About Sora to Kujira

What is Sora to Kujira?

Sora to Kujira(current version 3.0) is a blog focused on reviewing single and album releases by multiple J-Pop, K-Pop and non-Asian artists, being male, female, groups or soloists.

Version 1: August 1st, 2008 – December 24th, 2008
Version 2: December 24th, 2008 – June 28th, 2009
Version 3: June 28th, 2009 -

The first era consisted almost entirely of reviews, the which make up the bulk of the site’s content. The second era had no reviews, but instead focused on expressing my opinion on various matters by ranting. The current era plans to mix up both reviewing and ranting, while giving priority to the former.

The blog name Sora to Kujira was taken from Otsuka Ai’s Rocket Sneaker / One×Time single, it was found as the b-side.

About the Owner

Well, what can I say. My name is Jin/Jinny,  I’m an 18 year old (thisisme) university student studying Graphic Design.

I started this blog after noticing that I had so much free time on my hands. Plus, it’s like another responsibility and I’m the type of person who likes having responsibilities(can’t live without them). I like being able to design and organize everything how I like, speaking my mind, etc…

Current Obsessions

Music: JASMINE, T-ara, Mano Erina, BEAST

Video Games: Left 4 Dead 2, Tatsunoko vs Capcom

Rating System

As of Sora to Kujira version III, the site adopted a new rating system, no longer using the four suit system that also evaluated the PV+cover art. Instead, a more simple 5 star system is used rating each release with a possible maximum of five spades.

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1 spade = A horrendous release, fails in every way possible. Think American BoA+Tamaki Nami with some 5-nin C-ute.
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2 spades = Very lukewarm, not worth listening to more than once.
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3 spades = Just below average. It’s okay, but no more than that.
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4 spades = A solid release that has both it’s ups and downs.
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5 spades = Absolutely perfect/FIERCE/HAWT/SEXAY/MILF(Music I’d Like to…).

StKIIIHalfSpadeEmptyApart from the spades, half spades are also used to determine when a release is either better or worse than what the descriptions stated.

“‘s in the tracklisting represent my favorite songs. In album reviews, the amount of spades get lower, with five spades being my top favorite

Interests

Favorite Soloists:

  • Utada Hikaru
  • Hamasaki Ayumi
  • Amuro Namie
  • Koda Kumi
  • Nobuchika Eri
  • Suzuki Ami
  • Otsuka Ai
  • Shiina Ringo
  • Kajiura Yuki
  • Sakamoto Maaya
  • misono
  • KOKIA
  • MEG
  • Björk
  • Lady Gaga
  • alan

Favorite Groups/Bands:

  • Morning Musume。
  • Berryz Koubou
  • °C-ute
  • Buono!
  • Perfume
  • 2NE1
  • Buono!
  • Kalafina
  • 4minute

Favorite Video Games:

  • Xenosaga Episode III: Also Sprach Zarathustra
  • Klonoa 2: Lunatea’s Veil
  • NiGHTS: Into Dreams…
  • Super Smash Bros. Brawl
  • Pokemon Gold
  • Dynasty Warriors 4
  • Left 4 Dead 1 & 2

Inspirations

I was heavily inspired to start blogging by 2 particular blogs: Beyond the Sea(Lex) and Gold Hikari(Die). I really enjoyed reading Lex’s detailed and high quality reviews, along with the organized and clean web design. He’s also who got me into a ton of the artists I’m listen to today.

I also like Die’s constant updates, as they kept me really entertained and helped me discover ayaka.

Artists/ Groups discovered since I began viewing blogs along with the blog that got me into them:

  • AAA (Radiant Dawn)
  • alan (Gold Hikari)
  • Amuro Namie ( Beyond the Sea)
  • ayaka (Gold Hikari)
  • BoA (Beyond the Sea)
  • KOKIA (Beyond the Sea)
  • MEG (Radiant Dawn)
  • Nakashima Mika (StyleJapan)
  • Nobuchika Eri (Beyond the Sea)
  • Otsuka Ai (Beyond the Sea)
  • Rie fu (StyleJapan)
  • Shimatani Hitomi (Beyond the Sea)
  • Suzuki Ami (Beyond the Sea)
  • Tamaki Nami (Beyond the Sea)
  • Tsuchiya Anna (Kurayami Monogatari)
  • Yousei Teikoku (Gold Hikari)

Stalk Me

Facebook

formspring.me

Gaia Online

Last.fm

LiveJournal

MySpace

twitter

Vodpod

Linking

If you want me to link your website on my blogroll, just go ahead and leave a comment here!

I’d be more than happy to trade with you(I always do). You can use these buttons if you wish also. I prefer you pick out whichever is currently featured however:

Version 1

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Version 2

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Version 3

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49 Responses to About Sora to Kujira

  1. solarblade says:

    Heyyyyy, I want to be your first bud in our family of reviewers add me to your blogroll for sure!

    http://www.solarblade.wordpress.com

  2. blackmager says:

    Alrighty.
    :3
    I added you to my blogroll.

  3. amaiyume says:

    :)
    I added you to my blogroll and I hope you have sooo much success!!!!!!!!!
    You have four of my artists [Hikki, Namie, Kumi and Ayu]

    I hope you review some NEWS stuff :)
    Good luck!

  4. amaiyume says:

    oh no problem, I know how it is to start off a blog. Gotta get as much promotion as you can so you can start to build that fanbase :)

    Speaking of which, I was wondering if you could also add my 2nd blog to your blogroll for as you said, gotta get as much promotion as possible XD

    http://destinyline.wordpress.com/

    And again, I hope you get much success!

