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cum uh sol nu -フラスコの別種-

Album: Atom Miraiha No. 9
2016.09.28 Lingua Sounda/Victor


cum uh sol nu -flask of another type-
Lyrics: Imai Hisashi
Music: Imai Hisashi

Ah I love you
On the borderline
Ah I love you
Come and dance
Man-made subtype Adam1

I'm never die I'm never die Oh
I'm never die I'm never die Ha!
I'm never die I'm never die Oh
I'm never die I'm never die Ha!

Flask of another type - forbidden creature
Flask of another type - forbidden creature
Shambala-Agartha Shambala-Agartha2
Shambala-Agartha Nonmalt3

Ah I love you
On the borderline
Ah I love you
Come on home
Nihil, to null, we're gone4

I'm never die I'm never die Oh
I'm never die I'm never die Ha!
I'm never die I'm never die Oh
I'm never die I'm never die Ha!

Flask of another type - forbidden creature
Flask of another type - forbidden creature
Shambala-Agartha Shambala-Agartha
Shambala-Agartha Nonmalt

I'm never die I'm never die Oh
I'm never die I'm never die Ha!
I'm never die I'm never die Oh
I'm never die I'm never die Ha!

Flask of another type - forbidden creature
Flask of another type - forbidden creature
Flask of another type - forbidden creature
Flask of another type - forbidden creature

I'm never die I'm never die Oh
I'm never die I'm never die Ha!
I'm never die I'm never die Oh
I'm never die I'm never die Ha!

Shambala-Agartha Shambala-Agartha
Shambala-Agartha Nonmalt
Shambala-Agartha Shambala-Agartha
Shambala-Agartha Nonmalt


Note: The title of the song is an anagram for "homunculus." A homunculus is a mythical miniature human being. Though the idea of the homunculus has existed since ancient times, it became particularly popular among alchemists during the Medieval and early Renaissance periods in Europe. Though the "science" of alchemy generally focused on transsubstantiating common metals such as lead into gold, it also had other goals, such as the creation of the Philosopher's Stone (as any Harry Potter fan already knows) and the creation of homunculi. Paracelsus, in particular, published a famous method for creating homunculi in his book De Natura Rerum ("The Nature of Things"). The Paracelsus method involved introducing human sperm into the womb of a horse, and allowing it to rot for forty days until small transparent bodiless man-creatures appeared. These creatures then needed to be fed on human blood for forty weeks while still inside the horse's womb, upon which point they would be born "like another child, which is born of woman, but much smaller." Needless to say, Paracelsus' theories were controversial, and none of the alchemists succeeded in creating homunculi (that we know of, at least). Though Paracelsus and other alchemists wrote about gestating homunculi in animal wombs, art from and about the period often portrays the alchemists as cooking up homunculi in glass flasks - hence the subtitle, "a flask of another type." 

Later on, the homunculus concept began to be used in neuroscience as an easy way of demonstrating the correspondence between parts of the brain and the parts of the body they control. The cortical homunculus is a diagram showing a (proportionally distorted) human body superimposed on a diagram of the brain, demonstrating brain functions, mainly sensory and motor functions.

The homunculus has been a rich source of inspiration for art and literature, most notably the second part of Goethe's Faust, though the idea may also have helped inspired Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Where Imai first learned about homunculi is anyone's guess, but the concept has been used in a number of popular manga, most notable Fullmetal Alchemist and Homunculus.

For more information on the references in this song and wacky Medieval science, read this article. For a truly entertaining read about alchemy and homunculi, read the children's book The Toy Brother, by William Steig. I promise you, it's the kind of book that adults can enjoy, too.

1) The word I translated here as "subtype" can also mean "subspecies". Obviously, this was a perfect word choice on Imai's part, since homunculi would not only be a subspecies of human beings, as miniature artificial humans, they are also subordinate to human beings.

So how is this related to Adam? In part, it is thought that the idea for homunculi originated in Preformatism, a theory of heredity first posulated by the Ancient Greek philosophers, including Pythagoras and Aristotle. Preformatism postulated that sperm contained fully formed miniature creatures, or "animalcules," which grew into full-sized creatures after being incubated in the womb of a female. If each animalcule contained within a sperm were already a miniature full-formed man, then it would stand to reason that each animalcule also possessed his own sperm which contained their own animalcules, and so on ad infinitum. This was taken by some as scientific justification for the idea that the Christian God had created all living things at the same time: that is to say, according to (some versions) the theory of Preformatism, at the beginning of time, all of humanity was contained, in the form of animalcules, inside the ballsack of the first man, Adam. 

Laugh all you like, but it wasn't until the late date of 1677, when Antonie van Leeuwenhoek (who, among other things, was the developer of the microscope and the first person to observe microorganisms) observed spermatozoa, that the theory of Preformatism began to crumble. Even then, it took a long time to go down - even using microscopes, many scientists claimed to see miniature animals inside spermatozoa. Though certain scientists argued that the miniature preformed animals must be contained within eggs, not sperm, others argued back that it was unquestionable that the biological essence of offspring must come from the male and the male alone, with the female being nothing more than an incubator (in case you didn't already know, Europe in earlier centuries was really fucking sexist.) It wasn't until cell theory and atomic theory were firmly established that Preformatism was put to rest.

