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Angel Beats! -1st beat- – Million Star

【Lyrics Translation】 Girls Dead Monster, Angel Beats! -1st beat- bonus song

Million Star
Vocals: marina
Lyrics / Composition: Maeda Jun
Arrangement: Hikarisyuyo

There’s no way my dreams will come true, there are so many things I don’t want to do,
With so many depressing days, I’m getting sick of this
I thought I had talent for something only I could do
There are more skilled people out there than I’d expected, it really gets me

Now then, for tomorrow’s sake, what will I do?

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Gunslinger Girl -Il Teatrino- – doll

Lia & Tada Aoi, Gunslinger Girl -Il Teatrino- ED, doll / human

Lyrics / Composition: Maeda Jun
Vocals: Lia (track 1), Tada Aoi (track 2)

A doll that has no heart
Was born from warm hands.
It does not laugh,
Nor does it speak.

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[Piano] Air – Natsukage

夏影 (Natsukage – Summer Lights)
Composer: KEY = 麻枝准 (Maeda Jun)
Piano Arrangement: KIYO = 水月陵 (Mizutsuki Ryou)

Whoops, there’s so much time between my uploads that my post format changes every time.

I played this song before in 2008 but I took it down for reasons, and I decided to play it again now that I have an okay microphone.

Sheet music: http://sperion.web.fc2.com/main.html#score_anime

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Angel Beats! -1st beat- – Heartily Song

Lia, Angel Beats! -1st beat- OP

And here we are, five years later. While it’s hard to top 『My Soul,Your Beats!』 (this song even draws upon its lyrics), 『Heartily Song』 certainly has some energy of its own.

It’s really nice that we’ll be able to explore more of this world. The one-cour limit of the TV anime really held it back from delivering its full potential, so hopefully the new project can do it justice.

For me, personally, this was an interesting song to translate. It’s been a long while since I’ve worked with Jun Maeda’s lyrics, and the bulk of what I did do in the past was from the Angel Beats! TV anime. Looking back, I honestly feel like I attempted those songs before I was really ready for material of that scale and complexity, and that led to a number of mistakes and imperfections that I have yet to completely resolve. If there’s any of my past work that I’d like to revisit with the experience that I have now (and there is definitely a ton of it), it’s the Angel Beats! project. That said, I did learn a lot from that project and the continuous reflection that has followed it – most importantly, I started to get a feel for navigating through Maeda’s style. So, I choose to continue the project with these two songs – so that it will eventually be complete.

Heartily Song
Vocals: Lia
Lyrics / Composition: Maeda Jun

What kind of dream were you in?
I hope it was a happy one,
But I’m just a little worried.
Are you still around somewhere?
On the day when I’ll disappear,
I’ll be brave and take the step forward.

Little birds crying out –
That’s how the morning goes.
There’s still some lingering drowsiness.
Changing clothes in a hurry;
I need to put on my tie,
So that I can walk with my head held high.

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Angel Beats! -1st beat- – Subete no Owari no Hajimari

Suzuyu, Angel Beats! -1st beat- ED

I had a slightly more difficult time connecting to this song than I did with the OP; part of the reason might be the fact that I haven’t played through the game yet (no one has). As such, I’d advise against reading too deeply into the translation at this point – there are ambiguities in the lyrics that I don’t fully grasp yet, and because of the nature of the song (ending theme of an unreleased game, with lyrics by Jun Maeda at that), it’s hard for me to tie things together.

(For the interested, the main points I’m struggling with are:
-how to interpret the structure of the final lines of the first and last stanzas ([…] 悲しみと), and
-whether the first line of stanza 3 (歩くのは出来る […]) constitutes a POV shift.
Everything else is pretty much just issues with elegant wording, which may or may not be significant to meaning.)

The Beginning of the End of Everything
Vocals: Suzuyu
Lyrics: Maeda Jun
Composition: Takeshita Tomohiro

Who was I with? I can’t see anymore.
I know, it was something that I needed to remember.
What was I doing, again, here in this world?
The beginning of the end of everything is already complete.
Let’s not hang our heads, so that we can move on forward with no regrets.
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Angel Beats! – God Bless You

Girls Dead Monster STARRING marina, Last Song

I should say now that I’m not very confident in my translation here. I’m still not sure if I’m hearing the right message from the song. I don’t think I made any critical errors, so I decided to go ahead and post now; but even so, I will need some more time to think over the lyrics before I can understand the meaning (of the song, not just the words).

God Bless You
Vocals: marina
Lyrics / Composition: Maeda Jun
Arrangement: Hikarisyuyo

With laughter being out of my character, I was listening carefully,
With my chin in my hands, to the noise of the afternoon.
As they slowly approach and then disappear,
I’ve just been watching the people that are like so many ripples.
If it would be conveyed even a little, I could write the meaning for why we’re here.
With rain outside, I wrote my song inside the classroom.

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Angel Beats! – Day Game

Girls Dead Monster STARRING LiSA, Ichiban no Takaramono ~Yui final ver.~

Day Game
Vocals: LiSA
Lyrics / Composition: Maeda Jun
Arrangement: Asai Yasuo

Isn’t it fine to be on the edge?
Even if there isn’t room to spare,
If I give it all I have,
It’ll feel great for now, right?
Isn’t it fine to play in the mud?
As long as I have the eagerness
From when I was chasing after my dreams,
I’ll take out all the enemies around me.

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