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[-- Friday, February 16, 2001 --]

*grins* Finally, sometime to get on the net while I take a day off from our school's Swimming Carnival *L*

[ Shikami's winamp now playing: "Amore" -- Seki Toshihiko ]

School has been hell, like always... I've got tutors tomorrow, chinese school the day after and then school starts again for another week. *sighs* So much to do and so little time... At least I think I'm on top of it *L* Or I hope I am...

I so love this song! *L* Seki Toshihiko's voice is just so smooth here. Makes me wanna go see Sekimatsu Darling *giggles* But then a lotta songs make me wanna go and see a lotta things. Meanwhile, I've been getting this urge to do a Kenshin rerun *sweatdrops* which will cost me more than $50 if I ever decide to go through with it... *sighs* Maaaa... maybe I'll just wait until I go back to China at the end of this year and go buy the VCDs.... Much more long lasting and money efficient...

[ Shikami's winamp now playing: "Death Spiritual" -- Fushigi Yuugi BGM ]

Oooohhhh... FY BGMs..... soooo good~~~~ Just listening to this gives me flash backs of various scenes... I *think* this one is from when Miaka dies in the last episode of OVA2 and Taka finally figures out what's going on between himself and Tamahome... *grin* Personally, I like Tamahome better... the real Tamahome... not Yosui-Tamahome... Waaaa, I don't know what I'm talking about... better stop this line of thought.

[ Shikami's winamp now playing: "More Than Words" -- Midorikawa Hikaru (Zelgadis) ]

*sighs happily* This is one of my all time favorite songs. It's what Sutsume-chan and I picked for Heero's Image Song in the Stygian Sagas. The melody is just sooo nice and the lyrics are perfect and GAH, there isn't enough words to use to sing praises for this song!! If you haven't heard it and you're a Midorikawa Hikaru fan, or even if you only mildly like Midorikawa Hikaru, you are SO missing out on something good!! *dreamy look* This is one of those songs that just makes you wanna melt into a puddle on the floor... and the sax solo bits are GOOD!!! Definitely definitely one of my favorite songs of all time...

*hums* "Dear my friends forever....." *grins* I LOVE THIS SONG!!

[ Shikami's winamp now playing: "Change the World" -- V6 ]

*LOL* And another of my favorites.... V6~!! V6~~!!!! I think Sutsume-chan got me started on the V6 phase.... *grins* But they have really really really really nice voices~~~~~ WAaaiiii~~~~ *giggles* Sutsume-chan is, of course, in Taiwan right now (*growls* while I'm stuck in school~!!) trying to see how much she can spend in the space of two weeks on anime, manga and JPop stuff *L* That'll be me in 10 months! *determined look* Seeking to redefine the concept of "Shop till you drop!" *LOL* Well... at least shop until you run outta money.... *LOL*

[ Shikami's winamp now playing: "Te no hira no naka no kagayaki" -- Kazuko Kawashima ]

*sniffles* Oh God.... this song brings back one of the best and worst memories of the FY OVAs.... This is from Episode two, Hotohori's episode when he killed the youma and then became visible to Houki and Boushin... God, then scene when Boushin runs to him only to pass right through him is heartwrenching! *sniffles* Just thinking about it is gonna make me cry, I swear..... and then when Boushin says "Chi... chi... ue..?" Waaaaaaaa~~~~~~~~~~~ *reaches for a tissue* So sad~~~ Hori-sama shouldn't have died!!!! And this song.... whatta song.... sorta a double edged knife coz while it's one of my favs, it also makes me wanna cry so I can't really decide if I wanna hear it or not....

