I started a new Taiwanese drama called No. 1 For You today and I’m almost done watching it. It happens to all the shows I love – Once I start something good, I will finish it as fast as I can. I think I’ll make a list of the shows I’ve binged and post it on the blog. The drama is a BL, by the way. Both main leads are very attractive.
Anyway, I loved one of the songs in the drama. Then I found out that the actor that plays the main character (Shu Yi) sang the song. I also found out that he is half-Japanese and is fluent in it. In the drama, Shu Yi sometimes talks in Japanese, so this makes more sense.
The song made me cry. It’s the perfect song for this drama.
I’ve already reached both my follower and blog hit goals, so I wasn’t entirely sure what to do with this blog. I just really like the song, so I wanted to blog about it. I think that’s the direction I will take… to share the things I like and a bit about my life. 🙂 Thank you.
I’ve decided to blog about my favourite songs every few years or so, starting with this year. ~Potentially every year if there is a big difference.~ Then, in a few years, I can see how much I’ve changed! That’s one of the reasons for this blog’s existence, after all.
Kago no Naka ni Tori 籠の中に鳥 by yourness (Sing “Yesterday” for Me OST)
I didn’t finish the anime because I didn’t like the direction it took despite it having a strong first episode (Click for my first impressions post here). The song makes me feel relaxed and comfortable~
Zanzou by flumpool (Bloody Monday Season 2 OST)
I first listened to this song in 2010 when Bloody Monday Season 2 came out! I’ve blogged about my favourite flumpool songs. You can read it here.
如果雨之後 The Chaos After You by Eric Chou 周興哲
I’ve actually never watched the music video. I just listen to a bunch of Eric Chou’s Chinese songs on Spotify hahaha. He was my top artist of 2020 (Click here for my Spotify Wrapped 2020 post).
Animal World 動物世界 by Joker Xue 薛之謙
I’ve interpreted the song’s lyrics in an older post. It’s touches upon Darwinism and selfishness. You can read it here.
Wu Ji 无羁by Xiao Zhan and Wang Yibo (The Untamed OST)
I’ve written about my thoughts on this song in my collaboration post with Elle (Click here to read it). The two main actors in the drama sing this song together. This is their song.
Just Cared Too Much 只是太在意 by Ning Huan Yu (Guardian OST)
Out of the songs on this list, this is my favourite right now.
Time of Flight 時間飛行 by Bai Yu 白宇 and Zhu Yilong 朱一龍 (Guardian OST)
Guardian has its flaws but the casting of the two main leads was perfect. This drama introduced me to Bai Yu and Zhu Yilong. This is their song.
A bit of information about me: In 2018, I was invested in Singer 2018, which is a singing competition for professional and well-established singers. It took place in China.
Earlier this year, I was super invested in Chuang 2020, a girls trainee survival show that took place in China. The 7-member group, BonBon Girls 303, was formed. I voted every day when it aired.
I’ve also watched a boys trainee survival show called Chuang 2019. The 11-member band, R1SE, was formed. I’m currently watching Super Vocal Season One, which is a singing competition for opera and musical singers.
Each episode is around two hours and the finales are around four hours. Two hours for one episode is not enough, by the way. There’s so much content that gets left out. You can probably tell that I like these types of shows.
Why, though? Note: A lot of these reasons are applicable to non-Chinese singing competitions.
1) TO WATCH THE CONTESTANTS WE LOVE
A lot of the contestants already have established fanbases. I watched Singer 2018 for Hua Chenyu and I watched Chuang 2020 for Chen Zhuoxuan, Nene, and Joyce Chu. I’m watching Super Vocal for Zheng Yunlong and Ayanga.
2) TO DISCOVER TALENTED ARTISTS
I became a fan of Zhao Lei, Zhou Zhennan, and Liu Ye after I watched Chuang 2019.
3) FOR THE FRIENDSHIPS
Although these are competitions, there are moments of beautiful friendship between the contestants. In Chuang 2020, Nene cried because she was afraid that Wu Yalu was going to be eliminated. Nene had a secure ranking but the one she was worried about was her best friend. Liu Xiening and Xu Yiyang’s friendship was touching, too.
In Super Vocal, Zheng Yunlong and Ayanga’s friendship started from when they were roommates during their university years.
