Archive for August 4th, 2010

ENS and Buta-Otome @ C78

I want these two CDs so much, I think I might just risk trying to get into Comiket on the 14th, despite the fact that that’s the day my flight leaves. I’m going to make desperate plans, see if I can schedule managing the earliest train etc. etc. If it’s impossible, it’s impossible. I might just get a friend to buy the CDs for me, but… I want those CDs D: Really… Really bad. What I might do is reserve a ticket for the fastest train home and go the previous day, camp out by the entrance (with everyone else) – rush in, buy, then hurry back home, get the family to take me to the airport, then sleep like crazy on the flight back home. We’ll see. I need to do more research before I make an adequate decision.

EastNewSound!!!

EastNewSound’s (site: [link]) coming out with a new album for C78 – Felsic Mirage!!!!, and you can listen to the demo here: [link] or on YT: [link]
Do you know what Felsic means? I don’t.

Here’s the full track listing from the YT page:

01 – Titleless Sights (Wind God Girl)
Arrangement: KOBATYU | Vocals: Cryu | Lyrics: Izumin

02 – nothing guilty (Judgment in the Sixtieth Year ~ Fate of Sixty Years)
Arrangement: Kokuchou | Vocals: Yura Hatsuki | Lyrics: Kumarisu

03 – 終奏叙情曲 -lycoris- (Higan Retour ~ Riverside View)
Arrangement: crouka | Vocals: Chata | Lyrics: Izumin

04 – 花は幻想の果てに (The Flower Like the Fantasy)
Arrangement: crouka | Vocals: Tsubaki | Lyrics: Izumin

05 – アクセル・オーバー (Spring Lane ~ Colorful Path)
Arrangement: Kokuchou | Vocals: Bibian | Lyrics: Izumin

06 – 囚-トラワレ- (Sleeping Terror)
Arrangement: Kokuchou | Vocals: Izumin | Lyrics: 疒

07 – etching summary (Oriental Dark Flight)
Arrangement: crouka | Vocals: Uki Hanabi | Lyrics: Kumarisu

08 – Lazy kiss (Love-colored Master Spark)
Arrangement: MiYAMO | Vocals: Mamemi | Lyrics: Izumin

09 – intense (Flower of Soul ~ Another Dream…)
Arrangement: Irus | Vocals: nano.czkey | Lyrics: Kumarisu

10 – 幽音絶花、繚乱ノ彩 (Gensokyo, Past and Present ~ Flower Land)
Arrangement: Kokuchou | Vocals: Chata, nayuta | Lyrics: Izumin

11 – White Wish (Mystic Oriental Dream ~ Ancient Temple)
Arrangement: Sumijun | Vocals: Hotaru | Lyrics: 海兎

12 – princess coronation (The Gods Give Us Blessed Rain ~ Sylphid Dream)
Arrangement: KOBATYU | Vocals: Zensai | Lyrics: Kumarisu

Here’s the order I think the songs are in, based on my knowledge of the original tunes and the vocals.

1=01 Titleless Sights (Only because it would be absurd if any other but the first track said “EAST NEW SOUND~~”+ they already have 2 other 風神少女 mixes, so it’s ok to make this an “introduction-ish” song)

2=03 終奏叙情曲 -lycoris- (I can recognize that this is 茶太 Chata; she’s sung some of my favorite mixes: Lucent Wish, and Lucid Dream, so this song’s got my expectations on it)

3=09 intense (I really like the soft trance feel of this song – I’m guessing it’s “intense” though the title doesn’t seem to fit that description; we’ll see if I’m right or wrong. I made my assumption on the fact that I felt the original track matched the one in the description)

4=06 囚 -トラワレ- (IZUMIN!!!! YUUKA!!!! – You just brought together two of my favorite things together. This will probably be the first track I translate off this album. I’ve already got a sleepy loli Yuuka picture all ready for it.)

5=04 花は幻想の果てに (I could recognize Tsubaki’s voice if I went deaf… somehow..; I really like it when ending themes get made into mixes, because usually it takes a while to recognize them, and on top of that they usually bring out a subtle part of the track and enrich it. (Like demetori’s 10:55 Eastern Dream for instance) Looking forward to this track too.)

6=02 nothing guilty (Fate of Sixty Years is something that can’t be misheard XD – It sounds a bit mellow for how I like the song, but it sounds good nonetheless – I’m looking forward to it)

7=10 幽音絶花、繚乱ノ彩 (Of course, nayuta and Chata. :D Again, you just brought together my favorite things, Yuuka and nayuta! :D I love all of Yuuka’s themes, and a we haven’t had a duet from EastNewSound yet (at least on their Touhou albums – Didn’t nayuta and Chata sing together in some famous Miku song?))

