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Saiyuki Reload Burial Opening Theme Song: Late-Show (Anime Music Review)

Updated on September 6, 2016

This hub is mainly about the music album called Saiyuki Reload Burial Opening Theme Song: Late-Show. This music album is from the Saiyuki Reload Burial OVA. In this hub, you'll find out more about the aforementioned music album including the album's track list as well as information about the songs that are in this album.

Late-Show -Saiyuki Reload -Burial
Late-Show -Saiyuki Reload -Burial

The title is incomplete but this is probably because it's a bit too long. This is Saiyuki Reload Burial Opening Theme Song: Late-Show by Garden.

You can see this more clearly in the image below. For more information on this music album, look below.

 

There will be some things and details mentioned about the Saiyuki series in general as well as the 4 main characters of the series.

If you want more information on Saiyuki Reload Burial OVA, specifically a short overview and summary of it, look at this.

For more general information on the 4 main characters of the series as well as some information on all the anime in the Saiyuki series, then look at this.

The music of the Saiyuki series

The Saiyuki series has an extensive collection of music with a lot of songs and instrumentals.

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All of these have great tunes and melodies that might even get you to sing along or dance.

The songs were all sung by artists with amazing voices. The translated lyrics of the songs are all meaningful, inspirational and quotable.

The same could be said of Saiyuki Reload Burial Opening Theme Song: Late-Show by Garden, although, with such a long name, it can be really difficult to find information on this.

Some seem to have mistakenly labeled the music album and some don't even have the track list. So, here you can see information on this music album.

Saiyuki Reload Burial Opening Theme Song: Late-Show by Garden CD cover
Saiyuki Reload Burial Opening Theme Song: Late-Show by Garden CD cover

Saiyuki Reload Burial Opening Theme Song: Late-Show by Garden

Saiyuki Reload - Ova Burial Special Price Dvd-Box (3DVDS) [Japan DVD] FCBC-9010
Saiyuki Reload - Ova Burial Special Price Dvd-Box (3DVDS) [Japan DVD] FCBC-9010

This is the Saiyuki Reload Burial OVA. You can listen to Late-Show by Garden in this DVD. It's the first opening theme song of the Burial OVA

 

This music album contains 5 tracks. But there are only 3 songs. The other 2 are merely instrumental versions of one of the songs.

All the songs in this album are sung by Garden. Here is the track list for this album:

  1. Late-Show
  2. True Flower
  3. Ending
  4. Late-Show (a capella version)
  5. Late-Show (instrumental version)

The songs from Saiyuki Reload Burial Opening Theme Song: Late-Show by Garden

1. Late-Show

Late-Show by Garden

This song is actually the first opening song of Saiyuki Reload Burial OVA.

This song has a very nice beat to it that sounds rather solemn and serious.

The words "late-show" are sung in English.

The accompanying visuals from the opening theme of the OVA also seem to really fit the song. There are such images as the moon, night and even playing cards. The translated lyrics has much meaning with words and phrases like 'endless rain, aimless travel', 'the full moon whispers, "Do you remember?"', and 'the moon is watching, this is my Late-Show'.

Darkness of the night is devouring the morning

— Late-Show (English translated lyrics)
Saiyuki Reload volume 3 manga cover. This one has the beginning of the Burial Arc.
Saiyuki Reload volume 3 manga cover. This one has the beginning of the Burial Arc.

As you can see, there is a lot of imagery in this song and it really fits with the Burial arc's many themes.

There's a lot of mentions of the moon and the night especially in relation to Komyou and Ukoku.

The Sanzo-ikkou (group / party, term used to collectively refer to the 4 main characters of the series) can also be referenced by the line 'endless rain, aimless travel' as they are still continuing on their journey.

Furthermore, Sanzo himself could be a good reference for that line as he hates the rain and, before the journey to the west even started, he'd been traveling around in search of the Seiten Kyomon (light sutra) that used to belong to Komyou and was now rightfully his but had been stolen.

