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BABYMETAL in Nikkei Business online

Here a translation of BABYMETAL interview from japanese site Nikkei Business online

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Babymetal is a Japanese music group that gets best attention worldwide not by its idol-ness but by its performance. By researching its popularity coming from, we might see the new possibility of advertising Japan Culture, Cool Japan to be said.

Its success began with MV of Gimme Chocolate in ’14, its viewcount is over 32 million now. Its album was on Billboard Chart. It hit No.1 on iTunes Metal and Rock chart in western countries and southeast asian countries. Babymetal did its world tour last year in UK, France, Germany, U.S. And Canada. In the UK they performed in front of 65,000 audience at Sonisphere Festival, their quality of singing, dancing, songs, plays were praised.

Then they made their appearances on other music festivals over the world, now in their world tour again at 15 sites in 10 countries. Big names like Metallica, Megadeth and Dragonforce are on the same festivals. And they were awarded in two of popular Metal magazines. They’ll perform a solo live at famous Wembley Arena with 12,000 audience next year.
This is a series of accomplishments as Japanese artist, and exceptional as an idol. They are the youngest solo performers at Budokan, also did at big arenas like SSA and Makuhari Messe. On the other hand, they rarely appear on TV, don’t do any handshake event like other idols. Release periods of songs are slower, they’re far from “National Idol”, even their idol-ness is getting disappearing in Japan.

Then, what in them gets attention from people around the world? I (the author) am a huge fan of them, my wife sent doubtful eyes on me being excited about watching underage girls singing and dancing on YouTube. Now I believe two of us are fans…I assume these eyes are familiar to many middle aged men. Ages of Babymetal audience are varied. Men and women. Their types of music too, from Metal to idols. Fans in their 40s and 50s are not so rare.

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I stood alone at a platform of Keiyo line in Tokyo station, in the band tee with red and black, to their concert at Makuhari. I felt weakness remembering my wife’s glare, but noticed many men, like me, in the same tee. Solo attendees were there. So I was much encouraged to Makuhari.Metal in Japan is said to reach its peak in 80’s, then lost its moment. So they would be that old boys who loved Metal and its heroes in these days. After long years, they found Babymetal, their love of Metal firing up again, and took their feet to the venue again. There’s a reason why people distant from idol culture accept Babymetal. They don’t use Metal as a flavor of idol performance, but they try to pursue Metal as their own power, in a high level.

The concept of Babymetal revealed through Kamishibai, is Metal Resistance (a movement of three girls taking back the moment of Metal). Each member of the back band is top notch players in Japan, their solo performances are in a program. The girls barely talk in their lives, songs performed nonstop. A lot of homage to metal songs grab metal fans’ hearts. From their lives we feel that they aims to be more Metal than idol.

Here’s the point why Babymetal is getting its success over the world. Heavy Metal has dedicated fan base in western countries and Babymetal ran straight into it, not as an idol with Metal fashion but as Metal with girls singing and dancing.

Regarding Metal is western culture, Babymetal can be said to localize idol and Kawaii boldly to western Metal culture. Not to mention, it’s not about deodorizing a smell of idol, but about making a fusion. Metal instinct of pursuing performance skills and idol ones of appealing to majority are two opposites, so making fusion of the two in a higher standard results in a unique performance never been for a Metal fans, gives an impression vividly. There’re discussions going about Babymetal is Metal or idol, or a real thing or not. The fact itself is some kind of proof that Babymetal makes the fusion to some extent, and it’s innovation.

An uncompromising fusion of opposites in a high standard – to generate something new. Babymetal might be the case of it. They even make this attempt to their ongoing story as Metal Resistance.
This can be adopted to other Japanese contents making their way to overseas? It would be just about combining something different into one. But pursuing it to the limit, new contents for new markets would be made. A problem is that such things could survive long or not. Babymetal just released its debut album. As a fan I hope their release of the second and keeps us surprised.

Sakura Gakuin Live viewing 2015 2 24 with English subtitles

“The Road to Graduation 2014 Final ~ Sakura Gakuin 2014 Nendo Graduation ~” Live viewing

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVwoRTfsB_Y

Date: 2015 March 29th (Sunday) 5PM
Location: The theatre in question
Fee: 3,000 yen (Tax included)
Tickets: E plus
Pre order: February 15th (Sunday) 9PM ~ March 8th (Sunday) 11:59PM
Regular sales: March 15th (Sunday) 12 Noon ~ March 27th (Friday) 12 Noon
Movie theatre: Live viewing Theatres
March 28th (Saturday) ~ March 29th (Sunday)

Hedoban magazine Vol. 6: Interview with Kobametal

The number of things we would like to ask Kobametal are almost unlimited in scope.

The producer of Babymetal who should more properly be called the “Metal command tower” appears in “Hedoban” for the first time in about 1 year!

