Thursday, December 1, 2011

Shounen Ki


Music, lyrics, images used in this clip, and all other credits are copyright properties of their respective owners. I do not own any part of them except for my own vocals of course :)


Original Artist: Tetsuya Takeda
Lyrics: Tetsuya Takeda
Music: Yasuo Sakou
Arrangement: Nobuyuki Sakuraba
Available on: Doraemon Theatrical Anime Theme + Insert Song (Album)
Taken From: Doraemon The Movie: Nobita's Little Galaxy Wars (1985 Movie Ending Theme)
Copyright Property: Universal Music
Cover Recording Date: 2011-11-11 06:42


Kanashii toki ni wa machi no hazure de
Denshinbashira no akari miteta
Nanatsu no boku ni wa fushigi datta
Namida ukabete miagetara
Niji no kakera ga kira kira hikaru
When I felt sad, I went to the verge of the town
To see the light of the telephone pole
In a 7th year old me, it was truly amazing
If I looked upon it with my tears,
Fragments of a rainbow were glittering bright

Matataki suru tabi ni katachi wo kaete
Yuuyami ni hitori yumemiru you de
Shikarareru made tatazundeita
As I journeyed home, everything changed shape as I blinked
It was just like dreaming alone in the twilight
I kept on standing there until I was scolded

* Aa boku wa doushite otona ni narundarou
Aa boku wa itsu goro otona ni narundarou
Ooh... why do I had to become a grown-up?
Ooh... when had I became a grown-up?

Mezameta toki wa mado ni yuuyake
Myou ni samishikute me wo kosutteru
Souka boku wa hizashi no naka de
Asobi tsukarete nemutteta no ka
As I awaken, I saw the sunset from the window
Strangely, it was feeling so lonely, I rubbed my eyes
Was I really, under the ray of sunlight
Played around, and then slept because I was too tired?

Yume no naka de wa aoi sora wo
Jiyuu ni aruite ita no dakeredo
Yume kara sametara tobenakunatte
Yuuyake sora ga anna ni tooi
In that blue sky, within a dream
I walked on it freely, eventhough there was nothing to do
As I awaken from that dream, I realized I couldn't fly
Somehow the sunset sky, looked very faraway


NOTE: Transliteration from various lyric site while the translation is done by your truly, cross checked with a native translation from the local manga adaptation.

Great gracious, here we are... at this time of the year... ^o^. A new month, the end of the year... it's DECEMBER already! As I have mentioned on the last post, the theme for December is a combination of three: Memories of the Past, Wonders of the Present & Resolution of the Future or to put it kanji-cool: 過去の記憶 x 現生の驚異 x 未来の覚悟 (read: Kako no Kioku x Genshou no Kyoui x Mirai no Kakugo). The songs I will put to the headlines during this month, will show and depict my feelings among those 3 sub-themes, perhaps one, perhaps two of them, or all at once.

As I entered the first of the last 31st days of 2011, I can't help but recalling all memories of the past. Even 1 year ago is a past right? Time sure flew away, and without we ever realized, the last digit of the year will increment by one, and we will soon have to replace our calendars yet again. Time goes by, our age goes by as well, and we grew older more mature as the world aged at the same time. So to start this month, as we countdown towards the changing year... a very fitting song will be appropriate to accompany our journey. Eventhough I had recorded this song in the middle of last month (on the historical date 11-11-11), I'm saving it to be released on this nostalgic day..! So let's start, as we journeyed to the first sub-theme...


Today's song is another masterpiece, courtesy of Tetsuya Takeda-sensei. Before Sensei contributed his latest gentle soothing song (hoping it won't be the last, since sensei is recovering his health) to the franchise, of course there's always a first time for everything.Yes, this is the VERY FIRST song that Takeda-sensei contributed in Doraemon franchise. This song takes us way back in time to the 6th Doraemon Movie, the 1985's release entitled "Eiga Doraemon - Nobita no Uchuu Shou Senshou". A 26 years old song, which surpasses the journey of time, and had become a great classic. Hey, it's almost the same age as mine hahaha...

As all other Sensei's songs that were used in the show, this song has significant value and captured the essence of the story itself so poeticly fitting. In this movie, Nobita, Doraemon and the others, met a 'small' president from the Planet Pirika, by the name of Papi (voiced by veteran seiyuu Keiko Han). 'Small' as in the a small 'elf'' size compared to human, and the fact that he was only 10 years old but have a huge burden of leading his planet. Under the attack of the evil tyrant General Gilmore who was trying to take over his place, against his will, Papi was refuged using a small spaceshuttle by his followers and canine partner -the chatterbox- RocoRoco (voiced by Yuuji Mitsuya) to avoid public execution, thus landed on earth. The evil guys chased him to earth. He quickly became good friends with Nobita, who eventually volunteered to help him. The gang went to Pirika to re-proclaimed Papi's government's rights in a huge 'little space wars' battle utilizing Suneo's army model kits.

