Paprika’s blog post [13/08/2019]

For the first time ever, Paprika decided to post a track-by-track commentary about her newest work! This is a translation of her latest fanclub post, where she talks about Touhou Nekokenban 18!

Note: due to my policy about fanclub contents, I removed not just the intro and the outro of her post, but also the pics that were included there, as well as their related description. But don’t worry, you can still read this translation without them!
Also, like every other translated article on this website, do not repost this without permission.

Today I want to talk about the making of the Nekokenban.
This time’s theme is summer! Summer! Summer!

Such a summer-ish jacket.
I’ve seen insect nets & insect cages since I was a kitten.
Now I don’t really like bugs, so I was surprised to think that in the past I was carrying them in those things.

Track 1: Konpeki ni Kin no Myoujou
From this song, the night dawns and the summer day begins.
I made with the image of the sky becoming white.
I started the work from making this song.

Track 2: Kazekaoru Biidoro no Oto
Cooling yourself while listening to the sound of the wind chimes at the balcony, this is THE summer scenery feel.
I want you to wear a yukata, if you can.

Track 3: Koorigashi Hitotsu
This song uses harp sounds, but harp tones are somehow summerish.
I wonder why.
Please listen to this one while eating ice candies.

Track 4: Hikaru Minamo ni Utsuru Funasoko
Bossanova means summer! Summer means bossanova!
I tried to finish it with a bossanova style.
“Captain Murasa” is often done in arrangements that make you feel the water.
It was the same for “Shichinin misaki” from Nekokenban 12.

Track 5: Uka wo Matsu Natsu no Yume
A happy & cute feel, I guess.
I was aware of the girlish feeling.
This song gives a bossanova feel to the guitar as well and it’s summerish.

Track 6: Hakaba kara Kita Musume
I tried to make an oriental atmosphere for this song.
It feels summerish because it reminds me of a hot country.
The stand out point is the sound of the sitar, an Indian stringed instrument.

Track 7: Gokigen Parasol
As the title says, this song is for a good day~.
I tried to inlay some Latin components into it.
I think the organ gives a good taste.
I don’t want to drink mojito. (Cuban summer cocktail)

Track 8: Mizube de Machiawase
The Japanese summer that suddenly changes.
Since my cat dad is from Iwate, he always brought me to the Kappabuchi Pool.
I imagined it with the feel of the summer sunlight falling in small streams through the trees.
The strings play a big role in this Nekokenban~.

Track 9: Matsuri no Junbi
It was a bit hard to arrange this song.
It’s “Shinkiroubayashi”, so the festival touch is strong, but I wanted to finish it with a slightly different feeling.
I’ve worked on various chord progressions.

Track 10: Yuugure wa Aki no Nioi
The accordion really gives feels of nostalgia, the twilight, sorrow.
I want to challenge it with the same keyboard instrument, but it’s too heavy.

Track 11: Yaen
This arrange is my favorite~.
I was inspired by my favorite songs while making it.
And I thought the strings added a good atmosphere.
I want you to feel a bit of sadness.

Track 12: Mijikai Owakare
I arranged this one as well with the influence of my favorite songs.
Since I wanted you to listen to it calmly, I dared to finish it at the long end.
This song has a Latin touch as well.
There is no sea in Gensoukyou, but I really wanted to put the sound of the waves.
Longing for the sea.

Listen to the Nekokenban and get through summer.

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