The Beauty of Hello Happy World and Kokoro Tsurumaki

Ayappi here! (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧

So a friend of mine recently got me back into playing this mobile game called Bang Dream! Girl’s Band Party. As I played this game again, other than finding out I have lost some of my rhythm game ability,  and that the once failing franchise has really gotten a lot of positive traction lately, I have found some really interesting insights about one of the characters in this franchise.

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One hell of an energetic band I’d say, in a good way

You see when I used to play Bang Dream prior to this, I only focused on my favorite characters: Rimi and Kasumi from PoppinParty. I did a bit of Pastel*Palletes as well, but only because they did the cover for one of my favorite songs, which was Sekai wa Koi ni Ochiteiru. This meant I would leave out or not even bother to interact with the other characters in the game. But this time it’s different, and by going out of my way to explore  and give the other bands a chance, I have found something very interesting that has made me appreciate Hello Happy World better.

I’m talking about Kokoro Tsurumaki, the blonde haired leader of Hello Happy World!, one of the five bands that comprise the Bang Dream franchise as we know it today. As I interacted with her, “interesting” character in the game, I have come to the conclusion that Kokoro Tsurumaki’s character really does encapsulate the spirit of the band Hello Happy World. Allow me to explain why down below!

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Kokoro as we know it, for those who played the game or have her as their best girl/waifu at the least, has a very quirky personality. She’s a rich girl, but her character goes against the typical spoiled, snobbish nature of the blonde rich girl character we often see in shows and other video games, such as Sendoin Kaede from Battle Girl High School or, while not really blonde or anime, Trixie Tang from the Fairly Odd Parents. Instead, we get a more “innocent and happy rich” type of character out of her, hinting the possibility of being sheltered by her parents. If I were to compare her personality with another franchise related to Bushiroad, it would have to be Ohara Mari from LoveLive Sunshine.

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They’re both blonde, rich and energetic. Mari however has lots of mixed blood

She always goes out with a smile, and is really full of energy – enough to rival even some of the most energetic girls that fit in with the “genki girl” stereotype. Remember that happiness is contagious, and that they do often say that the best way to get people to smile is to smile yourself. This is coupled with the fact that she has made Hello Happy World for the purpose of making people happy with the band’s music. Not only that, but whenever I see her interacting with the characters in the Bang Dream game, she always acts younger and definitely quirkier than what is expected of her age, at energy levels usually not found at her age. Her energy, and personality are in my opinion, best described as childlike.

Childlike in a sense, that, I’m pretty sure at some point in most of us, we just want to make the world happy. We just want to innocently spread happiness, love and friendship to all of the people we meet in the world, while at the same time being super energetic that it might serve as an annoyance to some people. And I think this ties in really well with the whole concept that makes Hello Happy World what it is – to spread happiness through their music.

Further extending the subject of her childlike disposition and how it embodies Hello Happy World as we know it, elements in her band’s story and even the band’s title really compliment this whole childlike Kokoro. Kaoru Seta, the guitarist of Hello Happy World for example, I remember her story debut in the band’s story where she played the role of a prince in a school play. Shortly afterwards, we get a special cutscene where Kaoru, is in a position that makes her appear like she’s the prince Kokoro (the princess) was looking for this entire time, much like a typical princess fairytale. Again, it compliments being childlike as we normally associate fairy tales with youth and bedtime stories when we were 7 or 8 years old.

Another more obvious childlike element would be the bear costume of Michelle. It reminds us of these huge plush toys that give us joy when we were kids, and I think it ties in very well with the whole concept of making others happy though our music, and the childlike Kokoro.

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Let’s also look at the title, Hello Happy World. If you ever did a bit of programming, the usual first program we create in class is a simple “Hello World” program, showing some sort of greeting to the “world” that we have arrived and are ready to mingle with you. However, the addition of “happy” changes everything. It’s now a greeting addressed to a “happy world.” What is this happy world you might ask? No idea, but judging from Kokoro’s vision of making people happy with their music, it ties in really well again with the whole childlike Kokoro thing I just discussed.

In conclusion, Kokoro’s childlike personality really compliments the whole concept of Hello Happy World. This childlike personality of her has really contributed into her making Hello Happy World, and it does really show. I would say, learning more about her has really did make me appreciate her character more, to the point that I would make her my second favorite character in the entire Bang Dream franchise. No one beats Rimi however, protect that chocolate fountain at all costs.

What do you guys think? Are you a fan of Hello Happy World or at the very least Kokoro? Please do let me know down below and have a great day ahead ❤

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Songs About Food and Futons? – Uchikubigokumondoukoukai

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The last time Japanese music made me laugh so hard was with the anime Tesagure! Bukatsumono’s opening song “Stand Up!!!!” The song was very deep and well constructed, and was magnificently, obvious. If I had to pick an anime opening that takes the title for most meta, it would be that one. But this time I won’t be looking in to Tesagure’s hilarious opening, but I will be putting the video down below in case you’re curious.

