Hypnosis Mic: The Obsession Continues

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And so, more than 24 hours after the discovery of Hypnosis Mic and, even after a whole night of sleep, I find myself wanting to find out more. I have determined that among the 12 characters, Hifumi Izanami (Shinjuku) is my type while I find myself most relating to Gentaro Yumeno (Shibuya), whose hobby is people-watching.

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Why do I love Hypnosis Mic so much? Well, I think it’s mostly the concept of these created characters (MCs), who are given personality by their rap style and lyrics. There is a story behind Hypnosis Mic, but each character – their personality, behaviour, back stories, etc. – is very much built by and expressed in their rap and music. It takes Anime to yet another level. Where Anime gives realistic traits to animated characters through story-telling and narrative, Hypnosis Mic takes story-telling, narrative and character-writing into their music, all at once. Like how I found Gentaro to be most similar to me, everyone will be able to relate to one or more of the 12 characters, simply through the manner and style of their rap and what they say in their lyrics. It’s really really fascinating.

There’s really not much more to say in appreciation of Hypnosis Mic, until I find out even more about it. I’ve, of course, figured out the different characters, so for today’s song, I will be differentiating between their parts.

Today’s song: Division Battle Anthem

Ichiro [Ikebukuro leader]
Ichiro-headshot_bw

一番一郎一期一会
Ichiban Ichiro Ichigo Ichie
No. 1 Ichiro, One chance in a lifetime

そりゃそうさ今日はお前の命日
Soriya sousa kyou wa omae no meinichi
That’s right today is your death day

Rest in peace

即座に
Sokuza ni
Right on the spot

お前の墓石に刻む
Omae no hakaishi ni kizamu
Carved on your headstone

ライムくれてやる
Raimu kurete yaru
My rhymes for you

Incredible

縦横斜 予測即不可能な
Tate yoko naname yosoku fukanouna
Vertical/Horizontal/Diagonal Unpredictable is

ストリトーのRule
sutoritou no Rule
the street’s rule

言葉は刃ライバルのお前が
Kotoba wa yaiba raibaru no omae ga
Words are blades, you are my rival

ワンパンで 沈むのは見たく無いな
Wanpan de shizumu no wa mitakunai na
Don’t wanna see you go down with one punch

Samatoki [Yokohama leader]Samatoki-headshot_bw

はぁ? 誰に向かってモノ言ってやがるんだ
Haa? Dare ni mukatte mono itteya ga runda
Haa? Who are you talking to

左馬刻様だ貴様にThumb down
Samatoki sama da kisama ni Thumb down
It’s Samatoki-sama Thumbs down to you

無駄無駄お前じゃまず格が違うぜ
Muda muda omae ja mazu kaku ga chigauze
It’s no use, first of all we’re different classes

イモ引く前に足洗え
Imo hiku mae ni ashi arae
Before you chicken out, wash your hands clean

ウザいぜ
Uzaize
So fucking loud

ドンパチ始まりゃ手加減無しで
Donpachi hajimariya tekagennashi de
I don’t go easy when the firefight starts

命(タマ)盗るぜ オイ?
Inochi (tama) toruze Oi?
I’m taking your life oi?

筋目通しや見逃すぜボウズ?
Sujime tousha minogasuze bouzu?
Look straight ahead or miss it boys?

マジ解んなきゃ 地獄を見るコース
Maji wakannakya jigoku wo miru kousu
Do you really not get it? You’re gonna see hell of course

Ramuda [Shibuya leader]Ramuda-headshot_bw

春夏秋冬トリックアトリト
shunkashuutou torikuatorito
All four seasons, Trick or treat

アメじゃない方イタズラとムチ
Ame janai hou itazura to muchi
If not candy then it’s trick and the whip

丈直し不要の flow
Take naoshi fuyou no flow
A flow that just needs no fix

ピーチクパーチク小鳥騒がしいね
Piichiku paachiku kotori ga sawagashii ne
Twittering and chirping little birds are noisy

イイネ! は viral
Iine! Wa viral
Like! is viral

マジで感度悪いキミは
Majide kando warui kimi wa
You are seriously so insensitive

別注Kicks 伏して拝む
betchuu kicks fukushite ogamu
Limited-edition kicks, kneel and worship them

