The Euro Cup is distracting. Lol. I still haven’t gotten around to actually sitting through Live Castle -King-. Although I must say, in the hour that I’ve watched it last week, I think I like it better than -Queen- already. But full thoughts when I finish watching the entire thing.
Anyway, the usual weekly update… There’s more than just Smile-Gang to listen to this week, but one at a time… ^^;;
Smile-Gang 532 starts off with Misato and Nana talking about the casing of TIME SPACE EP. It follows the same style as her 17th single – Starcamp EP because of its… 17th and 27th. See the connection? XDD;;
I’m going to fast forward to the Head Nanau corner. This week, Nana talks about her experience on MUSIC FAIR. The recording began very early in the morning, and likely due to that reason, everyone was full of energy/exhibited high levels of excitement. Especially during talk/Q&A panel, things got quite interesting. Sitting beside her during that session was Onitsuka Chihirou. She was apparently so intrigued with the fact that Nana is a voice actress that she kept touching her at one point. Her reason was “I’ve never came in contact with a seiyuu before so I’m taking this chance to touch one.” LOL.
Nana mentioned that before the actual recording, Onitsuka asked Nana what her age was. When the answer of 32 came, she immediately said “Hey, I’m 31. We’re pretty much the same age. Same graduating year. Let’s get along.”
Due to these 2 incidents, Nana realized that Onitsuka is a highly interesting person and is nothing like the media-conceived impression she had of her. XDD
Then there is Tokunaga Hideaki. The general impression is that he’s the cool and silent type. Except the MUSIC FAIR recording this time, he kept getting himself involved in almost every topic available. It’s quite funny. When Nana and Katou Izumi were speaking about Ehime (they’re both from Ehime), somewhere along the way the host Megumi got confused with the geographics… That is when Tokunaga jumped in and said “Leave the Japan map explanation to me.” According to Nana, he just took off from there as he kept going on and on about the geographical area. Again, it’s not what Nana would’ve expected originally. Through this experience, Nana says that she now believes that regardless of how they appear in various media or the impression they give off, individual artists themselves are actually all very unique and interesting people.
Finally, she mentions that her recording of Metro Baroque on MUSIC FAIR was done at 2am in the morning. A Metro Baroque done at 2am is different because she is on a natural during that time. XDD
The next corner that follows is the Artist Channel. This time they reveal how they create and choose the crazy Smile-Gang CMs that go on air. As you all know, the current CM used for TIME SPACE EP is the Imabari Mikan one. In this corner, Misato and Nana act out 4 CM candidates and go through the process of choosing one that will work (or, rather, explain why they don’t work XD). One thing to note is that one of the CMs is thought up by Misato herself. That’s more than enough to catch attention.
This is where you must listen to understand why it’s funny. Nonetheless, I’ll still list out Nana’s reasons for rejecting these CMs.
CM 1: As funny as it was, it did nothing to promote the CD. A commercial loses its function if no one understands what it’s trying to do. 😄 Misato mentions that this CM fits with Smile-Gang style though, and I must say that I agree. 😄 Misato follows up saying that this is the alien version… since it’s Time SPACE EP. The SPACE part calls for the aliens. XDD But what doesn’t work does not work, so we move onto the next CM.
CM 2: I laughed so hard at this one. Even Misato started laughing as she did her part. Nana says she doesn’t even know what’s being said half way through. And it was long. 😄
Ok, reason why it won’t work as a CM. The “rap” took attention away from the Metro Baroque preview playing in the background. And then Misato’s narration overlaps on top of everything, which created total chaos.
Nonetheless, despite the chaos, the rap part was so hilarious that I’m still laughing even now. 😄
CM 3: Self-explanatory as to why it won’t work well. Wrong song. 😄
CM 4: Double Mikio!!! It’s been a long time since we heard Misato’s Mikio Mouse. =D
To be honest, I actually quite like this one. It was quite cute and very much in Smile-Gang style. The problem was with the conversational lines. They said they should make something VERY similar to Metro Baroque as their castle’s theme song and must keep it a secret from King Records. 😄 (I see nothing wrong with this since this is Smile-Gang XD). By the way, for those who don’t understand/know Mikio’s character, Mikio is a play on Mickey Mouse, hence the talk about castle and theme songs. 😛
CM 5: This was AWESOME. Nana plays 4 characters at once in this CM. What’s more awesome is that this CM is penned by none other than Misato herself!
That’s all the CMs they prepared. They say that, in actuality, despite all the problems each CM contains, they’re not completely written off as potential CMs. This is Smile-Gang after all… They never follow logical thought. They can probably use any of the above CM without getting into trouble. 😄
Near the end of the week’s Smile-Gang, Nana announces the title for her next single. It’s called ‘BRIGHT STREAM.’ According to her, as it is the opening for Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha the Movie 2nd A’s, the song is sad yet aggressive and filled with strength all at the same time. The second song is DOG DAY’S 2 opening theme “FEARLESS HERO.” The third song on the single is the insert song for the Movie 2nd A’s “SACRED FORCE.”
^This single certainly sounds very interesting. =3
Anyway, that’s all for Smile-Gang 532.
There’s a whole bunch of Nana things to catch up on due to the recent release of TIME SPACE EP. My to-do list keeps growing and it doesn’t look like it’ll shorten any time soon. :S