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To Aru Kagaku no Railgun – Desu no! White & Black

Shirai Kuroko (Arai Satomi), To Aru Kagaku no Railgun Archives 1

That saxophone.

I gave up on translating “desu no”, given that it’s Kuroko’s catchphrase. I’m assuming you all know what it means, or if you don’t, I’ll pretend that you do.

Desu no! White & Black
Vocals: Shirai Kuroko (Arai Satomi)
Lyrics: Kumano Kiyomi
Composition / Arrangement: Watanabe Takeshi

If you were to call this “love,” that would be right.
The level of fate here is the highest.
I know how you feel. You’re a shy person, right?
As unfriendly as you act, you’re really excited.

I love you as much as ever today… Please give me all of yourself.
I come running in haste!

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To Aru Kagaku no Railgun OVA – future gazer

fripSide, To Aru Kagaku no Railgun OVA OP

future gazer
words: Satoshi Yaginuma, yuki-ka
music & arrangement: Satoshi Yaginuma
vocals: Yoshino Nanjo

(ooh.. ooh..
Try to be a glorious believer.
Just to.. go on… realize your soulful heart)

Let’s fly faraway! I want to reach
The future I promised you.
I can overcome hesitation
And take off, because I have a dream that echoes through my heart.

With the brilliance of the morning sunlight, the city wakes up again today.
The premonition that the refreshing wind carried to me made my heart skip.

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To Aru Kagaku no Railgun OVA – Special “ONE”

ELISA, To Aru Kagaku no Railgun OVA ED

This song has some really interesting characteristics, what with the changes in time signature and the modulation. Very cool; those things make it seem like a happier version of “Real Force”.

Special “ONE”
Lyrics: Haru Kazufumi
Composition: Kawasaki Satomi
Arrangement: Ookubo Kaoru
Vocals: ELISA

“You’re not alone.”
From now on, we are special “ONE”!

When I close my eyes, they softly come and go –
Look, those days we went through together.

Fooling around, sometimes disagreeing a little –
Each moment is a precious memory.

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fripSide – late in autumn

fripSide, c/w To Aru Kagaku no Railgun OP1 only my railgun

This song’s lyrics are really, really long. Took me less than a year, though! (One day less… >_>)

late in autumn
words: Yoshino Nanjo, yuki-ka
music & arrangement: Satoshi Yaginuma
vocals: Yoshino Nanjo

When the flower petals that fluttered down turned to powder snow,
I embraced the affection that whirls up.

Even now, the leaves on the trees that shook quietly
Inform us of the end and fall.
On the road lit by the setting sun, there’s a light autumn breeze,
And I search for the shadows of two people.

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To Aru Kagaku no Railgun – Kanpeki Will

Uiharu Kazari (Toyosaki Aki) & Saten Ruiko (Itou Kanae), To Aru Kagaku no Railgun Archives 3

Perfect Will
Vocals: Uiharu Kazari (Toyosaki Aki) & Saten Ruiko (Itou Kanae)
Lyrics: Kumano Kiyomi
Composition: Shirato Yuusuke
Arrangement: Ookubo Kaoru

“Maybe it’ll be fun!” When I thought that, your face already looked like it would have fun.
“This is frustrating…” The moment I felt that, you were next to me crying your heart out.
What shall we do? Where shall we go?
If we do it together, I won’t be scared.
Our outstretched arms are the traces of wings. We can fly!

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fripSide – memory of snow

fripSide, c/w To Aru Kagaku no Railgun OP2 LEVEL5-judgelight-

I was initially disappointed with how similar this song was to “late in autumn” (the intro misled me), but taken by itself, I think “memory of snow” is still a very nice song (better than “late in autumn”, too).

memory of snow
words: Satoshi Yaginuma, yuki-ka
music & arrangement: Satoshi Yaginuma
vocals: Yoshino Nanjo

The white breath from that time,
The hands that were stretched out toward the winter constellations –
With the twinkling in the distance,
I remember you.

I know better than anyone that we can’t meet anymore,
But even in this snow, I can’t hide my pain and my love.

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