2014/07/12

[History of BABYMETAL]

This interview was included in the Budokan limited edition of the first album, sold only at their Budokan concerts on 2014 Mar. 1st & 2nd. Probably recorded just before the Legend "1997" concert at Makuhari Messe on 2013 Dec. 21st.

The company said they wouldn't sell it anywhere else, so I've uploaded this video with English subtitles for non Japanese purchasers and for the overseas fans too far to get there. The video uploaded on YouTube was blocked a day later, and the one uploaded on Dailymotion was deleted two months later. Another copy of the video with my subtitle that cold6001 san uploaded on Dailymotion was also deleted, but I found another copy of the video (updated on 2015 Aug. 3).

I tried to translate literally but modified many clause structures to keep the phrase orders, and sometimes gave up translating literally.

There are blanks both top and bottom of the video, but this is the proper aspect ratio.
The History of BABYMETAL (Eng. sub.) by BMR2013

Notes

  1. BABYMETAL was started as one of the subgroups of a girl idol group "Sakura Gakuin" (さくら学院; Cherry Blossom School). It was also called "juu-on-bu" (重音部; the heavy sound/music club), compared to the extra-curricular (club) activities of Japanese high school.
  2. They talked about their debut at Sakura Gakuin's school festival (audience: 300?).
  3. This date is the first time this tune was performed (according to Wikipedia), and it has been performed many times since then though the CD single was released on 2013 Jan.
  4. This day they performed six tunes without band. Before this, they performed four tunes in similar situations on Jul. 7th in Osaka and on Jul. 8th in Nagoya, which are called "Hedoba Angya" (ヘドバ行脚; headbanging pilgrimage). But they are regarded as the CD release events, not as solo concerts.
  5. "鹿鳴館" (Rockmaykan / Rokumeikan) is a music venue (capacity: 250) established in 1980 at Meguro, Tokyo, named after a famous building of Meiji period.
  6. Many famous Japanese bands (not limited to the metal) have performed here in their early days. "Gateway-to-success" is for "登竜門" (tooryuumon), an idiom based on a Chinese legend that a carp swimming up the rapids named "Dragon Gate" of the Yellow River will become a dragon.
  7. It was the premium concert for those who bought the limited edition of "Headbangeeeeerrrrr!!!!!" including a neck brace. The audience were required to wear the neck brace.
  8. Only two encores ("Headbangeeeeerrrrr" & "IJIME, DAME, ZETTAI") were performed with live band.
  9. It seems that well-trained idol fans can find at first moment what they should do and immediately do it.
  10. They sang "Over The Future". Karen Girl's (可憐Girl's) was a girl group consisting of Ayami MUTO, Yuika SHIMA & Suzuka NAKAMOTO (10-12 yr. in 2008). They were formed to sing the opening songs of the anime "Zettai Karen Children" (絶対可憐チルドレン). Miss Yui wrote she had acquainted with Miss Ayami before Karen Girl's and why she loves the song, in the recent article of Sakura Gakuin's school journal.
  11. The dance remix version is called "Headbangeeeeerrrrr -Night of 15 mix-", played as BGM of this part of the interview. The choreography was a bit modified and they danced with four lady dancers wearing bone suits, called "Sisters Bones".
  12. The members of Sakura Gakuin, as its rule, leave the group when they graduate from junior high school. 2013 March was the time for SU-METAL, but the management office had not announced anything about BABYMETAL's activity (until the end of this concert). That's why so many fans were afraid that BABYMETAL might disband then. After the concert they announced the "limited-time" extension of BABYMETAL, but the deadline has not been announced as yet.
  13. MOAMETAL misspoke. They performed in Osaka first of the tour.
        Many artists say Osaka audience react to good/bad performance more frankly than Tokyo, that is, say, if performance ranges from 20 to 80, Osaka reaction ranges from 20 to 80, while Tokyo reaction ranges from 40 to 60. It would make a good performance at Osaka more impressive than elsewhere.
  14. I guess YUIMETAL probably referred to the last concert of the tour. They held two concerts on that day.
  15. In the stories narrated with painted pictures in the concerts of the tour, four Metalmasters showed BABYMETAL four things important to the true metal, and BABYMETAL got them: speed, prayer, fortitude and pride.
  16. MOAMETAL sang "Love Machine" (Morning Musume.'s hit in 1999). She had already sung "Onedari Daisakusen" as Black BABYMETAL, but perhaps she had in her mind more melodious songs than such rap music. She had also sung many solo parts as a member of Sakura Gakuin and its subgroup Mini-Patissier.
  17. BABYMETAL appeared at "Music Japan" (NHK's TV program) twice before then (one tune in 2013 Jan. and one tune & few minutes talk in 2013 Jul. (recorded in Jun.) ). NHK is the Japanese public broadcasting and the capacity of the hall is about 3600.
  18. It was the Rainbow Stage (capacity: 10,000), and SU-METAL said (in some radio program) they watched the performance of Momoiro Clover Z, a famous Japanese girl idol group. They performed on that stage in 2013, and will perform on a bigger stage in 2014.
  19. I'm sorry I can't hear well what SU-METAL says in this part. I guess perhaps she referred to such people to watch non-popular artists to find the newest star among them, and so translate.
  20. They performed on an open-air stage around 16:00 in the Osaka site (while on an indoor stage with air-conditioning in the Chiba site), and Osaka was hell hot that day.
  21. MOAMETAL actually said "even at away" (of "home and away" of sports games). BABYMETAL had already performed at some idol festivals, but there seem to be some unspoken rules in such festivals not to discourage the performers (e.g. even if non-popular performers agitate the audience, most of them kindly return positive responses).
        Ordinary music festivals are away stages, and BABYMETAL seemed to be somewhat discouraged by the scantiness of reactions at first. But later they said it is the true charm of music festivals that the audience who show no reaction at first become to show more and more reactions while watching their performance.
  22. I don't know what else BABYMETAL did, but, as far as I hear, many of audience waved small red lights during the performance, and BABYMETAL handed their autographs (or postcards) directly to their fans after (before?) the overseas concerts. Those are ordinaries among Japanese idols but BABYMETAL and their fans don't do them inside Japan.
  23. The capacity of the event hall of Makuhari Messe is about 8000.
  24. Actually BABYMETAL had already performed at Budokan once before. They performed "Headbangeeeeerrrrr" as guest performers of DJ Piere NAKANO at the event called "DECEMBER'S CHILDREN" on 2012 Dec. 27th.

