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夕立方程式 // Yuudachi Hoteishiki (Owarimonogatari OP 3/Sodachi Lost OP)

Oikura Sodachi (Yuudachi Hoteishiki)

This is the Sodachi Lost OP. It wasn’t aired on TV, but was packaged with the Blu-Rays, along with a video/short.


 Yuudachi Houteishiki
 The Formula of a Sudden Evening Shower
歌:老倉 育 (井上麻里奈)
歌詞:meg rock

全て 失った先に なにが あるの?
全部 とっくに あきらめてた はずなのに
だけど 何度でも 君に期待しては
ほんの わずかな 確率の海に飛び込む

subete ushinatta saki ni nani ga aru no?
zen’bu tokku ni akirameteta hazu nano ni
dakedo nan’do demo kimi ni kitai shite wa
hon’no wazuka na kakuritsu no umi ni tobikomu

What will the future hold, once I’ve lost everything?
I thought I had given up on it all long ago, but
Again and again I find myself putting my expectations in you
Diving into the seas of chance, for the smallest of possibilties

私が なにで できてるのか
永遠に ねぇ 君は気付きそうにない

watashi ga nani de dekiteru no ka
eien’ ni nee kimi wa kidzukisou ni nai

You will probably never realize,
Will you? Just what I am made of…

僕らを証明する 僕らの方程式は
きっと 僕たちにしか解けないから

mujaki ni waraikakeru kimi ni furimasawarete
watashi no shiranai mirai ga hajimaru
bokura wo shoumei suru bokura no houteishiki wa
kitto bokutachi ni shika tokenai kara

Before your innocent smile, I am defenseless
While a future I do not know begins
Our formula, the one that proves who we are
Surely cannot be solved by anyone but us

何度でも また 間違いながら

nan’do demo mata machigainagara

So we try again and again, making mistakes along the way

君は きっと すぐ また 忘れちゃうのに
しあわせ だって うらがえしになるのにね
急な土砂降り ただの雨宿りで
滲む世界は いま 私と君だけのもの

kimi wa kitto sugu mata wasurechau no ni
shiawase datte uragaeshi ni naru no ni ne
kyuu na doshaburi tada no amayadori de
nijimu sekai wa ima watashi to kimi dake no mono

Even though you’re probably just going to forget me again
Even though even happiness can be turned on its head
Caught in a sudden downpour, though we’re only taking shelter from the rain
This world of running blurs right now belongs to just you and me

君が どう 思ってくれてるのか
このきもちには ねぇ 関係ないけど

kimi ga dou omottekureteru no ka
kono kimochi ni wa nee kan’kei nai kedo

But it doesn’t matter to my feelings
However you may be thinking of us

僕らを証明する 僕らの方程式は
きっと 僕たちにしか解けないから

mujaki ni waraikakeru kimi ni furimasawarete
watashi no shiranai mirai ga hajimaru
bokura wo shoumei suru bokura no houteishiki wa
kitto bokutachi ni shika tokenai kara

Before your innocent smile, I am defenseless
While a future I do not know begins
Our formula, the one that proves who we are
Surely cannot be solved by anyone but us

何度でも また 間違いながら

nan’do demo mata machigainagara

So we try again and again, making mistakes along the way

僕らを証明する 僕らの方程式は
きっと 僕たちにしか解けないから

mujaki ni waraikakeru kimi ni furimasawarete
watashi no shiranai mirai ga hajimaru
bokura wo shoumei suru bokura no houteishiki wa
kitto bokutachi ni shika tokenai kara

Before your innocent smile, I am defenseless
While a future I do not know begins
Our formula, the one that proves who we are
Surely cannot be solved by anyone but us

雨上がりの世界へ 踏み出す
何度でも また 間違いながら

ameagari no sekai e fumidasu
nan’do demo mata machigainagara

So we step out into the world as the rain lets
Trying again and again, making mistakes along the way

Oikura Sodachi (Yuudachi Hoteishiki)

mathemagics (終物語 / Owarimonogatari OP2) [Full]

I should be working on other things right now, but I couldn’t resist.


※Due to the wishes of the author(s), the lyrics have been displayed as numbers. Please understand.

