A few weeks ago, a friend caught my attention with his claim that the new series Moretsu Pirates (officially "Bodacious Space Pirates" in English, although Stormshrug insists on calling it Hot Pirates) had the worst OP sequence he'd ever seen. Now, I've seen a lot of OPs in my day, and some of them are pretty bad, but nothing stood out as being seriously the worst of the bunch, so I went and checked it out -- sure enough, the Moretsu Pirates OP is pretty bad: everything about it is kind of scattered and inconsistent, like, what are they even trying to achieve here? Is it a show about hot girls in space? Is it a serious space opera with exploding ships and stuff? And the song itself, by the always-peculiar group Momoiro Clover, is just as confused: is it supposed to be heavy metal? Light seiyuu pop? Is it supposed to be like the campy-yet-strangely-catchy Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko OP? I'm not sure.
And yet, after talking with my friend Tsubasa, he tipped me off to the existence of an even worse anime OP from this same season, one that I'm pretty sure after watching it takes the cake for the worst anime OP, ever. It's so bad I want to watch it again but I can't because it's too terrible. I... there are just no words that can capture the experience. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you...
Kill Me Baby
So now that you've seen that... first thing's first, my apologies. But I ask of you... what are your candidates for worst OP ever? Can anything top our reigning champion?! ONLY TIME WILL TELL.
Click the image to be taken to the page where you can preview the album.
From the site:
After the success of Andrew's 2008 release of Japanese pop rock covers, Andrew W.K. was approached by Sunrise Inc., the owners of the Gundam franchise, to record an album of classic Gundam music, to celebrate Gundam's 30th anniversary.
The album of English-language rock covers will be released on September 9th, in Japan, by Andrew's longtime label, Universal Music Japan. The release will feature the music from the first "Mobile Suit Gundam" television series and movie trilogy, as well as Andrew's versions of the Gundam score and background music. Plus, Andrew will reenact Gundam's opening narration and the famous memorial speech that the Gihren Zabi character gives for his fallen brother.
The album's front cover artwork features an original illustration by respected Gundam artist, Akira Yasuda. The image depicts Andrew flying through space next to the Mobile Suit Gundam. The album's design also features special photographs by Andrew Strasser.
This is Andrew W.K., so that should tell you something right there. I much prefer the gundam rock covers by Richie Kotzen [a few posts below this one!] but I just found this to be quite a random piece of news. Some of the music on the album isn't so bad either, but I much prefer the original music, as it was a lot more.... funky.
Also: Happy Thanksgiving, all you kawaii gaijins out there, uguu.
Taken from Moetron: "An ad for the supplemental issue of DTM magazine has revealed news that Nakajima Megumi (Ranka Lee of Macross F) will lend her voice for SSW Internet software company’s next Vocaloid virtual idol. It was nearly a year ago today since the announcement of their first Vocaloid release — Gackpoid; voiced by musician/actor Gackt himself."
Here is a sample:
That's some crazy vibrato. Can't wait to see what people do with "Megumi's" voice.
As a huge ARIA fan I was surprised and saddened last year to hear the news of Eri Kawai's death. I still don't know much about it but I'm fairly sure she was very young, and it really came out of nowhere. As I was browsing Anime News Network I saw that Victor Entertainment has released a memorial album featuring her songs..
Rachael Carothers of ANN writes:
"It was sad news when, just before noon on August 4, 2008, singer-songwriter Eri Kawai passed away. She contributed songs to Aria the Animation, Air and Tales of Symphonia, among others. A memorial tribute album, Himawari (Sunflower), was released on December 24, 2008. The album features songs from Aria, Bamboo Blade and Sketchbook ~full color'S~. Four live tracks from ARIA The CONCERT, which were never intended to be released to the public, complete the present to Kawai's fans. " read more here
I would love to hear these live tracks, myself. I didn't know they had an ARIA concert :O
Oh lawd. Here's what I said over there: WE'LL DO IT LIVE! We did a LOT of testing with this new version of the site, to iron out all the big bugs, but there's likely a few left just from carrying this new design over. If you find anything wrong or if you'd like to give feedback on the design, let Xaleph know [because that's not my job :D]. Well I think it's great, the black and brownish greens were getting depressing. All those headers read more...everyone worked on are now gone but I hope anyone didn't work TOO hard on those. Perhaps we'll enlist everyone's help on making new site headers this time too! AAAAAAAAnyway, welcome to the new site.
There's also a new mix by Xaleph featuring some woman I've never heard of :D Check it.