At Last, Negicco’s “Canale no Madobe” is Subbed


At last, I have done the subbing process of Canale no Madobe. Special thanks and heartfelt apology to Tomomi who has been really really helpful in translating and explaining the lyrics and also waiting very very long for this release, which the blame is totally on my side m(>_<)m.

Anyway, it is another great song from Negicco. Calm and comforting melody, suitable to accompany your lazy evening. I think the lyric is quite sad, hinting that the singer has been left by her lover. But being sung in a cheerful mood by Negicco made me think like they meant to cheer those who felt that way. “It’s sad, we know, but it’s okay! Remember it as good memory and move forward!”, something like that. And it also has some Niigata hint (the city described is possibly Niigata according to Tomomi).

I also want to apologize for the MV quality degradation. I still do not understand what part of my subbing process caused it, maybe the sub burning activity.

Nevertheless, please enjoy and share!


March Loot: Kamei Eri Surprise Package

One of the reasons I am not quitting my current job is that my job provides me with means to purchase things I could not ask from my parents; like idol goods.

Late Christmas present?

I bought a surprise package from a fellow Indonesian fan of Morning Musume.  It was a Kamei Eri package and it is understandable if you never heard of her. She was a member of “old” Morning Musume, entering at the same time with Sayumi, and graduated on 2010. Now let’s take a look at the contents:

Birthday Card


Concert Name Tag? From 10 years ago!


Morning Musume Card; is she supposed to be the queen card? Or joker?


Plushy Key Chain


Her photo wearing cowboy hat 

Hmm… I wonder from which single or concert was this one from? I think it came from the Platinum Era.

Her polaroid photo with her writing

I wonder what she wrote. I really like this one since it gives off custom-made limited product impression with her marker handwriting, not-so-professional photo shoot, and “not for sale” note on the bottom; not like a mass-produced product.


Idol Hachimaki

For that moment when I ever feel like going full-wota mode. But it is outdated -_-


“If you spend your time thinking “I want to become happy, I want to become happy…“
You’ll spend the rest of your days just thinking about how you want to become happy.
But if you think “ah, I’m so happy“? You’ll always be happy.”

-Kamei Eri


May Imported CD: Country Girls

I was on my way out of my company establishment when suddenly a security officer shouted, “Anton- san, chotto matte kudasai!” (it was said in Bahasa Indonesia, I just want to j-dramatize a bit [◞・౪・]). Then, she handed me a suspicious brown package. “Ah, I guess it arrived!”. She actually did me a favor, since my company has forbidden any private package to be sent to the office.

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I ordered it from a fellow member of a Morning Musume Fan Facebook Group. That person somehow managed to get some pieces below the market price and I thought “let’s get one from him”. It took around two months from the day I messaged him until this package showed up. Want to take a peek?


It is “Boogie Woogie LOVE / Koi wa Magnet / Ranrarun ~Anata ni Muchuu~ (Boogie Woogie LOVE / Love is a Magnet / Ranrarun ~Crazy for You~)” single by Country Girls, the successor of Country Musume, supervised by Satoda Mai (the original Country Musume) and controlled managed by Tsugunaga Momoko, the H!P veteran.

I love “Ranrarun ~Anata ni Muchuu~”, especially the “ran ra run” part, but the other songs are pretty so-so. I guess next time I will just opt for an album rather than a single.

Anyway, as expected of a single of a major idol company, it came out with some bonuses. I got Inaba Manaka photo and an invitation to an event (if I translate it correctly) which I surely could not attend to.

Great! Another addition to Anton’s hall of cultural products! (ノ≧∀≦)ノ

P.S. When I ordered it, it was intended for a celebration present for my self for graduating my MT program, which turned out that I did not. Talking about overoptimistic. But then it arrived near my birthday. So, it is a birthday present for the present Anton from the past Anton.

A: Otanjoubi omedetou!

A: Doumo arigatou!

