Saturday, October 23, 2004 22:31
Speaking about music...
Today I went out with a friend to see Swing Girls
a movie about high school students playing big band jazz. There was no
story, just a bunch of everyday school girls and a guy getting
interested about playing brass instruments. But within 10 minutes they
sounded like a
professional band. Hahah. They shortcutted the struggles and it
was a happy end all around. After the movie was over I proclaimed, it
was "nutrasweet", carefully crafted artificial sweetener with no
bliss. But hey I liked it that way. The only trouble for me understand
the story was the Tohoku dialect. Yeah it's Japanese but whiny kids in
any language grate and irritate.
At least they had two heavyweight actors in there, or at least actors
to me: Naoto Takenaka and Eriko Watanabe. Both of these people also
starred in that other great Japanese music thing, Shall We Dance
oh so many years ago. Wait what's this? Amazon Japan is showing a
release date for the DVD version?!?! Ahahaahah 2005/04/08
Sign me up! This movie only came out, what, 8 years ago?! Still it
captures my imagination.
While we're on the music topic, did I mention that I went to an anime
concert two weeks ago? Yes it was "2004 Starchild Dream
2 in Kobe
It's mainly an anime concert, but the people up there also lend their
talents to mainstream console games as well. The talents who I
recognize and who are
relevant to the gaming scene are Marika Matsumoto (松本ま
), Akemi Kanda (神田朱未
and Yui Horie (堀江由衣
I think. Matsumoto is famous for the voice of Rikku in Final Fantasy X
(PS2-jp). She's also can't sing worth crap. She looks good, though,
good enough for whole sites of posters, calendars, and wallpapers.
Actually she must be an "idol" with voice acting on the side. Next,
Akemi Kanda is probably best known on the game side as the main
heroine, Yukiko Makihara, of Tokimeki
(PS2-jp). I think in the "west" this is the first game that comes to
mind as when there's a story about those crazy Japanese dating sims.
And let us not forget Yui Horie, who is really the draw of the whole
concert, in my mind. One of the recent RPGs to be released this fall is
for the PS2-jp, and she's voicing the main heroine. Do I also need to
mention she's Sakuya in Sister
, or Multi in To Heart
or Silvie in Ground Defense Force
, or Kotori in D.C.
or...? Wait these are all games that are just cross-overs from anime or
PC. Hm. Never mind.
3 DVD of Star Trek: Voyager
is calling me away from all the games. I know I know, sci-fi nuttery
and all, but at least I can watch it in English.