残酷な…

This song comes from Evangelion, one of the most famous anime in Japan. I’d heard of it in America, and during my study abroad days I realized that it was everywhere I looked. You could buy all kinds of fan merchandise, the characters endorse all kinds of products, and every Japanese person has probably seen at least some of this show. They also all know the opening song, “残酷な天使のテーゼ”, which means “A Cruel Angel’s Thesis.”

During my time studying abroad, I decided to try watching it myself. I’d always been curious, even though giant robots aren’t my typical genre. One episode in and I couldn’t stop watching. It was so much more than giant robots. It really digs into the characters, so much so that it breaks them. Some people hate the show, and others love it. I fall into the love category. I guess I really like the way the writers dig quite forcefully into psychological places people aren’t comfortable with. Does that make me strange?

Anyway, back to the song. Every time I sing it at karaoke with people who haven’t karaoke’d with me before, they get excited, presumably because we have some kind of musical knowledge in common despite different upbringings. Most people like the song despite its cheesy 80’s pop feel. I know I’m quite fond of it.

Because of this, my ears perked up when I heard some students singing it during lunch. However, something was off. I quickly noticed they were singing their own alternative lyrics. What were they? “残酷なはげ…” “A Cruel Baldness.” The main part of the chorus, “少年よ神話になれ,” “Boy, become a legend!” was changed to, “少年よ坊主になれ!” “Boy, get a buzz-cut!”

Pure poetry.

By the way, the third movie in the remastered series is out in theaters next weekend. I’m very much looking forward to it. カヲル ♥

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~ by megumiwasframed on November 13, 2012.

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