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 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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