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Westview! Latest Monkey Majik Release

2 Feb

Track list
01 Angel
02 The Man You Were
03 Sunshine
04 夢の世界
05 魔法の言葉
06 Runaway
07 Disco Girl
08 Wonderland
09 Everything is going to be alright
10 the party’s over
11 One Day
12 Safari
13 If I knew

Angel is a really nice introduction to the album, pretty upbeat and even includes a little bit of Blaise’s “rapping” haha

The Man You Were pretty much summarizes itself in the first few seconds of the song, it’s a Maynard type song haha. It’s a reflective song I think, but definitely pretty catchy and it isn’t too repetitive.

Sunshine is a song that had been previously released on an earlier single and had been another opening to an anime called ぬらりひょんの孫. Probably one of the catchiest songs on the album and has a very different sound than most of the rest of the album.

夢の世界 is a “ballad” type song, I really like the intro to it as it begins with violin and piano. It’s definitely a nice slow, easy listening song that you don’t generally hear too much of from Monkey Majik.

魔法の言葉 is the pv song that was promoted before the album came out. I think it’s definitely the most catchy song on the album and has a nice balance of most of the favorite monkey majik elements and a most welcome speeding up after 夢の世界.

Runaway is a pretty typical more easy listening song that reminds me of a lot of songs on the album Thank You. Not a whole lot to say about it but it’s a decent song to just chill to.

Disco Girl is probably the most different out of all the songs because it feels more like a typical “rock” song. Regardless it’s a good song that lends a different feel than most of the album.

Wonderland is one of my favorites from this album, a fun fact that is the like first few notes of this song sound a lot like 空はまるで. It’s definitely an easy listening song that is just really good to relax to and seems to based partially off Alice and Wonderland but mostly seems to be a “love song” haha.

Everything is going to be alright and the party’s over just sort of have the same feel to them. Both are easy listening, not really a whole lot to say about them other than that..

One Day has this fun little techno intro to it, that sort of seems to hide in the background of the majority of the song. It’s pretty catchy despite it having a little bit of feel of easy listening of the past few songs.

Safari is… I don’t really know, I don’t like it too much… it just seems like a really strange song. Most of the song is in Japanese so perhaps I’m missing some really good lyrics but musically wise it’s kind of boring, I think.

If I Knew gives form to the reflective feeling that you get from the album’s title reference to eastview, in my opinion. Fairly catchy but continues the easy listening song streak haha.

HALO is another ballad song, which I suppose is fairly fitting for the last track of the album. It also would to seem to reference the beginning track with a similar reflective feeling as the last song. Not a whole lot to say about but as far as ballad type songs it’s not too bad.

Well there’s a short synopsis of the album haha. Overall, the first 5 songs are really pretty good and then Wonderland and One Day are my favorites from the last half of the album. As far as general album quality I’d give it about a 7.5/10, definitely worth a listen but I would not say it’s the best. Some of the songs on it are reaaalllly good, so yeah definitely worth a listen! =)

Westview – Monkey Majik

19 Jan

Monkey majik’s new album westview is coming out in about two weeks. Coming after their tenth anniversary and best album which included some amazing live music! This title is a deliberate play on their first album title, eastview. Fairly recently the new pv to promote this album surfaced and while it may not be the best song they have ever created it’s definitely catchy enough that I think everyone should be excited for the upcoming album! Especially since it’s been awhile since the last album that included a lot of new songs anyway! Without further adieu Mahou no Kotoba!…

James’ Corner.. brought to you by James! =)

14 Jan

[3:06:41 PM] James Pfefferkorn: *cough* there’s a new pv for monkey majik =P
[6:13:58 PM] Hizaku: lol
[10:26:19 PM] James Pfefferkorn: did you listen to it?!
[10:28:31 PM] Hizaku: yea
[10:29:05 PM] James Pfefferkorn: like it?
[10:29:30 PM] Hizaku: its aight
[10:30:13 PM] James Pfefferkorn: yeah kinda how I felt, it’s catchy enough but I’m not blown away lol
[10:30:31 PM] Hizaku: its not a monster inc/
[10:30:43 PM] James Pfefferkorn: lmao
[10:30:47 PM] Hizaku: i base judgement now by comparing it to that
[10:30:47 PM] James Pfefferkorn: robots inc?
[10:30:49 PM] Hizaku: yea
[10:30:51 PM] James Pfefferkorn: ROFL
[10:30:51 PM] Hizaku: that too
[10:30:55 PM] Hizaku: shut up
[10:31:06 PM] Hizaku: to many inc’s in my life
[10:31:16 PM] James Pfefferkorn: god this song is sooooo not an animated movie
[10:36:25 PM] Hizaku: lol
[10:36:28 PM] Hizaku: the new one?
[10:36:52 PM] James Pfefferkorn: lol you’re a dork
[10:37:08 PM] Hizaku: ty


