Song of the Week – 2/22/18 – “Chinmoku no Hameln”

Welcome back to Song of the Week! I’m ending the month of February with a sad song from Mugen Gakuen, the Hoshino family’s song “Chinmoku no Hameln” (“Hameln of Silence”).

This song (and the scene surrounding it) is where you really get to know the Hoshino’s true identities and the motivation behind what they are doing and want. They talk about getting back to Planet Grimm, and Centi gets on Shintarou’s case when he says he can’t fly, saying their people were known for flying, and that he should be ashamed of himself for forgetting. Gallica starts to tell a story about how their planet ended up getting destroyed, which has some similarities to the fairy tale The Pied Piper of Hamelin. He then assures Shintarou he will be able to fly again and return to Grimm. This leads into the song, where they sing sadly about how their planet is fading away, soon to be forgotten, but they will fly toward it regardless. Midway through, Centi declares that the Silver Crystal (which they are seeking to help revive their planet) will surely triumph over the Death Busters’s Taioron Crystal.

The “Hameln” of the song is likely the name of a town, or maybe the castle referred to in the story preceding it. “Hameln” is also the German name for the town of Hamelin, a town in the Lower Saxony region of Germany on the river Weser, and the real-life town associated with the Pied Piper story. The story dates back to the Middle Ages (with the earliest record being a stained glass window circa 1300 from the Church of Hamelin, which was destroyed in 1660 but described in several accounts from the 14th to 17th centuries), but it was made popular by the Brothers Grimm version from their 1816 volume German Tales, and was also the topic of poems by Goethe (“The Pied Piper,” 1803) and Robert Browning (“The Pied Piper of Hamelin,” 1842). That the Hoshinos’ planet is named Grimm connects it even further to the story.

“Chinmoku no Hameln” appears on two soundtracks — the soundtrack for Mugen Gakuen (Memorial Album of the Musical 11) and the compilation CD Eternal Edition 3. There are also three instrumental versions available on the BGM CD Best Sound Track 3 — a “henkei” or “variation” version (“Chinmoku no Hameln Henkei A”), a flute solo version of the “henkei” version (“Chinmoku no Hameln Henkei (Flute Solo)”), and a “sentou” or “battle” version (“Chinmoku no Hameln (Sentou)”), which sounds more menacing than the other two. The flute solo is I think the one you hear when Gallica is telling the Pied Piper-esque story. It only appeared at one fankan, the Shin Kaguya Shima Densetsu one in 2004, sung by Endou Ado and Kawasaki Miki out of costume, along with Oosaka Moe and Funakoshi Eriko in their costumes as Chibimoon and Saturn respectively. (Ado played Centi, so this works!) It did not appear on any special videos.

That’s it for this week! Tune in next week for another Song of the Week!