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9th-Sep-2013 10:20 pm - "Something about you" INORAN
INORAN's upcoming single "Something about you" (2013.09.13)

There's something very soothing about this song that calmed my heart. Thank you, INORAN, for such a beautiful song.
Higashino Keigo, one of my favourite Japanese mystery (and other genres too) author! This season there's a 11-episode drama series based on 11 of his best stories.


Since I have time on my hands, I decided to start subbing again. Just for this series. And I seriously do not care who uses these subs. You can hardsub it, translate to other languages, etc. No permission needed. No bugging either.

*I'm not sure which part of "no bugging" do people not understand. Not on this blog but at d-addicts. Just because I was a month late due to work, doesn't give you the permission to call for a change of translator. I don't like doing things halfway but I also don't like doing doublework. Now 3 episodes are done by someone else. Urgh. And have I ever mentioned how much a dislike Miura Haruma? It's all his fault.


English subs here:
Episode 1
Episode 2
Episode 3 (sorry this took so long. the kansai dialect was killing me...)
Episode 4 (Yoshida Eisaku was a pleasant surprise. :D Miss seeing him in dramas.)
Episode 5 (Sorimachi Takashi and Kato Ai make a good pair)
Episode 6 (by onctom)
Episode 7 (by onctom)
Episode 9
Episode 10 (by onctom)
Episode 11

Personally, I feel that the stories up till episode 5 were really good murder cases. Episode 6 onwards feel kinda "off." Especially episodes 8 and 10. They cannot even qualify as mysteries, let alone murder cases.
27th-Dec-2011 07:53 pm - Scarlet Love Song
New single by X Japan released on June 8th, 2011. It was used in the anime adaptation of Osamu Tezuka's manga "Buddha."

Music and lyrics by Yoshiki
(original lyrics in bold)

Will you fly me away ?

mata aeru to shinjite
I believe we will meet again
towa ni kanaderu
Playing instruments eternally
Scarlet Love Song

Ah いつかは
Ah itsuka wa
Ah, in due time
kaze ni natte
I will become the wind
Fly away
anata no moto ni iku kara
To where you are

toki wa nagare
Time passes
eien ga iroasetemo
Even when forever fades
anata e no omoi
My thoughts to you
kiseki no youni kagayaite
Shine like a miracle

Will you fly me away ?
mata aeru to shinjite
I believe we will meet again
towa ni kanaderu
Playing instruments eternally
Scarlet Love Song

Will you fly me away ?

ima wa hitomi o tojite
Now my eyes are closed
kokoro ni utsuru
Reflecting in my heart

tsubasa ni aoi bara chiribamete
A blue rose is mounted on my wings
hito wa daretemo habataku toki ga kuru
There will come a time when everyone has to flap their wings
sono tokimade
Till that time
hai ni narumade
Till I am turned to ashes
I'll be falling

mata afuredasu
Again it begins to overflow
namida sae
Even my tears
I believe
Will be withered
hana ni inochi o ataeru
Gives life to the flower
toki ga nagare
Time passes
eien ga iroasetemo
Even when forever fades
ai no shizuku wa
The drop of love
kiseki no you ni kagayakite...
Shines like a miracle...

Will you fly me away ?

mata aeru to shinjite
I believe we will meet again
towa ni kanaderu
Playing instruments eternally
Scarlet Love Song

Will you fly me away ?

ima wa hitomi o tojite
Now my eyes are closed
kokoro ni utsuru
Reflecting in my heart

Scarlet Love Song
Chanced upon this drama while surfing around for a new drama to watch. Just finished the first episode and I think I will continue.

Synopsis from dramawiki:

To start, Fujii Emi is a girl who can't forget her ex-boyfriend. She thinks that being treated as a "guy's girl" is comfortable, but she
wants to feel real love inside. Ogura Saki (Yoshitaka) failed to find a job, and ended up working at a hostess bar. Although she gives
lectures to Emi and Mako about love, she has never loved anyone seriously. Finally, we have Hanzawa Mako (Oshima), who annoys men because of her serious and heavy personality; her efforts in love were also fruitless.

