I got the gift from my great and cool big brother and his wife today, and I got the awsome first press release of the newest Sound Horizon CD Märchen, that is based on German fairytales like snow white and sleeping beauty ^.^
I love fairytales from before, and have loved manga like Ludwig Kakumei because of the use of Grimm fairytales (And Yuki Kaori’s ability to make even the worst sort of persons at least a little likeable).
I love Disney’s versions of Sleeping beauty, Cinderella and Snow White, but I love the original and darker stories a lot more! Like how Snow White made her stephmother dance to her death in iron shoes right from the fires.
But enough about that for now, let us start looking at what I got in this limited first press edition!
I had first decided to go for the normal edition, because I did like the cover more, and really didn’t think that the extra stuff really could be that special. So I sent my brother a link to the normal edition cd, and thought I would get that one, but then he goes out of his way to buy this for me, and I have to say that I am happy he did! This box set has a lot of awsome things in it!
I will go into what sort of songs is on the Cd in a little, just go trough a little more pictures first, and of course we have the main attraction!:
The first press has a illustrated fairytale book in it, it is japanese, and it has the lyrics for all the texts. It is really nicely made, and it will be fun when I can read a little more of it XD I rule in Hiragana and Katakana but not so much in kanji yet ^.^
Now for a little overlook over the songs, with my badly taken pictures from the box:
The Song of Dawn
The Dark Landlady’s Inn
The Old and Unused Well of the Boundary That Separates Life and Death
The first and the last song are both original stories that continues from the single “Ido e itaru Mori e itaru Ido “, that was a prolouge single to this album. I loved the first song “The fairytale of light and darkness” that they also made a wonderful PV for, but for some reason, what I love the most is the ending of the song “The reason why she became a witch” I’m not sure what happens, but a woman lost her child, and I am not sure if it is the same woman from the first song whose son falls down the well, when she is captured by two men. But the end of the song when she is on the stake is really gripping:
“To honour the lord we must show him our affection! The heretics must be punsihed! Now my folks, watch as we bring the hammer of punishment upon the witch!”
Look! Yes, look at this comedy…
If this is how it’s going to be,
then I will turn into a real witch cursing the world…
I’m not sure about everything, but I think the boy who fell down the well in Ido is the same as the man that tells the stories and that the doll he has is just a object to hold his memories of the girl Elizabeth that he cared for when he was alive, and when he finds her later, both he and the doll crumbles. (Not sure, my japanese sucks…) Trough the songs he searches for a princess, and in the end he finds the one that is his, but I don’t think she wishes for revenge, and she dies instead.(The Cruxified Saint)
I love this CD, and I have listened to it a lot of times already since I found it when it was leaked on the net, and I listened for it on a 9 hour bus ride… my favorite songs are the first one, song of dawn, then the song of dusk where it all ends. I love Elizabeth’s song, and the song for Snow White is great! It is a little fun that the voice and art for the prince in this one is the same as the one in Sleeping beauty XD The guy is getting around 😛
The song “the witch at the stake” Is acctually Hanzel and Gretel in disguise, and the girl voicing Gretel is adorable! And the song “The Blue Marquis’ Castle” I think is the story about Bluebeard, the man with a ugly blue beard that killed all his wives and then kept them while he waited for a new wife to kill. His last wife came there with her sister, and were able to get saved by their brothers and the late Bluebears’ wife inherited the entire fortune that she shared with her family.
The singing voice for Elize(the doll) is given by Miku the vocaloid and it works well with Revo, who always does great! ^.^I think it was too little from Jimang, who had three roles and one singing. He was the evil stephmother’s mirror, the hunter that was sent after Snow White, and a old singing lady that sounded a lot like a old man Grell XD But he was good anyway=)
The only problem with this CD is that one person screams at each song not counting the first and last, and it can get a little too loud at times, but the creepy atmosphere and gothic feeling makes this CD one of my favorites beside Roman, which I am still trying to fit together all the plot points still.
A good buy if you want something epic, and now I am just going to wait for the concert DVD to come out so I can find out if I guessed the things that happened right ^.^