としょかんのうた // Toshokan no Uta

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For those who do not know:

かちかち山 (Kachi-Kachi Yama = Crackle Crackle Mountain) is the title of a folktale about a rabbit enacting revenge for his human friends on a tanuki (who tricked a man into eating his own wife) by pretending to be his friend, but actually torturing him at every turn. The title refers to a trick where the tanuki is carrying kindling on his back, which the rabbit sets on fire. “Do you hear that crackling sound, like something burning?” “Oh, it’s just because we’re near Crackle Crackle Mountain, known far and wide for making that sound!” But please, please imagine cute characters, like those out of a children’s book doing this. This is the way this tale is meant to be understood. Trust me.

Caution: official lyrics have not been published, so this is a translation based on my own transcription.

I decided to break my caps-on line beginning format for this song. (in deference to the full-kana titles)

としょかんのうた
 Toshokan no Uta
 Library Song
ヴワル魔法図書館|東方紅魔郷
By: かちかち山
Album: どうぶつのうた 弐 ”Animal Songs 2″
Event: C94 | Apollo 09

暗く狭い一人きり
扉は閉ざされたまま
部屋の鍵を壊しても
この一歩が踏み出せない

kuraku semai hitorikiri
tobira wa tozasareta mama
heya no kagi wo kowashitemo
kono ippo ga fumidasenai

in the dark, cramped and all alone
the door is as closed as it ever was
even if I break the lock to my room
I still cannot take a step forward

光はまだ届かない
壁の向こう夢見ても
気持ちだけが空回る
出口が見えない迷路

hikari wa mada todokanai
kabe no mukou yumemitemo
kimochi dake ga karamawaru
deguchi ga mienai meiro

the light still does not reach me
though I dream of what lies beyond the wall
my emotions are exhausted running in circles
in a maze with no exit I can see

彩られた世界は蜃気楼
消えてしまう すぐに まるで

irodorareta sekai wa shin’kirou
kieteshimau sugu ni maru de

that colorful world is nothing but a mirage
vanishing as soon as it appears, almost as if…

真っ白なページをめくる
心が騒ぐ場所へ
いつでも行けるから

masshiro na page wo mekuru
kokoro ga sawagu basho e
itsudemo yukeru kara

…turning a blank page, I
head to where my heart races
a place I can always go

迷いながら見つけ出した
無限の可能性を
輝く未来 夢見るから

mayoinagara mitsukedashita
mugen’ no kanousei wo
kagayaku mirai yumemiru kara

wandering, still I found
endless possibilities there
for I dream of a shining future

暗く狭い部屋の中
一人膝を抱えては
重い扉 開いても
この一歩で踏み出せない

kuraku semai heya no naka
hitori hiza wo kakaete wa
omoi tobira hiraitemo
kono ippo de fumidasenai

in this dark, cramped room
sometimes I hug my knees
sometimes I rise to open the heavy door
but still I cannot set one foot outside

光よ まだ消えないで
鼓動が早くなる度に
遥か遠い太陽に
近づけるよう 泣き出して

hikari yo mada kienaide
kodou ga hayaku naru tabi
haruka tooi taiyou ni
chikadzukeru you nakidashite

light, please do not yet fade
every time my heart races faster
it’s as if I’m reaching closer to
the distant sun — and I break out crying

彩られた世界は偶像
消えてしまう すぐに それは

irodorareta sekai wa guuzou
kieteshimau sugu ni sore wa

that colorful world is nothing but an idol
it disappears as soon as it appears, almost as if…

真っ白なページをめくる
心が騒ぐ場所へ
いつでも行けるから

masshiro na page wo mekuru
kokoro ga sawagu basho e
itsudemo yukeru kara

…turning a blank page, I
head to where my heart races
a place I can always go

迷いながら見つけ出した
無限の可能性を
輝く未来を描くから

mayoinagara mitsukedashita
mugen’ no kanousei wo
kagayaku mirai wo egaku kara

wandering, still I found
endless possibilities there
for I paint myself a shining future

魔法の言葉を並べたり
ぐるぐる螺旋を描いたり
捻れた並行空間と
交わる瞬間に

mahou no kotoba wo narabetari
guruguru rasen’ wo egaitari
nejireta heikoukuukan’ to
majiwaru shun’kan’ ni

aligning magic words
drawing cyclic spirals
the moment it collides with
this twisted parallel space

夢に見た遥かな空へ
飛び立てるはずだから

yume ni mita haruka na sora e
tobitateru hazu dakara

into the distant sky I saw in my dreams
I should be able to take flight

真っ白なページ出したら
無限の可能性を
描けるはず もう恐れないで

masshiro na page dashitara
mugen’ no kanousei wo
egakeru hazu mou osorenaide

on a blank page you will find
endless possibilities you can
paint yourself — so don’t be a afraid

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