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Tuesday, 31 January 2017

熱情のマリア -Translation-

As promised, it is time to tackle the request from pipio and ℓoro - Netsujou no Maria.

Over the course of translating Nana songs, I have come to realize that one of my favorite things is when the song challenges me to think about much more than what is explicitly said in it. It's like solving a mystery - the mystery of what she was thinking of and what she wanted to convey when she wrote that particular song. To my joy, Netsujou no Maria (=Maria of Passion) provided me with  plenty of these, encouraging me to understand it.

Let's start with the most obvious one. When you think of this song, the first question that might pop into your head could be "Who is Maria?" and when I embarked upon this translation I wondered if I would ever find out or if she would remain an anonymous person to me (like, as I haven't given Maria&Joker much thought, I still have no idea who the Maria in that song is).

While it was the last reference to dawn on me, I did figure out who this Maria in Netsujou no Maria is. The other references (found in the translation notes at the end) led me to this one - I felt like I was deciphering a puzzle with only everything making sense piece by piece. I really love nothing more than this sense of discovery.

So, it is my belief that the Maria of the title is a nod to the Maria of [West Side Story]. In case you are not familiar with it, you can read about it from the link I just posted... or long story short, I can just tell you that it is a musical inspired by Romeo and Juliet and is a similar tragic love story. You'll see why I came to this conclusion when you read the lyrics and what the other references in the song are, as they all stem from a certain type of source (a musical performance of some sort, be it a musical or ballet).

With "tragic love story" as our starting point, let's take a look at the lyrics. And of course, QC and  additional nuance spotting done by @DarkSoul4242.







熱情のマリア (Translation)
作詞:水樹奈々
作曲・編曲:加藤裕介



また繰り返すの?
止まらない衝動―アラーム―
嵐よ過ぎ去れと ただ願う
気まぐれな砂のように 自由に焦がれ踊る
答えのない 麗しきジゼル


Will I repeat it again?
The alarm won't stop*
I just wish that the storm would pass
Just like the whimsical sand, I dance craving freedom
A lovely Giselle** without any answers 


溜め息増えるほど
高鳴る裏腹な心 見抜いて
本能探り当てて…じれったい


My sighs increase,
Do see through and notice my throbbing conflicted heart
Please find out my instincts... it is so tantalizing


愛のまま身体震わせ あなたに触れたなら
夢よりも甘い楽園がきっと見えるの
曖昧な秩序なんて壊して
その手で抱き寄せて
戻れないことは もう、知っているでしょ?
ときめかせて


If while letting my body be guided by the impulse of love, I were to touch you
I would surely see a sweet paradise instead of a dream
Break the ambiguous harmony,
and in those hands embrace me closely
There is no turning back, you do know that already?
Make me flutter


まだ胸に残る
埋まらない足跡
古ぼけた時計が火を灯す
豊潤に香り立つ 悲哀に満ちた誘惑
やめられない…? クセになるジキル


Your frivolous footsteps
still linger on in my heart
A timeworn clock lights a fire
The mellowly fragrant temptation filled with sorrow
I can't stop....? A Jekyll who's become a habit***


躊躇い増やすほど
鎖キツくなっていく
イヤよ…早く引き千切って、思いきり


The more I doubt,
The tighter the chains become
I don't want it.... quickly tear them away, with all your might


ありのまま感じ合いたい 私を受け止めて
海よりも深い蜜月に嵌っていく
ありふれた言葉はいらない
隣りで眠らせて
あやふやなゲーム終わらせましょう
つまらないわ


I want us to feel each other as we are, please accept me
and let's go on a honeymoon deeper than the ocean
We don't need unremarkable words
Let me sleep by your side
and let us end this iffy game
it's no fun


(はぐらかさずに)今を生きていきたいの
(逃げたりしない)涙にはサヨナラ
(縛り付けてた)仮想の中
(理由も消えた)プライドなんて捨てて
もっと羽ばたくの…待てないわ


(Without skirting around it) I want to live the present
(Don't run away) goodbye to my tears
(I was tied) within a virtual world
(It has lost its reason now) throw away your pride
and let's fly even more... I can't wait


愛のまま身体震わせ あなたに触れたなら
夢よりも甘い楽園がきっと見えるの
曖昧な秩序なんて壊して
その手で抱き寄せて
戻れないことは もう、知っているでしょ?
ときめかせて


If while letting my body be guided by the impulse of love, I were to touch you
I would surely see a sweet paradise instead of a dream
Break the ambiguous harmony,
and in those hands embrace me closely
There is no turning back, you do know that already? 
Make me flutter



-Translation Notes-

*:Interestingly Nana decided to use the kanji for "urge/impulse" here, but with the reading of "alarm". This could tie into the later reference of Jekyll & Hyde (translation note ***),  in that the impulse she is feeling serves as the sounding alarm that will make the "other" side of her wake up.


**:The Giselle here most likely refers to [the ballet of the same name], which as a metaphor deepens the story of tragic love in the song. "The ballet is about a peasant girl named Giselle, who dies of a broken heart after discovering her lover is betrothed to another." In the beginning of the ballet, Giselle does not yet know the truth about her beloved, and perhaps it is this what Nana refers to with her line (since she says she is a Giselle without answers), indicating that she does not know much about the person she is longing for in the song apart from the moments they spend together.


***:This was the reference I was most familiar with, and it is what initially prompted me to look for the other ones as well. At first I thought that she mixed up Jekyll and Hyde (since Hyde is the one doing bad stuff in [the story]), but now when I think about it more, I think she actually identifies with Hyde more in this song, since she is doing something she isn't supposed to... and here actually refers to her conscience with "Jekyll" and how that part of her wishes she could stop what she is doing.

