We've been listening to the song Bad Day kind of a lot lately with our Alvin and the Chipmunks obsession. I never really paid much attention to the lyrics because we never listened to it before Alvin and the Chipmunks, and after we downloaded it, we'd distract ourselves with the internet while it was playing (because it sometimes doesn't feel right to just sit and listen to music without doing anything else). But just recently I caught the line "you play a sad song just to turn it around." That seems pretty silly to me, because, as everyone knows, music affects your mood. So if you're feeling bad, and you listen to a sad song, that would only make you feel more bad. Or maybe bad in a different way, if you were angry and then became sad, so maybe that would turn it around, but not very far. I can understand that happy music would clash with your mood if you're feeling bad, so you might not want to play something really hyper (unless you're weird like us), but I still think that playing a sad song would do the opposite of "turning it around."
In other ramblement, I've kept meaning to talk about Hoshi wa Utau, because I read volume one a while back and thought it was awesome, but I kept forgetting because by the time Athena read it, it wasn't fresh on my mind anymore.
Now remember, volume one only covers chapters one through five, ending with Sakuya running into Chihiro at school for the first time. So if you've read further, please forget everything that happens after that before commenting.
Most of the (not very many) comments we'd read about it before reading it were, "It's alright, but it just hasn't grabbed me like Fruits Basket. It's better to read it all at once instead of chapter by chapter." I was being kind of contrary and determined to think it was totally awesome from the very beginning, so that might have affected my opinion of it, but I did think it was totally awesome from the very beginning. I think a main part of why is that Chihiro is exactly my type. From the very first time Sakuya passes by him in the first chapter, I saw him and was like, "Ooooh...!" And then it turns out no one has any idea who he is! You can't get much awesomer than that. But then, Hoshi wa Utau has recently made me realize that I seem to have a thing for mystery men. I'm not even really that impatient to find out what his deal is--I just want him to be in it more. I'm hoping he came from the stars, because that's just cool, but this seems like it might be less fantasy, so we'll see.
And then we find out in chapter two that Sakuya's club is the stargazing club! Stargazing is one of our favorite things to do. Except for, y'know, going outside at night when it's cold and stuff. We're too spoiled to be decent stargazers is what I'm saying. But when we happen to be out camping, it's our favorite thing about it. We learned a bunch of summer constellations at Girls' Camp once, but I think now I can still only maybe identify Sagittarius and that's it. Except for standards like Cassiopeia and the Big Dipper.
Oh! And Yuuri wants to be Spider-Man!! And he's even cuter than Heroes' Hiro! Aww, I feel bad for him, because I want Sakuya to end up with Chihiro. But I think there's a possibility she'll end up with Kanade, since his name is more directly related to the title than anyone else's, and we don't know if Chihiro really came from the stars yet. But then again, for all I know "Chihiro" does have some connection to the stars, because they keep bringing up all these nicknames for stars that we didn't know existed in Japan because we didn't grow up there. Also, Athena says she bets that's not his real name. (Incidentally, "Kanade" comes from "kanaderu," which means "to play a melody.") Anyway, you have to look at the title, because that's how we knew all along that if Tohru fell in love with anyone, it would be Kyo--because a rice ball in a fruit basket is just like a cat in the Chinese Zodiac.
I think that covers it, except to say that we will be very very very sad if we don't get to translate this series.
But speaking of cats in the Chinese Zodiac, Clay mentioned something when we were talking about leap year. He says Japan used a combination solar/lunar calendar until 1873, so every three years they had thirteen months in a year. The Juunishi represented not only years, but months (and even hours), so I wonder if the cat would have fit in there as like an honorary member? Anyway, it does make things tricky when trying to remember the birthdays of characters from like HaruToki or Shounen Onmyouji, what with them using a different calendar and all.
Today I'm thankful for the panic ebbing, new Japanese trivia, stars, happy songs, and getting up early.