“Road of Resistance”!
“Live at Budoukan ~ Red night”!
Overseas warrior training journey!

This can not be reduced simply to the genre of “Melodic Speed Metal”.
“Road of Resistance” which should be referred to as the greatest Metal Anthem coming of out Japan in recent years.
The clear and blaring sound of the “Red Night Edition” is knocking people over right and left.
The multitude of Miracles shown during the overseas warrior training journey that followed on the heels of the “Live at Budoukan ~ Red Night”.
Due to the fervent love call of “Hedoban” Kobametal answered our requests with a mail based interview about hints as to where Babymetal is headed following their “Legend 2015 ~ New Spring Festival” performance.

Regarding “Road of Resistance”

Q:
When did you begin to start creating “Road of Resistance”? I remember you saying before when we talked with you when you were working on the Babymetal album that “you had a song in the works that had an even higher BPM”. Were you referring to the “Road of Resistance”?

Kobametal:
The basic form of the song was ready quite a ways back, but it took on the structure of a song in 2013, I think.

Q:
With Babymetal songs made up to this point you have incorporated things from a variety of Metal sub-genres. “Road of Resistance” has a 100% degree of pure so-called “Melodic Speed Metal” to it. Were you, Kobametal, personally pondering doing a “Melodic Speed Metal with Babymetal”?

Kobametal:
With the songs of “IDZ” and “Akatsuki” that we have released in the past we already had incorporated Melodic Speed Metal aspects so I was not particularly making an attempt to do so anew with this song.

Q:
Is the Metal sub-genre of Melodic Speed Metal one of the types of Metal that you personally like? Also, what facets of Melodic Speed Metal attract you?

Kobameta:
Personally, Melodic Speed Metal is a type of music that I have been listening to from a long time ago. With its high speed guitar work and drumming laid over with a melody I am attracted by, and I mean this as a compliment to this type of music, to its various components that are often called somewhat “uncool”.

Q:
The first time I heard “Road of Resistance” in London I was truly surprised, but when I heard the finished studio song with all the various sounds packed into it I was once again and further surprised. Were there certain things you were focusing on or any difficulties you may have encountered when working on it?

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Kobametal:
The point I was really trying to pay attention to was just how “Babymetal” could we make it sound. The difficult part was the high tempo of the song I guess you could say.

Q:
In Vol. 1 of “Hedoban”, “Kobametal-san’s selections ,” you selected Dragon Force and so I would assume that they are a band that you like and so I would like to ask you what you find appealing about them from your point of view?

Kobametal:
It would be the fact that they do not let you down in your expectations of them and so speaking kind of metaphorically, it is like when you order a dish at a restaurant hoping to get the exact same taste that you got when you ordered and tasted it before. I feel that they have an originality that could be called the “Dragon Force beat” that they provide at just the right place in a song with just the right sound and melody.

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Q:
In having the guitarists Sam Totman and Herman Li of Dragon Force collaborate with you on this song was there anything in particular you requested of them? Also, was that excessive “Baka Tech” (term for someone who is possessed with a unique and highly skilled musical technique) high speed guitar play born out of the instructions of a Kobametal who likes that kind of guitar technique perhaps? (laughs)

Kobametal:
Since we were envisioning the incorporation of Dragon Force playing from the demo making stage I feel there was not much of a wide ranging change from the initial image. They worked very cooperatively with the requests made to them from the Babymetal side of things. Thanks to this positive attitude we were able to add in this wonderful guitar performance and I feel create music that is even more powerful.

Q:
Putting the lyrics of “Road of Resistance” into a massive song progression that could be considered a rather stereotypical has led fans to sometimes referring to this song as an “Anthem”. Were you deliberately trying to make this song into an anthem-like piece?

Kobametal:
Regarding the sound of the song, when we were creating the theme of song we wanted it to start off with a lead in that had a strong sense of making an appearance like Judas Priest’s “Hellion/Electric Eye” followed by the appearance of a high speed Melodic Speed Metal sound like that of Dragon Force with a sing along where the audience can cry together with the band. Since we were attempting to make a song with this kind of image I think it was destined to come out as an anthem-like song.

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Q:
The chorus with “Woa Woa” makes a deep impression on one. At the Saitama Super Arena performance this turned into a huge group chorus with 20,000 members. Said in a favorable meaning, it seems to me that you created this with deliberately with Arena Metal in mind.

Kobametal:
Up to now we have intentionally incorporated parts of the songs known as “Ai no Te” and the Death Voices into Babymetal songs so the fans could sing along together with the girls, but in the 2014 overseas tour I realized that “there were many foreign fans who wanted to sing along together from the beginning to the end of the show”. Especially in the overseas performances since the girls sing in Japanese and there is no MC this sing along part symbolically became a trigger for bringing Babymetal together with their fans into a unified, “The One”.

Q:
The lyrics of the “Road of Resistance” are of a type that has not been seen in Babymetal songs previously. Simply put, what is the theme of this song?

