Empress Yui Answers Your Questions!
Now then, could you answer the questions which were sent from your subjects abroad? Firstly, Annabel Darrell asks, “Yui-sama, what usually inspires you to write song lyrics?”.
When I write lyrics, I turn the lights off and make the room totally dark. I burn a candle and watch its flame sway. I write words that spring from me. When words don’t flow, I go to somewhere in nature. Nature always inspires me visually and by its tactile sensations. It’s either shutting myself inside or go outside to touch many things. They are polar opposite, but both work on me.
Patryk Widuliński asks, “In ‘Filament’, at the beginning of the song (0:16-0:27) there are 4 mysterious lines that you sing but are not documented anywhere, not even in the official lyrics booklet! What do you sing there?”
To be honest, I can’t remember very well, but they are words for fairies and not for humans, therefore don’t worry if you can’t understand.
Jakub Holewik wants to know, “Hello Yui-sama! I always wanted to know, what are the lyrics for the beginning part of “Mischievous of Alice”? I can only understand “Come out over the gate”, but I can’t hear the rest…’
It’s my strong fairy accent that made you bothered. I can’t remember the exact words, but I think the lyrics aren’t what you said. I have a feeling that I said, “Girl Alice opens the Queen’s gate”. Anyway, let it be ambiguous for good.
Next question is from Luiz Antonio: “Of all the godlike songs you’ve ever produced in your life, which one is your favorite? And why?”
Well, there is a song which I really like. I didn’t think much about the song when I was writing its lyrics. However, something happened to me, and it made me feel the song very sad. The song is called ‘Hafuriita’ and I haven’t sung the song at any ceremony since then. I think I should sing the song for our 20th anniversary, but, in the meantime, I know I’m not ready to sing the song. I’ll probably struggle to sing because it triggers so many emotions to gush out from me.
ST Yousei Teikoku México asks, “Her Highness Yui, could you explain the marks on your face that have been changing over time? Like the red mark we saw on the cover of ‘Stigma’ and the color change in one of your eyes. It would be amazing to know about your faerie nature.”
I was born with odd eyes, so it’s my natural state. My eye color changes and some crests appear on my body when some changes occur inside me. For example, it can be mood swings or anger. There is, however, no fixed colors or patterns connecting to my mind. It can be said that changes on my body signify changes in my psychological state. Various colors and patterns appears on an ad-hoc basis.
Jagoda Glock wants to know, “What is your favorite anime?”
You may not know it, but my favorite anime is Revolutionary Girl Utena. I love the concept of the story, and even covered its theme song in the past. If you haven’t watched the anime, I recommend you watch it.
Finally, Brandon Jardin sent his question: “Hello Yui!!! What kind of sweets or deserts do you typically like to enjoy?”
That would have to be macarons.
Due to the time limit, I had to finish my interview with Empress Yui at this point. I will ask more questions from you on the next occasion. Empress Yui is very positive about having gigs abroad, so please keep on waiting for her and her band. Even better, why don’t you take action for bringing Yousei Teikoku over to your country?
Yousei Teikoku information
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Photo: Motoi Oonishi
Text: Tomonori Nagasawa