Ri

ナ Na

ち Chi, but used with the mora ゃ, it becomes cha

ん N

This is in katakana, a Japanese alphebet.

Add a comment Thursday, August 21, 2008






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