Also, I have a feeling that instead of directly referring to the original novella, she is referring to the musical version of [Jekyll & Hyde] as all the other references are linked to musical performances. In this version the story sees the inclusion of two key women, Emma Carew, the betrothed of Jekyll, and Lucy Harris, the prostitute Hyde keeps visiting but who is actually in love with Jekyll. This setup fits  the sort of scenario that we've already established with West Side Story and Giselle.  Though in a way it is curious that she uses Jekyll (and Hyde by association) as her reference point instead of Lucy for example (since the other references in the song have been the tragic women in love), but I guess with this one she focuses on how she is doing something she shouldn't be doing but not regretting it (Hyde).


Bonus: There were a few more nuances in the song that I didn't talk about in detail which I will now briefly go over, such as the 焦がれ in自由に焦がれ踊る ("I dance craving freedom") possibly being a play on words as it also means "burn", if let's say you were dancing in the sand (perhaps in a desert) and the sand was burning your feet. Also, the "increasing sighs" are most likely directly linked to a part of her mind being dissatisfied with the situation being "so tantalizing", while "conflicted heart" could also be taken to mean the "hidden side of my heart". Lastly, the "time worn clock that lights a fire" might hint at the passing of the torch from one side of her mind to the other linking it directly to the mention of Jekyll  (and implication of Hyde) a couple of lines later.


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This ended up becoming a bit of an analysis as well, sorry! I just can't help being fascinated by the multiple layers that references like this give to a song/story.

Monday, 30 January 2017

BLUE -Translation-

I am finally back from my long lyric translation hiatus! 

My quality checker had a lot of wonderful things keeping him busy and I didn't want to publish something that might come across as not fully thought through, so it ended up being a while. I'll be working through some of my backlog now (yes, I haven't  forgotten any of the translation wishes I have received... I hope), starting with the request from Vincent Vincent way back when Nana sang BLUE in LIVE THEATER (yikes, it really has been a while I am so sorry orz).

Will be continuing with  熱情のマリア (Netsujou no Maria) after this, expect to see it either later today or tomorrow. That one needs quite a few explanatory notes due to being quite multi-layered, so I need a little bit more time to polish it.

So, as per usual, QC done by the esteemed @DarkSoul4242. Here is BLUE!



宇宙戦艦ヤマト2199 追憶の航海




BLUE (Translation)
作詞:水樹奈々
作曲:吉木絵里子
編曲:藤間 仁(Elements Garden)



君の手に触れてるような
温かい光 この星を照らしていく
こんなにも美しい空
側にあること 忘れそうになっていたよ


Like I was touching your hand,
a warm light lights up this star
We were about to forget,
that such a beautiful sky is beside us


朝日が射せば目覚める
当たり前に感じる景色の中に
奇跡が眠っていたんだ


One wakes up when the morning sun touches them
It is inside the scenery you take for granted,
that a miracle is sleeping


誰もが限りある時に生まれて
限りない希望を探し続けてる
恐れることも 痛みを知ることも
愛という未来に繋がっていく


Everyone was born to limited time,
and continues searching for limitless hope
Even being afraid, and knowing pain,
will lead to a future called love


とめどなく押し寄せる日々に
飲まれぬように ただ走るしかなくて
本当に大切なもの
気付いているのに 見失いそうになっていたよ


Days keep on coming, ceaselessly,
and we can only run on to avoid being overwhelmed
We seem to have lost sight of important things,
even though we have noticed them


言葉を超えた想いが
蒼い海を巡って 夢を翼に変えてく
もっと沢山の歌詞は
煌めく航路―たびじ―へ


Feelings that go beyond words,
revolve around a blue ocean, changing dreams into wings
Many more lyrics,
will lead you on to a sparkling journey


きっと何かが始まる瞬間は
輝く笑顔と共にあるだろう
涙で滲んだ闇に迷っても
愛が明日への道を切り開いていく


Certainly the moment something begins,
is accompanied with a shining smile
Even when lost in the darkness blurred by tears,
love will open up the path to tomorrow


誰かのために生きる喜び
初めて君が教えてくれた
小さな灯が惹かれ合い 木霊するように
世界を彩っていく


The joy of living for the sake of someone,
you were the first to show me that
Little lights attract each other, and as if resonating,
they decorate the world


誰もが限りある時に生まれて
限りない希望を探し続けてる
恐れることも 痛みを知ることも
愛という未来に繋がっていく


Everyone was born to limited time,
and continues searching for limitless hope
Even being afraid, and knowing pain,
Will lead to a future called love


「いつも君が幸せでありますように…」


"May you always be happy"

Friday, 30 December 2016

NANA MIZUKI LIVE PARK 2016

So once again, as has become my habit, here is my LIVE PARK report months after it actually happened. Maybe next year I can do better? One can only keep hoping! On the bright side, I am proud to still be done with this a couple of months before the BD/DVD release... so from that perspective I at least didn't do as bad a job as I did with LIVE GALAXY! That has to be progress... right, RIGHT??? (T^T)



Koshien iku yooo!

Goods
We got to the venue pretty early, but there were already a lot of people queuing. Still, it ended up not being too bad. It was kinda fun circling the stadium, since it was really pretty.






And the one thing I really enjoyed was the messages that people had left during baseball games that they had attended in Koshien along the years. There were a bunch of ones in English too, a lot more than I would have imagined actually!




The amazingly bad rain storm the forecasts had been threatening for the day didn't seem to be anywhere in sight either. There were some light drizzles while we queued but nothing worth getting anxious about.

When we were nearing the end of our queuing time we were treated to a nice surprise.  You might remember the [International Fan Project] I was running earlier this year, through which I met a lot of new lovely people. Two of which happened to be at LIVE PARK and spotted me and my friend in the queue! Thank you so much for coming to say hi!! And sorry it took us quite a moment to realize it was you! I hope next time we can take a picture together, as I regret not having the opportunity to do so this time. :3

By the time it was our turn to buy stuff the hachimaki (head band) had sold out. Didn't expect that to be so popular! :o






Inside Koshien Stadium 
I had thought our seats would be kinda far, but turns out we were quite in the middle of the arena and close to the middle stage, which was not bad at all! It felt somehow really exciting to be in there considering how much it meant for Nana herself. When we were entering the staff gave us one of those long balloons (like the ones they were selling in the goods) with a set of instructions on what was expected of us. The kanji were unfamiliar to us, but luckily the Japanese fans sitting beside us were happy to explain "the plan" to us.


