Well, I’m back. And there’s been come big news over in I’ve Land as of late, so enough about me!
New Hayate no Gotoku opening to be sung by KOTOKO
This new one’s called “Shichitenbattou☆Shijoushuji!” (七転八倒☆至上主義！), and while we don’t know anything else about it just yet, the initial release date’s been set for October 17th of this year. And while the overall breezy feel of the other opening/ending themes for the series would suggest a pretty lighthearted single (not to mention the star and exclamation mark in the title), the fact that the title roughly translates to “the supreme doctrine of writhing in agony” (please note that I never claimed my Japanese was any good) has me thinking this one will at least be interesting from a lyrical perspective.
Shakugan no Shana II opener by Mami Kawada
This isn’t really surprising considering her strong ties to the series, but Mami’s going to be singing “JOINT” for the upcoming second season of Shakugan no Shana (or Shana, as its R1 release is called). The single’s release date is (at the moment) set for October 31st, and I am seriously hoping that won’t mean a “Halloween mix” as the B-side. Anyone who’s witnessed the Engrish-laden horror of the Christmas-themed Sekka no Shinwa remix on KOTOKO’s last album should know what I’m talking about there.
Virgin’s high cover art revealed, website updated accordingly
Still no preview of “kicks!” anywhere to be found, but we now know what the cover for Virgin’s high looks like thanks to a recent update on her Geneon page. (Neowing has a slightly zoomed-in version too.) I’m really liking the sort of weird gothic look she’s got going on for the cover, so much that the fact that it doesn’t really seem to go with Virgin’s high the song doesn’t really seem to matter that much.