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  • polymetrica 3:08 pm on September 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bakemonogatari, , VOFAN   

    【Illustrator】 VOFAN 

    Original illustration given to circles who are retiring from ComiComi. Click to enlarge.

    VOFAN is a professional illustrator from Taiwan who is best known for his character designs and illustrations for the Bakemonogatari light novel. Although he is an illustrator, right now he wishes to become a professional photographer. VOFAN is about 29 years old, likes OKAMA’s works, and used to like drawing mechs before he saw Doukyuusei 2‘s artwork and started drawing girls. He knows Mandarin and English, and has reading knowledge of Japanese.

    VOFAN’s style is immediately recognizable because of his unique colouring. He uses mostly pastel colours with barely any outlines at all, and uses only different shades of a colour to denote depth and different objects. He is also known for his soft and natural lighting in his pictures, and his compositions are a little akin to photographs, with clean cropping, lots of background, and interesting perspectives.

    Senjogahara Hitagi from Bakemonogatari, drawn to celebrate the novel getting an anime adaptation. Click to enlarge.

    Blog: http://www.wretch.cc/blog/vofan (Chinese)
    Gallery: http://www.wretch.cc/album/album.php?id=VOFAN&book=7
    Pixiv: http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=51536
    ComiComi: http://www.comibook.com/search_results.php?searches=VOFAN (Chinese)
    Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/vofan/
    aNobii: http://www.anobii.com/vofan/books (Chinese)
    Ya-myou-kan Cafe: http://yamyoukan.net/ (Chinese)
    Interview with Wacom: http://www.wacom-asia.com/intuos4/artists/manga-comics (English)

     
  • polymetrica 7:16 pm on August 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bakemonogatari, , , , , ,   

    【CD】君の知らない物語 (Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari) by supercell 

    As if I don’t already have enough posts about this CD’s title song. Anyways, I finally received my copy of the CD today after preordering it last month.

    Click to enlarge. (illust: 三輪士郎)

    Click to enlarge. (illust: 三輪士郎)

    The version I got was the first press edition with an extra DVD and a sticker that you can put on your cap. The CD comes with 5 tracks, three of which have vocals and two are instrumentals.

    CD Track List:
    01. 君の知らない物語 (Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari)
    02. LOVE & ROLL
    03. theme of “CENCOROLL” instrumental track
    04. 君の知らない物語 (Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari) -TV Edit-
    05. 君の知らない物語 (Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari) -Instrumental-

    All the songs are composed by ryo of supercell, and the vocals are done by nagi. nagi is basically the reason I bought this CD at all because her voice is too great. My favourite track is probably the title track even though it sounded kind of generic to me at first, but the lyrics are great. LOVE & ROLL, the main vocal theme for CENCOROLL, is a very welcome change from ryo’s usual style, and I love the main melody, but it seems to repeat a lot and makes the song sound a little long. Nevertheless, still a good song that I like, and it has interesting lyrics as well.

    The cover illustration is done by MIWA Shirow and the sticker illustrations were done by redjuice. I was kind of disappointed with the sticker because I actually thought that there would be 8 stickers, one for each illustration. But alas, it was only one sticker with 8 cropped pictures on it.

    The package design was done by wooserdesign, which is good and clean. I’m not used to buying singles, but I was a tiny bit disappointed that there weren’t any liner notes from the staff/vocalist. (Or are liner notes for albums only?) The paper insert (not a booklet) is only one piece of folded glossy paper with the cover illustration, credits, lyrics, and back cover, with a two-sided advertisement insert inside promoting Bakemonogatari DVD vol.1 and CENCOROLL. The CD case is pretty high quality, though, and isn’t exactly the ultra-fragile jewel cases I’m used to seeing.

    The DVD I haven’t watched yet since it’s Region 2, but I watched the videos from it on the web.

    DVD Track List:

    • 「君の知らない物語」 (Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari) MUSIC VIDEO
    • 「君の知らない物語」 (Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari) CM SPOT

    The LIVE ACTION PV is a terrible disappointment since I was really hoping for something animated or at least related to Bakemonogatari in some way. It’s basically a juvenile story about a high school love triangle. The CM spot video is really short and reuses footage from episode 1 of Bakemonogatari.

