Snow Halation is the second single for μ's (Muse), the girls of Otonokizaka Academy from the mobile game and anime franchise Love Live! School Idol Project. It was released to celebrate Christmas in 2010, and serves as the ending song for episode 9 of Love Live! School Idol Project Season 2.
The choreography of the music video features Honoka Kousaka, Umi Sonoda, and Nozomi Toujou, decided by popular vote.
Silvagunner made this song good. I know this song too well even more than the intro sequence songs. It very good song. Very catchy and upbeat. you can even make a good cover of it via piano, guitar, keyboard, drums, You can’t have a legit BBQ without a badass potato salad. But don’t be a dick and buy that nasty shit at the store. Make this instead; it is cheap as fuck and super easy. You can even leave it in the sun for a minute and it won’t get all gross like that potatomayo nonsense they try to pass off as a salad. People
don’t deserve that basic, bland shit. 1 1/2 pounds of small red or Yukon gold potatoes
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
2 tablespoons lemon juice (about 1 lemons)
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves of garlic
1/3 cup shredded carrot (I used 1 normal-sized carrot. Don’t try to grate baby carrots; you will fuck your hand up)
¼ cup of chopped chives (you can use green onions to save some cash)
¼ cup chopped dill
salt and pepper
Cut your potatoes in half or until they are in pieces that you can actually put in your mouth. Nobody should need a knife to eat potato salad, that shit is fucked. Boil some water in a medium pot, add a pinch of salt, and the potatoes. Boil them until you can easily stab a fork through one, like 10-15 minutes depending on the size of your potatoes. If you cook them too long they start falling apart and your salad will be a fucking mess. Set a timer if your ass is easily distracted.
While the potatoes cook, cut up the garlic into a bunch of tiny pieces. Mix together the mustard, vinegar, lemon juice, oil, and garlic in a small glass. Drain the potatoes and put them in a large bowl. Add the dressing and toss it all together. Add the carrots, herbs, and a little salt and pepper and mix them in. Let the salad sit in the fridge for at least 30 minutes so that the potatoes can soak in all the flavor. If it looks dry after that then add a little more vinegar and olive oil and stir that bitch. Make this shit the day before you go somewhere and keep it in the fridge. Nobody will know the fucking difference.
“Shall I name this heart-rending pain ‘Snow halation’?” – Hata Aki, musician & lyricist
When I was a child I often used to visit my grand dad, especially in winter. During this season everything around his house was covered by a white mantle. Every night, when the city was lighting up, something wonderful was happening in front of my eyes: I could assist to a beautiful show called snow halation. Everything around was becoming progressively brighter and my heart was racing in front of such an emotional landscape. Many years have passed since then but this music video managed to renew those old sensations buried deep
Snow Halation is not just a music video, it’s an experience. And it’s not a love song, but a hymn to life. It tells us to not be afraid to show our feelings, it fills our hearts with nostalgia but at the same time it leaves enough room for the excitement that future events will give. It teaches us that life is made of both happy and sad experiences and the ‘snow halation’ metaphor that Hata Aki wrote about describes perfectly this duality formed by the coldness of the snow and the warmth of halation that wraps around it.
The animations in this video may not be the best but they still manage to be somehow charming and the choreography μ's performs is enjoyable. Its plot may be quite basic (you cannot expect much from a music video) but most will find it relatable and will appreciate it. The song is wonderful and the emotions it conveys are true and intense. ‘Snow Halation’ is one of the, if not the, best thing the Love Live franchise offered us and whoever had the luck to be born in the same era of this video should consider himself/herself truly blessed.