Apart from the songs in the demo, I’m looking forward to track 05 アクセル・オーバー (Acceleration Over), particularly because I like Colorful Path, I haven’t heard of Bibian yet, so I’m curious to how it’ll sound – Kokuchou’s good though. I’m also looking forward to track 07 etching summary, one because I’ve heard some interesting Oriental Flight mixes, and because Hanabi Uki has a rather deep voice and I like that. I’ve heard enough of Master Spark, but I’m sure ENS’ll surprise me with a good track, so we’ll see on #08; I really really liked Hotaru’s voice in booklet choir, and I love Ancient Temple, so I’m really looking forward to #11 White Wish, and similarly I like Zensai and Sylphid Dream so #12 is a must too. At any rate, there’s hardly been a track by EastNewSound that I’ve disliked, so I’m really excited.

Buta-Otome!!!

Buta-Otome’s (site: [link]) coming out with a new Album C78 too! ロングスカートパノラマガール (Long Skirt Panorama Girl) and it’s Yuuka Again!!! It’s probably because it’s summer. Yuuka almost makes me love summer. Almost.

Buta-Otome’s at least my second favorite Touhou music group at this point (they’re right next to EastNewSound), though only recently introduced to them. Ranko’s vocals are well perfect, especially for the kind of music the group does. It’s rough, not quite smooth, like a garden – like Yuuka’s garden. :D That description probably sounds odd >.> but it gives everything a more natural feeling. Then their instrumentals are brilliant, jazzy, upbeat, and inventive – yeah, that’s it, and the guitar has the same sort of feel Ranko’s vocals have, so go Comp!!. To top it off, they’ve got Paprika for piano, who’s second only to Pizuya in my books, and that’s saying something. I don’t know how much he/she has to do with the arrangement, but whenever piano comes up it’s brilliant.

You can listen to the demo at the album page: [link], or download the crossfade here: [link]
It has all the tracks in order, so I’ll just do the track listing:

I’m looking forward to every track on this album and am excited to translate them too :D – but I’ll put thoughts by every track too.

01 風雲 ~kazakumo~ (Kazakumo // Wind and Clouds [Storm])
[原曲:風神少女] (Fuujin Shoujo // Wind God Girl)
It’s said one can find great fortune if they jump out and ride upon the wings of a storm while everyone else hides in their homes. I really like the instrumentals on this one and I absolutely love Ranko’s voice – it sounds perfect :D

02 パノラマガール (Panorama Girl)
[原曲:桜花之恋塚 ~ Flower of Japan] (Ouka no Koidzuka // Lovely Mound of Cherry Blossoms)
An arrangement of Flower of Japan, which is a contender for my favorite original theme, so of course I love it. The instrumentals and pace give a nice relaxed skip sort of feeling, and makes me smile :D

03 蓮華の夢 (Renge no Yume // Lotus Dream)
[原曲:感情の摩天楼 ~ Cosmic Mind] (Kanjou no Matenrou // Emotional Skyscraper)
I like how this builds up and climaxes, running up the skyscraper :D Hahaha… I’ve heard some dull Cosmic Mind mixes, but this certainly far from that.

04 記憶の淵 (Kioku no Fuchi // Abyss of Memories)
[原曲:幽夢 ~ Inanimate Dream] (Yuumu // Inanimate Dream)
Another Yuuka theme that I can’t say no to. It has a nice slow, descending feeling – made me think of the first stage of SA for a bit – guess that fits the title ^_^ Looking forward to the lyrics for this one~

05 青いミレン、蒼いナミダ (Aoi Miren, Aoi Namida // Blue Regrets, Azure Tears)
[原曲:おてんば恋娘] (Otenba Koimusume // Lovely Tomboyish Girl)
This one’s cute :P I really like how Ranko’s voice changes. Looking forward to this one too.

06 春x夏x秋x冬 ~ Tou! ~ ([Shunkashuu]tou // [Spring,Summer,Autumn] Winter!!)
[原曲:クリスタライズシルバー] (Crystallize Silver)
Another cute one :D Cuter than the last one even, and I share the “If only it was winter right now!” T^T The heat’s really getting to me.