The concert
Then it was time for the opening movie! ... which I really don't remember anything of. Eep! This is not a good start to the report, but I assure you the only reason for this is that my brain was too occupied with all the stuff that came after to remember this. I kinda feel that while LIVE PARK was amazing in so many ways, the little movies were a little lacking. Though now that I am writing this I have a vague recollection of Nana changing clothes and going out in the movie?? So I think I actually blocked it from my mind since I don't appreciate it when they try to sensualize her like that. Anyways, onward!


SET LIST:
01. Aoi Iro
02. POWER GATE
03. It's Only Brave
MC1
04. Naked Soldier
05. SCARLET KNIGHT
06. Antiphona
Cherry Boys Showcase
07. POP MASTER
08. 76th Star
MC2
09. Summer Sweet
10. Koi Uta
Team Yo-Da Showcase
11. The NEW STAR
12. FAITH
MC3
13. TRANSMIGRATION
14. Netsujou no Maria
Bottle Rex - movie
15. STARTING NOW!
16. Lazy Syndrome
17. 7COLORS
MC4
18. STAND UP! 
19. MASSIVE WONDERS
20. ETERNAL BLAZE
21. Appassionato
MC5
22. BRAVE PHOENIX
Encore:
23. Fun Fun★People
MC6
24. Rokko Oroshi 
25. You have a dream
26. Miracle☆Flight
MC7
27. Rensou Hanabi
Encore II:
28. Jet Park


Even though I just assured in the previous section that I remember the later things that happened, a couple of little things remain that I can't place (sorry xD). I asked my friend for help too, but we couldn't agree on what the correct timing for these things were so I will just briefly mention them here. If anyone reading this recalls what MC these belong to please let me know!

  • Nana called today as being "Nana Mizuki vs Typhoon 2016" and pretty much that she won this fight (which ended up not being completely true due to the sudden downpour in the end).
  • Nana was thanking us her fans at one point and also said a thank you to her fans all over the world! This stood out for me as I don't recall her doing so before (apart from the lives that were outside of Japan and available for live viewing in other countries, which prompted her to acknowledge all the countries participating in those cases). I might be biased and too optimistic, but I like to think that she mentioned this today because of our [Super☆Blossom] and everyone's love for her.

Now with these out of the way, let's begin the actual breakdown of the concert!



Outfit #1 - Day at the Park
Dat ominous sky D:


01. Aoi Iro
As much as I love Aoi Iro, it wasn't the most powerful choice as an opening song. It almost feels like it started and almost right after everyone was on stage. No build up of suspense. During the song, a bunch of balloons were released from the jungle gym structure (took me a while to realize that's what it was supposed to be xD) and I couldn't help but wonder where they would end up when I watched them being carried far, far away by the wind.



All dem balloons!


02. POWER GATE
Holy shit, PawaGe so soon, this is like the worst starting combination for me since my throat has been acting up for weeks now (couldn't even really speak the week before). So much singing along from the get go, haaaalp. xD


03. It's Only Brave
I don't know why, but I had thought that this song would just appear once in a live and then fall into the abyss like some other Nana songs, but nope! Here it is! It felt a little underwhelming after the high tension of POWER GATE though.


MC1
Welcome to LIVE PARK! Nana tells us she is so happy to be in Koshien, though everyone had been very worried about the rain. She thought she was going to cry from the beginning, because of how much being here means to her and she still couldn't believe this was actually happening during the rehearsals.


Outfit #1 - Revamped

Except wait.... isn't this a completely different outfit??


04. Naked Soldier
Before my  brain caught onto what song just started, my body beat it to the punch with the shivers. Naked Soldier had left such a strong impression on me in LIVE CIRCUS. It made me feel that with this the concert tonight had shifted gears into epic mode. I wondered how the tension would be kept up, but my question was promptly answered with the next song which was...


05. SCARLET KNIGHT
So, so, so happy to hear this song!! I have always loved SCARLET KNIGHT a lot, and even more after hearing that incredible acoustic version of it, but I realized tonight that I might not have yet understood how special this song is to me. I mean, it's the first song from Nana I ever heard live. It's the song I heard when I saw her before my eyes for the first time ever. It is a moment I will never forget, because it was so important and magical. It is strange looking back at that moment all those years ago. It feels like it has been an eternity since then, and also feels it happened only yesterday. Sometimes I forget how magical Nana's concerts can make me feel and tonight made me remember without a doubt. Thank you for singing SCARLET KNIGHT Nana, it was important to me.


06. Antiphona
First new song of the night! This falls into the "unmemorable game song" category for me, which is a shame because I really like many parts of the song... I just always forget how the song goes after I hear it. orz Still it was a treat to hear it tonight and I really enjoyed it listening to it in the moment!


Cherry Boys Showcase
Have to say I don't really remember anything from the Cherry Boy introductions this time (apart from them chilling at a park), as my brain capacity was hijacked by what came right  after.. which was balloons.

Since the Cherry Boys were talking about getting our balloons ready, I wondered if it had all been organized as a surprise Nana didn't know about... but nope. She came on stage herself to instruct us on what to do... wearing a yukata! She says she really wanted to do this when at Koshien for the 7th song of the night. I really have no clue about baseball in general so I couldn't see the relevance, but my friend reckoned it had something to do with what's done on the 7th inning in a baseball game.

And indeed, turns out it's part of the "7th inning stretch" tradition in Japan, where instead of stretching, you [release these balloons].



Outfit #2 - Yukata
So pretty! I so prefer this over any more "revealing" outfits. :3

Man, all of these balloons going up at the same time was magical!



07. POP MASTER
Such an appropriate choice for this whole balloon thing and 7th song!! It was so incredible seeing that crowd of balloons flying up during the intro that I think this has been the most excited I have been in a concert for quite some time now (think last time was probably LIVE THEATER).


