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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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Gunslinger Girl – Tsuioku ~Mori to Mizu no Shi~

Tada Aoi, GUNSLINGER GIRL SONORO “Kabe no Mukou, Sekai no Hate”; collected in Gunslinger Girl -Il Teatrino- Vocal Album

This is an image song that was originally from the drama CD that preceded Gunslinger Girl -Il Teatrino-; to me, it seems the most closely connected to Claes. I’ve actually had this translated for quite a long time, but it’s only now that I’ve gained enough confidence in the translation’s accuracy.

Recollection ~Poem of Forest and Water~
Lyrics: Mitsui Yukiko
Composition / Arrangement: Sakimoto Hitoshi
Vocals: Tada Aoi

The wind speaks to us,
“Play, children.”
We gather currants in our white flower baskets.
The memories are somewhere, on the top of a distant hill.
I will always honor
This beautiful family of mine.

In the forest that will become green before long,
There is a blessed spring.
Water stretches far and wide,
Forever and ever.

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KOKIA – Umaretate no Shiro

KOKIA, c/w Gunslinger Girl -Il Teatrino- OP Tatta Hitotsu no Omoi

Merry Christmas. I felt that it would be fitting to post a song about snow, if not Christmas itself, even if it is a sad one.

Newborn Whiteness
Lyrics / Composition: KOKIA
Arrangement: Yamamoto Yasuhisa
Vocals: KOKIA

For how much longer will you fall, newborn whiteness?
People turn on the lights and sit tight, waiting for a morning when the other world overflows with light.
Tra ra ra ra, the snow whirls up in the air.
Tra ra ra ra, it seems like a dream.
The snow that shrouds all lets me forget everything.

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Gunslinger Girl -Il Teatrino- – human

Lia, Gunslinger Girl -Il Teatrino- final ED, doll / human

When I heard this on the single for doll, I fell in love with this song. I really like songs with this kind of atmosphere – a sort of ethereal, beautiful sadness. After translating, I also correctly anticipated that this would be used for the final episode. I have yet to see it, but I’m sure the song in context of the series will be enough to bring me to tears.

EDIT: 2/16/09

Really, though, it wasn’t. This may well be my favorite song ever, but in the end, the series was still pretty disappointing. ( Disappointing, but not that bad – not nearly bad enough for me to deny its existence. Goddamnit, /a/.)

Vocals: Lia
Lyrics / Composition: Maeda Jun

Wandering from city to city,
Floating away on the wind,
Where do the people go?
I have also become one of them.

Sometimes, people become cold – sometimes, become unfeeling.
Even so, they will sacrifice themselves for another.

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