Lexxy & Jiraffe


Early Birthday Loot by jiraffe7
January 19, 2009, 8:59 PM
Filed under: Nana Mizuki

My birthday loot came early today!!! Strange though, I thought Shin Ai was supposed to be launched on the 21st of Jan, but it was shipped from Japan on the 17th. Due to the Oricon charts thing maybe??

Since there’s already a review on Shin Ai, I won’t bore you with the same thing. So here’s some pictures of my package.

The Package

My Loot

Well… thats all. Please support Nana-chan by buying her stuff. I guess its ok to download as long as you WILL buy her works (especially those you downloaded).



Remaining songs of Shin Ai AND Happy B’day to certain people! by icejiraffe
January 18, 2009, 8:42 PM
Filed under: Nana Mizuki

BY THE WAY, these are EXTREMELY high quality ones, not your usual radio rips!

(Gozen reji no Baby Doll)

Well Gozen reji no Baby Doll literally means ” Baby Doll of 0 a.m”. A rather interesting (erm?) name don’t you think? Personally I found it rather attractive! HAHA! Well, the tune starts out pretty lively and Nana chan maintains that same tune. Okay, I apologise that I am unable to find the lyrics and translation for this song… However, honestly, I think this song is just a tad plain… yes? Her voice fluctuation isn’t much either, but the tune IS lively enough to hold my interest…. Well, next up we have Pride of Glory!

(Pride Of Glory)

Okay, Pride of Glory in Jiraffe’s opinion is very similar to Astrogation. I’m not exactly sure what he means, but what I THINK he means that it takes numerous runs before you get used to it. Her voice is evidently VERY strong and confident, well, as the title suggests, full of pride. Her pride is very prominent and doesn’t seem to want to let up. Well these are just my thoughts.

On another note, today incidentally is Kotoko and Utada Hikaru’s Birthday! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU TWO AWESOME SINGERS! (not too awesome for Utada though… SORRY Utada fans!) Kotoko’s Re-Sublimity seems to be a trance song which is ABSOLUTELY awesome. Thanks to Jiraffe I managed to listen to it!

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(I LOVE her white hair!! OMG I WANNA STREAK MY HAIR WHITE!)

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(Personally, I never knew Utada was so cute. I always imagined her to be that erm, nerdy(?) girl on Heart Station)

Well, today are those two awesome singers birthday, AND tomorrow is JIRAFFE’S birthday! HAHAHAH how awesome is he? Best part is the day after, it is Nana Mizuki’s birthday! That’ll mean SHIN AI WILL BE OUT!

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I don’t know, you pick the winner. I know who I am choosing! —————————————>

Lexxy.



Shin Ai PV by icejiraffe
January 14, 2009, 11:41 PM
Filed under: Nana Mizuki

Hey everybody! Lexxy here! Well, as most of us already know, Nana Mizuki’s Shin Ai PV is out! That means that we can all enjoy this emotional song with Nana chan in it! WHEE! Let me see, I’m in a really high mood because her single will be reaching Jiraffe in roughly a weeks time and I’ll get my copy too! ARGH can’t bear the wait. (A bonus is that I did well for my O Level exams! Jiraffe outclassed me AS USUAL. Owned me by 3 points. Sigh.)

Anyway, here is the video we have all been waiting for. Without further ado, I give you Shin Ai.

(doesn,t Nana chan look so innocent and beautiful??)

 

Some screenshots which i thought were beautiful. Feel free to help yourself to them!

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(so full of youthful innocence!)

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(I just had to take this shot because of the lighting.)

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(Another very beautiful scene)

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White Album! by icejiraffe
January 10, 2009, 10:09 PM
Filed under: Anime, Nana Mizuki

Hey everybody! I didn’t update the blog yesterday because I was feeling a little feverish and didn’t have much strength. Worse choice I made was to go and attend the CJC open house. That left me winded as I had to drag my dead body around. Well, as you know, Nana chan’s newest anime White Album has been launched (illegally though)! Personally, I found the anime quite typical. Just like an love story, on how lovers split when one rises to fame. The other party begins to become forlorn and depressed. But, hey, it’s only the first episode, what can I say? BUT BUT BUT, Nana chan’s song Shin Ai is an absolutely AWESOME accompliment. The OP is fantastic as it really suits the whole theme of the anime in every aspect.

 

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(the lead female characters)

 

Well, these characters are totally awesome. One voiced by Nana-chan, another by Aya Hirano. Two very fabulous seiyuus!

 

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The two characters support each other in the anime very closely, and are really like sisters. Personally, I would continue with this anime. It is definitely comparable to Toradora, which in my opinion, is an excellent anime as well.

 

Lexxy.