Can’t shake off the darkness that spies in the shadows

— Late-Show (English translated lyrics)

2. True Flower

Saiyuki Reload Volume 3 (v. 3)
Saiyuki Reload Volume 3 (v. 3)

The Saiyuki Reload manga volume 3. The Burial arc begins here. The cover features the 4 main characters of the Saiyuki series by Kazuya Minekura, namely, Genjo Sanzo, Sha Gojyo, Cho Hakkai and Son Goku

 

This song also appears in Saiyuki Reload Image Album Volume 1.

This song has a different tone to it. It sounds rather melancholy and solemn.

Even the beat of the melody seems to be attesting to that with a soft and light tune to it.

Even the voice of Garden sounds sorrowful and sad.

The translated lyrics of this song has great meaning and imagery with words and phrases like 'the color that reflects ephemeral meanings', 'while being beaten down by the chilly rain', 'the insignificant flower', and 'with pain, even bitterness, and resolution, it blooms'.

Reality is fragrant, the light that flares strongly

— True Flower (English translated lyrics)
The 4 in front are the main characters of Saiyuki. From left to right: Goku, Sanzo, Gojyo, Hakkai. The two behind them, from left to right: Ukoku and Komyou
The 4 in front are the main characters of Saiyuki. From left to right: Goku, Sanzo, Gojyo, Hakkai. The two behind them, from left to right: Ukoku and Komyou

This song appears to be touching on such themes as the moon, night and reality, which the Saiyuki series also touches on.

The song also seems to be referencing each of the Sanzo-ikkou who have had their own share of darkness, pain and bitterness.

Each of them have their own sad and tragic pasts.

They have felt insignificant in their weaknesses, perceived or otherwise, and in their inability to protect the ones they care about or feeling alone and unwanted.

This song appears as an instrumental piano version in the music album Saiyuki Reload Gunlock Piano Supplement - Lively And Relaxed Days.

3. Ending

Ending by Garden

This song also appears in Saiyuki Reload Image Album Volume 1 as well as Saiyuki Reload Gunlock Piano Supplement - Lively And Relaxed Days.

With regards to the latter album, "Ending" only appears as an instrumental piano version there.

This song is yet another solemn and serious one. There's a rather long instrumental at the beginning but this just sets the tone of the song.

It really sounds melancholy and sorrowful with the voice of Garden just adding to that. Some parts of the song are sung softly with a light tune to it.

The word "ending" is sung in English. The translated lyrics does have good meaning and imagery to it with words and phrases like 'go on, you, for your own sake', 'with the sun as your fellow traveler, a new morning may be invented', 'gods are watching, always long dreams', and 'searching while taking the punishment'.

Even though at the world's end there is nothing

— Ending (English translated lyrics)
Saiyuki Reload volume 4 manga cover. The continuation of the Burial Arc can be found here
Saiyuki Reload volume 4 manga cover. The continuation of the Burial Arc can be found here | Source

This song seems to speak of a lot of the themes that the Saiyuki series touches on like gods, light and sun.

It also seems to be speaking of the Sanzo-ikkou.

For instance, Sanzo doesn't believe in the gods, which is ironic since he is a monk of the highest order.

Goku was once imprisoned in a cave until he was found and saved by Sanzo so it's no wonder that he thinks of Sanzo as his sun and that he hates being alone.

Hakkai regrets not being able to save his lover, Kanan, who was killed, and he longed for revenge for what had happened.

Gojyo is hated by his stepmother whom he actually wishes had loved him.

However many times you stand with pain, you'll find love

— Ending (English translated lyrics)

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Conclusion

Saiyuki Reload Burial Opening Theme Song: Late-Show by Garden is one great music album to have with its wonderful and amazing songs with quotable and meaningful lyrics sung by Garden.

It's especially a must-have for Saiyuki fans but even fans of Garden will enjoy the album as well as those who may not know anything about it.

Pic credits: The images are enlarged pics of the products from Amazon.com

Sources

  • holdthelight.net/Pages/SaiyukiSongs via waybackmachine (for references to the translated lyrics of ending and true flower)
  • amazon.co.jp (for the track list)
  • saiyuki.wikia.com (for references to the translated lyrics of late-show)

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

© 2013 Ceres Schwarz

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