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Posted on: October 13, 2011 7:34 am by small image

Yakushimaru Etsuko and her band, Sotaisei Riron.

In line with my first post, I would like to everyone to meet Yakushimaro Etsuko, the voice behind Cosmos versus Aliens (Arakawa Under the Bridge), Ruru (Denpa Onna), Nornir (Mawaru Penguindrum) and a bunch of other songs from your favorite shows I probably don’t know anymore. Oh yes, I said ‘In line with my first post’, right? That’s because this would be another observation post!

But before I get to that, I’d like to make a brief introduction. Yakushimaru-sama (yes, -sama, because I love her and treat her like a princess) is a Japanese singer who’s more known as the front woman of indie band Sotaisei Riron. Apart from dabbling into the path of being a solo artist, she also works as a narrator, illustrator and musical composer for TV commercials – credits to for this wonderful bit of information. Now that that’s over and done with, I’d like to move on with my, er, observation.

I’d like to re-direct your attention to the three shows that I’ve set as an example in the first paragraph. Yes, namely, Denpa Onna, Arakawa and Penguindrum. What do you think, reader, is the common denominator between these three shows? You have five seconds. Okay, time’s up. The answer is simple:

They’re all weird shows. And I mean that in absolutely good way, really. They’re weird in that mind-boggling-and-yet-I-feel-all-fuzzy-inside kind of way. Watching these shows make me feel like being weird (or having ‘quirks’ if you think ‘weird’ is too harsh a word) is not something one should really fuss over. I mean, if other people can’t take it, then that’s not my problem.

So what was my point again? Oh yes, Yakushimaru Etsuko-sama is just as whimsical and as quirky as the shows she choose to contribute her voice into. If you try listening to her songs, you’d notice that she doesn’t hold back in experimenting tunes, beats and other musical elements. Her lyrics are almost non-sensical but they’re fun and uplifting anyways. To help you understand what I’m talking about, here’s Venus to Jesus and Ruru for you to lend your ear to.

Yakushimaru Etsuko – Ruru (Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko)

Yakushimaru Etsuko – Venus to Jesus (Arakawa Under the Bridge)