March 17 2014, 1pm


YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW ANGRY THIS SCREENSHOT MAKES ME. 

YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW ANGRY THIS SCREENSHOT MAKES ME. 


February 1 2014, 4am



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nenilein:

This is a quick, low quality recording of the song I made yesterday and introduced in this post.

To quickly sum up again:

SO, I WONDERED WHAT A KINGDOM HEARTS MUSICAL WOULD BE LIKE… AND ACTUALLY WROTE A SONG FOR ONE SCENE IN THE FIRST GAME.

This is for the scene early in KH1, where Sora and Kairi sit alone by the shore and talk. It’s nothing special, more or less just a Medley of Kairi’s, Xion’s and Naminé’s themes. 

I imagined that bits from this song would reoccur throughout the entire “Musical”, whenever appropriate, like the “Let’s go, let’s run” part coming back with Xion and Roxas later, for example.

I call the song “You and Me, Together

This is just a quick recording I merely did to demonstrate what the song sounds like and there are numerous errors in it and my voice sounds horrible. I might do a clean version another day, but for now, that’s what I have. ^^;


February 1 2014, 4am



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"Memento"

Fanmade German Version of ”Passion/Sanctuary” by “Utada Hikaru”. 

Music: Utada Hikaru

Lyrics: Nenilein

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Unlike the Hikari-Cover, these lyrics weren’t writen in the shower… But the Vienna public means of transport. My poor fellow bus-users. >_>

The sound-range for this song is MUCH lower than that of “Hikari/Simple&Clean”, so I had a whole lot less trouble singing it. I couldn’t find a Karaoké version with the vocals from the bridge taken out, so I kinda sang over them. ^^; I hope it’s not too much of a bother.

Translation:

And I remember

The days back then

(We were free)

To see everything and

To go everywhere.

We didn’t understand the things that happened then,

Since the sky was blue back then,

(I want to go back)

Behind the lies,

I want to see the truth.

Say, are you still asleep,

Behind this door?

The key is in my hands, 

But the lock just won’t open.

(There’s still time…)

I want to know,

I want to see the truth.

So, what was real and what the dream?

Will I ever understand?

(Do you want to go back?)

Back to the beginning,

I want to see you again.

*~Bridge(Reverse Singing)~*

Should we never meet again, (never ever)

And should you just have been a dream,

I want to keep a Memento.

Say, do you remember,

The days back then?

(Now you are free)

When we were still planning

To see the whole world.

Wind and Waters seemed in our favor,

And the Sky was blue.

(There’s still time…)

Do we have to sleep?

Will I understand it then?

My Fears, My Lies

And the Sky was blue…


February 1 2014, 4am



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nenilein:

Fanmade German Version of ”Hikari/Simple&Clean” by “Utada Hikaru”. 

Music: Utada Hikaru

Lyrics: Nenilein

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I wrote those lyrics a while back while singing in the shower… Yeah, just laugh. When I was studying my Kanji today, the Kanji for “Hikari/Light” came up and I had the sudden urge to record the song… Talk about procrastination.

Anyway, I don’t think my voice is pretty in the higher pitched parts, so I appologize for those in advance. 

Translation: 

The way seems much too far and

The sea is much too deep, yet

Even under a sky tinged black

I still believe in the morning

Call me your light 

And I will make the stars rise for you

Because nothing is impossible

There’s too much

And yet much too little

The world is wide

Say, do you dare to step foreward?

I understand nothing yet

I don’t yet know where the way will lead us

My life is starting all over again

Someday I will tell you

What name you should call me.

The way seems much too far and

The sea is much too deep, yet

Even under a sky tinged black

I still believe in the morning

Call me your light 

And I will make the stars rise for you

Because nothing is impossible

I am too loud

And yet much too quiet

The world is small

Say, where do you want to go?

Just tell me that I am naive and stupid

And that believing in our dreams won’t be enough

It doesn’t matter and the doubts mean nothing, here and now,

Is what counts and I know that, deep within

You believe just the same.

And when my heart shatters and

My last light fades and

I find myself in midst of darkness

I’ll still believe in tomorrow.