07 空のこころ (Kara/[Utsuho] no Kokoro // Empty/[Utsuho’s] Heart)
[原曲:霊知の太陽信仰 ~ Nuclear Fusion] (Reichi no Taiyoushinkou // Mystic Wisdom of the Sun Faith)
I really like the back-tunes in this and the attention the song get’s to the melody you don’t hear as much in Nuclear Fusion. It keeps it fresh. :D Utsuho~~!

08 地獄かくれんぼ (Jigoku Kakurenbo // Hide and Seek in Hell)
[原曲:緑眼のジェラシー] (Ryokugan no Jealousy // Green-Eyed Jealousy)
You hit me with another contender of favorite original track ever. I mean really. Greenwich on the last album, and Flower of Japan and Green-Eyed Jealousy on this one? You’d think they were writing songs just for me! :D Hahaha… Well anyway. I love the shabadabadadada~ hahaha :P Really looking forward to hearing the rest of this one, and I absolutely love the instrumentals… and I really do love jazzy trumpets as much as ZUN I suspect.

There’s a bonus CD attached. I WANT T^T

There’s also a Piano Album by Paprika, which has a various arrangement of songs; you can listen to it here: [link], here’s the ddl if you can’t find it: [link]

春風 / Harukaze / Spring Wind

Lily White!! ^_^

This is like the best picture of Lily White you’ve ever seen right? right? Thank you kieta! :D

[Update 2011/12/09] I was missing a stanza, so I went ahead and added that in and romaji.

春風
 Harukaze
 Spring Wind
編曲:kaztora
作詞:lily-an
ボーカル:lily-an
原曲:天空の花の都
Circle: Liz Triangle
Album: Spring★
Event: Reitaisai 7

冷たさで息を潜め 凍えた指を重ねる
抱き合い触れ合った 冬の空を
抑えきれない涙と 抱えきれない感情が
溢れ出して 僕を溶かす

tsumetasa de iki wo hisome kogoeta yubi wo kasaneru
dakiai fureatta fuyu no sora wo
osaekirenai namida to kakaekirenai kanjou ga
afuredashite boku wo tokasu

I cup my hands, crossing my frozen fingers and breathe into them.
We embraced each other, touched each other, me and the winter sky
But these tears I just can’t keep in, these emotions I just can’t hold on to
Overflow and melt me

雪は積もり 肌を染める
花は凍え 耐える
それでも このまま 待ち望む
凍り付いた 心を解き放つ 今、キミと

yuki wa tsumori hada wo someru
hana wa kogoe taeru
sore demo kono mama machinozomu
kooritsuita kokoro wo tokihanatsu ima, kimi to

The snow may pile up and dye my skin
And the flowers freeze, enduring the cold
But still I wait like this, hoping to see you again
And now, with you, my frozen heart is released

流れる風に木霊して 春に息吹を与える
寂しさは寄せ合う程 温かく連なるから
山を越え街を越えて うららかな風を
新しく撒いた夢を ほら

nagareru kaze ni kodama shite haru ni ibuki wo ataeru
sabisisa wa yoseau hodo atatakaku tsuranaru kara
yama wo koe machi wo koete uraraka na kaze wo
atarashiku maita yume wo hora

The flowing wind makes echoing sounds, giving breath to spring
As much as loneliness draws us close, we’ll be warm all together
Pass over the mountains and villages, oh beautiful wind
Sewing new dreams into the soil

心地よく晴れた日々と 緩やかに過ごした日が
揺れ合い支え合った 春の空を
穏やかに笑い合うと それ以上の幸せが
溢れ出して 僕を溶かした
冬は覚めて

kokochiyoku hareta hibi to yuruyaka ni sugoshita hi ga
fureau sasaeatta haru no sora wo
odayaka ni waraiau to sore ijou no shiawase ga
afuredashite boku wo tokashita
fuyu wa samete

The pleasantly clear days and the slowly passed day,
All sway together and support the spring sky
That happiness of everyone laughing together and more
Overflowed and melted me
The winter awakens to spring

雪が溶けて 川を作る
花は目覚め 芽吹く
それでも このまま 待ち望む
凍り付いた 心を解き放つ 今、キミと

yuki ga tokete kawa wo tsukuru
hana wa mezame mebuku
sore demo kono mama machinozomu
kooritsuita kokoro wo tokihanatsu ima, kimi to

The snow melts and forms a river
The flowers awaken and sprout buds
But still I wait like this, hoping to see you again
And now, with you, my frozen heart is released