08. 76th Star
Ooh, what a fun surprise! This gave me a nice warm fuzzy LIVE UNION feeling. It's been too long! I somehow really have a lot of fun doing those claps for the chorus. Such a nice follow up after the special POP MASTER.


MC4
Nana talks about her yukata and how since there was no summer live she wanted to wear something summery for LIVE PARK.... So yukata! This of course triggers the usual mawatte! -calls and we also get a mou ikkai with Yuta-pon. This results with Nana coming up with the perfect slip up (be it by accident or on purpose) and calling Yuta-pon "yukata" instead of his actual name, "Yutaka". She then proceeds to tell about her Mount Fuji climb with some of the Cherry Boys and Team Mizuki. She also asks if we watched her on TV this summer, like in FNS and talks a bit more about that too. She also tells us that she went to a lot of concerts and when she was in the Kis-My-Ft2 one, they actually mentioned her being there. Well then, the next song still be fitting for this summer theme...


09. Summer Sweet
I had hoped for Rensou Hanabi (yukata nano ni), but this works! I haven't listened to this song much I admit, but now after hearing it tonight I think I really like it. Hearing current Nana sing it is probably pretty different though, so I am kinda worried taking a listen to the version from the single years ago after this experience. :3


10. Koi Uta
Somehow I am not really a big fan of this song, it stood out the least for me from SMASHING ANTHEMS. It kinda reminds me of some other songs by other people and I am not really used to feeling that way about Nana songs. Hearing it live didn't for once change my feelings either.


Team Yoda Showcase
So... I really don't remember much from this either. Guess it didn't leave much of an impression? I still can only clearly remember the LIVE GALAXY one. xD Though I think Itaruvich showed up during this section and hadn't been here before now.



Outfit #3 - Tora Stripes
Tarzan... inspired? Maybe?



11. The NEW STAR
Finally the song started and I was bursting with excitement as I have really been wanting to hear Nana sing all dis English live. After the first English bit, Nana came surfing down to the middle stage on a board covered in greenery. It made me think of Tarzan, but not sure if that's what she was going for. xD When she was off the board the song continued and I have to say the choreograph for this was pretty funny. All I remember of it though is her playing an air guitar, but that was already very funny in itself.



Nana... jungle surfing? :D



12. FAITH
I had hoped that this song would be GUILTY, but I guess FAITH raked in the most votes. Which is cool, since it is a song I haven't witnessed live yet. The choreograph is pretty nice too and worked well with the longer dress when she did those twirls.


MC3
Nana starts by apologizing for the wait. There were some technical difficulties. She quickly changes the topic to her outfit though. She wanted to wear something sexy and even more than that wanted to to wear tora stripes to represent Hanshin Tigers. She then mentions that she sang FAITH, because it was the song chosen from the questionnaire on her website regarding the most wanted dance song of the summer. Nana asks us then who voted and lots of hands rise into the air, including mine. She then talks about being on Music Station. I think they had her high school picture (on a day after she had eaten a lot of sweets and thus had a bloated face) there from what I remember and the obasan taking the picture just took her pic before she was ready. I think there was also talk about someone she saw as a mentor and was shocked that he actually knew her and called her Kondou-san. This part about Music Station was a bit of a blur for me.

Next song is.. since you know.. Tigers.. TORANSMIGRATION (thanks Nana for making a simple enough of a pun so even I could understand it xD)!


13. TRANSMIGRATION
A while back this song started leaving a strong impression on me but it really bothers me that I can't remember when exactly that began. Was it when I heard it in LIVE GRACE -Opus II-? Very possible. Oh well. The result is that whenever I do hear it live like this I get really excited.


14. Netsujo no Maria
I was hoping for this tonight. It has become one of my top songs from SMASHING ANTHEMS after I got requests to translate it and realized how much thought went into the lyrics of this song. Yes, I am aware that I haven't posted the translation yet (waiting on my quality checker who's been super busy for a... very long time xD).


Bottle Rex - movie
So we are back to having Nana and Cherry Boys at the park we've already seen earlier tonight (if I remember correctly). Nana gets the idea of doing a good samaritan deed and urges everyone to pick up bottles around the park. They end up constructing a t.rex out of them. Cue in Sumire Uesaka - Sumipe. She has the power to bring the t. rex alive, naturally. Doh.

You can find out about this from [Sumipe's blog] (in Japanese). And then...



Outfit #3 - Stripes and Green
Yep, couldn't really think of anything proper to call this outfit. :3



15. STARTING NOW!
Holy shit that t. rex haha! It was so awesome when it puffed out some smoke. xD As for STARTING NOW, I mentioned in my Rensou Hanabi post that I didn't think too much of it as a song, but I am happy that it falls into the category of songs that are really fun live. It was so much fun singing this together with Nana.


16. Lazy Syndrome
Wasn't expecting this, but I am so happy it popped up! I really love this song and it conveys so well much of the stuff I feel in my nichijou. Nana didn't get to do her crazy dancing this time though, since she was still going around with the t. rex. which now was lit up with a bunch of LEDs like a dinosaur xmas tree. xD Actually I am happy she didn't even really attempt (I think she did attempt a little) to do the dance, because the likelihood of her getting hurt as a result was pretty high on that little moving rex platform.


17. 7COLORS
It took me a while to realize what this song was, since it's been pretty long since it last popped up... was it in LIVE CASTLE actually? Daymn! I didn't even remember it's a towel song! Had to quickly pull out my towel when it hit me.


MC4
Nana had been wondering what she should ride this time, so then she thought park...  hmm... Jurassic Park! Hence the t. rex. Nana named it Onanasaurus, because of course. xD She figured having just a normal one would be boring so she had the skeleton light up in rainbow colors. The idea for the insert movie and this came from her role in [KonoBi] and what they did with cans there. She felt there needed to be a good reason for why it transformed though.. That's why Sumipe! They had worked together on Cross Ange and she was very willing to help as long as she doesn't have to be naked (if you've watched Cross Ange this requset really makes sense). xD Nana let her dress the way she usually does, so as a lolita basically.

