Fanfiction Challenges

Shuffle Challenge
Rules:
1. Pick a character, fandom, pairing, friendship, whatever.
2. Put iTunes or your music program on shuffle and start playing songs.
3. For each song, write something inspired by the song related to the theme you chose earlier. You only have the song length. No pre-planning and no writing after the song is over. No skipping songs either.
4. Do this for ten songs

100 Themes Challenge

1. Introduction
2. Love.
3. Light.
4. Dark.
5. Seeking Solace.
6. Break Away.
7. Heaven.
8. Innocence.
9. Hell.
10. Breathe Again.
11. Memory.
12. Insanity.
13. Misfortune.
14. Smile.
15. Silence.
16. Questioning.
17. Blood.
18. Rainbow.
19. Grey.
20. Fortitude.
21. Vacation.
22. Mother Nature.
23. Crazy.
24. No Time.
25. Trouble Lurking.
26. Tears.
27. Foreign.
28. Sorrow.
29. Happiness.
30. Under the Rain.
31. Flowers.
32. Night.
33. Expectations.
34. Stars.
35. Hold My Hand.
36. Precious Treasure.
37. Eyes.
38. Abandoned.
39. Dreams.
40. Rated.
41. Teamwork.
42. Standing Still.
43. Dying.
44. Two Roads.
45. Illusion.
46. Family.
47. Creation.
48. Childhood.
49. Stripes.
50. Breaking the Rules
51. Sport.
52. Deep in Thought.
53. Keeping a Secret.
54. Tower.
55. Waiting.
56. Danger Ahead.
57. Sacrifice.
58. Kick in the Head.
59. No Way Out.
60. Rejection.
61. Fairy Tale.
62. Magic.
63. Do Not Disturb.
64. Multitasking.
65. Horror.
66. Traps.
67. Playing the Melody.
68. Hero.
69. Annoyance.
70. 67.
71. Obsession.
72. Mischief Managed.
73. I Can’t.
74. Are You Challenging Me?
75. Mirror.
76. Broken Pieces.
77. Test.
78. Drink.
79. Starvation.
80. Words.
81. Pen and Paper.
82. Can You Hear Me?
83. Heal.
84. Out Cold.
85. Spiral.
86. Seeing Red.
87. Food
88. Pain.
89. Through the Fire.
90. Triangle.
91. Drowning.
92. All That I Have.
93. Give Up.
94. Last Hope.
95. Advertisement.
96. In the Storm.
97. Safety First.
98. Puzzle.
99. Loner.
100. Relaxation.

Will edit when I find more. Or make one myself.

Hoshizora Ensemble

After two days of searching through Google, I finally found it! OTL


霜月はるか – 星空アンサンブル(320k)

Scans are here: http://www.mediafire.com/?b6oo8g1mm7za24f

Hoshizora Ensemble – Haruka Shimotsuki’s 4th commercial album released last Wednesday, February 23, 2011, is an album compilation of her songs from various anime and games with a new track, the title as same as the album, is written and composed by Shimotsuki and arranged by MANYO.

I might consider making a review in a few days, but don’t count on it.

ILY – An SLH fanfiction.

Ren X OC basically. Feel free to critique.

I Love You.

Ichikawa Ren and Sawada Ruriko. Lived close to one another and played together since they were very young.

What’s more, at present, they’re attending the same high school. Their academic ups and downs always coincide.

To oversimplify, Ren and I are childhood friends.

Maybe.

-o-o-o-o-

“Why don’t you just confess already?” I threw the shoujo manga I was reading aside and lied down on the floor. We were at our usual hang out spot, S Dorm’s rooftop.

“Ruri, didn’t I tell you to stop yelling out things like that?” Ren snorted. I can’t help it; the main character annoyed the heck out of me. If she loves him, then she should just tell him! “Also, will you stop reading what other people have thrown out already?”

I sat up and poked his cheek. “No,” I answered simply. “Besides, it’s such a waste! People shouldn’t throw out their money just like that, don’t you agree, Ren-kun?” I smiled at him sheepishly.

