Music of the Week #359

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Back on track

I should probably really get to watching Hataraku Saibou and/or Grand Blue, work has been killing my time to do other things aside from sleep. At least before summer begins to wane, I want to not make all of BnHA’s second half as double features but that shouldn’t be too hard since I have nothing else big planned for the summer.

This week’s theme is Something Precious, a tune that plays during the key moments in the story that explores Kevin and Ries’ shared past and how they ended up as they are now. Despite the cheeriness Kevin exhibits throughout most of his appearance, the Phantasma itself reveals itself to be a lot more personal to Kevin than anyone would have guessed.

Boku no Hero Academia Episode 55&56- Split Up

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Boku no Hero Academia Episode 55&56- Split Up

And sure enough, I lazed around on Thursday and Friday and got this up late to make it a two-feature. I had this fully written up on Friday but decided that I was already too late on it and decided to wait.

I’m seeing a bit more dips in quality but I guess it’s only natural seeing as though it’s a double-length seasonal show.

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Music of the Week #358

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Eventful weekend

Had a nice trip over to another coast for some fighting game fun at EVO and almost made it out of pools but died in the last round of the last match. I feel pretty nice knowing that I came pretty far. That was the reason why I was delayed from talking about BnHA last week and I’ll try my best to get it up ASAP before I end up with a 3-parter.

This week’s theme is Parallel Worlds, a fitting name for a tune that plays whenever you move out of the Phantasma’s numerous corridors and enter familiar locations but different locations in Liberl the cast have traveled in the previous two games. Over the course of the entire game with the exception of the final dungeon, the Phantasma’s areas are repurposed stages from previous games so Parallel Worlds is a fitting title.

Music of the Week #357

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What a ride

As to what specifically the “ride” is, I’ll explain much later because it is weekly music related. As already exemplified, the weekly BnHA coverage will at least go for another double deal for this week’s episode since I’ll be on actual vacation this weekend. Like I said before as well, comedies seem to be my target for viewing this season but covering comedies and explaining jokes is something I can’t do so we’ll just have to wait til the end of the season for any real discussion. At least Jojo comes back in the Fall.

This week’s theme is one of the number of emotional tracks in 3rd, which is understandable because the story explores a lot of the moments, big and small, for the characters that definitely elicit emotions. While the story in FC and SC had it moments, 3rd really brought everything together in more ways than one. I’d bother talking about them but I really want to avoid spoilers so everyone can enjoy the series if I can somehow influence any reader to try them out.

Boku no Hero Academia Episode 53&54- The Not-Chunin Exams

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Boku no Hero Academia Episode 53&54- The Not-Chunin Exams

I know that the popular comparison to BnHA’s Chunin Exams would be the sports festival in the early-game-multi-character-development arc but circumstance wise, the Provisional License exams definitely fit the bill a lot more since it involves moving up in the hero society compared to the free self-promotion the Sports Festival was.

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Music of the Week #356

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A bit better

I’ve evidently been distracted over the weekend with playing games and catching up on sleep to write up the recap for the BnHA episode. Another reason is that the Provisional Exam arc up until we get to the latter half with Overhaul is something I mostly glossed over because of how similar it was to the sports festival arc. I’ll definitely find the time to do it but at this point, I might end up lazing off to make it a two-week thing but it won’t be consistent. I’m mostly just tired is all from the extra work.

This week’s theme, in contrast to my rather lethargic attitude on writing up BnHA, is the regular battle theme for 3rd, Determination of Fight. While I don’t have as much nostalgic love for this compared to Sophisticated Fight, it’s certainly way better than Strepitoso Fight from SC. This fight definitely fits the odd and otherworldly nature of the Phantasma where you fight some really weird looking enemies that overtly look out of place with the enemies from the previous two entries.

Music of the Week #355

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Yeaa

The new season is fully under way and I don’t think I’ll be watching much aside from BnHA again, although I probably will make more of an effort to check out the new shows like Grand Blue, a comedy series I’ve been hearing my friend enjoy for the past couple years. Although, my policy with “covering” comedies will probably prevent me from doing weekly recaps. We’ll see what happens.

This week’s theme is the Jade Corridor, the theme of the outer, non-safe areas of the Phantasma past the Hermit’s Garden. While you wouldn’t be wrong to think that this area would be the new over-world theme, the Phantasma for better or for worse has a lot more “overworld” areas than just one so the Jade Corridor is not something you’ll be listening to for too long in the game, although it’s not a theme I’d mind hearing more.