We Love DiGiMONMUSiC Memorial Booklet comments (Shintarou Matsui’s comments)

A translation of the “100 Comments” left by voice actors and staff members for animation and music production from Digimon Adventure, Adventure 02, Tamers, and Frontier, which were included in a booklet from the DiGiMONMUSiC 100 Title Commemoration Release: We Love DiGiMONMUSiC (デジモンミュージック100タイトル記念作品 We Love DiGiMONMUSIC) album collection, originally released December 25, 2002. This also includes both versions of the addendum comment left by music producer Shintarou Matsui in both the original version and the December 25, 2013 rerelease.

With the exception of Producer Matsui’s comments, the original booklets organized all of the commenters by name in gojuuon order. For the sake of easier reading for English speakers, I’ve reorganized the comments in English alphabetical order by surname (or, in the case of pseudonyms without surnames, by pseudonym), and have split the list into portions.

(A-I | K-M | N-S | T-W | Shintarou Matsui’s comments)

Shintarou Matsui (A&R, NEC Interchannel)

How did you enjoy We Love DiGiMONMUSiC?
We’ve come a whole four years to get here?
Was that a long time? A short time? I can’t really tell, but either way, we made it here.
Digimon Adventure, Digimon Adventure 02, Digimon Tamers, and their respective theatrical movies…
I wasn’t involved in the first half of Frontier, but after returning with Christmas Smile, I got to be a part of DiGiMONMUSiC once again.
In actuality, I feel like we made a ton of sacrifices to get to this point.
On the other hand, I also think we’ve gained so much in return, so even if looking back on it makes me think of the bad things first, I wonder, “but is that really right?”, and then I think back on it again and want to keep moving forward, so if I’d done so-and-so back then, what would things be like now…those were all the things I had in mind when we were making We Love DiGiMONMUSiC.
And because we came this far, going straight forward without looking back, maybe that’s why I keep thinking about all these unnecessary things.
That’s how much extraordinary amount of time we spent dedicating ourselves to Digimon.
To be honest, even if there were a ton of terrible things, it really has been so much fun to work on this…to the point I wouldn’t want to change it one bit…
But I did lose a lot of things I can’t get back…
I understood what was important back when I was full of dreams, even better than I do now…
These 100 releases have carried so many meetings and partings.
This is DiGiMONMUSiC, put together with the work of so many people brought together.
So please keep on loving it more and more.
Here’s our promise to you.
We’ll be back for more We Love DiGiMONMUSiC!

I give my utmost thanks from the bottom of my heart to everyone who went through so many difficulties and so greatly helped us to produce this CD.
♪ Merry Christmas 2002/12/25

Shintarou Matsui (producer, Dreamusic Publishing)

How did you enjoy We Love DiGiMONMUSiC?
It’s been 11 years since then…
At the time we initially released this, the company was named NEC Interchannel, but since then, the name has changed a whole six times, and thinking back on it now, it’s almost a miracle that we’ve still been able to be involved with Digimon this whole time.
Now that 2013 is the 15th anniversary of Digimon, I’ve had a lot of opportunities to have contact with Digimon in the meantime.
There was one year where I just found myself going to Odaiba on August 1…
I don’t even know why, my legs just took me there somehow.
It was only for a little while, but it kind of felt like I was actually going to the Digital World, so I was enjoying that feeling.
And now, we’ve also released our first DiGiMONMUSiC album to be a collection of ending themes, the best hit collection Digimon Ending Best AiMer.
We’ve had best hit releases for opening themes and insert songs, but we’ve had a lot of people asking us “how come you haven’t made one for ending themes?” for quite a while now.
As a result, we really did keep you waiting for a long time, so I’m truly sorry from the bottom of my heart.
And also, this new release of DiGiMONMUSiC also came from a large number of people requesting that we put it back on sale.
I wasn’t sure about it.
I really wasn’t sure about it.
Maybe I’m still not sure about it.
But it wouldn’t hurt to put it out again, right?
I turned this over and over in my head for a long time.
So why now?
Even if you ask me that now, it’s hard to put in words, but there was some kind of intangible something that pushed me forward into doing it.
“Why don’t you try doing it again?”
It was like I was hearing voices coming from nowhere, and maybe I just really did want to put it out again…
I pulled out the box for the first time in a long while, and all the memories came flooding back, and that was more than enough.
I was thinking, “wow, we really did make an amazing CD right here,” and even if I do say so myself, it surprised me.
I could sense all the feelings packed into this CD, and even now I can feel the passion we had back then.
This CD really is something.
It’s amazing.
If DiGiMONMUSiC can keep passing down these wishes for the rest of time…
Next year is 2014, or in other words, 15 years since DiGiMONMUSiC began.
I don’t know what’s waiting for us ahead, but…
I’m starting to get a little excited, like I’m about to go on another adventure full of dreams, and I’m even hoping for a new series to come out…

Digimon really is great, isn’t it?

I give my utmost thanks from the bottom of my heart to each and every person who assisted us in the production of this CD.
♪ Merry Christmas 2013/12/25

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