This isn’t usually my cup of tea but I can’t let this one pass

I love listening to character singles despite the rarity of the songs being translated however, there are some series where i tend to turn a blind eye on when they went out and released some of their own (i.e. Zero no Tsukaima series). oddly enough, despite being my seasonal favorite, i did the same with umineko’s 1st release of chara singles whose songs were sang by Jessica and Maria. I also did the same with beato’s and george not until yesterday. with bumming my ass and playing “a children’s card game” in my PSP, i got curious whenever i read beato’s name over nipponsei’s rss feed. so out of that, i decided to finally check things out, expecting that beato’s song must be filled with insanity, her annoying laughter and expecting myself to be pissed while giggling over the song…

Really, i should take my own advice and not take a look on things under these impressions (lenses).

Be warned though, that this will be a VERY HYPOCRITICAL post. why you ask? well for starters, i suck at naming anything related to music making music reviews like this definitely not my forte but i just had the urge to make this one happen. so my apologies to anyone who reads this.

with that out of the way, let’s start with the obvious reason why i got hooked with the entire series

Simply Breathtaking

Before i introduce the song, what caught my attention was how this CD cover resembled one of Rozen Maiden’s OST covers. she looks very much like Shinku right now

CHAIN

by Sayaka Ohara

Lyrics @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dP896Z370Oo

the first 7 seconds made me think this would be some acoustic music but all my naivety was blown away when it turned rock backed up with sweet piano and violin (the very instrument i liked in most, if not all, Rozen Maiden songs).

basing on the lyrics, this is a fitting image of her especially during the 3rd game of the series (Banquet of the Golden Witch) where her “tsun-dere” operation foiled the positive impression on her though i wonder, i have a naive way of thinking that good character singles such as this one represents the character regardless of their attitude in the anime. for me, songs like these are internal voices that reside within characters and i believe this can be proven in the lyrics of the song despite her annoying smirks and evil laughter. basing on the current episodes of umineko, im thinking  that beato was once like maria who walked down the path of a good witch but somewhere along the way, they were both lost and became the true evil witches that they are and i guess that the reason why beato acts up before battler is probably because of him questioning what she has been doing, albeit indirectly, all these years. beato have become a cruel witch but she didn’t start off evil. basing on the line, “If you have love, magic can be seen” i think this line isn’t intended for battler  but for beato. the magic she possess now and how she uses it contradicts that very line, the very foundation of her existence as a witch. in this respect, she is denied by battler and in her pride, she fights back to prove her existence. that all she has been doing is not meaningless, even if she has tread on a path of destruction and produced sorrow with her magic.

well, good thing i easily found a translation for Beato’s Chain making my earlier speculations upon hearing the song somewhat identical with the translation. sadly, there’s no english translations for jessica, maria and george making the next post about them pure speculations as to what they mean. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

AI NO SENGEN

by Kenichi Suzumura

correct me if im wrong but the title translates to “Proclamation of Love” that aside, this song made an impression that all chara singles of umineko won’t be what they seem and true enough, it did. well oddly, i felt george has become hysterical in this song. extreme love sickness perhaps? whatever! the music was somewhat suave. i kinda find the music a contradiction to george’s overall role in the series. if you ask me, he’s like the character in the series who’s always serious but if my hunch is correct, his love troubles are getting the best of him in this song. well, i could only speculate until someone releases the translation. by then i may reconsider whatever i slapped in here.

DOKKYUN HEART

by Marina Inoue

im not sure if this was the song Jessica sang during their culture festival, whatever, the moment i heard this song i can’t help but play those code geass MADs inside my head (the nippon~pon banzai!). this may be fitting of jessica’s character as being energetic but i can’t imagine her being too energetic. still, i kinda find this song addictive! hearing this a couple of times makes me want to create a miku version of this song in Project Diva… sadly, laziness takes a winning streak inside me.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN MARIA

by Yui Horie

CREEPY!!! the intro was creepy as fuck! but it gets cuter once the lyrics pops in and it also had some of maria’s signature crazy laugh and u~ though i admit that i wasn’t expecting maria to sing something this cute. another unexpected character single as hearing this one kinda warms the heart. i was honestly expecting her to sing something spooky all throughout about the murders in rokkenjima but this definitely blew me away. another notable good song.

all in all, i’ll be sticking my nose for the next releases. let’s see what surprises are in store up next. i wonder if they’ll be giving the stakes and the pendragon siesta army some chara songs (crosses fingers) >_< .

