Another singer you may know from a cover she performed with JubyPhonic a while ago, Rachie also specialises in English covers of Vocaloid and anime songs. Interestingly, she's also fluent in Indonesian and has recorded some beautiful covers in that language too.
The animation may be simple but don't let it fool you. This song is contemplative and heart-wrenching, not least of all because it's relatable for so many people.
This song is part of a massive collaboration to cover some older Vocaloid songs. The rest of the videos can be found here. It's worth paying attention to the lyrics in this one. They tell such a sweet story and Rachie's voice really brings it to life.
I never get bored of this song - it's full of so many emotions, the animations are by Chris, an amazing artist, and Rachie's lyrics are awesome.
This piece is so touching and singable! I swear, this gets stuck in my head all the time. XD The Kagerou Project is one of my favourite song series, so the music video being based on that was an added bonus for me.
In my humble opinion, this is Rachie's best cover so far. She just sings it so well, there's nothing I'd want to change! The lyrics are a bit odd but it's more about the mood they create. Putting that aside, it's just so much fun!
Life Is Strange is a video game by Square Enix in which players are able to reverse time whilst retaining the memories of the main character, Max. She's just returned to her hometown after many years in a different state but finds herself haunted by dreams of the town's destruction and multiple threats to the lives of her friends. I won't give away any more than that because it's most fun to discover the truth for yourself!
My first impression of the game was pretty mixed. I instantly bonded with the atmospheric and unobtrusive background music but felt uncertain about the graphics. To begin with, the visuals seemed a bit jagged and rough, especially considering the beauty of Square Enix's more recent games like FF13. However, given time, it's easier to appreciate the brushstroke style which gives the game a very individual and charming feel.
As for the gameplay itself, the controls are fairly intuitive and are explained at a pace that won't overwhelm you. What will tax your brain is trying to decide how to act in each situation. Life Is Strange constantly presents choices which will affect future events. The difficulty comes from trying to imagine what the consequences of any action will be. Max's time reversal has limits so it's important to choose wisely!
You're thrown into the story somewhat abruptly and are given the reins straight away. What draws you in is the depth of each and every character. Every one feels like their own genuine person, making the game all the more enjoyable and real. In turn, the story is paced well and the addition of a diary feature allows you to read as much of each back-story as you wish. The game handles several mysteries concurrently without detracting from the significance of any one. It's worth pointing out that, being in the mystery genre as it is, Life Is Strange features some rather dark topics like abuse and murder, so I wouldn't recommend it to younger players.
So far, my sister and I have been greatly enjoying Life Is Strange and look forward to completing the game. The artwork, choice-driven story and flawless soundtrack certainly justify the many positive responses it's received. The game is currently available from many different stores for PS4, XBOX ONE and PC, with specific details found here: http://www.lifeisstrange.com/index.php . It's split into five episodes which can be bought separately, so you can try the first one for a lower price before committing to the whole game, if you prefer.
For more information, check out the official website, here: http://www.lifeisstrange.com/index.php
Known in Japan as Tanabata, the Star Festival is a traditionally celebration usually held on July 7th, though the exact date varies by region.
The celebration is based on the legend of two lovers, Orihime and Hikoboshi, who are represented by the stars Vega and Altair. The story goes as follows:
Orihime was the daughter of the god of the sky; the two of them lived in the heavens and every day, Orihime would diligently weave for her father. As time went on, the god grew concerned for his hard-working daughter, fearing that her chores would prevent her from ever finding love. He decided to introduce Orihime to Hikoboshi, a young cow herder who worked in the fields across the river, Amanogawa. (We know this 'river' as the Milky Way.) The pair quickly fell in love, abandoning their duties and, sadly, angering Orihime's father. As punishment, he separated them across the Amanogawa once more, such that they could never meet again. Naturally, Orihime was devastated and her tears weakened her father's resolve. Relenting, the god agreed that the lovers may meet once each year, on the 7th day of the 7th month, on the condition that they resumed their work.
A year passed and the day came when Orihime was permitted to cross the river to meet Hikoboshi. However, she arrived at the Amanogawa's bank only to discover that there was no bridge. Her hopes dashed once more, Orihime broke down in tears. Taking pity on her, a flock of magpies offered to help her cross. They made a bridge by hovering over the river, allowing Orihime to step on their wings and walk across, into Hikoboshi's waiting arms.
Historically, the traditions associated with Tanabata consisted of a mixture of Chinese Qixi and Japanese Bon customs. One of the main features of these was making wishes for better skills. For girls, this would be crafts like sewing, whereas boys would pray for better handwriting. Over time, these traditions drifted apart from the Star Festival, though it is still common to make wishes by writing them on strips of paper and hanging them on bamboo plants during the festival. These days, other customs include large-scale festivals where brightly coloured streamers are hung around the streets, with an array of food stalls, carnival games and firework shows.
Adriana Figueroa, aka Adrisaurus is another fantastic female singer on Youtube. She's been posting a wide range of covers for a few years now; these include Final Fantasy, Undertale and songs from other films and games. More recently, she's also written a few orginal songs, all of which are stunning.
5) Beautiful Cruel World
In stark contrast to the Attack On Titan series itself, Adrisaurus' English Cover of this song is pretty and elegant yet infused with heart-twisting emotions.
4) Still Alive
All the Portal jokes... (*≧▽≦)ﾉｼ))
3) Wanderer's Lullaby
This original song is soothing and beautiful. The lyrics are thoughtfully written and are sure to cheer you up on a glum day.
2) Surely Someday
Professor Layton covers are few and far between but Adriana has done a few and they're all amazing! This one's my favourite but you should check out the others too. :)
1) Yeul's Theme
Any fans of the Final Fantasy XIII games might want to have some tissues to hand for this one! Honestly, I think Adriana's cover easily competes with the original version. The backing guitar is subtle enough to let her voice really shine. The only thing that's missing is a cute fan drawing of Noel and Yuel!
Two sisters hoping to share some of the things we love. :3