On Your New Journey

Poppin’Party

On Your New Journey was the 3rd album released by next gen girl band, Poppin’Party. Perhaps, you are confusing about next gen band, so did I when I just heard this. It is actually a program conducted by Japanese musician and anime lovers. They invite famous dubbers and animists to create stories about those who believe in music, overcome difficulties and eventually become a real idol. At the same time, dubbers of the main characters are asked to form a band under the same name in the stories in the reality. Although they are professional dubbers, no one know anything about music at first. As the story continuous, the dubbers started to get interested in music and they grow as the characters do. I was deeply attracted by such program(by the way, it called “Bang Dream” for anyone who is interested) or by such group of people who are chasing their dream and enjoying the life, the friendship.

anime character

Back to the theme, On Your New Journey was released just after the first season anime had come out. At that point, the program was new and in order to keep up the popularity, they wanted to hold live and practice hard for that. If you watch poppin’party’s ancient mini live, you must get shocked. Their singing were terrible, the instruments were fake, but still lots of fans supported them. Few years after the official anime came out, they had made huge progress. As a result, the main point of this song is to commemorate their efforts and encourage those who still working towards their dream. On You New Journey is the official translation of the song-Hashiri Hajimeta Bakari no Kimini. Honestly, I don’t feel this interpretation fit the original meaning most. In my own words, the title means “to those who just start to run. ” Comparing to On your new journey, it feels more poetic. Not simply starting my journey, I am dashing towards a trusted goal; this song is exactly what I need to keep me running.

On this endless road that continuous

I had decide on only one thing…

From the beginning of the song, it depicts a lonely person who is walking firmly on a long long way.

You can change the present

by changing the upcoming future

Although you’re trying to whisper the song,

you still haven’t made a step out.

Then, comes another character who is a idol that the singer wants to be. She blamed herself that lacks the courage to move forward, but finally,the encouraging words form the idol let her regain confidence and endeavor to stand abreast with her some day.

Running through each shinning season

A tear shed as I looked at you

I cannot reach you just yet

but please don’t stop the song of friendship

The climax of the song shows a strong will that doesn’t fear future and challenges. Even though you see me cry, see me topple on the road, as long as you company with me, I have infinite energy to keep running. When I listen to this song, there is always a lively and persistent figure running on a stretching road in front me. She has flashing tear drops on her face; she also feels the pain inside her knees; but I can see neither of those expressions under the afterglow. All I know is that she never ever stops.

One thought on “On Your New Journey

  1. Alex Y

    Hey Yunhao, what’s up? Thanks for the post, I thought it was pretty informative. I didn’t expect an idol show to be as deep as you described. Honestly, idol culture initially seemed pretty vapid to me at first, but how you presented Poppin’ Party’s story was intriguing. It’s also pretty cool how their success paralleled the growth of the anime. I also liked how you tied the song and the story of the band together, as the story of the song, much like the story of the band in question, is about confidence amidst struggle. Thanks again!

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