You are my light

And you make all stars rise for me,

Yes, nothing is impossible

Lead me to the end of the world

So I can erase all our fears

The future lies ahead of us

No matter how hard and dark it will be,

I won’t break apart

The way seems much too far and

The sea is much too deep, yet

Even under a sky tinged black

I still believe in the morning

Call me your light 

And I will make the stars rise for you

Because nothing is impossible

Lead me to the end of the world

So I can erase all our fears

The future lies ahead of us

No matter how hard and dark it will be,

I won’t break apart

Lead me to the end of the world

So I can show you the next morning

The future lies ahead of us

And even if our lucky star fades

We won’t break apart


February 1 2014, 4am



Fate of the Unknown (Fabdub) by Yoko Shimomura; Nenilein || Times played:210
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nenilein:

A Fandub/Fansong of “Fate of the Unknown”, the theme of the Secret Ending from Kingdom Hearts II with lyrics written and sung by me. It’s a group song sung by Aqua, Terra and Ventus. Since all parts are my voice, I had to exeggerate a lot in order to make each character’s part distinct. I went with with a soft, higher pitched voice for Aqua, a hard, deeper pitch for Terra and something childlike, playful for Ventus (I can’t exactly imitate Jesse McCartney and his beautiful soul, sorry. XD) I am not an especially good singer, so don’t expect too much, but I tried my best. 

The lyrics are entirely based on the plot of Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep.

Lyrics:

Choir:

Tendi Mano

Destati

Aqua:

We will go

together 

Our ways may part,

yet within our hearts…

Terra:

I’d go to the ends of earth,

to see your smiles again,

Darkness may capture me, 

rip me apart but yet-

Terra&Ventus:

-I’ll be there,

Ventus:

Deep inside,

My eyes shut tight,

with my mind,

Birth by Sleep

Terra:

I’d twist my desires,

to hear you laugh again,

Darkness may swallow me,

but it will never break my heart-

Aqua:

-Ah, there are words left unspoken within my memories, 

Aqua&Ventus:

Words, I may never remember again-

All:

Before I shatter I’ll -

((Ventus, Sora, Vanitas (Childlike Choir)):

Catch me, 

Hold me,

Hide me, 

Away,

Take me

in and

hold me close to your heart,

See me,

Find me,

free me,

dream me,

You and me are simmilar,

and yet we’re not the same at all)

Aqua:

I will return to you,

Aqua&Terra:

I swear by the stars above us…

((Roxas,Sora,Xion (Childlike-Choir):

Can you,

Lead me,

To the,

Place that,

I have seen,

In the memories that aren’t mine

Can you,

Make me,

More than,

Just an,

Illusion forged by destiny, never really meant to be?)

Terra:

Maybe in 1000 years,

I will know who I am,

Terra&Ventus:

Maybe in 1000 years,

I’ll be myself again;

All:

Sleeping and fighting and praying for light in the 

dark, such is our fate, such is the fate of your hearts.


February 1 2014, 3am


BONUS: Translation of Short Story Vol. 1 “Other Diamonds”


nenilein:

remember-kingdom-hearts:

This is a Translation of a short story from the Kingdom Hearts’ main novel series, depicting a well-known event which happens in the first game of Kingdom Hearts, albeit from a different angle (namely, Riku’s point of view). The novels were written by Tomoe Kanemaki, one of the scenario writers of the series, and there is evidence in the game hinting that its contents might be Canon, though it has yet to be confirmed.

Note that this is a rough translation, which pays more attention to associations and consistency than overall accuracy and was completed in less than a day. There are probably some mistakes. I apologize in advance.

The translation was done by Nenilein. The novels were bought, transcribed and uploaded by Neriede.

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((Reblogging again for the sake of adding it to my new “Translations” section))


February 1 2014, 3am


BONUS: Translation of the Novel-Chapter “Contrast”


nenilein:

remember-kingdom-hearts:

This is a Translation of the second of the two additional chapters found in the japanese “Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep” Novels. The novels were written by Tomoe Kanemaki, one of the scenario writers of the series, and there is evidence in the game hinting that the events of the additional chapters might be Canon, though it has yet to be confirmed. 

Note that this is a rough translation, which pays more attention to assicociations and consistency than overall accuracy and was completed in less than a day. There are probably some mistakes. I apologize in advance. 

Today’s Chapter is about Ventus’ recovery in Land of Departure as well as Vanitas’ decend into madness. 

The Translation was done by Nenilein. The Novels were bought, transcribed and uploaded by Neriede.

