I am the Prince of Despair, apparently. (Self-adaptation of “Destinare!” (DwD) to English)

You may or may not remember that, some time ago, I tried my hand at making a lyrical English adaptation of a Japanese character song. Well, today a blog comment from Moyatori on my previous post left me wondering what would happen if I tried to record it…

So, I did that.

Literally. I hopped onto Audacity, recorded it, and grabbed a sample for posting here.

Just like that.

No prep or anything.

No practice.

No second takes.

Because I’m insane.

No, but anyway, I should be WRITING MY ANIME AWARDS POST—COME ON SHOUJO, but the actual adaptation here presented means a lot to me, because it’s the only one I’ve ever done on my own (with the translation help from Funimation, so thanks, guys!), and because I love it so much, I figured I might as well share it. So… yes. ❤

Here’s a sample, mild nightcore redux included in the second half.

I could really go either way on this. Of course, by making it into nightcore, I’ll have the natural one recorded already… Decisions, decisions…

Thoughts?

And I’ll make sure to actually practice first… ❤

So, yeah. You should go check out my lyrics, if you want.

Love,

Shoujo

Dance with Devils: Fortuna (movie)

Announced in January 2017 and slated for a Fall 2017 release in Japan…

…it’s time once more to Dance with Devils.

[For the general plot of the Dance with Devils 2015 anime, please click here.]

In what, according to a rough translation of the movie’s website, is a re-imagining of the original anime complete with alternate ending, Ritsuka finds herself submerged in a deadly game of cat and mouse as demons and vampires vie for the hidden Grimoire she holds within.

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The voice cast sang at the announcement event.

Tickets have gone on pre-sale for the Japanese release as of July 3rd, but there is no news on a US theatrical release or even dubbed version. Funimation, the company responsible for dubbing the 2015 series, has yet to make an announcement.

Seriously Rejet, even just give the DVD English subs and I will buy it!


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Signing off,

Shoujo

 

 

 

Dance with Devils, the Musical! <3

“ダ・レ・ニ・モ・イ・エ・ナ・イ・ヒ・ミ・ツ・ダ・ヨ”

“It’s a secret that only you and I will know…”

 

Or perhaps not! The Dance with Devils (anime description at link) musical opened in 2016 with a cast that seems at a glance perfectly fitting for their respective roles! (I am GEEKING OUT over that promo video above.) I seriously know nothing about these people other than the brief clips I’ve seen of their performances online, which are hard to come by, but how about I get you about as caught up to speed as I am? *shouts off into the distance* Hey, can we get some head shots over here of our main-est of main cast!?

Kaminaga Keisuke –Ren

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Hiramaki Jin –Lindo 

(I am happily married, but can we all agree that he’s bae? He’s bae, right??)

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Sakiyama Tsubasa –Urie

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Yoshioka Yu –Mage

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Yasukawa Junpei –Shiki

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Naito Taiki –Roen

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Daiki Ise

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The play ran in Tokyo from March 3-13, 2016 and held a total of 14 performances, portions of which are hard to find online (at least for me). In any case, I’ve included the few clips that I was able to dig up below. (^^)

 

 

 

Apparently, there were a few new characters added to the cast in the form of Misters Noel and Holland. Who they are to the plot, I couldn’t tell you. It’s times like these that I wish I could read/ speak Japanese and/or buy subtitled DVDs of stage plays.

(…Wait…Can I? *off to the official website* …Can’t find the official website…)

Anyway, here’s hoping that things like this production eventually make their way west…in English…. Yeah, sure, I’m delusional, I know. 😛


Well, I’m off to do homework, as hard as it is to stop geeking out about all things Dance with Devils! Until next time!
-Shoujo<3

 

Come, it’s time to “Dance with Devils” — Recommended (Dub/Sub)

Bias Disclaimer:

Anime openings are often used as indicators of a title’s quality. The interest sparked by said openings in animation, music, and depiction throughout is used to gauge whether or not a show is worth viewing.

In high school, my best friend, Ginger–remember her from the Ouran Watch Alongs?– and I had silly nicknames for each other based on our personalities (Somehow it just happened?); strong, independent, competent, feminist, take-no-prisoners Ginger was known as “MegaWoman,” and innocent, girly, weak at the knees for bad boys, highly emotional Shoujo was considered (I kid you not) “Princess of Darkness.”

