Immortalizing Jyukai on YouTube!

Having only slept for three hours, I desperately tried to find a way to make the most of my “free” time. Then, it hit me. I’ve always wanted to upload the obscure Jyukai songs which nobody ever listens to! In fact, these three are my top favorite songs and yet they are on the verge of being thrown into the void of forgotten music.

Well, it stops now!

I have now uploaded the three songs on YouTube! I even took the liberty of painstakingly placing English subtitles on each of the videos, just so you can enjoy them at the fullest (which took me several hours by the way)! So turn on the subtitles/CC portion of the YouTube video, make sure to play them on the highest quality available, and enjoy! 🙂

Shintouka
心灯歌 -しんとうか-
The Heart’s Lamp

Released in 2007 as part of the harvest album and was an original single part of the “almost” compilation disc. This was the first song that truly struck a chord or two in me.

Kaerimichi
帰り道
The Way Home

A piano+vocals piece released as part of the 2007 single Ai no Hoshi/Hanamuke no Melody in 2007. It’s just pure soul.

Omoide ni Naru Mae ni
想い出になる前に
Before You Turn into Memories

Probably the last single that will ever be released by Jyukai. It became part of the compilation album Jyukai BEST ~stairway to the future~ in 2010. The summation of everything Jyukai rolled into one and still my top favorite.

That’s it! I hope you liked them!

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Let the past be not forgotten!

Since my last post was about Jyukai, the very reason this blog was up in the first place, let’s continue to bring back the past with two more of my favorites. 🙂

『Lullaby』

Lyrics : Manami
Music & Arrangement : Yoshiaki Dewa
Vocals : Jyukai

Before I knew it, it’s like as if you won’t disappear
I let you entwine our fingers, breathe in the same air, and sleep at a distance from each other

No one knows about tomorrow
That’s why I only keep on blinking, they’re burnt into my memories
Our time together, your actions,
I love you so much that it makes me feel uneasy.

Let me hear your words
Telling me, “You don’t have to cry anymore”, always
Let me hear it, that you’ll stay by my side more
Sing to me, until I fall asleep

Sometimes, you would show me your constantly quiet side
I’m happy about my complaints of it, that I’ve come to live for you

I’ll say “I’m truly sorry” with my immature love
Don’t think about things like being worn out
I’m a coward. Because, there is nothing else that I’m afraid of losing
More than you

Hey, embrace my body
Tell me, “You don’t have to cry anymore”
Hey, embrace me, like as if I can feel your body’s temperature
Sing to me, until I fall asleep

Because, the one who did so for me
I’m certain, yes, that it was you

So softly, like a cradle, it’s so warm being in your arms

Let me hear it now, with your voice, your words
Telling me about my sobbing self
Embrace me, strongly, strongly
Tell me, “You don’t need to have bad dreams anymore”
Will you sing to me? Until I fall asleep

『Starlight』

Lyrics : Manami Watanabe
Music : Yoshiaki Dewa
Arrangement : Yoshiaki Dewa, Zentaro Watanabe
Vocals : Jyukai

Hey, I was able to think there is no such thing like a night that never turns to dawn
It’s because you were always there

“Don’t go anywhere, okay?” That’s how I strongly feel but
What could I do for you?

If I find a shooting star, will my wish be granted?
I wonder whether it will carry my unspoken words to you

“Thank you.” I want to convey this song to you from my heart
Because now, the feelings I realized are here with me
Leaning on your shoulder and having my fingers entwined with yours
The starlight that illuminated my clumsy steps

Hey, can you hear my voice calling for you?
Is it reaching into that heart of yours?

I found a shooting star under the same sky
So that I can protect your smile until the very end, forever…

The radiant, overlooked starlight in the clear, blue sky
I can’t say the words as well as my beloved feelings but
“Thank you.” I want to convey this song to you from my heart
Because now, I will never forget the feelings I realized

Ever wondered how my blog name came to be?

Rather than Googling it, let me just show you.

『Farewell Gift Melody』

「Aa Megami-sama ~Tatakau Tsubasa~ Ending Theme」

Lyrics : Manami
Music & Arrangement : Yoshiaki Dewa
Vocals : Jyukai

Earrings swaying in the orange setting sun and evening breeze,
Your eyes were cast down on the bench,
If you put out your cigarette, it’s “farewell”.

