紅白2013-Mizuki Nana & T.M. Revolution Performance

Unsurprisingly I overslept this morning and did not watch Kouhaku Live this year. ^^;;

BUT I did manage to watch every version of the video I could get my cyber hands on (HD but no sound, only sound, low quality with sound, etc.). I have to say… I am impressed with the performance this year… If just because of the immediate clothing colour change. Look at the way Nana spun! Lol.

And T.M. Revolution’s clothing had a good design to get the white/red change appropriately in place.

Anyway, I’m off to continue my search and preparation for the new year (it’s still New Year’s Eve where I am) so I leave those who have yet to see any version of the performance with the following. Be quick, as I doubt the video will stay up on YT for long.

Blog Announcement + Mishi-P interview coverage

Before anyone declares me MIA — I’m still around. ^^;;

I do have an announcement to make. Due to increasing RL demands, I need to put Smile-Gang on break for at least the next 2 months. I feel a need to announce this because the poll from way back indicates most of you come here for that. I haven’t had time to actually sit down for 20 something minutes to listen to the radio show, never mind write about it. On that note… Anyone know of any good android nicodouga app (if it exists at all) that makes listening on the phone easier?

But this blog remains active. I’ll be selectively translating/covering what I find to be interesting. 😉 And the radio interview with Mishi-P below is one of those that I found interesting.

Because as someone who grew up listening to anime songs, I thought this was relevant. “What is the future of anisongs?” The conversation switches to be about Mizuki Nana halfway through.

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Music Fair 2400th Anniversary – 5th Night

The final part for Music Fair 2400th Anniversary.

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PWD hint: Same as before.

As with the past 4 nights, there is great music throughout and well worth sitting through the whole thing. I sort of want to leave it at that, but since this is the last episode of this 5-part special, I’ll randomly write down some of my thoughts with regards to JUPITER.

Despite it not being the first time these two did a duet, the JUPITER collaboration between Hirahara Ayako and Mizuki Nana remained to be one of the most looked forward-to performance for me. It didn’t disappoint. It was a great performance (they both did an awesome job), though I still get the feeling that some parts of the lyrics were a little forced. Or maybe I’m just too used to an instrumental/orchestral version of it.

I must say though, I think the performance would’ve much more powerful had they added a trumpet part. I can’t help but always feel that the trumpet captures the “Jupiter” theme the best.
Trumpet version here

Getting a little side-tracked here, so before I stray into La Corda d’oro anywhere else, let me say that despite how “grand” the final song was (with everyone on the stage and having their individual voices heard even when not all of them got a solo part), the lyrics made me want to cry a bit. And it’s times like these that I think “Music really does have strange powers.”

Anyway, Music Fair 2400th Anniversary has come to a close, but they will still be airing Music Fair 2400th Anniversary SPECIAL next week. It’ll be a compilation of fan-favourite performances over the last 5 weeks along with some footages that hasn’t been shown yet. Might still be worth looking into. 😛

MUSIC FAIR 2400th Anniversary – 4th Night

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.

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^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…

Music Fair 2400th Anniversary – 3rd Night

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… ^^;;

Billboard Japan Award & MUSIC FAIR 1st Night


^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

World of M #131 – Guest: Takayama Minami

I’ve been waiting for this all week…

水樹奈々のMの世界 #131 (2012,01,28) ゲスト:高山みなみ

I was grinning the entire time when listening to this. Why? BECAUSE TAKAYAMA MINAMI IS GUEST THIS WEEK ON WORLD OF M!!! <– When I capslock abuse (which I don't do very often), it shows how excited I truly am. XDD;;

If you’re wondering why I’m so excited, it’s because… well, it’s TAKAYAMA MINAMI.
Ok, so that doesn’t answer any questions (even if I think it should).
Because ran told me (a while back) that, apparently, not everyone knows who Takayama Minami is (which came as somewhat of a shock to me)…

…But unless you’re really young, I would think most J-pop fans have heard of Two-Mix / Mix Delta. Gundam Wing fans, especially, should recognize Two-Mix as the group who did the openings for GW.
Minami-san is the lead vocal in Two-Mix.

For anime fans in general, you would have likely heard her voice on Detective Conan (as Edogawa Conan), Pokemon (as Hiroshi), Shaman King (as Asakura Hao), and many, many other well-known anime. From her more recent roles, she can be heard on Digimon Xros Wars (as Kudou Taiki) and Senki Zesshou Symphogear (as Kanade).

As a Mizuki Nana fan…
As a casual Two-Mix fan…
As a anime & seiyuu fan in general…

How can I not be grinning when I hear them together on World of M this week? And I’m not the only one. If the giggling and laughing from Nana-san is an indication of anything.

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Post-Kouhaku quick interview [Mizuki Nana]

Link here: 2011/12/31 副音声(ゲスト:水樹奈々)

^This was the recording of the SAP (or secondary audio channel) for Kouhaku. You can think of it as a running commentary hosted by Itou Teri and Kanda Aika, hence why you can hear the live performances happening in the background. Apparently, after Nana-san’s performance, they got her there for a little while to conduct a mini-interview.

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