Yep, my best friend christened me “PoD.”

Why am I telling you this? I want you to consider the latter nickname above as you watch the (ABSOLUTELY SO COOL) anime OP below; consider, knowing this smallest little tidbit about me, why I’d be absolutely enamored with a title such as “Dance with Devils,” a musical about an innocent girl swept away into a world of vampires and demons. I’m laying out my bias and weakness for mystical, misunderstood, bad boy bad@$$es right now, so if this type of character/ relationship dynamic doesn’t appeal to you, you’re probably not going to find a favorite title in “DwD.”

Unless you really like musicals for the own sake.

Oh, my gosh, but I love it so much. ❤  .・゚゚・(/ω\)・゚゚・.

 

Now, on to the review!

 


As the song Mademoiselle states, “Now, soon, dance with devils.” 

Welcome to the “Labyrinth of Depravity.”

[Yes, Shiki just sang, “Poor little lamb, I’ll break you gently.” So, we’ve found our sadist. Pain… excites him.]

[Oh, my gosh. They are the forbidden flower garden. Oh, my gosh. Okay. Calm down, girl. Don’t ship anyone yet. You need to be writing a review.]

It’s time to traverse the world that a friend once laughingly called “Dark Ouran” after watching the clip above!

Ritsuka Tachibana is a normal 18-year-old attending a private academy with a secret. What is that secret? Why, it’s the (poorly justified in their long-term placement) Student Council of the 3rd Library! And her brother! And her mother! And her best friend! And her whole life! Well, those last few bits aren’t school-related, but the point is made. Sarcasm aside, Ritsuka’s very existence has always been something distinctly “other” than her peers, and it takes the introduction of a few demons and the revelation of a vampire relation to bring everything Ritsuka’s family has been hiding into the light.

I am not about to lie to you and call this anime a pinnacle of its genre plot-wise or even in execution, but it does something unique in its musicality. It’s not an idol anime, but it incorporates frequent musical numbers into its retinue and, even without dubbing the songs, transitions seamlessly into its numbers. In example, one might take “Checkmate” (below)*. Each main character has their own solo character song in addition to the show’s frequent group numbers, and it’s well worth a watch for this reason alone. The voice actors sing beautifully.

 

Dance until the hour of your doom.

 

*I discuss the song “Checkmate”

and Ren’s bad@$$ery in posts of their own.

You can find them at the click through links.

Additionally (Gah! I keep scrolling back up to watch the OP and freaking out about how cool it is. Please forgive.), the show features moments of absolutely-unintentional-but-no-less-funny hilarity to balance out its darker premise! I mean, I know I keep linking you YouTube clips, but I need you to click play on the link below and then close your eyes, simply listening. Don’t watch it; just listen. The song is intense, so beautifully sung. It’s sweeping choral introduction and pop transition are stirring. After you finish listening, open your eyes, press play again, and watch the video that goes along with that beautiful number.

 

Yep. That’s right. A glorious Pomeranian choir. You’re welcome. Day made, right?

 

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Moments like this are scattered throughout, and I love it so much! I mean, when the only English lyrics in a song turn out to be “EMO LIAR,” you know you’re getting into something hilariously good.

However, these moments of true joviality should not take away from the honestly talented voice actor’s performances (both in dub and sub), and neither should the plot holes detract from what I consider a showboat of reverse-harem character typing. Solidily upper level two-lower level three bishies in the house, you know? We have:

the big brother type, Lindo…
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the leader, Ren…

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the romantic one (I mean, is he not this title’s Jinguji Ren?), Urie… 

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the sadist/masochist/psycho, Shiki…

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and the jock, Mage…

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as well as the beautiful brown noser (and/or subservient one, depending on how you want to view him), Roen…

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And we also can’t forget the sexy/sleek gothic bad boy, Jek!

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I mean, J. Michael Tatum even makes an appearance as the reoccurring role of Lord Nesta, ruler of the vampires, so Tatum-ites unite?