Then it's time for new album announcement. Nana's been making new songs since May, but she couldn't talk about it in her blog before this announcement. This time the album will be full of new style and new song writers. She feels it's going to be something exciting so she is taking her time. And as a special surprise,  she will sing one song from the album for us now. \o/

(I think around here Nana removed the striped vest, but can't really remember! It came off at some point in any case xD)


18. STAND UP! 
Usually when I hear a new Nana song in a live that I have never heard before, most of it just passes by and it's hard for me to grasp the structure and especially for the lyrics I don't really have brain capacity. But this time, someone had the idea to show the lyrics on the big screens while Nana was singing. which my brain automatically started reading. And thus, this song really hit me hard. I feel a bit stuck with my life right now and don't really know what I should do next. I kinda know what I wanna do, but I don't know if that's what I should do. Hence, listening to this song about getting back up and giving your best and not giving up and and going for your dreams really smacked me in the face. I wanted to cry. I didn't. It's always so scary how accurately Nana's songs deal with such relevant things to my life (I'm sure you all feel the same too right?). I can't wait till December to hear this again. You can catch a sneak peek of it on [Nana's Youtube].

After finishing the song, Nana mentions that it was written by the same guy, Yoshida Takumi, as Lazy Syndrome and Rensou Hanabi. She then briefly talks about the Nanoha younger generation and how she's not involved this season, so in spirit of Nanoha the next songs will be atsui songs like..


19. MASSIVE WONDERS
Feels like it's been a while since I heard this! I wonder if EtaBure will come after this?


20. ETERNAL BLAZE
This turned out to be quite the Nanoha corner indeed. Really excited to get EtaBure at this point actually, because it leaves open the question of what will be the final song before encore! It also felt much more fulfilling than the previous time at LIVE GALAXY when it was brought out right at the start, though then again, I guess you need to break the norm like that sometime so the next time when it is in a more "appropriate" spot you get more stoked about it.


21. Appassionato
Wohooo! I have a lot of fun and silly memories related to this song so I was super excited it popped up. I was wondering (and kinda worrying) if the signature fire sparks would show up near the end of the song and they did! It was a magnificent sight through the stage setup, but I couldn't help but fret the whole time that something bad would happen and the stage would explode in this weather. xD That didn't happen but.....


..... rain. Intense fucking rain. Holy shit.


MC5
Nana talks about the rain and asks if everyone is still genki and okay to keep going in the downpour. Of course we all are ready to keep going, it was her I was more worried about it. (>- < ;;) Then she goes on to say that it is time for what she doesn't want to say and that is that it's time for the last song. She explains she wanted to choose this song for Koshien finale, since she wanted to convey that she wants to do lots of new things from now on.


22. BRAVE PHOENIX
I can't express with words how bad I felt for the completely soaked Nana who was so determined to still give us the exact live experience she had intended. My heart hurt so much and I wish there was a way for me to tell her how much I appreciated what she is doing. The best I could do was to show her I was fully with her on this, so that's what I did. Screw the heavy rain. Truth be told, this whole rain thing really made BRAVE PHOENIX more powerful than ever and I felt I was receiving it with all of myself. Watching Nana like this, singing about how surely the end is just another beginning in the intense rain, I just couldn't help feeling disappointed in myself. When was the last time I had tried so hard? I can't remember. I just gamansuru. With all the rain pouring down my face I couldn't be sure if there were some tears in there too.



Outfit #4 - Revamped
The vestless version of the outfit. Nana in the rain was
so mesmerizing!

Yes I am spamming pictures this time, because wow!



Encore call!
Nanaaaaaaaaa~! Holy shit. When the rain started, I had put on my new LIVE PARK stadium jacket, which proved to be surprisingly water-proof... until it was not and all the water was sucked into it. I hadn't realized that as a result of this, all the water was still trapped within the jacket, so when I lowered my penlight after BRAVE PHOENIX, a massive waterfall came pouring out from my sleeve.  ∑(゚ω゚ノ)ノ Of course I aimed it right on my shoe.... though, not that it mattered since I already had puddles inside them anyway. After sizing up my own situation my feels for what it must be like for Nana quadrupled. I was really really hoping this wouldn't make her sick or cause any accidents. I was almost on the verge of hoping that the encore would be cancelled when..



Outfit #6 - Encore
Every time I see these pics/vids of her so soaked
and playing the sax I feel so bad... (T^T)



23. Fun Fun★People
OMG YES! I had kind of signed off on hoping to hear this song again for a long time after LIVE FLIGHT, but it is one of the best songs to pick for sax for sure!! I got so super excited. This ultimately  became one of my favorite songs ever to hear live after how happy and cute Nana was about singing it together in LIVE FLIGHT and now it rose even higher on my list after this special treatment. This woman is amazingly talented!! Sadly though she couldn't play the sax too much, because she had to sing too. Still amazing!


MC6
Nana talk about the sax of course. How it's so tiny, but it's hers. She got the idea from the brass band at baseball games. And then she thought that yappari, the song had to be Fun Fun★People. She then let's Fire say a few words, as he was her sensei. Fire was like:

"How many of you play sax? She came to me saying she wants to learn to play in a few months and we sax players know that's impossible. But she did it. And would be so mottainai (a waste) if she just did one song so she should do more right?"

Everyone agreed and apparently this time Nana would play the sax for the whole song and we were expected to sing in her stead. Wow! And considering tonight's venue, it would of course be a tribute to Hanshin Tigers in the form of their song!


24. Rokko Oroshi
I am speechless. I wasn't expecting to hear her play the sax for a whole full song, but I should have known that just Fun Fun★People wouldn't be enough for Nana. I truly respect her love and dedication for the Hanshin Tigers and hope that at least some of the players were there tonight to see this. My heart also hurt even more now than before, because of how greatly the rain falling into the sax was affecting how it sounded. Nana was obviously doing a fantastic job and did her best not to have her spirits dampened by the effect of the rain and I wish we would have had the chance to experience this the way she had envisioned - the fruits of her all her practice at 100%. This really was one of those moments when I truly wished I could tell her thank you and somehow indicate that I am filled with so much appreciation for her efforts.

