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Went through about 5 possible data recovery methods today. Fail after fail after fail.  Checked out pricing for professional data recovery services.  Soooo expensive. 


External HDD dying

Trying to not panic, but things aren't looking good for one of my external HDDs.

I mean, I guess I could go without it...but this HDD is an accumulation of 10+ years worth of files. This HDD that's currently failing is the copy of a past failed HDD which I had used to combine all the old backup DVDs. If this one dies, I'll lose 10+ years of
-all my music...many of which is replaceable, but there were lots of my own purchases and CD rips for music that's not so easy to find
-ALL my artwork PSD files, including a lot of unposted art/doujin
-rips of DVDs I'd gotten rid of
-concert/broadcast videos
-lots of miscellaneous WIP (sketches, translations, etc)
-my college essays/reports
-important scans/receipts/records/references
-omg not to mention all the precious seiyuu stuff.

It's just... a lot of important things I had invested a lot of time in and enjoyed over the years.

I know that if files are REALLY important then you should always have an extra backup -- which I used to -- but after that old drive died (which I assumed to be from bringing it back and forth through the airport when I traveled), then I didn't bother to buy a new replacement backup yet since that only happened last year.

I've only used this drive once or twice a month to backup crap from my laptop, so I wasn't worried about overworking it. Plus, since I've been back at home, it almost never leaves its (dry, well-ventilated, even-temperature) spot in my room, so it seemed safe enough that I didn't have to rush to buy a new external.  Looks like I thought wrong!

Ugh, why couldn't this have happened to my anime HDD instead??  That thing could burst into flames for all I care and the only thing to be upset over is the wasted money.  I'm trying to keep from getting upset by telling myself, "Well at least this isn't my HDD for digital photos." However this struggle ends, I'll be sure to buy a new HDD to backup my digital photos drive.  It seems redundant and unnecessary since I use my photos HDD the least, but I'd hate to see this happen again.

Actually, this had happened to my last failed HDD, but that time I was able to unplug/replug the drive and sometimes sometimes my laptop would be able to read it again. At that time, it took a lot of interruptions, unplugging/replugging, but I was eventually able to copy ~95% of my data from failing HDD to a new HDD.

This time, however, several unplugs/replugs didn't give me anything. After hours of searching forums and reading up on programs or other methods, I've come up with a rough list of things to try to save the drive...  Since last night I've painfully awaited the results of a couple of methods (which take several hours each to complete) with no luck.  Currently continuing the fight...


And the nostalgia continues

I guess companies are really banking on nostalgia, huh?  Maybe they figured that the people who were fans of these shows are adults now and can now afford to buy all the new merchandise.

Wish I wrote a post while my excitement was at it's freshest, but nonetheless I'm still soooo, soo happy to hear that later this year and then in 2015, there will be a new Dragon Ball Z movie, a 2nd season for Kamisama Hajimemashita, the LOOOOOOOOONG-awaited uncut dub of all 200 Sailor Moon episodes (with a freaking FANTASTIC new cast)...but most of all, the new Digimon series about the original Adventure/02 cast.

I never would've thought that after 15 years and several different Digimon series, Toei would come back and make a new series for the original group.  Not only that, but to take place during their high school days, which has probably always been the most discussed thing in the fandom ever.  Augh, so awesome.  There were even new posts in the Digimon LJ comm which has been dormant for a long time now.  It's nice to see the fans coming out and getting excited again.

I'm also excited to finally see the end of Naruto in sight.  I love the series and have been following it for just over 10 years, but.... enough's enough.  I know I'll be sad when it's finally over, but I've been ready for a while now.  As they say, all good things must end...and Naruto's a very good thing that I can't stand to see dragged out for years and years...and years.

Sailor Moon Crystal leaks

Wow, how many people snuck in recordings at that no-cameras/phones-allowed SMC screening anyways?  Not that I'm complaining since I couldn't help but spoil myself a little.

Aughhh it's gorgeous.  I'm not saying I gave into the new character designs (cuz I probably will never), but it still looks gorgeous.  The vibrant colors, the beautiful BGM, the fact that they finally fixed the weird sleeves and seemingly feet-less bottom of Princess Serenity's dress... a better-looking Mamoru...the senshi and friggin' SHITENNOU looking badass in the OP...!!! Ahh it still seems unreal.