4) TO FEEL INSPIRED
The contestants are hard-working and determined to achieve their goals. I know I felt inspired when I watched this scene in Super Vocal:
The contestants have to face a lot of challenges during the show, too. Although it’s challenging for them and entertaining for us, it pushes them to learn and grow as artists.
5) FOR THE MUSIC
All the contestants are talented! Since these are singing shows, there’s obviously beautiful singing involved! Sometimes there’s rap, dance, and musical instruments too, depending on the show. Not only do they sing, they sometimes rearrange the music (Singer 2018, Super Vocal), write the music, and create the choreography (Chuang 2019). The art of performing in front of an audience is important as well as selecting the right song.
6) TO APPRECIATE NEW MUSIC GENRES AND SONGS
Prior to watching Singer 2018, I didn’t really appreciate Chinese folk music. I changed my mind after I learned more about it and saw the hard work behind the scenes.
7) TO LEARN NEW THINGS
I’ve liked songs from musicals and opera for many years, but I didn’t know the meaning behind some of the songs. In Super Vocal, they explain the story behind the song.
8) YOU GET TO PARTICIPATE
This one is for survival competitions that involve voting. It’s exciting to support your favourites. There’s a reason to vote for them: So that they can debut (This depends on the show).
When Chuang 2020 aired, I had something to look forward every week.
Do you see why I like Chinese singing competitions now?
R1SE is an 11-member boy band that was formed at the end of the Chinese trainee survival show, Chuang 2019. The 11 members secured the most votes and thus, R1SE was created. They are popular in China but they aren’t as well-known internationally. I suspect this has to do with the lack of translated content. The Chuang episodes on YouTube don’t even have English subtitles. They deserve more recognition!
Since R1SE is a temporary group, they have less than a year left. I still think this is worth writing about because they have some amazing performances.
You’ve probably listened to their songs if you have watched Mo Dao Zu Shi, The King’s Avatar live-action, or Scumbag System.
1. R1SE – 少年如故《魔道祖师 Mo Dao Zu Shi》
This is the third ending of Mo Dao Zu Shi. Five of the members sing it. They are Zhao Lei, Ren Hao, Liu Ye, He Luoluo, and Zhai Xiaowen.
2. R1SE – 荣耀的战场 《全职高手 The King’s Avatar》
Most of their videos on YouTube are in Chinese.
3. R1SE 赵磊 Zhao Lei – 忘言歌 Song of Words Unsaid《Scumbag System》
Zhao Lei is one of my favourite members. Scumbag System is actually airing right now. You can watch the episodes legally on YouTube. They have English subtitles! The CGI rubbed me the wrong way at first but I quickly got used to it. The story is by the creator of Mo Dao Zu Shi. I recommend it.
4. R1SE – 曜
This is their live performance of 曜. They’re amazing in this one! The chorus is catchy.
5. R1SE – 中国话
The original song is sung by the Taiwanese girl group, S.H.E. In this live performance, they added Chinese opera and rap. It’s cool that they combined these different genres. This is one of my favourite performances of theirs. At the end of the performance, they pulled out nunchucks like?? Wah.
I love Zhao Lei’s opera in the beginning and Zhang Yanqi’s rap @2:57.
6. R1SE – YOU
This is the practice video version of YOU. This song is more focused on vocals. I love Liu Ye’s vocals the most in this one. He’s also my favourite member.
7. R1SE 翟潇闻、赵磊 – Forever Young
This is Zhai Xiaowen and Zhao Lei’s live performance of Forever Young. The original song is sung by another singer but I actually prefer their cover. They are the main vocals of the group.
This is a performance from Chuang 2019. Only two members of R1SE are in this one (Zhou Zhennan and Zhao Lei). This is my favourite performance from the show. Zhou Zhennan, the one who secured first place in all the episodes, is amazing in this one. Not only is his rap great, but his vocals are perfect @2:50. This song isn’t really his style either, which makes it even more impressive.
9. R1SE+SNH48 – Y’all Don’t Touch It
I like this performance but I think R1SE does a better job than the girls… I think Ren Hao, Liu Ye, and Zhou Zhennan’s visuals pop out in this one. Ren Hao is the one in the beginning and Liu Ye appears at @1:40.
Runner-up songs and performances: 梦在黎明破晓时 and Blue Bird (Yes, the Naruto opening).
