Archive for May, 2018

黒紫のオーンブレ // Kokushi no Ombre

Sponsored by: SH

[Part I]
[Part II]
[Part III]

Merkmal is German for “characteristic” (according the Google Machine).

天巡 is the “turning of the heavens” – which you can read as the sky turning from day to night and back again, and the paths of fate laid out by God in the heavens.

So I suppose you can interpret the title of the album as “Characteristic of Heaven’s Fate” or “Mark of Fate” – the characteristic in question in this particular case is, “being a twin”. Lydia and Rifle are marked, or cursed by the fact they are twins, which leads to the “inevitable suffering” which in turn sets one character on the “inevitable” path of becoming a witch.

Anyway, this is part 1 of 3.

I read the third and fourth stanzas as a demonic figure mocking heaven at the sight of the birth of the witch. Those stanzas are not in the lyrics booklet but their veracity has been confirmed by an official karaoke release.

References:
https://ameblo.jp/phi-co/entry-12178018907.html
http://azurine.pupu.jp/miscellaneous/shoujobyou/characters.php#c_head_ra

Notes:
ombré is a French word that means ‘color gradient’. [wiki-en]

I have romanized リフル as “Rifle” because “Rifle” is katakana-ized that way, and it fits with the combined romanization of her and Lydia given in the lyrics booklet “riflydia”.

リフル – Rifle (‘rhee’ not ‘rye’ – sounds like ‘lethal’ (cruel irony)) [ri-fu-ru]
リディア – Lydia
Riflydia = リフル+リディア

I. 黒紫のオーンブレ
 Kokushi no Ombré
 A Gradient of Black and Violet
Vocal: Mitsuki
Voices: 佐倉綾音、茅野愛衣
Composition, Arrangement and Lyrics: RD-Sounds
Circle: 少女病
Album: 天巡メルクマール (2016)

「—-葬列。並ぶ者の居ない、闃寂の空間。参列者は、たった独り。
 孤独な少女は回想する。共に過ごした美しい思い出の、その全てを。
 彼女は笑いながら呪う。忌まわしい世界に向けた、底なしの悪意。
 ……少女の纏う、黒紫の影がざわめきだした—-」

—-souretsu. narabu mono no inai, gekiseki no kuukan. san’retsusha wa, tatta hitori.
kodoku na shoujo wa kaisou suru. tomo ni sugoshita utsukushii omoide no, sono subete wo.
kanojo wa warainagara norou. imawashii sekai ni muketa, soko nashi no akui.
……shoujo no matou, kokushi no kage ga zawamekidashita—-


—It was a funeral march — of one.
 In the still and quiet space, none but she was present to mourn.
There she reminisced,
 calling up all the beautiful memories of the time they had spent together.
With a smile she cursed,
 brimming with a bottomless hatred of the despicable world in which they lived
……the blackish violet shadows surrounding her, writhing restlessly—

「双子だから呪われてるだなんてそんなのおかしいよ」
「神様はいるのです」
「誰も助けてなんてくれない」
「結局役立たずじゃない」
「いつまでも……ずっと、一緒よ」
「リフルーー!!」

futago dakara norowareteru da nan’te son’na no okashii yo
kamisama wa iru no desu
daremo tasukete nan’te kurenai
kekkyoku yakutatazu ja nai!!
itsu made mo… zutto issho yo
rifle–!!

“Why should we be cursed, just for being twins!?”
“God is with us.”
“No one will save us.”
“Useless!! You’re useless!!”
“We’ll be together… forever.”
“Rifle!!!!”

叫べ!
燃やすはその異形の魂
その身のみがただ麗しい
叩きつけるは目覚めの言葉
―灼けろ世界、と。

sakebe!
moyasu wa sono igyou no tamashii
sono mi nomi ga tada uruwashiki
tataki tsukeru wa mezame no kotoba
-yakero sekai, to.

Scream!
What burns within is your twisted soul
O but how beautiful art thou!
Strike the masses awake with your words
—”To the world I say, burn!”

咆哮 彷徨よい来たれ
横行 許せはせぬ邪悪よ
暁光 空より光挿すよう
さあ 天よ巡れ巡れよ!

houkou samayoi kitare
oukou yuruse wa senu jaaku yo
shoukou sora yori hikari sasu you
saa ten’ yo megure megure yo!

Howl! Wander forth upon the world!
Your rampage will never be forgiven, O evil one!
May the light of morning shine from the sky upon you!
Come now, Heaven! Bring your divine fate if you will!

