Strike Witches – Kuroi Hitomi 黒い瞳

It’s been so humid I’ve had to take like four showers today. -.-

So I watched Strike Witches. Partly because I am watching Shangri-la, loving it (same studio: Gonzo), and partly because I heard it was so bad (it’s infamous). Once you get past the "O.O none of the girls are wearing pants O.o – Why…?" It’s actually a nice show. It’s not like the plot is really intriguing or anything, or that the animation is really spectacular, but it’s cute, and you get attached to some of the characters. More interesting is really the concepts behind the characters. The sheer level of fanservice-y bits is enough to make you laugh too XD – but it’s really not near as horrible as people make it out to be; maybe my level of tolerance has just grown too high?

Liking the concept of it all, I heard that the series was based on novels. This is a (fairly blatant) lie. It is instead, based on an Anime OVA by Kunihisa Sugishima (25 minutes and only loosely informative) that’s based on a series of illustrations by Humikane Shimada done in Compatiq Ace. You get the "based on novels" bit because there are three light novels that are based on that same series of illustrations. (here’s an interlinking web of characters that relate the characters of the light novels to the original characters in the illustrations), then there are currently two light novels that are a basic novelization of the OVA+Anime – along with some fan-novel. As the Anime was done by Kazuhiro Takamura and Tsuyoshi Tamai, you have a completely different set of people working on every single separate component, and therefore it’s very disjunct. (Although Humikame Shimada, the original illustrator, provided light novel illustrations to both the first light novel and the novelization.) However, I heard that either the novelization or the other light novel were pretty good, so – I might read them if I get the chance to.

As for the characters, I liked most of them by the end of the series, even the American. In fact – I believe she’s the first Anime American that I haven’t fully disliked. Maybe I connected with her longing for speed – impressive because I have a disposition to dislike characters with oversized breasts – but I got past that, (at least they weren’t big enough to break my suspension of disbelief XD.) As a night owl and not really buying into that no-pants = win, my favorite character was Sanya V. Litvyak (who is the only character ever to be seen wearing a skirt), and thus by extension I had to like Eila Ilmatar Juutilainen. (I still have to think of the Japanese pronounciation stuffs to figure out how to say her name.) I also liked Gertrud Barkhorn, and there by extension liked the other two original German pilots: Erica Hartmann and Minna-Dietlinde Wilcke. Then, because her gun is cool and perhaps I have a strange attraction to British women o.o – Lynette Bishop. Yeah… I put the main character around the bottom of my list.

If I had to rank them:

1. Sanya V. Litvyak
2. Gertrud Barkhorn
3. Eila Ilmatar Juutilainen
4. Lynette Bishop
5. Minna-Dietlinde Wilcke
5. Charlotte E. "Charlie" Yeager
5. Erica Hartmann
8. Mio Sakamoto
9. Francesca Lucchini
10. Yoshika Miyafuji
11. Perrine-H. Clostermann

-.-: Perrine annoyed me to NO end. (X-x the french) | Yoshika… was too optimistic and had no redeeming qualities. | Lucchini was cat-like which I like… but no other redeeming qualities. | Once you get past Mio’s kind of annoying laugh and obstinate kamikaze attitude, she’s got this teacher attitude that’s nice – plus she’s old (~20) and thus has a bit of a head on her shoulders at least. The three-way tie for 5th has partly to do with the fact that I want to keep all of them in the upper half – and that although that’s the order I’d put them in, they’re pretty close anyway. Lynette I like again because she’s nice and a sniper, and British. Eila makes me laugh and I like her semi-deep voice – plus she’s like Sanya’s talking counterpart. As for Gertrud, I like pretty much everything about her character, especially after you learn more about her – and I think she’s pretty ^^. Sanya, I like everything about her – her ability, her habits, and her animal, her country, the fact that she wears… clothes — everything really, but I wish sort of that she would talk more, though that would violate part of her character… So 1&2 are pretty close :d

So anyway I got hold of Sanya and Eila’s character album, and I like it ^^. One song that caught my eye (ear?) was Kuroi Hitomi ("black pupils") – which is basically a song of Japanese lyrics placed over a common Russian folk tune. It’s pretty ^^. It’s an extremely simple song, so maybe the translation’ll sound a little strange.