Here's [Nana's blog entry] about the sax. Go tell her she rocks! :) They are fine with comments in English... except that they will get google translated. xD

After finishing she still explained how we usually cheer her on, but this time she wanted to do it for us like the brass band at baseball games. So cute!! :3 Then her sax was taken away and the next song would be back to the usual.


25. You have a dream
I was relieved to see that Nana seemed to be her usual genki self and hadn't let the rain fiddling with her sax dampen her spirits. For this she went around the arena on a thing.... not sure what I should call it. xD Movable platform in any case!


26. Miracle☆Flight
This song has a special place in my heart after LIVE FLIGHT - it was so nice to get to be a part of that surprise for her in Singapore and I get reminded of that every time I go to karaoke and sing Miracle☆Flight, since they added that as one of the live videos. I didn't even really sing it before, but now I do almost every time. xD So needless to say, I got some fluffy feelings from this tonight.


MC7
Nana had been thinking what should she still sing tonight and how it needed to be something fitting for the end of summer and today. And she thought yappari it should be Rensou Hanabi. You have no idea how happy I was at this moment when I heard that!


27. Rensou Hanabi
I had been literally waiting for this all night. I had hoped to have this pop up during the time Nana was wearing the yukata, but this was better. Rensou Hanabi deserves such a special spot in a live. As much as I had wanted to hear this, my heart still wasn't ready for it and the emotional impact was huge. This song is just so incredibly beautiful and sad. I did the mistake of reflecting the lyrics of this song to my journey of having Nana in my life (going to lives, etc) and received such a gut punch from:

はじめて出会った頃
誰よりも笑う君に見惚れて
優しい人だと思った
笑顔の裏では
ひとりで涙を流している
そんな君が誰より大切なのに
何もできないでいた
(The first time we met
I was charmed by the you who laughed more than anyone
What a kind person, I thought
Behind the smile
you are shedding tears alone
That you was more precious to me than anyone, but still
I could not do anything)

and how she (the "I" of the lyrics) is singing songs live (to "you", to me, to everyone) to bring happiness, but in the end it is just a magical moment that'll be over before you know it and then it's back to the grind. Then suddenly, the fireworks. Holy shit. There were so many more than in previous lives, it just kept going. Fireworks. The rain. The emotions. It all swirled into one big jumble. Man. It's been quite a while since I have felt this way. This moment is going to be imprinted in my brain for a long time to come.



All I can say is.... wow.



Encore call 2
Mou ikkai, mou ikkai!

Nana runs back on stage and thanks for calling her back. She then beckons the Cherry Boys and Team Yo-Da back on stage too. She goes on to say that there is still one song that should be sang in LIVE PARK.. And that's of course...



Outfit #6 - Encore ver 2.0
I'm glad she put more stuff on so she won't
freeze to death. (>- < )



28. JET PARK
I was a little concerned about what song could possibly still outdo Rensou Hanabi at this point, but it didn't have to. JET PARK was an obvious choice for tonight that I had forgotten about and served as a nice light-hearted picker upper in the end. Which is in a way a silly thing to say, as even with these upbeat sounding songs the lyrics are sometimes pretty serious.

After the song and bows, Nana stayed behind to run around like crazy to wave at fans from every possible corner of the stages. She does this every time so her doing it now too was not surprising, but what worried me so damn much was that she was doing this in converse on the soaked stages. I was about to die of anxiety thinking that she's gonna slip and get hurt really bad, but miraculously she didn't look even close to slipping. Not even once. Whoa.


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


After Nana had exited the stage and the journey back to our hotel started, the cold from being soaked by the rain started settling in. I was freezing so bad, especially in the full AC of the train, that I was sure I was either going to die before reaching our destination or be super sick the next day... neither of which actually happened thank goodness! Some piping hot cup noodles and a nice bath go a long way.

And with this, I bid everyone a lovely New Year! See you next time for LIVE ZIPANGU! ((((o´ω`o)ノ

Friday, 9 September 2016

NANA MIZUKI LIVE GALAXY 2016 -FRONTIER-

I have yet to shake away my bad habit of being very late with my reports, but at least finally LIVE GALAXY -Frontier- is here! ... a few days before BD/DVD release. Oops.... *feels miserable* orz


(For report on  LIVE GALAXY 2016 -GENESIS-, go [here]!)





Didn't go for goods today, but still had to head to Tokyo Dome in the morning to sort out Super☆Blossom. If you're interested about how that went, you can find out [here]. Once again, a big thanks for everyone who took part!


Inside Tokyo Dome

Tonight our seats were on the other side of the stand, so right (looking from the back of the arena) of the main stage. The first thing I noticed that the weird looking space capsule from the previous night was not there anymore - in fact there wasn't even anything in its place. Odd, I thought, what would happen tonight?


The concert
Today the opening movie began the same way as for -Genesis-, but instead of going through gate 9 and crashing down, we went through gate 7 and landed more elegantly into the futuristic city.


SET LIST:
01. Kindan no Resistance
02. Synchrogazer
03. Bright Stream
MC1 
04. Never Let Go 
05. Trickster
06. Exterminate 
Cherry Boys Showcase
07. COSMIC LOVE
08. Ego Ideal
09. Mr. Bunny!
MC2
10. Shounen
11. Ambivalence 
Team Yo-Da Showcase
12. SUPER☆MAN 
13. DISCOTHEQUE
14. Koi No Yokushiryoku -TYPE EXCITER -
MC3 
15. FEARLESS HERO
Future's next -movie
16. Glorious Break 
17. VIRGIN CODE
MC4 
18. Love Brick
19. Clutch!!
20. POP MASTER
MC5 
21. Astrogation
Encore:
22. Rock you Baby
MC6 
23. Tenkuu no Canaria
24. Ai no Hoshi
Encore II:
25. NEXT ARCADIA


A total of 43 different songs in LIVE GALAXY! For LIVE CASTLE it was a little bit less, at a total of 39 different songs. It actually felt to me that there was less variety than that in LIVE CASTLE, but I think I just felt there was more in LIVE GALAXY because of the very clear cut distinction between what to expect from her releases on each day.



