Negicco – “Negative Girls” with English Sub

Is it 2016 already? Time surely flies fast. “Kouin ya no gotoshi” ( 光陰矢の如し) is a proverb my Japanese friend (kind of penpal) taught me, which means “time flies like an arrow”.

And this is my first video sub of 2016. Another one from Negicco, titled: Negative Girls! (ネガティヴ・ガールズ!).


I love how they used a school setting and invited their fans to join the MV making. We can even see a parent brought a child to the setting. I guess the way they present themselves and the family-like atmosphere created in their live shows that makes Negicco stands out. It feels more like watching your daughters or nieces ballet recital (have never been into one though) than just watching an idol groups. It feels like you’re there to support somebody you know.

Anyway, there’s also interesting story behind the making of this sub.

As previous sub projects, I was helped by Misa-chan with the translation of the lyric (checkout her website) and everything seemed okay, but in the middle of subbing process I realized something was off. The Japanese and romaji lyric I supplied to Misa-chan were different in some parts with what the members were singing in the MV; apparently the lyric I found was the album version, while the one used in the MV (Ototoy MV) was improvised by the members. When I realized that, I posted my concern on Negicco fans group, and I expected nothing less: some help. And help did come:



A detailed explanation of the difference was posted by Shibasaki-san, a member of the Negicco fan group, which was really helpful in making the sub more accurate. I think it was great. People from different places, who have never met each other, helped each other for the same thing that unite them together, which in this instance is love for Negicco. It’s a community effort!

Oyasu Negi Negi!



Your Own Private Lounge

You took an onerous two-hour trip from your house to a premium mall and you  arrived on time to meet an old friend you have not met for ages, but suddenly your friend who supposed to meet you at that time postponed the meeting for two hours because that person overslept. You were furious and felt like throwing a tantrum endlessly, but you chose not to cancel the meeting and take the miserable trip back to your house, which would take another two hours, at least you preferred not to make such trip before you excoriate that friend of yours, personally, face-to-face.

And here comes the waiting period.

You stood for a while.

You walked around, alone, window shopping from outlets to outlets of the shopping center.

But it was inevitable that you got overwhelmed by boredom.

Have you been in such situation?

There are some options of places to kill some time. The common places are bookstores, where you can read books for free, or game centers, where you can play arcade games or just watch other people plays. But both generally require you to stand and such activity might kill your legs. Well, you can also go to cafe. You got a seat and a table, perfect for waiting. But if you are someone like me, cafe might not be your predilection. First, by sitting there, you are mentally forced to buy overpriced beverage. Second, you are going to sit there alone for quite a long time in the middle of people around you who sit in groups; it’s rather uncomfortable for me. It makes me feel like the only antisocial in the vicinity. Every unintentional gaze from the people around me when I’m sitting there alone, staring at my phone, gives me awkward feeling.

And I found a perfect alternative:

private lounge for free, no strings attached

The toilet stall of a premium mall is actually suitable for waiting alone. Bring your own food and beverage, which can be purchased or brought from outside the mall, and entertainment media, like smart phone or game handheld, and you can just stay there comfortably for hours. How about the repulsive odor? Well, if you chose the right premium mall, you won’t encounter such odor. And if you chose the right floor or area, you can get rarely visited toilet, which mean you can find tranquility in your wait, laugh your arse off for a funny picture you found in the net, loudly sing along your idol on an MV you found on Youtube; the possibility is endless (not really). Toilet stall is totally private and you can use it for your waiting lounge.

Try it out!

Give “Thank You”, Get “Thank You”

Laura Trice, in this video, reminded us of something that we have known so well, but we often tend to forget; “thank you”. I think we was taught to always say “thank you” whenever we received something and we sedulously conformed to it when we were young; our parents made sure we complied. But somehow in the trip to adulthood, we no longer care about it.

It’s important. Expression of gratitude is important. That’s what Laura Trice tried to convey in this short video. And she closed the video with interesting point; asking for “thank you”. Why asking for “thank you” feels odd? Why is it normal to ask for refill for your Chinese Tea pot in a restaurant, but it’s very odd to ask someone to thank you for the favor you have done for that person?