He cringed. “People should be more responsible in handling their money!”

I know of his financial problems, of course. Our school doesn’t allow it, but Ren works part time secretly at many shops on campus. He’s never told me where he worked, so I’ve been trying to sniff him out. I’ve no luck so far though.

I giggled as I watched him go on about the importance of saving. It’s actually the first time I’ve seen him so passionate about something.

“Are you listening, Ruri?” He asked, folding his arms above his chest.

I laughed. “Hai, sensei!”

-o-o-o-o-

“Hey, have any of you seen Ren?” I asked one of his classmates.

“Oh, Sawada-san, he left as soon as homeroom was over,” Someone replied.

Weird. Ren and I always head back to the dorms together, not unless something comes up. He always tells me beforehand if something does come up… Today though he was supposed to come with me to the bookstore since there was a book I wanted to buy. Oh well, I guess I’ll go by myself then.

“I see, thanks,” I bowed and went my way. I’ll beat him up later for this.

It’s a mystery to me as to how St. Nazareth Academy has everything inside the campus. From cafes, to clothing stores, from groceries to hardware stores. As I arrived at the bookstore, I immediately went to the arts section. An illustration book by one of my favourite artists was going to be released today. Now, where is it? Hmm… yokoyan… yokoyan… Ah, here it is!

‘The Fairytale of Light and Darkness.’

Yay, Märchen and Elise! I can’t wait to see her artworks! But before I forget, I’m going to pay first. I checked the back cover for the price. Two thousand yen. I guess that’s reasonable. I’ve been saving up for this for weeks anyway.

On my way to the counter, I glanced at the store window. A familiar face caught my attention. I blinked my golden eyes once more to make sure. It was Ren and a girl with pigtails.

I dropped the book absentmindedly. Who the heck was that? I don’t think I’ve seen her before…

-o-o-o-o-

“She’s my girlfriend,” Ren said simply after I tried to confront him. I’ve never heard of this!

“We live in the same dorm and we’ve shared the same room for a few days now,” He beamed. “She also works at the same place I do! Feels like spring has finally come into my life, ya know?”

“How is it that you, Ichikawa Ren, someone like you, can land a girlfriend at all?” I asked sarcastically.

“Well sorry for being me.”

My gaze went down to my lap. “Since when?”

“Since the term started,” He answered nonchalantly.

“Oh, I see…”

“By the way Ruri, I’ll be working overtime for a few days, so you head back without me.” He said taking a bite of his sandwich.

“…Right,” I answered hesitantly. That and he’s got a girlfriend.

“Oh, and keep it a secret from other people too, alright?” He added.

“Eh? Why?”

“Cause I’m embarrassed.”

So the day I’ve been dreading most has finally come. I’m lonely… and I’ve got a bad feeling in my chest.

As the days went on, Ren and I haven’t been spending that much time with each other after we talked about… his girlfriend.

“Hey Sawada.”

Ren’s got a girl.

“Ruriko-san!”

Ren’s got a girl.

“Sawada-kun?”

Ren’s got a girl.

Ren’s got a girl, huh…?

I’m jealous and I’m lonely. I’m also ticked off for some reason. The way things are going with the other kids in the neighbourhood; they’ve probably kissed and stuff…

-o-o-o-o-

Finally, PE. Playing volleyball lets me take my mind off things, but no matter what I do today, I just can’t stay focused.

Ren always tells me everything. Why didn’t he tell me he was in love? We’ve known each other forever, and—

“Sawada-san!”

“Oh, mine!” A perfect dig pass, if I do say so myself.

I sighed. First his job, now this. When did he become so secretive about stuff? I can’t deny that I’m hurt.

“Sawada!”

Of course I’m hurt…

“Oi, Sawada!”

Ren, I…

“Ruriko!”

BAM.

