Hatsune Miku – letter song (Subbed… made by me!)

By bluemist on July 31st, 2009

Arienai! Impossible! My second fansub ever!

The first one:
BREAKING: Shugo Chara Episode 10 Subbed… made by me!

“letter song” is created by unformed which consists of doriko and nezuki. They also made a number of other popular Vocaloid original songs like Romeo and Cinderella, Uta ni Katachi wa Nai Keredo and Yuuhizaka (to which letter song seems to be the sequel). This song in one instant became my second most favorite sentimental Vocaloid song ever (Sakura no Ame is still the first).

Actually I heard this just a month ago, and I have been in love with it ever since. The song’s message caught into me so quickly: A letter addressed to oneself 10 years into the future, asking about life and love. While I don’t have any self-reflection letters and stuff like that, I do frequently look back to whatever I have written in the past (be it on paper or in my blogs) and wonder what kind of person am I right now compared to myself years before. You know, I honestly can’t imagine who or what would I be 10 years from now, but surely, like this song, I would want to ask. Maybe I’ll start a time capsule thingy eh?

Yes there was already a sub of this song somewhere out there but I found it to be sorely lacking in accuracy because it was cross-translated from Japanese to Chinese and then to English! Horrible things will obviously come out of that, so I had to do this myself. The lyrics seemed easy enough after all. But heck… I spent a whole HOUR on this. Considering that the song is slow, minimal lyrics, and 5 minutes long, I realize that it wasn’t that easy at all! I had a number of translation tools to my disposal (my stock knowledge, online converters, dictionaries) and each conflicting result confused me. I appreciate fansubbing more again. Of course, anime episode fansubs are abundant not only in quality but also in piracy controversies. But as for me, I think we need more of the copyright-free Vocaloid, Touhou, Niconico animeme in English fansub variety as well. There is still a wealth of entertaining doujin content out there that deserves to be seen and heard by us fans.

Anyway, I’m pretty sure I got many of the lyrics right, so there it is in its full glory… my second fansub which is really my first because you still needed the raw video for my first one. Please turn on the Captions feature in the YouTube video to see the subs. Seeing my Shugo Chara 10 sub, I think that I got a better handle of my Japanese proficiency this time. I would like to thank a couple of people who checked the translation, one of them was Hinano. If there are further corrections, or if you liked the song as I did, feel free to contact or comment.


The Lost Sequel

By bluemist on July 26th, 2009

The Melancholy Code
Melancholies and Demons

Oof… here we are again.

Oh they really have the fans in their control. Did you even think that Kadokawa and KyoAni do NOT expect this kind of reaction from us? We are all being led into their just as keikaku master plans. In the first place, why did the original Suzumiya Haruhi series from 2006 have a random episode timeline again? Please do refresh me on that. This is one lucky series you know. If there are thousands upon thousands of youtube and niconico video parodies and homages out there, thousands of fans buying everything from dvds to merchandise, and thousands of online people discussing the series with an unending passion, a risky move or two (or seven, or eight, or…) wouldn’t hurt your bottom line. In fact, this kind of radical programming is just what we need. If anime can’t brave the economic recession with all the cookie-cutter stuff we’ve been seeing for these past few years, I would only honor the ones who really want to make a difference. It’s hard to do that right now.

Do you know what’s the REAL ENDLESS EIGHT for me? Anime. There must be something… “strange” if this plot, this character, or this whole anime reminds you of some other plot, some other character, or some other anime itself that you have watched. Doesn’t everything resemble some part of everything else? In the anime world, everything is deja vu.

If you are in the bishoujo category fetish like me, in 90% of those eroge and bishoujo game-turned anime, the characters look, feel, and act familiar and similar to any other character in any other game. Fancy an onii-chan complex? Da Capo has one. Obviously Da Capo II has one too, as well as Akane-iro ni Somaru Saka, Canvas 2, Gift… this list can go on forever (even with anime that doesn’t come from a game… like Hatsukoi Limited). When you watch an episode with that kind of character, that’s the real Endless Eight. You have seen this kind of character a hundred times in many different variations.

That was just one example. Endless Eight can appear in any aspect.
- Chances are these anime has a Yui Horie character in it.
- Chances are Kugimiya Rie has a tsundere character in these anime.
- Umm this OP song sounds like that OP song.
- Umm this ED movie looks like that ED movie.
- Ahh, the ever-present beach fanservice episode.
- Kimodameshi episode, school festival episode, onsen episode, matsuri episode…
- Oh there was no confession after all… maybe in another episode.
- This is probably the “male character stumbles over the girl touching her body parts and then the girl goes kyaaaa” scene
- Oh and this is the “male character opens some door and the girl is seen with limited clothing and the girl goes kyaaaa” scene
- Oh so this is about a young boy who has potent power and goes into the adventure of his lifetime, and meeting some old master to train him, maybe a sidekick or two, and a princess to probably save along while he battles the evil forces of whatever to save the world?
- Oh so this is about a young girl who suddenly discovers her magic, then a cute mascot appears, maybe a sidekick or four of them, and have multiple prince characters for them to adore while saving the world from evil by their magic wands, transformative costumes and bright pink lights and explosions?

All in all, I don’t see anything particularly offensive with Haruhi’s obviously repeating Endless Eight episodes. After all, most other anime I watch have the same darn thing on it. Strange… I know that I’ve seen this all before… but why am I watching all these cookie-cut anime for more than a decade now?

Hmmm… I don’t know. I enjoy watching anime maybe?

Press Release:
There was widespread speculation about content of the eagerly-awaited new anime from phenomenal bestselling production studio Kyoto Animation. For the first time, fans worldwide will discover the setting for the action and key themes from the forthcoming thriller. Since announcement of broadcasting in April 2009, anticipation for the release of the new sequel featuring this anime’s unforgettable protagonist, Suzumiya Haruhi, has reached epic proportions amongst fans, especially in the online community. The ratings have been equally enthusiastic, predicting that The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi will be the biggest ever hit in anime since records began.

Following the publication of The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi, Kyoto Animation’s other animes Full Metal Panic, AIR, Kanon, Lucky Star, Clannad, Munto and K-ON have all gone on to become multi-million copy international bestsellers. See all the great preview reactions from various press around the world about this revolutionary release:

*facepalm* – Kyon
“Freaking awesome!” – Haruhi
“…” – Yuki
禁則事故です! – Mikuru
“I LOOOOVE YOU” – Koizumi
“Kyon-kun denwa~” – Imouto
“WTF I DON’T EVEN” – Dan Brown

Also see the reactions from some of the fans:
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Animax-Asia… Dubbed in English – Episode 12: Red with anger

By bluemist on July 3rd, 2009

Again, Animax-Asia has lost their way.

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