These girls start living together by chance, and navigate as a group through their worries about love, career, and marriage, by
comforting and fighting with one another. --Tokyohive

**Spoilers Alert**Collapse )
This drama touches on the universal theme among women - love. Perhaps it's in our DNA or perhaps it's a social construct but any woman who says that she doesn't want love is lying. A woman may be disappointed in love or may have given up hope on love but that doesn't mean she doesn't want love. It is especially difficult when she sees those around her getting into relationships, getting married and then having children. It's worse when those who are younger get all of those before her. There is also pressure from family and pressure from the biological countdown.

In a recent conversation on relationships, my guy friend who is married had this to say. As men get older, their choices of women gets wider because it is not strange for men to marry women who are younger than them. So when a man is 25, his choices are those below 25 (of course there should be a lower limit of say, 18 years old?). When he reaches 30, 5 more years are added to the age range. However, for women, the reverse is true. Not as many women marry younger men so when a woman gets older, the age range of guys she can date shrinks. When she is 25, she can choose anybody from 25 years upwards. When she hits 30, it is from 30 years upwards. But how much upwards can she go? Most eligible men are married by the time they reach 40. Anyone who isn't married by then is probably weird or divorced or gay.

I'm looking forward to how this drama's storyline develops.
26th-Nov-2011 10:01 pm - INORAN - raize

Listened to the live version of this song and was suddenly touched by the lyrics. Way to go, INORAN!

Music and lyrics by INORAN

kegarenaki sora oikakete
Chasing after the unsoiled sky
kawatteku keishiki wa tsugi no signal
The changed landscape is the next signal

mezashita yukisaki ni tadoritsukitai
I want to finally reach the destination I am aiming for
tarinai mono sagasu tabi
A journey to search for what I am lacking
kaze o haramasete honki de kasokushite
To be filled with the wind and seriously accelerate

taisetsu na yume toikakete
To ask after my precious dream
henka o nozonda kimochi ni naru
I started to wish for change

terashita yukisaki ato mou sukoshi
A little while more to my illuminated destination
dare ni mo jamasasenai
I won't let anyone get in the way
kono te ni tsuyoku nigitta netsu o kanjite
I can feel the heat that this hand is holding on to strongly

躊躇わず 飛ばしてゆこう
tamerawazu tobashite yukou
Don't hesitate and fly after it
諦めず 信じて走ろう
akiramezu shinjite hashirou
Don't give up, have faith and run after it
torawarenai basho
A place that will not be imprisoned
bokura no mirai ni au tameni
For us to meet in the future

kanashimi de tsuyokunareta
Sorrow has become stronger
yorokobi wa bokura o tsutsumu
Delight engulfs us
nando demo negau yo
I wish for it many times
dokomade demo furikaerazu ni
That I never have to turn back wherever I go

23rd-Jul-2011 10:11 pm - Rose & Blood [Indies of X]
I can't believe that I only discovered the existence of this album today. This was apparently released 10 years ago! Catch a sample of one of the songs I thought was pretty cool.

21st-Jul-2011 11:40 pm - Ex-X member TAIJI died in Saipan
Ex-X member TAIJI died in Saipan

Ex-X's bassist, TAIJI (Sawada Taiji), 45 years old, died today, July 17th.
While travelling on Delta Flight 298 from Japan to Saipan on July 11th, Sawada was arrested by Saipan's local police for knocking on the aircraft windows, kicking an air-stewardess, etc. While in the detention centre, he used a sheet to hang himself on July 14th and was sent to a local hospital's intensive care unit (ICU).

Sawada official joined X in 1986 and left in 1992. After that, he continued activities with bands such as LOUDNESS, D.T.R., TAIJI with HEAVEN'S. On August 14th and 15th in 2010, he joined X Japan's Nissan Stadium 2DAYS as a guest.

