Yes, later than usual Smile-Gang update. RL drained away most of my energy. 😛 Anyway, last Smile-Gang in their 10th year broadcast. Starting this Sunday (April 1st), Smile-Gang will be 11 years old!
I’m not up for writing much today as I can’t think too well at the moment. But it’s worth reminding everyone that the Shin Ai collaboration between Mizuki Nana and Gou Hiromi can be seen on MUSIC FAIR this week.
^PWD = Nana’s birth year
To be honest, I didn’t think Gou Hiromi’s style fit the song all that well. Or… How should I put this… He seemed to have a different impression of the song?
And the “staring contest” didn’t seem too bad. It looked to me that Gou was avoiding eye contact at some points.
Anyway, the other highlight of this week is Nana displaying her voice acting skills. The first is a high-pitched energetic wake up call — in which case everyone is all “That’s amazing! :O” And then Sada asked Nana to do a gentle wake up call…
Nana: *gentle tone* Sada-san, wake up.
Sada: …That’ll make me fall back asleep.
And I’m going to end it here for today. I was going to cover Girl’s Factory too (the talk session), but I think I’m at my limit…
Another week. Another half an hour of amazing collaborations/music.
Nana was asked a question in the first talk session of the night. It’s a pretty standard question that was followed by Nana’s standard answer.
“What are the common points between voice acting and singing?”
Nana has answered this question at least 20 times in several different places over the past years. XD Hence why I considered it “Nana’s standard answer.” Voice acting and singing both use the voice to display the character’s thoughts and feelings. Yes, even in songs, there are characters and scenarios that are represented. She also confirms the idea that her voice acting career influences her singing career as much as her singing influences her voice acting.
Moving away from Nana for a bit, the talk session between JUJU and Moriyama Ryouko was hilarious. The question was “What would you two talk about if you went drinking together?” JUJU’s answer was “If Moriyama Ryouko would be willing to go, I’d be willing to listen/talk about anything.” Quite true. XD The host jumps in and says maybe Moriyama can give JUJU advice on love (talk about her love life) and whatnot. Lol. Moriyama answers that hearing it from her won’t help in anyway, but JUJU says she’s actually interested. XDD The question lost its purpose at this point, because they’ve found an interesting topic without needing alcohol. XD
Nana didn’t get to sing at all on this 3rd night (except in the final song). Still, as always, there’s great music. I really liked miwa’s voice in otoshimono. It’s soft yet strong — and the fact that it’s a duet somehow emphasized on that.
Anyway I’m going to jump to the last song because… I laughed. I can’t tell if Sada was serious or not (it’d be pretty bad if he was). Then again, taking first half of the lyrics into consideration, it probably was meant to be a joke. XD;; Now I have “Ganbare” section of the song stuck in my head… ^^;;
The second night of Music Fair 2400th Memorial Special has aired!
Below is a run through of what happened in this second night. Nana was quite involved this time around. She even got some time to talk during one of the talk sessions!
^Anyone else think the award caption is highly misleading? Of course, with this being Billboard Japan, everyone would know “artist” refers to “singer” but the words “Animation Artist” makes me think more of animators. XDD
Anyway, congratulations to Nana-san! Her short modest speech is… well, modest as usual. XDD She sang Junketsu Paradox, which was strong and stable. What we’d expect from her usual performances. =3
Nana: I’m happy to have received this award. Thank you very much. As a seiyuu and as a singer, I’ll continue my part in bringing excitement to the animation world. Yoroshiku onegaishimasu.
But this Billboard news doesn’t compare to the first half hour of MUSIC FAIR that aired last night in Japan.
No screenshots until I come across a higher quality version… But let me say that, despite Nana not having a big part here in the “first night”, it was still truly enjoyable (and she did sing).
Gou Hiromi (for those who didn’t watch Kouhaku) is fun to watch (as some of you already pointed out in the comments from a previous post — he’s charming XD). He’s much more enthusiastic than the other singers and simply took the spotlight away during his talk session. XDD
Nana’s appearance consisted of being in the opening theme song (at the very beginning – no solo parts though), sitting in the back during one of the talk session (didn’t say a word, unfortunately), and having a short solo part in the super long song – Satou kibi batake. It’s a collaboration between all the female singers present, but all the male singers joined in near the end too. It’s definitely worth the watch. =3