  The transcription (.srt file) is below.
  The timestamps are for the original and differ about 6m15s because BMR2013's lacks the music part.


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In December 2013, the legendary apocalypse
was finally released, which the Fox God gave us.

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With the book of apocalypse just arrived at hand,
looking back to the Legends written in the apocalypse,

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BABYMETAL talk about their past, present and future.

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The formation of BABYMETAL (2010 Autumn)

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I had mainly listened to idol songs
and, in addition, some ballads.

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Since it (= heavy metal) was a quite new genre to me,
since it was the music that I had never listened to,

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I was very surprised at first
to know there is such a kind of music.

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And, thinking I was going to sing such songs,

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my heart was thumping with full of excitement.

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[MOA] I wondered what "JUU-ON" was.  *1

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I thought it would mean the heavy sound,

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and I wondered if we sing carrying a heavy load.

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But, listening to the tune and watching the choreography,

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I was glad to know there is such a new kind of music.

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[YUI] Because I didn't known the heavy metal music itself,

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I didn't know well why the fans do headbanging...

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"Doki Doki * Morning", the first tune (2010 Nov. 28th)  *2

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[YUI] In the interlude, when we lay down on the floor,

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our audience seemed to wonder whether we were alright,
and a stir arose among them.

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But, when we got up at "RIN RIN RIN",
they turned to look relieved.

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Well,

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I felt as if we had played a trick on our audience...

