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Don't Look Back Again Single by WAG (Saiyuki Anime Music Review)

Updated on August 20, 2016

It might be better to preface that music album title as Saiyuki Reload Gunlock Opening Theme Song Don't Look Back Again Single by WAG but it's way too long for the above title so it had to be shortened.

This music album would be more commonly known as simply Don't Look Back Again Single by WAG anyway. Information about this music album is pretty scarce and it is certainly hard to locate in the Internet.

Don’t look back again
Don’t look back again

The title is incomplete. This is Saiyuki Reload Gunlock Opening Theme Song Don't Look Back Again Single by WAG. The cover features the members of WAG. For more information about this music album, look below.

 

One of the main reasons is likely because the album isn't really all that well-known. What is most known about and what there is substantial information on is the song "Don't Look Back Again".

This is likely because this actually appears as the opening song of the anime Saiyuki Reload Gunlock so people looking for this album might only be doing so because of having heard the song from watching the Saiyuki series.

Another reason for the difficulty of finding much information about this album is probably because it was mislabeled or misnamed. It also doesn't really help that the artist is called WAG. In English, we have the word "wag" and that's obviously associated with dogs. This can add to the unrelated results you might get when searching for this album.

This is the cover of the Don't Look Back Again Single by WAG CD
This is the cover of the Don't Look Back Again Single by WAG CD

Expect to see references to the anime Saiyuki Reload Gunlock in this hub because Don't Look Back Again does appear in said anime and the music album is related to the aforementioned anime.

If you want more information about Saiyuki Reload Gunlock, then you can just look at this.

This hub will also be talking a bit about the Sanzo-ikkou, who are the 4 main characters of the Saiyuki series, as well as the Saiyuki series in general. If you want to read up more about these topics, then you can look at this. Don't worry about being inundated with too much information at once. For your convenience and ease of use, the above link leads to a hub with a table of contents, which you can utilize as per your needs.

Saiyuki Reload Gunlock Opening Theme Song Don't Look Back Again Single by WAG

Note:

For some reason, the music album Don't Look Back Again Single by WAG from Amazon.com refuses to show up, even though there is a price listed. So, instead, here is a link to the item in question:

(leaving the Amazon capsule up though, in case the item shows up. You can see an image of the item above)

This music album contains 4 tracks. There are only 3 songs though as the last one is merely an instrumental version of one of the other songs. All the songs in this album were sung by WAG.

Here is the track list for this album:

  1. Don't Look Back Again
  2. Annie (アニー)
  3. I'll Be
  4. Don't Look Back Again - this is the instrumental version

The Japanese characters beside the song Annie is from Amazon Japan. The other songs don't have Japanese characters to them because they are English titles. For this reason, the track list for this music album was obtained from both Amazon Japan and nautiljon.com.

Don't Look Back Again by WAG

1. Don't Look Back Again

As mentioned above, this song appears as the opening theme of Saiyuki Reload Gunlock.

The TV size version of Don't Look Back Again appears in the music album called Saiyuki Reload & Saiyuki Reload Gunlock TV Sound Collection.

This song has a nice beat to it that sounds kind of like it has a rock and roll feel to it. The tone is catchy and the voice of WAG really fits the song. The title is sung in English.

Searching for tomorrow, we're allowed to forget, embracing all regrets and even love

— Don't Look Back Again (English translated lyrics)
Saiyuki Reload Gunlock (Vol. 1)
Saiyuki Reload Gunlock (Vol. 1)

Saiyuki Reload Gunlock is the sequel to Saiyuki Reload. This DVD cover features Genjo Sanzo, one of the 4 main characters of the series.

He's a monk of the highest order who has the powerful Maten Kyomon (Evil Sutra). WAG's Don't Look Back Again is the first opening theme song of this anime.

 

The translated lyrics has much meaning to it with words and phrases like 'even if someone is suffering, we've kept walking', 'we continue to scream and be injured', and 'only the number of tears engraved in your heart'.

The song seems to be speaking of the Sanzo-ikkou, each of whom have their own sad and tragic pasts that still have the tendency to haunt them.

For instance, Genjo Sanzo's mentor and father figure, Komyou (or Koumyou) Sanzo, died right in front of him.

Cho Hakkai's lover, Kanan, was abducted by demons and she subsequently ended her life right in front of Hakkai.

Son Goku used to be imprisoned in a cave where he was all alone. Sha Gojyo's stepmother hated him and even tried to kill him. Regardless of their dark pasts and the regrets that they still have as well as their perceived weaknesses, they still continue to live.

