It’s 4:30 AM and I should be sleeping but I came across this video of Chilean singer Jessica Toledo that has got me so excited. Here’s a video of Ms. Toledo singing my all time favorite theme song Yakusoku wa Iranai from The Vision of Escaflowne. As best as I’ve tried to convey the concept of hybridity with my own artwork nothing says it better than a Chilean singer performing a Japanese song live in Mexico (¡Ajua!). Apparently she is a hardcore Latin American anime fan that has created Spanish language versions of popular theme songs. If homegirl is covering Yoko Kanno compositions I know she’s got good taste. Without further ado, here is Jessica Toledo singing Yakusoku wa Iranai in Mexico, she gets mad love from yours truly for the little strut she does when the bagpipes kick in.
For the record, I was obsessed with The Vision of Escaflowne back in the day. Circa 1998, when I was working for Viz and Animerica, I would hoard the Escaflowne screeners as they came into the office and watch them in marathons with my friend Charlie. This was in the days of videos and the screeners would come in these nice clean white clamshell cases as part of their marketing gimmick (this was back when Bandai distributed their material as Anime Village). It’s probably my favorite television series of all time in any language, medium, or genre.
So there it is y’all, Hybridity; much love to Jessica Toledo, wherever she is out there. To download a .rar file of some of her Spanish language anime themes you can CLICK HERE (92.19 MB).
Okay I better stop talking about nerd shit before my ghetto pass gets revoked. I’m out.
Peace and hybridity,