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((Reblogging again for the sake of adding it to my new “Translations” section))


February 1 2014, 3am


BONUS: Translation of the Novel-Chapter “Dark Memory”


nenilein:

remember-kingdom-hearts:

This is a Translation of one of the two additional chapters found in the japanese “Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep” Novels, which reveal a lot of additional details regarding the birth and motivations of Vanitas, as well as the relationship between Xehanort and Eraqus. The novels were written by Tomoe Kanemaki, one of the scenario writers of the series, and there is evidence in the game hinting that the events of the additional chapters might be Canon, though it has yet to be confirmed. 

Note that this is a rough translation, which pays more attention to assicociations and consistency than overall accuracy and was completed in less than a day. There are probably some mistakes. I apologize in advance. 

The Translation was done by Nenilein. The Novels were bought, transcribed and uploaded by Neriede.

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((Reblogging again for the sake of adding it to my new “Translations” section))


February 1 2014, 3am



katersgonnak8
You've mentioned before that you've seen a lot of people hatin' on Teddie and misinterpreting him: what are the most unBEARable assumptions people make, in your opinion? :3Similarly, anyone I've talked to likes Xion, but I hear she has a lot of haters, so what misinterpretations really annoy you there? :)


nenihaslefttheplanet:

OK! You want UNBEARABLE KEY MISSASSUMPTIONS about Xion and Teddie?

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Thou hast asked and thou SHALT RECEIVE!

OK, first of all, Teddie. This is difficult, because Fanon mischaracterizations of him vary extremly. They go from portraying him as an naive, clueless idiot kid, who never gets anything right and is ignorant to damage he causes to portraying him as a malevolent, sex-obsessed trickster, who would backstab his own mother Sensei to get into a girl’s skirt. Somewhere in the middle is the mischaracterization that he has no personality and only exists to make dumb puns, have an annoying voice and provide a macot to slap onto the game’s box. Especially the later assumption was, unfortunately, forstered by the Anime, I’m afraid. of course, all of these characterizations are incorrect, even if there’s grains of truth in them. It’s like with people, they have hundreds of facettes, but none of them is their absolute “me”. Teddie is pure hearted, but (mostly due to the influence of the Investigation Team’s teenage hormones) not absolutely innocent. His core desires are to be loved and to love, and to never feel alone again. He despises pain and suffering in all forms, wether directed at him or anyone else and is curious in nature. The majority of his personality only developes after he bonds with his friends, which makes him very fit of the “Innocent” archetype (which, by the why, is often related to the Star Arcana). However, he’s also picked up (and exeggerated) a lot of less than innocent habits from the IT, especially Yosuke. Teddie isn’t rotten in nature, but as a developing, rather childlike being, he’s a mimic and imitates who he looks up to. Since he identifies himself as male even before gaining a human body (as reflected in him calling himself “Sabishii boy” in Engrish at one point in the japanese version, additionally to ocassionally using the word “Boku”), he would naturally try to take after male rolemodels. The closest thing to that that he got were the Protagonist and Yosuke. Put two and two together and you’ll know why he turned out the way he did. I thus absolutely cannot understand it when people assume this character to either be stupid, malevolent or purposelessly annoying. Teddie is fast-learning (that doesn’t mean everything he learn is right and good), aware of his environment, deeply benevolent in nature and when he’s annoying, he’s annoying because he doesn’t know better yet, not because he’s meaning to be annoying. I know, the Anime and the Golden paint him in a very unfavorable light, unfortunately, but if you look at him as the character the original P4 protrays him as (which I did), you’ll find that he’s actually no less complex than any of the other characters. He’s just complex in a different way.

Now, Xion… OH BOY, XION. 