Translation Notes: as for the "particle" なりし – I can only guess what it means through context, as well as the only other phrase I found when I googled it 夢なりし空中庭園 – this is similar to the time when I came across にす – of which I couldn’t find any results >.> – Also, everytime you see "eyes" it really should be "pupils" but in English, you usually say eyes regardless… – but "black eyes" (lit) sound odd, so I made it "black"->"dark"

(・x・) I need to get better at translating songs – then it would be just beautiful regardless. In Japanese it’s beautiful, I promise :D

The drama tracks on this CD are cute, Eila is always mildly jealous of anyone that might take Sanya’s interest. – I’ll give her that right, after all Sanya always hops into Eila’s bed whenever she gets back :x


黒い瞳
作詩:鈴木貴昭
ロシア民謡
編曲:長谷川智樹
歌:エイラ・イルマタル・ユーティライネン(仲井絵里香)&サーニャ・V・リトヴァク(門脇舞以)

燃えさかる炎よ ああ黒き瞳よ 美しき炎よ 素晴らしき瞳
愛しき 悩ましき その瞳 あなたを一目見て 私はあなたの虜

Burning flame; ah such dark eyes; beautiful flame; splendid eyes
Lovely, seductive, those eyes – with a single look I am your captive

闇なりし焔よ ああ黒き瞳よ 凍てつく焔よ 底知れぬ瞳
勝ち誇り 焼き尽くす その瞳 あなたの炎で 私の心は痛む

A blaze inviting darkness; ah such dark eyes; frozen blaze; bottomless eyes
Triumphant, burning out, those eyes – by your flame my heart pains

私の幸せは あなただけに

My happiness depends solely on you

燃えさかる炎よ ああ黒き瞳よ 愛しき瞳よ 美しき瞳
とこしえに 魅惑する その瞳 私を連れ去り 破滅へといざなう

Burning flame; ah such dark eyes; lovely eyes; beautiful eyes
For eternity captivating, those eyes – take me away and invite me into destruction

あなたの面影を 夢に見る

I see your face in my dreams

夜中に歌う声 私は手を伸ばす 夢へとみちびく 黒き瞳
私はあなたと 共に飛び立つ

Singing at midnight, I extend my arms to your dark eyes, leading me into dreams
Together with you I leap into the sky
 

Pointless Post

The microwave is leaky~ My brain is frying~! D:
That’s how I feel at the moment orz
Tubecat… I want a cat <3
They’re changing 惣流・アスカ・ラングレー / Sohryu Asuka Langley to 式波・アスカ・ラングレー / Shikinami Asuka Langley O.o?

"Eyebrows have been raised at the steady rise in popularity several potentially Vocaloid inspired names have enjoyed in Japan’s baby naming; Ren (ranked 4th), Rin (7th), Kaito (13th) and most notably Miku (up to 24th from 50th last year)."

My roommate turned off the lights… just now, for no reason whatsoever – … is she trying to make me blind or something? – I’ve never wanted to be a murderer more in my life. (I just heard her mumble, stoned: I lost my car~) (Wikipedia "Dude Where’s my Car?")

Flowering Night/Night of Nights – One of the best themes… ever.. especially because… Sakuya=咲夜=flower(ing)+night – Furthermore, I just learned that there’s an entire type of "MAD" compiled web videos based on having flowering night in the background. O.O – Awesome!

As firefox has exceeded 970mb of RAM – it needs to be restarted for my computer’s sanity. Therefore I must post, though it’s a bit unfinished :x

–Post-Edit
http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm5552511 ←dual violin Flowering Night/Night of Nights + Piano Acc. O.O


Not that I think that I have really anyone looking at my journal – I’m doing a poll for fun. I do NOT like what’s her face: Konpaku Youmu, so she’s not included D:<

Touhou Character Poll (Minimized)

YUI and Fullmetal Alchemist (2009)

Yui – Again.
The Fullmetal Alchemist 2 Brotherhood Opening Theme just reminded me how much I love YUI. I totally forgot how young she is! She’s only 2 years older than me after, and I listened to her music years ago – so I have to give her props for her great music so early on ^.^ – will she become the next Utada when she’s older or something? I’m going to have to buy her new CD when it comes out … 2009/06/03. (yy/mm/dd) – Also have to get that Eden of the East ED O.O – I underestimated it like the first time I listened to it – I usually don’t expect much out of ending themes.

