Mail goodies!!

First off, I did not go to Japan, I got into Hokkaido, but I didn’t go because of different reasons. I have mixed feelings about it, I am happy that I didn’t have to go trough all the things I needed to do for the travel and move, but on the other side I am sad that I won’t be going, even thou I know that there would be little chance of me acctually being able to get trough a year with classes only in Japanese. Now I am taking the one year course in history to get my free study points and I am trying to find a job so I can get more money for when I am done here! But other than that:

Yay! I got my first package today! I have ordered a few things when I got money again! (But since I want a Cintiq 12, I were also smart and have put a lot of money into a savings account, and I hope that I will have enough to buy one for myself for christmas and also have money to spare for the time after school is over!)

I ordered two really cheap cross stitch kits from a chinese seller on ebay, and I think I might get them next week or something. (Which means I have one week to at least finish the one I am working on now XD) I will show you pictures of them when they come=)

I also have ordered a school book, that I really need XD I et my first hand in task tomorrow XD

Other than that I have become a member of Sylvanian families fanclub in Norway, and am waiting for the member gift ^-^. (I’m a kid at heart! That is my excuse!)

But today I got my first packet! It was the Sound Horizon Marchen DVD!!! I were too late to get the limited edition, but that is ok ^-^. And since it was cheaper than buying from Outland, I also ordered the newest magazine of “ゴス・ロリ”(Gothic lolita), since I had so much fun with the Noin jacket I were making, I decided to just start collecting them. It has a lot of inspiration, and also, for that many patterns for unique clothes, under 18 dollars are really cheap.

I have made a lot of manly costumes, but I wonder if I should try and make a dress one day? The good thing with Noin is that he is quite flexible XD

The Marchen DVD comes with two disks, one with one type of sound and the other with another type of sound (I am so smart!) Most of it is written in german so I don’t know a thing of what stands there XD.

It comes with japanese subtitles, but it only appears when they speak german.

If you have downloaded the consert, you can go to the international sound horizon fan page, white crow, and you can get the subtitles in english! It was really helpful!

Other than that I am hurt again, I have walked too much in bad shoes and my foot went owie… But I am using creme on it and walk as much as I can to get to school, then it goes owie on the way back home (*Random adorable crying eyes begging for attention and love*). I might have to get to the doctor next week if it don’t get better.

I am almost done with my Noin costume, and I will make a blog post with the details of my awsome sewing work soon, and I will also make a post with what I think about the Marchen consert, and also the new things I found out thanks to it! I think I understand the deal with Elizabeth and why she had to call her brother for father.

I will come back to that soon=) I’ll just leave you with a little tease:

 

 

 

 

Translations of Märchen on youtube!

I found really good and well done translations of Märchen over at youtube today! And I thought I should share them ^.^

01 Yoiyami no Uta (The Song of Dusk)

Hm, I got more of the story now, and it seems that Ido is a creature that like Märchen also died in the well or something like that, and it melted together with Märchen to wake him up again to take revenge. It also woke up the doll that he had as Elize. But I still don’t know for sure if the doll is just like that on it’s own, or if she is the same as Elizabeth but just after revenge for her love being killed. Or maybe it is the revenge wish of Therese? Märchen’s mother?

02 Kakei no Majo (The Witch at the Stake)

I’m not sure if I should feel sorry for the old witch/mother, it seems she sent her daughter out when she couldn’t feed her herself, and she regretted it later and became religious. Then when her daughter never returned she might have decided to not listen to god anymore and when a nun then came to her house she killed her, not knowing it was her own daughter. After that she inherited her dead husbands fortune, and might have wanted to make up for not taking care of her daughter with taking care of the hungry children…

Like I said, not sure how to feel about that old woman…

But still, Grethel sounds so cute!!

03 Kuroki Okami no Yado (The Black Landlady’s Inn)

Yes! This translation gave me the name of the story! I found it now! The man from the gallows tells off a landlady that has no more liver to make for her costumers, and she then goes out to steal livers from newly hung offenders, but in the end one of them comes back from the dead for his liver. I love stories like that XD But it seems that here she is tired of having to wait for the people to die, so she instead hangs her servant girl to then cut out her liver. I don’t know if she just hangs her, or if she gets her publicly executed for something.

