All Songs Live! Blu-ray BOX released!

Oku Hanako’s All Song’s Live! Blu-ray BOX was released on Wednesday! As far as I know, it was only available through pre-order directly from Pony Canyon. I’m not aware of any plans to make a general release edition, although I think it would be foolish of them to not make one.

Pony Canyon released a digest PV earlier this month:


『奥華子 10周年ありがとう!弾き語り全曲ライブ!Blu-ray BOX』ダイジェスト映像 by ponycanyon [YouTube]

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Ai no Shizuku / 愛のしずく

Ai no Shizuku / 愛のしずく: “Drops of Love”

ai / 愛
“love”
no / の
A particle that acts as a modifier. Roughly equivalent to “of”
shizuku / しずく
“drop”

In recognition of the upcoming All Songs Live! Blu-ray BOX, today’s song will be the titular song of Oku Hanako’s first indies release, the mini-album from 2000, Ai no Shizuku / 愛のしずく.

According to Generasia, the mini album was limited to only 1000 copies and was only sold at live events. As I had pointed out in a previous post, this release has been auctioned for even more than the Blu-ray BOX.

This song appeared as the opening track of the mini album. Outside of the mini album, the only other time this song has appeared in her releases was in her 2010 Christmas concert DVD released in 2011. It will appear again in the All Songs Live! Blu-ray BOX.

The old name for this song is “Good Night” and was listed so for the LAPIN ET HALOT performance on June 25, 1996.


奥華子 レア曲 by 爆走チャーリー [Nico Nico Douga]

Compared to the rest of the songs on the mini album, this is the one that sounds the most typical, even if Sonna Kigashita / そんな気がした ended up on vol.best and not this song.

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Oku Hanako to perform OP for TV anime Seiren / セイレン

A PV has been released for the upcoming original TV anime Seiren, scheduled to start airing on January 6, featuring the opening sung by none other than Oku Hanako.


TVアニメ「セイレン」第一弾PV by TBS animation

A snippet of the opening comes in at around 0:55.

I was surprised when I saw the announcement; it came out of the blue. The first thing that came to my mind when I saw it was Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo / 時をかける少女, the anime movie that made her famous which featured Garnet / ガーネット as the theme song and Kawaranai Mono / 変わらないもの as the insert song.

From what I gather, Seiren (official site) will be a romance series. Reddit user Taiboss gives us a translation of the PV:

Lacking something you want to do.

Ikuo: “Is there nothing you wanna do?”

Shoichi: “Does nothing that I’d like to do come to my mind, huh? I’m worried about what I’ll do once I’m not a student anymore, I can’t even start imagining what it would be like…”

Course

Girl whose’s name I don’t know: “Hmm, to be someone who makes others happy, I guess?”

Study

Ikou: “Studying all alone in a hotel in the mountains for two weeks!”

Shouichi: “For two weeks?”

and now

Sister whose name I forgot: “Shou-chan, I’ve been thinking about how you’ve been getting more popular with the girls.”

Love

Hikari: “I mean, when you’re in trouble…you’re cute!”

Love…?

Hikari: “You were looking longingly at the desk where I was sat for such a long time. You felt the taste of immorality, didn’t you?”

There is so much to think about…

Shouichi: “If this continues, it’s no good.”

[Profile TLs can be found in the MAL/ANN PV articles or in the respective Character PV reddit posts.]

Falling in love with the you nobody knows, the love stories of the Seiren karen girls.

Hikari: “Seiren. Broadcast starts January 2017. And we’re gonna start with me. It’s a pleasure.”

The opening is called Kimi no Hana / キミの花 (“Your Flower”). The arrangement sounds very heavy for Oku-san, although songs like Rashinban / 羅針盤 from Prism / プリズム and songs from the good-bye album are similar.

The announcement says that Kimi no Hana be released as a single on February 22, 2017. The single will be released in two editions: a Seiren edition and a regular edition.