The Power of Music & Music in Anime

As a child growing up in the 80’s and 90’s, I was exposed to tons of catchy opening themes to various television shows. There were many memorable songs from shows such as “Brand New Life” from Who’s the Boss, “As Long as We Got Each Other” from Growing Pains, and “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Me Now” from Perfect Strangers, just to name a few of my favorites. Cartoons at the time also had some great theme songs and soundtracks with shows like Inspector Gadget, Tiny Toons, Jetsons, Flintstones, and who could forget Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? Even without lyrics, there were memorable instrumental themes from shows like Doogie Howser, Knight Rider, A-Team, Star Trek, and let’s not forget game shows like Jeopardy, and The Price is Right. Continue reading “The Power of Music & Music in Anime”

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“Death Devil” Mio

Mio Akiyama, the left-handed bassist, is the most popular character in the K-ON! series. With her moe appeal, it’s easy to see why this is so. Voiced by Youko Hikasa, Mio performs the more “serious” songs for Houkago Tea Time as well as the ending themes. This is in contrast to Yui who performs the more light-hearted songs along with the opening themes. Youko Hikasa has a great singing voice and that’s probably one of the reasons I’ve personally picked her as a favorite as well. With regards to the songs, I’ve always been partial to “My Love is a Stapler” from season 1, and I’d say “NO, Thank You!” (ED2) is my current favorite from this season. Continue reading ““Death Devil” Mio”

“Death Devil” Yui

As mentioned in my previous post, I figured I should go ahead and try to draw out the entire Houkago Tea Time crew from K-ON! in their Death Devil attire, as seen in episode 10 of season 2. Next in line, I decided to take on Yui Hirasawa. I’m somewhat disappointed because I didn’t exactly plan ahead for the full band in my drawing of Azusa, but I guess I’ll just go ahead and move forward, adding the rest of the girls to her canvas. While trying to conceptualize a pose for the full group shot, I looked around for references. Since they are an all girl band, I thought it’d be cool to base it off of a real life one. What better choice than Scandal, a popular all girl J-rock/pop band. They did perform a cover of “Don’t Say Lazy” after all, so why not? Continue reading ““Death Devil” Yui”