Hurry, July 5th, hurry.

Summer show nostalgia

Feels like an exciting season for shows.

Last Friday they finally aired "Girl Meets World" which I had been excited about for over a year.  I know it's purely because of nostalgia, but whatever...  I grew up with "Boy Meets World"!  My entire late elementary to high school!  In elementary, I even freakin...wrote reaction entries to some episodes in my diary (by HAND, omg).  It's a little too obvious how they're trying to make it clear that they're handing the torch over, and some lines were a little cringe-worthy, but hey, it's just the first episode.  I couldn't help but feel excited seeing Cory and Topanga again.  Omg and Mr. Feeny, thank goodness.  I hope things start flowing better in a few episodes.

And coming up this Wednesday is Free season 2!!  As was said last year, this season better be all about loving Rei, dammit.

And then comes the BIG ONE...  I can't believe it's only a week away...

Sailor Moon Crystal

OH.  MY.  CHILDHOOD.  My gateway drug into anime and drawing.  I can't believe it's finally back after nearly 20 years.

I've gotten over the shock of the character designs.  Yeah, I didn't love them, but if they can keep up the detail and fluidity in animation, then I'll soon forget about it.  And from the most recent trailer, the BGM is sounding FANTASTIC.  I actually didn't like most of the old Sailor Moon BGM, because all that jazziness just didn't usually fit the mood well.

And even though I probably won't get to see it until next year-ish, there's the movie releases for Tiger & Bunny and Space Brothers in Japan.  Yeeeeeaay!  Now if only there were an Attack on Titan season 2 this summer as well, then all would be perfect.


Modern website layouts

It's probably been at least 3 years since I last changed my LJ layout.  Not that it really matters since most people read through their feeds anyways(??), but I really do like this new layout I chose.  Actually, it's been so long that I don't even know if this is a "new" LJ layout or not, but I like that it seems to have that more simple, modern look that a lot of websites have been adopting lately...

Which brings me to why I even bothered checking this out today in the first place.  I was hesitant to write this because in the end it makes me sound like such an oldie, but whatever... I'd like to try to come back to LJ a little bit more and it's not often that I think of anything to write about.

So anyways, I've noticed that new/updated websites have been adopting a clean, simple look that I really like.  I've noticed it mostly in almost every online shopping or restaurant page, with simple colors, buttons, navigation bars/tables, maybe a couple of scrolling news article images, etc. which all look great on the computer and usually work well when viewing on a tablet or smartphone...

Recent examples (out of the pages I frequently visit) being CDJapan and LJ which just updated a couple months ago.  But really, check out any site.  Anyone who's anyone is using this style -- just off the top of my head there's any Google product or Google+ page, eBay, PayPal, hulu, Crunchyroll, Mediafire, Mega, Apple, HP, Kickstarter, Twitter, tumblr, Pinterest, Vine, and pretty much any restuarant/store chain...and even fan-run sites like Kotaku, Horriblesubs, Otome Jikan, HibikiForum, Kanzenshuu, Sailor Moon Center, Three-Lights.net, Miss Dream, WaniKani (not a fan site, but still a fantastic example of a non-big-corporation site)...  And it's beautiful!!  I really love it and hope more websites revamp too.

It looked so pretty that I wondered what kind of code or something people are using nowadays.  After a while of searching, I ended up totally lost.  I thought I could follow since I used to know HTML and some java, but realized that I've been completely left behind on the times in this area.  With the popularity of online journal and art network-y sites (DA, pixiv), I slowed down and pretty much stopped playing with HTML/Java after high school (nearly 10 years ago ughhh)... So yeah, I'd say I've been completely out of the loop.

I hate having these moments of feeling old, thinking things like, "Well when I was a kid, things were like this..."



"Ken's Bar III" review

Hm, slowly all site layouts are looking more and more similar to each other.  Not that I'm complaining... this new LJ layout's nice.