響き渡る
それは欷歔の声
吹き晒す風に乗せ
猶も届きはしない

hibiki wataru
sore wa kikyo no koe
fukisarasu kaze ni nose
nao mo todoki wa shinai

Her wails and sobs
Blasted by the winds
Carry across the land
But never reach a savior

身に纏う
無数の「声」が
黒紫の装束となって
信じるべきものを告げている

mi ni matou
musuu no “koe” ga
kokushi no shouzoku to natte
shin’jirubeki mono wo tsugeteiru

What gather about her
Instead are countless “voices:
Shackles of black and violet
Conveying where her faith should lie

何を愛し
     何を呪う
何を許し
     何を憎む

 全てその内に

nani wo aishi
nani wo norou
nani wo yurushi
nani wo nikumu
subete sono uchi ni

What she should love
 What she should curse
What she should forgive
 What she should hate
All of which, in time…

沈む影の中に幾重に
渦巻かせる呪いと愛だけ
けして満たされぬその姿
未だ不完全な魔女(riflydia)

shizumu kage no naka ni ikue ni
uzumakaseru noroi to ai dake
keshite mitasarenu sono sugata
imada fukan’zen’ na riflydia

In the midst of sinking shadows spinning
Layer upon layer of love and curses
Is a form that will never find fulfilment
A yet incomplete witch: Riflydia

その声は空虚なほどに
歪にして気高き覚悟を
無貌無尽– “己” は誰かいつか喪う定めでも

sono koe wa kuukyo na hodo ni
ibitsu ni shite kedakaki kakugo wo
muboumujin’– “onore” wa dare ka itsuka ushinau sadame demo

Her voice hollow, she resigns herself
To a final answer, nobly twisted
Even if it means she will one day lose herself to have her way

その無数の命もて
その無限の命もて
天の巡るまで

sono musuu no inochi mote
sono mugen’ no inochi mote
ten’ no meguru made

With these countless lives she will
With these infinite lives she will
Until heaven decides her fate

許しを乞い続ける声
この影の中で けして解放たれること無く

yurushi wo koitsudzukeru koe
kono kage no naka de keshite tokihanatareru koto naku

Voices beg for forgiveness
“Caught in my shadows, never will you be released.”

犯した罪を嘆く声
この影の中で 永久にその罪 贖い続けよ

okashita tsumi wo nageku koe
kono kage no naka de towa ni sono tsumi aganaitsudzuke yo

Voices lament of their sins
“Caught in my shadows, may you repent for all eternity.”

その運命に涙する声
この影の中で その涙を祈りとするがいい

sono sadame ni namida suru koe
kono kage no naka de sono namida wo inori to suru ga ii

Voices cry of their fate
“Caught in my shadows, consider your tears naught but prayer.”

終わらぬ生獄呪う声
この影の中で 私の一部となって生きよと

owaranu inochi norou koe
kono kage no naka de watashi no ichibu to natte ikiyo to

Voices curse their eternal living hell
“Caught in my shadows, may you become part of me and live on.”

共に産まれ されど倦まれ
戯れに選ばれたのは
下らぬ神の悪戯で終わらせない

tomo ni umare saredo umare
tawamure ni erabareta no wa
kudaranu kami no itazura de owarasenai

Born together, forsaken together
May the heavens curse their mistake
That they chose our souls for this fate

そう、誓う–。

sou, chikau–.

It will not end here–.

その罪人も
      その咎人も
その凶人も
      その禍人も

  そう 全て愛しき片割の為にと 嗚呼。

sono inochi mo
sono inochi mo
sono inochi mo
sono inochi mo
sou subete itoshiki rifle no tame ni to aa.

Those who sinned against us
 Those who made crimes against us
Those who called misfortune to us
 Those who brought calamity upon us
Yes, all their lives are for you Rifle, my beloved other half!