Ah, if only I could disappear like this…

-o-o-o-o-

Later I found myself at the school infirmary. I blinked my eyes a few times to clear my vision. I tried to sit up but I fell backwards as I felt a sharp pang. I could feel my head throbbing. That’s right; I got hit by a ball earlier and…

“Mmm…”

I froze. There was someone at my bedside. I sat up slowly to check who it was. Dark golden brown hair… Ren? I reached out my hand and touched his brown locks. I then laced his hand with mine. I wonder if he has…

I withdrew my hand as his eyes fluttered open. He yawned, sitting up and running a hand through his hair. Golden eyes stared into red ones.

“What happened…?” I asked breaking the awkward silence.

“You got hit by a ball?” He answered sarcastically.

I rolled my eyes. “I mean after that?”

“You passed out. You wouldn’t wake up, so I carried you here.”

“Th-then who dressed me up?” I asked nervously since I was already in my uniform.

“Sensei did,” Phew… I thought he did and saw my body…

“You didn’t think I did now, did you?” He asked with a brow raised.

I blushed furiously. “No!”

“Geez, no need to fuss about it. Can you walk?”

“Yeah, I guess…” I stood up slowly and tried to regain my balance. We exited the nurse’s office.

“Oh yeah, how about this… we go get something eat tomorrow after classes and walk home together. We haven’t done that in a while.”

“Tomorrow?” I asked tilting my head to the side.

“ I don’t have work tomorrow, so I’ll treat you,” Ren smiled. “C’mon, it’ll be fun.”

All right, dinner with Ren! Dinner with Ren after so long! I can’t wait~

-o-o-o-o-

“You can’t?!” I said devastated.

“Sorry, something came up at work today,“ Ren was with that girl again.

“Can’t you skip or something? Leaving me out in the cold here…”

“Now listen, I can’t skip work! My family’s counting on me and—!“

I turned and ran away before he could even finish his sentence. And I was looking forward to it, too…
“Sawada-san!” I heard the girl call out. I kept running. I didn’t care about hitting anyone along the way; I just had to get away from here.

Idiot.

“Ruri!”

Ren, you idiot!

“Ruriko!”

I felt tears flood down my cheeks as he grabbed my arm. “You cry baby, it can’t be helped, can it? Something came up.“

I hate him.

“I’ll make it up to you, I swear.”

I can’t stand him.

“But it can be helped…” I turned to face him.

“Make me your priority… Look only at me…” His grip loosened and his eyes widened.

“I… I love you more than I do anyone else, Ren…” He let go of me. I continued running, hoping he would come after me. But he didn’t.

If I can’t have him, then I might as well stay away and hate him.

-o-o-o-o-

“Hey, Ruri-chan, you’re going to be late if you don’t wake up now,” My roommate said shaking my body gently as I lay in bed.

“I suppose… I won’t be coming to school today…” I answered from my position, still not facing her.

“Okay… You should go see the nurse if you’re not feeling well,” She said patting my head. “I’ll see you later then.”

I don’t want to go to school today… I’d see Ren if I did. I just can’t face him after that…

I’ve already been dumped, at least ten times in my dreams.

-o-o-o-o-

And I ended up here at the rooftop anyway. I guess it’s almost time for the test to start… Come to think of it, a long time ago Ren and I just used to hang out here and talk, maybe play a game or something. What was important was we enjoyed each other’s company. Yeah, all my memories are flashing before my eyes…

“I… I love you more than I do anyone else, Ren…”

I lied down on the floor and closed my eyes. I shouldn’t have said it. I think I really did mean it when I said I loved Ren, but if it’s going to hurt this much, I’d rather just die and get it over with.

Wait… no, I don’t want to die, I want to disappear… I want to try to disappear entirely… or maybe I should leave this academy, go back home and transfer to somewhere far away…

“So, you were here,” A familiar voice said.

I froze. I didn’t move from my position on the floor. I heard him come closer and sit next to me. That’s odd… It got dark all of the sudden.

My heart skipped a beat as I felt something touch my lips. I opened one eye slowly to check what it was. It isn’t what I think it is now… is it?

My eyes shot open. Ren’s kissing me. Wait, what?

“Mmmff!” Ren’s kissing me?! No way!

He pulled away and smirked. “You’re really bad at pretending, you know?”

