Those crazy Japanese. What are they up to now? Apparently they’re releasing a series of 8bit-ified versions of songs from their popular video game franchise THE IDOLM@STER, a franchive I have talked about in a previous post. I happened to stumble over a few of these online recently, and one from the second album in the series is this week’s pack.
I’m not quite sure what the story behind these CDs are. They all have a few drama tracks, that is, tracks which mainly consist of the voice actresses… well, voice acting. Most of the songs have been recycled from previous THE iDOLM@STER releases, though there seem to be a few new songs thrown in as well. All of the songs appear to have the names of various old TV-games written next to them, and the cover artwork of these CDs seem to take their inspiration from one (or possibly several) of the games mentioned on the back cover. In this case The Legend Of Valkyrie is mentioned next to the track, an old TV-game, and here’s the cover art for said game, from which they’ve obviously borrowed the costume and the green creature:
So I’m guessing that these CDs are sort of a homage to these old games, that the non-music drama tracks tell a story of how some character from THE iDOLM@STER universe have gotten sucked into retro video game land, and that the music tracks utilise the original sounds or melodies from the games the games mentioned next to them in re-creating various songs from THE iDOLM@STER (but not knowing the original music of any of these games, it’s hard to tell).
But I could be completely off.
As for the actual track, “Watashi Ha Idol”, I rather like it. Which, of course, is why I chose to feature it. The crystal clear vocals do perhaps not mesh as well with the blurry retro music as one would like – getting pure 8bit-music and vocals to work together is a difficult feat, one I’ve maybe only heard James Kochalka Superstar accomplish – but not so much that it ruins the song. It gets a big star in my book for having one of the most awesome endings I’ve heard in a while, too.
As for the meaning of the song, I’m moderately clueless. I know that the title “Watashi Ha Idol” translates to “I’m An Idol”, so I can speculate that it’s about striving for your dreams, and eventually reaching them. But for all I know, it could be about the forthcoming onslaught of dinosaur-riding Nazis. So again, I could be completely off.
I was curious how the original, non-8bit version of the song sounded though, and after a minute or two of lazy researching I found this clip on YouTube, which I’m guessing is the “proper” version. (And I’m guessing it’s not a Christmas song, despite the fact that the characters are wearing Santa hats in the clip; from what I’ve seen, the players can decide what clothes the idols wear when they’re performing.)