Gintama has introduced me to a significant number of Japanese musicians. Two of those artists currently have a pretty heavy rotation in my music listening as of late. One of those artists is a J-Rock group called ecosystem.
“ecosystem is a Japanese band formed in Osaka. Their alternative and progressive rock swallowed all genres sound with real lyrics, everyday cut and fit the melody mixed with a unique blend. They were an indie band, releasing Jean mini album in 2010, until went major with the single Dilemma in November 2011 that was also the opening theme for the anime Gintama”
After putting it off for so long, I finally got around to watching Chihayafuru and I have to say I’m definitely hooked. I’m particularly fond of the opening theme song for the first season, “YOUTHFUL” by 99RadioService. I mocked up some quick chords for it, and may do a potential cover in the future.
Once again, I’m not sure if I notated some things right with regards to scales and calling notes their # or b equivalent, but hopefully you can understand what I mean by it.
As a consumer of anime and various other facets of Japanese media, I’ve opened up a small window which allows me to peer into the music scene over there. The view I have of it is relatively small as my exposure has mostly been through hearing various OPs and EDs (opening and ending themes) for the shows that I’ve watched. Most of the music usually emanating from this outlet is in some form of J-Pop (Japanese Pop), but I’ve had the opportunity to hear quite a few J-Rock (Japanese Rock) bands this way as well. I would probably say that the first anime J-Rock song that caught my attention was “Konya wa Hurricane” for Bubblegum Crisis, which I watched sometime in the early 90’s. The soundtrack for the show was solid, with several powerful 80’s styled rock songs and ballads. It was one of the first anime soundtracks that I ever got a hold of and listened to quite often. I even went as far as learning some the lyrics on my own, romanizing it by ear with no knowledge of the language.
If my fingers weren’t hurting so much, I’d probably be playing and recording takes for that “Ichiban” cover, but instead I decided to sing. This was a song I wanted to cover when the series originally aired, but I was super out of practice at the time. Getting in choir helped a little, but I’m definitely not to where I was vocally back in the day.
Well, it looks like my previous statement regarding there being a decent “Ichiban no Takaramono” was wrong, unless I’m not searching hard enough. I only found one cover out there that does it accurately, but it has some crazy sliding capo action going on. To play that live seems like it’d be difficult (though I’ll definitely say that the notes do look easier on hands with the capo).
Guess I will be doing a cover after all. Though it wont require a capo, that doesn’t mean it’ll be easier to play… been getting back into practice, but hands still getting worked
So until then. Hopefully I can address the sound issue that occurred on the “God Bless You” cover, whether that was caused by clipping or some other kind of interference.