2014/01/12

[On Radio '14 Jan. 9]

In short: About the impression of Singapore and performing there, and about their aims of this year.
This is a copy of http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AA9V13yjqQs with an English subtitle.
This is a part of the Japanese radio program "SMILE WAVE" broadcast by XFM96.3 in Singapore on 2014 Jan. 9th. The transcription (.srt file) is below.


Notes

  1. "BABYMETAL" is pronounced not "beibimetl" but "bebimetl". The MC is wrong.
  2. Nippon Budokan is a hall for martial arts in Tokyo (build for judo of Tokyo Olympic 1964). Since the Beatles performed here in 1966, it has also become famous as concert venue having capacity of about 10,000.
  3. In this interview BABYMETAL use many "kudasaru" (a polite form of "kureru"), and I translate them to "kindly". When used alone, it means "to give me/us", but when attached other verb, it shows the perceiving of other's favor and the gratitude to it (such as "for me/us"). A Japanese sentence lacking this sounds like "... but I don't care what you do."
  4. If you make and sell some BABYMETAL goods without the permission of Amuse Inc., it may sue you for violation of copyright, publicity right, or else.
  5. (Hainanese) chicken rice is a Chinese-origin dish popular in some Southeast Asia countries. There is another "chicken rice" in Japan.
  6. BABYMETAL has performed in Singapore 3 times: 2012 Nov. (AFA), 2013 Nov. (AFA), 2013 Dec.
  7. Of 30 performances that BABYMETAL did in 2013, 3 in Osaka, 1 in Hokkaido, 1 in Shiga, 1 in Jakarta, 2 in Singapore, and the rest are done in Tokyo metropolitan area.

[i] BABYMETAL's Kakizome

"書き初め" (kakizome) is new-year's first writing with writing brush. Recently some write their hopes or aims as kakizome. On Jan. 7th I found this photo by chance. It seems to have been captured from the movie in BABYMETAL APOCALYPSE WEB, but the movie seems to have been deleted soon.

Miss YUIMETAL: "Kookai shinai, zettai." = I won't regret. Never.

Miss SU-METAL: "Jibun o shinjiru." = I believe in myself.

Miss MOAMETAL: "Ichion nyuukon" = Putting whole my soul into every one note.

This is an adaptation of "一球入魂" (ikkyuu nyuukon), the word of a Japanese baseball coach in the past who associated baseball with education and budo (= Japanese martial arts). By this word he meant something like "You should do your best every time as if it was the last pitch/swing in your life."



  The transcription (.srt file) is below.

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BABYMETAL held a concert in Singapore on 2013 Dec. 28,
and the interview was recorded probably before the concert.
The MC spoke and the program was broadcast on '14 Jan. 9.
Be careful of these parts being in different times.

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In this part of this week,
we will present the interview of BABYMETAL  *1
who held a solo concert here in Singapore last month.

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BABYMETAL is the metal dance unit
formed with theme of the fusion of the idols and the metal.

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Its members are three girls:
16 y.o. NAMAMOTO Suzuka a.k.a. SU-METAL,

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14 y.o. MIZUNO Yui a.k.a. YUIMETAL,

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and 14 y.o. KIKUCHI Moa a.k.a. MOAMETAL.

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In 2012 they became the youngest performers ever
of the Summer Sonic Festival,

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and in 2012 Nov., as their first overseas concert,
they visited Singapore for the Anime Festival Asia (= AFA).

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In 2013 Jan. they made their major debut
by CD single "IJIME, DAME, ZETTAI",

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and in March this year they will hold
solo concerts at Nippon Budokan.  *2

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BABYMETAL is an remarkable group
whose future activity is anticipated.

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First we asked Miss SU-METAL, Miss YUIMETAL
and Miss MOAMETAL about the impression of Singapore.

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I visited overseas for the first time to perform in AFA 2012.

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Oh, was it your first trip abroad?

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Yes. First of all, it was fresh to me that
(the signs on) the buildings are all written in English,

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and I was very glad
feeling I was in a place other than Japan.

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And I was really most surprised that

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our fans kindly welcomed us at the airport,  *3

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and some were wearing
self-made (BABYMETAL) T-shirts,  *4

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and some had kindly studied Japanese
and said "Arigato" (= thank you).

