Saturday, July 9, 2011

Character Spotlight: Daidouji Tomoyo


Cendrillon - Tomoyo and Eriol by ~wishluv on deviantART


Tomoyo versus Eriol. Who would win in a duel of wits? I would say Tomoyo because she has the higher EQ of the two. Daidouji Tomoyo of Card Captor Sakura fame is one of the most beloved shoujo best friends of all time. She is a talented seamstress, budding filmmaker, amazing songstress and beautiful and kindhearted to boot. Not only that but she's the daughter of the president of a huge toy-making company and has six female bodyguards who escorts her all the time and a personal chauffeur. Who came beat her awesomeness?

Writing an older Tomoyo in my fanfiction, the New Trials of Card Captor Sakura was challenging and immensely enjoyable as well. Tomoyo was voted by readers as the number one character they were most similar to. Unsurprisingly, out of the large cast of characters, I would also liken myself to Tomoyo; not in terms of visual or her many hobbies, but because of her personality type as the observer. Of course, it is very difficult to be as selfless and nice as Tomoyo, but I feel like Tomoyo's numerous hobbies and obsession with Sakura in its own way veils a deep insecurity within herself as well. 

There are many Tomoyo+Eriol shippers out there, and while I am not completely convinced about a romantic relationship between the two, I am fascinated by the relationship they do have. The reason why Tomoyo's relationship with Eriol is special is not because of romantic ones but because Eriol is the only character in CCS (and consequently in New Trials) who can probably see through the poise. She is also the only person he seems to recognize as an equal as opposed to his playthings (with the exception of Mizuki Kaho, of course, though we are shown very minimal interaction between the two in the manga). I really enjoy writing scenes between the two because I think they really have a different dynamic than any of the other characters in New Trials. I haven't been able to include much Tomoyo in Arc 4 of New Trials yet, but hopefully Chapter 68 will be time for more Tomoyo awesomeness.  


Today's music spotlight is Kokia. I think if Maaya Sakamoto was not associated with Tomoyo already, Kokia's voice is one I would equate to for and older Tomoyo's singing voice. Kokia is an artist I have liked for years now, and I believe she is rather underrated. She is a talented singer and composer and the clarity and beauty of her voice I think makes her stand out amongst the other J-Pop artists. She was trained in opera as well, and some of her later songs show the true range of her voice. "Ningen tte sonna mono ne" has a long title that is rather difficult to remember, but it roughly translates to "Humans are like that." It's a song that's hard to translate because it doesn't use the personal pronoun, but it's uplifting yet mellow. Something about the timbre of the song reminds me of Tomoyo. 


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Song: Ningen tte sonna mono ne - "Humans Are Like That, Aren't They?"
Singer: Kokia
Translation: Translated by Wish-chan from Korean with reference to here

Kokia - 人間ってそんなものね


kanpeki na risou ni naritakatta no?
dareka wo maneteta dake deshou?
donna tobikata datte yokatta no yo?
tobitatsu yuuki ga daiji nan deshou?
“mou dame da nante” ittari mo suru kedo


Did you want to become your perfect ideal?
You were only trying to imitate someone, weren't you?
Any way of flying was all right, wasn't it?
The most important thing is the courage to take flight, isn't it?
“It's no use,” we are used to saying, but...


naite waratte nayande okite
kanjiru subete ga jibun ni natteku
ikiru tte jibun de iru tte
atarimae no shiawase ga ureshii 

shinjiru tte ganbaru tte
sono tabi nandomo yarinaoshite
ningen tte sonna mono ne
yurushiaeru tte subarashii


Crying, laughing, worrying, waking up,
Feeling everything, I become who I am
Living, being myself,
Such simple happiness makes me happy
Believing, trying my best,
Each time, being able to start over again and again
Humans are like that, aren’t they?
The way we can forgive each other is wonderful


kakkotsukeru no wa tsukareta desho?
angai daremo ki ni shite nai yo
meiwaku wo kakeru no wa iya da nante
hitori de aruite kita tsumori na no?
ningen tte…