Yes the lyrics booklet has numbers. Luckily it uses the simplest cipher known to mankind.

[Code Bracket Start]
a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z

1=hito/ichi (when before a set of numbers that would cause out of range exceptions if 1 was not treated as a separate entity)
[Code Bracket End]

I didn’t change much from how I translated the short version.
The verb used for “knocked off my feet” is the same verb you would use when describing “pushing a woman down onto a bed”. Food for thought.

Where is my Sodachi figure!?

歌:老倉 育(井上麻里奈)
歌詞:meg rock

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zutto wakatteta
kotoba (wa) usobakari
kantan ni wasureru futashika de aimai na mono

I knew all along
That words were nothing but lies
Easily forgotten, uncertain and vague


shinjitsu mo nejifuseteku
mahou ni nigekonde

So I escape into magic
Twisting the truth

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taiyou mo kieta natsu
(hito)rikiri de watashi ga
michibikidashita kotae

During that summer where the sun had disappeared,
All alone, the answer
That I came to was…


(sore wa)
kimi datta
mitsuketa no

It was you
I had finally found it

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dare yori mo tadashii hazu no kotae wo

The answer, [whom] should have been more correct than any other…

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kitai shita bun dake
warikirenaku natte
bokura ni atehamaru koushiki wo sagashiteita

The more I longed for it
The more it was elusive to me
The formula I searched for, which would fit us both

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kimi ga nee waraikakeru dake de mou

You know, even when you just smile at me
It makes me so happy

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13090308090209110904011908092001 1115200105

taiyou mo kieta natsu
(hito)rikiri de watashi ga
michibikidashita kotae

During that summer where the sun had disappeared,
All alone, the answer
That I came to was…


(sore wa)
kimi datta
mitsuketa no

It was you
I had finally found it

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dare yori mo tadashii hazu no kotae wo

The answer, [whom] should have been more correct than any other…

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jibun de chanto machigawanai to
itsumade datte wakaranakute
tatta hitotsu no uso de yokatta
kimi no uso ni oshitaosaretakatta

If I don’t make my own mistakes
I will never learn
All I wanted was a single lie
A lie from you to knock me off my feet

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mahou ga tokeru mae ni
mou (ichi)do dake waratte

Before this magic melts away
Smile for me, one more time

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13090308090209110904011908092001 1115200105

taiyou mo kieta natsu
(hito)rikiri de watashi ga
michibikidashita kotae

During that summer where the sun had disappeared,
All alone, the answer
That I came to was…


(sore wa)
kimi datta
mitsuketa no

It was you
I had finally found it


mitsuketa to
omotta no

I thought…
I thought I had found it

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dare yori mo tadashii hazu no kotae wo

The answer, [whom] should have been more correct than any other…

15 Songs

Ibuki Suika (shou shishi)

It’s kind of shocking for me, but I haven’t posted in over a month! I’ve been really busy at work, and I continue to be busy professionally translating manga, and I keep forgetting about things.

I actually should probably be working on something else right now, to be honest.

All the same, I’ve got a bottle of vodka, and I’m going to use that as an excuse.

I recently read [this post] over at someone else’s blog and thought that I wanted to do something similar.

I know – you know – that I’m incapable of picking a “top 15” of anything, but here are a few songs I’d like to call attention to. I will try to avoid overlap as much as possible, and I will also put several playlists down at the bottom. [I am too tired – maybe later.]

So here is a selection of 15 Touhou songs I remember:


15. “Cinnamon, Cinnamon” (蒼 -aoi-) [全自動少女 – Automata Girl] [SoundCloud]
arr. “有頂天変 ~ Wonderful Heaven”

Automata Girl will forever be a reminder to me that some things fail. While some tracks from the past get lost in oblivion forever, Automata Girl was lost in the oblivion of the future. This is a track that was scheduled to be on their second album, which they never released. It is spectacular and probably the best of the lot.

Long live the Taisho Era!