流れる風に木霊して 春は命を与える
嬉しさを寄せ合う程 温かく連なるから
山を越え街を越えて うららかな風を
最果ての空へ 優しさを 春の風を

nagareru kaze ni kodama shite haru wa inochi wo ataeru
ureshisa wo yoseau hodo atatakaku tsuranaru kara
yama wo koe machi wo koete uraraka na kaze wo
saihate no sora e yasashisa wo haru no kaze wo

The flowing wind makes echoing sounds, as spring brings life
As much as our happiness draws us close, we’ll all warm all together
Pass over the mountains and villages, oh beautiful wind
To the farthest skies bringing your kindness, oh spring wind

春を伝え吹抜け 止まる事なく流れ
萌え芽ぐむ木々よ ほころぶ花々よ
キミと風は共に流れ 僕の隙間通り過ぎて
触れる事すら叶わずに 咲いた

haru wo tsutae fukinuke tomaru koto naku nagare
moemegumu kigi yo hokorobu hanabana yo
kimi to kaze wa tomo ni nagare boku no sukima toorisugite
fureru koto sura kanawazu ni saita

May this wind bring forth spring, flowing without ever stopping
Oh the trees that open their branches, the flowers that smile
The wind flows together with you, passing right through me
Still out of my reach, I watch you blossom

そして流れる歌は優しく 春の息吹を囁く
嬉しさを寄せ合う程 温かく連なるから
山を越え街を越えて うららかな風を
最果ての空へ 春の風が吹く

soshite nagareru uta wa yasashiku haru no ibuki wo sasayaku
ureshisa wo yoseau hodo atatakaku tsuranaru kara
yama wo koe machi wo koete uraraka na kaze wo
saihate no sora e haru no kaze ga fuku

And now the flowing songs gently whisper the breath of spring
As much as our happiness draws us close, we’ll all warm all together
Pass over the mountains and villages, oh beautiful wind
To the farthest skies the spring wind blows

満開の花咲かせ

mankai no hana sakase

Make the flowers burst into full bloom


ヒャッカ / Hyakka / A hundred flowers

Another song from the album Spring★. I really like the second half – from Florentia on; that’s most of what I listen to on the album XD. Anyway, it’s great and the powerful chorus is moving :D

Yuyuko searching for, trying to remember Yukari, wondering how and why she had such dreams, and why there she could almost glimpse a figure of someone she couldn’t quite remember. Most likely not knowing of her death, not knowing why. The verb “filled” is also “bury” so can also pose a reference to her grave under the Ayakashi.

I really like the somewhat vague origin stories for Yuyuko and Yukari, it makes me want to write a fan-fic.

Note:
The last line reads the same as the first line, but is voiced: “Sakura – Sakura, Oh how they reflect you…” ^_^ (映す can mean project or reflect, and 幻 was voiced as 貴女)

ヒャッカ
 Hyakka
 A hundred flowers
編曲:RegaSound
作詞:RegaSound
ボーカル:φ串φ
原曲:さくらさくら ~ Japanese Dream…
Circle: RegaSound
Album: Spring★
Event: Reitaisai 7

さくらざくら 幻を映して
一夜一夜 夢を選んでゆく
さくらざくら
一夜一夜

Sakura – Sakura, Projecting the illusion,
Night after night, you move forward, selecting the dream
Sakura – Sakura
Night after night…

幾千の 花が咲く 手を伸ばす 気も起きず
眺めてた 一つだけ 同じ色 なんて無くて

Thousands of flowers blossom and unknowingly I reach out with my hands
I stared – there wasn’t a single one that had the same color

雨のように散る 瞳の中に 消えてゆくようで
涙一つ掬った指は気がつけば夢を描く

Scattering like rain they seemed to fade away inside my eyes
The finger I lifted to wipe that one tear, before I knew it had drawn a dream

心の場所が何処にあるかなんて分からないまま探す 貴女の姿を
夢の隙間を何で埋めていたかなんて忘れて空へ 剥がされていく

While I don’t know where may the heart reside, I still search for your figure
Having forgotten how I filled the gap of this dream I face the sky and am laid bare

さくらざくら

Sakura – Sakura

幾千の 蝶が舞う 手を伸ばす 気も起きず
眺めてた 一つだけ 同じ色 見つけ出して

Thousands of butterflies dance and unknowingly I reach out with my hands
I stared – finding a single one that had the same color

雨のように散る 夜空の奥に 消えてゆくようで
涙一つ掬った指は気がつけば花を描く

Scattering like rain they seemed to fade away into the night sky
The finger I lifted to wipe that one tear, before I knew it had drawn a flower