Stay tuned for the touching moments of backstory and subtle indications that the story is far from over in gearing up for the new movie to be released this year (and on which I’ll be writing soon), “Dance with Devils: Fortuna.” A well executed movie has the potential to boost our plot and bishies to level three status, but I’ll be happily watching this season one sequel no matter what!! ❤

I highly suggest that interested parties give this title a chance! Viewers with preferences similar to my own won’t regret it!!

AND THERE’S A STAGE MUSICAL. GONNA HAVE TO WRITE ABOUT THAT, TOO.

*fangirl dies*

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Until next time,

Shoujothoughts

“Hark: you’re in the presence of Rem Arlond!” An English Interpretation of a Japanese Character Song

How many of you love Japanese anime openings/songs and wish you had an easily accessible English translation to make singing in the shower like Sid or Hyuna that much simpler?

Well, look no further, my dear readers, for I’ve created one such translation for you today. I’ve written an English interpretation of the song Checkmate as sung by Rem Arlond in the fabulous shoujo anime musical, Dance with Devils.

It seemed like a great starting point, as the literal English lyrics were easily available thanks to Funimation. What I’ve attempted is to simply fit the lyrics to the flow of the song without loosing their original intention in the process and keeping the words as faithful as possible. I think that I’ve done a decent job for my first attempt if I do say so myself. Especially for doing in the span of about fifteen minutes, right?

I mean, I’m no Vic Mignogna, but not everything has to rhyme to flow, you know?

Anyway, before we begin, the literal lyrical transition reads as follows: “Hmph. You again. Begone, you vulgar fellows. Block not the path that I tread. My heart of ice will show no mercy. Learn your lesson well. Dance in the palm of my hand, you pitiful little marionettes. Dance until the hour of your doom. She is mine! Keep your filthy hands off her. Hark: my name is Rem Arlond, the prince of despair to whom even the darkness grovels! Now here’s where the game ends as I declare checkmate and thus the end of the dark-side game.”


 

I recommend you press play on the video above…NOW!

Here are my own lyrics:

(You call that fire?)

 

(Hmph. You again.)

 

Begone, you vulgar heathens, out of my sight

Block not my chosen path; I won’t have mercy

My heart of ice knows no regret; you will all be slain

 

(Learn your lesson well.)

 

Dance in my hand you broken marionettes,

Dance in my hand and I will make it known that this

is the hour of your doom

 

This girl is mine; keep your filthy hands from her

and what’s mine I need not share

Drag you to Hell; my power lies there

 

Hark: you’re in the presence of Rem Arlond!

I am master of the dark and prince of despair

This is where the farce concludes

and I have won as I declare the finality of,

a checkmate or the ending to

our dark-side game.

 


 

Have you seen Dance with Devils? I recommend it for it’s musicality and unintentional humor!

 

Until next time,

Shoujothoughts

Do you wake up every morning to the very same sweet sound? – a “Shoujo Thoughts: Otaku Ramblings” podcast (3)

Welcome, please let me provide some clarity as you listen to the podcast! I also will list my featured bloggers (below the podcast and clarifications)! Be warned that there is VERY literal fangirl-ing over Andrew Love ahead, as well as the same for on Yuri on Ice. ❤

  • Firstly, they are papillons, not chiwawas. Secondly, here’s the video for that. Let’s pretend that the intro to my blog until just after we hit the singing pupplies<3:
  • Turns out that I can’t time a release on Sound Cloud, sooo…you’re getting this post on Monday! Gotta go house sit this week, so after Wednesday, I won’t be able to record… I could just wait, but I’m impatient once I have something done! (*/_\)
  • The game title for the nameless “Shall We Date?” otome game that I reference is “Ninja Shadow.”
  • Arria’s blog title is Fujinsei!
  • Here is some of that Yuri On Ice music:
  • Here is the glorious song by LeeandLie that makes me sound kinda like Ciel Phantomhive…
  • They make a pink vita. My heart.
  • Look, it’s the Mystic Messenger song. I bet it’s a real sweet sound when it wakes you up at 3:15 A.M. Also, you should read the hilarious text messages that flit acorss the screen here.

