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Noragami day 
29th-Mar-2016 04:05 pm
Oh my gosh, you guys, this volume of Noragami was so good to us. I know the really intense volumes like nine and thirteen are hard for people, but for us, they're like a breath of fresh air. We need a volume every so often that doesn't have so much dialogue that requires a lot of research and tweaking and stuff, and just has a bunch of people hitting each other. It helps that I really like how Adachitoka handles action.

Anyway, the point is, we managed to finish our first draft of this volume before snacktime, and that means! we might actually have time to watch the DVD that came with it! Oh my gosh, I'm so excited! We had to take a look at the credits, and it looks like it has the same writer as the episode that came with volume fifteen, which means it should be really really good! And it's the Capyper Land chapter, so it HAS to be good!

But we haven't seen it yet, so there's not a whole lot else to say. What I can say is that the other package was indeed the Aragoto soundtrack, so of course we listened to it while we worked! It's a good thing they came at the same time, or this volume might have gone so fast we'd be done before the CD arrived! (Don't get ahead of yourself; you still have to do the edit.) But the point is, we listened to it, and it was like, "Are you sure this is the same series?"

See, we have the first Noragami soundtrack, and first we were like, okay, the first Noragami soundtrack is only one disc, and Aragoto seemed to use a lot of music from that disc, and while we did notice a few new tracks (I admit we would get distracted by the animation and the voices and the why is it different from the manga the manga was so good why oh why oh why), we certainly didn't think there were two discs' worth of new music. I hardly realized there was even one disc's worth of new music.

Nevertheless, here they were--two discs of new Noragami music--so we listened to them! And while they did have some sort of similarity to the first Noragami soundtrack, it really sounded like it was maybe a completely different series. The first Noragami soundtrack is mostly synthesized, but the Aragoto soundtrack seems to have a lot of orchestral arrangements. That's the main thing, really, but what a different it makes. But of course we love it and I think it is still pretty "Noragami". And it was especially nice, because as one disc would end, we'd finish a chapter, so we felt very productive.

And I think that mostly covers it. I have stuff to talk about involving scented things, but I think I'll save that for later.

Today I'm thankful for our first draft of Noragami going very quickly, getting to listen to the Aragoto soundtrack while we worked on it, having time to do laundry (much as I reeeeeeeally don't want to; why is laundry such an odious chore?), having plans to watch the Capyper Land episode of Noragami tonight, and the Reese's Pieces making it through the night so we have them for today if we want.
29th-Mar-2016 10:29 pm (UTC)
Yay Noragami Day!!!! (and while intense eeeeeeek stuff makes me anxious as a reader, it IS nice for lettering too (as long as there aren't too many sfx, but I feel like Noragami's pretty good about that. It has pretty sfx that are fun to letter alongside). But oh nooo, what if I have to be anxious for multiple MONTHS at a time, now that we're caught up?! This is going to be a new phase of life for me.

And the soundtrack!! I was surprised that there were two discs too. And I also thought they sounded really different from the original one. But now I've listened to both OSTs shuffled together on iTunes enough that they're blended together in my head, so it's all Noragami to me and all good. I also felt like several of the songs had a Capyperland-esque feel, even besides the one that's specifically named for it... I think it's just generally a little more happy, which is good because when I listened to just the first OST shuffled on repeat for hours (or days) on end, I'd get a little weird by the end of it :D

I hope you get to watch the DVD! Email me if you do? (just a quick note to say you did is fine, so I know I can too.) I don't know if I've got time tonight since I'm supposed to be finishing up another book, but maybe I can watch it tomorrow~ I did see one screenshot on the back cover of the box that made me think "Oh no they changed a thing!!!!" but the more I think about it, maybe it's a conscious attempt to not encourage rule-breaking-behaviour at theme parks, and not otherwise intended to ruin everyone's fun...
29th-Mar-2016 11:18 pm (UTC)
I think we can put your mind at ease on a couple of points. This turned out to be, by far, the shortest finished Noragami script so far. So there's probably not a whole lot of sound effects. And the ending is suspenseful, but not, "OOOOHHHHH NOOOOOO!!!" At least, not in our opinions. This will be a new thing, though, having to wait for Noragami. I will miss it, but we also feel like it's the beginning of a certain amount of freedom.

Definitely agreed that a bunch of tracks sounded like they could be Capyper Land related. Maybe the upbeat (in a happy way) music helped with productivity and not feeling oppressed... (Actually, the Noragami oppression usually doesn't kick in until the editing phase. I'm a little scared.)

Actually, watching the DVD is the very next thing on our agenda! (Well, maybe after visiting Facebook.) We'll still email to confirm if you want (it's possible something will come up in the next few minutes), but I think we can give you the go ahead now.
30th-Mar-2016 02:26 pm (UTC)
"Noragami ... nine and thirteen are hard for people"
Thanks for the warning on vol 13, I'll read it together with 14 like I did for 9 and 10.
I'm glad this volume was good to you :)
30th-Mar-2016 11:09 pm (UTC)
If you keep waiting for the perfect ending spot to read the next volume, you might have to wait until the last one comes out, and that's just not practical.
31st-Mar-2016 05:21 pm (UTC)
ha ha, I'm not waiting for the perfect ending spot. I don't mind saving up for a couple of volumes to avoid biting my finger nails :)
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