愚直なまでにただ一心に
愛深きが故に貪欲に
けして満たされぬその景色
未だに未完成な理想郷

guchoku na made ni tada isshin’ ni
aifukaki ga yue ni don’yoku ni
keshite mitasarenu sono keshiki
imada ni mikan’zen’ na utopia

Bullheaded, in one mind and one heart
In her deep love, she was ravenous
The world she saw ever lacked fulfilment
A utopia yet to be complete

ならけして滅びぬようにと
その罪咎凶禍をこの身に束ねて
無暁無屈– “己” は誰かいつか喪う覚悟でも

nara keshite horobinu you ni to
sono inochi wo kono mi ni tabanete
mushoumukutsu– “onore” wa dareka itsuka ushinau kakugo demo

But it only hardened her determination
She would bind these sinners’ lives to her body
Even if it meant she would one day lose herself to have her way

その無数の命もて
その無限の命もて
天の巡るまで

sono musuu no inochi mote
sono mugen’ no inochi mote
ten’ no meguru made

With these countless lives she will
With these infinite lives she will
Until heaven decides her fate

しかるに分かたれた命
その思いに涙して
吼え猛る—-ああ!

shikaru ni wakatareta inochi
sono omoi ni namida shite
hoetakeru —- aa!

However, burdened with the emotions
Of the lives she brought unto her own
Tears flowing, she howls — ah!

「少女は膝をつく。けれど、その心は決して折れない。
 それは、最も愛深きが故に、最も貪欲。後にそう伝えられる、第四の魔女”リディア”の姿—-」

shoujo wa hiza wo tsuku. keredo, sono kokoro wa kesshite orenai.
sore wa, motto mo ai fukaki ga yue ni, mottomo don’yoku. nochi ni sou tsutaerareru, dai yon’ no majo “lydia’ no sugata—-


She then fell to her knees, but her heart was far from broken.
Yes, for she, Lydia, was later to be known as the fourth witch, infamous for the raging desire born of her fathomless love.

「いつか、彼女は帰ってくる—-決して潰えることなきその幻想を胸に。
 少女は生きる。生きて、生き続ける。
 —-いつまでも。世界は終焉するその時まで」

itsuka, kanojo wa kaettekuru —- kesshite tsuieru koto naki sono gen’sou wo mune ni.
shoujo wa ikiru. ikite, ikitsudzukeru.
—- itsu made mo. sekai wa shuuen’ suru sono toki made


So she lived — lived and kept living undeterred, forever carrying in her chest
—the delusion that one day her sister would return to her.
So she should remain — until world saw its end.

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girls, dance, staircase // Liz to Aoi Tori End Roll Theme

transcribed by ear

I just finished reading the book the movie リズと青い鳥/Liz und ein blauer Vogel/Liz and the Bluebird is based on, so this was inevitable.

girls, dance, staircase
歌:小野豊
作編曲:牛尾憲輔
歌詞:山田尚子

ことり響いた靴の音をそっと閉じ込めた
柔らかい光ふわり やがて踊りだす少女

kotori hibiita kutsu no oto wo sotto tojikometa
yawarakai hikari fuwari yagate odoridasu shoujo

faint footsteps sound quietly contained
in soft light hovering, her dance begins

君の声響かせて どうか綴らせて
爪先でくるり舞う 刻まれる記憶

kimi no koe hibikasete douka tsudzurasete
tsumasaki de kururi mau kizamareru kioku

let your voice ring, your story be told
on tip-toes turning, memories are written

今私の身体に その鼓動を映して 
このまま この場所で 合いの手を鳴らしていよう

ima watashi no karada ni sono kodou wo utsushite
kono mama kono basho de ai no te wo narashiteiyou

let your heartbeat be conveyed to mine
so that here, right now I may clap in unison

Blue Beauty

Oh, as a matter of course, kouhai-kun.

Find this album on [bandcamp].

Blue Beauty
デザイアドライブ|東方神霊廟
Vocals: 0P2C
Arrangement: Sieudiver
Lyrics: Amen
Album: Fearless Desire
Circle: Sieudiver
Event: Reitaisai 15 (May 6th, 2018)

願い事 抱きしめ 宙を舞い漂う
雲を抜け ここまで 雨は届かないの
何もかも 綺麗で 全部欲しくなちゃった
木漏れ日 花 星 私の物にするわ

negaigoto dakishime chuu wo maitadayou
kumo wo nuke koko made ame wa todokanai no
nani mo ka mo kirei de zen’bu hoshiku nachatta
komorebi hana hoshi watashi no mono ni suru wa

I embrace my wants, floating through the air
Having broken through the clouds, the rain won’t reach me here
I want everything, everything beautiful I feel must be mine
The light through the treetops, flowers and stars, they’ll be all mine

欲深いと言っても構わない
追いかけ続ける
数え切れない景色が目に
残る 消えない 消せない

yokubukai to ittemo kamawanai
oikaketsudzukeru
kazoekirenai keshiki ga me ni
nokoru kienai kesenai