[ Shikami's winamp now playing: "Ice Blue Eyes" -- Sakurai Tomo (Makimachi Misao) ]

*giggles* Aoshi-sama~~~~~~~~~ *LOL* Misao-chan sounds so good in this song!! And there is no doubt the person that she's singing it to ne? ^_^ C'mon, "Ice Blue Eyes" fits only one person I can really think of in RK and it certainly ain't Kaoru *LOL* Wanna see Kenshin again! Especially the Kyoto Hen... Just let me see up to the end of the Kyoto Hen and I'll be happy......... But I wanna see Enishi as well.... so I wanna see the Revenge Arc animated! Wanna see so many things~~~

[ Shikami's winamp now playing: "Ippatsu Yarou" -- Ueda Yuuji (Sagara Sanosuke) ]

*snickers* I love this song, but everytime I hear it, instead of seeing Sano singing it in my head, I start getting weird images of Suboshi from FY *cracks up* and when I see Suboshi, I see Amiboshi as well and...... well.............. Sano's character is about as far from Amiboshi's as you can get... *giggles*

Ahhh, gotta go...... gonna to and park myself in front of the TV with my friends for a few hours... *grins*

[-- Saturday, February 03, 2001 --]

First time posting since school started so I'm gonna hopefully be fast ^_^

[ Shikami's winamp now playing: "Key" -- Okui Masami (LIVE) ]

*grins* I'm on an Okui Masami kick right now... I love her voice!!! ^_^ But anyhow, that's not what I was gonna complain about... as if I'd ever really complain about Okui-sama's voice *L*

What I was going to complain about was school. I have been to school all of three days and out of those three days, two have been stinky, sweaty and hot as hell, two have been class-ridden in classrooms where there are no air cons, all three have been stressful about crappy Chinese as a Second Language applications (which is STILL not resolved *growls*) and I have about a ton of homework already. Thank god I made a promise to myself that I'd keep up with the workload. If I did what I did last year, I'd be on the verge of killing myself already.

[ Shikami's winamp now playing: "J" -- Okui Masami (LIVE) ]

OOOOhhhhh, LOVE this song... One of my favorites at the moment ^_^

But yes anyhow, I have tutors this afternoon, chinese school most likely tomorrow morning (being sunday, I spend half of it in another school!! *rolls eyes*) and a chinese essay to write, half an exercise minimum of Specialist Mathematics to do as well as read something in chinese so I can report on it for chinese class on monday. This workload not counting anything I get from my tutor or chinese school. I just figured out that I have no life... Either that or life sucks anyway and I should probably go throw myself off some tall building or something without a parachute...

Did you know that if you commit suicide off a tall building, your bones don't actually break when you impact with the ground? Apparently, they shatter while you're still in mid-air because of some relationship between your velocity and gravity... *blinks* Yes, I am morbid.... well I dunno, maybe not morbid, but I do like to horde interesting little facts... *LOL* But all this talk of velocity and gravity is starting to sound too much like maths, think I'll stop now...

[ Shikami's winamp now playing: "Taiyou no Hana" -- Okui Masami (LIVE) ]

MY CURRENT FAVORITE!!! *L* It's so nice... sorta rockish/ballad-ish... IMO the best kind of song to sing with Okui-sama's voice... she does these songs so well~!!

Okies okies, I said I'd keep this short and I will... not to mention I have to get off now to do my homework.... *growls*
Shikami Yamino at 7:43 AM

[-- Wednesday, January 24, 2001 --]

*grins* Here I am... back again.... exactly a week till I start school.... *sighs* stupid school

[ Shikami's winamp now playing: "Hikari no Naka de" -- Yuusuke-tachi ]

This is such a nice song.... The YYH main voices are really really nice together... Makes me wonder why they never got the cast of GW or FY to sing together... Well you get THTC in FY but why not all the seishi? Waaaaaaiiii... I love this song... I think this is my favorite one of the lot that I have... Mienai Mirai E though is weird.. *giggles* "Going to SHINY tomorrow!!" *LOL*

[ Shikami's winamp now playing: "Mayfly" -- Sasaki Nozomu (Nagi Naoe) ]

I love the intro to this song~!! Love guitar strains before the song lapses into a strange combo of sorta-rap/sorta-techno/sorta-rock. It's weird, but I like it. In my opinion all Schwartz songs are weird *giggles* (Schwartz by the way are the bad guys in Weiss Kreuz ^_^). I mean this is probably the sanest of the lot and even then it's pretty weird. I won't even get into Crawford's "Este" *shudders* Okiayu Ryuutarou's voice just doesn't suit that type of song... And Schuldich's "Spiritualized" *LOL* God that cracks me up.... It's a very very VERY weird song... and despite how I love Midorikawa Hikaru's voice, it doesn't help ^_^ It's mainly english (I think ^^;;) and there's this line in which I think he says "Go buy strange clothes" only it comes out sounding like "Go by stretch clothes" *L* and with the voice, it just automatically starts my mind into thinking Hee-chan's spandex... ^^;;;; I have a weird mind..

