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Nakagawa Shoko – Flying Humanoid PV (Seikimatsu Occult Gakuin OP)


Nakagawa Shoko’s latest single “Flying Humanoid” was released back on August 18th, whereas the music video for it you see above was aired on TV prior to that. The PV itself is a surprisingly pretty good one as far as Japanese music videos go, and I particularly like the use of CG in addition to Shoko and her band changing into samurai outfits near the end. Is it relevant? Not really, but it’s good for variety sake given how animated she is singing this song. The clocks are a nice touch too, since they’re reminiscent of Occult Gakuin’s opening sequence. As for the song itself, it’s grown on me a fair bit in the past two months while watching the series. Fullmetal Alchemist’s fifth ending theme “RAY OF LIGHT” was a nice slow song, but Shoko’s more upbeat music is always a good listen too. While the TV size version of Flying Humanoid is a good cut that got me into song, I must say I really like the full version a lot more. The main reason being, the TV size kind of ends abruptly and always leaves me wanting to hear more. In her live performance a couple of weeks ago on Music Japan (not on the same one as May’n), Shoko performed this shorter version. It featured a longer instrumental outro, but was otherwise a prime example of me hinging on hearing the next verse of the song. See below.

 


September 4, 2010 at 8:12 pm
23 comments »
  • September 4, 2010 at 8:49 pmSuzuku

    OMGOMGOMGOMG DAT SONG

    Seriously, ever since the single came out three weeks ago I’ve been listening to this non-stop. On my computer, on my iPod, everywhere I go I hit this song. When I first heard the TV sized version I wasn’t that impressed and I likeed Kimi ga Iru Bashou much more than this. But after listening to the entire song I was hooked. Shouko does an excellent job with the vocals and the background music flows perfectly with her. Damn you for posting this Divine, now I’ll be replaying your vid for the next 2 hours. T.T

    btw you have to put this in the playlist. YOU MUST

    • September 4, 2010 at 8:56 pmShinjiro

      LOL. Same. It’s one of my favourite OP songs this season and I can’t stop listening to it. I love the beat and it translated well in the PV. Thanks for sharing this, D (even if I watched it previously on Youtube).

    • September 5, 2010 at 7:09 ammegalith

      Best OP of this season! Been waiting for this to come out, I certainly missed out on the news. :(

      • September 5, 2010 at 8:00 amShinjiro

        Mega, I think I can find you on youtube so I’ll contact you there.

  • September 4, 2010 at 9:15 pmEternal

    I agree, best OP of this season.

  • September 4, 2010 at 9:58 pmLurker

    Just out of random curiosity >_>, who is more popular in mainstream Japanese media: Shoko or Aya?

    • September 4, 2010 at 11:54 pmPw3age

      Well, your Random Curiosity IS in the right place.

      Assuming you are talking about Hirano Aya, Aya is definitely much more popular in mainstream Japan then Shoko-tan. On a recent poll, she is the number 1 on most recognized seiyu in the industry. Shoko-tan didn’t even make top 50. Though, to be fair, Shoko-tan is more of a singer than a seiyu, but she still can’t compare to Aya right now.

    • September 5, 2010 at 6:41 amTC-man

      Well, Aya can use/manipulate her voice better and is supposed to be a better Pikachu than Shoko-tan as this youtube video shows. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=np8pCKko2ZU

    • September 5, 2010 at 6:37 pmAsakuraRaine

      I’m sure Aya is more popular at the moment, but since she started steering to a more idol based career (as opposed to a seiyuu), I think she’ll get less popular.

      Which is a mighty shame, I might add.

  • September 4, 2010 at 10:31 pmJosuwa

    Is it me or did she improve in live singing again since i last saw her..?

    • September 5, 2010 at 12:00 amPw3age

      I haven’t heard her do live singing since Shoko-tan did Namida no Tane, Egao no Hana for TTGL – Lagann-hen, and that was a while ago. She did get better, I think.

  • September 4, 2010 at 11:25 pmJay

    is she wearing her sword on the wrong side >.>

    • September 5, 2010 at 3:38 amboo

      lefty?

      • September 5, 2010 at 4:50 amJay

        there is no uch thing as a left handed swordsman when ti comes to the japanese.

        search every school that exists and find me one that teaches left handed. if you do i will give you mad props.

    • September 5, 2010 at 8:03 amShinjiro

      There might not be a lot of left handed pratictioners but they are out there. Now, if they are taught differently is another story.

    • September 5, 2010 at 11:01 amZaku Fan

      Handedness doesn’t matter in Kendo since its wielded 2 handed. Since Kendo’s ancestors is Kenjutsu, its likely handedness doesn’t matter there either other than 2 weapon wielding

      • September 5, 2010 at 8:00 pmJay

        right hand on top of left hand, and you always draw with your right.

        its right handed wielding. you hold a baseball bat with two hands too, and guess what, there is a right handed way and a left handed way.

        I bring this up because I’m left handed and a swordsmanship instructor.

  • September 5, 2010 at 6:08 amh3r0

    wow!!! thanks for the vids

  • September 5, 2010 at 6:33 amTC-man

    Actually I want to hear Yoko Hikasa (Mio in K-On!) to sing this song, since she already has sung several songs for K-On! (she is also the protagonist of this Occult Academy anime) and her voice sounds fantastic and feels more powerful than Shoko’s voice. On the other hand, I think Shoko has improved her singing skills in these past years (e.g. as in Ray of Light ED song).

  • September 5, 2010 at 10:30 amInnerchihiro

    Just downloaded this! Love it too.

  • September 5, 2010 at 12:19 pmZaku Fan

    Shoko is probably what a grown up Hirasawa Yui would be like, to me anyway.

  • September 6, 2010 at 2:34 am7

    I’d be impressed if she didn’t put cats in her mouth.

  • September 6, 2010 at 7:30 amAlvord12

    The tune’s catchy but choreography sucks to the point where it’s simply embarrassing! -_-’)