You can call me greedy, I don’t care
I’ll keep chasing after what I want
All the countless scenes I’ve seen are left
Lingering permanently in my mind’s eye

銀色の涙 ボロボロ
辿り着く所々の宝物
集めては 更に堕ちてく
欲望に溺れるの
沈むのを 止められない 止められない
手にした物 重過ぎて

gin’iro no namida poroporo
tadoritsuku tokorodokoro no takaramono
atsumete wa sara ni ochiteku
yokubou ni oboreru no
shizumu no wo tomerarenai tomerarenai
te ni shita mono omosugite

Silver tears drip down
The countless treasures I reach
Only serve my descent as I collect them
Drowning in desire
I can’t stop sinking, can’t stop sinking
Everything I’ve obtained is far too heavy

星が欲しかったのに 空はもう飛べない
深い海 その底 流されて彷徨う
今はまた 懲りずに 宝物を探す
真珠 渦 サメ 駄目 これ以上抱えきれない

hoshi ga hoshikatta no ni sora wa mou tobenai
fukai umi sono soko nagasarete samayou
ima wa mata korizu ni takaramono wo sagasu
shin’ju uzu same dame kore ijou kakaekirenai

Though I wanted the stars, no longer can I fly
Instead I wander the depths of deep oceans
Searching for more treasures, have I learned nothing?
Pearls and whirlpools, sharks — but no, I cannot carry any more!

楽しいはずなのになぜ
心が叫ぶの
どれだけ集めればいいの
雫 雫 零す

tanoshii hazu nano ni naze
kokoro ga sakebu no
doredake atsumereba ii no
shizuku shizuku kobosu

This should be fun, yet why
Why does my heart cry out so?
How much until I’m satisfied?
Droplets overflow one by one

銀色の涙 ボロボロ
辿り着く所々の宝物
集めては 更に堕ちてく
欲望に溺れるの
沈むのを 止められない 止められない
手にした物 重過ぎて

gin’iro no namida poroporo
tadoritsuku tokorodokoro no takaramono
atsumete wa sara ni ochiteiku
yokubou ni oboreru no
shizumu no wo tomerarenai tomerarenai
te ni shita mono omosugite

Silver tears drip down
The countless treasures I reach
Only serve my descent as I collect them
Drowning in desire
I can’t stop sinking, can’t stop sinking
Everything I’ve obtained is far too heavy

家に帰ると びっくり
その場所で 見つけたのは 見過ごしてた
何よりも 大切な日々
暖かな お茶 飲んで
焦りなく ゆっくりできる 恋しかったよ
私の輝く日常

ie ni kaeru to bikkuri
sono basho de mitsuketa no wa misugoshiteta
nani yori mo taisetsu na hibi
atatakana ocha non’de
aserinaku yukkuri dekiru koishikatta yo
watashi no kagayaku nichijou

Returning home, I’m surprised
What I found there, I had overlooked
Days more precious than anything else
Drinking warm tea
Having nowhere to hurry, O how I missed this!
My shining everyday life

昊飛ぶ郵便屋さん // Sora Tobu Yuubin’ya-San

This song references all of the other characters and songs on the album.

Spunky.

Notes:
“A symbol that looks like ‘te'” is Japan’s postal symbol: 〒 which looks like the katakana テ.

昊飛ぶ郵便屋さん
 Sora Tobu Yuubin’ya-san
 Sky Flying Postal Worker
蠢々秋月~Night Insect|東方永夜抄
Vocal: 神波千尋
Arrange: 飴野ヲルカ (Mano, 平茸)
Lyrics: 飴野はるつみ
Circle: 全自動少女 “Automata Girl”
Album: 櫻雨キネマトグラフ〜大正壹佰年奇譚〜
 “Sakuraame Cinématographe ~Taishou Ippyakunen’ Kitan~”
Event: C83

眞赤な帽子が未だ奇麗な新参者です
鳥渡ばかりの手紙と荷を届けます
てな具合で今日も奔り聲を報せやうか
裏路 近路 渾ての路は何とやらだ
モガの彼奴も通りすがりの簦屋も 花売る彼の子の處だって

maaka na boushi ga mada kirei na shin’zan’mono desu
chotto bakari no tegami to ni wo todokemasu
te na guai de kyou mo hashiri koe wo shiraseyou ka
uramichi chikamichi subete no michi wa nan’to yara da
moga no aitsu mo toorisugari no kasaya mo hana-uru ano ko no toko datte

I’m a brand spanking new recruit, my bright red hat still crisp and clean!
“Miss or Sir I’m here to-day to deliver a few letters, or packages be that the case!”
That’s enough practice — so with a hop, skip and a jump, shall I be off?
A back-way here a short-cut there, after all, all roads lead to… Where was it again?
To that “Modern Girl”, the umbrella seller just passing through, to even the flower-girl I go!