  5. Added you! ^^.
    Yay, new review blogs!

    - Megs

  6. radiantdawn says:

    Oh sorry about that! xD;

    I was kinda half awake when I checked on everything. Hope to see more reviews!

    Oh, and I’m about to review something so stay tuned! O:

  7. radiantdawn says:

    I was wondering if you had MSN or Yahoo messenger? O: I’d love to talk and stuff.

    If you do add me at whichever one you have. (The e-mails are in my about sextion.)

    -Ethan

  8. radiantdawn says:

    …I realised I said SEXTION… WTF. D: SECTION*** xD!

  9. Ooo! Ironically I’m listening to Tamaki Nami right now. XD Have fun music reviewing!

    - Tsuki

  10. josh012595 says:

    of course we could trade links!
    i hope you enjoy it here as i did! :)
    good luck!

  11. boamyjewel says:

    hahaha I’ve added you ^^

    btw -__- too bad BoA is not in your list

  12. Kahori says:

    Hey! I like your reviews and am looking forward to more!

    I’ve added you to my links. Would you link me too? : )

  13. boamyjewel says:

    I’ve done with your banner, come to my blog

  14. eternalmelody says:

    hey! I added you =D hopefully you can link me too? XD

  15. eternalmelody says:

    oops, i didn’t leave a link! =.=”

    here: http://eternalmelody.wordpress.com/

  16. Selryam says:

    Yeah, of course we can exchange links! I’m aware of how much starting a blog sucks, so good luck with it! I’m liking what I see so far. :P

  17. boamyjewel says:

    Waaah! you’ve changed your theme too XD

  18. I was wondering if you would be interested in affiliating with my website? ^^ I mainly post Korean and Japanese releases, along with descriptive reviews.

    http://community.livejournal.com/ongoingmelody/

    Unfortunately, I do not have a graphical representation of the site (re: banner).

  19. boamyjewel says:

    ahh i’ve read your dedicated review for me thabx xo much! i feel so loved !! XD

  20. Selryam says:

    Hey, uh, this may sound kind of random, but can I add you on MSN? ><

  21. Selryam says:

    ^ yeah, I also meant to say that i like adding people with similar music interests when they’re on my blogroll.

    But the face cut it off.

    Thanks in advance, if you’re willing~

  22. boamyjewel says:

    god! you should watch boa’as live pef at my blog!!!

  23. Hexi says:

    Wow Wahi, you’re blog’s really taken off! sorry i haven’t checked it out before now! ^_^ so this is where you come to hangout when you’re online. >w< you’re neglecting us over at the guild ya know! ^w^ excellent work. your reviews are really interesting!
    many hugs!
    Hexi
    xx

  24. JJ says:

    Link exchange? That would be made of awesome. Beyond the Sea was an inspiration, too.

  25. boamyjewel says:

    Wahhh!!! Cool! your hits have increased! keep up the good work, I’ve been so busy lately

  26. sushibabyx says:

    Wow, you really have quite an intricate rating system! :)

  27. Die says:

    i’d love to join :D

    but i’m not sure what i’d need exactly xD

    like what exactly MSN? the messenger or email, etc. i think i might need more details

  28. Die says:

    oh ok. well i have a hotmail account and msn messenger lol, i’m pretty sure you can get my email on your own though lol

  29. Ironic Clown says:

    Thanks linking you back as we speak… Love you site and I love your rating system, it’s so unique~!

  30. aikorin says:

    I’m Eien, mind exchanging links? I’ve already added you. Thanks :)!

  31. Crispy says:

    Hey i started my site VK Revolution, we shoudl exchange links!!!

    http://shikakutekinakei.wordpress.com/

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  33. Bozu says:

    I would love to link with this fierce site! Let’s be blog bffs! (oh, and by the way, you beat me to it, I was planning on reviewing Gaga and Bjork, among others in the future >_>)

    Can you use my button? I’ll use one of yours!

  34. Jin says:

    Lulz, we can share the Gaga and Bjork goodness than. ^-^

    Kk, got you added. ^-^ I’ll be sure to stop by your site all often like. ;D

  35. hyperballad says:

    hello hello hello!

    i moved to a new place

    can you please be very kind and re-do my link? ^^

    thank you thank you thank you~

  36. Ashen Twilight says:

    Hey. Could we exchange links?

    http://ashentwilight.wordpress.com

    Love your blog by the way!

  37. PrivateLaughter says:

    Wow, I really like the new banner and the button but who is it? XD

  38. Ashen Twilight says:

    Wow, it seems like a lot of bloggers are Seniors now… (me too!). School is sucky and I’m pretty sure you’ll agree. Why do we like the same video games? (well, for the most part)

    =\

  39. Jin says:

    ’cause we have good taste, thats why. ;D lulz, us bloggers are getting old. xD

  40. Aoliwa and Kowezhi says:

    I love your blog, wondering if you’d like to exchange links? You’re already added =]

    http://tsukinoai.wordpress.com

  41. Pedro says:

    Sure! No problem~ I’d be glad to!

    I just hope you don’t mind that I’m a little slow with the reviews~ :) I’ll be looking forward to your future reviews!

  42. Miu says:

    hi, can we trade links and affiliations ( the buttons )? i love reading your blog btw XD really good reviews to read.

  43. monochromeblues says:

    Hey, Jin~can we be blog bffs? (AGAIN XD)

    I’ll take one of your buttons~

  44. wowwartechno says:

    Hi ther ;D would you like to exchange buttons?

  45. Madison says:

    Hi, I came across your site and wasn’t able to get an email address to contact you about some broken links on your site. Please email me back and I would be happy to point them out to you.

    Thanks!

    Madison

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