Saturday, February 13, 2010

Happy Lunar New Year! Music Spotlight: Radwimps

Young Sakura and Syaoran Date by ~wishluv on deviantART

It's the year of the tiger now. Time seems to fly by, doesn't it? I wish I had more New Trials news, but I've been so busy that I haven't had much time to work on Chapter 65 (which by the way I am having so much fun writing ^^). I just posted an old fanart of young Sakura and Syaoran on a date. A Valentine's date, I wonder? Lol. They used to be so cute. I wanted to coordinate them in complimentary preppy outfits. I think one of Syaoran's appeal is his awesome fashion sense; he breaks the mold of male characters and never appears wearing the same day-to-day clothes twice. I remember when I first saw CCS, I wondered how Syaoran, this poor, fatherless boy who is very serious in his "mission" and a tough guy to boot has such a fabulous style of fashion. It was quite a conundrum until I watched Card Captor Sakura Movie 1 and finally realized, ah, he has four sisters. And then, everything made sense to me.

So, Happy Valentine's Day everyone! Today's song is a sort of an anti-Valentine's Day song? :P I discovered Radwimps some time ago from Order-Made (one of those simple but surprisingly profound and resonant songs that you must hear/and watch the PV) and they've been on my playlist a lot lately. They started off as high school friends in 2001 and have since then exploded in popularity in Japan, one of those rare indie-group success stories, I think. One of my favorites is Radwimp's 05410 - (n) because it's angsty lyrics in contrast to the upbeat and very addictive tune. The vocalist Noda Yojiro has a really smooth voice and his English is pretty good since he lived in the US for a couple years; Radwimps does quite a few English songs, sort of like Ellegarden. Do check out their other songs as well; they have many awesome songs with catchy melodies, poignant lyrics and just a raw, unpretentious and sincere ambiance about their music (coming from someone who's been guiltily indulging in a lot of over-processed pop lately).

The title 05410-(n) (0="o" 5="ko" 4="shi" 10="ten" - (n) can be translated to "Okoshite~" which means "wake me up."
Radwimps - 05410-(ん)

Wake me up, wake me up, wake me up when you come back
I'll be here, I'll be waiting here for you.

I can be your best friend
I can be your least friend
I can be your boyfriend
But I don't wanna be your ex-friend.
Don't you know this guy who sang a song
About the highest common factor and so
It's kind of how this is, I'll tell you what it is
About all your questions you have asked.

Wake me up, wake me up, wake me up, when you come back
I'll be here, I'll be waiting here for youIf the size of the sky makes you frightened then come back
And then cry so that I might, could hug you.

This is our fifth talk of breaking up, but this time there is something different
The usual "short term memory loss" for some reason isn't working this time.

It's fine by me if you thought "I don't want this anymore"
But you are the one who said "goodbye," so why did you cry?

Wake me up, wake me up, wake me up, when you come back.
If that answer is "no", what should I do?
Should I cry? Should I die? Or go crazy and then fly?
Better yet should I kiss myself "don't mind."

Wake me up, wake me up, wake me up when you come back
I'll be here, I'll be waiting here for you.
Pick me up, pick me up, pick me up when you come back
Until then, I will save this song for you.

Now come back, now come back, now come back, I'll take it back
I'll be here, I'll be here, I'll be waiting here for you.

Lyrics partly from here.


  1. Happy Lunar New Year to you too Wish-chan! And Happy Valentine's Day ^^ yes, it's another year (well, we just celebrated 2010 like a month and two weeks ago)---thank you once again for all your hard work! Can't wait for ch65! xD

  2. Happy Valentine's Day! Young S&S are really cute. It makes me smile. ^__^ Thanks again for everything you share with us your readers.