Kobametal:
The theme of the lyrics is the image of the road that Babymetal has traversed so far and the road that they will continue to walk here on out and I feel that this is not limited just to Babymetal but to all who participate in the Metal Resistance with the message to them being one of encouraging them to “Believe in oneself and charge ahead”. This is a song that has an important meaning and serves as a thematic song in the Babymetal Metal Resistance.

Q:
“Road of Resistance” has a very strong feel of stately British Metal to it. Did this have anything to do with it being debuted in England?

Kobametal:
Since the Live performance at the O2 Academy in London on November 8th last year was the final show in the WORLD TOUR 2014 and was done under the theme of it being both the ???? of Chapter 2 of the Metal Resistance and the introduction of Chapter 3, presenting it at this venue at this time for the first time had significance as being the theme song for the 3rd Chapter. Further, Yuimetal ardently expressed her wish that it performed saying, “It must be so!”. (laughs)

“Live at Budoukan ~ Red Night~”

Q:
I feel that the number of artists who can put out Live performance editions is rather limited. Do you, Kobametal-san, personally have any special thoughts regarding Live performance albums?

Kobametal:
I think that Live Performance albums are interesting in that they offer a way to express differences in the way a guitar solo can be phrased or in the way the song arrangements can be presented. I may be possible to enjoy music even more by discovering the slight differences that occur in each performance.

Q:
“Live at Budoukan ~ Red Night~” is being highly praised by the fans and because of many people have come to be fans or have come to look upon Babymetal in a more favorable light. With this Live album were you aiming to “draw out the core musical essence of Babymetal”?

Kobametal:
I was not in particular deliberately attempting to do so, but in that it contains all of the songs on the 1st album, “Babymetal” performed live without break, it could be said that it attempts to be a sort of “Best Live” album.


Q:
Idols often release DVDs but one doesn’t often hear of them putting out Live performance editions. Including the opinions of the 3 Babymetal members did you have????

Kobametal:
With Babymetal I feel we have already come to the point where they can not be contained in the bracket of being an Idol band, and since in some cases I feel they are putting on Live shows that are richer and heavier than other rock bands I have absolutely no worries regarding this matter.

Q:
One of the jewels of this Live album is the involvement of Ted Jensen. Why did you think of asking Ted Jensen to work with you on this Live performance album?

Kobametal:
This is also the workings of Fate, or rather the divine instructions of Kitsune-sama, I feel.

Q:
Incidentally, could you tell us how Ted Jensen thinks about Babymetal?

Kobametal:
He said he feels they are an extremely unique entity.

Q:
I felt there were some differences in the way the sound was handled such as the way the sound was recorded and the way some sections were emphasized between “Red Night” and “Black Night”. If that is so, could you tell us why? And were these due to the ideas of Ted Jensen?

Kobametal:
We did not deliberately set out to create a difference in the sound and I feel the sound on the day of the recording plays a big part in this.

Following the overseas warrior training journey

Q:
And then following upon the heels of the BudouKan shows the band suddenly embarked upon an overseas tour. Did you feel from before that this would develop into an overseas tour based on what came before?

Kobametal:
I did think that eventually we would develop into performing overseas, but I thought it would take a bit more time to do so. The speed of things following the release of the album was very fast.

Q:
The staff at “Hedoban”’s sense of the outlook regarding Metal changed after experiencing the Metal Festival of Sonisphere with its gathering of everyone from small children to the elderly. Did you, Kobametal-san feel a change in your outlook toward Metal after experiencing Sonisphere from the inside realm of that world?

Kobametal:
I discovered many things by experiencing this authentic English Rock festival known as Sonisphere. I actually experienced the fact that the Headlining act, Iron Maiden is a people’s band. I felt the wide range as well as the history and scope of Metal on seeing everyone from grandchildren to elderly grandfathers and grandmothers participating in the festival wearing Iron Maiden T-shirts.

Q:
There is an image that more than America that Europe has an enthusiastic fan base regarding Babymetal. How did you yourself feel about this?

Kobametal:
Since each country has its own way of reacting to and enjoying Babymetal, it is difficult for me to say which country is the most enthusiastic about Babymetal, but I do have the impression that within even Europe it is especially Germany and England in which there seems to be a bigger ratio of fans excited about Rock and Heavy Metal. Through the tour I heard from various people from many different countries that when Japanese artists perform in Europe it is usually the Asians living in Europe or people who are interested in Japanese culture that come to these shows, but that with Babymetal the fan base is different.

Q:
Is there anything that you feel is interesting in the difference between the Japanese fans and the European fans?

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Kobametal:
That would be that they really “sing a lot”.

Q:
In England long time standing Metal media sources such as “Hammer” or “Kerrang” have been out and upfront in covering Babymetal. Please let us know your straight, unadulterated feelings regarding this.