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[MOA] When we fell down, our audience were surprised

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and then laughed.

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I was...

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I was somehow excited about being laughed at,
and my heart was thumping.

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[SU] When we danced to this song for the first time,
our audience laughed.

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I found I was somehow glad to see that.

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I was surprised to find
the feeling of being glad to be laughed at.

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And I felt I found my different self from usual
in our very first live performance.

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About "IJIME, DAME, ZETTAI" (2011 Jul. 24th)  *3

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[SU] It is the tune we have made up though our live performances...

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[MOA] I felt it was the fight with myself
rather than against the bullying.

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Fighting (= dancing)
with being conscious of the fight with myself,

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I came to understand the lyrics of this song gradually.

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[YUI] At first, all I could do was
to interject the chants and to dance the choreography,

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and, well, I enjoyed the tune with our audience very much.

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But now I know I strained too much for the performance then.

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Watching our then video,
I feel it was a bit different from our present performance.

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[SU] I think the tune has been changing
and will keep changing through our live performances.

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The impression of the Corset Festival, 
the first solo concert (2012 Jul. 21st)  *4

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[MOA] It was simply hot.

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It was the first time that we performed at Rockmaykan.  *5

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When entering the venue,
I saw (some) figurines and many autographs of artists.

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I thought many musicians had performed there
and it was the gateway-to-success in the heavy metal music.  *6

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[YUI] All our audience wore the neck brace,  *7
and they looked choked with it. I was worried about that.

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And what's more, our audience got so lively
that the whole venue was heated.

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In such condition, I did the performance
almost to the limit of falling down,

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so I felt very much the sense of accomplishment in the end.

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[SU] It was the moment from when my memory was lost,
or the moment the Fox God descended.

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We often say the descent of the Fox God since then.
I got such feeling for the first time then.

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LEGEND "I" (2012 Oct. 6th)

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[SU] It was the first time
that I sang with the live band accompaniment.  *8

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When I listened to it for the first time at the rehearsal,

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it sounded so differently
that I wondered whether it was the same song,

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and it sounded very cool.

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Since I listened to rock bands' performance for the first time,
since I hadn't been to the concerts of rock bands before,

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I really felt like I experienced the unknown world.

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And, singing with the live band,
I felt like I was the vocalist of a rock band.

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I also got a bit of confidence in my own singing.

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[MOA] I came to listen to music
with paying much attention to each note.

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The debut of BLACK BABYMETAL (at Legend "I")

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[YUI] Since BLACK BABYMETAL...

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wear parkas and do rap music,

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well, I think MOAMETAL and YUIMETAL
look quite different from usual BABYMETAL.

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Well,

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I found it difficult to put on and off the hood.

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And, well, chant...

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Though we sang the song for the very first time,

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our audience kindly chanted with us. I was surprised at that. *9

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[MOA] I got somewhat tired during the rehearsal.

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But, though I felt so during the rehearsal,

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I felt the live performance was up so smoothly and quickly
that, after the performance, I wanted to perform again soon.

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LEGEND "D" (2012 Dec. 20th)

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[YUI] I was very glad to sing on the stage
the song of Karen Girl's I've been admiring.  *10

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In addition, because I like dance very much,

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I was very glad to perform
the dance version of "Headbangeeeeerrrrr".  *11

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And I was glad to sing "Tsubasa o Kudasai" last of all
because I like chorus, too.

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Though it was SU-METAL's birthday celebration,

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the concert was full of what I like very much.

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I was very glad to perform much of what I like very much.

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[MOA] There were many things I tried for the first time.

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For example, during "Headbangeeeeerrrrr",

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I danced with the Sisters Bones,  *11

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we sang the songs that are not our original, etc.

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I thought we tried many new things.

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And,

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when we sang "Tsubasa o Kudasai" for the encore,

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our audience

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got very lively.

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All the people there celebrated SU-METAL's birthday together.

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I was much impressed with the sense of unity
and I was about to cry at the end.

