Song of the Week – 11/16/17 – “Dracul-Hakushaku no Kodoku”

About a year ago, I did a Song of the Week feature on Vampir’s solo “Image de Mon Père.”  Well, this week I’m finally featuring the song that shares its melody with “Image de Mon Père,” Count Dracul’s solo “Dracul-Hakushaku no Kodoku” (“The Loneliness of Count Dracul”), which appears in Last Dracul Jokyoku and Transylvania no Mori (Kaiteiban).

This song appears late in Act 2 of Last Dracul Jokyoku, where Dracul, alone in his castle, muses about whether he brought the curse of being a vampire, living forever but alone, upon himself. (The backstory of how he became a vampire gets revealed later in the Dracul Arc). As the song ends, he calls out for Le Fay, who we learn was his human wife and Vampir’s mother, although she is now dead. After the song, he gives the Death Nightmare he turned into a vampire earlier the name “Le Fay” in his dead wife’s place.

In Transylvania no Mori (Kaiteiban), the song appears again to herald Dracul’s resurrection. (Dracul does not appear in the original Transylvania no Mori, since he “dies” to save the Sailor Senshi at the end of Last Dracul Jokyoku). After a fight between the Senshi and the vampires, in which the mysterious Sailor Astarte intervenes, the stage darkens, and the floor fills with fog as Dracul rises from below the stage and sings his song as the Senshi, Sailor Astarte, Le Fay, and Vampir watch, bringing Act 1 to a close. Vampir’s song “Image de Mon Père” appears right before it in the song list, though they are separated in the musical by a scene or two.

“Dracul Hakushaku no Kodoku” only appears on two CDs — the soundtrack for Last Dracul (Memorial Album of the Musical 8) and the special villain song CD Dark Side Edition. The TnM K version does not appear on any CDs, though they are basically identical (and sung by the same actor). It made its only fan event appearance as a duet with “Image de Mon Père” at the Transylvania no Mori (Kaiteiban) Fankan.

That’s all for this week! Come back next week for another Song of the Week!