Tunes for Tuesday - Nostalgia as always.

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Something different for Tuesday, I didn't want to wait for Wednesday (since there are other things I want to post as well) and neither do I feel like shifting through images to the dozen right now.

There was always an anime which I noticed in Chinese DVD stores, although the name I could never read, given it was all in kanji - or perhaps it was hanzi, given it was most likely Chinese-dubbed anime. I always thought it was something of a period piece and one of the characters on the cover reminded me of Kurama from Yu Yu Hakushou, but when I finally took the initiative to look into the series maybe even two years ago now, I discovered this was really not the case. (Having two 'men' on the cover probably also made me think yaoi, somehow.)

There is something very girly about you, Ukon...

I really love the mystery genre, which is probably why I was so interested in Detective Conan (aka Case Closed) when I was younger, even though I could only ever get my hands on 25 or so episodes out of a whopping 600+. I hate to brag (which I am blatantly going to do now), but I was the only one who could work out one of the mystery stories which we read in class. I usually would read ahead when it came to my English coaching classes at the SWOT SHOP back then, which meant I had plenty of time to think about it, and had worked it all out when everyone just went with what the teacher hypothesised.

In any case, I think my interest is pretty clear in the fact that I also enjoy shows like Castle (American TV series, which @Sebasu_tan writes about here) and Sherlock, both of which are of the 'Crime/Mystery' genre. But back to the series I was talking about originally, the anime that I always saw turned out to be 'Ayatsuri Sakon', which was another 'mystery' anime, not exactly a period piece, but definitely with an interesting mix of traditional Japanese Culture. (Wikipedia calls this Detective Fiction, by the way.)

Sakon, who is a Karakurizōshi (Doll Puppeteer) often travels around, with his 'partner', a puppet called 'Ukon', doing puppet shows for others and inadvertently getting caught up in murders wherever he goes. Of course, given that his aunt is a police Detective and he himself is a highly intelligent and quick-witted boy (if not introverted, other than in his 'alter ego', Ukon), he can't help but start to solve these murders, but like most protagonists, despite how much he helps people, he often can't help himself, even though in the end he finds out several things about his own history.

Why do you look human, Ukon?

A brief history and a lot of talking, but the song that I chose today comes from it. It is a nostalgic tune, which I think suited the series immensely, down to the animation which was given to the ending. Ukon is a very old and precious doll, especially to Sakon. You can see how upset and worried he gets when Ukon is in any sort of danger to being broken. How Sakon obtained Ukon also carries much history which is interwoven into the storyline.

Take a listen. It's slow, and the song is long, but it's pleasant to the ear. The first word 'kanaete', is also striking, and the name of the song. 'Kanaete' (叶えて) is a wish or a prayer.

And just as a bit of trivia, the 'sa' in Sakon (左近) means 'left', and the 'u' in Ukon (右近) means 'right'. Sakon usually operates Ukon with his right hand.

Also, it is interesting to note "左近の桜" (sakon no sakura) is "cherry tree east of the southern stairs of the Hall for State Ceremonies (in Heian Palace)" as "右近の橘" (ukon no tachibana) is "tachibana tree west of the southern stairs of the Hall for State Ceremonies (in Heian Palace)". Sakon's last name is Tachibana.

Other brief info: here