The Amen University Experience (Year 1)

Howdy, Amen here. This is going to be a long post, so you better get drinks and snacks. As a lot of you might know, I’m a university student majoring in physics and minoring in math. University has been a lot of fun, so I decided to try writing about it. If you, the reader, haven’t gone to university or college yet and are planning to, let me tell you, it’s not as bad as everyone says. Now, that doesn’t mean it’ll be easy. It’s certainly more difficult than high school, but there’s no reason you should fail as long as you put some amount of effort in. Show up to class as often as you can, do your homework, look at and understand the correct answers afterwards, review a little before tests, and you’ll be fine. I expect most people reading this to be in post-secondary or finished themselves though. Most of what I want to talk about is in my second and third years, but I plan on releasing those separate posts later on.

Thanks to what everyone says, I myself thought university would be some sort of hellish experience before I went, picturing studying day and night endlessly and all that. In high school, there was a popular saying about the future course load: “For every hour of class, you’ll have to put in three hours of studying at home.” Now, consider that usually you’ll have three classes that are an hour long each per day, and that’s about 12 hours of work right there each day. That’s insane. A staff member of the high school once told me that directly. “It can’t be that bad as long as you do your homework,” I questioned her. She looked at me like I was doomed. Lots of people also tell horror stories about calculus. Even my dad. I didn’t like math much myself at the time either, so I wasn’t particularly hopeful about it. My English teacher (who had a master’s degree) had also told of how insane English professors are. At my university, two English courses are required for everyone, so there was no escaping that. It’s not hard to imagine how everything can make university seem like a daunting experience, just as how many middle schoolers picture high school to be something fearful. So during the summer after I graduated high school, with despair at my side, I often listened to Cytokine’s “Abandon all hope, ye who enter here” while imagining the trials to come.

Soon enough, it finally began. I had moved into my dorm room. It wasn’t the best room. Pretty small, with only three shelves. The bed was also barely big enough for me, and I’m not a big guy (for you) either. You could easily tell the age of the place by looking at the scratches on the floor and walls, or the graffiti under the mattress where people who previously lived in the room over the years had signed their names. I had a roommate, but not a roommate in the traditional sense. Each dorm room had two inner rooms, and only the bathrooms were shared. It felt good to be living on my own. At least, it did for me. A lot of new people apparently were very unhappy to have to leave their homes and be separated from parents. Some could barely handle it. I remember one person killed themself during the first month I got there. Well, the email we got informing us of the death didn’t state the cause, but when they don’t, you know it’s gotta be suicide. Anyway, as I said, I thought living alone was pretty fun. You become your own person. I was making toast soon after getting there when it hit me: “If I don’t eat this, I’ll die.” It was all up to me now to keep myself alive. Pretty cool. My roommate was a real normie though. He was popular at his high school, had a girlfriend, was on the sports team, all that. Things changed for him quickly though. With the new physical distance between him and his girlfriend, they grew emotionally distant, and argued on the phone frequently. The walls were real thin, so it was easy to hear everything on the other side whether you wanted to or not. They soon broke up. Also, he used mad amounts of toilet paper. I walked in on an unflushed toilet once and discovered that he didn’t fold the paper. He just balled it up. What a mess. On the other side of the wall, there was a gay guy whose voice irritated my ears. Maybe it was just the way he spoke. It always sounded like he had his nose plugged. Very nasal speaking. I didn’t know he was gay at the time, though. Sure, he had the voice, but hey, he could just be a straight guy that just happens to speak like that. I only learned otherwise when I heard him on the other side of the wall getting it on with the residence advisor. It’s at times like those that I wish I was a fujoshi. Not to mention, every night at 10 or 11 pm, he called his mom. That was usually when I went to bed at the time, so it was pretty annoying, but I’m getting sidetracked now. This is supposed to be a story about how university was for me, not the people around me.

