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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Afilia Saga -- Hiko Jisshu ~Learn To Fly~ (飛行実習~Learn To Fly~)

It’s hard to talk about Afilia Saga (アフィリア・サーガ, formerly known as Afilia Saga East [アフィリア・サーガ・イースト]), an aidoru group composed of maids from the famous Afilia Saga maid cafe chain, but I’ll try to get it done today.

The Afilia Saga girls, besides being maids, also incorpores a narrative in which they are magic students from the Afilia Kingdom. So, with maids and RPG as their main gimmicks, it’s clear that this group is aiming towards otaku culture. To make things even harder for the occasional listener, imagine a music style that seems like a fusion of AKB48’s blandest pop songs with’s (でんぱ組.inc) or Momoiro Clover Z’s (ももいろクローバーZ) hyper-energetic and high-pitched vocals. There you are, you now have in your hands a typical Afilia Saga song.

Although the scenary I described above may not look very interesting or promising, I was able to select some nice songs from their not-so-big discography. One of them is “Hiko Jisshu ~Learn To Fly~”, and even though better songs could have been easily selected, this one showcases the typical Afilia Saga sound with noisy guitars and synths all at once.

In “Hiko Jisshu ~Learn To Fly~”, Afilia Saga’s magic students gimmick is as clear as ever. As we can see in the video, they’re studying magic books in order to “learn to fly”, which is also one of the catchy lines of the overly sweet chorus. And the video is an spectacle per se... being honest, no one needs big budget when working with almost a dozen of cute young girls smiling at the camera and trying to “learn to fly”, right? In the end, it’s almost impossible to listen to Afilia Saga without feeling somewhat embarrassed. It’s surely what people call a guilty pleasure.

“Hiko Jisshu ~Learn To Fly~” was the promotional song for Afilia Saga’s debut album, “whitism”, which was released back in June 2011. The album reached #46 on the Oricon charts, selling around 2,548 copies. Lyrics for the song were written by Haruko Momoi (桃井はるこ), while music was composed by Kohsuke Oshima (大島康祐).


1 comment:

  1. Man, that is one caffeinated song! But that's what we can expect from a Dempa tune....has all that fortified Akiba energy flowing through the girls!


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