I think it's okay to cry, because it means that your heart is moving

— Don't Look Back Again (English translated lyrics)
Saiyuki Reload Gunlock, Vol. 2
Saiyuki Reload Gunlock, Vol. 2

This is Son Goku, one of the 4 main characters of the Saiyuki series by Kazuya Minekura. He may look like a kid, but he's actually much older than that.

 

They have not given up. They continue to fight and move forward, not letting anyone or anything stand in their way.

Note:

  • The first video is the full song of Don't Look Back Again by WAG.
  • The second video is the TV size version of Don't Look Back Again.
  • The images you'll see in this video are the same images you'll be seeing if you watch an episode of Saiyuki Reload Gunlock and look at the opening credits

We are living now, what do you think we are going to discover?

— Don't Look Back Again (English translated lyrics)

3. I'll Be

The Sanzo-ikkou

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Saiyuki Reload Gunlock volume 1 DVD cover. The one featured here is Sanzo.Saiyuki Reload Gunlock volume 2 DVD cover. The one featured here is Goku.Saiyuki Reload Gunlock volume 3 DVD cover. The one featured here is Gojyo.Saiyuki Reload Gunlock volume 4 DVD cover. The one featured here is Hakkai.
Saiyuki Reload Gunlock volume 1 DVD cover. The one featured here is Sanzo.
Saiyuki Reload Gunlock volume 1 DVD cover. The one featured here is Sanzo.
Saiyuki Reload Gunlock volume 2 DVD cover. The one featured here is Goku.
Saiyuki Reload Gunlock volume 2 DVD cover. The one featured here is Goku.
Saiyuki Reload Gunlock volume 3 DVD cover. The one featured here is Gojyo.
Saiyuki Reload Gunlock volume 3 DVD cover. The one featured here is Gojyo. | Source
Saiyuki Reload Gunlock volume 4 DVD cover. The one featured here is Hakkai.
Saiyuki Reload Gunlock volume 4 DVD cover. The one featured here is Hakkai. | Source

This song isn't really part of the music in the Saiyuki series. It's just part of the music album Don't Look Back Again Single by WAG.

There are some parts of this song that are sung in English. Here are some of the phrases from this song: 'I'll be there for you', 'and now you must believe me', 'you never lose your dream', 'it's a sunny day', and 'oh, what a wonderful day'.

Unfortunately, there is no full translation of this song that can be found anywhere over the Internet. If a full translation exists, it certainly isn't making it easy to be found.

Even a sample song could not be located. A possible reason could be because the song has been mislabeled or misnamed.

But another even more possible reason is because of how seemingly common the title of the song is. The words "I'll be" can preface many different phrases. Try searching for this and you'll get many results but none related to the song by WAG.

You never lose your dream

— Lyrics from I'll Be by WAG

The other song by WAG

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If you noticed, from number 1 "Don't Look Back Again", we went straight to number 3 "I'll Be". This is because no information can be found on the number 2 song "Annie (アニー)", whether in regards to lyrics or a sample song.

As with the song "I'll Be", this song isn't really part of the series and it just comes with this music album single. Furthermore, the difficult of locating any information on this song can also be attributed to its common title, which is a pretty common name.

The most dreadful thing is not being able to defy anymore

— Don't Look Back Again (English translated lyrics)

What do you think of Saiyuki Reload Gunlock Don't Look Back Again Single by WAG?

4 out of 5 stars from 1 rating of Don't Look Back Again Single by WAG

Conclusion

Saiyuki Reload Gunlock Don't Look Back Again Single by WAG is a good album to have if you're a fan of the Saiyuki series and / or a fan of WAG.

For some, you might only be getting this album for the song Don't Look Back Again but this just means that you get to listen to two other songs by WAG. If you liked Don't Look Back Again by WAG, then chances are you'll also like the other songs by WAG.

Sources:

  • holdthelight.net/Pages/SaiyukiSongs via waybackmachine (for references to the translated lyrics)
  • amazon.co.jp (for the track list, including the Japanese characters for song number 2)
  • nautiljon.com (for the track list, specifically the translation of the Japanese characters for song number 2)
  • jpopasia.com (for the romaji lyrics for song number 3)
  • The rest of the images are enlarged product pics from Amazon.com

Saiyuki and all things related to it is copyright to Kazuya Minekura.

© 2013 Ceres Schwarz

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