Saturday, October 22, 2016

Utada Hikaru is back! "Fantôme" new album

Finally here!
After years of waiting, Utada Hikaru has a new full album.  I just got it yesterday in the mail.  Had to open my CD player after years of disuse.  The automated opening mechanism of the CD player lid didn't work anymore so I had to manually nudge the lid open.  Listening to it... it is pure Utada.  It's more instrumental, less bumpy and electronic or rockish.  It's a little bit more subdued than her previous albums.  I did look on the internet to check out the translations of the lyrics.  The lyrics involve a lot of references to a lost loved one which probably involves the somewhat recent suicide of her mother.  It is not all melancholy, but sort of gives a wistful, sometimes playful feeling.  Going to listen to it some more.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

"YURI!!! on ICE"

This anime looks amazing. Just watched episode one on Crunchyroll and can't wait to see the rest of the season. The animation is fluid, the characters are pretty (mostly hot guys), and the show seems to have humor and an engaging story. Plus male figure skating. Boom.