Original news article: (from http://natalie.mu/music/news/53240)


沢田は7月11日に日本からサイパン島に向かうデルタ航空298便に搭乗中、機体の窓を叩いたり女性フライトアテンダントを蹴るなどの行為を行ったため、 機内で拘束され、サイパン島到着後に現地警察により逮捕された。その後拘留中の7月14日にシーツで首を吊り、現地病院の集中治療室(ICU)に搬送され ていた。

沢田は1986年にXに正式加入し、1992年に脱退。その後LOUDNESS、D.T.R.、TAIJI with HEAVEN'Sなどのバンドで活動を続け、2010年8月14日・15日に行われたX JAPANの日産スタジアム2DAYSにゲストとして参加した。

This is such a depressing news. First hide, now Taiji. Who's next? I wish people would treasure their own lives more.

There is more to life.

2nd-Jul-2011 02:12 am - 手紙〜拝啓十五の君へ〜
A really meaningful song written by Angela Aki. I hope it'll encourage all those who are going through troubled and painful times right now. Don't give up!

作詞・作曲:アンジェラ・アキ (Angela Aki)

拝啓 この手紙読んでいるあなたは どこで何をしているのだろう
haikei kono tegami yondeiru anata wa dokode nani o shiteiru no darou
Dear you who is reading this letter. Where are you and what are you doing?

十五の僕には誰にも話せない 悩みの種があるのです
juugo no boku ni wa dare ni mo hanasenai nayami no tane ga aru no desu
The 15-year-old me couldn't tell anyone I had a cause of annoyance

mirai no jibun ni atete kaku tegami nara
If I write a letter addressed to my future self
kitto sunai ni uchiakerareru darou
Surely I can speak my mind

今 負けそうで 泣きそうで 消えてしまいそうな僕は
ima makesou de nakisou de kieteshimaisou na boku wa
Now I who seems about to lose, to cry, to disappear
dare no kotoba o shinji arukeba ii no?
Whose words should I believe and follow?
hitotsu shika nai kono mune ga nando mo barabara ni warete
Only one thing. This heart has been broken into pieces many times
kurushii naka de ima o ikiteiru
In the midst of pain, I am living in the present
ima o ikiteiru
Living in the present

拝啓 ありがとう 十五のあなたに伝えたい事があるのです
haikei arigatou juugo no anata ni tsutaetai koto ga aru no desu
Dear me. Thank you. I have something to tell the 15-year-old you

自分とは何でどこへ向かうべきか 問い続ければ見えてくる
jibun to wa nande doko e mukaubeki ka toitsuzukereba mietekuru
How should you go towards anywhere on your own? You will find it if you keep asking yourself

areta seishun no umi wa kibishii keredo
The stormy sea of youth may be relentless
明日の岸辺へと 夢の舟よ進め
ashita no kishibe e to yume no fune yo susume
Go towards the shore of tomorrow. Advance on the ship of dreams

今 負けないで 泣かないで 消えてしまいそうな時は
ima makesou de nakisou de kieteshimaisou na toki wa
Now when it seems you're about to lose, to cry, to disappear
jibun no koe o shinji arukeba ii no
Is it alright to believe and follow my own voice?
otona no boku mo kizutsuite nemurenai yoru wa aru kedo
Even the adult me has sleepless nights due to hurts
kurushikute amai ima o ikiteiru
I'm living in the bittersweet present

人生の全てに意味があるから 恐れずにあなたの夢を育てて
jinsei no subete ni imi ga aru kara osorezu ni anata no yume o sodatete
Everything in life has a meaning so fearlessly raise your dream
Keep on believing

負けそうで 泣きそうで 消えてしまいそうな僕は
ima makesou de nakisou de kieteshimaisou na boku wa
Now I who seems about to lose, to cry, to disappear
dare no kotoba o shinji arukeba ii no?
Whose words should I believe and follow?
ああ 負けないで 泣かないで 消えてしまいそうな時は
aa makesou de nakisou de kieteshimaisou na toki wa
Ah when it seems you're about to lose, to cry, to disappear
jibun no koe o shinji arukeba ii no
Is it alright to believe and follow my own voice?
itsu no jidai mo kanashimi o sakete wa toorenai keredo
No era can pass by avoiding pain
笑顔を見せて 今を生きていこう
egao o misete ima o ikiteikou
Show your smile and let's live in the present
ima o ikiteikou
Let's live in the present

拝啓 この手紙読んでいるあなたが
haikei kono tegami yondeiru anata ga
Dear you who is reading this letter
shiawase na koto o negaimasu
I wish for your happiness

5th-May-2011 03:09 pm - Shibasaki Kou - Kage
Shibasaki Kou isn't exactly the best singer in the world but somehow whenever I hear this song, I am moved in some way. That is the beauty of her singing. She moves the heart, not with superb vocal techniques nor fanciful music arrangements, but with her heart and soul.