Because our last memories were all happy smiles
I won’t cry anymore

We who have been torn apart, some day in the future
Lets bloom a lovely, big flower
Goodbye, goodbye, with my trembling lips
I’ll send you a farewell kiss…softly

The veranda which the swallow left from, there are two sandals huddled together
Hey, our memories were scattered even to a place like this
Such dearly loved days

Just like this sky I looked up at,
Where are those things which never change?

At the yet unseen road that is made misty with my tears
The me who have been standing there, I wonder if I can become strong
Despite that, despite that, a new sun will rise, tomorrow will come
Even I…will surely too

To have things lost, and to gain something
“On that day when you pretended to be calm and waved at me”
I don’t regret it one bit

We who have been torn apart, some day in the future
Lets bloom a lovely, big flower
To have such days, to have such days where I loved someone so much,
Giving me a farewell gift… Yes, please believe me

The Memories in my Music

Whenever I have nothing else to do, I just sit back, take a deep breath, and open up my MP3 and MP4 player (usually my PC) to load the music/music videos that I have stored over the years. Every time I listen to them, it’s like opening up a gateway to the past. For me, listening to music makes me remember all the things that I used to associate myself with during the times I have listened to them. For every words and rhythm, it’s really like and I can see and hear the visuals and the sounds of the yesteryears. But, most importantly, the emotions and the nostalgia springs out my heart, overwhelming me with warmth and joy that I have been blessed with such a pleasant and memorable past.

With that, parting with music is like forgetting who I am and how I have come to be like this today. I can’t even think of a world without music! It even convinced me to do an impulsive blog post (which is always welcome).

Now, if I have to put here one song from out of those favorite of mine, it will have to be the one below. Please do listen and enjoy! ^^

Fate/Zero and ufotable – Bringing Justice to Type-Moon’s Fate Series

Before I start this, here’s something you might want to listen to while reading (Jyukai’s Hikari used as Fate stay/night’s ED in Episode 14):

Just this last weekend, we witnessed the end of Zero and the beginning of stay/night – a man who clung on to his heroic ideals but was eventually brought down to his knees by the very thing he wanted the most. I know this is not news to you, but the destruction of Fuyuki City shows that in order to attain peace, sacrifices will have to be made – a lot of them, actually.

Arguably, Fate/Zero is the better of the two Anime series adaptation of Type-Moon’s Fate. However, the Fate stay/night game is actually quite good, and I know that a lot of fans are disappointed at how it turned out. So if you haven’t tried the game yet, just give it a go and you won’t be disappointed.

The animation right off the bat from the hour-long Episode 1 of the first season is absolutely terrific (I still get goosebumps upon rewatching the episode 1, especially after all servants have been summoned)! Even the use of CGI during Berserker’s and Caster’s fights are downright awesome. The fight scenes are what you’d expect from history’s most renowned heroes, although I must admit that the most anticipated Rider vs Gilgamesh face-off fell short of the action I was expecting to see (this is from the viewpoint of someone who has not yet read the novel). The colors were great and there was considerable attention to detail. However, towards the middle of the first season, it seems that the outstanding quality faded off inexplicably, evident in some of Waver and Rider scenes. Thankfully though, the start of Fate/Zero S2 lifted the series back to where it truly belongs, culminating in Caster’s defeat via Excalibur.

I also have no complaints on the sound effects and voice acting, though I just realized that I could not clearly remember mesmerizing over the background music – unlike that of Fate stay/night. The OP and ED were topnotch – LiSa and Kalafina reminding us what they can deliver, as well as the newcomers to the industry, Aoi Eir and Haruna Luna. It’s hard to choose which of them is my favorite though, but if I have to, it will have to be LiSa’s oath sign by a slight margin.

As for the story part, needless to say, it’s definitely well-written and enjoyable all throughout. Kudos to them writers! It was a great battle of wits.

All in all – it’s been a great ride. I can’t remember enjoying this much since watching Gundam 00 and all action enthusiasts should definitely check this one out. Now all that’s needed is an announcement regarding the next Fate production, as well as my very own summoning circle (Archer class please)! 😛

IMO, it’s a 9.0/10.