    All in all, I’m not exactly regretting that I got the first press edition, but since the DVD bonus was mediocre, I recommend getting the regular edition, even though the one (big) sticker is pretty cool. I’m happy that I got the CD at all since CDs with nagi’s vocals are so hard to find, so jumping on this mass-produced single is a good opportunity if you are either a supercell or nagi fan. I don’t really think that there’s much here for Bakemonogatari fans unless they really like the song or really want to collect the sticker.

    Picspam under the cut. Click to enlarge.

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  • polymetrica 5:33 pm on August 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bakemonogatari, , Banpai Akira, , , , , , , peachi, REDALiCE, , shu-t, , , , , yuuyu   

    Things I Am Excited About 【August Ep1】 

    I know I just posted one of these but you know what, news are just waiting to be reported.  Shorter than usual since these are smallerish updates.

    Illustrators

    Music

    Illustration by 三輪士郎

    Illustration by 三輪士郎

    • 君の知らない物語 (Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari), the Bakemonogatari ED, has its full version leaked. On nicovideo it has received an overwhelming response, giving it the daily #4 ranking of all videos. I guess ryo and nagi are awesome like that.
    • 恋は戦争 (Koi wa Sensou), the popular song by ryo, is being remixed by notable composers like bakerm kz, and ゆうゆ (yuuyu), and being compiled into a CD as an omake for 三輪士郎 (Miwa Shirow)’s Comiket76 Vocaloid Visual Works release.
    • よっぺい (yoppei)’s new song is 七色のニコニコ動画 (Nanairo no Niconico Douga). It is #2 on the daily rankings, but I think Cagayake!GIRLS and Meltdown were better.
    • shu-tP‘s new song is a very good rock song featuring MEIKO as usual. (Nicovideo link)
    • REDALiCE‘s Comiket76 album will be a Touhou Project Arrange album. It has a song guest composed by kz and the album illustration was done by 晩杯あきら (Banpai Akira).

    Game

     
  • polymetrica 7:26 pm on July 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bakemonogatari, cosMo, , , Kazuma Kaneko, , , , OneRoom, , , , , , ,   

    Things I Am Excited About 【July Ep2】 

    It might not look like it, but this post took a very long time to compile because WordPress’s editor is clunky as hell. ARGH.

    Illustrators

    Click on image for source (Danny Choo)

    Click on image for source (Danny Choo)

    Music

    • ざにお‘s (zanio, aka パイパンP) new gag(?) song, ボカラン詐欺 (Vocaloid Ranking Fraud), is very funny and addictive. リツカ (RITSUKA) even did a cover for it lolol.
    • OneRoom (aka ジミーサムP)’s first full Vocaloid album Toy Box, released on July 29th with cover art by ゆのみ (yunomi).
    • cosMo (aka 暴走P), is participating in DEBUTANTE 4 and changes name to Storyteller. His entry is titled ANTI THE∞HOLiC.
    • Persona 4 Vocal Selection in high quality with very accurate Japanese translation of the English lyrics.
    • 君の知らない物語 (Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari) finally gets an animated sequence as the ending theme of Bakemonogatari, and also has an official PV video preview up. I’m assuming the latter will be what’s on the limited First Press edition DVD of the single release.
     
  • polymetrica 10:48 pm on July 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bakemonogatari, Dixie Flatline, , , , , , , ,   

    Things I Am Excited About 【July Ep1】 

    Series on post on random, possibly outdated stuff I care about. (ideally the items would be USUALLY new but you know what!!)

    Illustrators

    I can already imagine a delicious voice for this guy.

    I can already imagine a delicious voice for this guy...

    • エナミカツミ (ENAMI KATSUMI), one of my absolute favourite character designer/artists ever, is doing the character designs and artwork for Ys 7!!! Words cannot express my joy, except it is a little dulled because I am unable to obtain a copy of the game. Anyways, this is incredibly old news but I accidentally reminded myself this month, so there you go. The game is being released on September 17th for the PSP.