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[SU] I was glad to have my birthday celebrated.

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I was becoming fifteen years old and
"Headbangeeeeerrrrr" is a song of a fifteen-years-old girl,

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so I then made up my mind to become a beautiful, pretty woman
like the girl expressed in the song.

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And,

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in that concert, 
I felt like becoming my new self, leaving my old self.

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LEGEND "Z" (2013 Feb. 1st)

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[SU] Rumor said it might be our last concert, didn't it?  *12

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so...

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our fans gave us shouts of "BABYMETAL" before the encore.

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I was very glad to hear that.

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Though...

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though I thought I was ready
to make a fresh start for new BABYMETAL,

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I became gradually sad while dancing to the tunes.

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And, on the encore, when we wore white costumes for the first time,

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our audience raised the cries of joy for our appearance on stage.

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Then we danced to "BABYMETAL DEATH"
for the re-birth of BABYMETAL.

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Though it contains only the dance (no melody),

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I think...

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it is an important tune both for us and for our fans.

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I think the concert became the fresh start for new BABYMETAL.

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[YUI] There were many gimmicks on the stage,

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such as the gimmick sounding like a bomb,

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the stage being lifted up, which I didn't stand on,

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and I saw the fire on our stage for the first time.

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There were many gimmicks that surprised our audience...

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[MOA] First, when we came to the stage for the encore
wearing white costumes,

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as I always find my new self in every BABYMETAL's activity,

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then too...,

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I met my different self from usual, or rather,

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I showed our audience my different self from usual.
I was very glad for that.

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And...

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there were many fans who were afraid that
BABYMETAL might end at that concert.

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With us, or rather, for us they cried.

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I felt they gave us love and we got lively together.
I was really glad for that.

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About the May Revolution (2013 May 10th, 17th & 18th),
all tunes performed with live accompaniment of "Kami Band"

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[SU] I was uneasy at first.

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To the last...

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I was worried whether I could sing well to the last.

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I was worried about many things,

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whether my voice would be overwhelmed
by the sound of the live band, etc,

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because I had sung only two songs or so
with live accompaniment before then

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and I couldn't imagine how our audience would react.

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But there was also much freshness
such as performing "Doki Doki * Morning" with live band.

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Through the live performances of the tour,

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as it was called "the training tour",

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I really learned many things.

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[MOA] I enjoyed it very much.

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And... the one...

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the one when I was the least tired ever, or rather,

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the one that I was satisfied the most ever

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was the last concert of the May Revolution in Osaka.  *13

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When it was over,

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I felt (I was not tired)
as if I had not performed the live performance,

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or rather, I wanted to do one more performance then.

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[YUI] Until then, we BABYMETAL had always performed
with all our strength all through the concert.

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But, in a concert of the May Revolution,
we ran out of stamina before the end of concert,  *14

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so three of us decided for the first time
which points to give high priority in our performance.

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Well, we learned four things such as
mosh'sh or headbanging in the May Revolution.  *15

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In addition, one more thing for our future...,

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I think we found one more important thing to our future
in those live performances.

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LEGEND "1999" (2013 Jun. 30th)

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[MOA] On SU-METAL's birthday celebration,

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I saw so many people celebrated her birthday.

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Thinking the next would be our turn,

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my heart kept on thumping.

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And I sang a solo song for the first time.

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Before then...

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many of BABYMETAL's fans had not listened to my singing.  *16

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I was a bit glad to sing for them.

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[YUI] Since we had stood on the stage of the NHK Hall
for the TV show before,  *17

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imagining the hall would be full of BABYMETAL's fans
and we would perform for them,

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I had been looking forward to the concert very much.

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And it was a very happy birthday (celebration)
I had never had.

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Appearing at Summer Sonic, the cherished wish
(2012 Aug. 19th / 2013 Aug. 10th & 11th)

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[SU] Of course I knew
the Summer Sonic Festival is a great music festival,

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and I felt joy to appear at the festival.

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But what surprised me the most was another thing.