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I was really surprised to know
our fans were very warm-hearted.

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And since that was BABYMETAL's first oversea activity,

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before going abroad,
seeing the English comments on the videos (on YouTube),

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we talked about there being our overseas fans,

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but meeting our overseas fans directly,

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I was much impressed to know they really exist.

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Next, Miss YUIMETAL.

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Yes.

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How is the impression of Singapore?

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Well, about Singapore I heard before that

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the foods are delicious

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and the people are very kind,

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so I was much looking forward to visiting Singapore.

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And when I visited Singapore for the first time in 2012,

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exactly as I heard,

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chicken rice was very delicious,  *5

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and when we met our fans, as SU-METAL said a while ago,

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I found they had kindly learned Japanese
and spoke Japanese together.

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They were very gentle,

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so I am very glad to perform
our first overseas solo concert in Singapore.

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At last Miss MOAMETAL, I beg your comment.

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Before visiting Singapore, we took lessons in English, etc.

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Our teacher then told us that chicken rice is delicious,

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so I was much looking forward to chicken rice.

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Oh, was you?

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Yes. And browsing some magazine
featuring the (tourism) spots of Singapore

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such as Universal Studio Singapore,

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we talked about our hope visiting there someday,

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and we did visit there this time,

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so I was very glad at that.

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This was BABYMETAL's second (third!) visit to Singapore.  *6

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It seems that they took a fancy to Singapore
and enjoyed Singapore.

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I've heard that they travelled by airplane
on 25th last month, Christmas Day,

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and next day they could fully enjoy
Universal Studio Singapore as a Christmas present.

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And in their concert
they spoke some English as said in the interview,

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so their overseas activity is more and more anticipated.

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And then we asked Miss SU-METAL about the impression
of the first overseas (solo) concert here in Singapore.

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Well, since this is our first overseas solo concert,

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wondering what type of people will come to our concert
and how the audience will get lively,

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I was very tense.

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But recalling the audience kindly got very lively
when we performed in AFA before,

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my anxiety have changed into the anticipation.

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Now, since I think the greatest charm of BABYMETAL
is the live performance,

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my heart is full
of hoping the audience to see our live performance soon.

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Other two also said that

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they could perform in relief and pleasantly
because the surge of the audience was great in AFA 2012.

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And they said their fan's elaborate costumes convinced
them how much fans had prepared for the concert,

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and they were surprised and glad at that.

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At last we asked Miss SU-METAL, Miss YUIMETAL
and Miss MOAMETAL about their aims of this year.

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Well, for the moment,
BABYMETAL will perform at Budokan in Japan...

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Great!

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Yes. Big concerts are scheduled,

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so we want to hold them successfully.

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And I want to visit Singapore for our solo concert or else,

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and I want to visit many countries
to have many delicious foods.

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te-hee

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And since we have received
many comments from the overseas fans,

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I want very much to meet more overseas fans.

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Thank you for your comment.

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Well, YUIMETAL too, as SU-METAL said a while ago,

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wants to visit overseas to meet many overseas fans.

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And since there are many things that I want to do,

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I want to try them one by one and to fulfill them.

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I want to make this year the year without regrets.  *[i]

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Thank you for your comment.

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Thank you.

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At last Miss MOAMETAL.

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Well, as SU-METAL said a while ago,

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in the music web site (= YouTube),

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I find many fans kindly give BABYMETAL
their comments in various languages,

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so I want to go to meet them,

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And we also talk about our hope
doing a concert tour in Japan.  *7

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Yeah.

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I think we will be glad if we tour around for concert.

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Listening to their comments,
I felt the three are of steady temper.

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I went to their concert and found it was a well-made show.

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I enjoyed the concert having the story line
as if I was watching a movie,

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and of course their music, it was fresh to me that,
while it is the metal, it has the cute lyrics.

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And more, the surge of the audience was limitless.

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I felt they enjoyed
with their whole bodies from head to toe.

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It was a precious experience that
I was in the same place with such people.

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I hope that this year, first of all, they will hold
successfully their solo concerts at Nippon Budokan,

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they will come to Singapore this third successive year,

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and getting more fans, their activity will stand out
not only in Japan but also over the world.

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In this part of today,
we presented you the interview of BABYMETAL,
the one and only idol metal dance unit.

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