I’m so in love with YUI’s song right now that I’d translate the lyrics – but I don’t want to do close listening to try to figure them out, I’ll wait for the CD to come out :3

Instead, for my own personal benefit, as well as for others I suppose – I’m going to diagram the opening alchemy explanation statement at the beginning of Fullmetal Alchemist – because it has the particle “nakare” in it, and that’s a rare find. :D

錬金術は物質を理解、分解、再構築する科学なり。されと、万能の技にはあらず。無からいう生ずること、あっとわず、何かを得ようと伍すれば、必ず同等の対価を支払うものなり。これ即ち、錬金術の基本、等価交換なり。錬金術師に禁忌があり。それは人体錬成なり。何人も犯すことなかれ。

[Alchemy] [topic] [material] [object] [understand], [deconstruct], [reconstruct] [do-verb] [science] [aff-is]. [contrastive-conjuction: though], [inifinite/limitless] [n-adj-particle] [skill] [ni-wa: relating to/in such a definition] [is not] [nothing] [from] [“it is said” (phrase quantifier)] [to bring into being] [koto: action -> abstract noun] [absolutely] [is not] [something] [object] [attempt to obtain (into a state)] [if] [without fail], [equivalent] [n-adj-particle] [price] [object] [to pay] [mono: action -> concrete noun] [aff-is]. [this] [“in other words”], [alchemy] [n-adj-particle] [foundation], [equivalent-exchange] [aff-is]. [Alchemist] [towards, in relation to] [taboo] [subject] [exists]. [that] [topic] [human-body-alchemic-refinement] [aff-is]. [anyone (becomes no-one)] [commit] [koto: action ->abstract noun] [nakare: mustn’t do].

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Alchemy is the science of understanding, deconstructing, and then reconstructing matter. However, it is not a limitless skill. Nothing can be created from “nothing”. When attempting to obtain something, an equivalent price must be paid in return. In other words, this is the basis of alchemy: equivalent exchange. There is a taboo among alchemists. This is human transmutation. A crime none may transgress.
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One day I’ll be a better translator :x → Japanese is such a better language, so much information is so few words.

Anyway, while I’m raving about it I might as well rave about it.
Now – Fullmetal Alchemist is the second anime I’ve ever watched – EVER! – It’s the first one I watched with Japanese audio actually. (I could never find non-dubbed Chrno Crusade stuff, until after I started watching Fullmetal Alchemist, about 3-4 episodes into Chrno Crusade :x) Well, maybe because of that – I love it. I think it’s one of the best Anime I’ve ever seen, and I’ve watched all 51 episodes approximately 5 times through :x (Hey, we had a 11 hour trip once, and a car plug :D – I didn’t needlessly waste my time for all of it ;x) Maybe I was younger and more stupid – but when I picked up the manga I didn’t particularly like it. When I heard that this new anime was going to be based on the manga a lot more, I was like cool… but I don’t like the manga… orz. Even so, I figured yes, it might just be because I didn’t appreciate it properly, and I knew that if they were going to do something like re-do Fullmetal Alchemist well, they’d have the best of animation studios and voice actors and all that. I decided to give it a try no matter what I might think about it. Maybe I’m a cynic, but my hopes were pretty low. I’ll say this now, Fullmetal Alchemist (2009) is amazing! I liked some of the slower pacing and this and that for Lior, but… I’m sure they expect you have seen the first series, they’re not going to fully recap -> but there’s a lot of new stuff… and the episode about the past – and all the extra information jammed in there right from the start – I really think they’re going to go somewhere with this and I’m really excited :D. (Might make me watch the original series all over again as well :x)


Train Man

So I watched Train Man, and now it’s the weekend. They changed a lot of stuff that first made me a little D:< – but I figured that it really didn’t change the story all that much, just made it more dramatic – which is ok~ I guess. It didn’t ruin it ( ´ー`)

I’ve noticed that I’ve been slacking off – a lot, in various areas, so this weekend is going to be a major Japanese study weekend. Meaning that I should be productive with song translations and what not (those will be my breaks… >.>) My paper and many other things → hopefully in a morning till night fashion. No more playing games! D:< (except maybe Mountain of Faith like… once a day :x – (・x・)) – I should be sleeping now, I will be sleeping now.


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A day off

Resonance Effect!

Reading Densha Otoko and skipping class :3

Found AWESOME TOUHOU STUFF

Using Twitter.

RYUUUSEIGUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If anyone could please find for me these two things: Touhou no Naku Koro ni + Glorious Revolution #03
I will be eternally grateful.