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At Summer Sonic Tokyo 2012,
we had a chance to perform on the DJ booth

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which was a small stage beside the food court.

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After our performance,

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we talked about watching the live performance of some artists
who appeared on a bigger stage,  *18

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and we went watching before leaving the site.

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I was surprised the stage was very far from us.

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But, though I felt so before the performance,
watching the live performance, I was more and more pulled in,

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and, after the performance,
when the lights for the audience were on,

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I was again surprised that the stage was actually far
because I felt the stage was much nearer during the live performance.

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Three of us said each other
that we hoped someday we would perform on such a (big) stage.

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But we thought it would be in the far future,
and didn't anticipate it would realize,

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so, while performing on the stage,

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I wondered very much whether we stood on the same stage
that we had watched the previous year.

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I think that...

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the audience who watched us at Summer Sonic 2012 probably hoped
to watch (non-popular) artists who appeared on a small stage.  *19

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I hoped to tell such people my wonder at appearing on a bigger stage,

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and, of course, I hoped very much that
our fans would keep feeling us near (even at a bigger stage).

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I thought such things.

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[YUI] We had already appeared at Summer Sonic in 2012.

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After our then performance,
we went watching a bigger stage on which we didn't perform.

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We said each other we hoped three of us would perform
on such a (big) stage, like a dream within a dream.

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When we performed at Summer Sonic this year (= 2013),
feeling I was really dancing on that stage,

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well, I felt the oracles the Fox God gave us were really awesome.

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And...

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it was very hot in the Osaka site.  *20

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Though I had gained stamina through Sama..., no, not Summer Sonic,
through appearing at many events that summer,

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I was really about to collapse by heat in Summer Sonic Osaka.

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But I made eye contact with MOAMETAL many times
like saying "do our best to the last".

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We repeated such actions to power each other up.

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At last, when we got off the stage,
I poured water upon myself for the first time.

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Well,

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I was very glad that we did our performance to the end.

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I guess our audience suffered from the heat more than us,

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and, well,

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probably some of them got the heat fatigue then,

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but they kindly smiled and enjoyed with us.

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I was very glad for that
and enjoyed the live performance very much.

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[MOA] Well, before then,

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I had minded too much how our audience react.

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I had thought that we should try hard
to excite our audience if they are not excited.

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But, appearing at these summer music festivals,

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I found it the best way that we BABYMETAL perform in our own style
even in front of the audience other than our fans.  *21

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And, at Summer Sonic,

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I realized once again that
keeping BABYMETAL's style is really important.

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Dream of overseas performance (2012 Nov. 10th, Singapore
/ 2013 Sep. 7th, Jakarta / Nov. 9th, Singapore)

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[MOA] Our overseas fans support us
and give comments on our videos on YouTube.

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I was very glad to meet such fans.

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When we went to meet our overseas fans,
we were always welcomed at the airport.

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I felt that, making up for not visiting before,

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I wanted to go overseas more often

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to return this happiness our overseas fans had given us.

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Well, we did many things
which we couldn't do in the concerts in Japan,  *22

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we met directly our many overseas fans
whom we couldn't meet usually,

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and we got very lively together in the concert. 

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I was very glad for that.

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And I feel like doing the world concert tour whenever I go overseas.

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LEGEND "1997" (2013 Dec. 21st)

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[SU] It has been one year since my birthday celebration of last year,
and half year since the last solo concert.

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There is a rather long interval.

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In this period,

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we have learned various things, we have performed
at various music festivals, and we have met various people.

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I think this year we have changed in various aspects.

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Since this is the first solo concert in a half year,

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for showing to our audience

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how we have changed, how we have grown,
and how we have tried until now,

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or rather, for showing fully the results
of our experience in various music festivals,

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and for making a wonderful start of my age of sixteen,
I will do my best.

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[YUI] Since the venue is large,  *23

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well,

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I hope that even the rearmost audience
will be satisfied with today's BABYMETAL's concert.

