Dear Girl ~Stories~ 23: Beware of Duriangelion!

Title: この後、異臭騒ぎ (Kono ato, ishuu-sawagi / After this, it’s stinky uproar)
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Rating: :D :D :D :D :D (perfect 5 grins)
ATTENTION!!! Important Note: All the translations below are my own (by Arria Cross). All are labelled “rough translation”, as they did not undergo any professional proofreading and/or editing and may lack literal and/or grammatical accuracy.  I did my best, however, to convey the atmosphere and context of the conversations in this radio show.

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This is the 23rd episode of Kamiya Hiroshi (神谷浩史) and Ono Daisuke’s (小野大輔) radio show Dear Girl ~Stories~.  This is easily one of my most favourite episodes in this radio show ever!  I just love it!  It’s absolutely hilarious!
。゚(TヮT)゚。  This episode begins with the hosts’ usual intro.  It’s so cool when Kamiya-san introduces himself in seiyuu mode.  It’s so different from his normal cutesy voice.

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Credit: ibarakiguide.jp

Then Kamiya-san asks OnoD if he went somewhere for vacation, but OnoD tells him that he had work. Then he begins to tell Kamiya-san that he wants to see the Ushiku Daibutsu (Ushiku Buddha / 牛久大仏). Apparently, OnoD loves buddha statues.

Ono: There is this Buddha statue that I want to see in Ushiku.
Kamiya: Oh!
Ono: It’s 120 meters high.
Kamiya: Yes, there is.
Ono: There is, right?
Kamiya: Why don’t. . .
Ono: I really want to see it.
Kamiya: Go and see it, then.
Ono: Go see it. . .But it’s a little too far.
Kamiya: But it only takes about 1 and half hour by car.
Ono: It’s really one of the things that I really want to see. It’s like one of the biggest Buddha statues in the world.
Kamiya: Maybe.
Ono: I’m going to check.
Kamiya: It’s like a building.
Ono: It seems you can enter inside the statue.
Kamiya: Yes, you can do that.
Ono: Ahaha- Oh? Have you seen it before?
Kamiya: Well, that’s because Ushiku is my childhood home.
Ono: (long pause) Your childhome home?!
Kamiya: Yeah. I don’t go (to the Buddha statue). I don’t quite understand why people. . . .
Ono: Why are drawing pictures?
Kamiya: Why people would go and see what’s inside.
Ono: Ah, yes, yes.
Kamiya: I think that’s scary.
Ono: I’m the only one who knows what you’re drawing. Scary?
Kamiya: Because of it’s big size.
Ono: For that reason only?
Kamiya: Yeah. I know a shortcut to it, but I really don’t know it’s size. It’s like a building.
Ono: As expected.
Kamiya: Yeah. You should go. Even if you take pictures, you won’t really know its size.
Ono: Yes. The scale. . .
Kamiya: I don’t know its scale.
Ono: Well then, let’s go together, Kamiya-san.
Kamiya: Yeah, yeah. I’ll return there evetually to visit our family grave.
Both: (laughs)
Ono: So it’s like that, huh? Then let’s go inside the statue together.
Kamiya: For what reason?

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Nostalgie by Jupiter: Harmony of Metal Music & Mellow Vocals

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Rating:  :D :D :D :D (4 out of 5 grins)

Jupiter is an extremely talented group of musicians introduced to me by musician, journalist, and fellow blogger Kevin Pasman.  I’ve never heard of this band before Kevin recommended them to me.  When he said that Jupiter is a visual kei band, I honestly wasn’t very interested.  I’m not a big fan of visual kei musicians.  I think that most of them rely on their flamboyant costumes and make-up, rather than on the excellency of their music.  That’s why there are only very few visual kei musicians that I genuinely admire; UCHUSENTAI: NOIZ being one of them.  Nevertheless, I trusted Kevin’s judgment since he’s the expert (he’s a musician). He wrote a thoughtful review in his Kevy Metal Blog about Jupiter.

Boy, was I thankful for his recommendation.  Jupiter is amazing.  I especially like their song Nostalgie.  It feels like a classical symphony orchestra modernized by power metal.  The mellow vocals and  romantic lyrics are the ultimate juxtaposition of this supposed visual kei power metal style.  The lyrics just make me feel warm inside.  It’s like listening to a love letter being sung.  Instead of clashing with the music however, I think that the sweet vocals and the jarring beat harmonize quite perfectly.

Oh, and did I mention that they’re gorgeous?  Too gorgeous, in fact.  They’re too beautiful, especially the main vocalist, that I hate them a little.  Just a tiny bit.  I mean, he’s more like a princess than a prince, especially with his skirt-like coat and platform shoes.  What’s up with that?  But putting all of these aside, I think that Jupiter is a very skilled group of musicians.  Love the vocals, the drums, and most especially the guitars.  I also like that they have a female member.  Hooray for all females!

I want to thank Kevin Pasman for sharing about Jupiter.  Check out his Kevy Metal Blog.  I hope that you enjoyed Nostalgie as much as I did.

