Just wishing you all a Happy New Year for 2014 from Sometimes Clever.
Why hello there. Given this newfangled white background, I guess that I, Zakamutt the Moderately Great, shall have to change my signature text color. Changes to older articles will come when I feel like it.
While Shizuru is moe queen in Rewrite, Kotori might just be best girl. That said, I really like Akane as well. Until bad stuff happens to her and stuff, anyway. Kotori’s route is definitely the best character route, though (and Akane second best.) Well, many will disagree; that’s just the way Rewrite is. (I feel like I should link a Rewrite opinion I really disagree with now, so here you go. Happy new year, Silvachief, and may I never agree with you! (Except he considers Akane second best chara route which I am in complete agreement with…))
We haven’t written much these past weeks, have we? Oh well, we can probably rectify that soon enough. Maybe we can even persuade batman to review some anime or something. Or not.
Clearly I need more depressed insomnia, because I seem to write my best stuff when that happens.
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.
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.
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.
Just the other night, I was running by a short article idea by our great and glorious leader solidbatman about my first post on this blog. If you don’t know me, I’ve basically been a shadow editor for the blog by helping the others edit their articles when asked. Anyway, enough about me, let’s move on to the core of this article. For my first post here, I thought I’d keep it light and post some of the latest tracks that I enjoy from VNs with a short blurb about where they are taken from. I’ll be posting a few, and Zakamutt will post a couple as well.
Pfft, I was the one who suggested how to make the vn songs thing into an actual article concept. Oh, and this color will be mine – Zakamutt
Meh, I just wanted to do an article about VN OSTs/songs that I enjoy. Your idea for an article was good if you want to make yourself feel better.
First off, we have Sunbright, a vocal arrangement of BGM from Key’s visual novel Rewrite by Shinji Orito. Lyrics are provided by Ryukishi07 and vocals from Kitazawa Ayaka. The lyrics are quite silly but they do mean quite a bit in the context of Lucia’s route in Rewrite.
Oh god 360p… oh god the lyrics are so cute… oh god now I’m reminded of all the strong moments in Lucia’s route… *sniff*… Maybe I was too harsh on it, Kotarou’s retard moment nonwithstanding… Could Chihaya=Lucia be my new opinion on those two of Rewrite’s character routes?
BUT WHY 360p???
Probably because the uploader only made a 360p version? Who knows? I couldn’t find another one with lyrics on Youtube.
After that we have Close Your Eyes with vocals from Ayane from G-Senjou no Maou. The song is written and composed by Chiyomaru Shikura and arranged by Toshimichi Isoe. This is both an insert song and an ED song for the various routes.
Alright, 480p is a bit better. I suppose. Maybe. But 720p master race, man (at the wondrous quality of ~180 kbps AAC, but I digress…).
What, I’m supposed to comment on the song? Ok… I honestly don’t really want to even write anything here and just turn the video off because goddamn it this song makes me cry so much due to memories I associate with it jesus christ. This, ladies and gentlemen, is the song that plays during the very best scene G-Senjou no Maou has to offer. I won’t say any more.
G-Senjou no Maou was a thrill to play through. Emotional highs and lows abound. The routes were all fairly interesting and of course we have Haru’s route.
Lastly from me, we have Mayoi no Mori from Grisaia no Kajitsu. Vocals are from Hiromi Sato and lyrics are from Yoshikazu Kuwashima. The song is composed and arranged by Junpei Fujita. I must say that Makina’s route was my favorite from Grisaia no Kajitsu.
No way, it’s obviously Sachi>Michiru>Yumiko=Amane>Makina. Your opinion is now invalid because I have blue text. That said, Makina’s bad end was pretty good. I recommend not spoiling yourself on the final (and only) choice in Makina’s route.
I could care less about your tastes in characters from Grisaia. I don’t have to waste my time arguing about your opinions.
That’s all from me, now I’ll pass on the rest of the article to Zakamutt. ❤
FUHAHAHAHAHA! I SHALL USE THIS OPPORTUNITY WELL.
Oh man… 480p, we meet again. I tried to look up how to make a 720p just-a-damn-image-and-music video that had .wav sound, but no dice on getting a single program that would just take a .wav file (because honestly, nothing that takes a flac file is going to reject a wav file), add an image and go. Why do I want .wav? Because Youtube converts all music files to AAC / ogg anyway, and I might as well have a lossless file going into their evil machines of quality reduction. But no. In case you’re wondering: yes, youtube can and will re-encode aac audio.
…Oh, I should talk about this track. First of all, if you don’t like intrumental tracks, you’re probably not on my wavelength when it comes to music – at least electronic music. This track perfectly captures the bright winter days that mark Kanon’s common route. And man, that string violin-or-something-ish synth. I could masturbate to it. Excuse me for a moment…
I like this track quite a bit too, maybe I should have posted up some Kanon tracks as well. Oh well, there is always next time.
…Aaaah that was nice. Anyway, onto the next video:
FINALLY 720p. YES YES YES YES YES.
This track goes soooo well with Ever17’s creepier sequences – it captures that sense of mystery, hidden danger, suspense, and occasional mindscrew that makes Ever17 so good.
I actually haven’t read Ever17, my backlog is way too huge. Rest assured, I will read it someday. I’m sure of it.
…And that finishes my contributions to this post. I suppose Boomer will add comments all over my parts now and mess this up, but that’s life, I guess…
Says the other contributor who adds all these random comments to my post.