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Buono! – Solatido ~Nee Nee~ August 26, 2016

Filed under: Buono! — solarblade @ 3:24 pm

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Track Listing

  1. Solatido ~Nee Nee~
  2. Rock no Seichi
  3. Solatido ~Nee Nee~ (Instrumental)
  4. Rock no Seichi (Instrumental)

1. Solatido ~Nee Nee~

I love the ascending introduction to Solatido that leads into an upbeat track for the group.  It’s a bit more brighter than previous efforts, but I do like that the most about it.  I’m really loving hearing all three members together as it seems like Momoko and Miyabi sound better than the last time we heard them together.  Altogether, it’s a decent track, but there’s been much much better though.

2. Rock no Seichi

As the B-side of the single (initially this was a double A-side, but was changed after about a week after the release announcement).  Another interesting thing is that it’s the answer song to one of their older songs, “Rock no Kamisama”.  Interesting that it starts with a crowd cheering like it’s live before running into the studio cut.  I do think it reminds me more of their Shugo Chara! releases and the energy is definitely there!  They even threw in that ~p-a-t-i~ line from “Bravo ☆Bravo”.  It’s a great song and I actually prefer this to the leading track.

 

 

Wow, it’s been at least 3 years since the trio released music (since their mini, “SHERBET”).  I know this was a thing because the group was being reunited for a performance (which this was announced back at the beginning of the year).  While it’s not known if this is their final single, I though Solatido was OK and happy to see them back once more.  Solatido is bright and upbeat while Rock no Seichi is definitely something the crowds can get into.  I just want another album lol!

 

Let’s Talk Pokemon Gen 7! August News PT. 3!! August 20, 2016

Filed under: ~Video Game Writing~ — solarblade @ 4:06 am

Wow, it just seems GameFreak just keeps rolling out the news.  This time is from both Gamescom (EU E3) and the Worlds Championship.  There wasn’t too much from the new systems or anything rather in-game, but we did get confirmation of some new Pokemon and some Corocoro released Pokemon, so let’s go down!

Turtonator

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So it feels like this should come first.  At Gamescom, the company decided to show off more of the Battle Royal and then endthe session with a showing of a new Pokemon, Turtonator.  Interestingly enough, it is a Fire / Dragon type (the first that isn’t a legendary (Reshiram)).  It does come with a unique move in Shell Trap which acts like a counter by giving double damage once it’s set up.  I personally feel like it was shown off randomly, and somehow gives off this feeling that it’ll have a pre-evolution in the future.

Stufful

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We finally get the English names for our Corocoro entries finally (though it has only been about over a week since they were introduced).  Stufful of course eventually evolves into Bewear and it does share the same typings and abilities.  Really though, it’s just an adorable Pokemon and its backside has a little tag on it which is too cute!  Much more better than Bewear’s design!

Sandygast, Palossand

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Yup, the strange sandcastle Pokemon has also been given its English names so if you missed my initial impressions, then there’s a previous post the talks about their designs and typings!  Though we did get info on its ability, Water Composition where its defense goes up two levels after being hit by a Water attack.  After seeing them in in-game footage though, I like Sandygast, but Palossand needs a little more time to grow on me.

Crabrawler

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The last Pokemon shown off was actually the only new Pokemon shown at Worlds (because Stufful, Sandygast, and Palossand were shown off previously).  When I saw this, I immediately thought it was going to be a Water type, but in all reality it’s actually a Fighting type.  A little strange, but here’s hoping that it’ll be evolving into something scary!

HOPEFULLY THIS IS THE LAST BOUT OF NEWS FOR THE MONTH…SEE YOU IN SEPTEMBER!

 

Tsubaki Factory – Hitorijime/Watashi ga Obasan ni Nattemo August 12, 2016

Filed under: Tsubaki Factory — solarblade @ 6:13 am

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Track Listing

  1. Hitorijime
  2. Watashi ga Obasan ni Nattemo
  3. Hitorijime (Instrumental)
  4. Watashi ga Obasan ni Nattemo (Instrumental)

1. Hitorijime

I was surprised that Tsubaki’s 3rd single begins with a song that definitely calls up the Platinum era of Momusu almost too smoothly!  There’s something about that intro that was pretty cool and then the piano comes into the track and the girls start to sing.  I did notice that Yumeno and Kisora do get a bit of focus over the remaining ladies, but that’s OK…I’m believing that Yumeno is probably the group’s best asset currently.  I do think it’s up there with “Kedakaku Sakihokore!” as a favorite.

