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Published on Jun 16, 2012
I recommend you smile, for your own safety.
Also, if you are wondering who Undine/Ondine is, scroll below for some notes.
Update 4: I know there are many of you out there who have been enjoying this series of fun and creative "troll" songs alongside me for the past few months and I definitely encourage you to consider buying Utata-P's major debut album, "Minna shiawase ni nare"/みんな幸せにな～れ!" (Everyone BECOME HAPPY!) released via EXIT TUNES. It will include all the popular songs you have seen in the series so far along with new songs by Miku, MAYU, and Yuzuki Yukari. If you order soon and get the first press edition, your order will also come with a bonus poster! The CD is still a month away from release and is already 53rd on the Anime Song sales chart on Amazon JP, let's work together to make it even higher! You can pre-order the album (4/17 release) at Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.co.jp/gp/product/B0...) and CDJapan (http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/detailview.h...).
UPDATE 3: Utata-P's 3rd song in the series has now been released, "An Earnest One Sided Love, Wanting to Make it Bear a Little Happiness": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JV-494... (Theme: Stalking, Obsession, Killing them with cuteness)
UPDATE: You can buy t.komine's mini-album, featuring this song, Rin & Len's cover, and the karaoke vers. for 300 yen here at KarenT: http://karent.jp/album/1075 Check it out and buy it if you can!
This neat song immediately caught my attention last night. It is one of most "different" songs I've heard in awhile. I've never been the biggest fan of dystopian or "horror" style Vocaloid music but this one is pretty cool. After getting trolled by the opening you get to hear "Big Brother Miku" proselytizing in front of roaring brainwashed crowds, set to some awesome eletrorock style music...it's pretty sweet. Hearing Miku say "Minna sama no shiawase ga, wareware no shiawase" (Your happiness, is our happiness) is just sooo perfect! Especially when this song is also made by one of the great producers, t.komine/UtataP.
Translation Notes: -OK So about Undine/Ondine. This creature/person is a water elemental/water nymph of Greek and German legend. They supposedly sing with a beautiful voice and seek to marry a human to gain a soul. However in some stories, like the unfortunate German knight mentioned in the song, those who are unfaithful to an undine are cursed with death. While it's a bit abstract here, you can see how this fits with the song. The Ondine/Miku character is singing with her beautiful voice (spreading the message of "happiness") and if she is not obeyed and her subjects do not remain faithful, well, she'll kill them. Seems simple enough :) (More info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Undine_%...)
-Some fellow Japanese-readers will probably want to point out that 水辺の公園で (which I translated with the lines "At the water's edge") twice in the song actually means "Waterside park" or "Garden/Park on the Water's Edge". This is correct, however it's quite an unattractive mouthful to say in English. Just saying "At the water's edge" fits quite well with the concept of the Ondine and also flows better, so that's what I went with.
-I don't want to place my interpretation over the creator's intention but if you're looking for helping parsing the meaning, generally this can be seen either as commentary on the flawed concept of constructing a utopia (as we've seen in books like 1984, ect). It could also possible be seen as commentary on society and the expected conformation people are expected to undergo to find happiness.
-According to the video tags and one of our commenters, this is also a reference to the role playing game Paranoia (info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paranoia...). So you can definitely see some of the connections.