8 Sep

Dost thou know what today is (officially)?! It’s Marc’s Birthday! So since I can’t actually hang out with him for his birthday because of a bit of travel distance =P, I thought I’d give him a shout out on here! =) Happy birthday, big guy. I hope everything is awesome for your birthday! Oh and just imagine I’m giving you a giant bucket of potato wedges. =P


26 Aug

Hellooooo people, it’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything of substance.. though I do enjoy making posts mocking Marc. While classes officially started for me on Monday and most of the summer consisted of me working, sleeping, eating, sleeping and working. I did get to go on vacation recently to Seattle to visit my brother and his girlfriend! It was so much fun, I never realized how much I really didn’t like fast food all that much until I went there. xD I didn’t see a single McDonald’s or Taco Bell… though I did see once the god forsaken Colonel. Anyway, before I start just rambling I figure I should organize this in linear order instead of me just talking in circles. =P

So anyway, on the day of my travel to Seattle, I got in trouble with airport security, which I feel that Columbus airport security was completely rude compared to Seattle’s but I digress. I had not taken my laptop out of my bag and so was sent back through the line, but they didn’t really tell me what to do and every single one of them pointed in different directions. Anyway, I had to go back through the line and do all the fun security checks again and finally got to go to the terminal, fortunately this was the only hassle I had to go through. Other than that there was just a two hour layover in O’Hare and finally after what was about 10 hours.. we arrived in Seattle’s airport at 8! We left at 3, that stuff just really never makes sense. So I arrived there and was starving because all I had had that day was some breakfast and a pretzel at O’Hare so my brother took me this neat drive-in place, which you never see any in my town. There were about 3 items on the menu: burgers, milkshakes, and fries. So I needed all 3 of these in order to satisfy my hunger. Other than that, the night was just spent chilling at my brother’s house and playing boardgames.

The second day was mostly spent walking around downtown Seattle. There was a market down by the bay which was flooded with people and all kinds of different wares, ranging from fruits to knickknacks and stuff. There was also a seafood place almost hidden away in the market which was superb, the fish and chips was excellent… especially since I’ve never had it before. xD The third floor where we ate also had a nice view of the bay and we watched a Navy parade come into the harbor, after eating we walked around the harbor listening to the navy band play and watching the ships. Speaking of the Navy ships, there were a bunch of protesters out and about.. I assume to protest the war or something =P. Anyway, we started walking back and Seattle is really hilly and I never, ever walk anywhere in Ohio so my legs were killlllling me, actually they hurt pretty much the entire trip since there were so many places we walked to xD. We also visited one of the locks and got to see a bunch of salmon… it was interesting lol, then we picnicked on a beach on the bay. We managed to sit next to the drunken 20 somethings who continously asked us “What’s up?!” Other than that it was pretty mellow and we just hung out at the house for the rest of the night.

The third day we went hiking on Mt. Si, which was beautiful landscape, but horrible on my unaccustomed legs.. Honestly this trip just made me realize how out of shape I was. Anyway, it was a 4 mile hike up and another 4 down, we only made it about 2 miles up before we decided to go back, not that my brother was out of shape or anything but my sister and I were unaccustomed to such things xD. That ate up a good chunk of the day and we spent the rest of the day going to the grocery store to buy food, because we had a cook-out that night, and basically just chilling at the house again.

The fourth day my sister and I got to walk around Seattle on our own because my brother had to work that day and couldn’t get it scheduled off, but we met him for lunch and had some indian tacos at the clinic he works for, then we took a tour of the underground of Seattle, which pretty interesting history wise. After that we rushed home because we were taking a little bit of a road trip to the Olympic Peninsula which is reachable by a ferry near Seattle. The reason for going to the Peninsula was mostly for my sister, she wanted to visit Forks. Now, for those of you who don’t know, and before this trip I didn’t know either, the Twilight movies are shot there or something, I think. Anyway, we rushed up to the ferry and found a two hour wait so we decided to have dinner before getting in line for the ferry and lo and behold the wait was much shorter after we had dinner. The ferry was the first time I had ever been on a boat, well a larger boat I guess, so it was a cool experience. Anyway, we stopped at a holiday inn not too far from the ferry and stayed there for the night.

The next day we drove on to Forks, I think the weather was reflecting my mood because it was cloudy and rainy most of the time. At one dismal point, I actually stepped into a souvenir shop. Thankfully, we didn’t stay that long since there were not really that many things to see. We had lunch in Port Angeles and drove up to Olympic Mountains to see the Hurricane Ridge which is supposed to provide a wonderful view of most of the peninsula, unfortunately the mist was so heavy you couldn’t see a thing except for one point the mist broke and we got to see a bit of the valley then promptly filled back in. Other than that we drove along a river which had a wonderful view and the low clouds actually looked awesome over the river. We waited for the ferry and hurried home, had dinner at a pub type place and then drove my sister to the airport because she was leaving earlier than I was.

