Music

I Want to Take Selfies Like Mirin

As a magical girl

In a bikini

With a coffee

Prime selfie face

With a bowl of locusts

Aaaa~ Mirin ❤

Attakaindakara: Everyone’s Doing It

Here are two videos of comedy duo Kumamushi (クマムシ) doing their comedy routine “Attakaindakara” (あったかいんだから/’Cause It’s Warm), in which one man imagines being reborn as a girl and becoming an idol while his partner insults him:

Here’s the official music video of “Attakaindakara” after it was released as an actual song:

Here’s YouTuber Satoshi Castro’s (カストロさとし) English version of “Attakaindakara” (with a bonus rap breakdown):

Here’s J-pop duo Kobukuro (コブクロ) singing “Attakaindakara” at a concert:

Here’s visual kei airband Golden Bomber’s (ゴールデンボンバー) Shou Kiryuuin (鬼龍院翔) singing “Attakaindakara):

Here’s SKE48/AKB48’s Jurina Matsui (松井珠理奈) doing “Attakaindakara”:

Here’s AKB48/NMB48’s Yuki Kashiwagi (柏木由紀) doing “Attakaindakara” with Kumamushi:

Here are some more AKB48 members singing “Attakaindakara”:

Here is K-pop group Big Bang doing “Attakaindakara” (and “Rassun Gorerai” at a concert in Japan):

Here’s virtual idol Hatsune Miku (初音ミク) performing a slightly punk version of “Attakaindakara,” courtesy of producer HoneyWorks:

Here’s YouTube dancer Hima (ひま) dancing to the dance version of “Attakaindakara”:

Here’s wotagei (ヲタ芸) team Ginyu Tokusentai (ギニュ〜特戦隊) doing a wotagei routine to the dance version of “Attakaindakara”:

Meanwhile, Kumamushi keeps on keeping on with their routines/idol songs “Nandashi” (なんだし/What?) and “Shampoo” (シャンプー):

The only question left is whether “Attakaindakara” or “Rassun Gorerai” will take the Ryuukougo Taishou (流行語大賞/Top Buzzwords Award) in 2015.

Momoiro Clover Z vs. KISS: “Yume no Ukiyo ni Saite Mina” Single

Momoiro Clover Z’s (ももいろクローバーZ) newest single, “Yume no Ukiyo ni Saite Mina” (夢の浮世に咲いてみな/Try Blooming in the Floating World of Dreams), is their long-awaited collaboration with the heavily made-up American superstar band, KISS. The members of KISS wrote and performed the music for the song, and also provide backup vocals.

The music video features Momoiro Clover Z playing the part of Minamoto no Yorimitsu (源頼光) and his Shitennou (四天王), and the members of KISS playing Tsuchigumo (土蜘蛛). They battle each other in a half-animated ukiyo-e world.

The single comes in two types: Momoclo version (ももクロ盤/Momokuro-ban) and KISS version (KISS盤/KISS-ban). The Momoclo version comes with a Blu-ray video of the music video; the KISS version has no video but has one extra song. That extra song is “Samurai Son.” “Samurai Son” has the same music as “Yume no Ukiyo ni Saite Mina,” but has English-language lyrics sung by KISS, with Momoiro Clover Z singing back-up. The lyrics to “Samurai Son” are a little different from “Yume no Ukiyo ni Saite Mina”‘s (see my English translation here)…but I suppose a certain amount of disparity to be expected when you have a collaboration between Japanese women in their 20’s and American men in their 60’s.

There’s an hour-long documentary about Momoclo and KISS’s collaboration uploaded on DailyMotion.

Quiz: Can you match these idols with their image colors?

After my last quiz (about train stations), I decided to make another quiz that was more in line with my otaku type. So here are three quizzes about color-coded idols. I split them up by group so that everyone can play.

Momoiro Clover Z (ももいろクローバーZ)

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Quiz: Can you match each Momoiro Clover Z member’s name to her image color?

Dempagumi.inc (でんぱ組.inc)

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Quiz: Can you match each Dempagumi.inc member’s name to her theme color?

And now for something a little different than usual…

Arashi (嵐)

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Quiz: Can you match each Arashi member’s name to his image color?

(By the way: I play games on Sporcle every day, and you should too. They’re good for your brain!)

AKB48 “Kokoro no Placard” Single, Type D

GET!

This is actually the first time I’ve ever reserved a CD, but this time I HAD to make sure I got Type D, because…

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…solo Mayuyu on the cover! AND Mayuyu is featured in every song!

Track list:

1. Kokoro no Placard (心のプラカード/My Heart’s Placard)

2. Sailor Zombie (セーラーゾンビ) by Milk Planet (ミルクプラネット). (Milk Planet is Mayu Watanabe (渡辺麻友), Yui Yokoyama (横山由依), and Karen Iwata (岩田華怜).)

3. Oshiete Mommy (教えてMommy/Tell Me, Mommy) (See my translation here)

4. Kokoro no Placard short ver.

5. Kokoro no Placard off vocal ver.

6. Sailor Zombie off vocal ver.

7. Oshiete Mommy off vocal ver.

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For my bonus photo, I got the double Matsui (Rena Matsui (松井玲奈) and Jurina Matsui (松井珠理奈))

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They are literally wearing balloons. That can’t be comfortable.

I’m going to try to do a speed translation of one song by tomorrow, and challenge myself to get all 3 songs done before anyone else on the internet does. We shall see.

Dempagumi.inc “Chururi Chururira” Lyrics English Translation and Annotations

I bought Dempagumi.inc’s (でんぱ組.inc) “Chururi Chururira” (ちゅるりちゅるりら) single soon after launch.

It came with a fork!!

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The lyrics, like the music video, are very strongly influenced by Japanese history and culture, making them really hard to carry over into English. So I have added annotations (links) to my translation of the lyrics. Click through to get more information.

Without further ado, here’s my translation of “Chururi Chururira!”
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Dempagumi.Inc’s Cup Noodle CM Song To Be Released As A Single!

Dempagumi.inc (でんぱ組.inc) appeared in a commercial for Nisshin’s Cup Noodle (カップヌードル), which likened idol otaku to modern-day samurai, “swearing allegiance to their master.”

You can see Dempagumi sing and dance the whole short version of the CM song in the making-of video, starting at around 1:16:

But until yesterday, only the short version was available.

Then, yesterday, Dempagumi’s official YouTube page uploaded the full music video of this song! The title is “Chururi Chururira” (ちゅるりちゅるりら).

Both the video and the lyrics have a feudal Japan aesthetic, and the rousing chorus of “FIGHT! (FIGHT!) FIGHT! (FIGHT!)” makes this a perfect song for psyching yourself up.

The “Chururi Chururira” single goes on sale on July 30.

Update: See my English translation of “Chururi Chururira” here

By the way, Dempagumi’s Cup Noodle commercial isn’t being aired anymore, but its successor is pretty good, too. It’s about girls who love manga and dream of a “kabe-don” (壁ドン).