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Monday, May 21, 2018

Riko Fukumoto -- Shoujo wa Ano Sora wo Wataru(少女はあの空を渡る)

To all those in Canada, Happy Victoria Day! Mind you, I'm not so indebted to Queen Victoria since I grew up calling the annual holiday Firecracker Day. And sure enough, when my friends and I were out enjoying a bucket of chicken wings at Wild Wings last night, there were some starbursts taking flight.

Had the usual anime outing for the first time in a few weeks, and yes, it looks like my favourites for this season are "Hina Matsuri"(ヒナまつり)and "Hisone to Masotan"(ひそねとまそたん...Hisone and Masotan). Both have a rather central fantastical element firmly planted within Japanese society, with the latter incorporating dragon/fighter jets battling for the Air Self-Defense Force. Not quite sure how the quirky but appealing show has merited in Japan itself but it looks like "Hisone & Masotan" has garnered a nice little audience. Plus, it seems as if a couple of memes have been generated from it including the Rain Dance thing above and even the dancing from the end credits.

The opening theme for the show has also implanted its earworm. "Shoujo wa Ano Sora wo Wataru" (The Girl Crosses That Sky) by 17-year-old Osaka actress Riko Fukumoto(福本莉子)has that sense of an inspiring song with hints of a better tomorrow just beyond the horizon. I also have the impression that Fukumoto's delivery and the composition/arrangement by Taisei Iwasaki(岩崎太整)approach Studio Ghibli levels of soundtrack. Especially, the intro strings have dug themselves into my head as something quite epic, and that same introductory riff has been used in certain dramatic scenes in the episodes. Mari Okada(岡田麿里), the screenwriter for the show itself, provided the lyrics.

So far, I've only been able to get the song during the opening credits but I'm hoping that the full version will come out since this would be one anison that I would be more than happy to purchase.

Well, whaddaya know?

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