Where do I begin? Like with Teddie, it’s true that not everybody is hating on Xion, but the ones that do hate on her hate on her horribly. From the day she was revealed on, she has been called Mary Sue more times that I can count. Yes, you read right, from the day her existence was revealed on. (This is ironic in retrospective, because when you play 358/2 Days, Xion was clearly created to deconstruct the Mary Sue Concept, but that’s a tale for another time…) Many just never gave Xion a chance as a character for several reasons: Her existence messed up headcanons, she’s a female who hangs out with Axel and Roxas and thus a potential “cockblock”, (never mind that many times it was XION who actually broke up fights between Axel and Roxas, rather than cause them), she has existencial issues and thus acts very (rightfully) depressed for a good junk of the game (causing people to brand her as “emo”) and the memory of her is erased when she dies, seemingly rendering her inconsequential to the plot if you don’t pay enough attention. As a result, she is micharacterized as useless, weak, annoying, whiney, clingy and selfabsorbed by a good number of haters. Nothing could be further from the truth. Like with Teddie, Xion’s personality only developes as she interacts with her friends, but instead of building up a childlike personality from a total blank (which, argueably, is what Roxas does), she gains her initial personality-base from the “Dream Kairi” that exists within Sora’s heart; the archetypal Kairi that Sora remembers (Which also makes up the memories Naminé removed from Sora’s heart first). As a result Xion doesn’t exactly become Kairi, but her base personality is based off the Kairi Sora *believes* was the full, real Kairi; strong, cute, kind, eager, loving. Starting from this patern, Xion’s personality developes. Her eagerness becomes a deep will to improve and show her own worth. Optional conversations reveal that, indeed, Xion is one of the members of the Organization most disciplined and dedicated when it comes to self-improvement and she spends a great deal of her sparetime with training and extra-assignments, which is in stark contrast to the rather lazy Axel and Roxas, who wants to prove himself, but doesn’t continously train and exercise beyond what is needed in order to do so. Xion also dislikes personal failure and will never give up on defeating an enemy until it is down. It says a lot that she kept chasing after her assigned Bossheartless even after she had lost her Keyblade early in the game, despite being defenseless. She could have just hid in the town until it comes back, but she wanted to go and try take it down regardless. She’s very stubborn in achieving her goals (a trait that makes her simmilar to Sora). She also values the harmony in her friends group and when Axel or Roxas are acting like idiots, she is not afraid to call him out on it, which is important. At the same time, however, she’s hesitant to entrust them with her deepest emotions, since she is afraid they would take it the wrong way or would be burdened by it or just wouldn’t understand it (the later is especially true for Roxas.) Thus, she is everything but whiney… She tries to deal with all her pain all by herself and gets estranged from her friends as a result. It’s a very real and tragic developement. That’s generally what I love about Xion so much. The humanity of her, despite her not being human and the tragic of this discrepancy… Then again, this coule be said for a lot of characters I love. 

Alas, I guess I just love characters that one needs to seriously think about in order to enjoy. But since not everyone likes thinking about characters, not everyone can enjoy them. It’s a shame. 


February 1 2014, 3am



Anonymous
Neni, would you say that Persona's Shadows are similar to Kingdom Hearts' Heartless?


nenihaslefttheplanet:

They definitely share some major simmilarities; being existences born from the dark sides of people’s hearts and carrying negative emotions, fears, paranoia; acting fully on instinct, not having a conciousness themselves, instinctually attacking and killing humans. Extracting the part of “mind” that allows for conciousness leads to a Heartless/Shadow manifesting, being driven to insanity can also cause one to be overtaken by these entities… They’re definitely very simmilar in concept.

However, there’s some key differences; While KH’s Heartless simply embody any negativity in a heart and don’t only come out when a heart is struggling with it, but also when it embraces it too much, Persona’s Shadows are characterized by being, in the sense of Jungian Psychology “Autonomous Complexes”, which draw strength to act independantly from the councious mind from being rejected by it. They’re very simmilar in concept, but Shadows appear much more specifical.

What the differences stem from, I think is that, while both, KH and Persona heavily rely on symbolism and messages about the meaning of humanity and the importance of social contact to develope a sense of self, KH is more “religious” in nature, while Persona is more “psychological”. Of course, KH also has elements from psychology and Persona also elements from religion, but the balance is different, KH focuses more on “belief” and the questions regarding if having belief and hope has a meaning in a world where these values tend to be disappointed over and over, while Persona is more about whether or not human conciousness is capable of truely “hopeing” at all. 

I think the two series’ vastly different approaches to “death” are a result of that; Since KH is more like a myth or fairytale in nature, physical death looses importance and presence in comparision to spiritual death, which is the much bigger threat. Since Persona is far more realistic in setting and the individuals’ conflicts, physical death is threated with much more weight and finality, while spiritual death is the one that can more easily be “overcome”. 

Getting back to Heartless and Shadows, if I were to explain what the difference between them is, I would say, it’s less a “difference” than a “distinction”; Shadows seem to fit all the criteria of the Heartless, however, they are more specific. In other words; if the Persona Universe was part of the KH Universe, Shadows would likely be counted as a specific kind of Heartless; The Darkness that went out of control specifically because it has been repressed, rather than brought in balance with the Light. 

Man I could go on and on comparing these two series’ narratives, because they have some very simmilar messages, themes and ideas in them… Maybe I’ll do it one day. Especially if I get more requests for it.