I drank a decent amount of pop too

This is kind of what the rooms looked like

Let me tell you, I’ve never really lived in a city until I came to university. It was always lame suburbs for me, which I think are a mistake. You don’t have anything nearby like you do in the city, and you don’t have the space and privacy of the country. It’s the perfect balance of all the negatives and none of the positives. So, always living in suburbs, I never knew the joys of the outside world. But I gotta say, when I moved to university things turned around. The city was nice. A true college town. Most things were within walking distance. Whenever there was a cool looking movie, I could walk down. One notable movie I saw was Interstellar. A stellar movie, in my opinion. Haha. I also quickly developed a habit of eating burgers weekly at the local A&W, and let me tell you, those were the best burgers I’ve ever had. I tried McDonald’s again later to compare and they were so bad. The buns tasted like those cheap brown paper bags. I regretted even buying them. Really bad. Of course, I also had to buy my own groceries at this point, which was just across the street from the A&W, so I could go, get burgs, get groceries, and walk back. Pretty convenient. At some point, I also got very into Delissio’s rising crust pepperoni pizza. To this day, I still have it every week. Not too long before getting to university, I had watched the anime “Ping Pong,” so I was now a big fan of the sport despite having never played it before. Luckily, there was a table at the student lounge, so I got my game on and played some. There, I met a guy who, in high school, used to be on a sports team like rugby or something, but he and the team were caught underage drinking on school grounds and banned from playing sports. It was really easy for him to get booze too, since he lived near Quebec, where the legal age is only 18 instead of 19 like the rest of the country. Luckily for him, though, his school didn’t consider ping pong a sport, so he joined and got good. Real good. Once, an African exchange student ping pong pro came, and they had a battle of epic proportions. The ball was flying back and forth so fast that they had to stand back far from the table, and their movement was high paced. Later in the semester, I saw him at a game of Jeopardy, where people could go to represent their dorm floors in a chance to win their floor a pizza party. Each team would have their members go up in rotation, so although I went, and honestly didn’t help at all, thanks to me just being there, the person on our team who knew it all lucked out and got all the big point daily double questions. Like I said, whoever answered each question on a team went by rotation, so had I been gone, things would have been off just the slightest bit and he would not have gotten the good questions and we would have lost. That’s what you call chaos theory.

 

Ping pong

For the first few weeks or so, I lent my ethernet cable to my roommate, since he had nothing to connect to the internet with, while I had a wireless adaptor. I used that for a bit, and the speeds were really slow and sometimes I ended up disconnecting, so I asked for my cord back, and oh boy, was it fast. I think I got up to an effective speed of 10 megabytes per second, which, when you live in Canada and are used to third world country tier internet, is amazing. I was very paranoid about acquiring anime though. Were they watching me? What if I was booted out for it? Etc. That quickly left my mind, but soon, the internet speed limit also lowered to effectively 1 megabyte per second, sadly. I wonder why. Was I taking up too much bandwidth and caused a limit to be enforced, or did people just start using the internet a lot more? It remained that speed for a good couple years. Anyway, I think that mostly sums it up for my daily life.

Halloween Spooks

I guess I know where to run if I hear the sirens go off

Move aside, Kirk. Captain Amen’s here.

This was on the wall next to a professor’s office. Don’t ask me.

Enough pictures. It’s time for the meat and potatoes of university: the classes. That first semester, I had intro to English, intro physics, general chemistry, algebra and trigonometry, and astrophysics and stellar astronomy. English focused mainly on a handful of short stories, a single long story, plus a movie. The movie was good. Into the Wild, I think it was. I brought popcorn with me and ate it in class while watching. What wasn’t good though was the short story portion of the class. We had to memorize all the titles and their authors for when we wrote essays on them during the final exam. It was very unfun. That said, I did get one great thing out of that English class: Grammar lessons. For the first time, I learned what a sentence was. Now, after learning about them, I generally try to avoid comma splices and run-on sentences. That said, comma splices are hard to avoid in lyric translations (I hate using periods in them), so I’m a bit more relaxed about it there. The professor was pretty alright, though I found it a bit strange that he took attendance. As long as you repeated what he thought, you did alright, so I ended up getting 76 in that class, which was a lot lower than my English mark in high school, but thankfully, that was my lowest mark that semester. It became a common theme for me to get just below an A (which is an 80 or above at my university) in all writing courses. Something which only started to change in my 2nd year, perhaps due to taking easier courses or due to sheer luck.