Shin Ai review by icejiraffe
January 8, 2009, 5:24 PM
Filed under: Anime, Music Artiste!, Nana Mizuki

(if i’m not wrong, Nana chan comments about her song at the end of the whole song! For those who understand Japanese, could you translate it for me please? OH AND listen to the song while reading the post and lyrics. you’ll feel touched. I guarantee it.)

 

Okay, I believe it is time to formally review the song Shin Ai. I don’t know why, but its been by-passing my mind everyday, slipping into oblivion. Well, after watching the CM again, did I realise that i totally neglected it. What an infidel I am eh?

 

Anyway, I think I’ve said it before that Shin Ai may be rather lack-lustre(?), well, now I stand corrected. Shin Ai initially sounds rather mundane with not much emotions in it, however as it progresses on, we get a full frontal collision with all its magnificent power and grace. Too tell you the truth, Nana chan looks absolutely gorgeous in that CM and her album cover.

 

Actually, scratch what i said initially about the beginning. The piano accompliment with the harp is an art of pure genious. The two instruments produce a very graceful effect which intertwine to give you, well, Shin Ai. Shin Ai literally means Growing Love. Well, I do not have the English translation of the lyrics with me at the moment, but personally, I can feel it just from the power of her voice. The song starts out slow, like how most lovers do. They begin courting each other with beautiful dreams. HOLD YOUR HORSES PEOPLE! I just found a translation, courtesy of Blackrabbit2999!

 

 

水樹奈々 – 深愛
Mizuki Nana – Shin Ai

作詞:水樹奈々
作曲:上松範康(Elements Garden)
編曲:藤間 仁(Elements Garden)

雪が舞い散る夜空 二人寄り添い見上げた
繋がる手と手の温もりはとても優しかった
the night when the snow danced and scattered, we watched while we cuddled together
the warmth of our joined hands was so tender

淡いオールドブルーの 雲間に消えて行くでしょう
永遠へと続くはずのあの約束
hasn’t it already disappeared into faint old blue rift between the clouds
the promise that was supposed to last for eternity

あなたの側にいるだけで
ただそれだけでよかった
いつの間にか膨らむ
今以上の夢に気付かずに
just being beside you
just having that is good enough
but unnoticed it has expanded
up till now to a dream i wasn’t aware of

どんな時も どこにいる時でも
強く強く抱きしめていて
情熱が日常に染まるとしても
あなたへのこの想いはすべて
終わりなどないと信じている
あなただけずっと見つめているの
no matter the time and no matter the place
please hold me closer and closer
even if the passion will spill onto all my days
the feelings i have for you are everything
i believe that they will never end
will i be able to see you like this forever

交わす言葉と時間 姿も変えて行くでしょう
白い頬に溶けたそれは 月の涙
the words and time we’ve exchanged, hadn’t they already come to change
that which melted on the white face, were the tears of the moon

行かないで もう少しだけ
何度も言いかけては 
また会えるよねきっと
何度も自分に問いかける
don’t leave, stay just that little longer
what i keep trying to say is
we will definitely meet again right
that is what i keep asking myself too

突然走り出した 行く先の違う二人
もう止まらない
沈黙が想像を越え引き裂いて
一つだけ許される願いがあるなら
ごめんねと伝えたいの
we suddenly started running, the two of us with different destinations
it can no longer be stopped
the silence has exceeded the imaginations, tearing us apart
if there was one request that could be granted
i would want to tell you i’m sorry

いくら思っていても届かない
声にしなきゃ 動き出さなきゃ
隠したままの二人の秘密
このまま忘れられてしまうの
だからね早く 今ここに来て
no matter how much i think about it, it will never reach you
i will have to say it out, i will have to make it clear
hidden away the secret we share
is this how it will become forgotten?
that’s why, you have to quickly come here now

あなたの側にいるだけで
ただそれだけでよかった
今度巡り会えたら
もっともっと笑いあえるかな?
just being beside you
just having that is good enough
if we were to meet again now
would we be able to laugh together?

どんな時も どこにいる時でも
強く強く抱きしめていて
情熱より熱い熱で溶かして
あなたへのこの想いはすべて
終わりなどないと信じている
あなただけずっと見つめているの
no matter the time and no matter the place
please hold me closer and closer
a burning hotter than just passion melts me now
the feelings i have for you are everything
i believe that they will never end
will i be able to see you like this forever

 

(is it just me or was Nana crying? Well i would too.)

