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Love Live! – Daring!!

Nishikino Maki (CV. Pile)

☝( ゚∀゚)☟

Lyrics: Hata Aki
Composition / Arrangement: Kondou Keiichi
Vocals: Nishikino Maki (CV. Pile)

Darling! You’ll be wild!!

Don’t worry,don’t worry!
(Now there’s a challenger?)
Don’t worry,don’t worry!
(No doubts, Go go!!)
Don’t worry,don’t worry!
(Don’t lose heart, that’s no fun)
Don’t worry,don’t worry!
(No doubts, Go go!!)

Will you say it?
That you’re not looking for love?
You said it!
But hey, I know that’s just a joke!
Forcefully, spiritedly, you’re drawn to me.
But still, still, it’s not gonna work.
No, that’s a lie, you’re happy.

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Rinne no Lagrange – Darlin’

Muginami (Kayano Ai), Rinne no Lagrange season2 Character CD Vol.3

A lot of nice rhyme in the lyrics that unfortunately didn’t carry over in translation.

I especially like that interlude right before the first chorus.

Lyrics / Composition / Arrangement: ROCKETMAN
Vocals: Muginami (Kayano Ai)

Don’t you know? You wouldn’t expect it…
Don’t you know? There’s no one but you…

Darlin’, stay with me all the time, try hearing out
My selfish begging – all in secret, though.

I want to see you, I want to see you, I want to see you, but even then,
Hey, tell me why, tell me why, why don’t you understand?

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Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu – under “Mebius”

Nagato Yuki (c.v. Chihara Minori), The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya New Character Song Vol.2: Yuki Nagato

Endless Eight song. Found it pretty hard to get my head around this, much like the geometry it references.

under “Moebius”
Lyrics: Hata Aki
Composition: Tatsh
Arrangement: tetsu-yeah
Vocals: Nagato Yuki (c.v. Chihara Minori)

under section,might Moebius
replay play play Moebius
land wake but our Moebius ring the ring

Existence, past, local time difference,
Correction, not possible, reboot possible
Choice, comprehension, branching point search, manual control

if now… A trap has been born and is still being raised.
A plane of understanding, of rationality, beyond prediction…

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Strike Witches – Moonlight Serenade

Francesca Lucchini (Chiwa Saitou) & Charlotte E. Yeager (Ami Koshimizu); STRIKE WITCHES Himeuta Collection 4

An American classic by Glenn Miller, with a vocal version famously performed by Frank Sinatra (original lyrics by Mitchell Parish). I really love the bossa nova arrangement of this one.

It’s interesting to see English adapted to Japanese translated back to English. I decided to translate the whole thing first the same way I’d work on any other song, then consulted the original English lyrics for a select few phrases; this way, I avoid clobbering the structures of the Japanese version too much.

Moonlight Serenade
Lyrics: Suzuki Takaaki
Composition: Glenn Miller
Arrangement: Kawada Ruka
Vocals: Francesca Lucchini (Chiwa Saitou) & Charlotte E. Yeager (Ami Koshimizu)

I sing for you the song of the moonlight.
In the June night, I wait to feel your touch.
The roses are singing a moonlight serenade.
The stars are twinkling, luring me into a dream.
My dearest, my love, your eyes are just like the stars.
Reach your destination, my moonlight serenade.

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Rockman ZX Advent – Be One

III, ZXA Tunes

Track notes by Ippo Yamada:

When this track came along, we were asked to make a vocal version of it, so we went with an uptempo pop song. The composition wasn’t originally made for singing, so the melody has a wide pitch range. It’s a very difficult song, but CAO-san provided some very cool vocals. This song is Ashe’s theme, with the image of Ashe as “a clever and agile cat hunting her prey”. Her first design had her with long hair let down, but because of the pixel sprite and the transformation into Mega Man form, it blended in with her gray bodysuit, so she was given her current ponytail to move the hair away from the body.

