More CDs arrive from Japan

Tenso shipped my 9 CDs from Japan for $82.00.  That’s the most I’ve had shipped at once.  The box was bigger than before too (12x8x5.5″).  Everything was well padded.  The CDs were encased in bubble wrap and the box was stuffed with air pillows.  I purchased all of the CDs from Amazon Japan–most of them used.  The used ones were listed as “Used – Good” but most were better condition.

Contents of Tenso box

  • TV Anime Lucky Star Opening Theme Motteke! Sailor Fuku
  • Rosario to Vampire IDOL COVER BEST
  • Nankai Kio (Neoranga) Second Season
  • Nankai Kio SOUND TRACK
  • Mariya Takeuchi: Whisky Ga Osuki Desho

Rosario to Vampire IDOL COVER BEST

This has to be my favorite anime CD in the bunch.  There’s a lot of reasons why I like Rosario+Vampire and the music is one of them.  I love that the director put so much effort into giving this anime a musical theme.  He gave it an 80s theme which this otaku appreciates since he grew up listening to 80s music.  I read one of the reviews on Amazon Japan.  The reviewer thought it was okay but cheesey.  Obviously, he doesn’t know of or appreciate 80s music.

This CD is a gold mine of 80s j-pop which I’ll use for research.  Before I bought the album I was watching one of the episodes and the insert song was familiar.  It was “Desire-Jounetsu.”  Nana Mizuki sang it just like Akina Nakamori. Akina has a throaty commanding voice.  Nana was singing it as the grown-up version of Moka.  I’m not sure if that’s her natural voice.  Rie Kugimiya does a cute job of singing “Slow Motion.”  It’s another Akina Nakamori song but one when she was very young so Rei’s soft voice goes well.  All the seiyuu do a good job singing.  The director must have made it a requirement.  A few of these songs are OP/EDs to other anime too. See track information.


EPO is another singer from the 1980s.  I’m really liking her songs from her album Vitamin and I’ll probably get the rest of her CDs.  Her Golden Best album doesn’t have that 80s sound though:  I think she covered her own songs with just a acoustic guitar to give them more of a generic sound.  Some do have a Brazillian feel to them like Brazil 66.  Golden Best songs are soft and mellow–something you could sleep to.


Toradora! is one of my favorite anime.  I love Taiga’s character and the camaraderie between the others.  I love the addictive upbeat music too.  I could have bought the OP/EDs on iTunes but it was better to get the CD itself.  I love Yui Horie’s songs.  She has a lot on iTunes Japan.


More CDs from Japan via Tenso shipping

EMS package from Tenso
EMS package from Tenso

Three CDs arrived the other day in an Express Mail Service (EMS) pouch.  I have to sign for EMS mail when it arrives.  I bought all of them from Amazon Japan.  All were listed as “Good-Used” but in much better condition than expected.  NaNa Mizuki’s Trickster included a retail plastic cover.  Trickster came in a Super Jewel Box which I’ve never seen before.  It had rounded corners and opens by pressing instead of prying. The cover artwork is enclosed on all sides preventing it from falling out.

Tsuyoshi’s All ABOUT LOVE has varying styles of R&B.  “tell me” is more a club mix.  Kono Mama Zutto is a ballad which uses the Stylistics’ You Are Everything as a background melody. “Magic” is an another ballad with an older R&B sound and very pleasing on the ears.

There’s several tracks on Trigun’s OST which I like but PHILOSOPHY in a Tea Cup is my favorite.  I like its soft jazzy sound.

Tenso package contents
Tenso package contents
NaNa Mizuki: Trickster
NaNa Mizuki: Trickster
trigun the first donuts

Rosario+Vampire Capu2 (OP)

Rosario+Vampire Capu2

This is probably the best dance OP/ED I’ve seen since Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya’s Hare Hare Yukai.  I love the throwback disco music and the fast pace of the animation.  There’s so much going on your eyes can’t keep up.  There’s lots of detail on the close ups.  You see subtle expressions on the dancers and the animation captures their movements bringing the characters to life.  DISCOTHEQUE is sung by Nana Mizuki who plays Moka.

Moka Akashiya
Moka Akashiya – vampire
Kurumu Kurono
Kurumu Kurono – succubus
Mizore Shirayuki
Mizore Shirayuki – yuki onna
Yukari Sendou
Yukari Sendou – witch
Kokoa Shuzen
Kokoa Shuzen – Moka’s little sister

iTunes preview of Nana Mizuki’s video DISCOTHEQUE