Correction Update:  As you’ve noticed above, I was mistaken that Jupiter has a female member.  Fortunately, Kevin Pasman corrected me.  He states that the guitarist named Hizaki is actually a guy dressed as a female.  My apologies for my mistake.  But man, she’s he’s so pretty!

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Dear Girl ~Stories~ 22: HiroC’s Gundam Dream Come True & OnoD’s Pink Nurses

Title: 最後のチョコクロ誰のもの? (Saigo no Chocokuro dare no mono? / Whose chocolate croissant is the last one?)
Rating: :D :D :D (3 out of 5 grins)
ATTENTION!!! Important Note: All the translations below are my own (by Arria Cross). All are labelled “rough translation”, as they did not undergo any professional proofreading and/or editing and may lack literal and/or grammatical accuracy.  I did my best, however, to convey the atmosphere and context of the conversations in this radio show.

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Credit: animelo.jp

Uploaded by: dgs2703

This is the 22nd episode of Kamiya Hiroshi (神谷浩史) and Ono Daisuke’s (小野大輔) radio show Dear Girl ~Stories~.  The episode begins with some ramblings, excuse me, I mean conversation between the hosts.  Then when OnoD finally reads this episode’s title, Kamiya-san remarks, “Ah.  I bought those,” referring to the chocolate croissants.

Afterwards, they do the FutsuuSto Corner (Futsuu Story/Ordinary Story).  Kamiya-san wonders why they call this corner Futsuu Sto.  Then he comments that it sounds like Futsuu Street Fighter, referring to the popular game series Street Fighter.  Finally, they read a letter from a listener.

Yagita-san (Listener): HiroC-san, OnoD, good evening.
Kamiya: Good evening.
Yagita-san (Listener): HiroC-san, congratulations on getting on Gundam.
Kamiya: Thank you very much!!!
Yagita-san (Listener): Since I love Gundam and HiroC-san, I’m so happy that I feel like I could fly. So how was it? It must be very special for a man to be in it. Please tell us about it. Well then, please take care of your body and do your best.

Kamiya Hiroshi as Tierra Erde in Gundam 00

Kamiya Hiroshi as Tierra Erde in Gundam 00

Ono: So how does it feel like to get on Gundam?
Kamiya: I’m so happy, you know.
Ono: As I thought.
Kamiya: Very happy.
Ono: Very happy? It must be a special feeling, right?
Kamiya: Guys care a lot about this. When you become a seiyuu, there’s a lot of people who want to get on Gundam.
Ono: Even females?
Kamiya: Yes, even females.
Ono: Oh, I see, I see.
Kamiya: There are many who want to get on Gundam because of course, we all want to ride robots. Don’t you think so?
Ono: Yes. So that we could ride on those super robots. It looks like it’s fun.
Kamiya: Right?

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We Are All One: World Order Dances “Permanent Revolution”

Credit:  worldorder.jp

Credit: worldorder.jp

Rating: :D :D :D :D :) (4 & 1/2 out of 5 grins)
You have to watch the music video Permanent Revolution by WORLD ORDER.  Seriously.  It’s extremely entertaining and heart-warming at the same time.  I had tears in my eyes the first time that I watched it.  If you’re not aware of WORLD ORDER yet, it’s a 7-man group created by former mixed martial artist Sugo Genki (須藤元気).

I especially like Permanent Revolution because of the story behind it.  It promotes peace between nations, specifically between Japan, South Korea, and China.  At the end of the video, the words “We Are All One” is shown on a piece of paper which is taken by a Caucasian-looking man.  I take it that he represents another country being inspired by the peace created between the 3 nations in this video.

This video is very inspiring, creative, and refreshing.  I don’t think that the song and the dance moves are anything special, but the creativity of the video’s story is very inspiring.

De wa, tanoshinde kudasai.  (では、楽しんで下さい。)

Uploaded by:  WORLD ORDER

Links:
WORLD ORDER Official Website (Japanese & English)

Dear Girl ~Stories~ 21: Sentimental Summer

Episode Title: 
夏って…センチメンタルな気分になるよね (Natsu-tte. . .Sentimental na kibun ni naru yo ne / Summer. . the mood has become sentimental, hasn’t it?)

Rating: :D :D (2 out of 5 grins)
ATTENTION!!! Important Note: All the translations below are my own (by Arria Cross). All are labelled “rough translation”, as they did not undergo any professional proofreading and/or editing and may lack literal and/or grammatical accuracy.  I did my best, however, to convey the atmosphere and context of the conversations in this radio show.

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This is the 21st episode of Kamiya Hiroshi (神谷浩史) and Ono Daisuke’s (小野大輔) radio show Dear Girl ~Stories~. I find this episode to be a bit slow.  The 2 hosts spent half of the show talking about the summer.  OnoD says he wants to go flower-viewing. Kamiya-san says that he loves the summer very much. It’s September during the time of this episode, the last lap of summer. Kamiya-san mentions that his mind is still in August.  They also talk about writing a DGS manga, and what it should be about.  Because they cannot think of a good idea, Kamiya-san asks their listeners to send their suggestions.

