Any geek that grew up in the 80’s or 90’s probably remembers the X-men cartoon that was on during the 90’s. The animation wasn’t all that great, but it was still entertaining for this teenager at the time. The intro here may bring back a few memories:
I just saw something that blew my mind though. In a rare exception to the norm, the X-men cartoon was ported and re-dubbed for a Japanese release. Here is the Japanese intro:
First of all, that heavy guitar J-pop totally reminds me of the theme to Fist of the North Star, which I have blogged about before, even starting with “Shock!” which is all too similar to Fist of the North Star’s “You are shock!”. There are also some weird inconsistencies like Magneto summoning the Brood, Cable in power armor, etc., but I’m not familiar enough with the Marvel universe to comment on them.
I can however, comment on the lyrics for the theme song. According to Wikipedia, the song is ãƒ©ã‚¤ã‚¸ãƒ³ã‚° (Rising), by the Japanese band ã‚¢ãƒ³ãƒ“ã‚¨ãƒ³ã‚¹ (Ambiance). Here are the lyrics and my attempted translation in parenthesis:
Shock!ã€€å˜˜ã§å›ºã‚ãŸãƒŠã‚¤ãƒ•åˆ‡ã‚Šä»˜ã‘ (Shock! Cut with the knife hardened by lies)
Shock!ã€€å¤¢ã‚’é£²ã¿è¾¼ã¿è¡—ã¯è¼ã (Shock! Catch the dream as the city shines)
äº‰ã„ã‚„æ†Žã—ã¿ã§ã€€ãã®èº«å‰Šã‚‰ã‚Œã¦ã‚†ã (The conflict and hatred cut away at you)
çœŸå¤œä¸è¥²ã„ãã‚‹ã€€äººçŸ¥ã‚Œã¬ã¾ã¾ (They attack unseen in the night)
ãƒ©ã‚¤ãƒ ãƒ©ã‚¤ãƒˆã€€å…‰ã‚‹ã–ã‚ã‚ã (Commotion in the limelight)
ãƒªã‚¢ãƒ«ã‚¿ã‚¤ãƒ ã€€æ¿¡ã‚ŒãŸå¹» (Real-time wet illusion)
Cry for the moon
The translation is quite hard (for me, at least) because as often happens in song lyrics and poetry in general is that many particles (similar to prepositions, they identify the part of speech the word or phrase is) are completely omitted, so I have to guess what the relationship is between the different words. Those last two lines are the hardest, as they don’t make any sense to me, especially the æ¿¡ã‚ŒãŸå¹» (wet illusion). What in the world is that supposed to mean?
Although, that “Cry for the moon” at the end is pretty awesome.