But this song also goes back to their 2nd chronicle story, as many of the others also does. That damned shinigami guy keeps poping up all the time XD I should really read a translation of that album soon, I am getting curious XD

04 Garasu no Hitsugi de Nemuru Himegimi
(The Princess Sleeping in a Glass Coffin)

I would have been ashamed if I had gotten this wrong XD But most of what I thought was right ^.^ And I just love the scene where the prince asks for Snow White. “Dwarves, will you give me that corpse?” He does not think she is alive or anything, he just wants to marry a dead woman XD

Once again, love the revenge at the end, it is charming XD And I have been wondering what the hell that random conversation in the middle there is, but then after I saw the first song again, I wonder if it has anything to do with the man that Märchen became one with in the well? That creature was called Ido… and that man in the conversation was Idolfried. I do not know, but it is a thought.

05 Sei to Shi wo wakatsu Kyoukai no Furuido
(The Old Well at the Border that separates Life and Death)

AH! Things makes more sense now! I found the story of this one too! Mother Holle is a little like the Norwegian Askeladden fairy tales, of a brother that works well and does all right, while his two older brothers never wants to do any work at all, and in the end Askeladden gets all fame and glory XD

This story tells of a young girl that lives with her stephmother and younger stephsister (Cinderella much XD?) Her father died by falling down a well, and his name was Idolfried! Dum dum DA!!!!

She ends up falling down the well too, but she ends up in another world where Idolfried/Märchen allows her time to think about her revenge, and she helps some bread and a apple tree in the other world, before she comes into the service of Mother Holle. She helps her for a time, and as a reward for her good work, she is sent home covered in gold. Her little sister is not so lucky and comes back covered in pitch (it is something used in asphalt I think…) and she can never get it off.

It seems that the girls can see Märchen, since the daughter said she talked to her father. And in the end of the song the sound of the rats can point towards the black death from the prologue single. Does this mean that this is the same well that Märchen fell into?

And I love that Revo is also the rooster, bread and appletree XD

06 Bara no Tou de Nemuru Himegimi (The Princess Sleeping in a Tower of Roses)

I guess everyone knows the story of sleeping beauty XD? This is the one without rape, so that is at least a good thing. The only thing I didn’t get before in this song was the ending about the last curse, that she would abandon her daughter in the forest, I thought it could be the girl in the second song, but when I read it I saw that she had not been abandoned as a baby, but when she was older.

But there might be a hint at the end, as the melody sounds like one of the older songs, and the princess could be a character from the Elysion album, from the song Majo to Lafrenze and I don’t think it went well with her… she is found by the same witch that cursed her mother and raised by her to use her purity to protect the gates of Hades from opening. But she falls in love with Orpheus, who takes her virginity. But after she finds out he just needed to open the gats of Hades to get to his true love that had died. She curses him and if he turns to look at his true love while they escape, he would loose her again. And he so does 😛

07 Aoki Hakushaku no Shiro (The Blue Earl’s Castle)

Tells of a terifying man with blue beard that killed his wives and kept them locked up in a room. It seems here that one of his dead wives wishes for revenge, and Märchen uses the earl’s newest wife, her sister and two brothers as his tool to set the revenge into action.

But Bluebard has a big mental problem… first he says that he might have loved his first wife, but still he killed her. It sounds like he really enjoys killing his wives, but then he says that he won’t forgive the people that claimed someone to be a witch? Does he mean that someone said one of his wives were a witch and he wants to protect the reputation of his loved wife even if he himself killed her? Or could there have been a woman he loved before that died as a witch? Could that have been Märchen’s mother? Could Bluebeard then be Märchen’s father? I should have read the single songs better *faint*

Oh, and Bluebard also quite frankly says: he rapes his wives, then kill them, and if God had a hole, he would rape him too!

08 Haritsuke no Seijo (The Crucified Saint)

This one is just sad! Elizabeth never loved anyone else than Märchen and when she finally is reunited with him it is after her death… life is unfair… but that damned doll got hers!

And I am curious about the family relationship here… he wants her to call her father, but he is her brother? I do not want to dwell deeper in this right now -.-

The last song has not been translated yet I just found out XD So I will take that later, it is mostly just Märchen saying goodbye to the world T.T

 

Gift:Sound Horizon – Märchen (limited edition first release)

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!

First when you take it out of the box and open it out, you see great illustrations of each of the fairytales. All of them are done great, and I really love the dark and eerie look it all gives.

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:

暁光の唄
The Song of Dawn

火刑の魔女
The Witch at the Stake

黒き女将の宿
The Dark Landlady’s Inn



硝子の棺で眠る姫君
The Girl That Sleeps in the Coffin of Glass

生と死を別つ境界の古井戸
The Old and Unused Well of the Boundary That Separates Life and Death


薔薇の塔で眠る姫君
The Girl That Sleeps in the Tower of Roses

青き伯爵の城
The Blue Marquis’ Castle

磔刑の聖女
The Cruxified Saint

宵闇の唄
The Song of Dusk

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 ^.^