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Kalafina 21st single "Hyakka Ryouran" (Katsugeki Touken Ranbu ED)

Discussion in 'Everything Yuki' started by sprinterXkyrie, Mar 26, 2017.

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  1. Seasonreaper

    Seasonreaper HA! I live in her CLOSET!

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    Huh, so those are the covers. I kinda get what they're going for, but I don't really care for it. They remind me a bit of the Progressive covers actually, except with an overbearing red filter instead of Progressive's abysmal lighting.

    Also I can't help but think they're trying to cash in on Persona 5's popularity with that colour scheme :ayashii:.
     
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    george1234 Moderator

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    @Believe in Heavenly Blue : Please shorten your signature pic by at least 60%, this looks huge even in my 1900x resulution, and most people use smartphones.
     
  3. magicmagiamahou

    magicmagiamahou I eat sleep and breathe Yuki

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    I quite like the covers. I love how the covers are saturated with red and there are drawings on the bottom, it looks like the fire is going to swallow them up. I also love how only the kanji for 'fire' 火 is in white - I think it's clever.
     
  4. Aelarion

    Aelarion I adore Yuki

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    I'm not even going to try to be reserved about this and just say I fuckin' love these new covers, it's like nothing they've done before, a complete transition from the gothic styles of before and the 'angelic' themes of After Eden and FotW, and after the disastrous cover art the previous singles, I physically leaped out of my chair when I saw the striking visuals of this new artwork.

    Stylistically, I would assume it's the same designer as last time who created these, it just seems like they've stepped up their game and abandoned the 'pale and greasy' look from before. And yes, it is just a little bit 'Kill Bill', but not too much as to detract from the fact this is still a highly pleasing expansion on Kalafina's aesthetic selection.

    As for the vocalists themselves, Keiko and Wakana look incredibly elegant, the stoic dancer's poses are on point, and the thin flowing dresses just bind that elegance together beautifully. Hikaru sadly looks a little awkward in all four covers, and I am rather perplexed as to what Keiko is trying to do with her right arm on the vinyl version, is she casting a spell or something?

    Colouration seems extremely appropriate to the anime it is involved with, and I guess it gives me hope that the rest of the actual song and indeed the B-sides will have that 'subtle Japanese style' we were promised.
     
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  5. HimeWakana

    HimeWakana I have reached Yuki nirvana

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  6. grunty

    grunty I will reach Yuki nirvana

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    Nice. Thanks. Please edit them out of the post though. That's 10 MB of gigantic images to load.
     
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    Westkana Fluent in Kajiurago

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    Interesting.... The covers look like a mix of Blaze with Yume no Daichi... with RM's color scheme :XD:. I like the flower overlay at the bottom
     
  8. Hayden Kurosaki

    Hayden Kurosaki I like Yuki

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    OOOOOOOOH.

    Also Wakana has finally commanded my attention in multiple cover shots, which I admit almost never occurs -- not to come off rude, but even when "trying", she poses as a delicate flower. But here, especially in that third one, I am living for the hundred flames.

    Now I sure as hell am not one to be into saturated colors -- hence why my favorite cover arts from them are After Eden and Consolation -- so I'm both shocked and happy that I am SO into this concept. I enjoy the Kill Bill-ness because they, especially Wakana and Keiko, off-put such garishness with strength and femininity, so the polarization is there.

    Now I do also agree that 1.) It looks like the same photographer stepped his game up, 2.) The decals fading out from the bottom were a fabulous touch (I also enjoy that they're floral instead of flaming, taking out what would make the cover a little too . . . present. Or more bluntly, obvious), and 3.) Although Hikaru looks great, her posing game was pretty off. A little too present as well, but not obvious so much as it looks like she knows that she is required to pose, as opposed to Wakana, who looks like she is truly feeling it. I heard Keiko was an actual dancer and she usually looks as such, and so here she is holding both the middle of the cover and of my preference.
     
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  9. Aelarion

    Aelarion I adore Yuki

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    @Hayden Kurosaki You're right, it's not often Wakana is as visually dominant as she is here, which is really quite refreshing.
     
  10. Hayden Kurosaki

    Hayden Kurosaki I like Yuki

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    Oh, I forgot to contribute to everyone's thoughts -- What the funtuck is that vinyl-specific BS -- and Aelarion made another good point that I read too quickly: these covers are great for the anime that they're associated with. I wonder what I would have thought, had this been an unattached, Kalafina-specific single.
     
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  11. grunty

    grunty I will reach Yuki nirvana

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    @george1234 (or whoever was the moderator) quoting/spoilering the images still makes them load. Please, please, edit them out. They are just too big to have in a post. Not everyone has unlimited interwebs (especially on phones).
     
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    oh i thought it would load less if quoted ^^;
     
  13. Hayden Kurosaki

    Hayden Kurosaki I like Yuki

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    @grunty I'm surprised, I have an iPhone and I already saved the covers, so they stay in the spoiler without loading, at least for me.

    Also random thought. I think a cover arrangement that could have saved Hikaru would be to switch sides with Wakana, and take (in the order that HimeWakana posted) Hikaru's first panel, Wakana's second panel and Keiko's third panel, put onto a cover.

    Lastly, when just song titles, I think that KantanKatan will be just as high-tempo as TeToTetoMeToMe and I hope that aesthetically, it sounds equally traditional (even if TeToMe's version of "traditional" is more West-Asian than East); I also hope that Tanbo is equally as strong and enticing as Sandpiper, its down-tempo animal-title competition.

    All in all I hope this will be a refresher, musically, even moreso than itw/Marchen was (even Haru wo Matsu was a bit surprising sound-wise, though my tastes prevent me from truly embracing it). I've already been pleasantly surprised by these covers. Let the content under those covers bring us some profusely burning magic.
     
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  14. juchanx3

    juchanx3 Roses at her doorstep

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    The design isn't bad, but they used just a simple effect... and the girls are too dark.

    My edit

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  15. Barbi-Hoseki

    Barbi-Hoseki I like Yuki

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    Just being curious, are they going to release any pv for this single?
     
  16. Hayden Kurosaki

    Hayden Kurosaki I like Yuki

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    Yes.
     
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    ^ Yes, for the title song.
     
  18. Seasonreaper

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    At least it's an instrumental that's exclusive here. I've seen a few albums from some of my favourite artists which have full tracks which are only on the vinyl version, and they're damn fine songs at that. I suppose at least in those cases it's an album. I don't really care much about single releases on vinyl, it's why I haven't bothered with any of Kalafina's vinyls other than FotW.

    Still hoping there's a decent quality vinyl release on the cards for their first four albums, I'd buy the shit outta those.

    Also two b-sides pleases me a lot. Always nice to have more music and the more interesting stuff is always in the b-sides.
     
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    sarasara Roses at her doorstep

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    Going back to the song sample, I think I have to echo people like grunty and ritardando in saying that I found it kinda disappointing. I never liked Parallel Hearts, depsite it being one of the first FJ/YK songs I've ever heard, so this song being a sort of sister song to PH isn't sitting all that well with me rn.
    All you people who were expecting a more traditional Japanese sounding song, idk what you were expecting lol. :leaf:
    Hopeful for the two b-sides tho! It's always nice to see 2 versus just 1.
    And about the covers, I like the poses and what I can see from the dresses, but that red filter is just so bright it strains my eyes :...:
     
  20. Hayden Kurosaki

    Hayden Kurosaki I like Yuki

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    @sarasara My dislike of Parallel Hearts fuels my curiosity toward what the differences will be in Hyakka Ryouran. Do not let yourself become completely lost.