I had generally enjoyed chemistry until I took the class in university. It was a lot more heavy on memorization than in high school, which helped kill any joy I had for it. We had to know so much about the elements on the periodic table and memorize all the complex molecules and details about them. The actual problems weren’t bad at all, but that memorization man. Talk about artificial difficulty. That was part of what drove me to physics. We had a mix of online homework and textbook questions to do, plus a three hour lab each week. Strangely, each online assignment I always got close to 100% since we got multiple tries, while for the textbook questions I only scored 80%. Every time. That homework took a long time to complete, though it was nothing compared to what I would experience in my coming years. I ended up making a playlist titled “chemistry dancehall” which was just basically a mix of everything from Alst’s dancehalls. I remember the first test we had though. That was a nightmare. I couldn’t even finish it, and I think it was my first university exam ever. After the time limit ended, I was in shock, like “I can’t believe that just happened,” went straight to my room, and went to sleep. I was fine after waking up, but I swore never to take chemistry again. Somehow, I got a decent mark on the test though, just above 80%, so it all worked out. The professor was really boring though. She thought the term “magic numbers” for nuclei was dumb, which I thought was pretty cool. The labs were also horrendous. Somehow, I got the best mark in titration though, and the lab instructors were very impressed. I do still love the labcoat I had to buy for it too. Very fashionable. With each lab being three hours, you couldn’t help but be paranoid like “If I mess something up now, there’s no going back. I’m done for.” You also had to pass the lab portion to pass the course, but in the end, I didn’t do too bad and passed the course miraculously with an 83.

The physics class was the most fun of them all. The professor always cracked jokes, and picked on chemistry a lot. Once, he even recommended a manga that taught special relativity. I already couldn’t believe that much, but then he opened it to a random page and out of his mouth came the words “Oh, risqué.” The absolute madman. Don’t tell me there was actually fanservice in there and he was looking at it in the middle of class and recommending it.

The homework wasn’t even homework, since all the answers were online, but all he wanted it to be for was to help keep physics in your mind a bit anyway. You can already guess that this wasn’t a real physics class, and you would be right. It was all conceptual physics. That is, no math. It was really easy, though I only ended up getting an 82 despite that. Maybe it was also because of the labs. Yes, we also had a three hour lab every week for that too. Astronomy, on the other physics hand, was even more fun though. The course really required textbook reading, which wasn’t too fun, but it was still an interesting class, and our university has a really large telescope, so we got to use that a bit and even take pictures. This was the same professor as the intro physics class too, which made things even better. There was one guy in the class that I don’t think I’ll ever forget though. I call him Stardad, because, well, he was a dad, and he loved the stars. Had his own small telescope at home. He was a pretty cool guy, but sadly, I never saw him again after that semester, probably due to math, which I shared with him. He had a lot of trouble with it, and I still regret not offering to help him, because he was really rusty after years and years of not touching any. I’m sure he did great in astronomy though, and even I got an 87 in that class, which was a bit unexpected, but the most unexpected mark that semester was yet to come.

Math. Algebra and trigonometry. I hated it. I never did like math much. “Who put the fun in function?” I tweeted. It always seemed to be full of contradictions, but the thing is, I was just taught badly. High school math did me no favours, and this class cleared all my misconceptions, such as the infamous freshman’s dream, which is that (a+b)^n = a^n + b^n. We had main lectures, then a lab every week. The lab would rotate weekly between relearning concepts we should know, such as factoring, and reviewing and practicing stuff covered in the class. The main lab instructor, who is also the local cosmologist at the university, was a really funny guy in an asshole kind of way. During the very first lab, we had a skills test so that he could see what we already knew and what we didn’t. The next week, after he looked over our results, he gave us the news: “You’re all retarded.” Yes, that’s exactly what he said. I thought it was hilarious, but I hear that some people couldn’t take his sass and he made a girl cry once. There were a lot of people taking the class. I think it may have been the largest class I took at university. There were about 150 people taking it, I think. The professor wasn’t amazing, though I do give him points for his memes. Yes, memes. He was a big memer. The class was structured really well too. I don’t think I would have done so well without mathlords on twitter to help, but in the end, I learned a lot, and even scored 93. I really thought it was a mistake. Could it have been that… I was actually good at math?

And then the first semester was over in the blink of an eye. Next up, I had the infamous calculus 1, intro to English 2, intro physics 2, folklore, and linear algebra. Winter had begun, and I got a new roommate.