Outfit #1 - Dark Knight
Tonight,  Nana is serious business.



01. Kindan no Resistance
I had wondered how they would rival yesterday's grand opening song, but Kindan no Resistance was actually a really good choice for it! Getting to do the high! high! and down! down!s for her really fired everyone up. Especially after the amazing fiery trick that was done in the beginning. At first, you saw something light up where that weird capsule had been last night, and you kinda thought Nana was there... when all of a sudden a trail of flame led up to the main stage to find Nana standing there holding whatever it was in her hand where the trail ended. Whoa!


02. Synchrogazer
... And then we get Synchrogazer!! The energy levels for tonight already feel like they far surpassed last night and I think that is again a good indication of how far she's come over the years. The only thing that kinda brought down the mood was guy in charge of the big screens not doing his job properly, and thus we were treated to a brief glimpse of SMPTE color bars on the big screen instead of Nana, until they eventually corrected their feed. I was so relieved that at this point, Nana was in the mid stage with her back to the screens and hopefully didn't see what had happened.


03. Bright Stream
Plot twist! I really like Bright Stream as a song, but I feel like it has kinda fallen into some crack in my mind and so I slowly forget about it. I am really happy when I hear it though. \o/


MC1 
Nana bids us welcome! The rest of the MC ended up being pretty much the same stuff as in -Genesis-, with the addition of Nana telling us that she also prepared for tonight by... wearing star pjs (and shirt!)!



Outfit #2 - The Katniss Look



04. Never Let Go 
So happy to see this again because it's the most epic thing ever!! I really can't get enough of it. This just really makes me tremble all the way to my core. I was thinking that this kind of sensation and experience is exactly why going to Nana's concerts makes me so happy. Not many things in life affect you on such a deep level.


05. Trickster
Oooh! For some reason I have the Nanascope songs of all my close friends memorized in my brain (yeah, don't ask me why xD) and this happened to be the song of one of my friends I have gone to concerts with for a while and who was there with me tonight too. It's the first time it's popped up and I was super happy she got to hear it, though she probably doesn't even remember that it's her Nanascope lol. Or care for that matter. xD


06. Exterminate 
This has become one of my currently top songs to hear live, because of how gripping the opening is and how fun it is to sing so much for Nana. I still sometimes get confused on the fast lines but I am getting better I feel. xD


Cherry Boys Showcase
Nothing much to add here from what I said in [-Genesis- ]as my memory capabilities just can't cover what they bantered among themselves. xD



Outfit #3 - Mahouko Nana



07. COSMIC LOVE
I got the reverse reaction from this than from a few songs the night before - I somehow remembered this being older and was thus surprised it came tonight even though I did know that. xD I guess it just is the way this song sounds. Or something. Or then Rosario+Vampire just feels like it happened a loooong time ago. Considering Rosario+Vampire and its context though, having mahouko Nana sing it made perfect sense (plus hey, there is "cosmic" in the name!).


08. Ego Ideal
I was so driven to actually focus on the song tonight, but I was caught in the same trap as last night and kept just worrying if the people moving her were going to remember the cables tonight. They were still cutting it reaaaally close. (>.<) My poor heart. Guess I will finally get to properly enjoy this song when the BD/DVD comes out... sniff...


09. Mr. Bunny!
Holy sheeeeeeeeeeeet, it never even crossed my mind that Nana might pull out Mr.Bunny!. I love this song way more than I probably should, it just makes me feel pretty happy. Not to mention the little choreograph is just the cutest thing ever. I've been wanting to see it live ever since looping it from LIVE ACADEMY and finally after all these years my wish has been granted.


MC2
Nana talks about deciding what to ride for LIVE GALAXY. Strange.. I was pretty sure this happened at a different MC yesterday, but oh well. She was like, a rocket? UFO? Mishi-P suggested a bicycle in the air. Nana makes the reference more obvious by extending her index finger in a very E.T. like manner. Guess she feared that people might have not gotten the reference yesterday.  Then she talks about the mahouko thing again. She says she is always a shoujo (young lady) but tonight, she transformed all the way to ko (child lol). She gives a nice talk about shoujos and danshi always doing their best, leading into..



Outfit #3 - Revamped



10. Shounen
Naissuuuu! I was sad the last time I heard this since it didn't make it into the live BD/DVD, but this time I am pretty sure it will. \o/ It's always nice getting a dose of one of these calming and relaxed Nana songs from time to time, in the midst of all the epicness.


11. Ambivalence 
Wohoo, jazzy goodness time. I do hope that this and Ego Ideal won't fade away too fast and we'll get to enjoy them in lives for some time to come. I can't even begin to imagine how amazing these would be orchestral or acoustic. Here's to hoping another special live like that will happen again soon!


Team Yo-Da Showcase
For a description of this and its Aqua vibes, you can again refer to  [-Genesis- ].



Outfit #4 Super Nana
Noticed that the color in her hair had changed tonight. Green now, Red yesterday. 


12. SUPER☆MAN 
Yeeessss!! It still amazes me how much I love this now. xD This song really is a good example of the sort of thing that is much better live because of all the things there are for the audience to do and thus doesn't reveal its real power level at the time of release.


13. DISCOTHEQUE
Fun to get to hear DISCOTHEQUE-senpai right after its kouhai (SUPER☆MAN), and I do have to say that it is indeed a worthy successor. Still, the best is when you can get both of them like this.


