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How it ends-Oh Carmine for where art thou Carmine

Posted by Yamane Ishi on February 15, 2009

Now you too can sing along.

Devotchka-How it ends Lyrics

Hold your grandmothers bible to your breast
Gonna put it to the test
You wanted it to be blessed
And in your heart
You know it to be true
You know what you gotta do
They all depend on you

And you already know
Yet you already know
How this will end

There is no escape
From the slave catchers songs
For all of the loved ones gone
Forevers not so long
And in your soul
They poked a million holes
But you never let them show
Come on its time to go

And you already know
Yet you already know
How this will end

Now youve seen his face
And you know that theres a place in the sun
For all that youve done
For you and your children
No longer shall you need
You always wanted to believe
Just ask and youll receive
Beyond your wildest dreams

And you already know
Yet you already know
How this will end

You already know (You already know)
You already know (You already know)
You already know
How this will end.

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“Dream Fighter” and Unrelated Blathering

Posted by Doug on January 22, 2009

This video was released by Perfume back in November ’08, but I just recently noticed it.  I’ve said before that part of the charm of jpop is the fact that I can enjoy the music without being distracted by the pesky lyrics, but that being said, I still would like to be sufficiently fluent in Japanese to permit me to, say, watch an anime in the original langauge without subtitles.  I know trying to learn Japanese from watching anime probably wouldn’t turn out too well (imagine a Japanese person learning English by watching nothing but Disney movies and The Simpsons), but I have picked up a smattering of words and phrases that, were I to utilize them for communications purposes, would result in me being laughed at by every native of the Land of the Rising Sun (and about 5% of the population of the Aloha State.  Mendōkusei…).

I’d love to take classes in Japanese, but the non-English languages the higher-education institutions in these parts offer seem to be limited to Spanish, French, German, and maybe Latin.  French and Spanish I can understand: Canada is to the north of us, Mexico to the south.  However, there is an ocean in between here and Germany.  Not too many people sprechen Sie Deutsch around here.  Latin would be cool, but let’s face the facts: Ancient Rome produced approximately zero animation of any quality.  The motivation just isn’t there for me.  Really, if some Kenyan animation company produced a kick-ass awesome show and/or movie, I would feel compelled to learn some Swahili (actually Swahili is pretty high on my List of Languages I Would Like to Learn, but that’s beside the point).  Ah, to be a polyglot, and mix-and-mangle metaphors from Mandarin, Macedonian, and Middle Dutch, as well as understand J-pop without having to Google dream fighter lyrics.

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Klaatu…Verada…Necktie?

Posted by Doug on November 28, 2008

Usually, I get a really bad feeling when a classic movie is remade or reinvisioned or rebooted for the modern-day audience: better to leave the classic alone and just make a new movie that can stand on its own merits (or collapse without them).  Case in point: the Star Trek reboot movie.  Looks.  Like.  Rubbish.

However, I am open to the possibility that such things could turn out well: take, for example, the Doctor Who series, in its current incarnation with David Tennant as the Doctor, or the new James Bond movies with Daniel Craig.  I was a fan of both since…uh, well, for a really long time.  So, I’m not just some person who thinks Ye Olde Tymes were the best, and nobody should ever try to revisit or modernize them.

The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) is one of the best science fiction movies; even after half a century, its themes of humans spreading and escalating their violent nature still seems relevent.  So I am rather interested about the new version with Keanu Reeves (scheduled to hit theaters on December 12th).  Of course, they are changing stuff: instead of nuclear proliferation, humanity’s threat seems to be to the environment.  Also, in the original, Klaatu was a good guy, on a mission to help humanity; in this one, he seems to be significantly more callous towards us poor hominids.  “If the earth dies, you die,” he says.  “If you die, the earth survives.”

Hopefully, this won’t be just another alien invasion movie.  Hopefully it won’t end with humanity defeating the aliens (an outcome just as likely as an ant defeating a human.  Oh, it could happen, but really…).  Hopefully, it will have a similar ending to the first one: a message that humanity can change its ways, but if we don’t straighten up, we’re fscked, and we won’t be saved by saying those three magic words.