 

Heh even without the translation, I was right to a certain extent to how the lovers started out, by dancing (typically) romantically under the night gaze of the moon. This just proves to you the power of Nana chan’s vocals. Their love in the song becomes more profound as the song becomes more urgent sounding as Nana’s vocals pick up to even newer heights. However, as any love story would go, the lovers would one day part and the desperation in Nana’s voice is even stronger and more evident.
Well, this song is also used in her newest anime White Album! I can’t wait for the official series to launch. Anyway, for those people who are way more otaku than Jiraffe and I, you can torrent it! I didn’t because I did not have the patience to, and my MacBook isn’t that fantastic. Jiraffe did though. Leave him a comment if you would like to know how it was and where to get it from. (Pssst… He’s more of the technical guy. He’s freaking intelligent. I’m the inferior guy. Always doing the menial stuff)
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(this should be white album)
You know, if I was a girl, I would probably break down into a huge puddle of tears because this song is really sentimental and emotional. So much feeling!!! I FEEL LIKE BURSTING! Gosh. *sniff*
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(isn’t she simply beautiful?)
Anyway, I’m signing off now!
Lexxy.


Okay, here starts the reviewing process that Lexxy and Jiraffe have begun on. by icejiraffe
January 6, 2009, 9:03 AM
Filed under: Nana Mizuki

(okay, I know she does not look exceptionally beautiful, but what I’ve noticeed with majority of Asians is that beauty comes with age, and that is true in her case)

First off, we have here Innocent Starter. I’m absolutely sure it’s a very familiar tune with all you Nana fans out there, because this is the epic song that really got Nana’s ball rolling! The starting of the song is really suitable, as the beat is slow and relax, giving a sense of peace and tranquility, that of a rather innocent start. In fact a slight tinge of insecurity is present, to portray the fear of the unknown and what may, very well, be a brand new start!

 

Hugging your knees in a corner of your room, you’ve always shook with anxiety.

You were afraid to know the ‘truth’, so you closed the doors to it.


 Slowly, as Nana’s voice drift along with the lyrics, we can slowly sense it becoming stronger, building the very confidence required to overcome the obstacles which she faces, to break open the “closed doors” and to run free. Run, to run to her dreams which she is chasing.


In this beautiful lie you find where you belong, and so you ran into your dreams.

It’s a place no one know about where you dye your sea of loneliness a deep blue color.


Her words are very beautifully chosen and selected to give the listeners a sense of what is going on in the background of things. Situations may not always seem the way they are, hence the phrase, “don’t judge a book by it’s cover”. The “lie” she mentions seems to point at her fear of the unknown, hence her isolation of herself from the rest of the world. By retreating into solitude, her own world lightens up with the brilliance of  a glistening ocean in the sun, her “sea of loneliness”.

 

You have earnestly looked for solitude to the extent of hurting your own heart.

In the reality behind your smile, which seems to hold the mysteries of your eyes, I’ll bring you tender love.

Your warmth now seems to “break” when you “touch” it; so let the past out and leave it behind.

Because I will always be by your side, you will not be affected by these shadows of sadness.


 This portion of the song is truly the time when she opens up and allows her emotions and feelings to run free. As i mention before, the confidence has already built up, and she is ready to give it her all. The song suggests that solitude is not an option for her even though she tried so hard to prove it otherwise.


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Okay, people, this is just a few stanzas from her song Innocent Starter. Her songs are way too long to analyse, but this will give you a general feeling. Basically, the message which she tries to portray (in my opinion) is that she has courageously emerged from her cacoon which she encased herself in and is trying to tell us all to LISTEN TO HER! Innocent Starter seems to mark the beginning of her career as she starts as a freshman, a greenhorn, a noob.

 

Lexxy



My Incoming Birthday Present: Shin Ai by jiraffe7
January 5, 2009, 10:03 PM
Filed under: Nana Mizuki

Shin Ai

This is what I will get for my Birthday! (its between Utada Hikaru’s/KOTOKO’s and Nana Mizuki’s birthdays)

To be frank, I didn’t really like Shin Ai when I first listened to it (compared to Astrogation and Trickster). But after listening to it a few times more, I kinda started to like it, but not to the level of Astrogation, which I listen to at least once everyday (in truth its more like 2 times lol).

OH GREAT! I just found out that PRIDE OF GLORY has been previewed, you should be able to find it in the latest Smile Gang… It’s similar to Astrogation in the aspects of beats-per-minute and synthesized music. I like it!!

On a final note, the last song of the single has a rather weird title (Gozen Rei-Ji no Baby Doll) that seems to deviate from Nana’s standard song titles. I hope that this song, despite its title, will not sound strange.

A few more weeks to go! Now for the PVs of these songs…

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Okay, now from me, Lexxy!

Well, personally i feel that Shin Ai is rather lack-lustre! Like what Jiraffe says, it definitely isn’t like her previous songs. Actually come to think about it, Shin Ai is the Nana chan that all of us should be seeing. You are able to feel from her song the emotions in it and how it all blends together to create a myriad of feelings within one’s recesses of the mind. It isn’t the usual bubbly Nana chan, but it still works out.

One can tell that Nana’s voice is now fuller, more mellow and stronger, the very aspects of a singer reaching her prime. Maturity has done her wonders with both her voice and looks(heh). Well, when Jiraffe gets his present, I’ll get it too! Thanks to Jiraffe of course!