"boku wa ima doko ni iru no darou"
"Where am I right now?"
sonna tachi ichi nado
When I am standing in such a place
taishite kyoumi wa nai
I don't have much interests
tsuininaru togetachi
I have partnered with the thorns
頼りなど はじめから
tayori nado hajime kara
Since our reliance started
There is no balance
穏やかさなどは きっと
odayakasa nado wa kitto
Surely, your gentleness and such
aijiwau koto wa nai
I am unable to relish

ah そうして重みを伏せても
ah soushite omomi o fusetemo
Ah Even if I lay down the burden like that
majiwau koto wa dekinu
I cannot exchange
愛すべき 連れ人
ai subeki tsurehito
With the one whom I should love

悲しみもつのはそう 僕の
kanashimi mo tsu no wa sou boku no
I who am holding this sadness
nokoruwazuna tsuyosa
The little bit of strength left
kimi no maboroshi miru
I see a vision of you
hitori nado kowakunai
I am not afraid when I am alone
sotto tsubuyaita
I murmur softly

mukashi, boku no haha ga itteta
Long ago, my mother said this
「ここには なにもない
"koko ni wa nani mo nai
"There is nothing here
探し物は 私達
sagashimono wa watashitachi
The thing we are looking for
nanimo motteinai"
is not here"

せめて底へ 沈まぬためにも
semete soko e shizumanu tame ni mo
In order to not sink to the very bottom
michi naru tane o motta
I held on to the
kimi no ushiro sugata...
Your back view

壊れかけてた 夢を繋ぎ
kowarekaketeta yume o tsunagi
Connected to your broken dream
kyou o muji ni owarou
Today ended without problems
kimi o torikakonde
I surrounded you
yuiitsu no kate ni suru
And became your only provision
...sotto tsubuyaita
I murmur softly

kimi ga shiawase tsukomu you ni
For you to grasp your happiness
偽日になり 祈ろう
nisebi ni nari irou
I pray to become your fake sun
sukoshi no nen koboshi
I showed a little of my desire
sono saki ni nokoru no wa
All that is left
kokyuu no ato dake...
Is traces of my breath

This isn't exactly the same as the original. I think the person who made this video edited in a little of the dialogue but nevertheless, it's a beautiful song.

4th-May-2011 02:51 am - Byakuyako 白夜行
"Byakuyakou" or "Journey Under the Midnight Sun" is a drama based on a novel by the same time written by Higashino Keigo. He is also the author of "Galileo" and "Suspect X".

I finally watched this drama, after putting it off for a few years. Main reason was that I don't really like Ayase Haruka but the story eventually drew me to it.

Simple synopsis is that both Kirihara Ryoji (Yamada Takayuki) and Nishimoto Yukiho (Ayase Haruka) come from messed up families. As a result, neither smiled till they met each other. However, a murder tore them apart and forced them to live in darkness. In order to hide the truth, both of them lived in lies.

Many people have called this a dark, twisted story. But for me it is yet another representation of how the mistakes of one generation affects the next. Of course, the two of them could have chosen to do what is right. But they were only 11 and their supposed role models were not exactly good role models. Left to fend for themselves, what else would they have done to protect themselves and each other? If I were in the same situation, what would I have chosen to do? Or have I been brought up in a sheltered home and turned out like Yukiho's high school friend, Eriko, a pure, maybe naive and straightforward girl?

To do what is right but lose what you desire or do what is wrong to obtain your desire. Which would you choose?
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