Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Music on My Mind

Kalafina, "Magia". (I actually like this version a little bit better, but embedding is disabled for it.) Kalafina is a very pop girl band as only Japan can make pop girl bands; they are most famous for doing theme and background music for anime series. Girl-band anime music is not my usual cup of tea, but this one is the theme from Puella Magi Madoka Magica, a beautiful, haunting, and in some parts very, very dark Faust-inspired story. If you're interested in the English, this English-language cover captures it pretty well -- the translation is loose, but it very carefully preserves all the major images. Like practically all anime theme songs with lyrics it pretty much tells the entire story of the series but not in a way that would lead you to expect the story to unfold as it actually does.


  1. branemrys3:48 PM

    I was a bit bummed this past December, when the recent movie sequel to it came out, because the only time it was showing around here I was out of town. You're right about the eucatastrophe.

    I'll keep an eye out for Princess Tutu, which is not one I've seen, or even really heard much about.

  2. I haven't seen the movie, because from what I (vaguely) heard it sounded like it undermined the ending of the series, and that's not something I want to watch.

    Princess Tutu is brilliant--a mad fairytale/ballet/magical girl mashup with a fairytale happy ending halfway through the series, and then things get more complicated. The heroine is a klutzy ballet student who finds out she is really a duck who made a wish to bring a smile to the face of the mournful upperclassman who is really the prince from a story whose author died before he could finish writing it, but despite being dead the author is still trying to finish the story, and he offers the heroine a chance to transform into the magical ballerina Princess Tutu and help the prince.

    This is all in the first episode. It gets stranger from there. Like Madoka Magica, it features characters trying to find their way out of a no-win narrative. (The dead author likes tragedies.)

  3. branemrys8:47 PM

    I see Hulu has some of the episodes available, so I'll put it on my list to watch.


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