[ Shikami's winamp now playing: "I Wish" -- Touma Yumi (Hongo Yui) ]

Anyway, judging from the way the other's sound, I doubt I'm gonna get into the Farfie song... I haven't heard it but I don't think I want to ^^;;;;

This song on the other hand, I'd have to agree with Sutsume-chan. It's repetitive, and has never really made my favorites list. It's not the best example of Touma-san's voice either. I much prefer Aoi Arashi... Now *that's* a song to love. Dark and mysterious...

[ Shikami's winamp now playing: "Nanka Shiawase" -- Oystars ]

I am SO addicted to this song, it's not funny *L* The opening of Flame of Recca and DAMN is FoR good. So brutal and so insane!! Everytime I hear this song, I get the opening playing in my head ^_^ But it's not finished~~~~ FoR is apparently finished at ep 42 after the Urabuto Satsujin but it's not, it's not, it's not!!!! And the ending gives you hints that it might not be finished... but I want more!!!

The manga's still going and I wanna see Recca and Kurei team up against that idiot Mori Kouran... I wanna see~~~~ I wanna see Kougon Anki's sixth form, I wanna see Fuuko get the main jewel of the Fujin... I wanna see her and Raiha fight with the Fujin and Raijin... and I wanna see so many things~~~~~ *pout*

[ Shikami's winamp now playing: "Nagareboshi e" -- Three Lights ]

*sweatdrop* Well... hmmm.... this song is..... not what I expected of it. From the bits in the manga, I would have expected a ballad and such... but this song is definitely not what I expected.... sorta rockish.... And Taiki's voice is really really deep... I have no idea how he's meant to be a girl when he transforms. The only part I don't mind about this song is Sakamoto Chika's voice *grins* But then I'm biased... Sakamoto Chika does Suzaku Shichiseishi Nuriko.... and Nuri-chan's my favorite!!!! *LOL* Biased? Me? What would make you think so? *innocent look*

[ Shikami's winamp now playing: "Angel Blue" -- Hamasaki Naoko ]

*giggles* Those Who Hunt Elves is such a crazy series... and I really can't believe that Seki Tomokazu does Junpei's voice though it's not as bad as knowing that Tobita Nobuo does both Tomo from FY and Domon from Recca..... *cringe* I mean, two more different voices you can't hope to find!

[ Shikami's winamp now playing: "Rinbu Revolution" -- Okui Masami ]

Utena... Oi Utena... Sometimes I just wanna throw something at her. I mean really, the thing with her and Touga *rolls eyes* And the yuri hints in that are unbelievable! *LOL* Can someone honestly tell me there are no yuri hints in Utena? I mean right from the opening it becomes pretty obvious... by about ep 10, it's almost getting so that it's like a ten tonne truck, you can't help but be hit by it. It's about as obvious as Haruka and Michiru -- and they are pretty much widely accepted to be "together"

[ Shikami's winamp now playing: "Eien no Love Song" -- Midorikawa Hikaru (E.M.U.) ]

*grins* Arai-kun~~~ For those of you who don't know, Midorikawa Hikaru plays a character named Arai Togo in Sotsugyou M... Sotsugyou M is good good good good good good good!!!!!!!