^stuff I was typing before I started writing the post. ^.^;

I literally fell all over myself today, got distracted so much that it was like a disease, and decided – come what may – to not go to class at all today. \o/ – jya nakute… *thwap* – does hitting myself and enjoying it make me a masochist? :3

Well this all started out with good intentions I promise. I had Densha Otoko (電車男) as assigned reading for class, well a fansub of the original post compilation – and I had no idea it was so freaking long. (it’s about 2-5% of the total posts in the thread (゚д゚) ) ← yes and I’m picking up smiley faces from it. Well it’s amazing: it took me like 8 hours to read though o.o; http://www.rinji.tv/densha/ – Yay for Train Man! We can’t forget to congratulate Hermes as well – I mean, towards the end, she was really doing most of the work.

Anyway, so while working heavily on this endeavor – I got sidetracked by Touhou doujins (not the adult kind o.o;) I found some really interesting ones, along with a ton that looked a lot more interesting, but I couldn’t be bothered to read (I stuck to the ones with less text :x) Well anyway, at this point I was still under the delusion that I was doing this as "work" for one of my classes, and so distributed the work back and forth between reading Densha and reading through some doujins – (I’m doing my final project on Touhou, it’s a legitimate [maybe?] excuse). I realized that I wasn’t going to finish Densha in time for my first class, and thought… oh well – screw it. → it was around this time that I came across "origin stories". I hadn’t thought about it too much before, but – specifically Izayoi Sakuya and Kirisame Marisa,  had to come to Gensoukyou (幻想郷) from somewhere. Reimu may have no family, but she has a shrine and supposedly some history in Gensoukyou that isn’t elaborated on (other than possibly her trials in the very first Touhou game) – Akyuu is the 9th descendant of the 1st of her line that stumbled in (the or a descendant of the original compiler of the Kojiki, ie her ability to remember everything). – We know Fujiwara Mokou’s backstory very well (which is awesome). Fairly knowledgeable about most of the characters in Imperishable Night – so we know where the "moon-humans" come from. Other than that, we don’t know too much – so where did everyone come from? ZUN has shown that things and people can "fall" into Gensoukyou, that’s why there’s a human village, and why Rinnosuke Morichika comes across computers and gameboys and other gadgets. So here’s a basic outline of some of the characters in question, at least how I see it.

Hakurei Reimu (博麗霊夢)
-Born in Gensoukyou (most likely)
-Something happened to her family and now they’re all ~ gone.
-She started out with 0 abilities.
-One would assume that after the first game she gained some sort of ability in regards to the power of her paper-charm shots.
-She probably fought something like her ancestors in order to prove herself etc, to gain such powers.
-Up until the sixth Touhou game, she had to use her pet turtle to fly on – and flying becomes her "official ability" given that nearly EVERYONE can fly – this is kind of lame >.> for her at least : my own personal opinion is that she uses her priestess’ staff thingy to help support her flight like a witch uses a broom. (Read up on Kara no Kyoukai and it makes more sense :D)
-She has some "shrine magic" when told that she’s wielding "magic" she gets annoyed at the misassociation actually.
-Reimu’s lazy. Very lazy. – So how did she ever become proactive to any degree? She’s also relatively nervous and polite around youkai unless they actually do something. – Possibly because she just doesn’t want to put forth the effort to do anything about it :x XD – In her dialogs, she generally apologetically explains that she’s a shrine maiden so she has to do this >.>.
-Well at any rate we know a lot more about her than we do anyone else.

Kirisame Marisa (霧雨魔理沙)
-Probably not born in Gensoukyou
-A genius; though not mentioned often she constantly studies magic and is very much obsessed with it, she learns it through hard work rather than being a prodigy. She’s a loner, up until she met Reimu whom she hangs out with when she’s bored. (Various other friends and relationships at this point pretty much though)
-Unlike "magicians" such as Alice Margatroid and Patchouli Knowledge, who aren’t human (when Alice first meets Marisa (TH5) they have a huge fight over whether she’s human or not, which I think contributes a bit to her childish nature (whenever Marisa’s around that is)) and have inherent magical abilities – Marisa does not. Her "official" ability is the ability to use magic, obtained presumably from her hard work and obsessive interest. Especially in the earlier games, Marisa’s involvement stems from the possibility of her learning some new magical ability along the way.
-Perhaps related to her "zest" – Marisa is EXTREMELY powerful (far more than any other human). She speaks easily towards everyone, probably the only one she may fear is Flandre Scarlet – it’s noted that she really doesn’t want to run into her. She cannot command as broad a range of magic as Patchouli: in TH2/4 probably (3 of 5) elements.
-Marisa is intelligent enough to copy Yuka’s Master Spark (TH4), by TH5 – although notably weaker then, it gets progressively stronger each game; and by TH8 she executes Final Spark (also from Yuka TH4); Though part of that in help from Rinnosuke’s Hakkero – in TH10 she has multiple ones as options that are weaker – wouldn’t she be capable of crafting them herself?
-So~ how? :3

