Songs I’m Listening to This Week

In addition to flumpool songs, here are more songs I’m listening to this week.

I’ve been described as “living under a rock” but I don’t think this is true. I think that “living under a rock” implies that you don’t know any of the popular stuff. It’s true that I don’t know any of the popular stuff in Western pop culture, but I know what’s popular in China and Japan. Maybe I’m just above a different rock. I would say that I listen to Chinese songs the most and then Japanese music.

只是太在意 Just Cared Too Much – 宁桓宇

This is my favourite song right now. It’s from the Guardian OST. Guardian is a Chinese drama I’m watching right now. The song is sad, but so are all of my favourite songs.

初心 Chu Xin – 张赫宣

This is also from the Guardian OST. A comment said that this song is like a response to “Just Cared Too Much” and I like to view it as such. (Shen Wei’s POV in “Just Cared Too Much” and Zhao Yunlan’s reply in “Chu Xin.”)

There’s an English version of this song but the lyrics are different. It’s sang by a different singer and it’s a more powerful version.

追 Chasing – CORSAK

Chasing was released a day ago! CORSAK wrote the song while thinking about his “little foxes” (fans). I really like the lyrics. Basically, the song says that life is mundane but life is worth living because of his “little foxes.” He sings that everybody is concerned with numbers (likes, comments, follows) and popularity, but it doesn’t matter to him as long as his “little foxes” like the song. We like it!!!

If you like this song, I recommend listening to Reverse (LIVE) and Timelapse.

就只看了你一眼,就已确定了永远 – 李袁杰 & 李俊佑

I love Chinese songs from this era that incorporate traditional Chinese instruments. At 2:40, we hear Chinese opera. It’s cool that the song mixed the two styles together.

時間飛行 Time of Flight – 白宇 & 朱一龍

The two main leads from Guardian sang this song together. I think you can tell that I’m in love with drama right now. 😛

答案 – 倫桑

This is a cover of 答案 but I like this version more than the original.

My Favourite flumpool Songs

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.

OAOA (2013)

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.

Unwrapping: Your Name (album)

Your Name. | 君の名は。| Kimi no Na wa. by Radwimps (2016)

soundtrack for Your Name

Anyone else still listen to CDs? This just arrived in the mail.

One of my favourite things about CDs is the cover art booklet. The cover art booklet for this one is gorgeous.

My Favourite Thai Songs

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.

My Blog’s Search Terms: Explained

I decided to look at the search terms that have led people to my blog.

1. Joker Xue – Actor/Yan Yuan 演員

This one was popular. I did, in fact, write about my interpretation of the song. Click here for the post.

2. Joker Xue – Animal World

I’ve also interpreted Joker’s Animal World song. Click here for the post.

3. Joker Xue – Puppet & 4. Joker Xue – What Do You Want Me To Do

I’ve never interpreted these songs… Maybe I’ll write something so that OP won’t be disappointed!

5. What is the point of wearing a vest?

When I was 16, I took pictures of myself wearing a vest. The post has now been deleted.*** I think I wrote something like, “Some people think that vests are pointless. I don’t care about that. I wear jean vests because I like the way they look.”

*7 years later* Some vests do provide warmth. Sometimes your arms are not cold but your stomach is. I was watching Love O2O the other day. Wei Wei’s vest provides practically no warmth but I think her jean vest looks nice.

6. What episode was Den Den Mushi afraid of Buggy?

Episode 482 (One Piece). Technically, the Den Den Mushi was afraid of the other pirates but felt touched by Buggy.


There’s a lot more search terms so maybe I’ll do another post like this in the future.

Songs That Inspire Hope During This Challenging Time

I’ve been feeling quite jaded with society lately re: panic buying due to the coronavirus. I.e. fights at the stores, stocking up baby wipes because hand sanitizers are sold out and leaving nothing behind for families with babies. I’ve lost some faith in humanity because of those people who resell toilet paper, face masks, and hand sanitizers. When I read the news, it feels like an animal world. Every man for himself.

I’ve always been interested in human nature. I have a Psychology degree but I thought it wasn’t enough. I’ve examined portrayals of human nature depicted in novels, plays, textbooks, manga, dramas, films, music and video games. I think that I was secretly hoping to find something that said, humans are not selfish. You can believe in people.

Unfortunately, the recent news has not helped hahaha. Instead, I felt more pessimistic than I already was!


Then I came across two songs by Chinese artists I love. The first is my favourite singer, Hua Chenyu. I’ve written about him multiple times. The second is Wang Yibo, who starred in my favourite Chinese drama, The Untamed. Their songs inspire hope and give comfort for everybody around the world regarding the recent events. Their songs are on Spotify.

Hua Chenyu 华晨宇 – You Have To Believe This Is Not The Last Day 你要相信,这不是最后一天

This is a powerful song. Hua Hua writes about believing that this is not the last day and that better days will come. [English translation lyric YouTube video link here]

Wang Yibo 王一搏 – We Stay Together 因为我们在一起

Yibo has a calming singing voice and he makes you feel less anxious about everything. [English translation lyric YouTube video here]

Thanks Hua Hua and Yibo for using your talents and influence to instil hope in people (like me).

Super Happy Love Blog Award

Thanks for the nomination, Yomu. Yomu explicitly wrote in his post that he expects a response from me, so I guess I have no choice.

