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School Days – Look at me

【Lyrics Translation】 YURIA, School Days ED5

Look at me
Lyrics / Composition: YURIA
Arrangement: chokix
Vocals: YURIA

The two of us walked, on the road home.
Unable to stop my pounding heartbeats,
I fooled around to cover it up.

Why is this so unreasonable? My chest hurts so much.
I know how it is, but I can’t hide it, I can’t stop.

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School Days – Ai no Kakera

【Lyrics Translation】 Hashimoto Miyuki, School Days ED2

Fragments of Love
Lyrics: Hashimoto Miyuki
Composition: Fukumoto Koushirou
Arrangement: Kondou Akio
Vocals: Hashimoto Miyuki

My heart stirs and becomes hot –
I’ve discovered those moments,
And so the usual streets and landscapes
Are dyed in a different color.

That’s how the beginning of it goes,
Closer by than miracles or destiny.

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【Lyrics Translation】 Suzukaze Aoba (CV: Takada Yuuki), NEW GAME! insert song (episode 3), collected in NEW GAME! Character Song Mini-Album Now Singing♪♪♪♪

Hearing this song, plus Re Zero’s second cour in the same season, really made me a believer in Hige Driver. I’d actually been following the manga for some time before the anime aired (usually reading it right before bedtime), and this scene really made me appreciate the atmosphere of the series.

Lyrics / Composition / Arrangement: Hige Driver
Vocals: Suzukaze Aoba (CV: Takada Yuuki)

Talking about things I feel like I’ve learned from images –
What is it, to become an adult?
Things don’t go the way I thought they would, the way is blocked,
And it’s like I’m a kid again.

How many setting suns have I seen?
How many stars have I seen?
Even so, with nothing ever changing, the morning comes –
What a curious thing.

The reason I get downhearted
And yet never run away
Is because you said it would be okay,
And all this time, like a fool, I’ve taken it to heart.

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【Lyrics Translation】 BUMP OF CHICKEN, Granblue Fantasy The Animation OP, Butterflies

According to the band in interviews, once they heard the demo for this song, it was very quickly selected to be the lead song of the album. I feel like the lyrics paint a pretty interesting picture of Lyria, all the more impressive considering that this song was one that’s so close to the artists, with the tie-in coming so much later. Too bad the anime is delayed…

It’s also interesting how BUMP OF CHICKEN songs tend to have certain recurring words – specifically ‘body’ as I’ve also observed in “Fighter” and “Hello,world!”. I’m sure there are more (notably ‘gem’), so I was a bit hesitant about doing this before I’d heard the rest of the band’s work, but I decided to go through with it anyway for now. I’ll keep an eye out for new discoveries.

Lyrics / Composition: Fujiwara Motoo

I realized that I was bad at walking, always bumping into things, covered in cuts,
With no clear idea of where I should go, on top of this round and uneven earth.
I’d only ever get scolded, so I froze up, hanging my head.
In that unmoving state, I was listening to the trumpets echoing far away.

Being at a loss, standing still, my tears made a little pool of water.
The countless lights reflected on the surface whisper to me with nostalgic voices.

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Stella no Mahou – Yonakagical

【Lyrics Translation】 Tamaki and Yumine (CV: Naganawa Maria / Maekawa Ryouko), Stella no Mahou ED

Could possibly be my favorite anime song of the season – truly we are in the fantastic future bass future. I like how R・O・N has been doing a tour of all the electronic / EDM subgenres since he started Stereo Dive Foundation.

This seems to be Kuroki Jinsei’s rather creative debut as lyricist; I look forward to seeing future works. Meanwhile, Kokonoka is a mystery (all I could find out was that he or she seems to be part of an agency called onetrap), which is unfortunate, because this song could make a really great case study on how the roles of composer and arranger can separately affect the final impression of a song, something that’s not always clear.

The title of the song is presumably a play on ‘yonaka‘ (late night / midnight) and ‘magical’. Since the pun doesn’t happen as readily in English, I’ve decided to build on the title of the anime instead.

Magic of Midnight
Lyrics: Kuroki Jinsei
Composition: Kokonoka
Arrangement: R・O・N
Vocals: Tamaki and Yumine (CV: Naganawa Maria / Maekawa Ryouko)

Can you hear it?
Dancing hearts, dreams from yesterday.
On the rippling waves,
The soundless night continues, still going on.

Is this getting through to you?
This gaze of longing, standing on tiptoes to reach.
Drifting, I’m washed away,
And I swim through the entrancing ocean.

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Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya 3rei!! – cuddle

ChouCho, Prisma Illya 3rei!! ending theme (episode 9)

A bit of a confession: I actually started Prisma Illya with the anime, starting from a few episodes into 3rei, having only experienced Grand Order and the DEEN stay night anime from the Fate fanchise prior. I’d just moved into a new apartment with some friends, and on the PC we hooked up to the TV, we ended up changing the settings to autoplay through entire folders, which led to marathonning of many things. We watched something like episodes 3 through 7 of 3rei in one sitting, and I was hooked so hard that I ended up starting back at the first season, catching up completely in three or four sittings on my own.

I am surely very excited for movie. のヮの

Lyrics: Matsui Youhei
Composition / Arrangement: Ishikawa Tomohisa
Vocals: ChouCho

The feelings inside me that don’t appear in any mirror
Were the same thing as the loneliness you’ve always carried.

Having the people important to you be there by your side
Is so much more special that any miracle.
I’ve finally realized that… I’m sure it’s a wish
That every person has. (We believe without fail.)

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Udon no Kuni no Kin’iro Kemari – S.O.S.

WEAVER, Udon no Kuni no Kin’iro Kemari OP

Definitely one of my favorites from this season – I really can’t listen to it without dancing in my chair. I decided to be a bit more free with the punctuation this time; hopefully it works.

Performance: WEAVER
Lyrics: Toru Kawabe
Composition: Yuji Sugimoto
Arrangement: WEAVER

In the tears there’s shining sun
In the smile, shadow
Your true heart is something
No one knows?

You lose your way
In the maze of society,
And you can’t tell anyone
No one helps?

It’s the same for me
There have been days I’ve passed while carrying the tears
I want to change the color of the tomorrow
That sorrow has taken from you.

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Love Live! Sunshine!! – SELF CONTROL!!

Saint Snow, Love Live! Sunshine!! insert song (episode 8), Sailing to the Sunshine

Lyrics: Hata Aki
Composition / Arrangement: Kawata Takahiro
Vocals: Saint Snow (Kazuno Seira (CV. Hino Asami), Kazuno Ria (CV. Satou Hinata)

I want them to call us the best – this is real, we gotta go!

A dream is a dream, but it’s not easy to reach it.
We’re aiming for something special, aren’t we?
Since that’s why we’re doing this, I won’t cry.
Who’s the enemy? It’s my powerless self’s shadow.

You know, don’t you?
You know a weak heart is no good at all. (My shadow… No good at all!)
Let’s feel it out, get a grip on the place we stand at right now.

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BUMP OF CHICKEN, 3-gatsu no Lion collaboration song / ending theme, collected in Butterflies

Lyrics / Composition: Fujiwara Motoo

Before I knew it, I was already inside the storm
And I was losing track of the way home,
Holding tightly to an empty bag
Filled only with the scent of memory.

In the wind and rain that stole time away,
I became unable to see and hear.
My body alone would operate automatically,
Desperate to protect my almost-crying heart.

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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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