Negicco’s Plastic Star Subbed

This year will be the 13th year of Negicco, so let’s take a stroll down memory lane and look at another Negicco’s old MV.

Tomomi, the translator, has given me the translation long time ago, but I just got the time recently to sub it, plus Tomomi was traveling so I could not asked questions regarding some parts of the translation. But I finished it. Yeay!

Plastic Star probably came out earlier than Gatter Gatter Gatter, since Plastic Star was published in 2010 mini album while Gatter Gatter Gatter was published in 2011 mini album. So this one is really old. Check it out!




Negicco, Ne Badia, and September

To anticipate Negicco’s new single release on March 29th, I have hastened the subbing process for Ne Badia (ねぇバーディア), which involved nagging Tomomi for her translation.

Sorry, Tomomi! m(。≧Д≦。)m

Take a look:

Now, there are some parts of the lyric that you might find nonsensical and incoherent. The cause is that the writer made some outside references that might not be easily comprehended. In this post, I will elaborate some of them with the help of Tomomi, my dear translator in this project.

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Ne Badia

Even the title of the song is quite tricky. It is a reference to a popular EWF song “September”. In that song, a recurring phrase sung is ba-de-ya and that same phrase is used in this song. How can I be so sure? You will see why around the middle of the song.

Anyway, I and my translator assume that this song is about a girl expressing her love for a boy with some (Negi)twist.


hasanda tsukue ni mukaiawase

何気なくね 座ったよね

nanigenaku ne suwatta yo ne

We sat across a desk facing with each other unintentionally (or casually)



narenai seiza ni ki o tsukatte

You took care of me because I was not accustomed to formal sitting

“Seiza” (=sitting formally on tatami ), so it is possible that the boy understands that the girl does not accustomed to sitting in such difficult formal position and does not make fuss about it or tells her to just sit the way she wants. [Update! A Negicco fan suggested that “casually” is a lot more suitable than “unintentionally”, and it makes a lot more sense: the boy knows the girl does not like to sit formally, so he just sits in casual style and asks her to do the same]


さりげなくね 心ほぐれた

sarigenaku ne kokoro hogureta

That natural kindness made me relax.


目と目が合うたび 微笑みがえし

me to me ga au tabi hohoemi gaeshi

Every time my eyes met yours



omoi ga afuredasu

My heart grows fonder.



koko kara

From here


あなたに あなたに あなたに 恋したんです

anata ni anata ni anata ni koi shi ta n desu

I fell in love with you! you! you!



suki ni natte mo ii no ka na

May I fell in love with you ?



mou tomerare nai kedo

Though I cannot stop it



ima sugu

right now


あなたに あなたに あなたに 逢いに行きます

anata ni anata ni anata ni ai ni iki masu

I am going to meet you! you! you!



suki ni natte mo ii no ka na

May I fell in love with you ?



mou tomara nai negi

I can’t stop it anymore! Negi!

Why is there a Negi there? Because it’s a Negicco song and they like to put Negi in their sentences. Konichinegi-negi! Konbanegi-negi!



tokonoma oiteta ai no kabuto

何気なくね かぶったよね

nanigenaku ne kabutta yone

You wore the helmet with the letter “love” that was placed at the decorative alcove so casually

“愛” or “ai” or “love” helmet is a symbol of a famous samurai came from Niigata, it comes from Aizen Myouou (愛染明王), the Japanese name for Ragaraja. Ragaraja is known to be a god that converts earthly desires (love/lust) into spiritual awakening. Since the helmet is unique and it looks cool, a lot of modern replicas are made and placed at decorative alcove, or tokonoma, a room in which items for artistic appreciation, like calligraphy and samurai armors, are displayed, in a Japanese style reception room. So the boy and the girl might be in the same tokonoma with “愛” samurai armor, then the boy took the helmet, and put it on to make the girl laugh.



narenai soburi ga okashikute

your awkward behaviour was so funny

なつかしいね 涙こぼれた

natsukashiine namida koboreta

Such happy memory, makes my tears trickle down.