14. “Clarity Green” (YAMAGEN) [Nuclear Blast | Pizuya’s Cell x MyonMyon] [YT]
arr. “緑眼のジェラシー”

Clarity Green is probably the quietest vocal track to ever come out of PizuyaxMyonMyon and it has stuck with me forever, mainly due to the perfect utilization of godwood’s piano. Even if you’re not one to like the harder stuff like [Romantic Children♥], you can enjoy this.

13. “Nuclear Fusion” (佳織みちる) [Trois Noir | Alstroemeria Records] [YT]
arr. “霊知の太陽信仰 ~ Nuclear Fusion”

There is not another Touhou arrangement in existence, that I know of, that sounds less like its original… yet it works. This song has a bit of a desolate sense to it and has an insane nostalgia factor because it’s from one of the first Touhou albums I listened to.

12. “You’re the love of my life…” (花咲あんな) [Perpetual Devotion | EastNewSound] [YT] [YT]
arr. “耀く針の小人族 ~ Little Princess”

There are about 3 EastNewSound tracks that I like post Felsic Mirage, and this is one, a big one. Now there are other great ENS songs like Black Lotus and Lucent Wish and Lucid Dream and booklet choir, but I didn’t want this to be all about older songs. ENS is one of those groups that used to be my favorite group, but my love for them eventually evaporated. I still adore everything up to Felsic Mirage, but I’m not sure there’s a real objective reason.

There are really only 3 groups I still like as much as when I first encountered them.

They are Shibayan, Shinigiwa Satellite, and…

11. “サナエさん” [騙 | RD-Sounds/凋叶棕] [YT]
arr. N/A (Sanae-san)

RD-Sounds. If we’re ever going to be objective, in any way shape or form, RD-Sounds is the best Touhou arranger there ever was. This is in part because he is also a brilliant lyricist and every one of his songs has an impact in some way. If 嘘と慟哭 doesn’t make you weep, there’s something wrong with you.

Anyway, to Sanae-san. This song is a Touhou song without using any ZUN song as its basis, but oh, is it a Touhou arrangement. The instrumentals are fantastic, and the multi-character hearsay setup… This song is possibly the most memorable and most iconic RD song, and so it’s on this list.

10. “この船は藺草の香り” (Shibayan) [Shibayan Records | キセキ☆インパルス Emotional Feedback] [YT]
arr. 幽霊客船の時空を越えた旅

This is the first track from the first real Shibayan noise album, and the first I’d ever heard of him. I often go on obsessive rants about how much I love Shibayan, but I rarely get the chance to mention this track, though one of his most addictive, because I’m usually centering on vocal tracks. It’s relentlessly percussive and fantastic.

09. “漆黒スターダスト” (衛☆星太郎) [Lover’s Requiem EP | 死際サテライト] [YT]
arr. 恋色マスタースパーク

To my knowledge, the first Shinigiwa Satellite vocal song. How can these lyrics be so good? Even though the Merami vocal age of Shinigiwa has hit its prime, I still long for the rough screamo Ei-Seitarou vocals often. I could have very well put 戦慄オルレアン or 消滅アモルファス in this slot, but really I have this pain in my heart for those who don’t think Shinigiwa Satellite is the best damn thing since electricity.

If this doesn’t convince you try some Merami-era 妖仙ドライヴ, and 静寂ラストダンス, and then everything else they’ve ever done.

08. 紅楼 ~ Eastern Dream (Demetori) [Demetori | 如臨深遠 ~雨縒煙柳~] [YT]
arr. 紅楼 ~ Eastern Dream

Demetori’s masterpiece, and longest song. My three favorite Demetori songs are 紅楼 ~ Eastern Dream, 少女が見た日本の原風景 ~ Dance of puNDarika, and 天空の花の都 ~ Bridge of The Lotus, but I don’t know, there’s something special about Eastern Dream. It puts you in a trance.

07. “Philosophus Hortum”/”Mandshurica” (梶迫迅八) [Sept Florum | 梶迫小道具店/Cajiva’s Workshop] [Soundcloud XFD]
arr. 衛星トリフネ / ラストオカルティズム~現し世の秘術師

Yes, this album just came out. Yes, this is two tracks and not just one. Yes, this (Mandshurica) is a Last Occultism Arrangement. No, you probably don’t have access to it anywhere. This is Cajiva’s Tribal House Music. Mandshurica has sampled rap in it as well. Sept Florum is an addicting album in a strange genre. These albums sometimes come with stories, like 炎上 and 水なき海を往く, of loli Renko and treachery and murder. If I am one day freed from the bonds of life I’d love to translate them.

