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    Default Japanese Male Of The Now: あさき/Asaki

    Japanese rock/visual kei musician, perhaps my favorite artist of the modern era. His second album made it to #2 on the Oricon Daily charts, so this seems like a good enough cause for him to be deemed "relevant."

    Bit of background:

    -He's very secretive, rarely ever divulging pictures of himself and even going to far as to remove other people's uploads of his face.

    -His music is some of the most intense stuff I've ever known, both sonically and emotionally. Has an affinity for melodramatic and surreal imagery. Also has a penchant for goofy voices.

    -Lyrically his music invokes imagery involving sickness, death, the underworld, demons, nature, and all somehow tied together with romantic relationships. It's difficult to understand what he's saying specifically though, since a lot of his lyrics employ a very old and archaic style of Japanese that hasn't been spoken for centuries. I'll do my best to translate what I can.






    Akai Suzu - Red Bells

    The evening stretched out far
    The couple returned home as they followed the growing shadows with their eyes
    The sound of tiny bells rings out
    At once, a cuckoo clock sounds off unison
    "Ring ring ring"
    The tiny, tiny bells resonate

    One morning, the man had to leave ("o-erai-san" literally means a big-shot, or someone with high aspirations. I take this to mean that he left to fulfill these desires)
    "Would you be okay if I weren't here?"
    A fantasy appeared from his trembling hands and encircled him
    All fell into ugly colors
    A nauseatingly dirty smile
    "Ring ring ring"
    Her bells rang out

    The witch in white arched her back and laughed
    Yes, while sticking her tongue out...
    "Raise your right hand to the sky, your left to the sea, and look up to the heavens like a proper man!"
    So spake the crows who followed to the right

    (Extreme/this/naturally/lined up/ideals and happiness |topic| threat of rain/vaguely/expanded and dissolved) I have no fucking clue what this is supposed to mean rofl
    A whisper in his ear
    "Come towards the sound of the Demon's clapping hands..."
    And he vanished into the white clouds.

    "I'll cut off all you bastards' lying tongues! I'll wait, I'll wait for him forever..."
    Seeing nothing, hearing nothing
    "I'd rather there be nothing at all!" he laughed
    Her reflection spun around and around within the goldfish bowl

    One day, her letters asking "how are you doing?" stopped coming
    A rain-drenched crow rode along the wind for the thousandth time
    But this time, its tone was silent
    The amber sky had never made shadows so long before
    The bells rang out

    "I've returned!"
    The joyful shouts of the crows faded into the twilight
    He ran, pushing through his tears.
    He opened the door, but her time had already gone.
    Only the sound of bells remained...
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    "And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it." -Roald Dahl

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    I get the impression of him as an Se/Ni introvert + XXFx. E4 and So-last also seem very likely given his lyrical content and over-the-top emotional dramatic style.
    "And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it." -Roald Dahl

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    Managed to find the lyrics to this in the booklet. He switches through different characters throughout the song, as delineated by his goofy voices. Phrases in brackets and tildes aren't said, but are written in the booklet and are meant to delineate between scenes and characters.

    Translating this is gonna be a pain in the ass. Begin.


    Tentei? (not a real word, seems to mean Garden of Heaven)

    [Under The Sun]

    Hey hey everyone,
    Look over there!
    At the gathering stardust by ladder of light that climbs up to the gloomy heavens
    Their mouths are shrieking

    "Kill their hearts"



    [Spring Man]

    Aimlessly, aimlessly
    He pretends not to notice as purple clouds of death trickle in

    His lips fall silent and he jumps about
    It overtakes him, and he's finished


    ~All Four-Legged Creatures~
    "Withering light as far as the eye can see!"

    It will take you, for all of time.


    [Summer Man]
    ~The Buddha in Female Form~
    "Come take a look at your leisure," she pitches (as in to pitch a sell)
    She stabs a plum with a branch and smiles

    ~The Buddha in Male Form~
    "Look here, it's budding fruit"

    ~Cute People Wearing Hats With Animal Faces~
    "I see I see, here?"

    It's right here!

    The Gods taste the five viscera and six internal organs
    Put them in their mouths
    Lay them below their eyes
    Wash them in a muddy river bank and give them back


    [Under The Sun]
    Daybreak finally comes
    I still cannot return
    The sky split open
    Heaven is shaking!

    What a view

    I look, reach out my hand, and wonder of the depth between me and that star
    I'm caught by the light that must have been searching for me
    And I am lost

    I await heaven
    I am surrounded by frozen light
    I place my trust in this cloud of tomorrow
    Lost in the sun
    Winding crooked shadows
    We gouge out each other's innards and are enveloped in ecstasy



    That's the first half, maybe I'll do the rest later
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    The above sounds like the Mars Volta.

    More helpfully, no quibbles with the Se/Ni IF suggestion. E4 moreso, but wouldn't bet on so-last just because of the possibility he could reject yet still define himself by something social.
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    IEI... enneagram 4
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    I too am leaning IEI for this guy, probably Ni sub if he is.
    "And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it." -Roald Dahl

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    there is this indiscriminate coalescence and dissipation of thought-forms within his lyrics, so yeah, he's one of the V-S types

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