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第百二十六季 神無月の四

Season 126, 4th of Kannazuki (~October 30th, 2011)


A New Trend in Youkai Music


Punk concerts popular with delinquent fairies?


"Guerilla concerts" held on the road between the Human Village and the Hakurei Shrine have become a regular occurrence. They start in the middle of the night while humans are sound asleep, and their rousing performances can be heard as far as the village.


The ones performing the concerts are Ms. Mystia Lorelei (a night sparrow) and Ms. Kyouko Kasodani (a yamabiko), forming a group called Choujuu Gigaku ("dance of bird and beast")[1].


With chaotic sounds that can only be described as "noise", they perform off-key music while shouting rebellious lyrics that echo throughout Gensokyo all night long. They call their unique style of singing, accompanied by eccentric clothing and wild hair, "punk".


"What's 'punk'? It's an explosion of oppressed frustration! The roar of the soul!"


This was the explanation provided by Ms. Kyouko. I then asked her what exactly her "oppressed frustration" was.


"Well, all I ever do is clean and recite sutras all day, you know? Sitting in the lotus position hurts a lot too."


It seems that she's just finding the training at the temple difficult, but a song with even that level of dissatisfaction has undeniably proven popular with the youth. At the time of this report, their concerts have already gathered impressive crowds of excited fairies and disaffected youkai.


However, these punk concerts have met with complaints, too, mostly about noise pollution. It's inevitable, since they're singing in the middle of the night. When asked about the complaints, Ms. Kyouko replied:


"It's kind of strange that it's okay for people to shout "Hello!" as loud as they can at the top of a mountain, but it's not okay for me to sing!"


From my investigation, what they call a "concert" is just a performance of explosive sounds and screaming about whatever annoys them. I'm not sure if it can be called a "song" by any definition of the word. It's been causing discomfort among youkai and humans that want them to keep their problems to themselves, and I hope the issue doesn't get too heated.


(Aya Shameimaru)

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  1. A parody of Choujuu Giga and gigaku. Mystia is the bird and Kyouko is the beast.