Considering the current situation in Japan, I do not foresee Smile-Gang 467 on NicoVideo anytime soon. Everyone in Japan is doing their part in conserving energy and trying their best to overcome this crisis.
While I am still worried about the nation, in my attempt to keep some positive atmosphere up, let me talk about SCARLET KNIGHT.
Despite no Smile-Gang at the usual source, I did manage to listen to Smile-Gang on Osaka Radio in real-time (i.e. as it was aired on the radio).
Or most of it, at least. I missed the first 10 or so minutes (and Smile-Gang isn’t a very long broadcast) because I was messing around with the tuning.
Because I had to listen to it in full AM radio glory — with the annoying static sounds, I couldn’t get a clear impression of SCARLET KNIGHT.
Fortunately for most of us, the excerpt of the song has been posted here.
Briefly, this is what Nana-san said about the song.
The song is the opening for DOG DAYS, so lyrics were written in a way to not only reflect Nana-san’s feelings, but also to convey the feelings of the characters in DOG DAYS.
Also true to DOG DAYS, the melody is heavily under the fantasy anime theme. If I heard correctly, this is Fujima’s first time composing an A-side song.
As for the title:
KNIGHT comes from the idea of “wanting to protect the important/beloved person.”
SCARLET comes from “the colour of the heart” and is also a link to the main character’s name – Shinku – which can mean ‘pure red or deep red’.
This song was actually recorded a few months ago. Before Kouhaku. On Christmas Day 2010, to be exact.
And that’s all I’ve got written down…
It was mentioned that another song will be revealed on Smile-Gang next week, along with title name… Except all 4 song titles have been posted onto the main website?
EDIT: Just to follow up a bit more with Smile-Gang 467.
Near the beginning (after title call), Nana-san says the webpage she looks at the most often is JAL (because she likes to travel). For Misato, it is anything to do with biological/diet pages — which somehow led to reading up about koalas (that translates to she randomly surfs the net).
Now, we all know Nana-san doesn’t use the computer much. Never mind the software on it. So Misato asked if Nana-san uses Word, Excel, or Powerpoint.
Let me take this chance to point out that Misato once asked Nana-san the exact same question on Smile-Gang before.
Anyway, her answers haven’t changed.
Reply: I’ve seen it.
Reply: I’ve never clicked on it.
Reply: What’s that?
Nana-san goes on to explain that IE and Safari are the two things she ever uses on the computer when at home. Misato feels proud that she, herself, at least uses Word.
After that, Nana-san speaks about Music Japan 2011 Haru Matsuri. Pretty much the same thing as what she wrote on blog, with a bit more details — such as how Takeda Tetsuya praised her on her singing and that the same Takeda waved penlights (which was something they thought would not happen).
Following that, the editing become very weird. The fact that Shin Ai was aired before SCARLET KNIGHT indicates to me that they cut out an entire section. The campus life corner or Nana-iro mail corner. What I’m guessing is that they must’ve touched upon earthquakes or tsunamis (because the disaster hadn’t struck when they recorded Smile-Gang).
And right before Shin Ai, she randomly talked about E-hime and towels. I couldn’t make heads or tails of it.
Random conversations continue to be heard afterward (that runs over the BGM/title jingle — something that almost never happens). She was speaking about how that person (that was mentioned quite a while back — I wrote about it, but I have no clue when it was so I can’t even find it to link it) still doesn’t remember her or Kei-tan. At least, the person cannot remember that Kei-tan is a chihuahua.
I seriously think they must have been free-talking from the Nana-iro mail corner… And whoever edited the broadcast wanted to keep as much of it as possible and so inserted it in random places? Or just to take up time before commercials can be aired.
By the way, the unfamiliar BGMs aren’t new. Instead, they’re very old; from when Smile-Gang was still young.