The sixth day? I guess it was the sixth day, we went to the Kubota Garden. It was a garden created by a Japanese man.. who’s first name I can’t remember but his family name was obviously Kubota who created a very large garden using Japanese styles in gardening and Northwestern American plants. It was a cool little place and I spent a lot of time just wondering around, thinking “ooo where does this go!?” the one thing I loved was all the running water and little waterfalls in the garden. We also saw a duck! and some of it’s ducklings =D. Then we went to this Japanese restaurant called Oasis Cafe, which didn’t seem very Japanese to me but the Sushi was excellent and the Sukiyaki was very good too, though it was definitely more like a soup rather than the traditional way of serving it. To finish off the evening we watched The Men Who Stare at Goats, which was by far one of the strangest movies I’ve seen.

The seventh day, we literally did nothing. My brother and I just sat around beating this one tower defense type game on Kongregate, I won’t lie that I enjoyed it though. I really can’t remember doing much of anything else that day, although I believe we ate some Ethiopian food at this one Ethiopian place, which wasn’t bad.

The last day before I left was pretty interesting. We went kayaking and my brother and I had a double. Only the rudder was jammed or something and my brother accidently broke it trying to get it to steer correctly. Needless to say there was a bit of yelling, a bit of laughing and a lot of going the wrong direction trying to steer by using the paddles. After all that crazy nonsense we chilled at the house again and had some burgers, just spending some time together since it was my last night there.

Anyway, the travel home was pretty boring, my checked bag wasn’t actually checked because we got there too late to check it in but it ended up I could take it as carry-on anyway and just barely made it to my gate in time for my flight. There was a 2 hour layover in denver but it all went fine and then I got home! Woohoo.. Anyway, that’s the story of my trip to Seattle! The little bit of my summer that was left was taken over by my getting Starcraft 2 which I have been playing during most my free time! =P Xemsaj, signing out! xDD

Man that was lame of me.


13 May

Weeee! Look I’m like doing a blog post and I’m talking about things! I’ma talk about the weather and such and have run on sentences and things like this and that. Now I’m talking about music with pretty Japanese women and sunshine! (Not that I mind the Japanese women part… or the sunshine, I guess) Blah blah blah DAI blah blah blah Van blah blah! I like to make fun of James because he likes t.A.T.u! Now I need to make a new banner based on some TV series I’m obsessed with! and now Marc is gonna kill me when he sees this post.. or delete it.. or both. KTHXBAI! =D

Dun dun dun!

16 Sep

So in order to not incur anymore of Marc’s wrath since the alcohol he constantly puts into his system makes him angrier at me (tehe, just kidding). I started college about 3 and 1/2 weeks ago and I’m not gonna lie I’m loving it. Not really too sure what is it about it but it’s much, much better than high school. Granted, I’m not living on campus so I’m probably not getting the full “college experience” or whatever you want to call it. So far my classes have been great especially my Japanese class which I will probably end up majoring in or possibly double majoring along with East Asian studies, not too sure which yet. Everything in college has just felt right, which I know sounds kind of stupid or corny but it really has, right down to the campus, my classes and the people.

Anyway, in news that matters to me and probably won’t matter to anyone else, Shakugan no Shana is going to have a third season and I’m super excited! =) No idea why I liked this series so much but if anyone else likes it, you should let me know. Yeah… umm… えと.. That’s all I got.


Oh em gee, I’m like doing a blog entry..

6 Jun

|-`).。oO(C。R。A。M) says:
life is a confusion
and why don’t you blog
it makes me cry
James, The Dork says:
I don’t have anything to blog about
|-`).。oO(C。R。A。M) says:
James, The Dork says:
I check it regularly I just don’t have anything to say
|-`).。oO(C。R。A。M) says:
u can say you graduated
or u say exams are over
don’t be lame
James, The Dork says:
will it make you happy if I blog something?
|-`).。oO(C。R。A。M) says:
it could even be about this convo
Hi myself *selfwave* Holla!

So yes, Marc wants me to blog so I’ll do one even though I doubt it will be that interesting. In recent news for me, I just graduated from high school. It’s a weird feeling because there are a range of emotions I feel such as sadness from not seeing a lot of people I know, fear of what lies in the future and that I may fail and some happiness because I will finally be getting more freedom!.. maybe. I mean, I’m going to be living at home, going to a university about ten minutes from my house. It is cutting down on the cost so it’s a good thing but now I’m really wishing that I had at least stayed on campus so I could gain a little independence. The ironic thing is my family may be moving away from me as my dad is in the process of gaining a new job in Wisconsin (for those of you who don’t know I live in Ohio). Hopefully, I get a job really soon because if I don’t I have absolutely no idea how I’ll be able to go to school much less pay for an apartment if my family leaves. All in all, I really don’t know if I’m ready for the responsibility that graduating from high school has given me.

Anyway, I hope I haven’t bored anyone who actually read this too much. If any of you get extremely bored like me and want to watch random youtube videos, one of my friends introduced me to this guy named Phil DeFranco. I find him hilarious even though he’s not exactly trying to be, he’s just a guy giving his opinion on world events.. I don’t know, maybe I’m just a stupid nerd with too much time on my hands.