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SFU Summer Festival 2014

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It’s been a while since my last post on my blog that isn’t fansubbing related. So, this will make a good change of pace on the blog. Anyway, today I was up on SFU Burnaby to help run an EVO screening event that we planned to run. I was reminded by a friend early in the morning that the SFU Summer Festival was happening. It’s basically a mini anime-con at my university that happens once a year. It’s low budget, but at least it’s an honest attempt at trying to run a big event at our school campus.

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Surprisingly, the event was well attended from what I could tell. In the time I spent there, the traffic of people was consistent and seemed to generate quite a bit of interest. It was quite hot today and it really showed in this area as it felt like a greenhouse in this…

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Saya Please

It’s been a while since I’ve posted on here. I thought I’d just do a quick image dump for Saya from Little Busters! EX while waiting for raws to work with.

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This image dump happens when no one else posts. Don’t blame me.

VN & Anime OST Appreciation, The Third Strike

It’s me shcboomer, here again with another edition of VN & Anime OST Appreciation. I’m a bit tired from subbing Little Busters! ~Refrain~ Episode 11 this week, so I’ll try to keep things short. If you’re wondering, I did cry due to this episode, much manly tears were had.

I’m actually in the process of reading the VN right now (Komari route). Will I watch LB Refrain anime after reading the VN? Proooobably not.

Well, I wouldn’t blame you… Glad to hear you’re reading the VN, it’s definitely worth it.

To commemorate this episode of Little Busters! ~Refrain~, let’s start off with Haruka Kanata, otherwise known as Faraway, from the latest episode of Refrain. The song is sung by Rita as with the majority of the vocal tracks from Little Busters! Manack arranged this track, and it was written and composed by none other than Jun Maeda.

Hmm, so we aren’t weeaboo enough to use Maeda Jun? Meh, whatever. This track… It’s kind of slow and pretty, but I’d need lyrics to really appreciate it. Then again, the lyrics could be a spoiler.

Lyrics are fine, if you watched our episode 11, you would have lyrics. The episode might be a big spoiler though…

While we’re on the topic of sad and touching OSTs, let’s take a look at Secret Base ~君がくれたもの~ (10 Years After Ver.) from AnoHana. It is sung by three VAs from the AnoHana anime in this version of the song: Meiko Honma (CV. Ai Kayano), Naruko Anjou (CV. Haruka Tomatsu), Chiriko Tsurumi (CV. Saori Hayami.) Lyrics and composition goes to Norihiko Machida and arrangement can be attributed by Toku.

Damn it, Boomer keeps sneaking anime music into my VN-land. How dare he! Also, the beatmap I have for this on osu is really annoying to get right timing-wise. Oh, and I can totally read that Japanese, it’s “kimi ga kuretamono”. I don’t actually know what kuretamono means though, so I guess that was pretty pointless. Damn.

Hmm, the breakdown at around 0:37 was quite interesting. I actually like this tune quite a bit – it’s both happy and a bit melancholic, isn’t it? Bit obvious pitch correction at some places though; guess it might be used for effect…  Not sure if I approve of the bridge at 3:10 that much, especially its start. The solo at around 5:00 is really disappointing. It’s a guitar man, USE IT. MAKE IT CRY. MAKE IT SING. LIVE. DID I MENTION I LIKE GUITARS.

I’m certain you’d understand if you watched the anime. It’s so fitting to AnoHana, even if the song is much older. The VAs for AnoHana did a cover of this song and it was used for the anime which is why it’s the 10 Years After Version.

Lastly, we have Eternal Feather from ef – a fairy tale of the two. This song is written by nbkz, composed and arranged by Tenmon, and Hitomi Harada provides the vocals.

Minori considers their high-quality graphics to be one of their trademark features – they even do their VNs in 1080p! Or was it 1920×1200, can’t remember… anyway, they have good graphicness. Kind of a pity that this video is 1. artifacted quite a bit and 2. Flash sucks hard so I had to download it and use potplayer, but I guess that comes with the Youtube territory. As for the musical content, decent, but pretty animu-style-OP-meh-y. Not bad, but not better than anything else good I guess?

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That’s all from me for now. I pass on the torch to Zakamutt.