I blushed and looked away. “Shut up.”

He chuckled. “Whenever something happens, you head straight here.”

“W-what about school?”

“Can’t you tell? I’m here aren’t I?” He answered sarcastically. I rolled my eyes in response.

“Anyway, I had to find you,” What? “There’s something I need to apologize for.”

My heart beat so fast, I could hear in throbbing in my ears. What’s he going to say? ‘I’m sorry for kissing you?’ It doesn’t matter. He’s said it over and over in my dreams. If he’s going to say it, then he should just be brutal and quick about it! I can hardly breathe!

“Ruri…” He started slowly. “That thing about me having a girlfriend…” Here it comes… “…was a lie.”

“…huh?”

“That girl really was from my dorm, and we did share a room, but only for a few days because there weren’t any vacant rooms left, so Kousetsu-san had her spend a few nights in one room then move to another,” He explained rubbing his temples. “That time you saw us when you were out shopping, chances are whatever you thought was going on between us , was a lot more interesting than it actually was.”

A lie…

“What I told was a little white lie, but I didn’t mean for it to chase you off like that, Ruri…”

A lie… So it was all my misunderstanding?

“Ruri?”

But it’s his entire fault for making me think like this! If he hadn’t lied, I wouldn’t have—

My thoughts were interrupted when he held me by my chin and closed the gap between us once more. My eyes widened. I felt myself melt into the kiss.

“I’m sorry,” He said as he pulled away. “And these,” He inched in again. “Are my true feelings…”

-o-o-o-o-

“By the way, the girl, Hiyoki-chan, is actually Kumoide Cain’s girlfriend…”

“Really? I didn’t know the student council president had a girlfriend with all those fangirls of his…”

Silence.

“I can’t say I agree with your methods though,” I said as I leaned on him, our hands laced.

“What?”

“Could it be that you lied about having a girlfriend just to make me jealous?”

He stayed silent.
“And that you actually enjoyed seeing me get jealous over you?” I added.

“…well, could be.”

I withdrew my hand and pounded my fist on his. Hard.

“Ow! What was that for?!”

“That was for lying to me,” I pulled him by his shirt and pressed my lips on his.

“…that’s for everything else.”

Fangirlism

Yet another night dedicated to fangirling over Sound Horizon. Like I don’t do that every night. Anyways~

Revo, how many guitar picks do you have anyway? D: I want one! ;w;

Thoughts on Märchen

So, I’ve finally listened to all of the tracks. Lack of Yuuki and Kaori doesn’t bother me since I’m not a big fan of them. Lack of Shimotsukin? Well, I guess it’s fine since she was busy with her own stuff. This was supposed to be put up 2 months ago, but meh. Anyways.

I like how all the tracks have the melodies of Christmas songs. Tis the season! Revo, you are an angel sent from above. I love all the singers though I think I was only paying attention to Mikuni Shimokawa at first. I love the theme, twisted fairy tales and the like. I still have to listen more to it before I change favorites. I still love Moira of course, but Märchen doesn’t really use the backing choir that often. Though now I see that they use the choir when the girls are singing of their revenge.

I’ll do my review song by song. I’ll comment on the singers too while I’m at it.

“Now, sing for me…”

1. 宵闇の唄 / Yoiyami no Uta / The Song of Dusk

“Now, come back once you’ve died a noble death.”

Opening track. This starts after 彼女が魔女になった理由 / The Reason Why She Became Witch. Long narration is long, but Sascha did a great job. It’s good that Revo found a native speaker for the German parts. No offense, but his pronunciations aren’t really… well he is Japanese after all. I can’t blame him. The countdown from 7 to 0 is a little to repetitive.

On the singers: Revo has improved, no doubt. He had effects done to his voice throughout the whole album even while he was talking. The album could do well without Miku, but meh. Saki Fujita’s voice annoys the hell out of me. I just hope there’s no more Vocaloid in 8th Story. Including Ode to Joy was genius. I loved all the girls.

On the arrangement: Complex instrumentals. It wouldn’t be Sound Horizon without them though. For once, Atsushi is audible. I mean, seriously, the bass is always drowned out by the other instruments.