Izayoi Sakuya (十六夜咲夜)
-Probably not born in Gensoukyou (Confirmed)
-I would venture to say, because she acts in a much more mature way than really any other character, that she probably entered Gensoukyou at sometime in her teenaged years or so.
-Sakuya has a power that’s very different from the other humans, insomuch that it’s not something you can learn. She has control over time-space. Although compared to Marisa and even Reimu, her "strength" is substantially less (she attacks by throwing and using knives) – her actual ability is much farther away from human capability – and impressive, much more similar to that of a youkai. I wonder if she will unknowingly extend her life?
-Another important point is that Sakuya, is impressively fearless. She lives and attends to both Remilia and Flandre Scarlet. The second of which Marisa is fearful of, and Remilia herself tends to avoid when she can. Comparing this to other youkai, most youkai – with the exceptions of probably Yakumo Yukari and Kazami Yuka – fear Remilia, let alone Flandre.
-Sort of unrelated, she tends to have a (perverted) attraction to at least Remilia – though this is generally concealed, the fans make a big deal out of it :3 – She’s also well minded, resourceful, considerate to her mistress and others, and uses logic in her actions (unlike… really any other character) which supports her coming into the world at some post knowledge age.
-Until her initial meetings with the touhou heroines, she was known to dislike humans a lot, though she would go to the human villiage to shop there.
-Stipulation: at some point in her teenaged life, before or after she encountered her ability, she fell into gensoukyou, and met the vampires, was either fascinated or attracted to them, and decided to employ herself with them (logical). Then she would have learned flight from her mistress, who can also fly – being a vampire. – Correction by Akyuu: Met the vampires, THEN fell into gensoukyou :p
-Interesting facts: her name was given to her by her mistress, Hieda Akyuu, herself refers to Sakuya probably not being from Gensoukyou, She uses her power over space to increase the size of the Scarlet Mansion from the inside – there are more, you can touhou-wiki it :D

Anyway – I love speculation – I should write a fan fic :D

Back to what started all this:
 I came across "Glorious Revolution" which is an unfinished doujin, that goes into Sakuya’s backstory. It’s wonderfully violent. She stops time as she goes to kill herself in front of a train, fed up with human kind. – Then it appears that she becomes obsessed with killing criminals, the humans she hates and so forth, which she does easily → and then probably meets Remilia :D (I only have the first two issues ;-; if someone can find me the 3rd one, I’ll be eternally grateful)

Back to BEFORE this:
 Glorious Revolution actually wasn’t the first backstory that I encountered – shortly before I encountered a back-story that I didn’t quite realize was a back story, upon actually reading it (there was some chinese/japo-chinese in it and it threw me off ;-;) I realized that it was Kazami Yuka’s back story. Yes, a youkai’s backstory, as a human :F. This needs a little bit of explanation, especially because it makes sense. It was MUCH more creepily violent first of all. In Touhou, there are various characters that can be classified as sadists and masochists (imagine the adult doujinshi O.O) among other things (like baka Cirno :p) anyway – The two primary sadists are also the fearless ones – Yakumo Yukari and Kazami Yuka. They are very… different kind of sadists. Yakumo Yukari’s just freaking creepy – she’s also 1200 years old, at least, probably a lot older (~5000) – we won’t be getting a backstory from her… she just is XD. Yukari is also probably the strongest youkai by far, and is known to "toy" with everyone she meets – she knows a lot about the outside world, and does nothing but for her own amusement. She opens up space and travels through whatever she wants given that she can manipulate the boundries of anything – there are often large eyes similar to beyond the gate in fullmetal alchemist, sometimes with reaching hands that she carefully steps through as she’s coming and going. It’s related that when she loses in game, the effect to her is like losing a card game, not being defeated overall. "Spirited Away" events are attributed to her. "Her personality is hardly understandable, but everyone agrees that it’s not something pleasant. Many people don’t want to meet her, if possible. Usually, only Reimu bothers to deal with her. " – she also constantly physically abuses her servant/shikigami – anyway, that’s background. Kazami Yuka is perhaps the second most powerful youkai in Gensoukyou, a smiling pacifist seemingly – who spends her time in fields with flowers and wandering around when she’s bored. However, she has mentioned that genocide is "fun" and enjoys her immense power over everything – taking everything and everyone lightly. It is implied that in TH04 where she is the final boss, she is not defeated – but acknowledges her defeat for not being able to defeat the heroine easily. ANYWAY. (I get side-tracked way too easily :x) "Shoujyouhi" is a doujin of Kazami Yuka’s backstory. How long ago? All we know is that Kazami Yuka is at least 60 years old, and nothing really invalidates this in the doujin ^.^ but you don’t know for sure.