    • 吉田明彦 (YOSHIDA Akihiko), the guy whose artwork drove me so insane it actually made me WANT to play Final Fantasy, is doing the character designs and artwork direction for the new DS FF spinoff, 光の四戦士-ファイナルファンタジー外伝 (Hikari no 4 Senshi – Final Fantasy Gaiden). I guess that another reason that the DS is awesome is because all its main-ish Final Fantasy games are powered by Yoshida Akihiko.

    Music

    • The sample for the second vocal track in supercell (x nagi)’s 君の知らない物語 single has been released! It’s called LOVE & ROLL, and is CENCOROLL‘s theme song, and the vocals are again by nagi. Really upbeat (mmmm bass), and quite a lot of random English! A pretty awesome departure from ryo’s usual style, and I look foward to the full version.

    • Finally stalked Mitsuda Yasunori (Not adding kanji because we all know him I guess?!) again last night to find out that the vocal arrange of his famous Chrono Trigger overworld theme, 風の憧憬 (Yearnings of the Wind) has its sample up! It is sung by 清水翔太 (SHIMIZU Shota) and will be retitled as 風のように (Like the Wind). Hope more of his works become even more known to the world! It’s so awesome.

    • Dixie Flatline, the Vocaloid composer of Juvenile and and Gemini fame has uploaded a new song titled Just Be Friends (Nicovideo link) featuring Megurine Luka for vocals and ゆのみ (yunomi, of magnet fame) for artwork/PV! Not only is it incredibly loopable, but it is also (deservedly) dominating the nicovideo rankings. Also that PV is so cute. Reminds me of Honey and Clover for some reason! That is a good thing I believe.
     
  • polymetrica 1:13 pm on July 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bakemonogatari, , ,   

    【Lyrics】君の知らない物語 (Bakemonogatari ED) 

    Edited on July 18th. Corrected two lines of lyrics slightly. Will correct more once the single comes out with the official lyrics if needed.

    Edited on August 13th. Corrected the (previously terrible) translation of the title.

    This post consists of three parts:
    1. Original lyrics
    2. Transliteration
    3. Translation

    Click on the song title to hear the song on Youtube, or you can click here to hear it on niciovideo. My translation might be a little messy so if you have any corrections just leave and comment and I’ll change it. Thanks!

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    • shijima 4:52 pm on September 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you for the great translation.
      I learned a lot of new things, such as that Orihime referred to a star.
      I’ll have to finish watching the series some time.

  • polymetrica 2:06 pm on July 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Bakemonogatari,   

    RE:Bakemonogatari 1 

    Click for ultra high-res version.

    First time downloading an episode and watching it in full screen \o/ The result was gorgeous. Every frame was screencappable, seriously. I wonder how I will go back to streaming anime hahahaha.

    Anyways, lovely lovely episode. The animation quality is extremely high and I couldn’t help but gawk at everything. There were a lot of still scenes but that really added to the mood. The way the characters were drawn were really faithful to VOFAN’s original depictions too. I dig! Really nice presentation style too. So artsy…As with SHAFT’s usual stuff they liked using lots of text to make it seem more epic, and being kind of a sucker for nice text I loved the touch.

    Things that stood out:

    Will probably keep downloading for the eye candy but may or may not be blogging. Everyone else and their goat will blog it anyways right!

     
  • polymetrica 12:31 pm on July 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bakemonogatari, , ,   

    Bakemonogatari ED 

    Been literally been waiting 3 weeks or so to hear the song ever since they announced that ガゼル (gazelle), a super great alas retired 歌ってみた artist from niconico, was going to sing it!! Anyways, the song is written by ryo of supercell, and sang by nagi, gazelle’s new artist name. The title of the song is 君の知らない物語 (Your Strange Story).

    Here’s the video with the ED.

    What pisses me off the most is that nagi is not mentioned anywhere in the ED credits nor on the 君の知らない物語 single website except in the paragraph! All they go on about is ryo ryo ryo ryo ryo WHY. I mean, I guess he is the composer and all but what if someone is wondering who sang it?! It’s obviously not ryo who did the vocals as he is male!

    Anyways, now it’s time to start counting down to the release of the single (August 12th) with lyrics and the full version \o/ Not exactly too fond of the song itself because it sounds like his other stuff, but the vocals…!!!!

     
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