Garnet / GAANETTO / ガーネット: “Garnet“, as in the birthstone.
In two days, Thoughts on Oku Hanako will celebrate its one year anniversary. If my records are correct, on July 20, I claimed the address pltgokuhanako.wordpress.com. I figured it’d be appropriate to post the first song ever posted on this blog, which also happens to be the song that started it all for me (depending on how you look at it), and therefore the indirect reason why this blog exists.
Garnet: the credits song and main theme song of the anime movie Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo / 時をかける少女[jp] (English title: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time. Often abbreviated as to “tokikake”). The music video features the hikigatari version, but the version that can be heard in the credits is this arranged version. This is the song that really made Oku Hanako famous because of its inclusion in the movie.
After reading an interview last September, I realized why the song is called “Garnet”; after all, the word GAANETTO / ガーネット is never mentioned in the song. The title refers to the birthstone of January. As the poem says:
By her who in this month (January) is born
No gem save garnets should be worn;
They will ensure her constancy,
True friendship, and fidelity.
It’s a very fitting title as the song speaks of love from a friend. (A translation is available)
I used to find the arrangement of this song to be distracting and unnecessary, and in some ways I still do. However, I have learned to appreciate it.
As for the blog, I still have pages “under construction”…. I really have to get around to doing those.