Featured Bloggers:

Lethargic Ramblings — LETHARGIC RAMBLE: UNDERSTANDING IN THE ANIME COMMUNITY &  FIRST IMPRESSIONS: NINTENDO SWITCH

Archi-Anime — [REVIEW] SWORD ART ONLINE: ORDINAL SCALE & ANI-REALITY: SWORD ART ONLINE S2

100 Word Anime — FRIDAY’S FEATURE: CRYING WON’T HELP – MAN VS NATURE

Keiko’s Anime Blog — GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES

Reads, Rythms, & Ruminations — MY THOUGHTS ON YURI!!! ON ICE

Fujinsei — PRE-ORDER YURI KATSUKI & VICTOR NIKIFOROV (YURI ON ICE) NENDOROID FIGURES NOW!!!

Little Anime Blog — BETTER THAN A FAIRYTALE: OUR FAVORITE ANIME PRINCES

ALSO, I forgot that Karandi reviewed Dance with Devils. OMGosh. You guys should go read that.

❤ Shoujothoughts

Most Bad@$$ Scene From Any Anime Character (30 Day Anime Challenge, Day 27)

Blogger’s Note: This post became much more of a discussion on what makes a moment bad@$$ than I had originally intended, rather than being a description of a single incident. Also, you may get tired of me writing the word as “bad@$$,” but I don’t say it excessively (especially after a point), so I think we’ll be alright.


I am going to choose to believe that bad@$$ doesn’t need to mean visually stunning so that I don’t end up writing about Hakuouki AGAIN (because you know I would, dear readers, you know I would). In selecting a scene, I have to ask myself, “in what way should I digest the prompt?” What does it truly mean to be bad@$$, and in which cases should I validate one character’s bad@$$ery as more intense than that of another? Sebastian (of Black Butler notoriety) killing the mob responsible for kidnapping Ciel by using the family dinning silver is bad@$$. The same can be said of when he literally SPITS OUT BULLETS and then THROWS THEM AT HIS WOULD-BE ASSASSINS with enough speed to KILL THEM OUTRIGHT. Like…what is that??

Other such incidents of bad@$$ery are less physical and more verbal. (DON’T DO IT SELF, DON’T DO IT.) In Hakuouki (YOU DID IT.), Okita Souji (NO, STOP IT. STOP IT.)…

Okay, I stopped myself. Anyway, some bad@$$ery is more verbal. It’s isn’t based in anime, but there was a character in an otome game that I played who said, “Roast in the flames of perdition,” as his vigilante catch phrase, and I maintain that the aforementioned line is one of the most bad@$$ lines every spoken in an otome, the end-good day-that’s all.

In my opinion, to be considered bad@$$ rather than intense, a scene must have little other pull than the “cool” factor. Impressed must be the primary emotion, rather than respectful, heartbroken, or in stitches. There is no room for being conflicted while witnessing a bad@$$ moment. When Saito (I’M USING HAKUOUKI AGAIN FOR A MOMENT BUT I WON’T RAMBLE, I PROMISE) drinks the water of life in Warrior Spirit of the Blue Sky, I feel a cornucopia of emotions. Thus, even though his next actions are physically impressive, this is much more than a bad@$$ moment. When Ren (Dance with Devils) breaks into song while murdering (i.e.-defending himself and Ritsuka) a hoard of vampires in a deserted house’s well-kept kitchen, I feel only that “cool” factor stemming primarily from Ren’s confidence (as manifested in his actions, words, and appearance). Thus, this IS one such moment. 

In fact, though there are a few moments that readily come to mind, I think that this is the one that I shall pick for today.

Without reveling spoilers (seriously, guys, it’s a dark, romantic, unintentionally comedic, bad@$$ musical with an epic and seamless DUB and you should WATCH IT), Ren Arlond, basically the heir of Hell, takes out cronies of the vampire faction with skill, ease, and unassailable confidence. And those lyrics! And those blue flames! That doll and marionette imagery!

Learn your lesson well.

Dance until the hour of your doom.


Thoughts? Bet you didn’t expect me to pick a scene from a musical. (^_~) ♪♬

And perhaps musicals aren’t your thing. Tell me, what anime scene do you find the most bad@$$? Do you agree with my qualifications assessment?

Bye for now!

Shoujothoughts

 

♬ Hark, my name is Ren Arlond:

the prince of despair to whom even the darkness grovels!