Aoi Usagi / 碧いうさぎ: “Blue Rabbit”
- aoi / 碧い
- “blue”. According to a forum post, 碧 is somewhat greener and lighter. The common 青 is a more general blue.
- usagi / うさぎ
Spring is here! Some of you may think of rabbits. Probably not sad, lonely rabbits, though, but that’s what we have this week.
Aoi Usagi is the theme song to the 1995 Japanese drama Hoshi no Kinka / 星の金貨 (official site[jp]), originally sung by Sakai Noriko / 酒井法子. Hoshi no Kinka is about a deaf and mute woman named Aya who falls in love with a doctor. They get engaged, but he later gets into an accident that results in amnesia.
I’m not sure when Oku Hanako made her hikigatari cover of this song since it doesn’t appear in her list of radio covers, but I’m guessing it was around 2007 or 2008.
奥華子カバー後半.wmv by 爆走チャーリー [Nico Nico Douga]
She skips the last two stanzas, but overall I think it captures the emotion of the song quite nicely. It’s unfortunate that we only have a radio-quality recording.