Music Mondays: AMV Bleak Friday [Serial Experiments Lain]

Do you remember that awful, awful song by Rebecca Black? The one that kept extolling the glory of Friday? This amv by editor Ileia features a morose, contemplative cover of the same song and sets it against the gritty, bleak background imagery of Serial Experiments: Lain.

The result is both hilarious and unexpectedly emotive. Not a bad way to start off a Monday by far.

Music Mondays: ONE OK ROCK 「じぶんROCK」


I initially fell in love with ONE OK ROCK when I heard their song, The Beginning, at the end of the Rurouni Kenshin live action movie.

Since then, I’ve been exploring their rather extensive discography and have landed on a new favorite on more than one occasion. This (surprise, surprise) is one of those occasions.

Jibun Rock is an incredible upbeat anthem celebrating self expression amidst a sea of doubts and against the tide of uniformity and indifference. It loudly proclaims that life is best when lived for something– even if you’re still searching for what that something is.

ONE OK ROCK 4Not only do I love the lyrics (transposed below in romaji and then translated), but the music video has this classic MTV vibe as it switches back and forth from the band rocking out next to static-filled screens and a sketchy cartoonized story of what happens when we buy the homogenized fulfillment someone else is selling. A little over the top? Sure. But it gets the message across and will likely get your head nodding and heels bouncing!

Translation:ONE OK ROCK 5

Have you woken up today remembering what to believe in?
Even as the hours pass, it seems like I can no longer believe in the times
I am unaware of the symptoms of this condition
Only the method to preventing it:
“I have to not lie to myself”

No way I’m going to forget it all!!
Even if I’m no longer myself
I will find meaning to this life, even if it’s just living
I got rid of the voice that refused to shout
I will keep on singing and screaming
Until it reaches you, I won’t stop!!

Today you keep on turning around
Not stopping regardless of who might be crying or getting mad
Even if it seems like this cold won’t ever go way
We’re continuing on without stopping just like life does
That’s right, even if there are wrinkles and folds,
people today can’t join their hands together!

Who will be able to let me finish something?
Even if it ends, a new beginning will start straight away
Even if you’re being forced to raise the standard of what you think is a miracle
Already the miracle is those who you call irreplaceable companions!

We are alive…
You going on…
Me going on…
(Nothing to you)
Without you…!

ONE OK ROCK 8WOW! It’s like hearing “no way, no way” over and over
That has nothing to do with the practical problem!
Take what you can: the important things.
Fortify yourself with it.
Hey, will this be it? Not yet, not yet! There’s still time!
Now armed with foresight, I’m honing my skills
The protagonist’s just one person! My story begins!


Kyou mo kimi wa shinjiru koto
Wasurezu ni mizamerareteimasuka?
Toki ga tatsu to jibun sae mo shinjirenakunaru jidai no youdesu
Jibun de wa kizukanai no ga kono shoujou no tokuchou de
Yuitsu aru yobouhou… wa
“Jibun ni uso dakya tsukanai koto”

Wasurete tamarumonnkayo!!ONE OK ROCK 3Boku ga boku jyanakunattara
Tatoe ikitetatte ikiteru imi sura mitsukarandaro
Koe ni naranai sakebi waboku ga koe wo karashite
Sakende utatte tsutawaru made wameite
Todoku made yamenai!!

Kyou mokimi wa mawari tsuzukeru
Dare ga naitemo okottemo tomarazu
Tameshi ni boku ga…
Kaze wo hiite mo mochiron tomaru koto nante ne-wa!!
Jinsei mo onajiyouni tomaru koto wa naku susumushi
Dakara sousa kyou mo hito wa otete ni shiwa to shiwa wo awasenno!!

Owarasechimau koto nanka dare ni datte dekinndaro?!
Tatoe owacchimattatte tsugi no SUTA-TO sugu kirenndaro?!
Ima kimi ga omou kiseki mo soko agesaseteshimaeba
Mou sono jiten de sono kiseki wa kimi ni toccha hitsuzen no onakamasa!!

ONE OK ROCK 6We are alive…
You going on…
Me going on…
(Nothing to you)
Without you…!

WOW!! Nankai dame dame to iwareyouga
Jissaimondai sonnann kankeinakute
Ima, jibunjishin hitsuyou na mono takuwaete sosoretokeyo!!
Naa soudaro?! Mada mada!! jikan wa mada annzo!!
Senken no mei ima wa togisumashite
Shujinkou wa hitoridake!! Jibun no monogatari no hajimari!!



忘れてたまるもんかよ!!ONE OK ROCK 2僕がボクじゃなくなったら

だから そうさ今日も人はお手手のシワとシワをあわせんの!!

終わらせちまう事なんか 誰にだってできんだろ?!
たとえ 終わっちまったって 次のスタート すぐきれんだろ?!
今キミが思うキセキも 底上げさせてしまえば
もう その時点でそのキセキは君にとっちゃ必然のお仲間さ!!

We are alive…
You going on…
Me going on…
(Nothing to you)
Without you…!
今、自分自身 必要なものたくわえて そろえとけよ!!
なぁ そうだろ?! まだ まだ!! 時間はまだあんぞ!!
先見の明 今は とぎすまして
主人公は一人だけ!! 自分の物語のはじまり!!

Hope you guys enjoy this Monday music as much as I do! Happy listening and rock on!


Music Mondays: [ENP] Reflections AMV

AM2“Is it only when you’re in love with another person, that you see them as they really are? And in the ordinary way, when you’re not in love with people, you see only a fragmented version of that being? Because when you’re in love with someone, you do indeed see them as a divine being…and suppose that’s what they are truly? Your eyes have, by your beloved, been opened.”

These are just some of the words that echo across a landscape of imagery and music after the 1 minute point of this touching AMV. Winner at MTAC’s 2014 AMV Contest for Judges Best Artistic, this is one of only a handful of AMVs I’ve watched without connection to the series used, but have enjoyed immensely and repetitiously (ad infinitum up to this point).

There’s something in the distantly retro broadcast voice. Something in every word spoken and in every highlighted, fevered motion framed in vivid color. Something cushioned perfectly between saccharine sweet piano keys and the heartbeat-like, tiptoes-at-the-edge-before-jumping rhythm…that really captures the essence and anxiety and excitement of new love.


If it’s only when we’re in love with another person that we see people as they truly are…I want to be in love with everyone all the time. Especially if the new vision granted by emotion is as gorgeous and full of feels as this video.

“We don’t say ‘rising in love’. There is in it the idea of the fall.”

Wow. Just wow. And much applause.