Hanae ( ハナエ )

The OP/ED single for Kamisama Hajimemashita (AKA Kamisama Kiss) was released TODAY! For those of you so unfortunate as to not have heard the opening and/or the ending song (both performed by Hanae), here are some promotional videos.

The OP, “Kamisama Hajimemashita”, grabbed me immediately. It has an interesting blend of traditional sound (koto) and modern groove (light-funk guitar)

The ED, “Kamisama Onegai”, is a cover of a pop tune by the Tempters. The new version seems to be referencing Surf-rock at times, whereas the original (1968) had a vaguely Psychedelic feel to it, instead.

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The second week of the new season has brought us some new premieres, some solid second episodes, and some other stuff. Let’s get to it!

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Fall 2012 ~ Shoujo Kisses

October 8, 2012

This post discusses kisses as they appear in three shoujo series airing Fall 2012.

The Fall 2012 anime season brings us an unusually high number of shoujo romance series. Typically there is at most one shoujo title (excluding mahou shoujo titles, which are aimed at a younger viewer). But this time around we have three titles, and this gives us an opportunity we never had before to compare and contrast currently airing shoujo titles. (The three shoujo series this season are: Kamisama Hajimemashita, Suki-tte Ii na yo, and Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun the titles have been presented in English as Kamisama Kiss, Say ‘I love you’, and My Little Monster, respectively).

Spoiler Alert: Although this post only looks at the first episodes of each of these three titles, I’ll be discussing the episodes as if you had already seen the first episodes of every one of these titles. If you want to get the full impact of seeing the shows for yourself, watch them before reading the discussion that follows.

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Time to celebrate – A new season for anime has begun!

The first week of the new season saw the premiere of several shows I had been interested in checking out. The shows I watched:

  • Kamisama Hajimemashita
  • Shin Sekai Yori
  • Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun
  • K
  • Chuu-ni-byou demo Koi ga shitai!
  • Jojo’s bizarre adventure

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The approach of the Fall season means a strange new world of anime opens before us.,

Welcome to the Abandoned Factory Fall 2012 Picks and Predictions. Each season I attempt to do three things,

  1. Point you toward comprehensive season previews,
  2. Provide you with a list of my picks for the interesting shows to keep an eye on in the new season, and
  3. Predict which show will stand the test of time, despite being sadly overlooked while it is airing.

So … I suppose it should be called “Pointers, Picks, and Predictions”. Eh, whatever.

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