Prolog to BABYMETAL DEATH

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

Prologue to "BABYMETAL DEATH"   in Legend "1997"

Legend One-Nine-Nine-Seven.
It is the story that, receiving the legendary corset from the god of the Metal,
she abandons being human and shall be reborn as a goddess.
The gene which has been determined from ancient time
is destined to be guided, boarding on the ark of time.
The apocalypse prophesied
the DOOMSDAY. Towards it,
there remains...
little time...

(5) Are You (4) Ready to (3) (2) Mosh'sh (1) Mosh'sh (0) Mosh'sh



  ROMAJI TRANSCRIPTION AND NOTES ARE BELOW.


[i] About the Crucifixion of SU-METAL

In the middle of the tune, SU-METAL was crucified, and a strange ceremony continued. You need not read this note if you think it's just 'his' nonsense skit and it has nothing to do with the thoughts of Miss Suzuka, Miss Yui, Miss Moa, and ordinary Japanese fans & people. I, however, have to write a bit as a non-Christian Japanese.

Firstly, I know crucifixion has a special meaning to Christians, but it is a common method of execution all over the world, and the historical fact is that Jesus of Nazareth was executed as a traitor by Roman Empire. Secondly, many Japanese fans doubt why SU-METAL should be crucified in her birthday celebration.

Probably the crucifixion of SU-METAL is related to the line "she abandons being human and shall be reborn as a goddess", but, except some suicidal cults, no people in the world will to crucify their important member by themselves. It might have been less bad if, like the Holy Crucifixion, her enemy (= the big power "Idols") had appeared on the stage, they had crucified her, and YUIMETAL & MOAMETAL had just been watching from a distance.

In Japanese manga, scheduled death is sometimes depicted to exaggerate the harshness of the task (e.g. the final examination of the martial artists is the fight to the death), but it is the sensationalism that appeals probably only to (Japanese) young boys. (Unnecessary addition: During the World War II, some Japanese teachers, etc. agitated pure & naive young boys by such sensationalism to make them kamikaze attackers, etc. Many didn't want their sons/friends/pupils to enter "Yokaren" (= naval pilot school) but couldn't oppose it openly. I've read some agitators' confessions of remorse, but never heard any of them took full responsibility like a samurai or some commanders of the front.)

I don't know whether 'he' had strangely confused the image of crucified Christ & Tridentine Mass with Black Mass or 'he' intended such sensationalism as said above, but the ceremony looked odd to probably most Japanese, too. Probably even 'his' faithful worshipers would not take it seriously. I'm sorry if 'his' skit offends Christians.

[ii] About the Destruction of the Statue of the Holy Mother

At the end of the tune, the statue of the holy mother was destroyed. Many of the audience were worried whether or not any members had been injured, and not a few criticized such a dangerous staging. You need not read this note if you think it's just 'his' ...(same as above).

After the concert, on some BBS, not a few guys said naively: "The destruction is no problem because it's the homage to Metallica (an American thrash metal band)". I read some other's explanation of Metallica's case: The movie "...And Justice for All" inspired them to write a song. Both dealt with the corrupt judicial system of U.S.A. They sing "Lady Justice has been raped", "Seeking no truth, winning is all", etc. They destroyed the statue of some "goddess of justice" at the end of their concert to symbolize the Americans (including them) are trampling justice.

Those naive guys also made excuses: "It had nothing to do with Christianity because it was the statue of some goddess (officially announced), not of Maria." etc. On that BBS, however, not a few criticized them like this: "You don't know what homage is. Metallica dealt with the problem of their own society. Their destruction was a kind of self-criticism. If ignoring such context, it's not homage but just poor & nonsense parody."

Probably those guys & 'he' didn't have hostility towards Christianity or religion in general, but naively felt the destruction was cool (and mimicked it). Probably they didn't know well the meaning of protest, resistance, etc. because many Japanese men have little felt oppression by religion or other authority since 1980's(?) (but it may be well hidden) while Japanese women still sometimes feel the oppression by the male-dominant society. I, as an irreligious Japanese, apologize that some irreligious Japanese have offended religious people all over the world.


Prologue to "BABYMETAL DEATH"   in Legend "1997"

Romaji TranscriptionEnglish TranslationNotes
 
Rejendo Ichi-Kyuu-Kyuu-Nana.Legend One-Nine-Nine-Seven.
Sore wa metaru no kami kara densetsu no korusetto o sazukariIt is the story that, receiving the legendary corset from the god of the Metal,1
hito o sute kami e to umarekawaru monogatari.she abandons being human and shall be reborn as a goddess.
Inishie yori sadamerareshi idenshi waThe gene which has been determined from ancient time2
toki no hakobune ni nori michibikareru unmei nanoda.is destined to be guided, boarding on the ark of time.3
Mokushiroku ni shirusaretaThe apocalypse prophesied4
unmei no toki e muketethe DOOMSDAY. Towards it,5
nokosareta jikan wa...there remains...
ato... wazuka...little time...
 
(5) Are You (4) Ready to (3) (2) Mosh'sh (1) Mosh'sh (0) Mosh'sh6
 

Notes

  1. This "corset" means a neck brace.
  2. I don't know well what are symbolized by this "the gene" and "the ark of time" in the next line.
  3. This "michibikareru" (michibiku) means "to be guided (to somewhere)", that is "to be carried (to somewhere) (by the ark)".
  4. Literally these four lines mean "The time that is left towards the DOOMSDAY that was written in the apocalypse is little".
  5. On the screen, "unmei no toki" (= the time of fate) are superposed on the English word "DOOMSDAY".
  6. In the beginning of the tune, these words are superimposed on the live scene.
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