目と目が合うたび 遠い記憶と

me to me ga au tabi tooi kioku to

Every time my eyes met yours


omoi ga yomigaeru

I remember old day’s memory



ano toki

At that time


あなたに あなたに あなたに 恋したんです

anata ni anata ni anata ni koi shi ta n desu

I fell in love with you! you! you!



suki ni natte mo ii no ka na

May I fell in love with you ?



mou tomerare nai kedo

Though I cannot stop it



ima kara

From now


あなたに あなたに あなたに 逢いに行きます

anata ni anata ni anata ni ai ni iki masu

I am going to meet you! you! you!



suki ni natte mo ii no ka na

May I fell in love with you ?



mou tomara nai negi

I can’t stop it anymore! Negi!


「ねえ バーディア

‘nee bādia

Hey, Baadia

Again, reference to EWF’s September.




Do you remember

Again, reference to EWF’s September: “Ba de ya – say do you remember”.



ano kugatsu no hi no dekigoto’

the September day’s event ?

Very clear, it is a reference to EWF’s September.


あぁ 風と 水と 炎

aaa kaze to mizu to honoo

Ah, wind, water, and fire

Clever reference to EWF: Earth, Wind, and Fire, but they replaced it with Wind, Water, and Fire



ano hi kara

Since that day


あなたに あなたに あなたに 恋してたんです

anata ni anata ni anata ni koishi te ta n desu

I have loved you! you! you!



kono mama suki de ii no ka na

May I love you as I am ?



mou tomerare nai kedo

Though I cannot stop it



atashi tachi

あなたに あなたに あなたに 逢いに行きます

anata ni anata ni anata ni ai ni iki masu

We are going to meet you! you! you!

Atashi tachi! This is kind of referring to the live concert at Hibiya Park. Negicco is trying to say “we are going to meet you, our dear fans, at Hibiya Park”, which is the destination the girls are going to in the Music Video. It is the similar kind of twist near the end of the song thing with what they did in Idol Bakkari Kikanaide.



suki ni natte mo ii no ka na

May I fell in love with you ?



mou tomara nai negi

I can’t stop it anymore! Negi!

A Dream of Indonesian Pop Culture

A photo of a burnt down market section I took around Tanah Abang. Why this picture? It is an image of destruction, but it also signifies chance to rebuilt, constructing something new on an old land. Or I just don’t know what picture to show.

So far, the influences of Japanese and Korean pop culture have been everywhere; reaching out audience beyond national border, even continents. The Japanese pop culture invades in variety of media. First, though probably not the earliest, is the popular 2D art in the form of manga and anime, which successfully differentiate itself with Western style and maintaining a distinctive style with worldwide fans that will be the envy and object of imitation across the globe. Then, they have the idol industry that exports image of youth and “kawaiiness” that grabs hearts of so many people who then buy merchandises to support their idol and promote them among their friends. Following behind them is the J-drama and game show which have find its own strong loyal supporters even overseas. Furthermore, not only Japanese effectively conserve its historical legacy, they also cleverly insert it into its pop culture media mentioned above and promulgate it to other civilization. Japanese history does not defend itself from foreign and modern cultures, but fiercely attacking them at their own foreign land.

Morning Musume '16 at Anime Matsuri, which is in Houston, USA (source: tenkigumi ameba)
Morning Musume ’16 at Anime Matsuri, which is in Houston, USA
(source: tenkigumi ameba)

The Korean pop culture wave, which is more recent than the Japanese wave, invades in comparable but distinct way. It started out with Korean dramas that laid the foundation for the invasion; admiration for Korean “beauty”. Then, the Korean idols and performers proceed to assault. By combining western style of dance and fashion with Korean sexy and adult image, they differentiate themselves with their Japanese counterparts. And can we forget the famous “Gangnam Style” that conquered both world of the west and east in unprecedented level in a very short time span? Refusing to stop there, though initially following Japanese manga style, Koreans try to popularize their own manga art through webcomic platform and found limited but gradually growing fans. Can anyone stop this merciless invader from devouring every nation known to man?

