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{CD Review} Wand of Fortune Character Song Album

Oh character songs, how much I love them. The Wand of Fortune Character Song Album includes character songs for (most of) the main guys, as well as the opening song for Wand of Fortune ~Mirai e no Prologue~.

Song List:

01 my little girl
02 魔法ノコトバ
03 OASIS
04 Blazing Guy
05 Joker
06 誓ノ闇
07 ウラハラ協奏曲 (ラプソディ)
08 Re:ココロ
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{CD Review} Beastmaster and Prince Character Song Album

It feels like ages since I’ve done a CD review (and look, it has). But, my CD collection has grown, so in waiting, I now have even more CD’s to talk about. The Beastmaster and Prince Character Song Album is as it sounds, character songs for all of the main characters. The CD also includes the ending song for the first game but not the opening song, which felt like an odd choice to me. The album is called “Beast Master” with a space, but then sometimes it’s called “Beastmaster” without a space, and the confusion is killing me slowly, so I’m just not going to have a space whenever I talk about the series |D.

Song List:

01 Flame of Justice
02 Silver mile the way
03 約束のReunion
04 Break the chain
05 薄紅の誓い
06 Hello again
07 eternal flower
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{CD Review} Principesse E Fate

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Now this CD is an experience all on its own. Literally meaning ‘Princesses and Faeries’, one you look at the lovely artwork,you will have an idea what we are getting into. This is an Italian children’s CD, and given its contents and appearance, I am assuming it it a very indie Italian children’s CD. The CD cover look like one or two steps up from in-home burning.

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I actually found this CD while looking for the Mermaid Melody Principesse Sirene CD. Why would it come up in the same search? Well, it does have the word ‘Principesse’ in the title, but that is not the reason. This is the reason:

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Seven of the 15 songs included are covers of Mermaid Melody Principesse Sirene songs.XD
We have:
Mermaid Melody (nice job changing the name on that one <<)
Torno Dall’Oceano
Fantastica Poesia
Dolce Melodia
Stella Pressiosa
Battito D’Amore
Voce Nel Buio

Why did this not get hammered by copyrights? Surprisingly, they actually created their own instrumentals for the songs. It is significantly harder to claim copyrights when they did not use the official instrumental. However, keeping one of the songs titled ‘Mermaid Melody’ was a gutsy move.

Also, the last song is titled ‘Nel Segno Di Winx’, which is a song from Winx Club…<< I am starting to see a trend here. This raises the question, how many of these songs are actually original?XD

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The inside of the booklet just has an explosion of fonts and colors listing the different songs.

As much as I joke about how odd it is that this CD exists, the singer could be a lot worse. The biggest problem with the singer is that she sounds like grown women. I know that statement sounds weird, but given how I am used to the original versions of the songs, her voice sounds odd as a replacement for Luchia or Hanon. Her voice matches Fantastica Poesia and Voce Nel Buio (though this one has a bit too may effects for my tastes). I think the CD would have been a lot better had there been more than one singer.

Would I recommend this CD? No, not really. I enjoy the fact that it exists, and the singer really did try her darnedest, but I cannot unhear the original versions of the songs. Maybe some of the songs are original? If so, that could be a slight incentive to buy it, but otherwise, just get the Mermaid Melody Principesse Sirene CD.

If you want to sample the songs, you can listen to excerpts on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0012JCNWQ/ref=dm_ws_sp_ps_dp

{CD Review} Code: Realize Character CD 5~Saint Germain Limited Edition

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While Saint Germain is not my favorite character, I really like Hirakawa Daisuke’s voice (Laito yaaaas~) so this wound up being my favorite character song (as I expected it would be, but I’m biased lol)

Song list:
01 運命の旅人
02 運命の旅人(Off Vocal)
03 とある一夜の語らいにて~The side of Saint-Germain~

The character song is 4:43 long and the drama is 21:45. Hooray for all Saint Germain fans, that is one long drama track. Too bad most of sounds depressing.

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Unfortunately, there are no English lines in the song, which I guess could be considered good or bad given the pronunciation.  The google translate of the song title is ‘Traveler’s Fate’ and given ‘unmei’ was in Reiji’s (Diabolik Lovers) character song title and that has the word ‘fate’ in it, I’m going to assume it’s right (my convoluted thought process lol).

I do have one complaint though, while it would be difficult for me to dislike this song, at times the background music contrasts with his lower voice. I mean, Hirakawa Daisuke’s voice isn’t THAT low, but the verses sound like they were meant to be sung higher than they are. Maybe it’s just me. The chorus sounds fine though, and that’s the most prominent part. Still, Lupin’s song is really catchy and I’m sure I’m going to switch off which song I like more.

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Yay, purple for the win. I was expecting it to be a lilac color instead of a violet to match Saint Germain’s hair a bit more.

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The limited edition came with a Saint Germain charm. Personally, I like this charm design the most. I think shading of his hair looks really nice and I really like his signature having a heart.XD

As per usual, I would recommend buying the limited edition if you wanted to buy the CD’s anyway. If you’re not sure which of the CD’s to buy, I’d recommend Lupin’s and Saint Germain’s as I think their songs are the best.

{CD Review} Code: Realize Character CD 4~Impey Barbicane Limited Edition

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Wow, I am late with this one; especially since my Saint Germain CD just came in today lol. Anyway, Impey’s CD came with the 3 tracks like usual.

Song list:
01 Trip to the moon
02 Trip to the moon (off vocal)
03 ミニドラマ とある一夜の語らいにて~The side of Impey Barbicane~

The character song is 3:28 long and the drama is 13:05. Seems like Impey’s getting the short end of the stick compared to Victor.

