Go Die! Valentine's Day

Go Die! Valentine's Day

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Go Die! Valentine’s Day (Japanese: 死ね!バレンタイン・デー, Shine! Valentine Day) is an anti-Valentine’s Day song by Japanese folk band Fujioka Fujimaki.[1] On the Japanese web, the song has gained a cult status with single men, as well as a series of fan-made animated music videos starring characters from popular anime or manga franchises.

Origin

The song “Go Die! Valentine’s Day” was included in Fujioka Fujimaki’s second album, Fujioka Fujimaki III, released on April 18th, 2007. The lyrics reflect the anger and resentment of a single man who did not receive any chocolate on Valentine’s Day, as it is marketed in Japanese culture as the day when women gift men candy as a sign of affection.[2] As of February 2013, a YouTube mirror of the original song has amassed more than 310,000 views.





Japanese (Romaji)
Translation

Sonna ni ureshii ka
Sonna ni ureshii no ka
Sonna ni hoshikatta no ka CHOKOREETO nanka ga
Kireina hako da yo na
RIBON ga kawaii yo na
Sonna ni jiman shitai no ka CHOKOREETO nanka wo

Shi ne
Shi ne
Hanachi wo dashite shi ne

Sonna ni oishii ka
Sonna ni oishii no ka
Ureshisou kuiyagatte
Taka ga CHOKOREETO wo

Shi ne
Shi ne
Ari ni takararete shi ne

What are you so happy about?
What are you so happy about?
What about those chocolates did you want?
What a pretty box
What a cute ribbon
Do you want to boast about those chocolates?

Go Die
Go Die
Have a nosebleed and die

What about them is so delicious?
What about them is so delicious?
You look so bloody happy eating what are merely chocolates

Go Die
Go Die
Be infested by ants and die


Via: nataku_kun[3]


Spread

On February 1st, 2008, an animated video featuring a cover of the original song sung by Hatsune Miku (shown below, left) was uploaded to Nico Nico Douga (NND). This inspired other users to create their own versions, however, they were limited to the NND audience. In late January 2009, NND user Miyuki uploaded a video told from the perspective of the Vocaloid Kaito (shown below, right) which was reuploaded to YouTube two days later. This brought the series attention from the YouTube and English-speaking audience.



Many of the videos draw on homosexual relationships between male characters because this fad is received favorably among Fujoshi, or female Yaoi fans, in particular. As of February 2013, there are nearly 300 search results for “死ね!バレンタイン・デー” on NND[5] and approximately 200 search results on YouTube.[11] Additionally, there are several images tagged “死ね!バレンタイン・デー” on Pixiv.[12]

Notable Examples

These videos often utilize characters from well-known anime or manga including Axis Powers Hetalia[6] (shown below, top left), Persona 4[7] (shown below, top right) JoJo’s Bizzare Adventure[8] (shown below, bottom left) and The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya[9] (shown below, bottom right).




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External References

[1]Wikipedia – Fujioka Fujimaki

[2]Wikipedia – Valentine’s Day # Japan

[3]LiveJournal – nataku_kun – 『死ね!バレンタイン・デイ』 lyrics (Kana, romajii and translation)

[4]Nico Nico Douga – KAITO の 死ね!バレンタイン・デー! / Posted on 01-27-2009 (Registration Required)

[5]Nico Nico Douga – Search results for 死ね!バレンタイン・デー (Registration Required)

[6]Nico Nico Douga – ヘタリアで死ね!バレンタインデー / Posted on 10-21-2008 (Registration Required)

[7]Nico Nico Douga – 【手書き】P4で死ね!バレンタイン・デー【ペルソナ4】 / Posted on 02-07-2009 (Registration Required)

[8]Nico Nico Douga – 【手描きジョジョ】億泰で「死ね!バレンタイン・デー!」 / Posted on 02-14-2009 (Registration Required)

[9]Nico Nico Douga – 【手書き】キョン の 死ね!バレンタインデー!【ハルヒ】 / Posted on 02-12-2009 (Registration Required)

[10]Nico Nico Douga – 【初音ミク】 死ね!バレンタイン・デー 【藤岡藤巻】 (Registration Required)

[11]YouTube – Search Results for “死ね!バレンタイン・デー”

[12]Pixiv – Images tagged with “死ね!バレンタイン・デー!”

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