Here’s another specimen that just got in through my radar. She sang the ending credits for the new season of Gundam 00. As always, I am quite impressed with the latest installment, and the soundtrack is pretty good,far better than those featured on Gundam Seed. The second ending credit for the this season gets the hair on the back of my neck tingling when I listen to it, and the animation sequence goes along well for the rhythm. . I found at that the singer is a hot korean-japanese-Los Angeles born chick named Yuna Ito. Eureka! My google-fu hasn’t failed me.
She looks like a cross between Aubrey Miles, a bit of Nikki Gil and a younger version of Barbie Almalbis. Talent and anime-looks make a good tandem.
And I do look for lyric translations, I believe that the Japanese are profound lyricists. These days, most of their poetry are pretty much inserted into their music. I noticed that their songs may sound like your typical ballad, but if you listen closely and check out the words used, the lyrics and the thought widely deal with humanity and social issues, freedom,self-realization, ideals, nostalgia, and a little but not the overwhelmingly mushy “I love you – you love me” redundant stanzas (Yeah, it’s their “itsumo” thing). Don’t forget the hopeless romantic element.
Some excerpts from the lyric translation I got, and the thumb set of Gundam 00 Season 2 end credits at the bottom:
hana ha kaze ni yureodoru youni
ame ha daichi wo uroosu youni
kono sekai ha yorisoiai ikiteru noni
naze hito ha kizutsukeau no
naze wakare ha otozureru no
Flowers dance in the wind,
rain moistens the Earth…
If everyone in this world want to live together,
why do they hurt each other?
Why do they separate?
sekai no hate wo dare ga mita no
tabi no owari wo dare ga tsugeru no
ima ha kotae ga mienakute nagai yoru demo
shinjita michi wo susunde hoshii
sono saki ni hikari ga matsu kara
Who has seen the world’s end?
Who informed us of the Journey’s End?
I can’t see the answer now, but even in long nights,
I hope you’ll continue on the path you believe in
because a light is waiting for you.