On the plot: Basically an introduction. One thing I noted along the way: ELISE IS SOFAKING ANNOYING.

2. 火刑の魔女 / Kakei no Majo / The Witch at the Stake

“Völlerei [Gluttony]”

Second track is about a nun who was killed by her mother on an inverted cross. The flute kind of threw it off at the beginning. All in all though, it was nice. An arrangement from Hikari to Yami where Elise asks Märchen some questions(i.e. “How come all the villagers died a long time ago?”) plays whenever the revenge is to be exacted.Each track after Yoiyami starts with bell ringing and a narration by Märchen asking the girls “how they crossed the border.” Then later on as the revenge begins, a choir backs up the singers. Or at least that’s my observation. Also, Revo incorporated the 7 deadly sins as well and it seems that the number 7 has been incorporated with revenge as well.

Singers: Kanami Ayano is one of the new additions to the SH Kingdom or as they call it, Revo’s Harem. She seems like a spiritual successor to Ayaka Naitou because of her soprano voice. She’s really not that bad when you think about it. After listening to the track a few more times, I came to appreciate the song and her voice. MIKI played the mother, and she really has improved since Moira. On this track we also have children singing. Sayumi Kobayashi and Kazuki Kiriyama play Hansel and Gretel. Yup, Hansel and Gretel from the fairytale.

Plot: Like I said earlier, Nun is killed by her mother on an inverted cross. Before that though it was all happy happy times, then the mother is driven by hunger and kills her daughter. Hansel and Gretel show up later on and find the house and the mother who is now changed by the incident. She gets killed by the kids later on as the Nun’s revenge.

3. 黒き女将の宿 / Kuroki Okami no Yado / The Dark Landlady’s Inn

“Geiz [Greed]”

One of my favorite songs. Mainly because REMI sings it. I had no idea she sang it the first time I listened to it actually. Another thing that bugs me, how can she sing while she’s hanged? In the live I mean… Also, a choir of children accompanies REMI in her revenge.

Singers: REMI. YES. I looked for her track as soon as I downloaded the album. I got thrown off until someone pointed out that she was using her normal voice. Gawd, Revo. How many years did it take you to write a song using REMI’s normal voice? Anyway, I love her here. Her normal voice fits the petite woman she is(despite her age). Jimang. My lawd. Jimang was the landlady. Yes. He was. It was like comic relief. I couldn’t stop giggling the first time I heard him sing. I heard he was ‘fabulous’ in the live. Complete with huge breasts.

Plot: As I’ve read from the international forums, the fairytale is Man from the Gallows. I don’t know much from the Grimm brothers since I only know the Disney adaptations. Anyway, REMI plays a girl who works as a waitress(?) at the inn. Then later on the landlady runs out of food to serve and kills the girl and takes her liver to serve to the customers. Buranko comes back and kills the landlady as her revenge. I’m not really sure if she takes her liver too…

4 . 硝子の棺で眠る姫君 / Garasu no Hitsugi de Nemuru Himegimi / The Girl That Sleeps in the Coffin of Glass (08:31)

“Neid [Envy]”

I had a hard time appreciating this song mainly because Tomoyo Kurosawa sings it. Yup, the same Tomoyo who plays Misia in the Moira lives. I don’t have anything against her, it’s just her voice got a bit annoying…

Singers: From what I’ve read on the net, Tomoyo isn’t known for singing, but for acting. She’s just a kid so her voice hasn’t matured that much yet. My complaint is her screams. Especially when Snow White’s being chased by the hunter. Gawd, it just isn’t cute for me. Her laugh at the end was, and I quote myself, “SOFAKING ANNOYING.” MIKI is back on this track to play the Queen/Stepmother. Her evil laugh. I love it. Jimang as the mirror and the hunter. Not much to say about him here. And now…

TETTERE TETTERE TETTERE TETTERE TETTERE.

