And I wonder why many people hate those who do Anime karaoke. I sing some of those too. I’m not sure about you, but I think the first selection is much, much better and more worth singing along to than the second selection of more popular songs. The love and dedication that goes into composing and making the music for these songs can be felt deeply, even if you don’t know any Japanese. This is also true for classical music and English and Tagalog songs from back when I wasn’t even born yet. I like songs like the ones by Michael Learns to Rock, Air Supply and Peter Cetera. I also love Filipino Classics like Rey Valera’s and Freddie Aguilar’s songs; as well as songs by Filipino contemporary artists like Ogie Alcasid, Jay-R, Regine Velasquez, Lea Salonga and Janno Gibbs. Their songs feel genuine and beautiful.
In the second selection, however, I only sense the need to be marketable or “unique”, with almost no regard to the listeners or content. Now tell me, which is better: a song with love and dedication with every word sang, or a song that obviously wants to make money, and a fool out of you?
*do note Rebecca Black’s song
Many people seem to have a problem with others who try to sing Japanese songs. Is it because they usually sing badly? Is it because it’s not patriotic? Or is it because they can’t understand?
Based on some websites that I’ve visited, one of the reasons why weeaboos are hated is that they do Japanese karaoke. Now, I ask them this very simple question: what is it about singing something not in English that they hate? I haven’t found an answer that I’m satisfied with. Some say that they sound really bad, with the accent and all, and I see their point; but this can be cured by practice. Most just rage on with hate for all that is anime or Japanese. It seems that being part of Anonymous gives you the right to badmouth everything in the world. The internet’s a free place, is it not? “Freedom of speech” is ever implemented; we’re Anonymous after all. We can do whatever the hell we want.
What do I say about this? No.
If you disagree with my simple answer, then I dare you to say so to my face. I’ll be more than willing to talk. 🙂