アスファルト上の バブルガム
asufaruto jou no baburugamu
Bubble gum on the asphalt

Jakurai [Shinjuku leader]Jakurai-headshot_bw

いがみ合う神々が起こす
Igami au kamigami ga okosu
Mutual hostility  Gods have awaken

並々ならぬ生命の不均等
Naminami naranu seimei no fu kintou
The unusual inequality of life

血で血を洗い 血を分け与え
Chi de chi wo arai chi wo wakeatae
To wash blood with blood, to share blood

生き死にの分岐に
Ikiki shin ni no bunki ni
On the crossroads of life and death

独り咲く竜胆
Hitori saku rindou
Gentians bloom alone

荒ぶるデスペラード達の
Araburu desuperaado tachi no
Even the Unruly desperados’

身の毛も弥立つ 生殺与奪も
Mi no ke mo yodatsu seisatsu yodatsu mo
Hair-raising power over life and death

どんな罰も受ける覚悟
Donna batsu mo ukeru kakugo
Shall be punished somehow, prepare for it

ならば私にその身委ねよ
Naraba watashi ni sono miyudane yo
If so, entrust your body to me

(Chorus)
立ち上がれよ Gladiator
tachiagare yo Gladiator
Stand up Gladiator

すっこめ臆病な hater
sukkome okubyouna hater
Get outta here cowardly hater

ペンは剣より ヒプノシスマイク
pen wa ken yori hipunoshisu maiku
The pen is mightier than the sword Hypnosis Mic

天下分けるパンチライン
tenka wakeru panchirain
Divide the world Punchline

BANG BANG BANG!

アドレナリン PUMP PUMP PUMP!
adorenarin PUMP PUMP PUMP!
Adrenaline PUMP PUMP PUMP!

選択肢は無いぜ
sentakushi wa naize
We’ve got no choice

殺るかもしく(or) は殺られるか
yaruka moshiku (or) yarareru ka
It’s kill or be killed

DON’T LOOK BACK

Welcome to the division
Welcome to the division
Welcome to the division

ヒプノシス奏でる
hipunoshisu kanaderu
Hypnosis playing

このマスターピース
kono masutaapiisu
This masterpiece

消して DON’T LOOK BACK
keshite  DON”T LOOK BACK
Erase it DON’T LOOK BACK

Jiro [Ikebukuro]Jiro-headshot_bw

震源地 検知
Shingenchi kenchi
Detect the epicentre of the earthquake

one blastsの揺らすbarracks
One blast no yarasu barracks
Rocking in one blast, barracks

ここは火薬庫
Koko wa kayakuko
This here’s the ammunition dump

ブクロdivision
Bukuro division
‘Bukuro Division

尺度の基準は
Shakudo no kijun wa
The standard of the scale

ここの region
Koko no region
Is this region

Kill them all

なんか起きるぜもう
Nanka okiruze mou
Come on wake up already

何もかもをブッ壊すぞ
Nani mo kamo wo bukkowasuzo
Destroy everything

持ってかれんぞ?
Motte karenzo?
You can’t take it?

加減なんぞまるでねぇぞ
Kagen nanzo marude neezo
I ain’t in the right state of mind

Juto [Yokohama]Juto-headshot_bw

でっち上げの罪用意をし
Detchiage no tsumi youi wo shi
Prepare to be framed for a crime

ケツ拭けなきゃ即鉄格子
ketsu fukenakya sokutetsugoushi
Wipe your ass, soon you’ll be behind bars

清濁併せ呑むも宜しい
Seitaku awase nomu mo yoroshi
It’s good to get along with all walks of life

だが馬鹿はルールが解らんらしいよう
Daga baka wa ruuru ga kairanrashii you
But an idiot seems to be ruled out

48時間勾留喰らうか?臭い飯食うか?
48 jikan kouryuu kurau ka? Kusai meshi kuu ka?
You wanna be detained for 48 hours, huh? You wanna eat a stinky meal, huh?

鉛玉喰らうか?とばっちりくうか?
Namaridama kurau ka? To bacchiri kuu ka?
You wanna eat a lead bullet, huh? And right on the mark, huh?

懲罰房でBad決め込むか?
Choubatsu bou de Bad kimekomu ka?
Punishment chamber is Bad have you decided?

顳顬(ごめかみ)にぶっ刺す
Gomekami ni buttogesu
Blow your brains out

マイクはどうだ?
Maiku wa dou da?
How about a mic?