LOL, I couldn’t help it. I just had to do it. Yume Suzuki ♥ I wouldn’t mind having a prince with his– err, her voice. Yup, she’s female alright! Reminded me a lot of Mitsuki Saiga~ I wonder why Heika didn’t consider her. Well anyways, it’s kind of weird to cast a female for a male role, dont you think? My reaction the first time I heard her voice as the prince: I CAME. My inner fangirl wouldn’t stop giggling. And I was on the way to school when I first listened to this too.

Plot: Snow White is the fairytale of this track. The real, darker version, not the Disney adapted one. The prince seems to like dead females rather than living ones as his reaction at the end when the queen was to dance to death while wearing flaming boots.

5. 生と死を別つ境界の古井戸 / Sei to Shi wo Wakatsu Kyoukai no Furuido / The Old and Unused Well of the Boundary That Separates Life and Death

“Trägheit [Sloth]”

The song with the longest title in the whole album. Another track that I came to love. I actually thought the singer was Mikuni Shimokawa but I stand corrected. I haven’t listened to anything from Ceui yet, so I didn’t know. Anyway, I loved the pop-rock mood in this song. Someone from pixiv pointed out that Furuido = Freud. I wonder if that means anything.

Singers: I enjoyed Ceui’s voice. Considering I mistook her for Shimokawa the first time. Anyway, I heard that the songs she usually sings are ballad-y ones. I’m glad Revo was able to make her sing such an upbeat song like this. I hope to hear more from her like this. MIKI plays the Stepmother once more and Chinatsu Ishii as the little sister. Azumi Inoue plays Mother Holle. Märchen and Elise were the bread and apples 8D More comic relief! It was really cute though~

Plot: The fairytale is Mother Holle if it wasn’t obvious enough. I think the only part that was different was the revenge, how the pitch never came off the little sister.

It’s been speculated that Idoko might be Idolfried Ehrenberg’s daughter because:
1. Her father died falling into a well. Idolfreet fell into a well and died.
2. Her father was a seaman. Idolfreet was a seaman as well.
3. They both have blonde hair I guess.

6. 薔薇の塔で眠る姫君 / Bara no Tou de Nemuru Himegimi / The Princess Sleeping in the Tower of Roses

“Hochmut [Pride]”

The first song after Yoiyami no Uta I looked for was this. It’s not as if I knew who the singer was, I still had to guess of course. This track is a favorite for me because I loved the arrangement, the strings and the flute at the end. The prince enters with the same arrangement from the first Nemuri Himegimi song, the difference is that Nobara-hime sings a small part then back to the prince.

Singers: I’m bias, yes, but hearing Mikuni Shimokawa was going to be in Sound Horizon. Wow. She’s been one of my favorite singers as far as I can remember. Then to have her join Sound Horizon. Gawd, it was like a dream come true. Anyway, she portrayed Sleeping Beauty well in my opinion. It was a bit pitchy in some places, but good nonetheless. MIKI is back as Alte-Rose, the witch cursing the princess to die by pricking her finger with a spindle. She was fabulous here, no doubt. I heard she was blonde and had a red hood on in the live. Her evil laugh, I luff. Yush. Azumi Inoue plays Aprikose, the good witch that fights the curse with another spell. I love the part where they face off. Yume Suzuki is back to play Tettere Ouji~ Omaigosh. I swooned. I squeeled. I giggled like crazy. Especially at the end where he says ‘Itadakimasu.’ 8″D

Plot: Sleeping Beauty is one of my favorite fairytales. Now have Revo make it into a song, and it makes it all greater. Of course, like I said earlier, this is based off the real, darker version, not the Disney adapted one. So at one point, after the prince has his ‘meal’, the revenge is exacted and Alte-Rose is driven out of the kingdom, only to curse Nobara-hime once more: She would abandon her newborn baby in the forest.

Speculations say that:
1. Nobara-hime is Lafrenze’s mother. Yup, the same Lafrenze from Elysion.
2. Alte-Rose is actually Crimson Old Rose.

