Today in random shit: Sailor Moon theme song, R&B style

August 27, 2014 at 10:18 pm (Random Shit) (, , , , )

The Sailor Moon theme song (whether in Tagalog, Japanese, English, or Platina Jazz) has a tendency to make the ’90s-minded anime junkie’s blood surge. In a good way. Even (and especially when) transformed by Scott Bradlee & Postmodern Jukebox into a retro R&B slow jam.

This is part of Bradlee and company’s terribly entertaining series of R&B-ized Saturday morning cartoon theme songs, which includes Darkwing Duck, Powerpuff Girls, Pokemon, and more.

Postmodern Jukebox also covers a wide array of pop songs. Ever wanted to hear Jason Derulo’s Talk Dirty as a traditional klezmer song? Or Lady Gaga’s Just Dance as a vintage ’40s ditty? You do now.

 

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Today in nostalgia: ‘It’s Gonna Rain’ and ‘1/3’

August 21, 2014 at 9:54 pm (Nostalgia) (, , , )

Just saw Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno. Even after years of seeing Kyoto Arc re-runs on TV (and the more recent Rurouni Kenshin: New Kyoto Arc OVAs), there remains a special kind of tingling of the spine at the sight of Shishio Makoto  (ever flanked by Yumi and Houji), Seta Sojiro destroying Kenshin’s sword, and Saito Hajime being Saito Hajime.

Here are some of those characters in the anime series’ fifth ending sequence (It’s Gonna Rain by Bonnie Pink) – just chilling in the rain, because some amount of chilling has to be done in between fights for or against the total domination of Japan.

And for an extra dose of nostalgia, here’s the sixth ending sequence, featuring a song (1/3 no Junjou no Kanjou by Siam Shade) that defined an entire generation of Philippine anime conventions.

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Today in nostalgia: ‘Worthless’ from The Brave Little Toaster

August 14, 2014 at 11:42 am (Nostalgia) (, , )

I love this song. It’s at the climax of The Brave Little Toaster, a gem of an animated film that came out in 1987. The film was originally pitched as a 3D movie for Disney by some dude named John Lasseter. Disney said no, fired Lasseter, and shifted the project to a different studio with a third of the original budget. Instead of accepting that The Brave Little Toaster had been earmarked to be one of those cheap cartoon flicks that could be easily shipped overseas, the crew working on it decided that they wanted to make it awesome.

It would later be screened at the 1988 Sundance Film Festival, where it got a Grand Jury Prize nomination. Lasseter on the other hand, would go on to direct a little 3D movie called Toy Story, also about inanimate objects having rich, harrowing lives.

But I digress. The mourning of doomed cars with sad headlight eyes haunts me to this very day.

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Today in random shit: Lost

July 10, 2014 at 1:19 pm (Random Shit) (, , )

I continue to think of myself as less of an Amanda Palmer fan, than a Neil Gaiman fan who just sort of bled into the Amanda Palmer side of YouTube music videos, but some days are for zoning out at lunch at your work desk and listening to ‘Lost’ and thinking ‘this is both a happy and sad song, but mostly sad, very sad.’

So continues the weird, lurching, haphazard updating of this blog n__n.

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Today in awesome: Moonlight Densetsu

June 21, 2013 at 7:11 pm (Awesome, Random Shit) (, , , )

You know the Sailor Moon opening theme – the tolling of bells, the dramatic opening, the percussion accompanying the appearance of ‘90s anime girl archetypes.

The original Japanese version was about the itchy kind of infatuation. Moonlight is for chance encounters and the happy chills you get seeing the person you love.

Gomen ne sunao ja nakute
Yume no naka nara ieru
Shikou kairo wa shotto sunzen
Ima sugu aitai yo
Nakitaku naru you-na Moonlight
Denwa mo dekinai Midnight
Datte junjou doushiyou
Hatto wa mangekyou

(english translation)

“Sorry if I’m not gentle”
I can say that in my dreams.
My thoughts are about to short circuit.
I want to see you, now isn’t soon enough.
Just about ready to cry, moonlight,
Can’t call, midnight.
Because I’m so naive, what can I do?
My heart is a kaleidoscope!