2. Watashi ga Obasan ni Nattemo

Another Moritaka cover?  Strange that it’s the other big song that H!P loves to cover.  Unlike the futuristic vibes I got from “17sai”, this is pretty much standard EDM stuff from the company which is nice as it gives the song an updated feel.  Tsubaki themselves sound fine if not a little bit shouty, but the verses are pretty sweet (especially with piano being in the forefront above the synths).  It’s a decent cover at least and a nice opposite to “Hitorijime”.

As the group’s 3rd single, I feel like Hitorijime is a pretty strong song from them as it shows a bit more liveliness from the members (especially Kishimon, who just keeps getting better).  I feel like Watashi ga Obasan ni Nattemo was a bit of a rushed song (ironic because it is the older of the two).  Good single overall, but when are they debuting?

 

Yohske Yamamoto feat. Nami Tamaki – ALL-WAYS

Filed under: Nami Tamaki — solarblade @ 5:52 am

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Track Listing

  1. ALL-WAYS
  2. THE LAST SONG
  3. ALL-WAYS (INSTRUMENTAL)
  4. THE LAST SONG (INSTRUMENTAL)

1. ALL-WAYS

Wow I wasn’t expecting Nami to do a collaboration with another artist that wasn’t her song to begin with.  What I’m saying this is Yamamoto’s songs, but since he’s the guitarist it feels like it’s Nami’s thing. For fans that loved her more rockin’ songs in her discography, then you’ll find something to enjoy here.  Her voice still sounds fitting to the style and the rhythm and arrangement is cool and catchy too!

2. THE LAST SONG

On the other hand, THE LAST SONG has a bit more grand feeling like an epic rock track should.  Surprising that this song is longer at 6 minutes, but I feel like Nami really kept it together and the verses were light while the chorus is just loud and in your face!  I actually connected the most with this song a lot more than the leading track.

While I did miss reviewing it a release, I decided to tackle this as I was told Nami had full lead singing.  I really do like Nami when she decides to do rock songs to kind of takea break from her anison/dance music.  ALL-WAYS is a pretty good single, though I’m pretty sad it isn’t hers technically.

 

Kalafina – blaze

Filed under: Kalafina — solarblade @ 5:17 am

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Track Listing

  1. blaze
  2. Natsu no Asa
  3. blaze ~instrumental~
  4. Natsu no Asa ~instrumental~
  5. blaze ~TV size~

1. blaze

It’s been a while, but it seems we’ve finally got our next Kalafina A-side and boy does this song sound anison as hell!  Like, almost Naruto-esque with the kind of pop/rock arrangement going on.  Despite the kind of unique direction the trio took for this song, I do feel like because of its sound it almost sounds generic if not for the heavenly vocals here.  There’s even some cool parts like the bridge for sure.  It’ll probably grow on me after more listens at least!

2. Natsu no Asa

Did “Natsu no Ringo” & the other folksy songs get another to drop into its folder?  It sure seems like and it honestly sounds like the aforementioned song especially with the flute melody that plays around the song.  I really do enjoy hearing their folk tracks as they give plenty of shine to the trio’s vocals.  Definitely a sweet song and a good B-side!

 

 

After a nice lengthy break after their 5th album, Kalafina releases a new single to begin the road to the 6th album and blaze for the most part is OK.  It’s still nothing too groundbreaking, but I feel like blaze can be memorable, though I feel like the star of the single is Natsu no Asa with their folksy arrangement and beautiful presentation from Yuki Kajiura.  I like to see where things go in this era!