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With our stamina built up this year,
rehearsing hard the points discussed to give high priority, 

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well,

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I want to make the concert the best, celebrating SU-METAL's birthday.

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[MOA] Until now,

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if I may say so, we have been going smoothly,

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and we've got a chance to hold a concert at such a big venue.

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For today's concert...,

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I see so many people have gathered for BABYMETAL.

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I am looking forward very much to getting lively together.

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Nippon Budokan, the dream stage (2014 Mar. 1st & 2nd)

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[SU] I haven't realized at all yet
that we are going to hold the solo concert at Budokan.

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Looking back to the time of our formation,
it was really a dream to appear at Budokan,

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and I still feel as if I was dreaming.

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Because it also has been my long personal dream
to appear at Budokan to hold a concert,

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I have a lot of joy of my dream coming true.

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And I hope our fans think we BABYMETAL have come this far
(= enough to appear at Budokan).

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More...

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I think I should make more effort even from now on.

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But the joy of my dream coming true is greater than it for the present.

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I am looking forward to the concert very much.

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[YUI] I really haven't thought we could appear at Budokan.

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Well, I imagine..., no, I can't imagine it
because it's a dream within a dream.

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Well, now supposing we BABYMETAL would stand
on the stage of Budokan in March by ourselves,  *24

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well,

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I feel it is really awesome.

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And (I need) the power I don't have now...

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I want to be able to do what I can't do now,
to face the concerts at Budokan.

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[MOA] I can't believe it.

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I haven't thought we would appear at Budokan.

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To be honest, 

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because we'll hold two concerts in successive days,

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I'm worried whether the audience will get lively,
whether the hall will be full of the audience.

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But, as I have said a while ago,

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I want BABYMETAL to push ahead keeping our own style.

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Lastly, about the future of BABYMETAL

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[MOA] Last of all?

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BABYMETAL...

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[YUI] What will happen to BABYMETAL from now?

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Eh?

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How do you think about it?

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[MOA] After all, I want to do a social reform.

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[SU] What will happen to BABYMETAL?

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Only the Fox God knows.

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25 comments :

  1. Hi.
    Thank you so much for this work.
    I like your accurate translations and notes and they really helped me to understand babymetal.

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    1. Thank you for your comment. I know rough and quick is much better, but, in short, YUIMETAL's cute facial/vocal expressions and gestures force me to make tight-synchronized subtitles, and MOAMETAL's meaningful phrases force me to make detailed explanations.

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  2. Do you have the srt file of this vid? Can I ask it from you thanks...

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    1. .srt file is a plain text. Copy the above section, paste it into Notepad or some text editor and save it as suitable name.

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  3. Wonderful! Babymetal is really a miracle combination of genius musical imagination, high energy, awesome singing and dance choreography. They are so far more polished than any other similar group of their age it is just incredible. Combined, they are truly an amazing phenomenon. A treat for the ears and eyes. A cute, astonishing, and powerful performance.

    There is no doubt that the girls and band must have had near-endless practice sessions to get the music, singing and choreography right. Because they are so young, I am sure many of their fans (me included) wonder if the pressure is sometimes too much for them. This amount of work effort is not the norm for girls of their age. When I watched this video, and others like it, I still wondered how much they enjoy what they do and how much they want to continue their group in the future. It seems that they are truly dedicated to their project. But I do hope that it is their true wish to continue forward into the future with the group, and not just carefully crafted stage management asking them to say so.

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    1. I don't know what BABYMETAL said in Europe because I miss many of their interviews in Europe.
      I guess our three girls, as professionals (so METAL doesn't matter so much), enjoy their own performance and hope to continue as long as they get new tunes worth performing. But, as long as that producer leads everything, it's a difficult problem when (& what) new tunes come...

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  4. Thank you very much for the translation Du Enki-san!
    I appreciate your work.
    Regards: DTom

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  5. As usual, sir...
    ありがとうございました!
    o((*^▽^*))o
    Also added .srt to my version.

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    1. Merci. .srt is literally "Je vous en prie".