Ack... need to stop ranting.... hungry...... gotta go get something to eat.... and damn it's hotting up here... I'll shut up now... ^_^ Sotsugyou M is GOOD!!!!! *LOL*

[-- Tuesday, January 23, 2001 --]

Blogging again~~~~~ ^_^ Sutsume-chan's right, blogging is addictive... Though I doubt I'm as hook as her *L*

[ Shikami's winamp now playing: "A Total Eclipse" -- Ayashi no Ceres BGM ]

This BGM's weird... It's the one that's played when Aya gets those flashbacks of Ceres's life. This of course will make no sense whatsoever to those who haven't seen Ayashi no Ceres, or at least know something about it. ^^;; But trust me when I say that it's a pretty good series. Of course, I don't think it's as good as Fushigi Yuugi (both are done by Watase Yuu-sama!! *worships* *L*) but it's pretty good, even if the character designs are similar to those in FY. eg, Tooya's a combination of Tamahome and Hotohori while Yuuhi before he changed his hair looked very much like Chichiri without the scar. ^_^

[ Shikami's winamp now playing: "No Reason" -- Weiß ]

Ooohhhhh... every time this song comes on, I get flashbacks of the Weiß Kreuz OVAs -- it's the opening song. If you haven't see Verbrechen or Strafe and you're a WK fan, I have to ask "WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN DOING??!?!?!??!?!!" Seeing this is almost essential to the WK fan. Throw in the fact that the animation's excellent, the guys are cuter than ever *giggles* and that you get to see the guys fight each other and almost KILL each other, I can tell you that it's definitely worth watching!

But it's not finished!!! Strafe, the second volume of the OVA, is pretty new, having only been released in 2000 so I'm desperately waiting for what would appear to be a new volume. Why? Coz at the end of Strafe, Brad Crawford and Schuldich appear again! And there is no doubt this time that their sole goal is the elimination of Weiß. I want more~~~~~!!!!!

[ Shikami's winamp now playing: "Serenade" -- Fushigi Yuugi OVA2 BGM ]

There is no doubt in my mind that FY has the best BGMs and the best mood music (with Recca coming in a close second for the best battle BGMs ^_^)! Especially in the second OVA.... Gah... It was cruel for them to play "Tsuki no nai Yoru" when Taka disappeared from the book world!! Not to mention the other songs like Nuriko's "Perfect World", Hotohori's "Legacy" and the Kazuko Kawashima's "Te no hira no naka no Kagayaki"... Needless to say, both Sutsume-chan have shed a lotta tears watching FY over and over again.

If you don't believe me, I have only two words for you: Episode 33. Tell me that ep doesn't make you wanna cry! =P

[ Shikami's winamp now playing: "Shining Girl" -- Hayashibara Megumi (Lina Inverse) ]

Slayers!! Another favorite of mine.... but then Sutsume-chan'll just tell you that that's coz Zelgadis is done by my favorite seiyuu Midorikawa Hikaru. But I can't help it~~ Zel is Zel!! You just can't help but like him! And the voice thing is just a plus ^_^.

[ Shikami's winamp now playing: "Still" -- Araki Kae (Yuuki Miaka) ]

There is one thing that ruins this song for me. The fact that Araki Kae sings it. ^^;;;;; It's not that she has a bad voice really! But the fact that she also did the ultra squeaky voice for the pink hurricane from Hell in Bishoujo Senshi Sailormoon is a major turnoff. Chibi-Usa just really really bugs me... and she's too.... pink.... reminds me of Relena... *shudders* The song itself is actually pretty good, I just cringe at the voice.... ^^;;;

[ Shikami's winamp now playing: "Ai to iu Namae no Tatakai ni" -- Midorikawa Hikaru (Tamahome) ]

Waaaaiii~~~~ Midorikawa Hikaru~~~ Tama-chan~~~ *giggles* Don't mind me... this is tied for my favorite Tamahome song with "Voice" from the OVAs. Yet another thing about FY BGMs... Those who've seen the FY OVAs will remember that bit in OVA ep 6 when Taka's in his own room in the real world and sees Yosui with Tamahome's memories in the mirror. And then the mirror shatters and you get the first strains of "Voice". I doubt anyone can tell me that that is not excellent usage of music to create the mood. I love the way FY just seems so natural in the way they show the emotions. It's real and its understandable. Well... except the "Miaka, Tamahome, Miaka, Tamahome." bits *giggles*