Hah, you expect ME to WORK?

…Ok will do.

You better…

At first, I thought “Man, I really should try to pick tracks from VNs I haven’t mentioned yet.” Then this tune popped into my head. I’m not really all that sorry because Ever17.

A lot of the Ever17 tracks I like have this daft-punkish Homework era thing where the very first seconds grab you. Daft Punk managed this with just a single sample at times; Ever17 might not be quite that extreme. Still, it’s a great quality for background music – to hit you, straight away, with the desired atmosphere. Hologramm really does that – it speaks of mystery, but also of revelation – of truths tantalizingly hidden away, yet within your grasp… If you reach out to grasp them.

I think I need to read Ever17 at some point now… The track is quite mysterious alright.

Aah, Saya no Uta. Now officially released by JAST; years before, made available through a fan translation by the same guy. I dislike the official release because it’s named “Song of Saya” and not “Saya’s Song”. Now if that isn’t word-nerdotry, I’m not sure what is… Anyway, to the actual track. Feel the beauty and purity of those high notes? Yes, Saya is beautiful (although I feel the video’s picture kind of butchers her actual looks.) But the melody is sad, otherworldly, just a little bit… disturbing. Again, perfect use of music to build atmosphere.

SnU is partly a horror VN, and honestly, what would horror be without unsettling music? The rest of Saya no Uta’s soundtrack is great as well. If you want to really experience it, though… Just read the VN. You will probably not get disappointed, unless you are batman, who is wrong about everything (ZING SHOTS FIRED.) Oh, it’s medium strength guro, so I guess there is that problem. Honestly though, I’ve been called Zakapuss for good reason before; it’s not really that creepy. Not only that, but Saya’s pretty… deep, I’d say. A romance-above-all story? An exploration into what it means to be human? A lovecraftian fantasy? You’ll find all of that right here.

(Bonus:  Extra Credits, a long-running series of videos about game design, mentioned Saya no Uta in this episode.)

Saya no Uta, an interesting choice indeed. I do like this track from the OST, so no worries.

I think this was the first time I heard such an all-out freakout what-the-fuck-oh-shit track in a fairly modern style in a VN. Granted, F/SN was hardly the last VN I’ve read, and Tsukihime’s Phantom Dance has its charms, but anywaysies.

F/SN, another VN on my to read list… That thing is huge.

Things I tried hard to find but didn’t, messing the deadline up: 世界が色づき始めるとき by foka, the Higurashi excited club-activity theme. Oh well.

VN OST commentary and appreciation, second edition (Possibly Anime OSTs Too ~ Based shcboomer)

Hi and welcome to the second installment of our sunday OST thingy. I have no idea where boomer went, maybe off into RL land or something – maybe he was just still tired from subbing LB refrain :s. I hope he’ll come back here to edit this post with some more tracks and comments. I myself am going to be trying to sleep and/or read Little Busters as soon as I post this…

Well, without further ado:


While I can concede that Katawa Shoujo has inconsistent CGs, meh prose, sometimes meh pacing, and isn’t really the best VN out there (though still good, and worthy of an 8 in my opinion,) anyone ripping on NicolAmarfi’s hauntingly beautiful tracks may find themselves being ripped to pieces.

By me.

At its best the Katawa Shoujo soundtrack is just as good as tracks from some of the best VN OSTs I’ve heard; G-Senjou comes to mind here. Actually, I prefer Katawa Shoujo’s OST compared to G-Senjou’s when it comes to listening to their tracks outside of their respective VNs.

To be honest, I wanted to just tell you listen to the whole effing Katawa Shoujo soundtrack here (and then admit that there are some weak tracks…)

Well, I guess I can. Yup, all the music in KS, for free.


I can’t help but feel that this track’s name is written with quite a bit of sarcasm in mind. Maybe it’s just me having imprinted on the scenes where I remember it being played in Rewrite, but… I feel like it describes someone who is living out a hollow life, “satisfied” but longing for something more, depression waiting just under the surface. Someone desperately trying to convince themself everything is alright.

But maybe I’m projecting, here.


