Denny Sinnoh's "Akihabara Starlight"

placard part

I LOVE THIS!

Until now, I never liked the AKB48 single “Kokoro no Placard” all that much, for reasons which I hope are understandable. (A fan posted the original AKB48 version on YouTube  linked here.)

Thing 1: I am not a fan of all this “hash tagging” these days.  Hash Tagging: It sounds like something from the movie “Midnight Express”.  I don’t get it.

Thing 2:  I was TRYING to follow the tune.  The more I tried to follow it, the more it started to sound like that Bob Dylan song about “Everybody Must Get Stoned” linked here.

Thing 3: Most importantly, I CANNOT READ THE SIGNS.  I cannot read Japanese, so it is all lost on me.  Everyone else is singing, dancing and having fun with those placards … EXCEPT ME.  It is such a happy song, but I feel so left out.  I cannot understand the words either, but I did catch something that sounded like “Cinco de Mayo” … Huh?  I feel just like the English translation of “Kokoro no Placard” … WHAT’S SO AMUSING???

My heart’s placard
I’ll try holding it up
With my true feelings
On display…
If I can’t put it into words
I can write it down instead
The thing I want to convey
The thing I want to say
Please notice my placard

Full lyrics are linked from Studio 48 here

http://stage48.net/studio48/kokoronoplacard.html

Although I was not hot for the original AKB48 video, I LOVE this Chibi version!  It is a lot of fun.  I love the adorable Chibi-versions of the AKB girls.  The Chibi-AKB girls are wearing some of their famous outfits from other music videos. I would also say that the Chibi-versions are still recognizable as the real idols! Acchan makes an appearance at the Tokyo Dome! … and did you see Sayaka Yamamoto on the guitar (Time 1:14)? Maybe that squeaky, quirky singing works better for cartoons (sorry girls).

Just kidding. You ladies go ahead and make great Jpop song and dance. I’m not Japanese.  You make your videos the way you want to, even if I cannot understand it.

I’m just an aging, burned-out American kung-fu retro new-wave hippie punk hipster wannabe poser.

Gonna just hang out with the “Rainy Day Women” today.

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Comments on: "“Kokoro no Placard”: I will not feel so all alone — only because of this Chibi version!" (6)

  1. Although Mr. Zimmerman’s song is just a fun and goofy lark, Denny wishes to point out that he is VERY MUCH AGAINST DRUG USE. Furthermore, the portrayals of Presidents Bush and Obama as clueless “stoners” is NOT meant to be political.

    Denny hates both DRUGS and POLITICS.

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  2. I was going to have a go at translating the placards for you but my Japanese is obviously not up to the job. The first placard that I paused (I think it’s the 3rd in the video) says “ダスをする前はお折りボーズ。” If you plug this into a translator program it comes out as gibberish, and I can’t do any better. The words “ダス” and “ボーズ”are foreign loan words that I’ve never heard before. They sound like “dassoo” and “bo-zu”. Does that mean anything to you?
    I hate leaving puzzles unsolved so I might have a go at another one some time.

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    • Thanks! It would be easiest to just ask a Japanese speaker, I guess. Unfortunately, we do not have a native Japanese speaker at the university.

      I love Japanese cinema and music, but it is a complex language to learn. Even with a literal translation, the context and the “slang” also would need to be interpreted.

      Oh well, I gave up watching American football so I can use the time follow Japanese culture : )

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  3. Okay Brock, lay off the girls, want me to call over croagunk, mr.hearteyes?

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  4. ❤ Kokoro no Placard is the best I love it even it's a little bit funny haha 🙂

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  5. “I CANNOT READ THE SIGNS…” this! haha exactly how I felt when I first watched it. I’ve been trying to teach myself japanese, and I’m only done with Hiragana, which is literally the most basic. Hopefully I can get over my laziness and continue on to Katakana and Japanese grammar.

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