Kobametal:
I feel it is a great honor.

Q:
I am certain that you have received a great deal of foreign media coverage up to this point, and I would like to know if this differs from the Japanese media in any way?

Kobametal:
There does not seem to be too much different in the way both the Japanese media and the foreign media cover Babymetal as being a unique presence, but I feel that since the overseas cultures do not have the concept of Idol that the foreign press tends to treat Babymetal more as an artist in their own right or as Metal band. And I feel that the overseas media seems to be more enthusiastic in their coverage.

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Q:
Along with Sonisphere of course, I feel that Babymetal acting as the opening band for Lady Gaga was an extremely precious experience for the girls. How do you, Kobametal-san yourself feel about this?

Kobametal:
Even if they differ in genres I feel it was an extremely important experience for Babymetal to be able to travel on a tour with an artist that is performing on the world stage.

Q:
In Japan the number of Metal fans who come to Babymetal shows dressed in Metal T-shirts has increased and because of Babymetal there are many former Metal fans who are returning to the fold so it seems that Babymetal has touched the hearts and minds of many Metal fans. What do you think about this situation?

Kobametal:
I feel that this is a sign that the Metal Resistance is moving steadily ahead.

Q:
Are you still responsible for the BGM that is played as fans file into Live performances? And if this is so is there something that you are paying attention to in selecting the songs played following the overseas warrior training journey? There are cases of Iron Maiden songs being prevalent and with the recent SSA there were many Judas Priest songs played…

Kobametal:
I am pretty sure that the songs selected are according to the whims of Kitsune-sama on that day.

Q:
On January 10th at the Saitama Super Arena (SSA) there were about 20,000 fans in attendance. This is something in the Metal world in Japan that has not happened recently for Live performances. What do you, Kobametal-san think of this excitement?

Kobametal:
Since I have the impression that we were allowed to appear in the Loud Park event known as the “Big show” I was a bit worried whether we could fill out the arena with just Babymetal fans. And so when we were actually able to fill the entire arena with a sold out show I was filled with excitement.

Q:
I am sure that you are looking forward anxiously to the new overseas developments from May. And we here at “Hedoban” are looking forward both mentally and “financially” to this development (laughs). Is there a possibility of Babymetal venturing into unknown foreign countries?

Kobametal:
Only the Fox God knows.

BABYMETAL Chocolate! (English Captions Intro Legend ’97)

Prologue to “Give me Chocolate (Gimme Choco)” in Legend “1997”

Included in “LIVE – LEGEND 1999 & 1997 APOCALYPSE” (released on 2014 Oct. 29th), played in Legend “1997” concert on 2013 Dec. 21st.

On the holy night, at “Uki Uki * Midnight”, too much glittering bright!
did YUIMETAL & MOAMETAL, and SU-METAL.

But they should have been careful not to romp too much. YUIMETAL & MOAMETAL
once again, though the Fox God had taught them “Never eat it! Absolutely not!”,
ate the “check-it-out chocolate”.

“Can I have a bit of choco, too?” thought SU-METAL, but, keeping her hand in the fox sign, she restrained herself.
“Would you have a bit of choco?” The two do the devil’s temptation.
SU-METAL can’t resist it and stretches her hand to the chocolate, but, for some reason, the chocolate escapes from her.
“Why!? Wait a while! Wait! Wait!”
SU-METAL asks the Fox God for it. “Give me chocolate, please!”

Source: BABYMETAL TRANSLATIONS UNOFFICIAL

2 Kamishibai from Oosaka 2013

Kamishibai from Osaka 2013 (SUMMER SONIC 2013) with English subtitles


http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1m1dt1_babymetal-live-from-summer-sonic-2013_music

BABYMETAL Road of Resistance translation

Du Enki from BABYMETAL TRANSLATIONS UNOFFICIAL has just published the english translation of the song Road of Resistance.

Road of Resistance
Dying the eastern sky true red,
the light of signal fire
tells the end of the darkness of solitude.
It’s a new guidepost.
Even if you are crushed, again and again,
burn your flame of heart!

Now is the time. It’s the time.
This moment right now.
It’s the time. It’s the time.
Living with love.
[Just a it’s the…] Time. It’s the time.
I sing for tomorrow’s you.
Now the time has come.

Go for resistance [resistance], resistance [resistance]!
Wow wow wow wow wow.
Our hearts are one.
If you believe in your way,
go on even the way without a path!
Forever [forever], forever [forever].
Wow wow wow wow wow.
In the depths of our heart,
hot heart is burning.
It is our resistance.

Wow wow wow wow…

As long as life continues,
I will never turn my back to reality.
Today makes tomorrow.
Yes, it’s our future. On the way, ah…

Resistance, resistance.
Stand up and shout [shout]
for the justice forever!
If you believe in your way,
go on! The answer is here.
Forever [forever], forever [forever].
Wow wow wow wow wow.
In the depths of our heart,
hot heart is burning.
Our resistance.