 

Namie Amuro – Hero

Filed under: Namie Amuro — solarblade @ 4:52 am

hero

Track Listing

  1. Hero
  2. Show Me What You’ve Got
  3. Hero -Instrumental-
  4. Show Me What You’ve Got -Instrumental-

1. Hero

Chosen to be the NHK theme for the Rio Olympics, Hero is a pretty goddamn interesting song for Namie.  It opens up feeling like a ballad and after the first run-in with the chorus opens further into a dance track!  I really love how radiant this song is and Namie just won me over with her vocals here!  Am a little surprised that it’s almost 6 minutes long, but it’s definitely worth the time spent here!

2. Show Me What You’ve Got

Initially was going to be the B-side for “Mint” but for some reason was swapped out with “Chit Chat” in the end (plus it actually got a PV too!).  I’m a bit surprised with this song as unlike the grandiose “Hero”, this song is written with fun in mind and there’s just a lot of interesting sections (even the chorus has a bit of a fanfare-like sound).  It’s an exciting song in itself and really feels like an A-side to me.

 

 

As the 3rd single for the era, Hero is actually my favorite single between them all right now!  Hero just feels like a feelgood Olympic song and has a nice, powerful message while Show Me What You’ve Got is fun and a party in a track!  This is going to become such a strong album whenever she announces one!

 

Let’s Talk Pokemon Gen 7! August News PT. 2!! August 11, 2016

Filed under: ~Video Game Writing~ — solarblade @ 3:41 pm

We finally got through the week where both a new trailer AND Corocoro releases and we got some interesting new designs and other things!

  • We get our first look at our evil team for our generation, Team Skull!  Also we meet the leader Guzmo and his admin, Plumeria!

Sunabaa, Shirodesuna

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So since Corocoro leaked first, I’ll start there.  Our first Pokemon we see are a two-line evolution with Sunabaa & Shirodesuna.  Both are of Ghost / Ground which it shares with the Golurk line!  Honestly, its design is a little of the wall, but there’s been plenty of those since the beginning.  I am loving that there’s a lot of Ghost types being introduced this generation and this one seems cool, if not maybe slow. Beyond that, not much else is known of its abilities or how it evolves.  Hoping that the trailer today would help, but it didn’t appear.

Nuikoguma

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Looks like Bewear does have a pre-evolution!  Nuikoguma is definitely a bit more cuter than its evolution.  It’s typing remains the same as a Normal / Fighting.  That’s all about this lil guy beyond that it was confirmation that the dex leak was pretty much fake.

Wishiwashi

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A Pokemon that first saw light on Corocoro and was later featured in the trailer, Wishiwashi is a pure Water type and normally that would just be boring as there’s plenty of them in the games.  However it comes with a unique ability, Schooling.  Where at a certain level it becomes it fearsome School Form.  Even Gyarados are afraid of it….  Overall, I love the gimmick and this stronger form could be quite useful.

Pyukumuku

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Despite that it did leak from Corocoro (a day later) and then was featured in the trailer, Pyukumuku at first glance looks cute, but boy it sure gets strange.  As another pure Water type, it might not have the gimmick that Wishiwashi has, but because of its design, it also has a new ability, Innards Out, where if it gets fainted the damage it got from the dealing blow is struck back at the opponent at half strength (like Destiny Bond, but weaker).

Morelull

morelull

Then we have the only new Pokemon shown off in the trailer this morning, Morelull!  After being teased with the shenanigan typings of both the Florges line and Comfey, we finally have our first Grass / Fairy type.  We did get the ability choice of Illuminate or Effect Spore so it might be useful, but it might not, who knows.  I’m hoping it evolves into something cool!

Alolan Meowth, Alolan Marowak, Alolan Raichu

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So the trailer finishes off with some more Alolan forms of Kanto Pokemon.

Starting with the two from Corocoro, Meowth is first and its typing has changed to a pure Dark type.  Not sure what’ll be like with this new typing or if it’ll gain any new moves, but the thought is there for an Alolan Persian in the future.

Sadly, which it seems that Cubone doesn’t get this change, Marowak is now a Fire / Ghost type which is pretty cool.  Though we did get a hint of this from Kiawe’s profile so this made a WHOLE lot of sense as it’s based around a fire dancer now!