The version my generation grew up with was the Tagalog rendition, which took a noticeably darker turn. In this version, the light of the moon brings longing, and what joy you can gleam from thinking of someone who may or may not be thinking of you back. Read the rest of this entry »

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Today in random shit: Mein Herr

May 19, 2013 at 11:20 pm (Random Shit) (, , , )

A little Cabaret takes you a long way. You start off with the Judi Dench in 1968, introducing the world to Sally Bowles with ‘Don’t Tell Mama’.

The number is scrapped in the 1972 film, and replaced with ‘Mein Herr’, which is immortalized by Liza Minelli,

revisited by Jane Horrocks in the 1993 revival,

paid tribute to by Rachelle Rak in the 2001 Fosse revue,

and sauced up by Alan Cummings, for shits, in 2010.

Mile by mile by mile.

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Today in nostalgia: Early 2000s anime openings

March 5, 2013 at 10:27 pm (Nostalgia) (, , , )

The anime of the early 2000s came off the wave made by titles like Great Teacher Onizuka, Cowboy Bebop, and Weiss Kreuzz. On the other hand, this generation would lead on to things like Samurai Champloo, Code Geass, and Soul Eater.

For people like me, who were in high school at the time, anime was all about how no overwhelming world-destroying force couldn’t be defeated with a steadfast heart and a ragtag group of friends (except for things like Wolf’s Rain. Because sometimes, world’s just got to end).

Gate Keepers (2000)

Vandread (2000)

Gensomaden Saiyuki (2000)

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Today in random shit: The Killing Type

February 23, 2013 at 4:17 pm (Random Shit) (, , )

There are a whole lot of Amanda Palmer songs. Sometimes I like them. Sometimes I don’t. And sometimes (as in the case of ‘In My Mind’), I listen to them over and over again until my definition of contentment at that particular point in time includes necessarily listening to that song.

‘I’m not the killing type, but I would kill to make you feel.’ This isn’t one of those songs I personally relate to, but it sinks in deep and takes root. ‘Die die die die.’

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Today in random shit: Raindance Maggie

February 12, 2013 at 10:07 am (Random Shit) (, )

Who or what is Maggie and why is she raindancing? Like Dani California, is she a sublimation of all the women Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis has been in relationships with?

Wikipedia says that Maggie is a “collection of memories” that stewed at the back of Kiedis’ head til he heard the music for this song. There have apparently been two “Maggies” in his life, though who they are is anyone’s guess.

Ultimately though the true identity of Raindance Maggie is less important than the fact that the Red Hot Chili Peppers would sing about her on a rooftop. While bopping.

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Today in nostalgia: Disney songs

January 26, 2013 at 3:57 pm (Nostalgia) (, , )

I’m at the end of what’s been a rather intense work week, so in between sleeping in and watching a shitload of ‘Modern Family‘, I’ve decided to listen to some Disney songs. Say what you will about Disney and animated musicals, but these songs are buried deep in that part of my brain where happy thoughts come from.

Everyone’s got their favorite Disney songs (I have been present at many drunken renderings of ‘Part of Your World‘ and ‘I’ll Make a Man Out of You‘) – these are some of mine.

‘The Gospel Truth’ (Hercules, 1997)

As a child it never occurred to me that mixing gospel music with Greek mythology was kinda weird. But what works, works.

‘Friends on the Other Side’ (The Princess and the Frog, 2009)

Does it bother anyone that at the end of the movie, Facilier is literally dragged to hell? He doesn’t die, like all them other Disney movie villains (there’s an entire CRACKED.com article about this), he is taken body and soul to some technicolor voodoo hell. Is creepy, that’s all.

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