[ Anime A to Z ] ~F~ “Fuwa Fuwa Time”

The signature song for Ho-kago Tea Time (Afterschool Tea Time), the girls’ band in K-ON!. It’s super catchy and fun, and captures the feel of the series perfectly. This is the quintet version of the song with Yui on vocals.

Precious Naru

official series art by Kazuko Tadano

Naru Osaka is Usagi’s best friend in Sailor Moon, and is one of the most kind-hearted and sweet characters you’ll ever meet. Her story arc in the first season of Sailor Moon is heartbreaking.

[ Anime A to Z ] ~E~ Eureka

It’s actually been so long since I last watched Eureka Seven that I can’t remember all the reasons I like Eureka! I also have only seen the original TV series so far, so I don’t know the full scope of her character either.

That being said, one thing I do remember liking about Eureka was her personality, which was on the quiet side, and she was also kind of mysterious. I also like her aqua color scheme. Basically, I need to watch Eureka Seven again to remind myself of all the things about her I’ve forgotten!

Despite my failing memory, I do know that Eureka is deserving of a spot on this list.

[ Song of the Week ] Genesis – “Heathaze”

from the album Duke (1980)

This song written by Tony Banks contains some of my favorite Genesis lyrics with their symbolism:

“Beware the fisherman who’s casting out his line
into a dried up riverbed,
but don’t try to tell him ‘cos he won’t believe you.
Throw some bread to the ducks instead,
it’s easier that way.”

This means something…

My all-time favorite film is Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and that includes its score by John Williams. Most folks are familiar with the five note motif associated with the film, but there are several other themes in the score which are just as memorable to me, if not moreso.

This piece of music introduces one of those other themes, as it accompanies the scene in which Roy Neary finally discovers what his visions mean.

Close Encounters of the Third Kind soundtrack (1977)

[ Anime A to Z ] ~D~ “DEAR FUTURE”

Kunihiko Ikuhara’s followup to BE-PAPAS’s Revolutionary Girl Utena was Mawaru Penguindrum, released some fifteen years later! It’s another series I enjoy for its multiple layers, and also like Utena, for its music.

This is the primary ending theme song for the series, which is Japanese shoegaze, and it got me kind of interested in shoegaze in general with its distinct sound.

Pretty Soldier of Thunder and Courage

That glow is Jupiter’s natural radiance

My favorite character in Sailor Moon the very first time I saw the series about twenty years ago was none other than Makoto Kino – Sailor Jupiter. She’s the only one of the original five who could end you without transforming! In her first episode alone, she beats up two college-age thugs, attempts to square off against Zoisite, and tries fighting a monster, all before learning she is Sailor Jupiter!

In the years since, my loyalties may have shifted a bit to Ami, but watching Mako’s introduction episode again after more than a decade since my last Sailor Moon rewatch, it’s all coming back to me why I like her so much. She’s a tall, awkward girl with an intimidating aura, but she’s actually really nice and is good at cleaning and cooking. Ami better look out, since Mako might win me over again. I can still like them both, though! 💚💙

(And in retrospect, maybe it’s because of Mako that I became so fond of the brown hair/green eyes combination…)