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Kanashimi yo Konnichiwa

Kanashimi yo konnichiwa – Saito Yuki

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Shiroi Honno

Shiroi honno – Saito Yuki

One day i’ll post a different Saito Yuki song. I’m sure others exist.

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Shiroi honno – Saito Yuki

Again, this is the closing theme to the first Sukeban Deka. Even though every episode follows more or less the same pattern, the mood everything is carried in – so desperate, so vital – and the lengths it is taken to have made it one of my favourite shows of all time. If someone out there is ever willing to translate and subtitle the second and third series, my eternal gratitude and perhaps even, if it comes to it, some amount of money would be yours. I’m needy and impatient enough to consider learning Japanese myself at this point. The person whom last time i said had there video of this song taken down by Toei has put it back up:

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Shiroi honno – Saito Yuki

The closing credits theme to the first series of Sukeban Deka, where Saito Yuki herself plays Takanoha Academy Class 2-B’s Asamiya Saki, a.k.a… Sukeban Deka! I love this show. I mean really, vital to my life, one of the greatest television shows of all time, love it. It is like a 60’s/70’s Japanese genre film tempered into an afternoon children’s TV show, with all excitement, desperation and melancholia intact. In the most recent episode i watched, a good three minutes of the twenty-five minute show was dedicated as an aside for a character to play a Chopin etude. Not to further the plot, but to hold everything and create mood the way Westerns or, again, Japanese genre films of the 60’s and 70’s used to.

Also, on the demand of some rich corporation CEO’s daughter, the head of a music academy stabs a student as a final, desperate measure to stop her from competing in a piano concours. The stabbed student then drags herself on to stage and up to the piano, playing Fantaisie Impromptu, Op. 66 perfectly to honour her dead parents (they themselves victims of a previous attempt on the student’s life), all the while bleeding from her stomach, passing in and out of consciousness. Cue me breathless.

I was going to post the video of the closing credits here, but Toei took it and a bunch of other Sukeban Deka clips from youtube on a copyright claim. I know it’s theirs, and i know they’re being good and uploading a lot of things themselves directly from their archives, but it would be nice if the extant videos are only taken down when new, official ones are put up to replace them. What crime is there in a credit sequence? What use is there in denying us it? Just imaging this song being played over footage of Saito Yuki roaming the streets alone, disconnected.

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