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Offline Spikeball

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Reasons for Japanese?
« on: October 17, 2007, 11:30:34 pm »
Hello, all! Right now, I'm taking a linguistic anthropology class and would really like to study Machinae's use of Japanese as an example of code-switching for a paper I have to write. Now, I'm going to email the band with my questions, but I thought I'd get the forum's input on this.

As you probably know, some Japanese appears in Insidious, Kaori Stomp, Oki Kuma's Adventure, and Theme from Jets'n'Guns. I don't know the Japanese language myself, so I'd appreciate if someone more knowledgeable than I produced a written version of the Japanese phrases and their translations. (That's minor, though, and not the main reason for starting the thread)

But on to the actual question: Why do you think Machinae uses Japanese phrases in their songs? Is it because Japanese is just a friggin awesome language, or is there something deeper? Your two cents will be greatly appreciated.

I may be using your responses in my paper, so please keep that in mind.

Thanks,
Andrew

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Re: Reasons for Japanese?
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2007, 11:54:45 pm »
welcome, newbie!
id say it was just for the hell of it, and because robert knows someone who speaks fluent japanese. i THINK.

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Re: Reasons for Japanese?
« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2007, 11:56:44 pm »
Anime.

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Re: Reasons for Japanese?
« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2007, 12:00:50 am »
A lot of swedish/finnish/scandinavian people have Japanese ..fetishes, apparently. I actually recall Ozziz telling me about a Finnish-Japanese village, and I guess Rob has a love for all things Japanese too, Most probably because of Anime.

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Re: Reasons for Japanese?
« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2007, 01:42:32 am »
did someone say weeaboo
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Re: Reasons for Japanese?
« Reply #5 on: October 18, 2007, 09:23:16 am »
The recordings are friends and friends of friends of Machinae Supremacy. Dont think anyone in Machinae love all things japanese, but the language sounds cool, right?

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Re: Reasons for Japanese?
« Reply #6 on: October 18, 2007, 04:08:18 pm »
did someone say weeaboo

weaboo! weaboo! weaboo!

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Re: Reasons for Japanese?
« Reply #7 on: October 18, 2007, 05:13:35 pm »
yattaaa yattaaa reason is that japanese is uber and machinae is fans of japanese culture so its a way to show their feelings to it or something like that

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Re: Reasons for Japanese?
« Reply #8 on: October 18, 2007, 05:53:51 pm »
yattaaa yattaaa reason is that japanese is uber and machinae is fans of japanese culture so its a way to show their feelings to it or something like that
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Re: Reasons for Japanese?
« Reply #9 on: October 18, 2007, 08:19:25 pm »
I always thought it was something in the lines of reffering to cyberpunk aestethics and whatnot, portraying a growing cultural globalizasion and an increase in cultural exchange between the east and the west as economics grow mutually, inevitably merging, bringing with them mutual cultural luggage, influencing each other's popular cultures, adverticing etc.
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Re: Reasons for Japanese?
« Reply #10 on: October 19, 2007, 06:46:04 pm »
WEE-A-BOO! WEE-A-BOO! wee-a-bo...


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Re: Reasons for Japanese?
« Reply #11 on: October 20, 2007, 06:51:50 pm »
Well, I think it could be that most of the bandmembers are avid gamers, and Japan has affected the gaming industry a lot. And also it could be that some(Atleast Rob, I think) of them are also fans of Anime. So there you have it, atleast from my opinion.
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Re: Reasons for Japanese?
« Reply #12 on: October 20, 2007, 09:08:57 pm »
It sounds good too.
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Re: Reasons for Japanese?
« Reply #13 on: October 20, 2007, 09:20:11 pm »
Then we also have the fact that in Japanese music code-switching to English is quite common so, since MaSu are (at least a bit) inspired by Japanese music, this code-switching isn't really suprising.
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Re: Reasons for Japanese?
« Reply #14 on: October 20, 2007, 10:05:52 pm »
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Then we also have the fact that in Japanese music code-switching to English is quite common
Yes, to incredibly ruinous effect. Hardly something worth emulating.
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