Have I watched this movie? Nope... it's an old movie, that I couldn't get a hand on. How did I able to tell the whole story then? Simple... I have the official manga version of it, translated in my native language... and it's one of my past collection since 1995. I had to dug out my old comic-book collections to get this one book out, and re-read it to write this review. Damn, it's still a treat and a wonderful reading materials even after all this years, especially since the original author Fujiko F. Fuio was still personally in charge for this manga ^o^. An important connection to today's post, is that the lyrics of this song, can be found in that manga as well. That was probably the first time ever I heard Takeda-sensei's name (though it was typhoed as Tetsuda Takeda -_-) in my life, and showed how well crafted the relationship between manga, the theme song and the movie itself.

The song depicts the emotion and inner feeling of Papi, as well as Nobita and the gang who are 'forced' to do more than their age in times of trouble. It is speaking about the feeling of a man (yes, this is a very manly song), who is recalling his time as a boy. Lots of experiences that he remembers, and the world was a very intriguing place filled with enchanting mysteries. Everything was very peaceful and comfortable, that he finally questions a very simple but deep question: "Why do I have to grow up? When did I ended up as a grown up?". You won't be asking about this question if you're in the stage of a boy, or teenage, but as you finally reach the stage where your mindset and life challenges are those of a grownups.

It's a funny fact, that when a person is young, they wish to be mature and grownups, because they view it as something awesome. The fact is, that mindset will eventually reverse as they reach a grownup state -  they wish they were still a boy. Do I feel like that? Yes... being a grown up is filled with tough challenge, with difficult choices, with options and circumstances that affects your next future. A boy may forget doing his/her homework and can get away easily with a few scolding, whereas a grownup, they miss a certain homework, and their job is in jeopardy (which will affect their family). There are lots of times when I simply wanted to go back in time, which is a very impossible thing to do of course, but hey... time moves on, and the show must go on, moving forward without ever going back. Yeah, that time-travelling dream is definitely just a dream, and will forever be a dream...

Of course because it was produced 26 years ago, it sounded classic. Singing this song is like telling a story with music... it's a mixed type of ballad and japanese folksong, so if you liked traditional Japanese, you'll like it (you know I do right? ;p). That was the biggest challenge I had while doing the song, cause I feel like I'm narrating a personal story but in an arranged melody. Singing this song is just like giving speech, and it took me a while to get a hang of it since I've always been awful in speaking Japanese compared to singing. You need to put a certain amount of feeling/emotion, because it would ended up as flat and heartless if you don't. It's a real challenge for me, but I tried giving my best, and I do feel it's worth it -eventhough it could've been way better-.

Singing this song made me felt nostalgic, and can't help but recalling every part of my childhood. Those carefree days are simply memorable, and a precious part of my life. So, to add more sentimental nostalgic feel to this song, I decided to put 2 official wallpapers celebrating the 30th year of Doraemon movie in the video, eventhough it was supposed to be last year's (Don't forget that I've sung Takeda-sensei's last year's song though) ^o^. Yes, Doraemon is a series that had lived through my life eversince I was born, thus it's a perfect model of the journey of my life, as well everyone out there. It had survived through decades, and still going strong... an inspiration of how we should be living our life as well. Oh, and actually, the number 30 has a special value for me personally as well, so it all fits in one place! hahaha

Thanks for listening, hope you enjoy it eventhough it might not sound contemporary for you youngsters (some of you probably weren't even born when this song was released XD). This might be my last Takeda-sensei song for the time being, cause I'm having trouble finding the intrumental for his other Dora-songs. I still want to do more of his work though, so perhaps the future will turn the table for me. So, expect other Doraemon songs in the future, cause I love this series. Now to go back, sit back and re-read the rest movie-Doraemon manga! Those good old days... Gaaahhh... why did I became a grown up anyway? Hahaha...

Bye now! (^^)/

~A boy trapped in a grownup body: Furede Riko XD~

As we grow up, we learn that even the one person that wasn't supposed to ever let us down, probably will. You'll have your heart broken and you'll break others' hearts. You'll fight with your best friend or maybe even fall in love with them, and you'll cry because time is flying by. So take too many pictures, laugh too much, forgive freely, and love like you've never been hurt. Life comes with no guarantees, no time outs, no second chances. you just have to live life to the fullest, tell someone what they mean to you and tell someone off, speak out, dance in the pouring rain, hold someone's hand, comfort a friend, fall asleep watching the sun come up, stay up late, be a flirt, and smile until your face hurts. Don't be afraid to take chances or fall in love and most of all, live in the moment because every second you spend angry or upset is a second of happiness you can never get back... (Unknown)


I found the original posted by a Thai user, so don't mind the Thai writings, and listen to it instead. Enjoy the gentle soothing story of Tetsuya Takeda-sensei...

Tetsuya Takeda - Shounen Ki

What's Next?
- This world is... FUN! A special song to celebrate a small but special achievement! (^v^)/


sekhar said...

thanks for the translation

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