[i] About the Writers and the Lyrics of This Song
This tune is released as the downloadable bonus of the limited edition of CD “LIVE AT BUDOKAN – RED NIGHT -” (also included in the downloadable edition being sold at iTunes Store, etc). As of 2015 Jan. 28th, the author information is only contained in the tag of the downloaded file (lyric/music not specified), and the official lyric is not released yet. This romaji lyric is my transcription (of course, I’ve read others’).

When this tune (tentatively called “The One”) was played for the first time on 2014 Nov. 8th (in London), many people thought it was written by DragonForce (a British power metal band) because it resembled DragonForce’s tunes too much. The fact, however, is that Sam Totman & Herman Li, the guitarists of DragonForce, took part in the studio recording of this tune.

The music and the lyrics of this song are typical of the theme songs of Japanese battle animes (i.e. they resemble DragonForce’s songs). Someone said this song might have something to do with a famous Japanese manga & anime “進撃の巨人” (Shingeki no Kyojin; Attack on Titan), but it seems wrong for now. Someone said this lyric is too straightforward as BABYMETAL’s song (e.g. “IJIME, DAME, ZETTAI” has a kind of comical taste in Yui&Moa’s chants).

Babymetal in Singapore with english sub!

Here is a very good documentary chronicling the BABYMETAL journey in Singapore for the AFA 2012.


The AFA 2012 concert is here:

2012 AFA

some additional translation,notes and corrections
1:20 The tags Yui and Moa are wearing are which Japan’s postal service uses for luggage.
1:36 Moa says “Our Suzuka-san,,,Su-metal is asleep.”
2:28 Moa says “I’m landing on the ground of Singapore…now!
3:00 the Japanese sub reads “Eiki”, not “Eigo(english)”, it means to recharge their batteries ,not to brush up on their English.
3:15 Moa says “I wanna get into a pool”, not a bath.
3:46 Yui says ” at the airport…” and Su- says “Yeah,I felt relieved when I saw them(welcoming fans) at the airport.”
6:05 A fan:”kawaii”, Moa:” oh,thank you” ,fan:”I love Moa-chan”, Moa:”Thank you for your continuous support.”
8:26 Yui says “マント着てからあれやろ?” means “After wearing the cloak,let’s do THAT.” In this case,THAT means the following huddle “BABYMETAL GO!”
16:07 Su- says “Are you O.K. Yui-chan?”
16:28 Moa says “first time (show),abroad.”
16:55 Yui says”I wanna swim!”

The Cant of Words from BAW (Part 3)

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The Cant of Words

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 ふらいんぐぶいのおか
 (フライングVの丘)
 Furaingu Bui no Oka
The Hill of the flying V

Prior to the unavoidable final battle Kitsune-sama summons the “Metal Kami band” to this holy place to assist Babymetal.

 ぶれいくだうん
 (ブレイクダウン)
 Bureiku Daun
Breakdown

Breakdowns appear often in hard core or Metal core music. This refers to a Mosshu part that begins when the tempo of the song suddenly and abruptly drops. The Babymetal song, “iine!” features a song development that breaks in with the “Kitsune Break Down” coming in after the Hip Hop rap part appears, and in live performances this is a moment when Babymetal and the fans become one with everyone putting both hands up in the Kitsune Sign. In the song, “Megitsune” there is a Japanese style o Breakdown based on the motif of “Sakura Sakura”. It is most likely that in the realm of Idol songs it is Babymetal that has first incorporated Breakdowns in a full fledged manner.

へどばんのかみ
 (ベドバンの神)
 Hedoban no Kami
The God of Hedoban

In the music video, “Hedobangya-!!” it is this god that performs the intensely energetic “Fan Hedoban” (Fan means the wind producing machine). In order to protect his neck from the damage that may occur from this hard Hedoban, he wears the “Legendary neck brace”. In the MV for “Hedobangya-!!” there is a scene where the “Legendary neck brace” that the Hedoban kami wears crosses over Space/Time and is delivered to the hands of Su-metal.

 へどばんようせいこるせっと
 (ヘドバン養成コルセット)
 Hedoban Yousei Korusetto
Headbanging Neck brace training device

With the special version of the first single version of “Hedobangya-!!” which was released under an Indies label on July 4th, 2012, a first edition limited production (Hedo Ban-) neck brace was included with the release. At the “Legend~Neck Brace Festival” performed on July 21st, 2012 at Meguro’s Rokumeikan, as a special privilege the fans who purchased this CD were able to wear this “Headbanging Neck brace training device” to the show as a form of dress code resulting in this live performance becoming a Legendary event with the over 300 fans in attendance wearing one.

 べびーへどばん
 (ベビーヘドバン)
 Bebi-Hedoban
Baby Headbang

A cute Hedoban in the Babymetal style wherein one shakes their head from side to side. One must do preparatory stretching in advance.