Last, but not least, Like Cubone, Pichu and Pikachu apparantly don’t get Alola forms, but instead Raichu does!  What caught my attention the most of our updated evolution was that now it’s an Electric / Psychic type and floats in the air looking like it’s surfing on its tail!  It really gives me vibes of Puka (the blue-eyed Pikachu from the anime), Surfing Pikachu, and the Raichu animation from using Surf in the Pokemon Stadium games.  Still, a bit odd with Psychic, but I’m definitely enjoying it!

 

Alright, See you all next month!  Though, I have a feeling it’ll be earlier lol!

 

RUMOR: Dex all out?!? (FAKE) August 8, 2016

Filed under: ~Video Game Writing~ — solarblade @ 1:14 am

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So this week has had the Pokefans in busy mode with the recent trailer and because of that, spurred some rumors, especially ones from China after Mallow was shown off which gave credit to some pictures of the final evolutions to the starters, then this morning we get word from 4Chan (yeah, take notice that this could EASILY be a fake thing) that the Alolian Dex was shown off.  Though I want to show my thoughts on it, even if it does become fake by the end of the week or sooner (with Corocoro coming out).

  • Rowlet (Grass / Flying)
  • Archoot (Grass / Flying)
  • Robinroot (Grass / Various) – Though take notice on the final evolution because it sounds like it’ll have choices of Grass / Flying, Grass / Ground, Grass / Electric or pure Grass
  • Litten (Fire)
  • Pantherm (Fire)
  • Beltigre (Fire / Various) – Take notice as the VARIOUS means it can have a choice of Fire / Dark, Fire / Ghost, Fire / Poison or pure Fire
  • Popplio – (Water)
  • Sirilio – (Water)
  • Sirene (Water / Various) –  Though from the various, we get the choice of Water / Fairy, Water / Fighting, Water / Psychic, or pure Water.
  • Pikipek (Normal / Flying)
  • Plukipek (Normal / Flying)
  • Lumbird (Grass / Flying)
  • Yungoos (Normal)
  • Gumshoos (Normal)
  • Grubbin (Bug)
  • Charjabug (Bug / Electric)
  • Vikavolt (Bug / Electric)
  • Rockruff (Rock)
  • Weruff (Rock / Various) – As stated in Corocoro for certain, it shared something with the starters and it sounds like this could be it!  It can have the dual typing of Rock / Dark, Rock / Fighting, Rock / Steel, and Rock / Fairy.
  • Bounsweet (Grass)
  • Bountisteen (Grass / Psychic)
  • Bounsour (Poison)
  • Oricorio (Fire / Flying, Electric / Flying, Psychic / Flying, Ghost / Flying)
  • Pawssum (Dark)
  • Possumime (Dark)
  • Comfey (Fairy)
  • Leirie (Fairy)
  • Cutiefly (Bug / Fairy)
  • Adorasite (Bug / Fairy)
  • Quakitt (Normal / Flying)
  • Bonene (Fairy / Flying)
  • Bewear (Normal / Fighting)
  • Komala (Normal)
  • Dormala (Normal / Psychic)
  • Bruxby (Water / Psychic)
  • Bruxish (Water / Psychic)
  • Pesp (Water / Psychic)
  • Peskool (Water / Psychic)
  • Mudbray (Ground)
  • Mudsdale (Ground)
  • Minior (Rock / Flying)
  • Mightior (Rock / Flying)
  • Darline (Normal / Various)
  • Darwisker (Normal / Various) – Can breed into any of the types, hence the typing)
  • Caterburr (Bug / Ice)
  • Parkoon (Bug / Ice)
  • Flycicle (Bug / Ice)
  • Hijakoon (Bug / Dark)
  • Snohom (Ice / Ghost)
  • Snororr (Ice / Ghost)
  • Delfin (Water)
  • Porprise (Water / Various) – Like Rockruff, it can have the choice of Water / Ice, Water / Steel, and Water / Dragon
  • Cumbersum (Water)
  • Anemenie (Water / Poison)
  • Mimikyu (Ghost / Fairy)
  • Togedemaru (Electric / Steel)
  • Softle (Ground)
  • Panquake (Ground / Dark)
  • Shrimpod (Bug)
  • Wimpod (Bug / Water)
  • Champod (Bug / Water)
  • Goruggla (Fighting / Ground)
  • Drakid (Normal / Dragon)
  • Drampa (Normal / Dragon)
  • Lumage (Psychic)
  • Laspell (Psychic)
  • Libraid (Psychic)
  • Fiddlob (Steel / Water)
  • Caluca (Steel / Water)
  • Badpole (Poison)
  • Salandit (Poison / Fire)
  • Swindlewt (Poison / Fire)
  • Germik (Grass)
  • Peppire (Grass / Fire)
  • Triburn (Grass / Fire)
  • Fomantis (Grass)
  • Lurantis (Grass)
  • Fungkis (Poison / Fairy)
  • Hallucid (Poison / Fairy)
  • Cubbadge (Fighting)
  • Meritote (Fighting)
  • Stalute (Fighting / Steel)
  • Hydratom (Normal / Water)
  • Posatom (Fire / Water)
  • Negatom (Electric / Water)
  • Scruluse (Steel)
  • Structor (Steel)
  • Crypti (Ice / Fighting)
  • Dustrance (Fairy / Ground)
  • Guardrake (Dragon)
  • Guaroyal (Dragon)
  • Torgoyle (Dragon / Fighting)
  • Forgoyle (Dragon / Steel)
  • Cosmot (Dark / Electric)
  • Spectrodon (Dark / Electric)
  • Quasaur (Dark / Electric)
  • Tapu Koko (Electric / Fairy)
  • Tapu Pipi (Fire / Fairy)
  • Tapu Poloka (Psychic / Fairy)
  • Tapu Mano (Ghost / Fairy)
  • Solgaleo (Psychic / Steel)
  • Lunala (Psychic / Ghost)
  • Malshadow (Dark / Fire) – Though apparantly it’ll have an ability to change typings
  • Magearna (Steel / Fairy)