Gentaro [Shibuya] (a.k.a. me)Gentaro-headshot_bw

そうさご名答
Sousa go meitou
Yep, you guessed it

つまり散文的に散りばめた言葉
Tsumari sanbunteki ni chiribameta kotoba
In other words, words that are scattered like proses

海馬
kaiba
hippopotamus

深く潜る小生は
Fukaku moguru shousei wa
Diving deep, I

夜の海のダイバー
Yoru no umi no daibaa
am the diver of the night sea

耳を塞いだ
Mimi wo fusaida
Ears are plugged

としても聴こえる 韻(ライム)
Soshite mo kikoeru raimu
Even so the rhyme is still heard

悪い夢だと侮るなかれ
Warui yume dato anadoru nakare
If it’s a bad dream don’t scorn

貴方の中で 臓腑喰い破る
Anata no naka de zoufu kui yaburu
Your organs inside are consumed and torn

謬錯(バグ)だ解ったかね?
bagu da wakattadane?
It’s a mistake do you understand?

Hifumi [Shinjuku] (a.k.a. mine)Hifumi-headshot_bw

Foo!

ドンペリプラチナ
Donperipurachina
Dom Pérignon

まだまだお酒が足りない
Mada mada osake ga tarinai
The alcohol is not enough yet

不埒な誘惑 party night
Furachina yuuwaku party night
Audacious temptation party night

アイスペールを愛で満たしたい
Aisupeeru wo ai de mitashitai
I want to fill the ice pail with love

永久指名はケースbyケースでも
Eikyuu shimei wa keesu by keesu demo
Permanent booking of me is case by case however

エースのエールでゲームを制す!
Eesu no eeru de geemu wo seisu!
The ace’s yells conquer the game!

キミが(Fooo!)くれた(Fooo!)愛の(Fooo!)カタチ(Fooo!)
Kimi ga (Fooo!) Kureta (Fooo!) Ai no (Fooo!) Katachi (Fooo!)
You are (Fooo!) to be lost in (Fooo!) the form of (Fooo!) love (Fooo!)

12,345,600円 (ひふみしごろまるまる) monthly
12,345,600 en (hi fu mi shi go ro maru maru) monthly
12,345,600 yen monthly

(Chorus)

Saburo [Ikebukuro]Saburo-headshot_bw

10万年前から全部解ってたんだ
10 man nen mae kara  Zenbu wakattetanda
I got all of it a hundred thousand years ago

争っても命令するだけの
Arasotte mo meirei de suru dake no
Competing is just part of my orders

シーソーはナンセンスさ
Shiisou wa nansensusa
Seesaw is nonsense

人は皆呼ぶ神童
Hito wa minna yobu shindou
Everyone calls me the child prodigy

全て見透かすwindow
Subete misukasu window
I see through everything like a window

バカらしいんだ
Bakarashiinda
It’s absurd

鼻歌混じりverse蹴って
Hana uta majiri verse kette
Kicking the humming mixed in the verse

眺めるボードゲーム上は
Nagameru boudou geemu jou wa
Gazing over the board game

そりゃ不毛さ
Soriya fumousa
Well that’s barren land

Rio [Yokohama]

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ハマの水兵無敵のイージス
hama no suihei muteki no iijisu
‘Hama’s sailor invincible Aegis

歯向かう奴らは海の藻屑
hamukau yatsura wa umi no mokuzu
They defy a death at sea

まさに Wavy 波乗るフロウに
masani Wavy nami noru furou ni
Just like Wavy riding the wave the flow

並の奴らは溺れる drowning
nami no yatsura wa oboreru drowning
The average guy be sinking, drowning

狙い撃たれど沈まぬ不沈艦
nerai utaredo shizumanu fuchin-kan
Aim to sink the unsinkable battleship

浮かぶ「寄港する明日のシーン」が
ukabu “kikousuru ashita no shiin” ga
On the waters “Tomorrow’s scene docking at port”

音波のライフル 9mm口径
onpa no raifuru 9mm koukei
Sonic rifle, 9mm caliber

ジャムれどかませ Knock you out
jamuredo ka mase Knock you out
It can’t be jammed Knock you out

Dice [Shibuya]Dice-headshot_bw

カチャン
Kachan
Ka-ching

トルルルルチリンチリンチリン
Torurururu chirin chirin chirin
Whirring ching ching ching

みたいなスリルがお前にゃ
Mitaina suriru ga omae nya
It looks like you guys are a thrill nya

全くねえな
Mattaku neena
Really you are

丁か半か債務 超過の
Choukahanka saimu chouka no
Even or odd excess debt’s

スッカラカンでも
Sukkarakan demo
But I’m flat out broke

このポーカーフェイス
Kono poukaafeisu
This pokerface

この局面でも
Kono kyoukumen demo
Even in this situation

まさかのレイズ
Masaka no reizu
Unexpected raise

博打打ちはチマチマ
Bakuchiuchi wa chimachima
Gamblers are small

打たねえんじゃねえか?
Utaneen janee ka?
Ain’t it gonna hit me?