The new roommate was a lot quieter than the previous, which was nice. He also gave me some star wars glasses, for some reason. Not eyeglasses, but drinking glasses. I didn’t really get to know much about him, but whatever. He was alright. At least he didn’t play music and sing to it loudly while in the shower, like my old roommate.

All that you’ve read up until this point has been what I wrote after finishing my second year. I am now continuing this after finishing my third, so I may not remember things as clearly, but let’s see.

In my new English class, we had the same professor as before. This time, we were focusing on poetry, which I thought would be really helpful to translation since I would learn to analyze poems, a skill which I could use for lyrics, but that wasn’t really true. I didn’t learn anything. I really don’t like English classes. Got a B in that one too.

Intro to physics 2 was more of the same. This time, we were learning about waves and electromagnetism, with a little bit of modern physics. We had more jokes and demonstrations for the professor, which was still fun. A ball almost hit me while he was throwing things around once during a demonstration. That sure kept me awake. But yeah, easy A for the most part.

Folklore though, that was a mistake. One of the most boring classes I’ve ever taken. Of course, I ended up getting only a B in that course, since it was a writing course. I took it hoping to learn about interesting stories and legends, but it turned out to be more about how folklore research is conducted, festivals and traditions (western ones which were so boring that I could not care less about them), and even children’s games like eenie meenie miney moe. I have no idea if I spelled that right, but I’m sure you know what I mean. We also had to analyze commercials for certain tropes, and look at clothes. Honestly, I can not convey how different it was from what I expected. The only good part of the class was when we actually did look at creation stories from various religions and compared them.

Linear algebra 2 was extremely painful. My mind had not fully adapted to thinking geometrically yet, so I did not have a good time finding distances between lines or the closest points on two lines or shortest distance from a point to a line to a plane or anything like that. Projections were also not very fun. I think I would do a lot better in the course now, but it’s too late for that. Gaussian elimination for matrices was pretty easy, though it was extremely tedious for big ones. We got some nightmarish questions on assignments too. During the final exam, I was so exhausted that I started hallucinating while finding determinants and solving huge systems of equations. I did well in the end though and barely got an A. Phew.

Here’s a linear algebra assignment question for you.

Calculus 1 (differential calculus) was where I think I started to like math and accept the fact that I was good at it. It just went over so well. I never really had any problems, it wasn’t bad at all like anyone said it would be. The worst part was optimization, but even that, looking at it now, is pretty simple. What gets most people is the chain rule, but I finished the course with a great mark without any problems. At least, that’s how I remember it now, and I grew what I like to call the eye of differentiation. The ability to instantly see how any function is composed and how to differentiate it. There were only 60 or so people in this class. Compare that to the number of people taking precalculus and you can see that a large number of people either failed or just decided to never take math again.

In order to graduate on time, I had to finish calculus 2 (integral calculus) in the spring. Because it was in the spring, the class was really small at 13 or so people. The course lasted about a month. We had three classes a week, each a little under 3 hours long. But, it was the only class I was taking, so I had no problems and mostly managed to chill the whole time. Again, I never really had any problems, though some people said that integral calculus is the wall that stops a lot of people. Somehow, I got an even higher mark in this than calculus 1, and developed the eye of integration, however after finishing the course and not using integration or differentiation again for an extended period of time, I soon went blind again for the most part.

For that spring semester, I had to move into the newer rooms, which was a plus. There was more space, the beds were bigger, and there were more shelves. It also looked nicer in general and the walls were thick enough that you couldn’t hear everyone and everything around you. My roommate during this time was an African exchange student who was a grad student for environmental science. I don’t know if he showered with his shoes on, but every time I looked in the shower, it was full of dirt. He also had rotten meat in the freezer. Not a very clean person. He wasn’t a bad guy though. Just not clean.

That about sums it up for my first year of university. It turned out to not be so bad, but then again, that was only my first year. In my second year, there were more difficult challenges to come, and my third year… Well, things really got out of control. But I’ll write about that later. You can especially look forward to it if you’re a fan of physics, because that’s when I basically begin taking real physics courses.

Anyway, this is my first time writing something like this. I’m not very experienced in writing prose but I hope you enjoyed reading it!