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So looking through that list there’s some interesting things going on here!

-Right off the bat going off the first Chinese leaks, because of Mallow’s existence the final evolutions seem to be legit (about 90%).

-Seeing that Robinroot, Beltigre, Sirene, Weruff, and Porprise can be had in different typings.  While the idea behind them is shrouded right now, I’m curious to how this is supposed to work and why Weruff and Porprise are the 2 non-starters chosen to have this distinction.

-With Bounsweet and Bounsour, I wonder if they’re separate entities and not a part of a split evolution.  Though I couldn’t see Bountisteen evolving into Bounsour though.

-I feel like the Bruxish & Peskool lines will be game exclusive lines because they’re next to each other and share the same typings.

-Still curious what (if any) differences are between the Minior forms and if it’ll make a difference once it evolves.

-Darline & Darwisker can have any of the types???

-Does Caterburr have a split evolution to either Parkoon or Hijakoon?  Also how does this evolution make it Dark in the latter?

-Hydratom, Posatom, and Negatom…are they going to be the trio?

-Split evolution for the Torgoyle / Forgoyle line it seems?

-The Tapus are between Rooster, Cow, Frog, and Shark…and they share the same primary typing with the different forms of Oricorio.  Be interesting to see how this turns out.

-Malshadow might not have a unique typing (sharing with Houndoom), but there’s still something mysterious about it

-Alolan forms do not apply to the dex as they’re of Kanto Pokemon.

-Not all event Pokemon are present like how it was in the last generation (when hackers found Diancie, Hoopa, and Volcanion were found a couple months after the game released).

 

Well, after the Corocoro magazine leaked, Bewear has a pre-evolution where this list didn’t have one hence, this is fake…though it did get people talking which is awesome!…I’ll make a post later on the new Pokemon!

 

Ciao Bella Cinquetti – Alive 4 U!!!! August 7, 2016

Filed under: THE Possible — solarblade @ 2:49 am

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Track Listing

  1. Hyper!! Happiness!! (2015.12.27 Toyosu PIT Ver.)
  2. Start
  3. Never Never Give Up (Alive 4 U!!!! Ver.)
  4. BOOM×3 ~Jerashii Chau Zou! Jirashii Chau Zou!~
  5. Omotesandou (Alive 4 U!!!! Ver.)
  6. Doushiyou, Watashi
  7. Futako-Tamagawa (Hashimoto Aina ver.)
  8. True Hearts ~Fantastic 4~ (Ver. A)
  9. Come On! ~Shuuyaku wa Watashi da (Omae mo na!)~
  10. Pi-kan・Sweet Emotion!
  11. Ichigo Ichie
  12. Gimme Vanilla!
  13. True Hearts ~Fantastic 4~ (Ver. B)
  14. GOOD NIGHT SONG (Robiyuki Ban bonus track)
  15. Dream More Dreams! (TWINS Ban bonus track)

