Monthly Archive for May, 2006

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Site Issues: Upgrading Upgrading Sexy Upgrading Commando

Oh yeah I’m now at episode 40 of Sexy Commando and it’s fucking brilliantly funny. Even the crap animation doesn’t reduce its entertainment value, in fact, it actually increases it.

My webhost was doing some server upgrading so there was some downtime for this site. Hopefully it’s all over now.

While they were busy, I did a new banner and widened the layout for easier reading. I also plan to add a new left sidebar showcasing thumbs of new reviews. Only thing holding me back is I DON’T KNOW HOW.

I want something like Heisei Democracy or Danny Choo’s, with a nice pictorial sidebar.

I’m also going to marathon Rescue Wings tonight, having gotten the entire series subbed.

I spent a chunk of yesterday going all Range Murata’s works, Danbooru and other places for header images. Collected half a gig of them but had to scour through like… 200 gb of loliporn, tentacles and weird shit haha. It was educational though, as Kintarou would say, "Benkyou ni natta.." I’m intending to set a random header plugin, hence the hoarding up of good pictures.


Yuffie. This is nice. But I can’t figure out how to fit it into my header without making it really big.

Music Review, Lyrics and Translation: Megrock’s INCL. (Yeah that Pantyshow ED Rocks)

Incl. wins the best female vocal ED for this season. The ED sequence features a colourful array of the girls’ portrait closeups and them in rubbish dancing moves. The sequence itself is pleasing to look at, I like the design and the use of cheerful and vivid colours. Each girl gets her own makeup scene, a random funny-face scene and then a cranky dance scene. I like how these aptly convey the spirit of the whole show – it’s all about weird girls acting vain and stupid while making us laugh and ogle. The sequence ends off with uber-manly designs too. Oh btw these screencaps are from episode 2 and LIME’s translations aren’t correct in this episode. In later eps, they fixed it.


Himeji and the unfocused camera


Ayano actually looks great here.


Yuma in froggy mode.


Eriko painting her face.


It’s true that most girls cannot dance. Or at least dance better than these people here.


Azuma Kazuma.


And her air guitar.


Usagi? Himeji is my least favourite girl.


Kick out those voyeurcams!


Lolis also do makeup.


Gao.


YEAH MANLY MANLY.


Case Cover Back Outer, as Nipponsei puts it.

Incl. along with Shissou are the Queen and King EDs for this season for me. I never fast forward through them at all. Damn I’m still trying to find Shissou Japanese raw lyrics, anyone have them please email to me.

This song is by Megrock, who I’ve never heard of before this. The other song in the single, I’ve Been There, is just… alright. Even dear Papersheep (whose blog is incidentally hosted by me and he has never heard of High School Girls) likes this song thanks to my brainwashing.

So what makes this the queen of this season’s EDs, beating the grossly-overrated Haruhi dance? I suppose the song itself is pretty nice and catchy, with the clear and not-too pop-squeak vocals. Have I ever mentioned how I hate female vocals because their high frequency vocal sound waves are an irritant? Megrock’s voice is about my threshold level, at least for pop. I don’t mind diva-types or Yoriko-types though.

The use of electronic sound effects and that fake sounding drum beat is pretty fitting too, accompanying the relatively low verses well. There is no guitar except for the solo part, just a lot of bass, drums and electronic effects. The chorus is good too. Overall, it’s a good song. My favourite part is the overpowering and very rhythmnic drums + bass combo in the background that makes you want to do some lame dance too.

Note that the X in the lyrics actually appears in the actual booklet. Like What the Hell is that? I’m guess its "demo nani". But why X? Mystery.

I also note that the ambiguity of the Japanese language means that whether it’s "you" or "I" is really quite difficult to get in song lyrics.


Incl.

by Megrock 

ぼくらはむちゃもするけど
bokura wa mucha mo suru kedo
While we also do the absurd
なきたいときにはないちゃって all right
nakitai toki niwa naichatte all right
It’s alright to cry when we want to cry
こんきょのないじしんでも
konkyo no nai jishin demo
Even with baseless confidence
とりあえず ‘cos I’m included in your life
toriaezu ‘cos I’m included in your life
It’s Ok for now, cos I’m included in your life

そんなことをだれかにいわれたやくじゃないのに
sonna koto wo darekani iwareta yakujanai noni
I didn’t mean to say those things to anyone
じぶんでかってにX(wtf?) にした
jibun de katte ni X (wtf?) ni shita
But I myself did it
あたまでわかることがこころではできてない
atama de wakaru koto ga kokoro dewa dekitenai
Some things the mind understands but the heart doesn’t
みんなとおなじそくどじゃないから
minna to onaji sokudo jyanai kara
because I’m not at the same speed as the others.

しあわせのみほんとかきそんのいみに
shiawase no mihon toka kison no imi ni
Is this a sample of happiness, or is it the meaning of existence
まどわされてるうちはきっとすれちがう
madowasareteru uchi wa kitto sure chigau
I’m confused and surely mistaken

ぼくらはむちゃもするけど
bokura wa mucha mo suru kedo
While we also do the absurd
なきたいときにはないちゃって all right
nakitai toki niwa naichatte all right
It’s alright to cry when we want to cry
こんきょのないじしんでも
konkyo no nai jishin demo
Even with baseless confidence
とりあえず ‘cos I’m included in your life
toriaezu ‘cos I’m included in your life
It’s Ok for now, cos I’m included in your life

すなおにおもったまま つたえたいだけなのに
sunao ni omotta mama tsutaetai dake nanoni
What I honestly thought, I just wanted to tell you
かんたんなようでむずかしい
It seemed simple yet was so hard

だれもきづかなくても ささやかなしんぽでも
daremo kizukanakutemo, sasayakana shinpo demo
Even if I don’t hurt anyone, even if there’s just a little progress,
あしたはきょうよりちかづいていたい
More than today, I want to get closer to tomorrow

あたりまえみたいだと うれしくなるけど
atari mae mitai dato ureshikunaru kedo
I want to see the obvious, and become happy
なれてしまいたくない いつもいつもでも
narete shimaitakunai itsumo itsumo demo
I don’t want to get used to this, never ever

ぼくたちはいまだってまだゆめのとちゅう
bokutachi wa imadatte mada yume no tochuu
We, for now, are still in the journey of our dreams
あきらめたフリをしてずっとさがしてる
akirameta furi wo shite zutto sagashiteru
we will always be searching for the freedom we gave up.

ぼくらはむちゃもするけど
bokura wa mucha mo suru kedo
While we also do the absurd
なきたいときにはないちゃって all right
nakitai toki niwa naichatte all right
It’s alright to cry when we want to cry
こんきょのないじしんでも
konkyo no nai jishin demo
Even with baseless confidence
とりあえず ‘cos I’m included in your life
toriaezu ‘cos I’m included in your life
It’s Ok for now, cos I’m included in your life

For a sample of this good song, click here. Please destroy this after 24 hours with a Heavy Machine Gun.

Conclusion

Even if you hate the show, which I don’t, you really should catch the ED a few times. Splendid work of art.