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Sound Bites: Sep 27, 2016

My ear is stuffed.

Hello again ladies and germs, it’s me, back with more sound bites. I’ve noticed that these posts (and pretty much all of posts to be frank) receive very few views. I have considered the possibility that this is due to my lack of popularity, but putting aside that absurd notion, it has occurred to me that I should really do something about it.

However, I couldn’t think of anything. So I guess we’ll just leave it as it is. Why bother writing this diatribe then? I couldn’t think of any other intro.

1. Kurozuka OP, Systematic People

We are going dark this week folks. Kurozuka is about a dude on the run who gets betrayed by his friend, is left for dead, turned into a vampire before falling catatonic and then waking up in the future and going on a quest for vengeance.

And this song fits the mood just nicely.

It’s blaring grunge synth with unintelligible screaming vocals in the back. Uh huh.

2. Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei OP, Hitoshite Jiku ga Bureteiru

Dark again? Man, I wish the rain would stop…

Apparently, there are going to be storms here going into October! Ridiculous.

Oh yeah, the song. Same as the previous really. The background for the opening really pulls the metal blaring aspect of the song and intertwined it with that Japanese gothic punk vibe. It’s weird. Very weird.

3. The History of Japan Podcast

Isaac Meyer’s labor of love is definitely a perfect place to start if you want to study Japanese history in any way. Interested in militarization of Pre-WW2 Japan? How about the Western incursions in Japan resulting in the beginning of Westernization in the Land of the Rising Sun? Watch a lot of anime and interested to see what Date Masamune was actually like? I highly recommend this podcast to you.

Isaac lays out both a broad enough frame of reference so as to not give too many things “short shrift”, to borrow his turn of phrase, but also a deep enough understanding of those events and topics which, in his mind, were highly important in determining the course of Japanese history to follow. And the result is a well-researched (in general, it’s his area of study) and thorough podcast that does not feel as dull as the premise of ancient court political machinations and socioeconomic reforms might sound.

To learn more, visit his website: https://historyofjapan.wordpress.com/

Well, that’s all for now. Thanks for reading and have a great day.

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