Pictured: Yui and Tachibana.
I am the fairy.
Yousei Teikoku, literally meaning "The Fairy Empire", is a Japanese band with several different genres under its belt
(see below) that got its start in the 90's. Their songs have been featured in several anime and games including Venus Versus Virus
, Mirai Nikki
, Mai Hime
, Queen's Blade
, Seikon No Qwaser
, Innocent Venus
, and Magical Pokaan
As quoted (and translated roughly) from their official website:
"The belief modern humans have in fairies has lessened over the years. with our music, we aim for the reconstruction of the fairy world devastated by this lack of belief."
- Yui, Dictator for Life (real name Yui Itsuki) - Vocals, chorus, lyric-writing.
- Takaha Tachibana - Guitar, keyboard, composition/arrangement, lyric-writing.
- Shiren - Lead guitar.
- Nanami - Bass.
- Gight - Drums.
And their discography includes:
- Atarashii Momo (1996)
- Momo no Hane (1997)
- Momo no Mori (1998)
- Shikou no Momo (1999)
- Owari no Shissu ~Tsui no Yakata~ (2004)
- Stigma (2005)
- Mai-Hi ME OST - Last Moment (2005)
- Gothic Lolita Propaganda (2007)
- Metanoia (2007)
- Gothic Lolita Doctrine (2009)
- Gothic Lolita Agitator (2010)
- Pax Vesania (2013)
Yousei Teikoku provides examples of:
- Anime Hair: Yui's Hime Cut.
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: It's generally agreed "Schwarzer Sarg" is about death. Though depending on what translation you're looking at, it also tells a tale of a girl who died (possibly by suicide) and looks down and pities the rest of the human world. That, or it's just Word Salad Lyrics about death.
- Ascended Fangirl: Yui voiced a character in Black Butler.
- Corrupt the Cutie: Arguably, "Shijun no Zankoku".
- Darker and Edgier: Their current musical style, at least when compared to their early work.
- Deal with the Devil: "Kikai Shoujo Gensou" and "Senketsu no Chikai".
- Elegant Gothic Lolita: Yui, oh so very much.
- For Doom the Bell Tolls: The beginning of "Wahrheit".
- Gratuitous English: In "Patriot Anthem": "I am a martyr! I am a believer! I believe just in the fairy!"
- I'm still alive, I'm still alive...
- Gratuitous French: Not as common as their liberal use of English and German, but as usual for a Gothic Metal band, it is not unheard of. "Eternal Waltz" contains this.
- Gratuitous German: And HOW!
- The band, and in particular, Yui, loves this trope. In addition to naming the band "Das Feenreich", many of their song titles and plenty of lyric lines are in German.
- Just to drive the point home, they had an official live called 920Putsch.
- Iconic Outfit: The one for Stigma qualifies to a lesser degree, but recently the hats from Gothic Lolita Doctrine and Pax Vesania have become very important. The Doctrine hat is generally worn during performances of "Patriot Anthem".
- Ill Girl: The protagonist of "Kikai Shoujo Gensou."
- Keep Circulating the Tapes: Again, their old indie albums (before Stigma). Low quality versions of Momo no Hane and Momo no Mori have been found, but Shikou no Momo and Atarashii Momo are still nowhere to be found.
- Lighter and Softer: Their old indie albums, and the more recent "Irodori no Nai Sekai" and "Ashita wo Yurushite".
- Lonely Piano Piece: Weiß Flügel fades into one near the end.
- Mad Love: In "Filament". Considering it was used as one of the opening themes for Mirai Nikki it's most likely sung from Yuno Gasai's perspective.
- Woman of a Thousand Voices Yui is a voice actress. It shows a lot in her distinctive singing style, most notably in the band's harder songs.
- Meaningful Name: "Hidden Truth" is a purely music box version of "Wahrheit". "Wahrheit" means "truth" in German.
- Mondegreen: The chanting near the end of "Kikai Shoujo Gensou". Despite it being in Japanese, It's written in katakana in the lyrics book (which is the alphabet used almost exclusively for foreign words). Which makes translating quite difficult.
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Whenever they dip into the realm of metal and hard rock, they can go as high as an 8 or a 7, as evident with "Kokou no Sousei", and arguably "Mischievous of Alice". Live versions of some songs tend to be considerably harder and louder.
- Ms. Fanservice: Yui, even in her less-flashy outfits (see the picture above)
- Musicbox Intervals: "Wahrheit"
- Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: Last.fm describes them as "a gothic metal/gothic rock band with electro and classical influences", as a generality. Song to song they can differ between any combination of these genres. Stigma was mostly electro, and their early albums were almost all electro and pop, as well.
- Non-Appearing Title: Nearly all of their songs. A few exceptions are "Last Moment", "Kokou no Sousei", "Shito Raisan", and "Still Alive". "Call My Name" is a semi-example, as the English phrase appears nowhere in the lyrics, but its Japanese translation does.
- Oh Crap: Basically the reaction of "Kikai Shoujo Gensou"'s protagonist as she realizes that getting this "perfect" machine body will take away her humanity.
- Ominous Latin Chanting: Too many to list.
- Ominous Music Box Tune: "Hidden Truth".
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Averted with Yui. Even though she officially goes by "Yui, Dictator for Life" in the band, she's also a seiyuu, and it's pretty well known that her last name is Itsuki.
- Really 700 Years Old: Yui, "as a fairy", claims to be 4325 years old.
- Robot Girl: What the aforementioned Ill Girl becomes.
- Scare Chord: "Wisdom" starts out as a creepy little piano tune, then suddenly brings on the heavy guitars.
- Soprano and Gravel: Yui frequently alternates between a cute, melodic singing voice to a creepy child voice in many of her songs with ease. Justified by the fact that she's both a singer and a voice actress.
- The Stoic: Yui pulls this off very well.
- Summoning Ritual: "Senketsu no Chikai".
- Visual Kei: Many Visual Kei fans have classified them as one (or post-Visual Kei at the very least) ever since their Genre Shift into Heavy Metal, though they aren't as recognized as other female-fronted Visual bands such as Exist Trace and Danger Gang due to a slight negative stigma against "kawaii moe bishoujo" vocalists. Yui's costuming and image would certainly qualify, though. The two new members, Shiren and Gight, have pushed the band much further in this direction than before.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Yui on the cover of Stigma. Has become a staple element of most of her outfits.