Shoujyouhi:
 Starts out normally enough, there’s a girl, named midori – she’s wakes up late for school, dashes to class from an 8F Basement apartment (o.o; WTF!?!?!?!?!). She runs past a girl with an umbrella (kazami yuka o.O). Goes to eat lunch on the roof where there are sunflowers… (one of yuka’s symbols of sorts) and a strange natural looking umbrella sticking in the ground (yuka’s other trademark). She touches it and Yuka walks past her suddenly and disappears :d. Midori appears suddenly at home and eats dinner with her family, as their cat sees sunflower weeds growing about their feet – she seems to pass out just as suddenly and wakes up from her desk at school – her fellow classmates wearing fox Ayakashi masks. With each panel the number of paper charms pasted on the walls increases, and sunflowers start appearing at random, in random locations – that Midori pays no notice to. Among words (in japo-chinese+katakana) spoken by the professor are: 妖怪化(youkai transformation) and 幻想郷(Gensoukyou). On her way home, shrine gates appear on the steps to her apartment (the hakurei shrine marks the boundary of Gensoukyou), and the landscape gradually becomes more and more distorted. While children like before, sing "Kagome, Kagome" (the hexagonal bamboo woven pattern of a cage) When she reaches her floor, she witnesses her door opened, her family murdered and Kazami Yuka covered in blood, with her room distorted like gasoline upon water. She flees from Yuka, running like hell, into the elevator trying to get to the first floor, but all the buttons change to "R" for the roof. The roof is a literal boxed cage, filled with sunflowers, shrine gates, a bed, rabbits (?), and that umbrella. Yuka rises to the roof, Midori falls back – in a short exchange of words she takes the umbrella plant and stabs her in the chest – to no effect – even upon then dragging it up into her eye. Yuka then takes the umbrella, and Midori screams that it must be a dream – and Yuka says yes, my dream :F. – Ok now’s where it gets delicious. Yakumo Ran (shikigami) calls to Yukari – "it looks like she’s awake." "Aww… I had already taken her name, all it needed was just one more push." (more explanation later) "Though she’s strong to have broken through. It looks like I left too many bugs in the works." Midori/Kazami Yuka is sitting chained in front of Yukari (her hair and face are an exact match to Midori, so it IS her – though she’s wearing the clothes of Yuka – I will now call her Yuka :3) She says that bugs, (referring to Yukari) are necessary for flowers to bloom (referring to her insane self). Yukari says that she felt Yuka she was more like a butterfly than a flower. "Enough with the talk, now let me kill you." >:3

Now for some explanations:
Yakumo Yukari, is as lazy as can be, so she gets her servants (actually… slaves) to do all her work for her. She often visits between worlds and apparently found interest in this one un-named girl, a mentally insane sadist that probably killed her entire family when she snapped once. She finds this girl interesting and commences a ritual to make her her slave, putting her to sleep and stealing her name, making her tame to an extent. Midori’s family name plate is "Yakumo". Her mother’s name is Yukari (縁) [boundary] the same pronounciation as Yukari (紫) [purple], her older sister’s name is Ai (愛) [love], the same pronounciation as Ai (藍) [indigo] also pronounced "Ran". Midori (翠) [jade-green], which follows well in the Yakumo color heirarchy, with Chen (橙) [orange] (Ran’s shikigami). Under pressure of ritual, Yuka’s twisted side takes her over and engulfs her being, turning her into a youkai. Unconsciously haunted by Yukari (whose symbol is also an umbrella) she forms her own umbrella out of a flower in her mind, because apparently she feels most comfortable around them. Upon encountering the umbrella for the first time she begins to realize that something’s wrong. :3 – upon turning herself into a youkai her power based on her emotional instablity easily surpasses the cage binding her and she awakens, and her new consciousness names herself, perhaps what that form of her called herself all along, Kazami Yuka (風見幽香) [Weathervane of Ghostly Fragrance]. Given that Yukari’s one of the most powerful beings, Yuka, obviously didn’t kill her, but I suppose she was able to beat her up enough to get away and found herway to a spot where she created a garden – a place where she could find calm. Yuka doesn’t appear in a single game that Yukari shows up in. :3
 

