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Sayonara no Memai

Sayonara no memai – Minamino Yoko

There are no peaks in this song, no big moments of release or spectacle. Rather it just flows on an air of intense, resolute, near necessary melancholy. Just slight touches: her voice, tambourine shakes and synth and string punctuations pushing through that enveloping sombre, but not far. There’s something i find completely beautiful about it. Perhaps it’s because she’s not the kind of singer who could pull soaring moments off that the song sounds as it does. I’m thankful for that.

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Rakuen no Door

Rakuen no door – Minamino Yoko

I’m someone who takes television very seriously, so there’s no kidding when i say that Sukeban Deka is in my top 5 television shows from anywhere, anytime. Behind a boring but discriminative list of Freaks and Geeks, The Simpsons, The Wire and maybe something else i’ll have to think about. Pennies From Heaven. There. As goofy and surface as it sometimes may seem, there’s an intensity and sincerity – everything meaning as much as it can – to it unrivaled by nearly everything. And it’s entertaining. Capital E. However the movies would place no where near my top anything. As good as they still are, something’s definitely lost in the unsustainable longer running time and the need to put bigger obstacles and more explosions in. That’s the problem with all TV to movie jumps. This song is actually from the first of those two Sukeban Deka movies, and here, have some promotional material featuring it:

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Rakuen no Door

Rakuen no door – Minamino Yoko

This another song of hers from her Sukuban Deka era, which may be the best actress to soundtrack singer double role ever for television. And not just Yoko, but Sagara Haruko and Yoshizawa Akie beside her, all contributing these fantastic, direct, moody pieces as background music or ending and opening themes that work so incredibly well outside of the show, yet become this voice and spirit of unbending, sombre power and resolution when within. This ran through every Sukeban, and while Saito Yuki will always be my favourite, Yoko’s songs carried this to a height unmatched.

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Kanashimi Monumento – Yoko Minamino

It’s over. I recently found out about Onyanko Club, and through them the whole world of 1980’s Japanese pop has blossomed its incredible self out to me. I resisted anime, i resisted Morning Musume and AKB48, i resisted every sad Otaku obsession, but i cannot resist this. It’s 80’s pop, and excites me every bit as much as what was happening contemporaneously in France. Except this music, like modern Korean pop and dramas and variety shows, seems linked to a larger media machine of teen delinquent girl genre films and television shows. What is it with Japanese entertainment that all the incredible genre and exploitation films of the 60’s and 70’s, and those who made them, got funneled and mitigated into television in the 1980’s? Yoko Minamino (or is it Minamino Yoko?) wasn’t in Onyanko Club, but starred in a series of Sukeban Deka with some girls who were. This song was featured in that show. This is the rest of my life.

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