2 December, 2008
It’s yet ANOTHER Macross Frontier soundtrack, but this time it’s a vocal collection. What does that mean? It’s pretty much rehashing all of the songs found in Macross Frontier with a few extra goodies thrown in. If you already have the first two, then this one (in my opinion) is pretty worthless. Sure, there are some interesting new renditions combining May’n and Megumi’s voices, but it’s still the same old song and dance. There’s about…six different versions of ‘Aimo’. SIX. Are you serious? Even I got sick of that song already…
Three songs do strike my attention though:
- Infinity #7 – ‘Infinity’ with a duet between the two main vocalists. Somehow it works a lot better for me with Megumi contributing her voice in certain sections. It’s not as rough as before.
- Diamond Crevasse 50/50 – Megumi gets a chance at my favorite song of the series, but she lacks the power that is found when May’n sings it. It’s as if she were going through the motions (maybe she was, considering how many times this had to be sung), whereas May’n actually sounded like she was opening her soul, if that makes any sense.
- Haha to Ko Ranka no Aimo – Yes, one of the new Aimo renditions. However, Sakamoto Maaya’s voice gives a nice contrast to this song, and makes it much more…peaceful. It’s overplayed, but this is the best version, in my opinion. However, Sheryl’s version isn’t bad either…it’s just more haunting than anything else.
10 October, 2008
TRA for Track, apparently (thx Hikaru). Anyway, with an amazingly long list of songs, it was pretty obvious that Macross Frontier needed a second official soundtrack to cover the remainder of the series. I’ve been pretty eager to get my hands on this one for a long time now, especially for one particular track (more on that later). I’m really glad, though, that the second soundtrack maintains the high quality set by the first collection. This isn’t one for just Macross fans; anybody can listen to this and appreciate the thought and work that went into it. Song list, thoughts, and more booklet pictures after the break.
25 September, 2008
Okay, seriously now. This is probably as formulaic as you get with a series end, but then again, who did NOT see this coming? Macross can never end on a down note, so it really restricts the possible outcomes the producers could have chosen. Regardless of that fact, however, this episode is still highly enjoyable, if not a little rushed and maybe…just maybe a little too fast-paced for my likings. Oh well, at least there’s an announced movie for the series. Maybe that will give it all a better sense of finality.
21 September, 2008
Pictures first, words tomorrow-ish. I did go a bit overboard with the pictures though. I should also say that, well, after the last two episodes, this was pretty damn good, and the cliffhanger…oooh, way to go, producers.
18 September, 2008
I’ve been lazy about writing this. I think it’s because of my sudden drop in interest in what’s going on. The overall lack of movement and just absurdly slow pacing is really killing the end of this series. Of course, there are other factors, but I’ll explain those later. In any case, if this was the “true begin” of the series, I probably would have dropped it in a few episodes. Let’s just hope that the final two episodes give a “true end”…
I do hope, however, that we aren’t getting trolled.
9 September, 2008
Somehow the emotional impact just completely dropped off for the first ten minutes of this episode. We get a little recovery later on, but in my opinion, the emotions were put on backburner for this one. Rather, what we’re seeing is the stage being set for the final run. The choices have been made, and for the last two episodes, we’re going to see the consequences.
Sorry for the delay on this, been so busy…I was going to combine this and 23, but this weekend doesn’t look too pretty either. I have pictures up after the break, and comments tomorrow evening.
28 August, 2008
This series continues to amaze me with its music. Keeping with the recent trend of “ED songs are titles too”, the song “Blue Ether” is one of the most powerful songs in the series, and is the most powerful out of all of Ranka’s songs (which are usually playful). The series continues on its emotional rollercoaster, and while I’d love to say the end is in sight, it was clearly not meant to be in this episode. I stand by my opinion in that episode 20 is the best episode in the series so far. However, this is a fairly good continuation episode, especially riding on something as tragic as the events in 20.