Nana: It’s OUT~~~~~~!
What’s out? Obviously her new album Rockbound Neighbors. =D
The format for Smile-Gang 559 is slightly different than usual. In a way, it is strictly about promoting Rockbound Neighbors… Which is rare despite Smile-Gang being a Mizuki Nana radio show. They even cancelled Head Nanau for the week in favour of more time to talk about the new album.
They begin with speaking about the concept. It’s actually been 2 years and 5 months since the last album (not counting The Museum II). Nana says a lot has happened in this time after IMPACT EXCITER… and so she decided to have the cover picture be taken at Ehime. That is meant to show the idea of “origin.”
As for the creation of the album — Nana and Mishi-P chose from over 300 songs. Despite that, there’s only 2 slow songs on the entire CD. ^^;; Although Nana admits to wanting a more aggressive feel as she kept the image of performing these songs during a live concert in mind.
And I admit that, for a lot of these songs, I can almost see the scene of the live when I close my eyes.
Then they play Naked Soldier in full. Nana said this song was a bit of a challenge to her due to the high tone parts. She gave herself a headache as she claims that this is probably the highest she has ever had to go.
As for the song itself, it’s meant to show a lady’s strength.
Next is Crown of Avalon.
I’m glad she decided to talk about this one because I was highly curious as to how this song came to be. The first time I heard it, I think I laughed a little. It was the first song on the CD and it wasn’t what I had expected at all. It’s so ridiculously grand yet it worked out so well that I was caught off-guard.
Here’s the story behind the song.
The song itself was arranged by Evan Call, a 24 year old American from California. He graduated from Berklee College and went to Japan with the intent of “Anime is amazing. I want to create anime music!” Nana says that he is quite fluent in Japanese, mainly due to his girlfriend being Japanese. The funny thing is, though, that her girlfriend is from the Kansai region, and thus, speaks with Kansai dialect. That also means Evan picked up on the Kansai-ben.
Nana found it hilarious because Evan is tall and “prince-like” yet speaks with in Kansai-ben. Misato also started laughing at how surprised she is that someone like that exists as she thought these characters only existed in manga form. XD;;
Anyway, what happened was the Nana and the staff thought it would be interesting to combine Evan and Fujita Junpei’s creation. It was bound to create some sort of chemical reaction. And of course, the end result was… Crown of Avalon.
Moving away from the song, there were some funny happenings during the production of it. Mishi-P kept asking Evan about how to say certain “eroi” phrases in English. Nana came in and out, so she had no idea what Mishi-P was saying, and when she asked, Evan laughed loudly.
Misato: Isn’t that harassment???
Nana: And he (Mishi-P) is supposed to be someone of high status. I guess men will always be elementary kids.
After that, there’s nothing major to note except for the changed commercial for Rockbound Neighbors. The original Smile-Gang version for the new album started out with a story about Misato (in the role of the little brother) running away from home. Now that the album is released, the plot moved forward. Nana (being the older sister) phoned Misato and asked where he is.
Nana: Misato, where are you?
Misato: It’s none of your business.
Nana: I’m worried!
Misato: That’s unnecessary.
Nana: Misato, did you buy it yet?
Nana (narrator): A song dedicated to the younger brother Misato who ran away from home. Rockbound Neighbors from King Records is now on sale.
That’s that for Smile-Gang 559. =)