瞳の色が嫌いだから虹を眺めていただなんて 撫でる墨染の
地獄の花を何で描いていたかなんて怖くて空へ 導いてゆく

Why ever did I stare at a rainbow because I hate the color of my eyes? I lay my fingers across them, charcoal black
Not knowing how I had drawn a hell flower I became scared and turned, led towards the sky

幾千の 花が咲く 同じ色なんて無くて

Thousands of flowers blossom, none of the same color

あの夢の続きが何処から始まるか教えて 貴女の隣で
虹の隙間を何で埋めていたかなんて忘れて空へ 剥がされていく

Please tell my from where the continuation of that dream began, by your side
Having forgotten how I filled the gap of this rainbow I face the sky and am laid bare

瞳の色が嫌いだから貴方を
地獄の花を何で描いていたかなんて怖くて空へ 導いてゆく

Because I hate the color of my eyes, you…
Not knowing how I had drawn a hell flower I became scared and turned, led towards the sky

さくらざくら 幻を映して

Sakura – Sakura, Oh how they reflect you…


steel wear

I wrote this down to translate about 7 months ago. I got side tracked as you can see. D:

“steel wear” from EastNewSound’s C76 Album Lucent Wish; a mix of Embodiment of Scarlet Devil’s “Centennial Festival for Magical Girls” – the extra stage theme and Scarlet Flandre’s stage theme.

This is quite a strange song, each short stanza is like an image, a dream sequence – and we learn the Flandre can’t quite remember each dream from the next, but for some deja vu – and at the end we find more clearly, that she’s lost in dreams – but are all of them dreams? Locked inside a room unchanging, a doll facing her bed/futon? Ambiguity’s not always a bad thing ^_^

steel wear
Arrange: raku
Lyric: くまりす
Vocal: Cyru
Circle: EastNewSound
Album: Lucent Wish
Event: C76

紙に書いたラフ画
踊りだす夜の闇
一人空を楽しげに
遠くへと飛び立つ

In the rough draft of a drawing I drew on paper,
I dance out into the darkness of the night;
Alone and for my own enjoyment,
I take off and fly into the sky

騒ぎ出した森に
崩れだす日常の
リズム刻む振子時計
合わせて狂いだす

In a restless forest
I match the rythmn of a metronome
That marks its time of days collapsing,
And it drives me mad.

囁く人の声に
囁く人の歌声に
囁く人の耳に
一人じゃないと呟いた

To the voices of the whisperers
To the singing voices of the whisperers
To the ears of the whisperers
“I’m not alone…” I said

何度でも

Time and time again

ゆらゆら揺れていた
儚い夢の音に
忘れていた輝いた
あの頃の顔

In the fleeting sound of a dream
Swaying back and forth
I had forgotten, the
Shining face I saw before

一人部屋の隅に
座り込む人形を
抱え布団へと向う
変わらない毎日

I pick up a doll sitting huddled,
Alone in the corner of a room,
And face it towards the futon;
Unchanging days

軋む床の音に
驚いて目を覚ます
隙間の俗猫の顔
悲しく微笑んだ

Hearing grating sounds from the floor,
Surprised I open my eyes
From a crack that vulgar cat’s face
Smiled sadly

呟く猫の声に
呟く猫の歌声に
呟く猫の耳が
怖くないと強がった

To the voice of that murmuring cat
To the singing voice of that murmuring cat
To the ears of that murmuring cat
“I’m not afraid”, I said to strengthen myself

震えてる

But I’m still shaking

歩く道の上に
転がるガラス玉
拾い上げた
その先を考えないで

On the road I was walking
I glass ball came rolling,
So I picked it up…
There’s no punchline.

開くドアの先に
写りこむ日の光
温かくて優しくて
空へと手を伸ばす

Where the door opens
In comes reflected the light of the sun
It is so warm, and gentle,
So I reach out my hands to the sky

ゆるやかに流れる
永遠に身を任せ
時の音色を奏でて
落ちていく木の葉を

I surrender myself to
The lazy flow of eternity
Playing the tones of time
The leaves fall from the trees

ひらひらと眺める
色を生む傘回し
何度でも繰り返して
夢の中彷徨う

I stare my head turning one way then the other
At the turning umbrellas giving birth to color
How many times will this repeat?
While I’m lost inside my dreams?


Hey Patchouli’s in that stage too~! We can’t forget her!