Happy #SongLyricsSunday! I am going to make this quick as I have to be in bed for work soon. It hasn’t been a great weekend or week as my eye is being wonky again and COVID is still thriving here. But, this week’s prompt is to find a song with “Death”, “Destruction”, “Pestilence”, or “Famine” in either the title or lyrics. What a perfect prompt to introduce a song from the Sailor Soldier of Death and Destruction, Sailor Saturn (from my favorite Japanese anime series Sailor Moon). The song I chose was from the 2002 musical Mugen Gakuen- Mistress Labyrinth.
“The World Died Out” is Sailor Saturn’s image song for the 2002 musical. Sailor Saturn sings when she makes her appearance during the battle between Mistress 9, Pharaoh 90, and the Sailor Soldiers. Though she is the final soldier to appear out of the original ten, she is the most feared as the Outer System Soldiers (Neptune, Uranus, and Pluto) feared that her rebirth and appearance would cause the Earth to be destroyed completely. She could destroy anything and bring them back to life with her Silence Glaive.
Hence why in the musical clip down below and in any adaption, Outer System Soldiers are shocked to see her appear during the battle as they feature Saturn was going to destroy the Earth with one swipe of her weapon. But, no fear as Sailor Moon saves the day and wins over Pharaoh 90 with the power of love and friendship (but also a silver crystal). But enough of the plot of the third arc, you should be watching Sailor Moon S or reading the manga to find out what happens. The Infinity arc is one of my favorite arcs of Sailor Moon as it is really dark and mature.
“The World Died Out” was written by Kayoko Fuyumori and composed by Akiko Kosaka. Kayoko Fuyumori wrote most of the lyrics for the Sailor Moon musicals until her death in 2003. She also wrote the lyrics for anime and tokusatsu shows in the late 80s and 90s. Some shows were Space Sheriff Sharivan, Dr. Slump Arere-chan, Mobile Police Patlabor, and Ninja Sentai Kakuranger.
Like Fuyumori, composer Akiko Kosaka wrote many songs for the Sailor Moon musicals until the 2005 hiatus. She holds special concerts from time to time in Tokyo, reuniting with several actresses and actors from the original run of the musicals. Kosaka also had a solo career in the 70s and 80s as well as composed many songs for other artists and anime series. They also wrote other songs for Sera Myu like “Ai Yori Houseki Kaguya Shima” and “Muma no Odori”.
What do you think of “The World Died Out”? Listen to the tune down below. let me know what you think in the comments!
Here is a performance of the song at the 2002 musical, done by Ruria Nakamura. Please be gentle as Ruria was sick when they filmed this:
The Lyrics of “The World Died Out”
Here is the English translation of the lyrics, thanks to Miss Dream:
A world encased in glass
People without freedom
Over and over a lonely voice cries out
Please help me, please return me to the way I was
A world without fear
People without worry
If I destroy everything
The night will surely notice the silence
This slender frame will change the world
This slender finger can destroy anything
The World Died Out
The World Died Out
I will manipulate time
Like a thread suspended in space
From here on will begin
It’s becoming a dizzying spiral
The destroyer, the destroyer, Saturn
The Rules for #SongLyricsSunday
(This challenge is currently hosted by the generous Jim Adams.)
Anyone can participate in #SongLyricsSunday, even if you aren’t a music blogger! If you want to participate, here are the rules:
- Post the lyrics to the song of your choice, whether it fits the theme or not.
- Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due.
- Make sure you also credit the singer/band and if you desire you can provide a link to where you found the lyrics.
- Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song.
- Pingback to this post will eventually work, as long as you are being patient, but you can also place your link in the comments if you don’t like to wait.
- Read at least one other person’s blog, so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process.
- Feel free to suggest future prompts.
- Have fun and enjoy the music.