Aren't you tired of trying to look good?
Unexpectedly, nobody really cares
Not wanting to cause others trouble,
Did you make up your mind to walk alone?
Humans are…


tasukeatte kata kashiatte
sukoshi susunde wa tachidomatte
iki wo suite shinkokyuu shite
tama ni wa tameiki tsuitari shinagara
naite waratte nayande okite
kanjiru subete ga jibun ni natteku
ningen tte sonna mono ne
yurushiaeru tte subarashii


Helping each other, lending each other a shoulder,
Advancing a little then taking a stop,
Breathing in, taking a deep breath,
Sometimes sighing as well
Crying, laughing, worrying, waking up

Feeling everything, I become who I am
Humans are like that, aren’t they?
The way we can forgive each other is wonderful

shiawase na toki wa dareka to
wakachiau nara
sorenara kurushii toki ni mo
hitori ja nai
dareka to kyouyuu dekiru yorokobi


If you share the happy times with someone
If that’s the case, even in painful times
you are not alone
That's the joy of being able to share with someone


tasukeatte kata kashiatte
sukoshi susunde wa tachidomatte
iki wo suite shinkokyuu shite
tama ni wa tameiki tsuitari shinagara
naite waratte nayande okite
kanjiru subete ga jibun ni natteku
ningen tte sonna mono ne
yurushiaeru tte subarashii


Helping each other, lending a shoulder to each other
Advancing a little, stopping
Breathing in, taking a deep breath
Sometimes with a sigh attached
Crying, laughing, worrying, getting up
Feeling everything, we become ourselves
Humans are like that, aren’t they?
Sharing with each other is wonderful


tasukeatte kata kashiatte
sukoshi susunde wa tachidomatte
iki wo suite shinkokyuu shite
tama ni wa tameiki tsuitari shinagara
naite waratte nayande okite
kanjiru subete ga jibun ni natteku
ningen tte sonna mono ne
yurushiaeru tte subarashii


Advancing a little then stopping,
Breathing in, taking a deep breath
Sometimes sighing as well
Crying, laughing, worrying, waking up
 
Feeling everything, I become who I am
Humans are like that, aren’t they? 
The way we can forgive each other is wonderful

hadaka no watashitachi wa daremo ga
yowasa ya sabishisa no naka ni
atataka na nukumori wo sagashite
dou ni ka susumou to shiteru…


We who are naked,
amid weakness and loneliness
are somehow trying to move forward to search for a little warmth...

 

5 comments:

  1. Wish-chan but who is going to end up with Tomoyo? I'm someone who is always up for canon but for some reason the Kaho and Eriol doesn't like look that well. I mean I like Mizuki-sensei but Eriol and Tomoyo look better though. Besides Tomoyo is someone who rally deserves someone because she's like super awesome and the best friend someone could have. Well anyway it's your fanfic so you decide.

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  2. Wish-chan, you have great taste in music! The only unfortunate thing about your taste in music is that I get hooked on these songs you upload and then have the hardest time locating a seller in America. I was trying to purchase a copy of Chihiro Onitsuka - Infection, but I have yet to find a place to download just that song. X.X In any case, thanks for the great chapter, image upload, and awesome music!!!

    Animerulz13

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  3. I really love Eriol and Tomoyo's interactions, too. Even though their relationship seems more like mutual respect, I would enjoy seeing them as a couple as well. :)

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  4. Okamihime/Black Hayate/ Sweet SolitudeJuly 22, 2011 at 10:53 PM

    OMG! I love KOKIA!!!!! MY favorite song has to be Tatta Hitotsuno Omoi though.....

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  5. I am all for Tomoyo and Eriol because it was so fun to see Tomoyo's mask come off when she fell in love with him, and it would be even better to see how Eriol handles it if he were to fall in love with Tomoyo!
    Hope writing and life are going well!
    Katherine

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