Now if you are a fan of Japanese music I assume you already know that there is such a thing as J-Rock, aside from J-Pop. The differences are obvious, with Babymetal probably being somewhere in between the two. Now if you’re not, let me ask you a simple question.

At any point in time, if you use Facebook, have you heard a song about “I don’t want to get out of the futon?” I don’t know if it will help, but it features a cute little penguin sleeping inside its little futon (Japanese style bed). If that still doesn’t ring a bell, here’s the video.

If you remember, good job! If you don’t, well still read on because you might probably become a fan of theirs.

Uchikubigokumondoukoukai, aside from having a really long and distinctive name (Japanese: 打首獄門同好会) is a Japanese hard rock band. I recently started to listen to their songs because of that exact video I just referenced.

If I were to describe their songs, I would say, they have a way with words. The lyrics are so deep, and well constructed, and they’re so artistic. In fact, my most favorite one is when the— OH WHO AM I KIDDING, THE LYRICS ARE THE BEST. In fact  They’re really not as deep as you think. In fact, it’s more on the comedic side of things, even some songs will make you scream “what the hell did I just listen to,” in a good way. At first glance, you might think to yourself, gee, these are some catchy songs! I wonder what they are about? And we will get to that later!

Though really, even though it might give the impression to some that these people simply ran out of ideas and decided to write about super mundane everyday things, and seriously I don’t blame them for thinking that way, I personally think this is a charm in itself. Let’s face it, it’s not everyday do you hear a hard rock song about something bad happening to a smartphone. It gives off this light and playful aura that gives a nice contrast to the very strong and powerful sounds given off by their hard rock style of music. It’s a good change of pace, and is good for a quick laugh or two.

Other than this, their music is highly relatable to an extent. Let’s go to the futon song for example. I’m pretty sure most if not all of us have experienced not wanting to get out of bed because it is so cold outside. There’s a reason, why when I first stumbled across this band, the Facebook page that shared it put a caption saying “this is your winter anthem,” or something similar. It’s relatable content like this that come close to rivaling those cheesy love songs that get annoying once 5 radio stations and the nearby store overplays it when it comes to relatability.

Let’s go through some of my personal favorites from this very creative band! May I highly suggest giving the song a listen before reading anything if you don’t understand Japanese, but you’re welcome to just read on, that’s fine.

#1 Nihon no Kome wa Sekai Ichi | 日本の米は世界一

The bowl of rice at the start is the subject of this song. Yes, the title of this very, taste bud provoking, hunger inducing song translates to: “Japanese rice is the best.” But Ayappi, isn’t “gohan” the word for rice? Yes, while normally we use ご飯(gohan) for the rice that we eat on our table, 米 (kome) can also be used to refer to rice, although it may be unnatural to use.

The song lyrics are 75% Japanese food names, 10% 食!食!(Shoku shoku) which just means food. And the remaining to be justifications and expressions on how Japanese rice is, the world’s number one rice.

 

#2 Shimaguni DNA (島国DNA)

The title card of the music video translates to: “Japan’s fish.” And this is exactly what the song is about, Japan’s (edible) fish. The song proceeds to list down, much like the first song in this roundup, Japanese food based off of fish such as Shiokara (imagine Natto but fishier), Sashimi and others.

Out of all the lyrics though, one line stands out in the chorus: “We Japanese people love fish.” This song in my opinion, wanted to express the identity of the Japanese people being from an island nation. The fact that there are so many fish based dishes in Japan, as well as the abundance of fish itself thanks to the country being surrounded by water, their claims might as well be true. Regardless, I think they did their job well. If we take a look at the title too, “Island nation DNA.”

Just remember that the Japanese are humans too and not all love fish.

Fun fact: When they scream “Whoa whoa!”, that’s actually not whoa whoa. It’s “uo, uo!” In Japanese, it’s 「魚、魚!」which translates to “FISH FISH!”

#3 Nikutabeikou (ニクタベイコウ!)

 

I’ll admit I only included this song because I kept laughing at 29, which is a number pun for “meat” in Japanese. However, I think I can try to make sense out of the video.

It shows a video of children playing, and repeatedly slams meat names and dishes at your eyes. Now I remember the times when me and my family or friends would grill food, either at a restaurant or at the beach. Two things are certain:

  1. Meat, meat, and lots of meat!
  2. It brings people together, mostly

I don’t really have that much memories of playing outside because of my parent’s looking out for my security, but I know for a fact that children playing outside is a way of connecting with others, with the world. I think what the song is trying to say, other than the fact that there are so many delicious meat dishes out there, is that we are a community!

In the end, I highly recommend you give their music a chance to be in your own music collections. All their videos and music, mostly, are available on YouTube and on Apple Music or Spotify. If you’re a fan of Uchikubigokumondoukoukai, which song is your favorite?

Alright, thank you for taking the time to read my little article! I hope you have a great day and rock on ❤