Now, since the CD was made in Japan, I suppose I can’t really complain too much but that fact that only ‘Trip’ is capitalized in the title of the song bothers me. Impey’s song is the most upbeat of the bunch, even surpassing Lupin’s song. I didn’t think it was possible. Yeah, I have no idea what the drama CD is about and since Impey is usually pretty peppy, I can’t really tell if he’s happy or sad so…XD

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One section of Impey’s lyrics have hiragana/katakana above them. Now, Impey’s English is actually pretty good. I could understand it all without knowing the lyrics prior. Actually, right before his ‘I love you forever’ line, he says in English ‘My princess'<

I don’t really keep up with Japanese voice actors, nor do I know many or am able to recognize many. It took me hearing Impey sing to realize that his voice actor also voices Souji from Hakuouki (which is sad since Souji is my favorite character). Well, I recognized Yuki Kaji right away (his screams are especially recognizable for Diabolik Lovers fans lol).

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Yep, it’s orange. spoiler alert, Saint Germain’s is purple. I still really like that record design.

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The limited edition came with a Impey charm. I underestimated how much hair he has apparently because he has a messy bun and hair left down.

I would recommend it if you were already planning on buying the CD, and, while Impey isn’t my favorite character, I personally think his charm design is the second best.

{CD Review} Code: Realize Character CD 3~Victor Frankenstein Limited Edition

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Well, graduation has put me a little behind but here is Victor Frankenstein’s CD.  As per usual, it has a song, off vocal, and drama track.

Song list:
01 優しい予感 -in the morning rays-
02 優しい予感 -in the morning rays- (Off Vocal)
03 とある一夜の語らいにて ~The side of Victor Frankenstein~

The character song is 4:48 long and the drama is 19:01 long.

Sadly, Victor does not have any English lines in the song, but he does have that snazzy braid. Apparently, Lupin, Van, Victor, and Saint-Germain all have braids and I did not notice. The braid looked SO natural on Lupin that I did not even bat an eye but it just stuck out on Van.XD Impey does not have a braid but his hair is pulled back in a messy bun to make up for it.

Much like one would expect, Victor’s song is pretty light and fluffy sounding. It starts out slow but starts to grow and the chorus is pretty upbeat. Since the google translation of the title is ‘friendly premonition’ the ‘in the morning rays’ in the title actually makes some sense (given that translation is in any way correct lol). However, I am not sure why they would separate ‘in the morning rays’ from the rest of the title?O.o

Victor’s lyrics have some hiragana above them like Van’s did.

Honestly, a lot of the time during the drama CD, Victor sounds depressed or very tired? I do not know what is actually being said but he sounds depressed to me anyway.

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My guess was right. His CD is green. I feel more satisfaction from that than I should…<<.

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The limited edition came with the Victor charm. That braid just fits so well with him it just blends in.XD

I would recommend it if you were already planning on buying the CD as it does not cost all that much more than the regular edition and the shipping was the same price.

{CD Review} Code: Realize Character CD 2~Abraham Van Helsing Limited Edition

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As I said, here is the Abraham Van Helsing character CD (my favorite character). Like with Lupin’s, Van’s comes with a character song, the off vocal, and a drama track.
Song list:
01 Endless pain(キャラクターソング)
02 Endless pain(Off Vocal)
03 とある一夜の語らいにて~The side of Abraham Van Helsing~(ミニドラマ)

I guess all of the CD’s will have a ‘the side of-‘ drama tracks on them? The character song is 4:21 long and the drama track is 16:09 long.

Van’s song starts off with some adorable Engrish lines, ‘Can’t fade away, I don’t forget it. I’ll never forgive me eternally’. These lines are clearly referencing Van’s guilt over his actions and the actions he did not take, killing the vampires and not being able to save his family. However, some of the symbolism and meaning is lost when you can’t really understand the first line. If I didn’t have the lyrics, I would not really know what he is saying. The second line is easier to understand than the first, but, it really sounds like ‘Cone fade away, I don’t for geh ii. I’m never forgive me eternally’. I mean, that’s what it sounds like to me, but that is AFTER I read the lyrics. Someone just hearing it would probably not even be able to understand that much.

Van’s song is a…rock ballad? Some parts are fairly slow but it has rock music playing. Whenever he says ‘endless pain’, you can tell that is what he is saying (albeit with an extra syllable, but..XD). In the chorus, he says ‘never ending revenge’, but, it actually sounds like he is saying ‘never end revenge’. I think it’s interesting how Lupin’s song focused more on his flirty and gentlemanly nature for the subject of the song whereas Van’s song focuses more on his feelings and back story.

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Another thing to note, the lyrics have hiragana above some of the kanji. Lupins’ did not do this. Now, maybe they are really difficult or obscure words but I would imagine someone with the Japanese ability to play a game set in an old steam punk era would probably know the words? Or at least I would assume that the creators of Code: Realize would assume they would know the words.

I have no idea what the drama CD is about but Van is so…stoic sounding that it is kind of hard to determine what his emotions are.XD He isn’t sad, but he isn’t overly happy either. Of course, Van never sounds overly happy so…<<.

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Like I predicted with Lupin’s CD, Van’s CD looks the same but the center is blue instead of Lupin’s red. The colors seem to match up with the color of their initial on the mic stand on the CD cover so I am assuming that Victor’s will be green, Impey’s orange, and Saint’s purple.

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The limited edition came with a Van charm. Did anyone else notice how the Van charm and the picture of Van on the CD cover both depict him with a braid? This needed to happen~

Like I said with Lupin’s limited edition, I would recommend it if you were already planning on buying the CD as it does not cost all that much more than the regular edition.