 ほねばんど
 (骨バンド) 
 Hone band
Bone band

An air band that constantly protects the members of Babymetal at live performances and events and sometimes puts on aggressive and wild performances with Babymetal. They perform with all of their bodies, minds and souls to create real “Soul” music backed up with Marshall amplification and drum kits set up in the twin bass specifications of a true Metal band.

 (ま) (Ma) Line
 

 めたるねーむ
 (METAL ネーム)
 Metaru ne-mu
 Metal name

This is a baptismal name granted granted by the divine instructions of Kitsune-sama to Su-metal, Yuimetal, Moametal and indeed all of the chosen ones. In accordance with the Apocalyptic records, one can acquire their Metal name by vowing loyalty to Kitsune-sama.

 めたるのかみばんど
 (メタルの神バンド) 
 Metaru no Kami bando
 The Metal Kami band

A live performance band composed of the Metal gods of the guitar Kami, the bass Kami and the drum Kami who have all been summoned by Kitsune-sama for Babymetal. The Kami first descended into their roles at the first solo live performance, “I, D, Z~Legend “I”) held at Shibuya’s O-EAST on October 6th, 2012.

 めたるますたー
 (メタルマスター)
 Metaru Masuta-
 Metal Master

The refers to the great ones of the Metal world who have taught Metal to the Babymetal members. Recently, at Rock Festivals they have skillfully fulfilled this task.

 めたるれじすたんす
 (メタルレジスタンス)
 Metaru Rejisutansu
 Metal Resistance

An overarching term referring to the fate, destiny, missions as well as the revolution that have been allocated from Kitsune-sama. This aims to restore Metal to the Entertainment world and the Music world. It also refers to activities that aim to spread the movement of Babymetal that cross over all genres and national boundaries and include such activities as when Babymetal cooperated with the Metropolitan Police Department to advocate “Metal for World revision” at the time of the release of “Ijime, Dame, Zettai”. This force and momentum is even as you are reading this expanding overseas.

 もっしゅっしゅ
 (モッシュッシュ)
 Mosshusshu

This refers to the Babymetal style of Mosh. Not an aggressive, wild Mosh is advised but rather a fun and enjoyable one. Additionally, the viewing area at standing-only performances is known as the “Mosh’sh Pit”

 (や) (Ya) Line
 

 よなおしめたる
 (世直しメタル)
 Yonaoshi Metaru
 Metal to revise (better) the world

In accordance with the message contained in Babymetal’s first major single, “Ijime, Dame, Zettai”, the slogan of “Metal to revise (better) the world” was implemented. As an example of promoting this, Babymetal has appeared in the “Metropolitan Police Department’s ”.

 よをしのぶかりのすがた
 (世を忍ぶ仮の姿)
 Yo o Shinobu Kari no Sugata
 Slealth guise to move quietly and undetected in the world

This refers to the guises taken by Babymetal to perform activities appearing as “ordinary girls” blending quietly into daily life so they may perform their tasks of “Metal Resistance” in school activities and the Idol world. They have put forth various and many efforts in these guises since the time they were little girls, and have carried out undercover activities in the “Idol” world.

Tower Record President, Minewaki Ikuo speaks passionately about Kikuchi Moa

The President of Tower Records, Minewaki Ikuo-san speaks passionately about Sakura Gakuin’s Kikuchi Moa-chan once again! (Complete article/First section- calling a storm)

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Ikuo Minewaki

An article that we ran on this site in the early days of 2014 created quite a stir amongst not only ordinary viewers but also ardent fans, “Tower Records president, Minewaki Ikuo-san speaks about Kikuchi Moa-chan for 90 minutes!”. This theme comes back and it is powered up.

Our media coverage team visited the head office of Tower Records to cover the “The Idol Award 2014-Minewaki-Shachou determines the best of Kikuchi Moa award” which is reported in our 2015, February edition of “Monthly Entertainment”. The one we were waiting patiently for was the response from Minewaki-shachou who was waiting for us prepared to the teeth to deal with our coverage.

This year as well, the president’s passionate talk exceeded the time allotted for our media coverage. But, that is OK, We will present the whole version of his talk. So, Mr. President please talk to your heart’s content.

Q: Before we get into the main topic and looking back over last year, how do you feel Kikuchi Moa-chan has grown over the year?

Minewaki- After becoming the student council president she kind of stepped back a bit. Before she took on that position she was the type that liked to go to the front and lead everyone. But, this year, Moa-chan held herself in reserve in live performances and in SG classroom’s as well, and she often lead other members into the more visible positions. The current 3rd year team is very kind and they allow the younger members to perform freely as they want. This is due to the techniques employed by Moa-chan that creates such an atmosphere and that creates an environment that allows them to all carry out activities that they wish to perform. She has taken on a sense of responsibility and has grown immensely.