I’m too tired to write more, and you’re too tired to read more – I can’t wait to write a report on Touhou :D

Strawberry Crisis!!

"I am just waiting for you I- tell me what you want."

I tried the iTunes DJ thingy for once; it makes me sad. When you listen to music constantly like me, your brain can form a sort of musical memory on emotions you’ve felt throughout your life – it tends to even put a sense of taste in my mouth and smell in my nose, images in my eyes. It’s interesting anyway.

I was originally going to write a sort of tribute to REDALiCE and other sort of "J-Core" music and such – but I’m not really feeling it at the moment. Via his twitter post I also discovered the wonderful series "mononoke" so I sort of have to give him credit for that. Also watch the mononoke chapter "bakeneko" of "Ayakashi – Japanese Classic Horror" (it’s the only worthwhile chapter though). I could write about it, but it’s best to just look it up yourself. If you’re watching the first chapter of "Mononoke" first – or even any of them (I might suggest watching the Ayakashi "bakeneko" chapter first) – prepare yourself for a jolt of interesting and a bit freaky, unconventional animation (noitaminA). I can only stress that you make sure you see it through for a while – it’ll be worth it.

I just finished reading the second volume of Mushishi in japanese, and it was good. The tenth chapter was my "least favorite" in the anime, but the manga somehow made it more interesting and therefore enjoyable to read.

In other news, I am fully certain that worry is the most effective form of dieting – I’ve lost probably a couple of pounds just today; beyond just not feeling like eating much, everything I’ve eaten, like – won’t digest. A bit troubling, but part of my worry was due to me gaining weight and my back hurting because of it so – I would count it as a win sort of situation. \o/

Anyway, so this is one of the most recent album’s I’ve been listening to "For Your Pieces" from Alstroemeria Records – its album cover is sexy isn’t it? (Yeah they’re both >500 years old vampires ^^). The first line of the CD is "I am just waiting for you I- tell me what you want." – which although very strange, and ingrammatically correct if you assume she’s not interrupting herself, got stuck in my head. Although it is an alstromeria (ie: Masayoshi Minoshima) disk, it also has an nice REDALiCE remix of Necro Fantasia on it. – it’s primarily vocal, though some aspects of it tend to remind me of ARM’s recent "bloom" CD. I fully endorse it :D

Among the original topics of this post I was "going" to do a while back, I ran into some more REDALiCE stuff: like his lucky star remix (that took me ages to find anywhere) that, at least I think is awesome. I also learned that besides his label Alice’s Emotion – at least on the surface run fully by himself, he also seems to be at the head of "Hardcore Tano*c" (pronounced Hardcore Tanoshii = I enjoy hardcore!) if he doesn’t fun that by himself as well > it’s just a lot more varied and original-type, unlike the primarily touhou / remix-type Alice’s Emotion. I personally like Alice’s Emotion more, because I find it easier to enjoy J-Core if I recognize an underlying tune, but everything in general’s pretty good, some other artists: umbrella and dx pasta etc from Hardcore Tano*c  are good :D – I will investigate more and get as much stuff as I can :D

So all in all, I would recommend for Touhou music: REDALiCE, Masayoshi Minoshima, and IOSYS in general.

Still wondering about the title? I am too .-. it’s the name of the first track of "For Your Pieces" that starts with the first line in the post.

