Why are so many Japanese songs titled, “Orange”? This is an enduring question for me after encountering dozens of Japanese tunes named after the borrowed English word (of French origin). For example, in anime alone, Your Lie in April, Tora Dora and Bleach all have theme songs called “Orange”. May’n dropped a single called “Orange” just last year and Hatsune Miku has a popular track by that name as well. The artists we cover here on Homicidols are different in a lot of ways, but not this one: NELN, Yanakoto Sotto Mute, SeedS, Malcolm Mask McClaren and more all have songs and albums named “Orange” populating their catalogs.
I had pondered the question with a number of friends, and even over on the Homicidols Discord server, but it wasn’t unit a conversation with multilingual acquaintance that I believe I found a somewhat satisfactory answer. They suggested to me that it’s such a popular title because orange symbolizes love and happiness. While this helped explain to me the popularity of orange as a poetic device and theme, I’d still be interested to know when the cultural meaning became commonly represented in Japan by a borrowed word. If anyone feels like exploring this etymology in a scholarly thesis, please send me a copy.
In the continuing presence of this remaining ambiguity, we can at least perform one exercise to add an additional element of categorical certainty to idol songs named, “Orange”: we can vote for which one is best. Before we get to that, we should congratulate PIGGS for winning our last Monday Match Game with almost half the votes when Link Emotion won the battle of emo idol songs.
Now on to this week’s Battle of Orange!
The entry from NELN sports the katakana spelling of “orange” for an official title, but it is an orange nonetheless.
Yanakoto Sotto Mute goes all lowercase for their entry’s moniker.
Meanwhile, Malcolm Mask McClaren goes ALL CAPS.
Solo idol project cototoi couldn’t wait to get into the game. “orange” is the B-side from their first single, even though they don’t officially debut until next month.
Chiai Fujikawa (former member of Maneki Kecak) goes with katakana as well for their solo entry.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t locate the SeedS album, Orange, with self-titled opening track online. I could have sworn I’ve listened to it before on a major streaming service, but I don’t know where it went.