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Titleless Amen Original Lyrics

In a state of despair over being unable to go to the grocery store multiple days in a row while being out of food, I wrote some short lyrics. Ever since I started translating, I always thought that it would be cool to be a lyricist for a circle. Of course, I get a lot of inspiration from Haruka of Alst. Not sure if I want to translate these, however.

ずっとここにいる
去れることがなくて
魂まで冷やすこの場所で
もう何も出来ず

帰りたいって 行かせてって
そう叫んでも誰にも聞こえない
見えるもの 見えないもの
全てはいずれ無になる

永遠に灰色空
太陽を輝かせない
この空間は星がなくなる
私の心も

大丈夫って 間に合うって
そう思った私は遅すぎた
癒えなくて 逝きたくて
全部はもうじきゼロになる

15 sad songs

“Sad” used interchangeably with “emo,” this could also be called “10 alst songs.”I was listening to some Alst, as usual, when I suddenly thought “why haven’t I made a sad track playlist yet?” Then, I got the idea to make one of these. Two people have already posted things similar to this, so I figured I might as well too. In no particular order. Translations included in the videos where applicable.

Dim. Dream – Alstroemeria Records


“Dim. Dream” usually means “Dimensional Dream,” but this song takes “Dim” to literally mean dim. While the arrangement itself doesn’t exude any outright depressing vibes, it’s certainly feels bleak. The lyrics focus on uncertainty, and distance. The change in Ayakura’s voice in the final stanza is breathtaking, and the final two lines in particular are very strong and exude a great sense of anxiety, leaving you with the feeling of “Is this all there is?” “Will things ever get any better?”

End of Daylight – Alstroemeria Records


“The sun sets, everything ends
from now on, the power of darkness”
This song tells you that if you have any hope left, it’d be easier to just throw it away. There’s nothing left but darkness, so why not embrace it? Dance together with the darkness, and watch the others struggle to find light where there is none. The electric guitar (I think that’s what I’m hearing) really adds to the piece, but I can’t necessarily point out why.

Bad Apple!! – Alstroemeria Records


The song that made Alstroemeria famous, and for good reason. A song generally about not fitting in anywhere in the world. Is it still worth it to try and live a normal, white life? Is it too late? Perhaps you can’t, no matter how you try. If you can’t change, then maybe you should just give up and let it all turn black.

Icemilk Magic – Alstroemeria Records


You may start off with a dream, but that dream that was once so sweet turns against you, leading you down a path that’s nothing but cold. No matter your efforts, it’s useless. As you struggle to carry on to where your hopes ought to be, you’ll eventually be overcome. I’m not sure if it’s just me, but I feel like the arrangement itself gives off chilling vibes as well. When I listen to this song, I can easily imagine myself lost under a moon of dreams.

Necro Effect – Alstroemeria Records


Though it’s repetitive, I find that this adds to the song. When you’ve experienced next to nothing, no change in your life, it’s as if you’re trapped in a long slumber, waiting to wake up. Can you give up when you have so much left to experience? Yet at this rate, you’re achieving nothing. The days pass you by, and though you reach out, nothing changes. It’s as if you aren’t even truly alive.

Lost Emotion – Alstroemeria Records


Perhaps the newest song here. Can you hide behind a mask forever, claiming that you’re in heaven? Can you find that missing piece of yourself that you can’t live without? Even so, the show must go on, and you must continue to dance. Just how far can you go until you fall apart in this hell?

Shinto Shrine – Alstroemeria Records

[Translation]
Sitting at a Shinto Shrine at twilight, watching the sun set. While the brilliant orange colours are beautiful, they soon die out, and you’re left all alone, as devoid of colour and empty as the night sky.

Alice Maestera – Alstroemeria Records

[Translation]
The beginning portion is the best part of the original “Alice Maestra,” and Minoshima integrated it into an arrangement perfectly. Someday, you’ll have to part with the person dearest to you. Whether you’re ready for it or not, you’ll eventually be left behind, and loneliness will find you.

Maple Wizen – Alstroemeria Records

[Translation]
I feel like this song deserves a lot more recognition. It’s not really as emo as the rest, but I can’t ignore how amazing these lines are:
“Shining or bright? I’ll destroy these crimson nightmares:
Despair, anguish, and hatred, with my own hands
For certain, I’ll destroy the meaning of scarlet
I can not hesitate”

Days – Alstroemeria Records


Remember what I said about Alice Maestera? Here it is. Before you knew it, that person so close to you, who taught you the joy of living, is gone. With each ending comes a new beginning, but what good is a new beginning without you? Bonus points to this song for the track that joins on to it, “Beautiful Moment.” It gives this a perfect ending.