I hope that you’ll check out R1SE’s songs. It’s a shame that they aren’t promoted to international audiences. That’s why us fans are pulling our weight in hopes that someone out there will be interested!
I was surprised to read about Yutaka Yamada’s works because I realized I liked his music from different anime but didn’t know it. Suddenly, it all made sense.
1. Glassy Sky (Tokyo Ghoul)
Tokyo Ghoul gets a lot of hate for being a bad anime adaptation. I like Tokyo Ghoul a lot but I’ve realized it’s because of the soundtrack.
Glassy Sky helps me fall asleep. I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve listened to it.
2. Promise (Death Note: Light Up the New World)
This is from the live-action film, Death Note: Light Up the New World. I watched the film in June 2017. This song inspired me to draw this:
3. On My Own (Tokyo Ghoul)
I rarely listen to English songs too.
4. Licht und Schatten (Tokyo Ghoul)
5. Great Pretender Opening
This song is a very different from what you would hear in Tokyo Ghoul. I was surprised to learn that it was composed by Yutaka Yamada. He’s insanely talented.
Great Pretender is an amazing anime, by the way. You can read my impressions post here.
I was also surprised to learn that he did the soundtracks for Babylon, Vinland Saga, and the Inuyashiki live-action. I’ve been listening to his music on Spotify. Maybe I’ll have an updated list in the future. 🙂
flumpool is a Japanese band. I’ve liked them since 2009! They did the theme songs for the 2008 Jdrama, Bloody Monday. In 2010, they did the theme song for Bloody Monday Season 2. flumpool’s new songs are still amazing. I love them soo much! I especially love Ryuta Yamamura. He’s the vocalist.
Another thing I like about flumpool is that they have songs in Chinese. I don’t know any other Japanese band or singer that have songs in Chinese. Ryuta recently posted a lot of videos of him speaking in Chinese and practising Chinese. He even asked fans to help him learn. T_T
Over the rain (2008)
This is the theme song for Bloody Monday.
残像 / Zanzou (2010)
This is the theme song for Bloody Monday Season 2.
花になれ / Hana ni Nare (2008)
I love the violin in the beginning! I can’t believe this song is from 2008.
証明 / Akashi (2011)
Ashin from the Taiwanese band, Mayday, wrote this song. This is one of flumpool’s Chinese songs. There is also a Japanese version. It’s so beautiful. T_T
HELP (Chinese ver.) (2020)
This came out just a few weeks ago! The Japanese version was released in 2019. I love it.
君に届け / Kimi ni Todoke (2010)
This was the theme song for the Japanese film, Kimi ni Todoke. It’s based on a shojo manga. I think this is one of their more popular songs.
素晴らしき嘘 / Subarashiki Uso (2020)
This is a new song from 2020. I love it.
明日への賛歌 / asu heno sanka
I think this is from 2014. I love the music video so much.
flumpool sang a Japanese cover of Mayday’s 2011 song, OAOA.
These are my favourite flumpool songs. Please give them a listen, their songs are so good.
I recently shared that I got into Thai dramas. I confess that my Thai music knowledge is extremely limited since most of these songs are from the dramas I’ve watched.
TEMPT – Be With Me Tonight
TEMPT is a group made up of the actors from the Thai drama, Love By Chance. Love By Chance is my first Thai drama and it’s the drama that got me into Thai dramas. My favourite Thai actor is Perth and he’s in this group.
Bright Vachirawit – Kan Goo
This song is sang by the main actor of an ongoing Thai drama called 2gether The Series. It’s part of the OST. 2gether The Series is the Thai series I’m looking forward to the most every week.
Three Man Down – Team Ror Tur
My favourite Thai actor, Perth, performed a cover this song and I really liked it.
Scrubb – Everything
The main character in 2gether The Series loves this song because it makes him feel happy. I agree, it’s a really nice song that brightens your mood.
MEAN – ทำไมต้องคนนี้?WHY R U?
This song is from the Why R U? OST. The drama has a really catchy soundtrack.
Kaew x Tomo – นี่คือรักใช่ไหม WHY R U ?
This is the Why R U? opening song.
Pause – Dao
Perth covered this song. It’s a really nice song.
Kaownah – Be Mine
The singer played the character Llong in TharnType.
To be honest, I am surprised at myself because I’ve kept my interests pretty “narrow” for most of my life. For example, only anime. I guess I’ve expanded my horizons, or something like that.