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Books I have completed reading since January 2021:

1. The Enchanted - Rene Denfield
HIMEKA - Asu e no Kizuna
Sunday. 9.20.09 6:09 am
Asu eno Kizuna / Himeka

HIMEKA is a French Canadian who won grand prize in the second annual Animax Anison Grand Prix singing competition and debuted with this single ďAsu e no KizunaĒ in June 2009 which is also an OP for Valkyria Chronicles anime. I have been reading her blog once in a while even before she debuted. I really salute her because I find her courageous in achieving her dreams which is to be an anime singer in Japan. So she flew to Japan and worked part time for two years while looking for opportunities. She practiced singing in karaoke lounges. I admire her determination. And thankfully, she achieved it, finally!

This single show off her light and high pitch singing voice which thoroughly made this single catchy and enjoyable. This lass really can sing and hit high notes. But one thing I find lacking in this song is Ö itís not dramatic enough! Asu e no Kizuna is about instilling hope but I donít get the feel of Ďdonít lose hopeí.

The second single is Sayonara Solitaire, an ED to Chrno Crusade anime. It is one of my favourite anime soundtracks. This song is sad, you will know what I meant if you have seen this anime. Anyway, HIMEKAís version is nice too. The only thing I dislike is she inserts too much of vibrato. I just feel certain sentences should not have vibrato to make them feel short and sweet.

With her sweet voice, Iím sure she is going to have lots of improvement in the future. I am looking forward to her next single.

Worthy Tracks: Asu e no Kizuna & Sayonara Solitaire

Rating: 3/5

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One in a Million
Tuesday. 9.7.10 11:33 pm
One in a million / Tomohisa Yamashita

Yamapi releases his third single at the end of July with the title One in a Million. At first, I thought the title was pretty common. Tell me, how many songs are there with this same name? I think Backstreet Boys has the same name too. I thought his previous single, Loveless, has a more memorable name. But the most important characteristic in the song is the tune right? I would say it catchy and addictive but only after listening 3 times. It took me quite awhile to like this song. At the beginning, I find Yamapi's voice weak and doesn't seem to blend in with the music. His voice is like a stick sticking out a picture. Strangely, this is what I notice in his Loveless song too. Well, I guess this is his style.

Another note is this lyric doesn't make sense or rather I don't understand what the lyric is all about. On lyric matter, this is his second consecutive time in releasing sad love song. The only thing I like about this song is its catchy disco-like tune. Listening to this song just makes me wanna dance along.

If you are a fan of Yamapi, this is a definite must buy.

Rate: 4/5

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Without u
Monday, May 9, 2011
I recently found an interesting ballad, and I would like to share it with you guys. It is a collaboration work between Aoyama Thelma and 4 Minutes.

I have been listening to this song for the past few days. I find it relaxing and soothing though the lyrics is quite sad.



But I don't know why the CD cover is not as interesting as the song!

Without U feat. 4Minute / Thelma Aoyama

Anyways, I hope you guys like this song as much as I do!

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