Q: She is still only 15 though. (laughs)

Minewaki- I think that Moa-chan is at her end as the student council president as she did the most she could do going to the places she needed to go to, but with her overseas excursions with Babymetal she could not carry out completely every task she had been assigned with. Also she could not be present for the Fan club limited performance. She missed about 1 out of every 2 public performances. I was unable to watch the Haiku public class as regrettably I had to attend the Oosaka T-Palette thanksgiving festival that day. At the public classes Moa-chan also did not try to stand out and helped others to carry out their performances.

Q: That ability to create such an atmosphere is also a great thing.

Minewaki- And now in 2015 the real “The Road to Graduation” begins.

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Q: Are you ready mentally?

Minewaki- I wonder how 2015 will progress…. I still don’t have a firm grasp on how this year is going, but this spring Berryz Koubou will take an indefinite break and Moa-chan will graduate. With these “2 big things that I love” dropping away I feel a bit empty. Of course even after she graduates Moa-chan will continue to support Sakura Gakuin. And Babymetal is scheduled to perform at the Rock festival “Rock on the the Range 2015” in Ohio in May.

Q: In 2014 Babymetal performed on March 1st and 2nd at the Nippon BudouKan.

Minewaki- I went to both day’s performances. I was really surprised on the first day when Yui-chan (Mizuno) fell off the stage. And then in “IDZ” Moa-chan fell down. “Live performances are the best!” but I get so worried about those two. After the first day’s performance I went to eat with my wife, and we were talking excitedly saying, “Will Yui-chan be able to perform tomorrow?” and “Do you think she injured her leg?”. I am so happy that she was not seriously injured.

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Q: Let’s get in to the main topic. Let’s start with the 5th place entry.

Minewaki- I was thinking about this until 2 O’clock yesterday.

Q: Thank you for staying up so late for us.

Minewaki- 5th place is Moa-chan’s February 15th diary.

http://ameblo.jp/sakuragakuin/entry-11772092273.html

Minewaki- On this day there was a Sakura Gakuin live performance at EX Theater Roppongi, and it was the date of Moa-chan’s 100th diary entry. In it she wrote 100 items about herself and it being February and the fans are cold waiting in line to buy merchandise so she wrote this diary entry so the fans would not have too much free time on their hands. And so the title was, “Please read this as you wait”. This is truly an exceptional demonstration of caring for her fans. In the first column where her name is introduced she puts a circle around “Chi-地-land” so it will not be mistaken for “Ike-池-pond” in the Kikuchi part of her name. In the 3rd column she has a picture showing her height with it written as 157 cm. In column 4 she says, “when I entered SG my weight was equal to 2 koalas but now it is that of 4. In other areas of the diary she says she is an only child, that she wants to become “Super Moa-chan” and that she love anime. I think writing 100 items was quite a chore.

Moa Kikuchi aka MoaMetal

Moa Kikuchi aka MoaMetal

Q: Just thinking about writing so many items is quite an exhausting chore.

Minewaki- As I said last year, you can really see that she thinks about her readers when she writes her diary. And moreover, this was written specifically for fans who were waiting. The contents are quite detailed so reading it is quite a task as well. This really shows us Moa-chan’s character, she really has her stuff together. Hey! Look here! She has two less bottom teeth than ordinary people!

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Q: Shachou, please settle down (laughs)

Minewaki- Sorry. But, when you read this you can understand that she has a small jaw because she is short 2 lower teeth. It is because she writes things that you would ordinarily not be able to understand at all that her fans are so pleased with her diaries. And following this diary entry we had planned with “Monthly Entertaiment” to do a “100 questions for Moa-chan (2014 August), right? When you read this together with that it is fantastic!

Q: Those questions were thought up by several adult writers and they apparently had quite a hard time coming up with 100 questions.

Minewaki- If you read both of these even if you are just getting interested in Moametal, you will be able to understand Moa-chan very well.

Q: Thank you for slipping in a bit of advertising for us.

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Q: So what is 4th?

Minewaki- Moa-chan and Yui-chan were not present at the 2014 TIF, right?

Q: Yes, they couldn’t attend because they were touring as Babymetal with Lady Gaga on her live tour.

Minewaki- However, they appeared on the screen for “Yume ni Mukatte”. And so, Yui/Moa who were not expected to be in attendance seemed to be singing together with the other members.

Q: Their sense of presence increased even though they were not there.

Minewaki- True, their sense of presence stood out due to not actually being there. It was that sort of stage. I felt like I was standing in the presence of a truly great people. (laughs)

Q: What great people do you mean (laughs).

Minewaki- The Moa-chan in my brain was supremely cute when they synchronized with the other members! I thought how can she be so cute even though it is 2-dimensional. I burned the 2-dimension Moa-chan into my brain, and in front of all of us were the 8 actual members plus the 2 graduates of Iida Raura-chan and Horiuchi Marina-chan acting as assistants performing “Yume ni Mukatte”. And without doubt Yui/Moa were there as well.

