Wednesday, 20 June 2012

JP - Boku ni Invitation ボクにインビテーション

The day has come. I never thought this song would make it into its own single but rather as part of the anime's original soundtrack. Boku ni Invitation by JP is the opening song to the anime Polar Bear's Cafe or Shirokuma Cafe.

Well, first let's start off with the anime. Polar Bear's Cafe is probably the most entertaining anime I have watched all season. I would categorize it under comedy with a tinge of slice of life. The animals in this anime walk and talk and basically just blend into the human society while retaining their animal appearances. However, it is so absurd at the beginning when you see a polar bear and a panda walking around town that you can't help but burst out laughing. The humor in this series is akin to Daily Lives of High School Boys (another comedy anime from last season). The jokes come out of nowhere and slap you in the face (metaphorically, of course) leaving you laughing like an idiot.

On to the song itself. Boku ni Invitation is a song written specifically for Polar Bear's Cafe. The lyrics depict a journey to find the Polar Bear's Cafe and how it soothes the customers from the stress of everyday life. The singer JP was born in Hawaii, explaining the Mahalo (Hawaiian for "thank you") so frequently repeated in the song. The bamboo for diet bit is a reference to what Panda always orders at the cafe. JP is a singer, songwriter, producer and model. He has provided backup vocals for singers such as American Idol winner Jordin Sparks and Grammy Award winner Michael W Smith. He has also produced songs for artistes such as DBSK and MISIA.

このカフェにたどり着いた ラッキーボーイズアンドガールズ
とびきりのメニューでおもてなし オージャストフォーユー
ぜひぜひ おこしくださいね
お会いできる日を マ・マ・マハロ

結局 南極 北極 でもなくテルミー
世界のどこかにきっと ある
話題のカフェがどこなのかをリサーチ

今日もBBSネットをひらい ティータイム
モア モア モア うわさが飛び交う だけ
ライアー ライアー ライアーだけじゃギブアップ!
お手上げ!

そんな時 ポストに白いレター
中にはヒミツの 彼のレシピ

(*)キターーー( ゚∀゚)ーーー!!!!! ボクにインビテーション
世界が期待 カンバせーション

このカフェにたどり着いた ラッキーボーイズアンドガールズ
とびきりのメニューでおもてなし オージャストフォーユー
ぜひぜひ 日頃の疲れを
いやし笑顔だけ マ・マ・マハロ(*)

飲もう モカ ラテ オレ チャイ
さらに アイスに パンケーキ
飲もう ストロベリー マンゴー シェイク
たまに 笹だけ ダイエット
マ・マ・マ・マ・マハロ

やっぱり ロンドン おフランスでボンジュール
世界を寄り道しまグッデイ
青い空の下寝転んで

スマホ GPSマップをひらい テイクオフ
OMG バッテリー切れてんじゃん
ノー ノー ノー これじゃキープオン
お手上げ

そんな時 ポケットの白いレター
よく見て アドレス発見! いざカマクラ

キターーー( ゚∀゚)ーーー!!!!! ボクにナビゲーション
世界が期待 モチベーション

(**)このカフェの常連になった ラッキーボーイズアンドガールズ
特別裏メニューを教えましょ サプライズフォーユー
是が非でも 試したらDO?
ただし クリーム お断りします!
飲もう モカ ラテ オレ チャイ
さらに アイスに パンケーキ
飲もう ストロベリー マンゴー シェイク
たまに 笹だけ ダイエット
マハロ (**)
 
(*)繰り返し
(**)繰り返し

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kono cafe ni tadoritsuita lucky boys and girls
tobikiri no menu de omotenashi oh just for you
zehi zehi okoshikudasai ne
oaidekiru hi wo ma ma maharo

kekkyoku nankyoku hokkyoku demo naku tell me
sekai no dokoka ni kitto aru
wadai no cafe ga doko nanoka wo research

kyou mo BBS net wo hirai tea-time
more more more uwasa ga tobikau dake
liar liar liar dake jya give up!
oteage!

sonna toki posuto ni shiroi letter
naka ni wa himitsu no kare no recipe

(*)kita ーーー( ゚∀゚)ーーー!!!!! boku ni invitation
sekai ga kitai conversation
kono cafe ni tadoritsuita lucky boys and girls
tobikiri no menu de omotenashi oh just for you
zehi zehi higoro no tsukare wo
iyashi egao dake ma ma maharo(*)

nomou mocha latte ole chai
sara ni ice ni pancake
nomou strawberry mango shake
tamani sasa dake diet
ma ma ma ma maharo

yappari london o france de bonjour
sekai wo yorimichi shima good day
aoi sora no shita ne koronde

sumaho GPS map wo hirai take-off
O M G battery kireten jyan
no no no kore jya keep on
oteage

sonna toki posuto no shiroi letter
yoku mite address hakken! iza kamakura

kita ーーー( ゚∀゚)ーーー!!!!! boku ni navigation
sekai ga kitai motivation

(**)kono cafe no jyouren ni natta lucky boys and girls
tokubetsu ura menu wo oshiemasho surprise for you
ze ga hi demo tameshitara DOU?
tadashi cream okotowarishimasu!
nomou mocha latte ole chai
sara ni ice ni pancake
nomou strawberry mango shake
tamani sasa dake diet
maharo(**)

(*)repeat
(**)repeat
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Lucky boys and girls who have made it to this cafe
Be spoilt by our superior menu and warm reception oh just for you
By all means make your way to our cafe
I look forward to the day we meet. Mahalo

In the end, it wasn't the north or south pole, tell me
this cafe is somewhere in this world
I'm going to research on this cafe that everyone is talking about

I shall continue to check the BBS net during tea-time
More more more those are all rumors
Liar liar liar if that's it then I give up
Looks like there is nothing I can do

At that time, a white letter arrived in the post
It contained his secret recipe

(*)It's here ーーー( ゚∀゚)ーーー!!!!! An invitation for me
The conversation that the world has been waiting for
Lucky boys and girls who have made it to this cafe
Be spoilt by our superior menu and warm reception oh just for you
By all means soothe the tiredness you have racked up
with our warm smiles. Mahalo(*)

Let's drink mocha latte ole tea
and add pancakes with ice-cream to that
Let's drink strawberry and mango shakes
and once in a while diet with just bamboo
Mahalo

As I thought, you got to say "Bonjour"  in London and France
Let's take a trip around the world "Good Day!"
and lie down under the blue sky

Checking the GPS map on my smartphone, take-off
Oh My God, the battery is dead
No no no I need to keep going with this
but looks like there is no way out

At that time, I took out the white letter from my pocket
Taking a closer look, I found an address! The time to act is now!

It's hereーーー( ゚∀゚)ーーー!!!!! Time for some navigation
Motivation that the world has been waiting for

(**)Lucky boys and girls who became regular customers
Let me tell you about the secret menu. Surprise for you!
There is no right or wrong, why don't you just try it?
However, I will have to say "no" to the cream
Let's drink mocha latte ole tea
and add pancakes with ice-cream to that
Let's drink strawberry and mango shakes
and once in a while diet with just bamboo
Mahalo(**)

(*)Repeat
(**)Repeat



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