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bambooXZX's personal blog, mostly dedicated to song lyrics translation from Japanese to English.


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Shokugeki no Soma – Spice

Tokyo Karan Koron, Shokugeki no Soma ED

I can’t remember the last time I’ve felt this excited about a new release.

EDIT 2015-06-09: Updated to full version.

Spice
Lyrics: Ichiro
Composition / Arrangement: Tokyo Karan Koron
Performance: Tokyo Karan Koron

It would be so much better to give up,
My thoughts are telling me to just quit,
And yet I can’t even run away,
Swaying back and forth, back and forth.

Because I’m not confident,
I can’t express my true self,
And then I lose confidence, in a spiral,
‘Round and around, ’round and around.

But now we’ve met each other,
So I won’t lose sight anymore.

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STUDIO TRAM – Moe Jazz Dreamer

STUDIO TRAM, Moe Jazz

One of the seven great mysteries of the anime internet. May or may not have been popularized by a certain Youtuber.

Moé Jazz Dreamer

Ah, hey, isn’t this totally amazing?
When all’s said and done, the future’s still undecided.
This isn’t anime, all is never lost.
The flag isn’t raised? Right now, I’m head over heels for you.
Been in love since the day we first met,
But let’s take it easy, this is jazz, after all.
Failure is as common as your everyday meals.
What’ll it be today? The A Lunch?

In any place, to any any place,
It will continue on, this melo-melody here.
Forever on, forever-ever on,
I want to play jazz, too!
One, two, one two three go!

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Libra feat. Megurine Luka – calling

Libra feat. Megurine Luka, Vocaloid original song


Original NicoNico upload: http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm20720934

Just beautiful. It’s been a while since Libra has been active on the internet; I wonder if he’s moved onto other things. A bit sad – I kind of wish I was close enough at the time, since his songs have stayed close to my heart, but it’s hard for someone like me who finds it difficult to communicate across the pond.

calling
Music & Lyrics: Libra
Vocals: Megurine Luka

In all-too-ordinary freedom, with insufficient words and unclear tomorrows,
I’ll never be able to go beyond
Worthless imagination.

What’s the hurry?
I increase my speed;
The distorted daily life whirls around,
But there’s still something not quite right.

Left off as an unreachable dream, unfading distant memories.
The back of the person who tried so hard, never hesitating…
I wonder if I can catch up one more time.

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tilt-six feat. Hatsune Miku – Wasureru

tilt-six feat. Hatsune Miku, Vocaloid original song, collected in </TearDrop>


NicoNico: http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm22162921

And here we have the sister song (melodically) to 「Hoshizora Rain」. I remember when I first heard the song, the shared chorus melody was the first thing I noticed, but probably right around the song’s “tilt time”, I really felt the song take on a character of its own.

Forget
Music & Lyrics: tilt-six

The state I’m in seems so unreal.
I’m doubting my own eyes.
I can’t catch up
To my own impossible feelings.

The days we, the days we spent laughing,
The way we, the way we touched,
How we talked, how we talked yesterday…
They’re all fading from my sight.

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Sasaki Eri – Oto ni Naru

Sasaki Eri, c/w Plastic Memories OP Ring of Fortune

In the original Japanese lyrics, various words and phrases (including the entire title) are written entirely in katakana where they normally wouldn’t. The effect of this? I’d describe it as adding dynamics to the constant feel of the song’s pace. Maybe something like ripples in a fast-moving stream.

Sasaki Eri, who wrote her own lyrics for this song, has said that the lyrics draw on some of her personal feelings, and that the song is set around her school days in Kyoto (probably university).

Turns Into Sound
Lyrics: Sasaki Eri
Composition / Arrangement: Yokoyama Masaru
Vocals: Sasaki Eri

Back then, with everything, there was always
A sense of urgency –
Hurry up, hurry up.

Whenever the seasons changed,
I’d walk aimlessly,
Forgetting about time.

In the lingering scent that permeated the hill,
I heard a healing song.
Yielding myself to the current that floods all around me, ah…

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DECO*27 feat. Hatsune Miku – Chocolat Beats

DECO*27, Aimai Elegy

Chocolat Beats
Lyrics: DECO*27
Composition: DECO*27
Vocals: Hatsune Miku

Talking about you, I’d say you’re something sweet – looks so delicious.
We’re free to have seconds, though that might be a little greedy.
As for me, I’d say I’m bitter, nothing worth eating.
You wouldn’t want seconds. Better add some seasoning here, after all.

With sadness, and jealousy, and the distance between our hearts,
And these near-overflowing tears, and my icy memories…

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Hibike! Euphonium – Tutti!

Kitauji Quartet, Hibike! Euphonium ED

According to her blog, ZAQ was actually a concert band member in her middle school years, playing the trumpet. The title (Italian for “all together”) stems from her own experience of hearing the term at band practice and finding it cute.I would include the instrument credits as I tried with “Swag!!!”, but it really just takes up too much space, so I’ll spare you that.

Tutti!
Lyrics / Composition: ZAQ
Arrangement: Takada Satoru
Vocals: Kitauji Quartet
[Oumae Kumiko (CV. Kurosawa Tomoyo), Katou Hazuki (CV. Asai Ayaka), Kawashima Sapphire (CV. Toyota Moe), Kousaka Reina (CV. Anzai Chika)]

Tutti! We will steal your heart!

As we pick out our mouthpieces and reeds for today,
I can smell the dirty cleaning cloth.
The music scores that we’ve filled in are testing out
The value of youth.