リンと鳴らしてひとつ飛び! キヤラメル齧り亦、昊へ
迷って廻って日が昏て 家路識れず

rin to narashite hitotsu tobi! caramel kajiri mata, sora e
mayotte mawatte hi ga kurete ieji shirezu

Ring goes the bell as I hop off again, a caramel in my mouth, off again to the sky!
Get lost here, turned around there, the sun’s setting and I don’t know the way back home!

「テ」に似た印が未だ煌めく働き者です
其れ相応だけの手紙と荷を届けます
てな具合で今日も奔り聲を報せやうか
路地裡の卜者 ドレス纏った貴婦人も
怪し説教 逃路絶たれ敢無く ポケツト探ればほうら

“te” ni nita shirushi ga mada kirameku hatarakimono desu
sore souou dake no tegami to ni wo todokemasu
te na guai de kyou mo hashiri koe wo shiraseyou ka
rojiura no bokusha dress matotta kifujin’ mo
ayashisekkyou nigemichi tatare aenaku pocket sagureba houra

I’m a fresh snappy worker, the symbol on my uniform still sparkling new!
“As such, Miss or Sir, you’d rightfully expect me to deliver a good number of things!”
That’ll work I think — so with a hop, skip and a jump, shall I be off?
Gotta visit the back-alley fortune-teller as well as that madame in her dress
Cornered again by the woman with her dodgy sermons,
 gotta search my pockets — there goes my change!

参佰米だつてひとつ飛び! キヤラメル齧り亦、昊へ
些し怖くて厭になる日も在るけれど

san’byaku meter datte hitotobi! caramel kajiri mata, sora e
sukoshi kowakute iya ni naru hi mo aru keredo

Three hundred meters for me is but a hop! With a caramel in my mouth, it’s back to the sky!
Sure there are days that are scary or that get me down, but still!

何處かの誰かが明日嗤ふやうにと
詰り其れが妾の意味

dokoka no dareka ga ashita warau you ni to
tsumari sore ga watashi no imi

So that someone somewhere will get a good laugh tomorrow…
That’s the reason I get up in the morning!

眞赤な帽子が好く似合ふと評判物です
寒さにも敗けずに何だって届けます
てな具合で今日も奔り聲を報せやうか
ヲンナルポライタア 無愛想面の執事にも
深ひ霧を抜け階段昇る先には 未だ見ぬ世界が竢つてゐるんだ

maaka na boushi ga yoku niau to hyouban’mono desu
samusa ni mo makezu ni nan’datte todokemasu
te na guai de kyou mo hashiri koe wo shiraseyou ka
on’na-repo-writer buaisoudzura no shitsuji ni mo
fukai kiri wo nuke kaidan’ noboru saki ni wa mada minu sekai ga matteirun’da

Folks tell me they like my bright red hat, that it fits me nicely!
“Miss or Sir, be guaranteed I’ll deliver, through rain, wind or snow!”
Yeah, let’s go with that — so with a hop, skip and a jump, shall I be off?
Still have to visit that writer-reporter woman and the butler with the unwelcoming face
Through the fog and up those stairs there’s a world yet unseen waiting for me!

凛と構へてひとつ飛び! 遣らねば誰が往けるのか
竦んで震へて戸惑つても進むのさ

rin’ to kamaete hitotsu tobi! yaraneba dare ga yukeru no ka
sukun’de furuete tomadottemo susumu no sa

Let’s hop to it — but with a dignified manner. If I don’t do this job, who will?
Even if I hesitate, get frightened or down, I’ll get right back up and keep going!

今日の自分を追掛けて 光に向つて亦、昊へ
辷つて転んで躓ひたつて嗤ふのさ

kyou mo jibun’ wo oikakete hikari ni mukatte mata, sora e
subette koron’de tsumadzuitatte warau no sa

Today again, I’m chasing after my ideal self, off into the light, to the sky!
Even if I slip and fall or get caught in a rut, you won’t catch a frown on my face!

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