Klaatu…Barada…Nectar?  Nickel?  It’s an “N” word, it’s definitely an “N” word…

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Harry Potter

Posted by Yamane Ishi on November 10, 2008

Another of Moosebutter‘s song sung to Pretty Woman.

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Kiss the Wookiee, Kick the Droid…

Posted by Doug on November 8, 2008

I saw this over at Shamus Young’s Twenty Sided blog, and I have decided it has to be my second-favorite a capella song of all time, second only to Loituma’s “Ievan Polkka” (you know, the one they got the lyrics for the Leekspin Girl from).  I know these themes well.  The movies they are from are classics: Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Superman, E.T., Jaws, Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark.

I think I’m going to dig through my DVD collection and watch one or two or five of them again.  Excuse me…

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“Aitakatta” and poor translations

Posted by Doug on October 26, 2008

According to the Japanese Wikipedia entry on AKB48 (as translated by the 1.0.4.4 version of the Translator add-on for Firefox), “AKB48 (FOTIEITO EKEBI), Akimoto Yasu a full production by 2005, was born to a woman Idol group. Akihabara, a private theater is a theater AKB48 and performances here are almost daily.” Well, I’m glad that got cleared up.

Among the “Issues and Problems” there is a mention that “Theater BLT, such as CD and DVD will be sold at the theater, you shake hands and the novelty of mercenary participate in the purchase of tickets because, CD and NE BLT and a lot of theater and the surrounding circumstances to be dumped Has occurred.” I don’t know what I’d do if that happened to me, but at least you can buy a handshake and a hug for ¥1,300 (“The sweet-hip (1,300 yen) → purchase of a handshake and a hug from the implementation committee.”). I wonder if they have gift certificates…

Yeah, the Translator add-on is of limited use to me.

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“Yūhi wo Miteiruka?” by AKB48

Posted by Doug on October 17, 2008

I have no clue what they’re singing about. My proficiency with the Japanese language is limited to konnichiwa and itadakimasu and dattebayo and maybe a dozen other simple phrases, tops. Of course, that doesn’t stop me from liking Japanese music. Heck, I like music better when I can’t understand it, when the language barrier turns it into an audio abstract, and I can listen to the musical quality more or less unburdened by any actual content to the sounds.

However, this tends to make singing along difficult and/or embarrassing, because I know I’m getting the words horribly, horribly wrong, and I just know that any moment, some Japanese person is going to come waltzing around the corner, and laugh his or her backside off at my atrocious mangling of their native tongue. Either that or they’ll kick my ass because they think I’m making some disparaging remarks about their mother.

Of course, that doesn’t stop me from singing along, either.

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love the world

Posted by Doug on October 10, 2008

Once again, the girls of Perfume!

Not quite as catchy as “Polyrhythm” but still interesting. The three members of Perfume are known in Japan by their nicknames: Nishiwaki Ayaka is called “A-chan,” Kashino Yuka is “Kashiyuka,” and Ōmoto Ayano is “Nocchi.” I’m still not sure which one is which, though…

On a bit of a tangent, in my earlier post about them, I got their names wrong: Japanese names are family name first then personal name, and names don’t really translate. I mean, if your name is John Smith, and you went to Japan, you wouldn’t suddenly become Smith John, now would you? Likewise, if the girl’s name is Nishiwaki Ayaka, it doesn’t suddenly become Ayaka Nishiwaki just because people in some other country order their own names differently. Diversity for the win.

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Badger, Badger, Badger

Posted by Yamane Ishi on October 8, 2008

Try not to hate me while you have this stuck in you head the the rest of your life.

However you can hate me for this one.

Feel free to sing along.

I don’t know why but I still like this song.

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“Polyrhythm” by Perfume

Posted by Doug on October 8, 2008

The group is called Perfume; the three young ladies are Ayano Ōmoto (20), Yuka Kashino (19), and Ayaka Nishiwaki (19), all of whom hail from Hiroshima, Japan.

Fotoplastik has some pics of them, but I’m still not sure which one is which.

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