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Keiri
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 22:27:36

    CHAIN
    Spot-on analysis on the song. Can’t help but think the lyrics and its interpretation really match Beatrice’s role in the series. Even though the crazy smirks and laughter are missing, it’s still very in-character, as you mentioned, during the phase where she seemingly questions her existence as a ploy to fool Battler into giving in to her. I too think it was actually part of her original nature. It’s just that some event along the line made her throw that image away and replaced it with the evil witch persona she’s wearing now. I’m usually not one for Ohara Sayaka’s songs coz I don’t fancy her singing although there have been times when I genuinely like her voice and how she expressed herself. CHAIN is a very good example of that.

    Ai no OO Sengen
    Oh… What an…interesting song title. What I find strange is the “OO” characters in the song title. “OO” is normally used as a placeholder for words in Japanese, like how “*” is used to censor letters in words like s**t. So the title of the song could be “(Insert word here) Proclamation of Love”. Anyway, on to the song – all I can say is “Eww”. Sorry, but “Ewwwwwwwwww”. Puke quality if you ask me :s. The lyrics are nothing but, as the title implies, George’s declaration of love for Shannon.
    “Ah… I love you. Always.
    Even if you turn into an old lady, I’ll love you”
    And his weird laughter is scary. *Shivers*
    I doubt George’s song would sell if it weren’t compiled with a popular character’s like Beatrice. Well, I’ve give his song credit for being extremely in character at least. Lyrics-wise, not music-wise. The music is so OTT crazy. I have to admit though, it was still funny.

    DOKKYUN HEART
    Yes, I think this is the song Jessica sang during the cultural festival. It kinda gave me an impression of a young teenage girl dealing with her feelings of love and yearning for her ideal “good-looking guy” (sounds familiar?). Has a bit of a Cinderella image. Er… I’m not sure what else to comment on besides that. (._. )

    HAPPY HALLOWEEN MARIA
    Geez… The starting melody IS scary. o_O

    But surprisingly, the lyrics mostly tell about Maria’s innocent child fantasies e.g. going to a Halloween party, eating candies, strawberry shortcakes, a castle made of sweets etc. Completely not creepy at all. In fact, she even sings about stuff like “If there is magic, the world is happy. If everyone is with me, Maria is happy Uuu-!!!”

    Speaking of other character singles, I wonder what Gouda’s will be like lol. And yes, PLEASE give us Stakes and Siestas! :D

    Btw, totally off-topic. Maybe you’ve already heard the news but Seikon no Qwaser’s radio show will be starting next Friday and it’ll be hosted by Hikasa Youko and Toyosaki Aki. IT’S A DREAM COME TRUE for me!! Out of the 5 main ex-K-ON! seiyuu, these two have the best chemistry between them (they have a tendency to argue with another like a married couple thanks to Hikasa’s hyper-active insanity and Toyosaki’s cynical teasing).

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  2. baka~
    Dec 01, 2009 @ 00:52:42

    Anyway, on to the song – all I can say is “Eww”. Sorry, but “Ewwwwwwwwww”. Puke quality if you ask me :s. The lyrics are nothing but, as the title implies, George’s declaration of love for Shannon.

    hmmm, i can’t tell yet about the lyrics since i haven’t got a translation of it yet (save for the important bit you shared) but if you’re talking about the singing then i agree. the music is catchy but his voice seems off and his hysteria makes me drop a sweat

    Speaking of other character singles, I wonder what Gouda’s will be like lol

    why Gouda?!

    Maybe you’ve already heard the news but Seikon no Qwaser’s radio show will be starting next Friday and it’ll be hosted by Hikasa Youko and Toyosaki Aki

    news doesn’t reach me unless its translated and im the only one interested in VAs and radio shows, that aside, KEIRI-SAMA! LINK KUDASAI!!! XD

    it seems that it won’t be long before SnQ hits the season. im getting excited for this along with vampire bund :D

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  3. Keiri
    Dec 01, 2009 @ 21:36:01

    why Gouda?!

    Bifu Hitoshi’s voice is kind of lol for me. It’s GAR but lol. If his character song has a serious tone, then it’s ok. But can you imagine what it’d be like if Gouda’s song turned out to be like George’s (with a wacky edge)? What if Ronove’s is like that as well? XD

    You can listen to SnQ’s radio show via Lantis’ main radio website. It’s the first one on the top left corner. I’m sure you recognize the characters? The streaming links will be made available next Friday (Hmm… I wonder if this is the reason Toyosaki had to take another week off from Railgun’s radio).

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  4. baka~
    Dec 01, 2009 @ 22:46:31

    You can listen to SnQ’s radio show via Lantis’ main radio website. It’s the first one on the top left corner. I’m sure you recognize the characters?

    thanks for the share XD

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