Anyways, I don't think I have a deep enough understanding or terminology to write proper music reviews, but I figured it's worth putting my thoughts out there since a lot of music I've ended up liking was because I followed up on other people's recommendations/reviews.

So, nothing fancy here.  I'm just bored right now and got excited over Ken Hirai's new album, "Ken's Bar III" (Released 2014/05/28)


Whereas past "Ken's Bar" albums have been mainly acoustic and bar-ish throughout, this 3rd "Ken's Bar" freshened things up.  Not only does it have a fantastic setlist, but each song has a different flavor -- you have songs with the usual piano and/or acoustic guitar, but then there's also a song with classical sound, one with a Spanish/flamenco-y sound, and even one with New Orleans sound.  The nice change in sound and pace keeps things interesting.

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"Omoide no Nagisa" lyrics translation

“Omoide no Nagisa” is the song that hooked me onto Sakurai Takahiro’s singing.  He sang it at the end of the game “Gate Keepers,” but what some may not know is that this song was originally from 1966 by The Wild Ones.  The whole thing is very lovely, but I just translated the part of the song that Sakurai covered.  I’m lazy..


(Omoide no Nagisa)
“Beach of Memories”

Artist:  Ukiya Shun (CV: Sakurai Takahiro)
CD album: Gate Keepers Original Soundtrack
Release date:  2001/1/19

Original Artist:  The Wild Ones
Single:  Omoide no Nagisa / Your Baby
Original release date:  1966/11/5
Lyrics:  Torizuka Shigeki
Composition:  Kase Kunihiko
Arrangement:  Morioka Kenichirou

[kanji + romaji + translation]KANJI:
君を見つけた この渚に
一人たたずみ 思い出す
小麦色した 可愛いほほ
忘れはしない いつまでも
水面走る 白い船
長い黒髪 風になびかせ
波に向かって 叫んでみても
もう帰らない あの夏の日

Kimi wo mitsuketa kono nagisa ni
Hitori tatazumi omoidasu
Komugiiro shita kawaii hoho
Wasure wa shinai itsumademo

Minamo hashiru shiroi fune
Nagai kuro kami kaze ni nabikase
Nami ni mukatte sakendemitemo
Mou kaeranai ano natsu no hi

On this beach where I found you,
Standing still all alone, I remember
Your cute cheeks turned light cocoa brown
I won’t ever forget it

A white ship runs along the water’s surface
Your long black hair flutters in the wind
Even if I try to shout towards the waves,

That summer day will never return

Kanji source 
I got the kanji lyrics from the official webpage here, where you can also listen to the song in the background.  As always, corrections are welcome.

「オペラ座の怪人 ~愛と哀しみの鎮魂歌(レクイエム)~」のテーマ
(Opera za no kaijin ~ai to kanashimi no chinkonka (rekuiemu)~ no teema)
“Phantom of the Opera ~Requiem of Love and Sorrow~” Theme

Lyrics/composition: Hirokazu
Arrangement:  Mori Masaaki
Vocals:  Isomura Yukari

Drama CD:  “Opera za no kaijin ~Ai to Kanashimi no Requiem~”
Release date:  2013/5/30

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X.I.P. - "E→motion" lyrics translation

This was released as Fuwa's leading song when his character won by fan votes.  Such a suggestive song with vocals lead by Hinocchi, who absolutely delivers...of course, I loved it.

I noticed this song had sort of a different quality than other game/anime-related charasongs, so I looked into the composer, Hirata Shouichirou's, work and it turns out he's done lots of compositions for J-pop groups like SMAP, EXILE, Morning Musume and music for games like DDR and beatmania.  No wonder this sounded pretty legit.

Anyways, I took some liberties in translating these lyrics and there’s lots of suggestive wordplay here, so you can check my notes at the end if you’re wondering about them.  Also, as usual, corrections are welcome!


E→motion (不破剣人センターver.)
"E→motion (Fuwa Kento center ver.)"

Artist:  X.I.P. (CV: Hino Satoshi, Toriumi Kousuke, Eguchi Takuya)
Composition:  Hirata Shouichirou
Lyrics:  Oouchi Masanori

Album:  “Naughty!!!”
Release date: 2014/3/26

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Kanji source

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