RULES

  1. Thank the one who tagged you and if at all please tag the original post as well. This is my first blog tag and a bit of a passion project so I would like to see where it spreads! Oh and use Super-Happy-Love as a tag!
  2. Display the Super Happy Love Logo in your post. Share the rules!
  3. Choose a minimum of 2 out of these 6 prompts (see this original post for prompts) to answer in this blog! More is always allowed!
  4. You are actively encouraged not to bring negativity into this tag.
  5. Tag 6 bloggers you love so they can take on this challenge as well. 
  6. Everyone who comments something lovely about your post ALSO gets nominated. (Should they so choose).

WRITE SOMETHING ABOUT A FANDOM OR FRANCHISE YOU LOVE.

I like The Untamed/Mo Dao Zu Shi fandom. It’s nice to see people cosplay in hanfu. It’s also nice to listen to covers of the songs played by traditional Chinese instruments.

TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT A CHARACTER YOU LOVE.

I love Tanjiro from Demon Slayer. I wrote about how he inspires me (you can read about that here). He’s kind to everyone, including demons, and he never gives up.

TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT A PIECE OF MUSIC YOU LOVE.

My favourite anime opening is the first Tokyo Ghoul opening. It’s Unravel by TK from Ling tosite Sigure. It’s perfect. It’s everything I have ever wanted in a song. It suits my tastes in music perfectly.

WRITE SOMETHING ABOUT YOURSELF YOU LOVE!

I think that I have good taste in shows. Okay, that sounds biased but other people tell me that I give good recommendations. It makes me feel like I am doing a good job at reviewing anime and doing my part of introducing good shows to people, especially underrated ones. It’s a shame when good anime goes unnoticed.

I think I’m also good at getting people to watch the shows I like. I’ve gotten my classmates, anime club friends, and blogger friends to watch Kaiji and many more shows.

NOMINATIONS

Once again, I’m opening this up to anyone who wants to do this.

My Spotify Wrapped 2019

Spotify keeps record of the songs and artists you’ve listened to the most each year. Here is my Spotify Wrapped for 2019.

In September of this year, I went to a Man With A Mission concert. I listened to their music A LOT for over a week afterwards.

My #1 artist on Spotify was Joker Xue. I interpreted the song meaning of 動物世界 ‘Animal World’ in a blog post.

Al from Slice of Alfredo! runs a podcast and it’s on Spotify. You should check it out. 🙂 He listened to a song by BiSH in one of them (I requested the artist!).

I got into BiSH thanks to my good friend, Tim, from Thoughts That Move.

Mm, I would say that Spotify only has about 60% of the songs I like. It also doesn’t have many songs by my favourite singers, Hua Chenyu and Kwang-ho Hong (they aren’t available in my region, at least).

Anime Review: Carole & Tuesday

Premiered: Spring 2019

Episode count: 24

Synopsis: Tuesday ran away from home to pursue her dream in music. She meets Carole, who also has a passion for music. They become good friends and together, they make their mark into the music industry dominated by AI in this metropolis on Mars.

Thoughts: I really, really recommend Carole & Tuesday. I think it’s such a well made anime. What struck me the most about this anime was definitely the music. Well over twenty songs were released, which is a lot of content! I love all the songs so much and I think that some songs are so meaningful.

You really come to like the characters. I like that the show did not just focus on Carole and Tuesday. A lot of the other characters got the spotlight and we got to look into their struggles and life challenges. The art style took a while to get used to, but now it feels refreshing.

I’ve cried a couple of times while watching this anime. I think the build up to the last episode was excellent and it felt really emotional. It really tied everything together, and it made a huge impact to the series as a whole. The theme of music being universal and having the ability to influence the lives of people across the world was interesting to watch, especially during the period of political unrest in the show. I can’t stop raving about this anime. Give it a try.

Some of my favourite songs from the anime:

  • Round & Laundry
  • Someday I’ll Find My Way Home
  • Unbreakable
  • Move Mountains
  • Lost My Way
  • Light a Fire
  • The Loneliest Girl
  • Mother

My Top Posts (According to Views)

These are the posts that people have been reading the most.

BL Review: HIStory 2: Boundary Crossing

This is a Taiwanese Boys Love drama. I do recommend it, and I list my reasons in the blog post.

Singer 2018 – 华晨宇 Hua Chenyu Reactions

Singer was a huge show in 2018. It is a singing competition that takes place in China and the contestants are all established singers. In that year, Hua Chenyu, Jessie J, and other singers ran in the competition. You can read the post here.

Superstar Spotlight: Hua Chenyu

In this post, I talk about who Hua Chenyu is. You can read the post here. Hua Chenyu is my favourite singer. I’ve also done similar blog posts for Kwang-ho Hong and Bii.

Representation of Chinese Characters in Anime

I was surprised that this one was popular. I do think that it’s an important topic that needs to be talked about. I roll my eyes when Chinese characters are drawn in traditional clothing in a modern day setting. You can read it here.

Song Meaning: 薛之謙 Joker Xue – 演員 Actor

In this post, I interpret Actor, a song by Joker Xue. I’ve also written my thoughts about another one of Joker’s songs called Animal World (Click here for the post).

Kaiji References in Anime

Kaiji is my second favourite anime (my first favourite is One Piece) so this makes me happy. You can read the post here. I have written more posts about Kaiji, including Character Spotlight: Fashionable Kaiji and Animal World: Kaiji Film Adaptation Review.

Peach Girl (2017) – Japanese Film Review

Peach Girl (2017) is a Japanese live-action adaptation of the shoujo manga with the same title. The scenery was pretty but the pacing of the story wasn’t very good. You can read more about it here.


I think I’m starting to see a pattern here. Maybe I should write more posts on Asian dramas and Chinese singers. Topics that are not talked a lot about seem to do well too.