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.

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 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

Diary update

Made bacon-wrapped enoki & omurice with my friend from university

Photo from last month. This is my best friend from high school

What kinds of posts would you like to see more from me? You know me, I don’t have a schedule for blogging and post whatever I feel like! I’m open to ideas and suggestions though. ^O^

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Listening to: 林宥嘉 Yoga Lin – 天真有邪 Spoiled Innocence 

I’ve been busy

I’m watching seven shows from this season so… the Spring 2019 Anime First Impressions post will be up within the next few days. Sorry for the delay.

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I’ve been busy these past few weeks. I’ve been studying for finals and working on final assignments for uni. The thing is, I’ve been working four days a week and went to practicum two days a week. I also interviewed for a research assistant job. It’s kind of tiring to write papers after an eight-hour work day…

The good news? I finished my practicum hours yesterday and I got the job I interviewed for. Now I have two jobs. I still have a final exam and an assignment to finish, but I’m excited for future cosplays and blog posts. I have a list of cosplays and blog posts I want to write.

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Listening to: 毛不易 – 消愁

My Top Anime Ending Songs

I posted My Top Anime Openings list, so I had to do an ending songs list! These aren’t in any particular order.

1. Aimer – Dare ka, Umi wo. (Terror in Resonance) 

Aimer is my favourite lady singer. I love her deep voice. The visuals for the song are perfect because I also feel that I am drowning when I listen. I guess I like haunting songs. I recommend listening to the full version.

2. Aimer – Akane Sasu (Natsume Yuujinchou Go)

You should watch Natsume’s Book of Friends!

3. Aimer – Ref:rain (After the Rain)

This song suits After the Rain perfectly.

4. Maximum The Hormone – Zetsubou Billy (Death Note Ending 2) 

I didn’t like this song when I first heard it (I was 11) but I like it now.


Other ending songs:

  • Nightmare – Alumina (Death Note)