We play, from the classroom window.
We connect the music from phrase to phrase.
We can’t go on if even a single one of us is missing.
Together, we’ll echo out with the deep emotion in our sound!

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Houkago no Pleiades – Koko kara, Kanata kara

fragments, Houkago no Pleiades TV ED

Sung by the main cast for the anime, this song also has a cover version by Kano (arranged by samfree), which is already released on the single for “Stella-Rium”.

Also, for those of you following the blog by RSS: in case you missed it, I’ve already updated “Stella-rium” to its full version here. (I didn’t make a new post for it, for reasons.)

From Here, From Beyond
Lyrics: Kumano Kiyomi
Composition / Arrangement: Itou Tsubasa
Vocals: fragments (Takamori Natsumi, Oohashi Ayuru, Tateno Kanako, Makino Yui, Fujita Saki)

You see, when I raise my head,
Everyone is there, smiling.
I feel embarrassed and happy all at once, and the starry sky turns on its side.

The everyday life since then (Everyday life…) used to seen wrong to me.
Now, a little bit, just a little, I’ve started wondering to myself,
“Could I fly?”

Let’s meet in the “sky”.
We can get there anytime.
The wind scatters stars all over, and the lights dance, out there in the beyond.
“I need to catch it…”
The moment when my hand reached out, the landscape all around me was
Twinkling, someday’s after school…

You see, all people just go on living,
Never knowing why they were born.
I’m looking for a magic spell to confirm that I exist.

The luxury of freedom (Of freedom…) is so much to handle, all these days,
But I want to find the one thing that only I can do.
“I’ll be okay!”

Let’s meet in the “sky”.
If that’s not enough, we can go right now.
Put on a heart sticker and speed up.
“I want to hug you.”
You can make it; it’s never too late. The promise I made with you
Will never disappear, after school…

I’d like to stay here forever, protected by this special time after school,
But the ticking hand of uncertainty tells us the time.

Now, let’s go home, so that we can meet
Again, someday…

Let’s meet in the “sky”.
We can go anywhere.
The wind scatters stars all over, and the lights dance, out there in the beyond.
“I need to catch it…”
The moment when my hand reached out, the landscape all around me was
Twinkling, someday’s after school…

Koko kara, Kanata kara
Lyrics: Kumano Kiyomi
Composition / Arrangement: Itou Tsubasa
Vocals: fragments (Takamori Natsumi, Oohashi Ayuru, Tateno Kanako, Makino Yui, Fujita Saki)

Datte   kao wo agetara
Minna ga hohoende ite
Hazukashikute   ureshikute   yoko muku hoshizora

Are kara mainichi ga (mainichi ga)   dame tte omotteta
Ima sukoshi   hon no sukoshi   jibun ni kiite mita nda
“Toberu ka naa?”

“Sora” de aou
Watashitachi wa itsu demo   yukeru
Kaze ga hoshi wo maite   hikari ga odoru kanata
“Tsukamaenakya”
Sono te wo nobashita shunkan ni   hirogaru fuukei wa
Kirari   itsuka no after school

Datte   umareta wake wo
Dare mo ga shiranai mama de
Sonzai wo tashikameru   mahou wo sagasu no

Zeitaku na jiyuu wo (jiiyuu wo)
Moteamasu hibi dakedo
Mitsuketai   tatta hitotsu   jibun dake ni dekiru koto
“Daijoubu!”

“Sora” de aou
Tarinai no nara   sugu ni yukou
Hoshi no shiiru hatte   supiido appu kimete
“Dakishimetai”
Ma ni awanai nante nai yo   kimi to no yakusoku wa
Zutto   kienai after school

Houkago no tokubetsu ni   zutto mamoraretetai kedo
Aimai no hari ga toki wo tsugeru

Saa kaerou   meguriau tame ni
Mata, itsuka…

“Sora” de aou
Watashitachi wa doko demo   yukeru
Kaze ga hoshi wo maite   hikari ga odoru kanata
“Tsukamaenakya”
Sono te wo nobashita shunkan ni   hirogaru fuukei wa
Kirari   itsuka no after school

ここから、彼方から
作詞:くまのきよみ
作曲・編曲:伊藤 翼
歌:fragments (高森奈津美、大橋歩夕、立野香菜子、牧野由依、藤田 咲)

だって 顔を上げたら
みんなが微笑んでいて
恥ずかしくて 嬉しくて 横向く星空

あれから毎日が(まいにちが) ダメって思ってた
いま少し ほんの少し 自分に聞いてみたんだ
「飛べるかなぁ?」

“そら”で逢おう
わたしたちはいつでも ゆける
風が星を蒔いて ひかりが躍る彼方
“つかまえなきゃ”
その手をのばした瞬間に ひろがる風景は
キラリ いつかのafter school

だって 生まれた理由を
誰もが知らないままで
存在を確かめる 魔法を探すの

ぜいたくな自由を(じーゆうを)
持てあます日々だけど
見つけたい たったひとつ 自分だけにできること
「だいじょうぶっ!」

“そら”で逢おう
足りないのなら すぐにゆこう
星のシール貼って スピードアップ決めて
“だきしめたい”
間に合わないなんてないよ キミとの約束は
ずっと 消えないafter school

放課後の特別に ずっと守られてたいけど
曖昧の針が刻を告げる

さあ帰ろう 巡り逢うために
また、いつか…

“そら”で逢おう
わたしたちはどこでも ゆける
風が星を蒔いて ひかりが躍る彼方
“つかまえなきゃ”
その手をのばした瞬間に ひろがる風景は
キラリ いつかのafter school

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