In more news, I’ve decided that I’m going to do my final project for my Japanese Adaptations class on Touhou. I’ll tell you how that all goes – hopefully well – I’m riding a bit close of an A- in my Japanese class – gotta stop lazing around. Probably going to put a full halt on fansubbing till then, I have enough translation work on my hands as it is. Gotta make time to watch stuff like K-ON too :D (of which music has cheered me up from my previous iTunes DJ slump \o/ = awkward anxious happy mood in the final mix!) – Oh shoot, I was supposed to be translating songs wasn’t I? o.o; *Plays some Touhou to escape responsibility after some Yui-like air-guitar in the dark*

求聞持の能力 – Gumonji no Nouryoku / Gumonji no Chikara – The Power of the Gumon Shrine – Translation

Following up from the entry 夜の鳩山を飛ぶ : 

Alright so this is a cool song, probably needs some explanation though. Akyu is the author of "Perfect Memento in Strict Sense" – which reads like an encyclopedia on all the characters and landscapes and whatnot in Touhou (6-9) – and her name is taken from one of the primary historical record compilers of the Kojiki, the oldest Japanese record created, based on oral stories and relations from before Japanese was a written language – the song itself gives most of the rest of the introduction: she’s a reincarnation and being late in the chain doesn’t  have a chance of living very long, she has a cat, she’s currently a 10-year old girl, and recently many of the powerful youkai have been on good terms with her, wanted themselves portrayed in the records as they would like to be portrayed (she complains about this). I’d say that a good "rival" to Akyuu is the school teacher Kamishirasawa Keine, who can well… destroy and create history – respectively.

All hail IOSYS – I just found a Alstroemeria album with a sexy cover-art so I’m going to listen to that now. (Yes, a vital deciding factor in "am I going to listen to this" is how awesome the album art is… sadly).

Next translation will probably be from that or "Exerens" – along with a Lyrical Crimson song "奏で穿て、東雲の彼方へ(かなでうがて、しののめのかなたへ)" Kanadeugate, Shinonome no Kanata e".

I got Shangri-la in the mail. It’s HUGE. – I’ll get to reading and writing and news and all that good stuff

With a final note on the song, Akyu reminds me specifically of the scribe "Tanyuu" in the Mushishi chapter "Sea of Brushes" (ch 7)


求聞持の能力
 Gumonji no Chikara
Arrange: yohine
Lyrics: ひくら、 夕野ヨシミ
Vocal: あさな

長い長い歴史の全て 超えて行き続けてるの
幼楽団の歌いつも聴いている 懐かしい記憶をたどるの

Continuing on and on, surpassing all of long, long history
I forever listen to the songs of a young orchestra, tracing back upon precious memories

わたし 全て調べ 書き留めるのよ
魑魅魍魎の その姿 動き 時を越えて

I investigate it all, recording everything down
The spirits of the mountains and rivers, their forms, movements, and how they pass their time

全てこの眼 収め確かめるの
妖怪変化 求聞持の能力

All of this I affirm with my eyes
A youkai transformation, the power of the Gumonji

わたし 少女阿求

I, the young girl Akyu

阿礼少女 百年おきに 転生を続けてるの
紅茶を飲みながら 猫と戯れ 縁起に一生ささげる

The reincarnations of the maiden Arei, continue once every one hundred years
Drinking red tea, playing with my cat, I continue this fate my entire life

わたし 全て感じ 記憶するのよ
幻想卿の その景色 風土 一代でも

I remember all of these sensations
Gensokyo’s view and landscapes, for every generation

全て身体 受け継がれているの
美人薄命 幼女の姿

All I have inherited into my body
A beautiful short life, in the form of a young girl

わたし 少女阿求

I, the young girl Akyu

幻想卿の今 妖怪たちのアピール うるさくなったわ

Of late, the appeal of Gensokyo’s youkai has gotten quite annoying

わたし 全て聞いて 記録していくわ
閉じた世界の その能力 程度 真実だけ

I hear everything and record it all
This power is merely a truth of this sealed off world

全てこの手 纏め上げていくの
稗田家の 次世代に残す

Everything, with this hand, I will summarize it all
For the next generation of the Hieda family

Everything, with this hand, I put together
For the next generation of the Hieda family

わたし 少女阿求

I, the young girl Akyu

全て調べ 書き留めるのよ
魑魅魍魎の その姿 動き 時を越えて

I investigate it all, recording everything down
The spirits of the mountains and rivers, their forms, movements, and how they pass their time

全てこの眼 収め確かめるの
妖怪変化 求聞持の能力

All of this I affirm with my eyes
A youkai transformation, the power of the Gumonji

わたし 少女阿求

I, the young girl Akyu