In the July 30th diary entry of Moa-chan, she wrote that she was “not present at TIF”.

Minewaki- This was where Moa-chan debuted so the TIF events are of great importance to her. Every year, the members of TIF get into fights amongst themselves and then they reform into new units. For Sakura Gakuin it is kind of like a ritual that the members must pass through. It is interesting to think that they could not attend because they were opening for Lady Gaga.

Q: And a 15 year old girl feels bad about that (laughs)

Minewaki- Speaking of Lady Gaga, you know she is a global pop icon (laughs). In this diary entry she writes passionately about her feelings for TIF, and there are pair photographs with everyone in the end of it. I think this is one of her great entries. Any Fukei who reads this and then gets angry that “Yui/Moa are not present at TIF” is not a real Fukei!

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Q: Yes, like, “Don’t say such an absurd thing” (laughs)

Minewaki- Even though they are not there you can see them (laughs). And remember, more than anything else, the student council president is saying, “Even if we are apart our hearts are one”. Of course since we have to support them the same as the previous year, the 2014 TIF was a Sakura composition. The performances by Sakura Gakuin were a bit less than usual but I was able to able to watch each stage that the members performed on.

Q: But of all those “Yume ni Mukatte” was the best.

Minewaki- Yes, I was so excited. It goes without saying that Idols are cute, that is a given, but in my thinking the songs also have to be good. This song was a trigger to change that way of thinking for me. “Kawaii” can at times surpass the song.

Q: So, you were reverted back to the basics of liking Idols, right?

Minewaki- Composers can be broken easily! For a long time I also used to say, “I can’t like a performance if the song is no good”. Sorry for thinking like that. There is no need for me to make excuses!

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Q: So what is 4th?

Minewaki- Moa-chan and Yui-chan were not present at the 2014 TIF, right?

Q: Yes, they couldn’t attend because they were touring as Babymetal with Lady Gaga on her live tour.

Minewaki- However, they appeared on the screen for “Yume ni Mukatte”. And so, Yui/Moa who were not expected to be in attendance seemed to be singing together with the other members.

Q: Their sense of presence increased even though they were not there.

Minewaki- True, their sense of presence stood out due to not actually being there. It was that sort of stage. I felt like I was standing in the presence of a truly great people. (laughs)

Q: What great people do you mean (laughs).

Minewaki- The Moa-chan in my brain was supremely cute when they synchronized with the other members! I thought how can she be so cute even though it is 2-dimensional. I burned the 2-dimension Moa-chan into my brain, and in front of all of us were the 8 actual members plus the 2 graduates of Iida Raura-chan and Horiuchi Marina-chan acting as assistants performing “Yume ni Mukatte”. And without doubt Yui/Moa were there as well.
In the July 30th diary entry of Moa-chan, she wrote that she was “not present at TIF”.

Minewaki- This was where Moa-chan debuted so the TIF events are of great importance to her. Every year, the members of TIF get into fights amongst themselves and then they reform into new units. For Sakura Gakuin it is kind of like a ritual that the members must pass through. It is interesting to think that they could not attend because they were opening for Lady Gaga.

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Q: And a 15 year old girl feels bad about that (laughs)

Minewaki- Speaking of Lady Gaga, you know she is a global pop icon (laughs). In this diary entry she writes passionately about her feelings for TIF, and there are pair photographs with everyone in the end of it. I think this is one of her great entries. Any Fukei who reads this and then gets angry that “Yui/Moa are not present at TIF” is not a real Fukei!

Q: Yes, like, “Don’t say such an absurd thing” (laughs)

Minewaki- Even though they are not there you can see them (laughs). And remember, more than anything else, the student council president is saying, “Even if we are apart our hearts are one”. Of course since we have to support them the same as the previous year, the 2014 TIF was a Sakura composition. The performances by Sakura Gakuin were a bit less than usual but I was able to able to watch each stage that the members performed on.

Q: But of all those “Yume ni Mukatte” was the best.

Minewaki- Yes, I was so excited. It goes without saying that Idols are cute, that is a given, but in my thinking the songs also have to be good. This song was a trigger to change that way of thinking for me. “Kawaii” can at times surpass the song.

Q: So, you were reverted back to the basics of liking Idols, right?

Minewaki- Composers can be broken easily! For a long time I also used to say, “I can’t like a performance if the song is no good”. Sorry for thinking like that. There is no need for me to make excuses!

Source: http://www.entamenext.com/news/detail/id=1256

LEGEND “2015”〜 New Year Fox Festival Japanese TV coverage comp with English subs

A collection of Japanese TV coverage of Babymetal’s Saitama Super Arena performance on 2105, January 12th.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkB71UbOojg

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