Dead Souls – Zytokine


You know a song from an album titled “Death” is going to be emo. I can’t recall the word for it, but the vocals are very slow paced, which really complements the slow beat. The lyrics are masterfully crafted- perhaps the best Linjin’s ever written, in my opinion. Normally his lyrics are more on the upside, so this was rather rare.

Seeds of Life – Sound Holic


It’s extremely rare for Yurica to sing a ballad like this, but you can really feel the emotion when it gets to the chorus, and the final stanza crowns the song perfectly in error-less English. I don’t have much else to say, so I’ll leave you with it.
“An imitation life that is without a light
Nobody could save my pain, so I’ve given up
I am a lonely mage who is just in a maze
Nothing heals or cures my forever loneliness”

【Darkness】 – AdamKadmon


While I haven’t been able to find lyrics for this song and thus have been unable to translate it properly, let me assure you that these lyrics are very dark, with a fittingly heavy arrangement to accompany it. The guitar solo that begins at 2:35 is particularly impressive.
“The angel inviting me to the darkness, wielding the heart of a devil, controlled me”
“Is there no one who will hold me back from the darkness I’ve been invited to?”

Nowhere Residents – Syrufit


Also, the Babbe remix. I admit, I picked this one partly because it has some sentimental value. Me, I’ve never lived anywhere for too long, always moving from one place to another. What do you say when someone asks you where you’re from? Do you say where you were born even though you barely know the place? Or where you’re currently living, even though you just got there? I’m not really from anywhere. A nowhere resident.

ラストジャッジメント – fromadistance


Another instrumental track. This track is very interesting. I can easily picture myself on my deathbed. First, all you hear is pipe organs, often found in churches, at funerals. Slowly, the melody from Shikieiki’s theme comes in, as if death is on its way to greet you. You can feel that these are your final moments on this earth, as the sounds begin to become distorted. All your senses begin to blur and fade. You can feel yourself getting closer and closer to death’s door, and then—– that’s it.

Reitaisai 12 Anticipation

I got sick of just tweeting what I thought about 例大祭 12, and decided to put out an anticipation post for once. I’m not sure what to write for an introduction, and I don’t think I have anything to say here either way, so let’s just cut right to chase.

Looking back, I think I may have typed too much…

Zytokine – hundred hundred

Zytokine’s kicking off this Reitaisai with a full PC98 album, and itori is back! I can’t offer many criticisms, since it tops Photographic Destinations in seemingly every way. Even the cover art is better (Aya’s tube leg really gets to me).

The album begins by reeling us in with “rebooted chaos”’s hooking beat. The next noteworthy track is Nachi’s. Linjin really seems to put Nachi’s voice to better use than most circles, and you can really hear it in “fantastic drive.” You can’t have a Zytokine album without Itori, and her tracks are great. They definitely provide the balance the album needs. The only songs I’m not too much a fan of are “relation” and “liquid prison,” but even those may grow on me when I hear the full versions.

Alstroemeria Records – POP|CULTURE 3

Let’s be honest, who really wanted Pop Culture 3? Personally, I feel like the name could use a bit more creativity while keeping the pattern, like “Pop Explosion” or something, rather than just adding a 3. From what I hear, these albums are named such because they draw influences from popular EDM tracks.

While the album mainly follows the pattern of the old Pop Cultures, there’s one surprise: NOMICO! After 4.5 years, she’s back for this album as vocalist for perhaps my favourite track of the album: “Lost Emotion.” Nachi’s track may be good, but the crossfade doesn’t really go anywhere, so I can’t judge it. Tracy, from Amateras Records, made another guest appearance in “COMO,” along with a voice sample saying “Fuck you.” I couldn’t help but laugh when I heard it. Lost Emotion, Peaceful Romancer, Doll of Misery and サクラ・ホライズン are the only ones that really seem to hold my interest this time around.

SOUND HOLIC – 封 -FUU-

Another Sound Holic album of their multi-genre kanji series. This time, featuring “Magical Astronomy” and “Retrospective 53 Minutes” arranges, as a continuation of 秘 -HIME-.