泣けど 泣けど
Nakedo nakedo
Crying and crying

Naked full monty

身ぐるみ剥がすぜ
Migurumi hagasuze
Stripped of everything

尻の毛まで にゃー?
Shiri no ke made nya?
Up till the butt’s hair nya?

Doppo [Shinjuku]Doppo-headshot_bw

誠心誠意平身低頭
Seishinseii heishinteitou
Whole-hearted devotion, down on my knees

毎日の終結そのまま終電
Mainichi no shuuketsu sono mama shuuden
The end of every day, the last train

有給休暇消化して
Yuukyuu kyuuka shoukashite
Paid vacation is digested

何故かチンピラ連中相手する接待
Nazeka chinpira renchuu aitesuru settai
Why am I greeted by a pack of punks

ふっざけんなマジで
fuzzakenna maji de
You gotta be fucking kidding

なんで俺がこんなストレス因子の
Nande ore ga konna sutoresu inshi no
Why do I have this stress factor

倍々ゲームに
Baibai geemu ni
Double the game

ホントにマジでヤメてシャレにならん
Honto ni maji de yamete share ni naran
Seriously stop this charade

つらいウザイうるさい
Tsurai uzai urusai
Painful, annoying, loud

ブッコロスゾオイ
Bukkorosuzooi
I’ll kill ya

Ichiro [Ikebukuro leader]
ペン先突き立てる心の臓に
pen-saki tsukitateru shinnozou ni
Pierce the heart with the tip of a pen

Samatoki [Yokohama leader]
言葉で殴るぞ有象無象
kotoba de nagaruzo uzoumuzou
I strike the mob with words

Ramuda [Shibuya leader]
オソウジ道具は握ったマイク
osouji dougu wa nigitta maiku
Hold the mic, it’s the tool to cleanse

Jakurai [Shinjuku leader]
余儀はない私は揺るがない
yogi wa nai watashi wa yuruganai
I have no choice, I will not waver

Ichiro [Ikebukuro leader]
来いよ Bad ass
koi yo Bad ass
Come at me Badass

Samatoki [Yokohama leader]
即ぶっ倒す
Soku buttaosu
Instant knock out

Ramuda [Shibuya leader]
揃う1ダース
sorou wan daasu
A dozen gathered

Jakurai [Shinjuku leader]
さあ出番だ
saa debanda
Come, it’s time

Ichiro [Ikebukuro leader] and Samatoki [Yokohama leader]
唸る俺のヒプノシスマイク
unaru ore no hipunoshisu maiku
Growl, my hypnosis mic

Ramuda [Shibuya leader] and Jakurai [Shinjuku leader]
そこに跪け許しを乞え
Soko ni hizamazuke yurushi wo koe
Now kneel down and beg for forgiveness

(Chorus)

Everyone
ついに決着でけえ悶着
tsuini ketchaku de kee monchaku
Finally, the long conflict has concluded

唸る俺のヒプノシスマイク
unaru ore no hipunoshisu maiku
Growl, my hypnosis mic

精神直結カスタマイズ
seishin chokketsu kasutamaizu
Straight to your mind and well-customised

お前の脳漿かき回すライム
omae no noushou kakimawasu raimu
Your gray matter is churning with rhyme

三位一体 it’s show time
saniittai it’s show time
Three as one, it’s showtime

激震させる俺らの Vibes
Gekishin saseru orera no Vibes
Our vibes shake the earth

ヒプノシス奏でる
hipunoshisu kanderu
Hypnosis playing

このマスターピース
kono masutaapiisu
This masterpiece

消して Don’t look back
keshite Don’t look back
Erase it Don’t look back

殺るかもしく(or) は殺られるか
yaruka moshiku (or) yarareru ka
It’s kill or be killed

Don’t look back

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