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Friday, June 10, 2016

Pay money To my Pain -- Respect for the deadman

I've been watching an anime series that had its run in early 2014. It's called "Nobunagun" (ノブナガン) and it's a show that my anime buddy said was done on the cheap, based on the manga of the same name. But as both my friend and I know, even if the budget isn't too high, the show can still be fun and satisfying to watch. And I've been enjoying this particular series with the way-out premise of people becoming superheroes due to them possessing an E-gene which grants them abilities that make them a mix between Ironman and the X-Men. To add another gimmick, their E-genes have been passed down over the centuries from some of the most famous figures in history. The main character of Sio Ogura, for example, has the E-gene of powerful daimyo Nobunaga Oda.

As for the opening theme by alt-rock/metal band, Pay money To my Pain, "Respect for the deadman", I'm about as alien to a heavy metal concert as Barack Obama buying dojinshi at Tokyo Big Sight. However, I actually like "Respect for the deadman" since it not only fits the way-out nature of "Nobunagun" but it has that howling delivery by guest artists Ken and Teru from the band Crossfaith especially when they shoot out the lyric "PRAY TO SEE" and those grinding guitars which sound like they actually energize some of the characters' power suits.

"Respect for the deadman" was originally written by vocalist K and Ken, and composed by the band. It was not only an anison but also a track on the band's 4th album "gene" which was released in November 2013. The song was also a posthumous release from K who had passed away from acute heart failure at the age of 31 late the year before. The album peaked at No. 7 on Oricon.

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