PSY at MTV Europe Music Awards (source:
PSY at MTV Europe Music Awards

Then it comes to the hard question. When will Indonesia achieve such level? Will we ever be in that level? So far, we have generally been the consumer, the influenced party. So tremendous is our penchant to foreign culture that it has reach a detrimental level to our own culture. Young generation hailed foreign culture as the culture they want to have, while our own historical culture have been put in the confinement of museum to be left rotting and forgotten. Even our cultural artists who work passionately to rejuvenate our national culture are more respected outside our border than within, where they are largely unknown by their own people. It is not impossible that at this rate, we will gradually lost our identity, and our culture got substituted by amalgamation of foreign cultures; effectively eliminating our chance to lead and therefore will continuously follow.

Unless, some measures are taken. An article by Mario Rustan in The Jakarta Post might sound a bit pessimistic about our pop culture, but it also points out matters that have to be dealt with to create a proper future for Indonesian Pop Culture. And a writing by Johannes Nugroho in Jakarta Globe describes a need for “a strong cultural profile that is sustained by an equally vibrant yet uniquely Indonesian pop culture”. Both mentioned government support as a critical factor in shaping Indonesian Pop Culture and what measures have to be taken. Both also inspired me to imagine a future where our popular culture stands strong and influences people outside our national border.

Lumina Scarlet, an idol group from Bandung, Indonesia (source:
Lumina Scarlet, an idol group from Bandung, Indonesia

What ideas do I have ? Well, if you excuse my nonsensical imagination, I have some ideas that I hope will help shaping Indonesian Pop Culture. First, a central hub for our pop culture to flourish. We already have a lot of artists with great potential to become pillars of our pop culture; take a look at our locally produced cergam (an equivalent of manga?) at Re:on, our local idols like Lumina Scarlet or Happy Kingdom‘s group, or our historical re-imagination literature like Gajah Mada. Now, let’s assemble them! By having a central physical pop culture hub, like Akihabara or Harajuku, a street where there are shops and other attractions related to our pop culture, we can introduce our pop culture icons far more easily to the audience. Audience can go to this one location and browse through all of our pop culture icons, get to know more about them, get acquainted to them, and become their fans. We can also put a virtual hub; a website where netizens can get to know and enticed by our pop culture. Second, a “Dear Stage“-like establishment. Why? Well, just because I love the concept. An establishment meant to provide a space for individuals to tread their way to stardom, not through big agency sponsored audition, but through all-round performance: determining a show concept, setting up the stage, designing the costume, making the song setlist, or in short, producing yourself. By having such place, we can endorse a richer variety of performers with pure creativity, not yet mainstreamed or commercialized by big firms. Third, a grand collaboration for the advancement of Indonesian Pop Culture. PopCon is a nice example of gathering different artists together, where they can meet and share inspiration with each other. And I imagine we can make something like Osamu Tezuka’s Star System or at least when same pop culture icons can be referenced and presented by different artists across different art products, so that audience will be allured to search for those icons across the universe of our pop culture. Fourth, making our history hip again through our culture. Just like what Japanese has done, I want to see more and more of our legacy represented in our pop culture to garner younger generation interest in our history. Imagine you are in a cafe and everybody around you are discussing about the Battle of Bubat or the heroism of Srivijaya admiral and others (ノ≧∀≦)ノ.

So, my ideas might be quite off from reality. But the thing is I am very excited for it. I am interested to imagine our own pop culture spreading to the world. I will be delighted to participate in such movement, an I-wave boom! It will be awesome: looking at an Indonesian idol group getting thunderous ovation in an overseas concert reported live by mainstream channels, playing a multiplayer keris-battle game with foreign player, reading a fiction cergam about what-if scenario that Mataram Sultanate successfully westernize and play pivotal role in WW1. Can you imagine that? Are you getting excited too?