1. Hyper!! Happiness!! (2015.12.27 Toyosu PIT Ver.)

Strange to see that the album would kick off with a live version of Hyper!! Happiness!! (which is its first time showing up and all, also, it’s got a different placement on the other edition, but I’ll talk more about that later down the post).  At first the live feel is there and all and I can believe, but then some of it doesn’t sound live?  I don’t know, the song is pretty wild though and the members are pretty energetic to say the least.  Maybe I would’ve just preferred a studio cut of it, but what can I say?

2. Start

Moving on, Start does remind me a little of “Never Never Give Up” except the beat is heavier and the tune has a certain anison kick to it which is pretty nice!  I remember hearing a lot of Robin in the song which is nice because her vocals are pretty edgy and adds a lot to their songs!  There’s just something about it that’s just REALLY similar to other songs though…

3. Never Never Give Up (Alive 4 U!!!! ver.)

So it seems all 3 songs from the first single after the name change were edited (most likely due to cutting out Yurika after she left the group).  After “Start” though, this song feels very underwhelming and the lack of a strong beat makes this song feel almost unfinished in a way.  Never Never Give Up is an OK song, but it just seemed to also miss the mark for me.

4. BOOM×3 ~Jerashii Chau Zou! Jirashii Chau Zou!~

Chosen to promote the album, I wasn’t expecting a high-energy dance track to come from them.  The amount of sawtooth synths was surprising to me and yet gave the group something refreshing to use.  It’s a pretty good driving track and the verses sound aggressive and loud.  Surprising track to come up!

5. Omotesandou (Alive 4 U!!!! ver.)

Just like “Never Never Give Up”, Omotesandou got a small edit with taking out Yurika’s lines and giving them to the remaining 4 members.  Now I never was a huge fan of this song despite it being a Japanese cover, but it’s still comes off so cheesy to listen to.  A bit weird considering it’s between two dance tracks.  Really though, I didn’t even notice Yurika being gone, but I couldn’t exactly hear who took what though.  Still my least favorite of the A-sides.

6. Doushiyou, Watashi

So it doesn’t surprise me that either of the A-sides from the 2nd single for the album didn’t receive changes.  Even now, it’s still the best song they’ve done since the name change as it has a pretty chill vibe mixed with some of the cool EDM vibes that their old company is currently doing.  It’s just a cool song and I really loved Hashimon and Mororin’s vocals here the most even when all 4 have solos throughout!  Also, ANGERME’s Kanon Fukuda wrote the lyrics, so how cool is that?

7. Futako-Tamagawa (Hashimoto Aina ver.)

I will say the biggest surprise is that the 3rd A-side that was changed on the album is a full-on Hashimon solo.  Back on the single review, I did say that of the 3, it was my favorite despite the fact it was a ballad.  Not gonna lie though, maybe it should’ve went the same route as both “Omotesandou” and “Never Never Give Up” did instead of making a solo track because now it sounds lifeless and while I do like Aina, she needed the other 3 to add a bit more life here.  Decent track, but the original single version is much better!

8. True Hearts ~Fantastic 4~ (Ver. A)

There’s two different versions of True Hearts?  This’ll be interesting that’s for certain.  While I know this song has been performed a couple times before the album’s release (even before “Doushiyou, Watashi / Ichigo Ichie” was released.  True Hearts follows “BOOM” with a heavier dance sound and the group being loud and chanty.  It does feel like it goes all over the map in styles and tempo which throws me off a little bit, but it’s still a catchy song and makes me wonder what Ver. B has to offer.

