Tag Archive: summer

Alright, I’ve really had to think about this one. Next up on my wrap-up of this summer, I’ll be listing the top (hopefully) ten musicians I’ve been listening to this summer. Some are new, some are old and others are just there lol.


  1. Versailles
  2. D
  3. UVERworld
  4. Dong Bang Shin Ki (or Tohoshinki, TVXQ etc. however you know them as ^^)
  5. Miyavi
  6. L’Arc~en~Ciel
  8. -TIE- Namie Amuro & Hitomi Shimatani
  9. Jyongri
  10. Nightmare

Wow. That was such a hard list to compile. But after going through my computer and seeing what songs had the most playing time…. that’s what I came up with. This summer has really been about Versailles, my personal dilemma between Nightmare and UVERworld, D and L’Arc~en~ciel. I think it would be fair to mention that another person in my house has been going through her X-Japan stage and we have listened to a lot of their songs too.

Versailles has been great with their singles and two albums. NOBLE wasn’t quite what I was expecting but it is still a good listen. UVERworld is one of the new artists I’ve tried out this summer. I’m absolutely in love with their music and I’m sorry for ignoring them for so long. Nightmare is also another artist I’ve been trying out and for a while, I was having a hard time choosing between them and UVERworld. That’s been cleared up.

Every summer L’Arc~en~Ciel ends up on the list just because of their SMILE album. It just has a way of sneaking into the car, in the stereo, on the computer and my Zune XD. I’ve also been running their KISS album and DRINK IT DOWN single into the ground. I’ve been hooked on Miyavi since March and have at last caught up on his newer releases. I still have to go back and listen to some of his older stuff though. He was awesome before, he’s still awesome now.

My favorite bands D and Dong Bang Shin Ki never fail to win my musical heart. D went major earlier this year and so far are doing great. I can’t wait to get my hands on their FOLLOW ME Tour DVD. They are set to perform at a music fest? this month and have a new single in the works. Dong Bang Shin Ki or Tohoshinki as they are known in Japan went on a spree with releases earlier in the year and then sort of went silent for a bit (or I lost track of them lol ^^) But they have a new single out now so all is well. I love most of their songs, which have definitely on the love-song side but I’d wish they’d do another single along the lines of PURPLE LINE or the songs they used to produce in Korea. Oh well, so long as they keep singing, I don’t mind all the love. lol

Now for the really difficult part, naming the top ten albums/single + songs of this summer. X_X I have a few ideas but narrowing it down to ten is going to be hard.

I just want to remind everyone that these lists in no way express the views of official polls. These are just my personal lists of my favorite things that I’ve been doing over my summer break. I’d love to hear what everyone else has been watching, reading, playing and listening to this summer as well. I encourage you to leave comments. Alright, time to go have another battle of the musicians!


CR Top Animes of Summer 2008


I promised I’d begin posting all my favorites of this summer so I’ll begin with my favorite anime series. Then I’ll probably follow up with favorite manga, video games, movies (anime and real), music, musicians etc. Should be fun! So, hajimaru!


  1. Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo
  2. Vampire Knight
  3. Junjou Romantica
  4. Bleach
  5. Code Geass
  6. Death Note
  7. Mirage of Blaze
  8. InuYasha
  9. Gravion
  10. Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters

Ta-da! The Count of Monte Cristo tops the list this year as the unexpected BEST SHOW EVER anime of the summer. I first saw The Count at Otakon 2005 and was instantly captivated by its elaborate artwork. However, because I only saw one episode at that time, I had no idea what was going on. Since then, I had tried my hardest to purchase it but alas, other anime series beckoned. Every time I went to Suncoast, I always allowed my hand to linger in front of the boxset but I never brought it. Finally, in June at Anime Mid-Atlantic, I broke down and chose The Count over the second half of the Fushigi Yuugi Series. At first, I thought I had made a mistake but it turned out I didn’t. The art, the story, the voices in both English and Japanese… everything was worth it. I finally got to see it, I finally got rid of that terrible longing in my chest for it and I kept my V for Vendetta fandom alive a little longer (not that it was dying. It’s just that shortly after I got Gankutsuou, HBO started showing V again everyday at lunch time)

So here’s to Gankutsuou, Junjou, Vampire Knight, Bleach and Code Geass; my top 5 animes of the summer!