Eh, I can’t say any of the tracks have me too hooked. “Galaxy Flower” sounded pretty cool. I’m usually not a fan of Sound Holic’s eurobeat tracks, but this one was good. “Rogue Star” is too hard for me. Oceanic Blue doesnt feel like it really goes anywhere, but I like the inclusion of Blue Sea of 53 Minutes in there. 「エデン」 is good. I’ve always liked Yurika tracks, so I’ll give “方舟 -ARK-” a go while I’m talking about her. I’m not too much a fan of Swing Holic’s jazz, but I love 向こう側の月, so I have to at least somewhat enjoy 「荒城のセレナーデ」. Linjin uses some sounds I’ve never heard him use before in “”Lost in space,” reminding me a bit of Alstroemeria (in a bad way). CALEN and 3L tracks are others I’ve always generally enjoyed, so I’m looking forward to “beyond the stars” and 「夢色世界」 as well.

Swing Holic – Vol. 15

As said previously, I’m generally not a fan of Swing Holic’s jazz, but DDC has the best Touhou OST I’ve heard in a while, so I have to give this a listen. Plus, just look at that Sukuna on the cover. I won’t go deep into this crossfade, but I did enjoy it.

EastNewSound – Nostalgic Breeze

The crossfade isn’t out for this one yet either, but I generally enjoy EastNewSound’s albums. I’m sure it’ll be good.

Sally (サリー)

NSY and Wani seem to be taking a big break lately, and who can blame them, after putting out so many new albums one after another. This Reitaisai, they’re only putting out remastered versions of “シンドローム” and “Sally.” Not much to say about that, but they are good albums.

No news of new releases from Monochrome-Coat or AdamKadmon, though I hear they are playing a live show this Reitaisai along with Sally.

Toranoana (とらのあな) – 東方幻奏響UROBOROS参

A third Uroboros album already? I haven’t listened through the entire thing, but it is what it is: a compilation album just like the previous ones, featuring all your favourite circles. I would like to point out that the vocalist for Monochrome-Coat here is Yudzuki (癒月), the same one who sung “Dear You” from the Higurashi series. That’s pretty cool.

Babbe Music – RADIANT DANCEFLOOR

“7th Full Moon” reminds me a lot of a Alstroemeria’s “Endless Morass”
Isn’t that the same melody in the background? Yes it is. Definitely looking forward to “Let Me Be Your Star,” the Reverse Ideology arrange. I love the interlude track as well. None of the other tracks caught my attention as much, but it’s a really solid album. Definitely worth checking out.

twinkle*twinkle – Fortune Music selection of nachi

A best-of album, featuring Sakaue Nachi’s works from various circles and albums, and a few original songs too. It really does have a lot of her more memorable works, so it’s hard not to love it.

Amateras Records × M.H.S – Harmony of Twice

I’ve never heard of M.H.S before, but as well as releasing an instrumental album for Unrequited Hearts and a best-of album, Amateras is doing a collab album! I don’t really have any strong opinions to say here, but “Eyes of Truth” and the “akasha-assembly” Tracy Remix are great.

凋叶棕 – 求

Cute Cirno! I really like the ice hair. This album’s focused on youkai, with the theme being their “instincts.” It always takes me a while to warm up to new RD-Sounds releases, but I’m really liking the instrumental songs, such as 水面よりソット・ヴォーチェ and グレートアトラクター.
Φ串Φ is back with another 死せる哲学の袂esque song as well: 「善意のマモノ」.

Yonder Voice – 蒼月の懺悔詩~Universal Nemesis

I really liked Yonder Voice’s last album, so I decided to give this one a listen to as well, and it sounds just as promising. I can’t say I like the first track too much, but the rest is gold.

Find Your Way – I COULD COVER WHATEVER I WANTED IF I WANTED

Album art in the works, I’ve always liked Veto’s music, and it’s free! Wow! As you can see from the title, this EP is entirely focused on covering songs, including one from 9bFOX, one from Foreground Eclipse, and 死際サテライト.
I mainly want to take this time to say that his last EP, “HOMEWARD EP,” was pretty good too. Especially if you like acoustic songs. In the future, Veto plans to release a full Find Your Way album as well, so don’t miss it.