9. Come On! ~Shuuyaku wa Watashi da (Omae mo na!)~

I kind of love the intro to Come On! as it has a little march sound but goes into this happycore kind of arrangement which shocked me a bit there!  I should’ve saw it come, but the song is definitely the cutest track I’ve ran into yet on the album so this might interest idol fans.  Strange song and all and even the the chorus is a bit repetitive here and there, but it’s an energetic song and gets the crowd going.

10. Pi-kan・Sweet Emotion!

If there was a song that reminded me of stuff from their last album, “1116”, then this song might be that.  It’s still a bit more cuter than I thought, but not as sugary as “Come On!”.  I do love the pre-chorus that quiets things down before kickin’ off the loud and bright chorus.  It sure has a lot of someone in it but I couldn’t tell if it was Hashimon or Gotuu.  Very wild and fun!

11. Ichigo Ichie

Then we hit the focal point with Ichigo Ichie which is pretty aggressive and hard-hitting in its pop/rock sound.  Yeah, it does remind me a lot of Buono!’s songs with the similar chords and verses.  I really did like everyone’s energy.  Great A-side and paired awesomely with “Doushiyou, Watashi”.

12. Gimme Vanilla!

I definitely remember hearing this being performed as 5-nin before Yurika left, but I feel happy this actually made the cut!  Like a bunch of other songs on the album, it’s an upbeat dance track but this one feels more raw and focuses on the quartet’s vocals and power.  I’m loving the attitude of the ladies and they give the song an amazing amount of style here even if there’s songs with similar sounds.

13. True Hearts ~Fantastic 4~ (Ver. B)

So version B of True Hearts is actually much shorter than the first version (not even making 3 minutes).  The song feels a bit more empty and stripped until the chorus kicks in where it’s back to upbeat sounds from the first version.  I really don’t know what’s up with its existence besides the fact it’s shorter.

14. GOOD NIGHT SONG

So depending on which version of the album you buy, you’ll end up with a different ending song (which are bonus tracks).  The first is found on the RobiYuki edition of the album and is a self-cover of the B-side off the Robin/Yuki duet single (as THE Possible), “Kingyo Sukui to Hanabi Saikai”.  I was surprised that it’s actually only acoustic guitar and light percussion here so I don’t have the original to compare, but I’m 100% sure that vocally its got MUCH better.  The song does begin with some talking between the members and the studio players.  It’s a nice little rendition and the girls sound so good!

15. Dream More Dreams!

Then we have the TWINS edition exclusive and just like “GOOD NIGHT SONG”, this is also an acoustic rendition of a B-side found on their “Ijiwaru Crazy love” single.  The song is a bit more upbeat in nature and there was nice bass and light sounds on top of pretty sweet-sounding vocals.

Tracks Recommended

  • Doushiyou, Watashi
  • Gimme Vanilla!
  • Ichigo Ichie
  • Dream More Dreams!
  • BOOM×3 ~Jerashii Chau Zou! Jirashii Chau Zou!~

Song of Avoidance

  • True Hearts ~Fantastic 4~ (Ver. B)

As the first album as Ciao Bella Cinquetti, (the group’s actual 4th album), I feel like Alive 4 U!!!! is definitely an upgrade after “1116” with less forgettable songs and much strong output from the members (even if Akiyama is gone).  Now it has to be said that there’s different tracklists between both the RobiYuki & TWINS editions of the album, but it has the same songs barring the choice of the bonus tracks.  Honestly, this was energetic and had a feeling of having fun and being energetic with most tracks!  Great album!

 

Let’s Talk Pokemon Gen 7! August News (more than likely Pt. 1) August 2, 2016

Filed under: ~Video Game Writing~ — solarblade @ 3:38 am

Yup, we begin August with a new trailer and surprisingly a hefty amount of news to deal with as well!  Let’s talk about it!