14. Koi no Yokushiryoku -TYPE EXCITER -
Holyyyyy sheeeeeeet, Nana even pulled out Koi no Yokushiryoku! I have been entertaining my friends for the past year or so by singing Koi no Yokushiryoku featuring [the beautiful video from Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker] at karaoke (one of my friends finds it very disturbing lol but learned to appreciate the song after hearing it tonight at the live), because I think it's really funny and this song remains one of my top favorites anyway. xD I appreciate it more now too that I finally took the time to actually play through with Peace Walker (along with other MGS titles) last year.


MC3 
Nana goes to bother Itaruvich (lol I think she really likes pestering him more than the others). They talk about challenging new things, but Nana is not impressed with his first reply (which I have conveniently forgotten). So next he pulls out a paper and reads a pretty tanka about Nana and LIVE GALAXY. He then explains that he chose to do a tanka because the structure of this poem form is "go Nana go Nana Nana". He had wondered if he'd get a chance to explain this. Finishing with Itaruvich, Nana announces the upcoming single again and mentions that the 2nd song is the one from Tower of Princess. She then talks about how she is a sensei again in the new anime (Kono Bijutsubu ni wa Mondai ga Aru!). She makes a joke about if anyone would really put her in charge of an art club lol (if you've seen her [drawings], you'll know why xD).  Nana also talks about being in Dragon Quest Heroes II and being a hero, so next is...


15. FEARLESS HERO
Guess this tied nicely to the Dragon Quest Heroes II talk, but I hadn't thought that FEARLESS HERO would make an appearance tonight. This song has never made a big impression on me, but considering how strong the set list tonight has been so far I will forgive this popping up lol.


Future's next  -movie
Nothing really changed in this either for tonight as far as I could tell, so description again can be found in  [-Genesis- ]. I'm not lazy or anything I swear..


Outfit #5 - Mecha pilot warrior


16. Glorious Break 
And here comes this glorious song again.... rubbing in my face my defeat. xD I didn't have much time to lament about it though since the song swooped me along and I found a new thing to rage about when it came time for Nana to fly magnificently down to the ground from the top, because the person in charge of the big screens decided to focus on the Cheribos for that epic moment. What?! You had one job!


17. VIRGIN CODE
I had thought that we'd have something like Vitalization here, but then the opening melody for VIRGIN CODE started and I was shivering like crazy because my body still remembers the impact of it from being the LIVE FLIGHT opener.


MC4 
Nana talks about the robot, of course. Forgot to mention previously that it was named Galaxy 7. Nana then told us about how her staff reacted when she told them what she wanted. They were like lolwut really. xD As an interesting piece of trivia, Nana explains to us that the robot is not moving anymore because it only moves when Nana sings. Guess she got some inspiration from Symphogear and Cross Ange.


18. Love Brick
Oho! The Switch Girl songs have been getting a lot of love in the recent lives, I approve! Makes me wish they'll bring out Happy Go-Round tonight too, but judging by the fact that it was in such a prominent role in LIVE ADVENTURE, I kind of doubt it.


19. Clutch!!
I actually forgot what this song was when it started and was quite excited about it somehow, then remembered it was the least impressive song from SMASHING ANTHEMS for me. xD Still, I guess I might have to admit that it's really not too bad live like this.


20. POP MASTER
As I predicted, here we had POP MASTER replacing SUPER GENERATION as is customary. I'm completely happy with that considering how much I love this song, but I hope that one day Nana will surprise and not have these two in such a symbiosis. If that ever happens, it will blow my mind. xD


MC5 
Once again, it is time for the last song. Nana says that of course it had to be this one because the theme is galaxy, so yappari, it's...


21. Astrogation
Finally! Astrogation time! If this had been any other song I would have been totally shocked to my core. I was really happy about this being a given tonight, since one of the friends who I was here with had really grown to like this song, so it was nice that she got to hear it now. :3


Encore call!
Nanaaaaaaaaa~!



Outfit #6 - Encore



22. Rock you Baby
And yep, tonight's towel song was indeed something else than Happy Go-Round, as expected. I do admit this is again a song I am not terribly fond of, but considering how strong all of tonight has been set list and enjoyment-wise, I will let it slide.


MC6 
Shassuuuuu! She tsalk about how she is doing the call at the back for the first time again tonight, since she usually does it in the front. Next year the 777th smile gang will air!


23. Tenkuu no Canaria
I totally did not see this coming! It asn't part of my mental list of songs that fit the theme of galaxy, but now thinking about it, I guess it should have been since we do have "Tenkuu" in the title, which means sky.


24. Ai no Hoshi
I had been literally waiting for this all night, since I was so sure this just had to be here. But now when it actually came, I wasn't prepared for it at all somehow. Tenkuu no Canaria had lulled me into being off-guard and thus the emotional impact of Ai no Hoshi hit me full-force. orz I did manage to keep myself from crying though, small victories!


Encore call 2
Mou ikkai, mou ikkai!

Nana runs back on stage and thanks us for calling her back. She just heard some amazing news from Mishi-P (this is what I was waiting for all night wohooo). Nana announces that her next live will be at Koushien and starts crying. Me and my friends felt quite confused at this point, as we weren't so well-versed in Japanese baseball to know what the significance of the place is, but a couple of Japanese girls sitting in front of us were kind enough to explain to us that it is the home stadium of Hanshin Tigers. Then everything made sense and I could finally feel happy for Nana from the bottom of my heart.

Before the night is over, we get one more song, which is...


D'awww, bless her <3


25. NEXT ARCADIA
As much as I love NEXT ARCADIA, somehow I felt that it wasn't special enough for a second encore. Ai no Hoshi would have fit here better, or even Astrogation. Or hell, even STAR ROAD! So many possibilities! At least we still got this one song so I am happy about that for sure!

And with that, LIVE GALAXY comes to an end. This trend of Nana concerts at weird times during this year is kinda worrying, because it was easier for me to plan ahead in regards to work and stuff when I had a pretty good idea about the time period when I should expect a live. Needless to say, I will do my best to attend LIVE PARK and whatever comes after regardless of the added challenge.