Back in the day, Sailor Chibi Moon was always one of the most despised Sailor Moon characters… I don’t know if that’s still the case these days with Sailor Moon Crystal and the next generation Moonies, but I never had a problem with her.
So to celebrate the appearance of Sailor Chibi Moon in my Sailor Moon complete series rewatch – currently nearly halfway through Sailor Moon S – here is her first attack: Pink Sugar Heart Attack! Not recommended for those with an aversion to the color pink, hearts, or cutesy sound effects.
Dream Theater has been around for a long time now, but they made magic on their second album. Of all the music they have ever written, the middle instrumental of this song is one of their finest moments, bursting with creativity.
The “Part I” in the song’s title was actually meant as a joke. Being a progressive band, it was a nod to multi-part progressive rock songs of the past. It wasn’t until 1999 that the “Part I” gained meaning when they decided to use this song as the inspiration and backstory for an entire album, which became Metropolis Part 2: Scenes from a Memory.
As you may recall from my latest installment of Anime A to Z, The Borrower Arrietty is one of my favorite Ghibli films. For me, it’s a “classic” from the studio, much like My Neighbor Totoro or Kiki’s Delivery Service. Hayao Miyazaki selected Hiromasa Yonebayashi to make his directorial debut with this adaptation of The Borrowers, and it resulted in a wonderful film.
The sense of scale was captured perfectly. You can tell that you’re watching tiny little people in a human-sized world, rather than normal sized people in a giant-sized world. This is especially apparent when water moves at Arrietty’s scale. The film is also very pretty artistically, and the score by harpist Cécile Corbel fits perfectly with the setting.
And then there’s Arrietty herself. She is one of my overall favorite Ghibli leads. Like many of her predecessors, Arrietty is a determined and adventurous girl trying to forge her own way in the world. But unlike her predecessors, she is only a few centimeters tall!
Below are a few fifteen screenshots of Arrietty from the film. It’s more than I would usually put in a post like this, but she is worth it.
1990s EDM has a special place in my musical memories, as a friend of mine at the time was quite into the scene, so I learned a lot about electronic dance music back then. This is a classic from the era, released on the Platipus label which specialized in psychedelic trance. It remains one of my favorite styles of electronic music to this day, and for me at least, this song still sounds fresh and exciting.
>> Annie Lennox: Medusa A covers album given Annie’s unique treatment.
>> Miami Sound Machine: Primitive Love The Latin pop band fronted by Gloria Estefan finally started to see crossover success in the US with this 1985 album featuring “Conga”.
>> Renaissance: Novella Symphonic prog masterpiece from 1977. Renaissance blended progressive rock with orchestral arrangements to great success in the ’70s, and this album was no exception. The new reissue includes a 2CD bonus concert from 1977 at The Royal Albert Hall performing with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
>> Diana Ross: Playlist: The Very Best of Diana Ross Unlike many “best of” compilations, the full-length album versions of the songs are used here, which is especially welcome when some of the songs are of the disco or dance variety, where single versions don’t give the song enough time to properly stretch out.
>> Roxette: Joyride Roxette may have been more popular in their native Sweden, but after their breakout Look Sharp! in 1988, this followup from 1991 benefitted from some of that momentum overseas as well, including the title single.