Be One
words by Yuki Terakado
music by Ryo Kawakami
arranged by III
vocals by CAO

The future, spilling down into open palms…
If you only wish and never act, you’ll never know.
The motion of your legs is the key to finding the treasure chest,
Piercing through both the confusion and the vows deep within your chest.

At the end of the night that no one knows,
Into a pure white dream…

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Rockman ZX Advent – Go For It!

III, ZXA Tunes

Track notes by Ippo Yamada:

This is an image tune for ZX Advent. …Different main characters. When we first heard that, we (all of us, probably) just went, “Whaaa~!?” So, with that, starting again from zero, our sound concept this time was, “You’re in control of your future!” The mood is full of cheer, full of dreams, but in reality it was more like, so much to do and so little time, whoo boy, lots of worries, lots of emotion… *laughs* Do what you have to do! Go For It!!

Go For It!
words by Yuki Terakado
music by Ippo Yamada
arranged by III & DJ Takayoshi
vocals by Kaoru Akiyama

I don’t need any fake words; the door that should be opened is over there, always.
Break into a run, disregarding appearances. Collect absolute, unwavering thoughts in your heart!

A chemical formula, leaving behind pain in a sky that has lost its color.
A farewell kiss for the crescent moon that laughs uncontrollably, having forgotten how to believe.

   Everyone encounters it at some point, the melancholy that exists throughout this world.

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Rinne no Lagrange – Kawaisou na Shachi

Fin E Ld Si Laffinty (Seto Asami), Rinne no Lagrange season2 Character CD Vol.2

Pitiful Orca
Lyrics / Composition / Arrangement: Kawada Ruka
Vocals: Fin E Ld Si Laffinty (Seto Asami)

Today, again, I have the same dream,
Oh, pitiful orca, my love.

The day we met – it was sudden, like an unexpected strike.
I received a cold and salty spray of water.

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Rinne no Lagrange – Kimi no Moto e!

Kyouno Madoka (Ishihara Kaori), Rinne no Lagrange season2 Character CD Vol.1

To Where You Are!
Lyrics / Composition / Arrangement: fu_mou
Vocals: Kyouno Madoka (Ishihara Kaori)

On the shiny shoreline, taking the wind against my whole body, I run.
I’m going now to where you are.
Fragments of unease in the deep, watery abyss of memory –
Right now, I’ll drink them in and dash out.

I want to deliver these burning feelings.
To protect everyone’s smiles, run! Have faith!
Fire up your soul! (Perfect!)

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To Aru Majutsu no Index – Owari wa Dochira

Himegami Aisa (Noto Mamiko), To Aru Majutsu no Index Archives 2

In true Raildex fashion, there is kanji abuse in the title and certain lines – 終焉 (shuuen, “demise) is read as おわり (owari, “end”).

Which Way is the End?
Vocals: Himegami Aisa (Noto Mamiko)
Lyrics: Kumano Kiyomi
Composition: Oobuchi Momoko
Arrangement: Ookubo Kaoru

Running… Running. I stop the breathing.
Touch… It disappears. See you later, goodbye.
That fruit takes on a ripened color,
And trickling out, the sweet scent invites.

Running… Running, in a world devoid of all.
Red… Sprinkling in air. Indistinct, standing still.
All of them point fingers at me as the bad girl.
“Follow the sound of handclaps. Hey, which way is tomorrow?”

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Kotonoha no Niwa – Kotonoha

Hata Motohiro, Kotonoha no Niwa image song

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Lyrics / Composition: Hata Motohiro
Sound Produced by Hata Motohiro

Moving across the weather map, the front lengthens.
The stagnant, overcast today hangs low overhead.
Striking the umbrella, the sound of rain. Softly, I began to walk.

Me, unable to reach the dreams I keep on chasing after,
And you, crouching down under the great weight of every passing day…
Through the same loneliness, we connected. I’ve never forgotten a thing.

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