While I’m Waiting…

April 29, 2009

I’ve hit the point where I ran out of Library Wars episodes to watch. While I’m waiting for a few more of them to download, here is the Base Ball Bear – Changes, the music video. The song is used as an Ending Theme for the anime, and I think it’s a perfect fit.

The lyrics aren’t bad either.

David


Snowkel – Bye-Bye X Hello

April 27, 2009

Please excuse the squirrels in the video above as the only person who uploaded the song to YouTube used that picture.

In Japan they have what is called “Cross,” symbolized by the X.

Namco X Capcom.
Naruto X Sasuke.
Naruto X Hinata.

Stuff like that. I’m not sure exactly what it means, but I theorize that is a joining of the two by some sort of connection. The connection is open to whatever. In the above mentioned examples the first two are “rivals” while the latter is of a possibly blossoming love. There are clues to reasons why these are the connections, but it is up to you to find out what they are.

So why do I love this song so much. The layers in the song are exquisite. The orchestral pieces in the background make for a much grander experience. It increases the scale of the song and opens it upwards.

Also at the points of the Chorus, the pace of the music and lyrics are increased. I feel a sort of desperation. As if he was singing to someone who he worries is not going to listen to him.

Finally, the song title. I can’t understand Japanese. Why I listen to Japanese Music has been a question I’ve received numerous times. And while my answer may sound absurd, it is the truth. I can understand the music by listening to the emotions behind the way it is sung. I can interpret the music for what I believe is truth.

This song is about loss? Hope? She is gone? Left. For what reason, I do not know. Maybe he did something wrong. Will they meet again?

He says Bye-Bye, multiple times. But it always comes back ending in Hello.

From the bits on Japanese I can understand, I can pick out words like tears. Morning, Afternoon, Night. Which makes the picture clearer.

Keep in mind, this is all my interpretation, but I this is one of the reasons why I enjoy Japanese Music so much. It’s always a new experience changing to however I feel.

David

PS – I would be interested in what the lyrics actually translate to and see how off I am. If any one can find them or translate them. Who knows maybe the song is about a telephone conversation with his mother?


Monkey Majik – Change

April 24, 2009

I started listening to Monkey Majik. I wasn’t a fan of them. I wasn’t a fan of the Yoshida Brothers either. Mainly because I don’t understand their music. It’s impressive, but I don’t know why it is. 

I like the shamisen, the audio quality of it. That is why I like this song. They use the intruments very well to add to the complexity. It’s a sound we’ve never really heard here in the States and I like it.

Hope you do too,
David


So yeah, Library Wars

April 23, 2009

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I just started watching an Anime called Toshokan Sensou or Library Wars. It’s about a time when media is heavily regulated. Books are outlawed by government and military. To combat this, librarians form their own military. Kasahara is so moved by an event in high school in which one of her favorite books was saved that she joins the force.

I like it so far. Kasahara is goofy and there seems to be a relationship brewing already. I’ll be interested in where they go with the combat.

I always find it amazing what the Japanese will make into an Anime next. I remember when I first started watching Yakitate Japan!, an Anime about a boy who’s passion is making bread. It was really good too. 

David


Mr. Children – Houkiboshi

April 19, 2009

I love Mr.Children. This song is good, but made me kinda motion sick the first time I watched it.

David


More Ore Ska Band

April 17, 2009

I’ve been asked what are some good Ska bands, after my post a couple days ago about their new album, I decided to go promote them a little more with their single from their 2nd mini album

David


Watanabe Mayu Raps?

April 16, 2009

AKB48 Team B member Watanabe Mayu, nicknamed Mayuyu in this video does a sort of half rap introduction.  Then the teacher asks if she can “scratch,” she starts to have some problems.

Yo, Come On!
David