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  6. Thanks again for all your hard work!

    For Note #19 ("I can't hear well what SU-METAL says in this part"), monsterpanda offered this translation on reddit *:

    "So my hope was that I can give the same feeling of awe to artists performing at the smaller stage who come to see us, as well as the fans. I wanted them to feel close presence to us. I kept on thinking about that."

    So if this is correct, Su-Metal is talking about how the previous year she was a small-stage performer who was inspired by being in the audience for, apparently, Momoiro Clover Z on the big stage. Even from far away she was drawn in by their performance, almost like an intimate space. She was thinking about being on the big stage herself this time, and perhaps inspiring other performers with that same feeling, just as she had been. Then she says "as well as the fans", but her first point is about other performers with big dreams who might be in the audience.

    * http://redd.it/25m7en

    ~ AnonyMetal

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    1. Thank you for your comment.
      She actually used the same noun "odoroki" three times (surprised, wondering, feeling of awe). I take the third as referring to the second, but it is possible to refer to the first as well. Of course she had in her mind something to say to junior (or less popular) performers.

      Nevertheless, I am sure I hear "(aatisuto)...toka o mini..." though I'm not sure of the preceding part. This "o" indicates that "...toka" (= such as ...) is the OBJECT of "mini..." (= see), NOT the AGENT of the act, and she used the honorific form for this "see", so I complement the sentence with "audience" as agent.

      Probably because of the silence after, monsterpanda san attached "as well as the fans" (literally "of course the fans too") to the preceding sentence. But, if so, the object of the following sentence is missing (complemented with "them"), and I guess she would then put some word to indicate the silence is the end of the sentence because grammatically the end comes BEFORE "of course the fans too".

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  7. In case you are unaware, thought I might bring this to your attention
    http://babymetal.net/important-thefinebros-need-japanese-translator/
    From the Fine Bros.
    IMPORTANT - We need someone fluent in Japanese to help us subtitle part of YouTubers React to BabyMetal in Japanese who can come to our aid?

    They likely pay...
    ^_^

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    1. Thank you for Info. I saw the tweet by chance. I don't know whether Japanese to English or reverse, but anyway I'm not good at translating YouTubers reactions unless they are called "Moa", "Yui", "Suzuka". (^_^;)

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    2. I can certainly appreciate that.
      ^_^ \m/

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  8. Thanks so much!!!

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  9. Hi Du Enki! I would like to ask about the fox signs they always do when they're doing performances... Is it somehow relates with the japanese believes as fox god? no offence, I'm just curious... arigatou!

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    1. No, it isn't. It began with BABYMETAL's mistake of the sign of the horns as said at [Talking on HotWave 1] 2'30"-.
      Japanese children sometimes play with fox sign, but there is no religious meaning. And, though most Japanese associate "Kitsune sama" (= Fox God) with "Inari Ookami", not she herself but her messengers are foxes. Though the fox masks that BABYMETAL often wear are those of Inari Ookami's messengers, BABYMETAL have no special relation with Inari Ookami.
      Thank Oinari-sama to be so tolerant!

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    2. thanxx a lot for your fast reply! very helpful!~

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  10. A good article on Heavy Montreal from Project Lixx.
    Having been there, I can assure you it was a short but incredibly sweet set of music.
    Hope you enjoy! \m/
    http://xzzlixxzzx.blogspot.ca/2014/08/live-report-babymetal-at-heavy-montreal.html?spref=tw

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  11. It's even removed from DailyMotion. Not very nice.

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    1. Thank you for information. I think about what to do with it.

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  12. Du Enki-san
    It is now back up at Daily Motion...at least for the moment. Feel free to use, embed, etc.
    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x25h5kz_the-history-of-babymetal-english-captions-babymetal%E3%81%AE%E6%AD%B4%E5%8F%B2_music

    \m/ (^_^)

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    1. Thank you for uploading it. I wish it to survive longer.

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  13. どうもありがとう! m (_ _) \m/

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