7. 青き伯爵の城 / Aoki Hakashaku no Shiro / The Blue Marquis’ Castle

“Wollust [Lust]”

After Märchen’s narration, this track opens with maniacal laughter from Bluebeard. The theme here is lust, so there were a lot of screams and sound effects for killing and such. This particular song had me baffled the first time I listened to it since I was trying to figure out what was going on. I loved the synthesizers, how it fitted whenever Bluebeard was killing his wives.

Singers: I almost mistook Minami Kuribayashi for being Mikuni Shimokawa in this track. She plays Bluebeard’s 6th wife I think. South-chan had improved since Moira. Her voice seems less shrill. And that scream. Whoa. It sent chills down my spine. Next up, we have mister Bluebeard himself, Akio Otsuka. I’ve heard him sing in a Kyo Kara Maou image album, and it wasn’t really that bad. I liked the character he played on there so I guess it was prejudicial of me. On Sanhora, he’s always only been for narration and other character voices. I’m glad Revo finally had him sing a part and brought him out of the closet. I love his evil laugh. Yes.

Plot: I don’t really know Bluebeard’s story, but here he kills all his wives because he said he wouldn’t forgive them for convicting someone as a witch. Speculations say that this may be Therese. Anyway, the last wife had her two brothers kill him as the revenge.

8. 磔刑の聖女 / Haritsuke no Seijo / The Cruxified Saint

“Zorn [Wrath]”

The tearjerker in the whole album. Of course I didn’t cry the first time I heard this since I didn’t know what was going on… but after listening to it while reading the translations and with fanart from pixiv depicting what happened in the live, the tears came. The track opens with a male choir before Elisabeth starts singing. It had a jazzy part, I think partly because that was Joelle’s main genre. I loved the strings and the piano at the end while she was speaking. The same melody from Torikago was also used.

Singers: Joelle. My Gawd. Joelle. I think I just fell in love with you. I hesitated in listening to Torikago the first time, but after a few times, I fell in love. Especially now with Haritsuke. It’s difficult to find her works outside of Sanhora mainly because she’s not that well-known yet. I hope SH gave her enough publicity to be recognized. After Märchen, I hope she participates in Sanhora’s future albums.

Plot: I heard that this track wasn’t fairytale based because it was about Elisabeth and März, but later on in the international forum, they said it was partly based on Die heilige Frau Kummernis. According to Wikipedia it seems to be based on the legend of Saint Wilgefortis. This picks up after Torikago where someone tells Elisabeth that she’s being called by her father. A twist in the story says that her father is actually her older brother. Talk about incest. Anyway, he tells her that she is being proposed to, but declines the offer because she has no intention of being married to anyone. She goes of and talks about how she goes to März’s grave and plants flowers and such. Later on his father/elder brother orders her crucifixion. Märchen comes along and offers her revenge, but she declines. A recollection of their past then she says that he became like that just to keep his promise.

I regret nothing
Ah, this is my life
I’m not a daughter of noble lineage (von Wettin) or one of the 7 possible marquis’ daughters (von Sachsen)
I’m just a lone woman
Who simply loves only you…

I’m just Elisabeth…

A live report I read says that Elisabeth hugs Märchen as she sings her last line.

Before the track ends, we have Elise complaining to Märchen, telling him that he shouldn’t listen to her, and that they should continue like they’ve always been, exacting revenge for others and that it would be their own revenge. Märchen ignores her then her true yandere self reveals itself. She screams as Märchen rids of her.

“Mou, iin da yo. Elize… [That’s enough… Elise…]”

9. 暁光の唄 / Gyoukou no Uta / The Song of Dawn

The resolution track of the whole album as this is the last. Märchen takes the spotlight once more.

Singers: Revo still has the effects on his voice(I dont know what it’s called, so sue me). Like I said earlier, he improved, but it could be better of course.

Plot: The ending. Everyone’s happy and smiling in the live in this track from what I’ve read in reports. At the end, we hear Märchen drop the book.

“Mutti, hikari attakai ne. [Mother… The light is so warm…]”

And so, that’s it. Phew, I guess that was my first review ever. It’s still pretty bad for an amateur since I’m not too knowledgeable about music.

Matta ne~