  • We have now Alolan Forms of some classic Pokemon!  Some call it the addition of the Delta Species that was brought in the past in the Trading Card Game.  Although Shellos & Gastrodon had this area difference look (more based on looks than anything else though).
  • What was thought to be finally rideable Pokemon is now called the Poke Ride where you can call specific Pokemon (Charizard, Tauros, Lapras, Stoutland, Sharpedo, Mudsdale) to be able to progress forward, however they won’t be added to your Dex nor team.
  • While not 100% confirmed yet, it feels like there are no gyms in this Generation which is a first!  What is in place it seems are Island Challanges which begins with doing a task from the Captains (Mallow, Lana, Sophocles, and Kiawe (though there may be more).  Then there’s Totem Pokemon fight which bring a main Pokemon from each island and buffs them up (and has helpers) to battle you.
  • Kahunas to me seem like the Island leaders so there’ll be 4 of them with one being the already known Hala.
  • We FINALLY find out what the new bracelet is and it acts like a 5th move for Pokemon.  With the Z Ring and Z Crystals (OIC), your Pokemon can have a 5th move that can be used once a battle (and only 18 moves (one for each type)).  Though your Pokemon has to know a move of a said type like a Pikachu using Gigavolt Havoc would have to know Thundershock, Volt Tackle or similar typed moves.

With all that out of the way, let’s get down to the main Pokemon!

Alolan Exeggutor

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With the announcement of the Alola variation of Pokemon (right now only Gen 1 Pokemon), I wasn’t expecting Exeggutor to be getting such a change.  Also if you were wondering it seems like Exeggcute didn’t get the treatment.  This beast also changed its typing to Grass / Dragon which is pretty absurd considering that there’s nothing remotely visually draconic about it.  It’s interesting to say the least and gives something for people to talk about lol.

Alolan Vulpix, Ninetales

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Then we get the bigger surprise that Vulpix and Ninetales gets the shifted types!  Instead of the Fire-type originals, now we have Vulpix as an Ice-type and Ninetales is now Ice / Fairy.  I find them really nice and since I already love the originals, this’ll be even cooler (pun intended)!

Alolan Sandshrew, Sandslash

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Though I think I was just happy to see the Sandslash love here with both Pokemon being now Ice / Steel type.  I especially love Sandslash’s design here and the spines are sharp icicles and the claws are badass!

Oricorio

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The first of the new Pokemon, Oricorio is pretty interesting because the Pokemon itself changes on whatever island you are on.  So it seems that Melemele Island will have the Electric / Flying.  The others being Fire / Flying….Psychic / Flying… Ghost / Flying.  So that also means that perhaps the island deities (like Tapu Koko) will share this primary type.  Back to Oricorio though, it does have a new move with Revelation Dance and like with the Pokemon it belongs to, its typing matches with which type of Oricorio you have.  Also, we learn of it’s ability, Dancer where it copies the opponent if it uses Dance moves (Swords Dance, Quiver Dance, Lunar Dance? xD).

Mudbray

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Hasn’t been too long, but it does seem that Mudsdale does evolve from a smaller Pokemon which ironically is a donkey.  Mudbray really didn’t bring anything too newsworthy in its reveal, but it’s just amazingly adorable!

Gumshoos

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So Yungoos does evolve and it has nothing to with Zangoose luckily!  Though did thy have to design to make it look like Donald Trump?  It’s just not cool lmao!  Beyond its design I didn’t really catch much if there was news about it beyond the fact that it is a Totem Pokemon.

Minior

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Probably the strangest reveal, I feel like Minior has something weird about it that we still don’t know about.  I mean getting out of the way that it’s a Rock / Flying type, Minior has some odd features.  Its ability, Shields Down, makes it that it’s impervious to status changes and has high defense until Minior’s HP goes under 50%.  Then its shell breaks to reveal the core (which ironically has low defense but higher attack.  On top of that, its shown to come in different colors like Pink, Orange, Blue, and Yellow…of which there’s no real difference between the colors.  I am curious though because of its look and place as a meteorite, will it be related to Lunatone and Solrock?

Fomantis, Lurantis

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Last, but not least, we have Fomantis and its evolution Lurantis.  Another line of Pokemon I kind of just let go over my head because I was too interested in every other Pokemon (maybe not so much Mudbray & Gumshoos).  A lot of people wondering why it’s a pure Grass typ and not Grass / Bug because it’s based off an Orchid Mantis.  Though, beyond that I couldn’t remember too much.  Though uhm…a new move called Solar Blade (wait, that’s my online name!!!).

See you in two weeks when Corocoro and apparantly the next trailer releases!!!