[ Shikami's winamp now playing: "Ryuu ga Oyogu Toki Subete wa Owaru" -- Gundam Wing BGM ]

Ahhh, GW~! "When the Dragon Submerges, All Will End" is Wu-chan's BGM. And while in my opinion not as good as FY or Recca BGMs, they're still pretty cool. It's got a nice beat and damn addictive! But then I could be biased since GW is one of my all time favorite series *L*

[ Shikami's winamp now playing: "Otoko no Junjou" -- Chiba Shigeru (Kuwabara Kazuma) ]

Hahahahahaha!! This song just cracks me up I swear. Chiba Shigeru has a nice voice otherwise. I mean, just listen to him in "Dachi" or "Eye to Eye" and you'll hear it. But this song is just over the top and I think it's meant to be that way. For those of you who don't know, Kuwabara is the carrot-topped member of the Urameshi team in Yuu Yuu Hakusho. And this song is the dedication he gives to his precious "Yukina-san" *snickers* Kuwabara's voice is one of those that breaks when it goes too high so umm... the last yell of "Yukina-san~~~~" is just hilarious!!!

[ Shikami's winamp now playing: "Amore" -- Seki Toshihiko ]

Oohhh boy... I should stop ranting shouldn't I.... Need to get some breakfast too......... starving...... okies okies... signing off now... till the next time *L* Nice song! ^_^

[-- Saturday, January 20, 2001 --]

*blinks sleepily* *yawns* Five and a half hours of sleep is not a good thing... ^^;;; but then I guess I always get this much so I should be used to it ne? Funny thing is, I always do my best ranting at about 2am in the morning, provided that I'm still up... which I mostly always am *L*

[ Shikami's winamp now playing: "Eternal" -- Ishihara Shin'ichi ]

*smiles* Nice song... but in my sleepy state now, it's making me fall asleep. From this song, and Seki Toshihiko's "Midnight Illusion", I'm actually tempted to go and see Ai no Kusabi ^^;;; But *I'm tempted*, don't think I'll actually do it.... and if I did, I'd probably see Bronze first anyway. ^_^ But like I said, I doubt I'd actually see them... Too many other things to watch at the moment... I'm in the middle of three really really really good series and then stupid school has to start so I'm banned from anime watching at least until April *growls* Stupid school... stupid final high school year... *kicks brand new pile of school books all ready for the start of school in ten days*

Ishihara-san has a really nice voice ^_^ For those who haven't heard Eternal, you should! It's good it's good! It's very mellow and just sounds really nice!

[ Shikami's winamp now playing: "Smile a Go Go" -- E.M.U. ]

Waaaiiii~~~ My winamp is so good to me *LOL* E.M.U. is my favorite Japanese band ^_^ Why? Is it because it's got Okiayu Ryuutarou, Hayashi Nobutoshi and Midorikawa Hikaru...? *innocent expression* Of course not! Why would you say that? *LOL* But yup, some of my favorite seiyuus, including my favorite -- Midorikawa Hikaru -- is definitely enough incentive to motivate me to get a lotta their songs. *snickers* If you think my reaction to this song is bad, you should see both Sutsume-chan and I when "Hoshi ni Natta Hanabi" comes on *LOL* In the words of some Midorikawa Hikaru fan, "Hoshi ni Natta Hanabi" is the "sexy sexy sexy sexy sexy sexy *swoon*" song *giggles*.

[ Shikami's winamp now playing: "Heart wa Koukiatsu" -- E.M.U. ]

Surprised? Doubt it *LOL* My shrunken playlist of 58 now features about 20 of my E.M.U. songs *L* Seriously, I love this band! If you haven't heard them, damn are you missing out! For the record and as a point of interest, E.M.U. is a group formed by five seiyuus: Midorikawa Hikaru, Okiayu Ryuutarou, Hayashi Nobutoshi, Ishikawa Hideo and Sakaguchi Daisuke. These five are the seiyuus for an anime/manga called "Sotsugyou M" which stands for "Male Graduation" since most of the Graduation series is about girls *L*

[ Shikami's winamp now playing: "Hohoemi ni Kiss wo" -- Okiayu Ryuutarou (E.M.U.) ]

Like I said, you shouldn't be surprised anymore! Anyhow, let's move on coz I know I can rant about E.M.U. all day and still not get tired *LOL* But this song is really nice... it has a dreamy beat and is a ballad, much slower than the other songs I've heard Okiayu Ryuutarou do as Takagi Shimon (his character in Sotsugyou M).

