The Anime Jukebox #1:「Let Me Hear」by Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas

Hi everyone. This is my new series aptly titled The Anime Jukebox. There isn’t any fixed schedule for this series but I want to post often! It was originally called ‘Anijubo’ but since I want to avoid confusion with my blog name I decided to go with the longer version. It’s amazing, right?

Before watching Parasyte (the anime from which I first heard this song) I had never heard of this band before. Many listens and a few Google searches later I finally came across the name of the band: Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas. Odd name and strange grammar use aside, this is a perfect example of the punk energy that Japanese bands can give you.

Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas

It opens with a very catchy beat and auto-tuned voices that you may/may not be a fan of. The guitar and drums have a nice energy to them, and the song only gets more faster and energetic. The mix of electronica, guitar and the fast-paced drums really do make for an addictive song (at least, to my ears). I really like the auto-tuned vocals in particular — youthful and raw at the same time. When the typical hardcore screaming comes in some of you may be turned off, and indeed maybe the song could have done without it. The singer’s screams do sound a bit brash to me, so I can’t say that I agree with them. Perhaps the mixer could have reduced the volume of those screams, or used some sort of equaliser to reduce its harshness?

All things said though, I must commend this song for adeptly matching the anime that it’s used for. I should actually be thanking the person who chose the song to be used for Parasyte, but I’ll thank the band anyway for making the song. This was one of the few songs that I actually watched each time I started an episode. It was that good! Just don’t burst your eardrums out playing it on repeat.

On a side note, I scheduled a post for tomorrow. Look out for that! It’s not to do with anime though, so you might be taken aback or surprised.


Breaking News: NerveGear Is Available Now in Japan!

Note: Actual product may vastly differ in appearance.

Oh my gosh, I’ve waited years for this. Years I say – ever since 2012. Now after all this time, it’s finally become a reality. Remember way back when Sword Art Online was first unleashed upon the world in anime form, and fanboys all over the world gathered their smart-ass brains together to wish upon a shooting star for a miracle¹? Now, everyone, rejoice! The miracle has come! Introducing the newest and greatest invention to come out of Japan since 2012, the NerveGear 2K15 Model X69, codenamed “L-O-L-I-C-O-N”. This is not² a joke, and if you read until the end you’ll find out why.

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The Worst Hairstyles In Anime Fashion

It doesn’t get any worse than some of these anime hairstyles. Don’t get me wrong, they’re cool and all, but heck I don’t even think some of these haircuts are even possible to have in real life without using a crap-ton of wax, gel and hairspray. No scratch that – most of them are flat out impossible. I’ll just stop talking now and let the pictures paint the words in your mind… (Disagree with me? Let’s take this argument to the comments!)

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Ladies and Gentlemen, Studio Deen! (And Why Everyone Hates Them)

At some point in their lives, all anime fans would probably come to know the name Studio Deen. They’re rather (in)famous, having created popular shows like Fruits Basket and the original Fate/stay night. I don’t want to say it, but Studio Deen is also almost universally hated. I mean, just look at this:

Sometimes I wonder just what happened…

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Otaku Basics #1: 「What are visual novels?」

The Fate/stay night visual novel.

Fate/stay night was originally released in January 2004 as a visual novel eroge game.

Have you ever heard of the term ‘visual novel‘ before? If not, well… you’re not alone. They’re not too popular outside of Japan, and almost no one plays them in Western countries. Key word: play. They do differ a bit from what you’d normally be used because you can do a little bit more than just flip pages. Even though they’re relatively unknown, they still have a dedicated English following. Anime are even adapted from them, which speaks volumes about how popular they are in Japan.  Continue reading