2) Shambhala is a Buddhist prophecy which originated in Medieval times in Central Asia, when Buddhists in the Himalayan region were being encroached upon by the Muslim Empire. Shambhala was said to be both a mythic land to the north, where people lived in freedom, harmony and enlightenment while practicing the True Faith (Buddhism), and also a holy war which would be brought about by mythic kind Rudra Chakrin, who would lead his armies to defeat the infidels, called Mlecca ("People of Mecca," or Muslims.) Over the centuries, however, the holy war aspect of the Shambhala prophecy was forgotten, and Shambhala became a more internal concept of a war against one's inner demons, or a quest for spiritual perfection within oneself.

Agarrtha is a legend of a mythic kingdom deep inside the earth, where people lived in freedom, harmony, and enlightenment under the rule of a group of illuminati who preserved ancient wisdom that had been lost in the upper world. The legend of Agarrtha was popularized in Europe by the French occult writer Alexandre Saint-Yves d'Alveydre, and the idea became a mainstay in the occult and esoteric communities.

In 1920's Russia, shortly after the Russian revolution, Bolshevik secret police leader Gleb Bokii enlisted the help of occultist Alexdander Barchenko in order to investigate the traditional ancient wisdom of Central Asia for possible clues to scientific breakthroughs in hypnosis, mind-bending, and other superhuman powers. Bokii put Barchenko in charge of a secret lab which conducted experiments aimed at creating more perfect humans, with the goal of spreading Communism throughout Asia. Barchenko had studied under Saint-Yves d'Alveydre, so he was well familiar with the Agarrtha legend, and after hearing the legend of Shambhala from monks he spoke to during his travels in Tibet, he became convinced that Shambhala and Agarrtha were the same place, and began to refer to them as Shambhala-Agarrtha. He was by no means the only person interested in the legends - the idea was extremely popular in esoteric circles at the time. For some more information, read this article. Sadly, in the 1930's, Red Russia cracked down on occultist groups, and both Bokii and Barchenko were executed by Stalin.

3) The Nonmalt are a fictional species of underground creatures who first appeared in Ultraseven, a 1967 followup to the tokusatsu TV series Ultraman. Ultraseven ultimately went on to become even more popular than Ultraman, and remains one of the most famous and popular Japanese sci-fi TV series of all time. It's pretty much a guarantee that every Japanese man from Buck-Tick's generation loved Ultraman as a boy, or at the very least watched it. In Ultraseven, the Nonmalts are a non-human humanoid race who were oppressed by humanity and forced to live beneath the ocean. They want revenge on humanity for their oppression.

4) "Nihil" is the Latin word for "nothing."




cum uh sol nu -フラスコお別種-
作詞:今井寿
作曲:今井寿

愛してる 境界線上で
愛してる 踊ろう
人造 亜種 アダム

I'm never die I'm never die Oh
I'm never die I'm never die Ha!
I'm never die I'm never die Oh
I'm never die I'm never die Ha!

フラスコの別種 禁断 クリーチャー
フラスコの別種 禁断 クリーチャー
シャンバラ アガルタ シャンバラ アガルタ
シャンバラ アガルタ ノンマルト

愛してる 境界線上で
愛してる 帰ろう
nihil null 消える

I'm never die I'm never die Oh
I'm never die I'm never die Ha!
I'm never die I'm never die Oh
I'm never die I'm never die Ha!

フラスコの別種 禁断 クリーチャー
フラスコの別種 禁断 クリーチャー
シャンバラ アガルタ シャンバラ アガルタ
シャンバラ アガルタ ノンマルト

I'm never die I'm never die Oh
I'm never die I'm never die Ha!
I'm never die I'm never die Oh
I'm never die I'm never die Ha!

フラスコの別種 禁断 クリーチャー
フラスコの別種 禁断 クリーチャー
フラスコの別種 禁断 クリーチャー
フラスコの別種 禁断 クリーチャー

I'm never die I'm never die Oh
I'm never die I'm never die Ha!
I'm never die I'm never die Oh
I'm never die I'm never die Ha!

シャンバラ アガルタ シャンバラ アガルタ
シャンバラ アガルタ ノンマルト
シャンバラ アガルタ シャンバラ アガルタ
シャンバラ アガルタ ノンマルト



cum uh sol nu -furasuko no besshu-
Lyrics: Imai Hisashi
Music: Imai Hisashi

Aishiteru     kyoukaisenjou de
Aishiteru     odorou
Jinzou     ashu     adamu

I'm never die I'm never die Oh
I'm never die I'm never die Ha!
I'm never die I'm never die Oh
I'm never die I'm never die Ha!

Furasuko no besshu     kindan     kuriichaa
Furasuko no besshu     kindan     kuriichaa
Shambara agaruta shambara agaruta
Shambara agaruta nonmaruto

Aishiteru     kyoukaisenjou de
Aishiteru     kaerou
nihil null kieru

I'm never die I'm never die Oh
I'm never die I'm never die Ha!
I'm never die I'm never die Oh
I'm never die I'm never die Ha!

Furasuko no besshu     kindan     kuriichaa
Furasuko no besshu     kindan     kuriichaa
Shambara agaruta shambara agaruta
Shambara agaruta nonmaruto

I'm never die I'm never die Oh
I'm never die I'm never die Ha!
I'm never die I'm never die Oh
I'm never die I'm never die Ha!

Furasuko no besshu     kindan     kuriichaa
Furasuko no besshu     kindan     kuriichaa
Furasuko no besshu     kindan     kuriichaa
Furasuko no besshu     kindan     kuriichaa

I'm never die I'm never die Oh
I'm never die I'm never die Ha!
I'm never die I'm never die Oh
I'm never die I'm never die Ha!

Shambara agaruta shambara agaruta
Shambara agaruta nonmaruto
Shambara agaruta shambara agaruta
Shambara agaruta nonmaruto