Now, about the three series I'm stuck in at the moment: Shoujo Kakumei Utena, Saber Marionette J and Senkaiden Houshin Engi. What can I say? Sooooooo good!! *snickers* And I shamelessly admit to dragging Sutsume-chan into Utena but then she dragged me into Houshin Engi so it's kinda an even thing *L*

[ Shikami's winamp now playing: "Just do it" -- Okui Masami ]

^_^ My favorite JPop/JRock artist!! But back to the topic at hand. Utena is weird/strange but good nonetheless -- though I must admit that part of that could be because of the opening "Rinbu Revolution" by *gasp* Okui Masami! *grin* Me? Biased..?? Nah~~~ *giggles* But the opening is definitely cool!!

Saber Marionette J reminds me of Slayers. It has the same insane sense of humor (and Hayashibara Megumi as one of the main characters *L*). However, I'm still trying to drag Sutsume-chan into it coz she doesn't wanna see Koyasu Takehito seiyuuing for someone as weird as that Hanagata guy *LOL* He's pretty funny... if in a weirdo way ^_^

[ Shikami's winamp now playing: "Labyrinth" -- E.M.U. ]

*grins* I shall refrain from comment -- but this is one of my all time favorite songs!!

And Houshin Engi... well.... two names: "Yuuki Hiro" and "Ishida Akira" *snickers* The fact that Yuuki Hiro plays the main character Taikoubou was reason enough for Sutsume-chan to pick it up since he's one of her fave seiyuus. (He does Tsukiyono Omi's voice in Weiss Kreuz if anyone's wondering -- the exact reason he became of her favorites is coz he played one of her fave characters *L* Though guess I'm not one to talk... I have the same initiatives for liking some of my fave seiyuus.)

[ Shikami's winamp now playing: "Look of Love" -- Seki Toshihiko ]

This is the prime example ^_^ I LOVE Seki Toshihiko's voice. Reason? He has a great voice! And he seiyuus Duo Maxwell! *giggles*

But Houshin Engi is another insane series and is very very good!! Now if I could just find enough time to finish watching these series!!! *growls*

Okies... me thinks this rant is getting a bit long... so I'll stop and leave the ranting for another day... *L* Good thing is, I'm more awake now... and I'm gonna go and get my daily dose of caffeine ^_^.

[ Shikami's winamp now playing: "Dream in Power" -- Seki Toshihiko, Matsumoto Yasunori & Okiayu Ryuutarou ]

This is surprisingly a really nice song! Before I heard it, I cringed at the thought of Duo, Gourry and Treize singing together *giggles* But it's good... It's from Ryu Knights, if anyone's wondering. Need to see that ^_^

Okies okies, I'm done... anymore and I'm gonna start on the modified Saitou speech *snickers* (sorry, inside joke).

[-- Friday, January 19, 2001 --]

Well well... ^_^ Sutsume-chan's been bugging me to get a blog since she's addicted *L* So therefore, this page can be considered her fault. While I don't think I have a lotta time to just blog like her =P I figure this is an easy place to put my excuses for not updating and such.... this is if I ever get to link this page to the main ED site *L*

*grins* If Sutsume-chan thinks that she rambles, then I rant... damn I rant! *LOL* And so most of the layout of this page will be very similar to Sutsume-chan's Sakura Saku... Mp3s are definitely good things to rant about *LOL*

So hopefully, I'll get sometime to rant.... I'll even rant during school if I have to... ^^;;; but that could probably be very boring since I'll be complaining about school stuff ^^;; We'll have to see...

Anyhow, Sutsume-chan, hope you're happy now that I've got a blog! *LOL* Now I'm gonna go get lunch.... I'm so starved!! *LOL*

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