Then they do the Sylph Soudanshitsu Corner.  This is the only corner that they’re able to do in this episode because they spent too much time talking about the summer and about their DGS manga during the first half of the show.  They introduce and read some lines of a manga written by a Hayashi-sensei.  Then they do the Nayami Story (Story of Worries) sent by Hayashi-sensei.  Here is a rough translation:
(spaces between lines mean dialogue that I’ve skipped translating)

Hayashi-sensei no Nayami:
It’s so hot everyday. I work inside my room, but I don’t use the air-conditioner because it’s bad for the earth (environment). So here’s my question. Is there anything that both of you do for the earth (environment)?

Kamiya: Well, if we don’t use aircon, we’ll suffer. It can’t be helped.
Ono: Yes. I love aircon.
Kamiya: You love it?
Ono: Yes, I love it.
Kamiya: Hmmmm. . . .
Ono: I love it because it makes me so cold.

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Japan-Funded Mission Sends Hello Kitty To Space

A 4-cm (1.6-inch) tall Hello Kitty figurine is seen under a scrolling display in front of a window of the Hodoyoshi-3 satellite

Rating: :D :D :D (3 out of 5 grins)
I’m sure you’ve heard about how Japan sent the most popular kawaii feline into outer-space in a government-funded mission.  I started hearing about this last month.  Since I’m a cat lover and a long-time Hello Kitty fan, I can’t help but feel proud about this story.  I feel so inspired.  If this stationary stuffed figure got the chance to explore space, certainly anyone can do it, right?  As long as you’re kawaii enough to appeal to a massive audience, I’m sure that some government will fund a mission to send you to space.  Here is an excerpt taken from Reuters regarding this news:

Hello Kitty, Japan’s ambassador of cute, is on a government-funded mission to space.

The project to launch Sanrio Co Ltd’s white cat with a pink bow into orbit is part of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s push to promote Japan’s high-tech industry and engineer economic growth.

A 4-cm (1.6-inch) tall Hello Kitty figure is aboard the Hodoyoshi-3 satellite, looking through a window at Earth, Sanrio announced this week.

The satellite, which is about the size of a large rubbish bin, was developed by Japanese researchers as part of a $40 million program funded by the education and science ministry.

The goal of the project is to get more private companies interested in working with satellites, said Toshiki Tanaka, researcher in charge of the project at the University of Tokyo’s Nano-Satellite Center. -“Japan sends Hello Kitty into space”, Reuters

This is such an incredible story, in my opinion.  I’m a bit envious of Hello Kitty.  I once dreamed of becoming an astronaut, you know.  Oh well.  As a fan, I’m proud of her.  Although there’s a part of me that can’t help but snicker, but that’s just a tiny part, I promise.  Finally, watch this video of Hello Kitty with a view of Earth in outer-space asking you to send your messages so that it can be featured from space.  Enjoy!

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Links:
Sanrio Japan (Japanese)
Sanrio (Official Home of Hello Kitty & Friends) – US & Canada

Dear Girl ~Stories~ 20: Armpit Sweat is Pheromones? Ono is now Pheromone-D!

Episode Title: おすぎ、気をつけて!浩史が君の操を狙ってるよ! (Osugi, Ki o tsukete! Hiroshi ga kimi no misao o neratteru yo! / Osugi, be careful! Hiroshi is aiming at your honour!) <– Osugi is referring to this episode’s guest, Sugita Tomokazu.
Rating: :D :D :D :D (4 out of 5 grins)
ATTENTION!!! Important Note: All the translations below are my own (by Arria Cross). All are labelled “rough translation”, as they did not undergo any professional proofreading and/or editing and may lack literal and/or grammatical accuracy.  I did my best, however, to convey the atmosphere and context of the conversations in this radio show.

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This is the 20th episode of Kamiya Hiroshi (神谷浩史) and Ono Daisuke’s (小野大輔) radio show Dear Girl ~Stories~.  As promised from episode 19seiyuu Sugita Tomokazu guests in this episode.  He already hosted the show in episode 18, when Kamiya-san took a leave because of a cold.  Kamiya-san apologizes to Sugita-san for the horrible things he said about him.  It is so cute when Sugita-san asks Kamiya-san about his cat, Nyanko-sensei.  When he guest-hosted the show, he impersonated this famous cat.

Sugita Tomokazu Credit:  Anime News Network

Sugita Tomokazu
Credit: Anime News Network

Sugita: Is Nyanko-sensei well?
Kamiya: Yes, he is.
Sugita: That’s good to hear.

They do the FutsuuSto (Futsuu Story / Ordinary Story) Corner where they read letters from their listeners.  Here is a rough translation:

Ryuu-san (Listener Letter): I was very surprised when Sugita-san hosted in place of Kamiya-san. I want Sugita-san to host this radio show together with OnoD and Kamiya-san.
Kamiya & Ono: Ooooooh.
Kamiya: The 3 of us, huh? Why don’t we do it?
Ono: Let’s do it immediately.

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