Aah, this vn… It deserves so much more attention. The lyrics to its songs are all full of foreshadowing and meaning in their own way, beside the songs being pretty beautiful musically. The rhythm minigame did make batman rage, though. Incidentally, I reckon Fuwanovel has by far the best torrent for SR, due to the rather complicated procedure needed to install it from scratch (I’ve done it. I know.) Oh, and an actual nonshit bat file! Yay!

Full disclosure: I may or may not have been heavily involved in the making of that torrent.

Sorry about the low quality video. The actual VN is 640×480, and I couldn’t be bothered to letterbox or upscale it. I mean, this is recorded with OBS while raging at the lack of other sufficiently lyriced videos.

My favorite track from SR is actually Melody, but the lyrics are a bit too spoilery for my taste – it’s Fal’s ED, more or less. Damn, Fal was such an interesting character too.

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Guess I’ll have to take it from here, this is shcboomer reporting in. Sorry I’m late to the party, but real life struggles (mostly exams) have gotten the best of me lately. On top of having to sub for Refrain Subs, I also had a few other PR things to handle this week. It’s been pretty hectic, but I’m here now.

Let’s start off with a VN OST that I’ve been listening to quite a bit while studying. It’s yet another OST from G-Senjou no Maou which happens to also be on my playlist. It’s sung by Rekka Katakiri and written by kanoko. The music is composed and arranged by Junpei Fujita.

Next we have an OST from the Little Busters! ~Refrain~ anime, although this song is fairly old. It was released by Key back in back in 2003 on the album Spica/Hanabi/Moon. Hanabi is used in the anime as an ED for Rin2. The  music and lyrics are composed by Jun Maeda and arranged by Yuu Hagiwara. Lia is the vocalist for all three songs found on the album which includes Hanabi.

The last pick for me this week is 届かない恋 ’13 or Todokanai Koi ’13 from the anime adaptation of White Album 2. It is an updated version of 届かない恋 or Todokanai Koi from the White Album 2 ~Introductory Chapter~ OST. The song is composed by Shinya Ishikawa, arranged by Shuntaro Kobayashi, and the lyrics are written by Naoko Sutani. Rena Uehara is the vocalist for this song.

I’m contributing!

Hey everyone, name’s Tief Blau, or as our crime fighting superhero site owner calls me “Mr. Ever 17 Fan”. What can I say about myself…. I’m also a blogger and my own blog can be found here. As you might be able to see I don’t post much. My focus on Sometimes Clever will mostly be about upcoming anime and games. When I do get around to posting that is.

Moving on to my topic of the day;

Kill La Kill

How many of you guys have heard of it?

Not many?

That’s what I thought.

Don’t worry, I don’t know much about it either.

Set to come out sometime in 2013, directed by the guy who did Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, and Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, I’m sure we can all expect something very… Unique.

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Attack on Titan to Receive Visual Novel Bonuses

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According to a translation done by Siliconera, the mega hit anime series of the Spring 2013 season, Attack on Titan, will be getting at least two visual novels attached as Blu-ray bonuses. The first novel, titled “Lost in the Cruel World” will be included on the third Blu-ray volume and the second, “A Choice with No Regrets” will be included on the sixth volume. Both novels are being supervised by Hajime Isayama, the creator of the original AoT manga, with character designs coming from Namaniku ATK from Nitroplus. Volume six of the Blu-rays will also include an anime spin off titled “Wall Sina, Goodbye“.

It appears that more Nitroplus staff are working on the VNs, but I can’t translate the original text for myself.

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5 Reasons to Watch Evangelion

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I like the Evangelion series. No, I should say I love it. The Evangelion series started in October of 1994. What began as a monster of the day type show (where a different enemy would be defeated weekly), audiences were quickly treated to an in depth psycho-analysis of the characters as well as a very deep, thought provoking story regarding the nature of humanity. Since it’s initial TV run, the franchise has spawned a comic adaption, video games (none of which ever saw a Stateside release), and 5 movies (with another to come in a few years). Neon Genesis Evangelion (the TV series) has remained relevant on the anime scene for nearly 20 years now. Not too many shows, even on American television can claim the same.

With the third Rebuild of Evangelion movie recently being released, (Rebuild is a series of movies that is writing a new Evangelion story, or an alternate story.) I thought it was time to introduce the reasons why you should watch the series. Read the rest of this entry