優しさの理由 // Yasashisa no Riyuu (Hyouka OP)

The current color of my fountain pen’s ink is the color of Chitanda Eru’s eyes. Just saying.

I’m kind of tempted to translate STUDY x STUDY while I’m at it…

I actually don’t like the ED for this series all that much, but the OP definitely grew on me.

優しさの理由
 Yasashisa no Riyuu
 The Reason for Kindness
歌:Choucho
作編曲:宮崎誠
作詞:こだまさおり

退屈な窓辺に吹き込む風に
顔をしかめたのは 照れくささの裏返し

taikutsu na madobe ni fukikomu kaze ni
kao wo shikameta no wa terekusasa no uragaeshi

As I sat bored by the windowsill I frowned at the wind blowing through
But that was just me trying to hide how embarrassed I was

曖昧にうなずく手のひらの今日
描いてる自分は少し大げさで
何か変わりそうな気がしているよ
心に呼びかける君のせいだね

aimai ni unazuku te no hira no kyou
egaiteru jibun’ wa sukoshi oogesa de
nanika kawarisou na ki ga shiteiru yo
kokoro ni yobikakeru kimi no sei da ne

This day in my hands faintly nodding
Portrayed myself slightly exaggerated
But I feel like something will change; I’m sure
It’s because of you, always calling out to my heart

曇り空 のぞいた予感
手をのばそう いつよりも力強い勇気で

kumorizora nozoita yokan’
te wo nobasou itsu yori mo chikaradzuyoi yuuki de

I felt a premonition peeking out from the cloudy sky and
I lift up my arms toward it, with a courage stronger than ever

光も影もまだ遠くて それでも僕らは
優しさの理由が知りたい
今は誰の名前でもない 輝きの彼方へ
全部過去になる前に 見つけに行こう

hikari mo kage mo mada tookute sore demo bokura wa
yasashisa no riyuu ga shiritai
ima wa dare no namae demo nai kagayaki no kanata e
zen’bu kako ni naru mae ni mitsuke ni ikou

Light and shadow are still far away, but still we
Want to know the reason for kindness.
Reaching for the brilliant distance that has no name,
Before everything becomes part of the past, let’s go and find it!

この世界はまるで頼りないねと
うそぶく僕の目をからかうように
君が見てる空は何色だろう?
きっと青く高く清らかなはず

kono sekai wa maru de tarinai ne to
usobuku boku no me wo karakau you ni
kimi ga miteru sora wa naniiro darou?
kitto aoku takaku kiyoraka na hazu

When I claimed that the world just isn’t enough,
It was as if you were making fun of my eyes;
What color is the sky that you see?
I’m sure that it’s clear and fair and blue

すれ違い 近づきながら
いつの日か 戸惑いも受け止めていけたら

surechigai chikadzuki nagara
itsu no hi ka tomadoi mo uketometeiketara

Just missing each other, but coming closer all the same
If one day you’ll accept my misdirection and hesitiation…

言葉のままじゃもどかしくて だから何度でも
不器用に重ねてしまうね
喜びも悲しみもここで 意味が生まれること
ふたり気づきはじめてる その理由も

kotoba no mama ja modokashikute dakara nan’do demo
bukiyou ni kasaneteshimau ne
yorokobi mo kanashimi mo koko de imi ga umareru koto
futari kidzukihajimeteru sono riyuu mo

I’m impatient stuck with just words, so again and again
I’ll layer them on clumsily as well as I can
From both happiness and sadness, here, meaning is born
We’re starting to realize that, and why

言葉のままじゃもどかしくて
何度でも 不器用に重ねてしまうよ
声にならない切なさごと
この想い、君に届け

kotoba no mama ja modokashikute
nan’do demo bukiyou ni kasaneteshimau yo
koe ni naranai setsunasagoto
kono omoi, kimi ni todoke

I’m impatient such with just words
Clumsily layering them on top of each other
Hoping all this pain and feelings I can’t voice
Will somehow reach you

光も影もまだ遠くて それでも僕らは
優しさの理由が知りたい
今は誰の名前でもない 輝きの彼方へ
全部過去になる前に 見つけに行こう

hikari mo kage mo mada tookute sore demo bokura wa
yasashisa no riyuu ga shiritai
ima wa dare no namae demo nai kagayaki no kanata e
zen’bu kako ni naru mae ni mitsuke ni ikou

Light and shadow are still far away, but still we
Want to know the reason for kindness.
Reaching for the brilliant distance that has no name,
Before everything becomes part of the past, let’s go and find it!

君が過去になる前に 見つけるから

kimi ga kako ni naru mae ni mitsukeru kara

Before you become part of the past, I’ll find you!

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