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Phantom ~Requiem for the Phantom~ – Who’s crying?

Zwei (CV. Irino Miyu), Inspired Zwei

This song’s lyrics were very, very hard for me to get my head around. Translation is iffy, as usual. Thanks, Aki Hata.

Who’s crying?
Lyrics: Hata Aki
Composition / Arrangement: Saitou Shinya
Vocals: Zwei (CV. Irino Miyu)

The sky was already blue. We were meant to wake up.
We invite in the memories –
Bloody season for you.
In almost no time after wishing to keep on dreaming,
Shade has come.

In the truth called straying, I swallowed the lies.
Life is a symbol.
Cloudy reason, so what?
Take it away with the weight you put into your hand.
Shame was gone. Before we perish…

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Phantom ~Requiem for the Phantom~ – Haitoku no Gajou

Zwei (CV. Irino Miyu), Inspired Zwei

All of the character songs for Phantom are hard for me to translate and interpret even compared to other songs by Aki Hata. Did my best, as always, but some of the sentences’ subjects are still kind of iffy.

Stronghold of Corruption
Lyrics: Hata Aki
Composition / Arrangement: Katou Tatsuya
Vocals: Zwei (CV. Irino Miyu)

I recognized being alone.
That is basically for eternity,
So happiness and such will not become something of yours.

At the bottom of the sea of denial,
Inside the sunken ruins,
Let’s make the past that was lost a secret.

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KOKIA – Chinmoku

KOKIA, c/w Phantom ~Requiem for the Phantom~ OP2 Transparent

The first thing I thought when I heard this was that it sounded like the beginning of “Nagisa” from Clannad (the Ma-Na erhu version).

This really feels like Ein’s point of view.

Silence
Lyrics: KOKIA
Composition / Arrangement: Nanase Hikaru
Vocals: KOKIA

I can’t forget the ones I love.
Without telling anyone, I only watch over them.
I was relieved, and then it comes to this –
I scream within the silence.
If I can meet you one more time…
I’ll be in a simulation that’s the same time after time.

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Phantom ~Requiem for the Phantom~ – Ich beten…

Ein (CV. Takagaki Ayahi), Inspired Ein

I pray
Lyrics: Hata Aki
Composition: Nanase Hikaru
Arrangement: myu
Vocals: Ein (CV. Takagaki Ayahi)

My wish was small,
As though it lived without being nurtured.

It was to smile
At tomorrow… Like this,
The illusion rose to the surface.

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Phantom ~Requiem for the Phantom~ – Transparent

KOKIA; Phantom ~Requiem for the Phantom~ ED2

I’m sure writing these lyrics saved a lot of time. That aside, I quite like the song.

Transparent
Lyrics / Composition: KOKIA
Arrangement: Nanase Hikaru
Vocals: KOKIA

I haven’t lost my heart; it’s just that I feel like remembering will be frightening.
The warmth I was starting to forget is a phantom that slipped through my hands when I tried to grasp it.
Even while it seems like I’ll be crushed, I want to see a new tomorrow once more.

transparent      transparent      transparent      transparent
transparent      transparent      transparent      transparent

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Phantom ~Requiem for the Phantom~ – crazy darkness

Ein (CV. Takagaki Ayahi), Inspired Ein

crazy darkness
Lyrics: Hata Aki
Composition / Arrangement: myu
Vocals: Ein (CV. Takagaki Ayahi)

Being deceived rather than deceiving –
Is that what they call the victory of lies?
(no motion face)

The moment I grew used to kindness,
I was caught in a trap – pitiful…
(Who laid your trap?)

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Phantom ~Requiem for the Phantom~ – Insonnia

KOKIA, c/w Phantom ~Requiem for the Phantom~ OP KARMA; insert song

Credit for this translation goes to my sister, who is majoring in Italian. According to her, some of the accents are a bit off, and there’s one grammatical issue with first- and third-person discrepancy. Then again, it sounds fine to me because I don’t really know it. I guess that’s how the Japanese feel about Engrish.

EDIT 7/26/09: The song has now been used within the series itself.

Insomnia
Lyrics / Composition: KOKIA
Arrangement: Nanase Hikaru
Vocals: KOKIA

Why am I here?
Insomnia.
Where do I want to go?
I have no response.

I still sleep.
I have happy dreams.

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Phantom ~Requiem for the Phantom~ – KARMA

KOKIA, Phantom ~Requiem for the Phantom~ ED

At the moment, this is my second-favorite OP of the season, behind Sengoku Basara’s.

KARMA
Lyrics / Composition: KOKIA
Arrangement: Nanase Hikaru
Vocals: KOKIA

Karma – I fall through the cycle of the same events that repeat over and over again.
Karma – this body is like a spiral; even if I am reborn, I will still continue wandering .
(Ah~)
(Bu~e~) Peacefully,
(Bu~e~) Let’s bring this to the end with our own actions.

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