At any rate, this: [XFD-Album Page]

Flandre Scarlet (ZYTOKINE's gold*)
06. “GOLD” (itori) [gold* | CYTOKINE/ZYTOKINE] [YT]
arr. 御伽の国の鬼が島

The artist formerly known as…

Anyway. That aside. Itori. Itori is beautiful. I rarely like Zytokine without Itori. This is Itori supreme. I think I bought this album multiple times just for this one track. I mean, we all love to see Flandre in pajamas, but this is a Suica song. Itori’s voice is beautiful.

This reminds me of “L’Amour Toujours”… I feel old-ish.

05. “桜花之恋塚 ~ Flower of Life” (陽花) [Re:Starlights & An Umbrella | 発熱巫女~ず] [YT]
arr. 桜花之恋塚 ~ Japanese Flower

I am absolutely sure that this song brought FELT into existence. Anyway, this is the remix, but the original is just as good, just far less FELT-like. There’s a piercing power to Youka’s voice here and and a few shifts takes a playful sounding song and makes it into something incredibly moving. It didn’t take me long to get tired of FELT, but this style really is something. You haven’t listened to “Japanese Flower” if you haven’t heard it in this incarnation.

04. “Primula” (ARM) [bloom | IOSYS]
arr. ハルトマンの妖怪少女

Why wasn’t there another “bloom”? The world bleeds because there was only one “bloom”. Samplejunk and noise this is the best thing I think that ARM has ever put out.

Usami Renko (From the "Mary had a little love" album booklet)
03. “鉄塔” (utashima) [Mary had a little love | <echo>Project] [YT]
arr. 天空のグリニッジ

A spiritual predecessor to Automata Girl, Mary had a little love is a great, full interconnected Hifuu album. I think Tettou stands out because of the surrealism of the lyrics and the style of the music. It also tends to cause my headphones, my ears and random objects to harmonize and make radio noise….

02. “Back Door” (坂上なち) [white clear | Syrufit] [YT] [Babbe Remix]
arr. 魔法使いの憂鬱

The infamous “the lyrics here have been witheld at the request of the lyricist” song. I felt challenged. Like one of those throw down your glove things. It’s one of the Syrufit songs that tends to stick with me the most, and Babbe’s [remix] is flat out amazing.

I wanted to put “「I」” or “Stigma” from Sensitive Moment around here somewhere, but I’ve already done a post on Syrufit before: [link]

01. “月齢11.3のキャンドルマジック” (3L) [ ココロバイブレーション | Shibayan Records] [YT]
arr. ラクトガール ~ 少女密室

Yep. This song. Everyone knows this song, right? I hope so.

Mahal Ko, Mahal Kita.

The part where 3L sings “NOよ 要らないわ!” is one of my favorite musical moments of all time.

And those high notes…


Izayoi Sakuya / show me your love



Speaking of the undead. There’s been a saying going along that of which the gist of is this: “If we mourn for Syrufit as if they’re dead, maybe just maybe they’ll jump right back out at us with angry faces and a, ‘We’re not dead yet!’ resuming the manufacturing of music we all love and miss.” – to which I say “Great, let’s be nostalgic and listen to some Syrufit!”

What was the first song I came across those attempting to resurrect Syrufit?

我亲爱傀儡 / Wǒ Qīn’ài Guīlěi / Wa ga Shin’ai naru Kairai

…but of course, that’s Shibayan, not Syrufit.

If Syrufit’s in the grave I think they just pulled the blanket over their heads again.

…now I love 我亲爱傀儡 even though I can’t properly pronounce it, using the kan’bun’ reading (last one) instead of the Chinese. What would be best would be to investigate how it would be said in 霍青娥娘々/Seiga Nyan-Nyan’s time, but right now that’s not so important. Kwairai (我亲爱傀儡) is a guest track on a Syrufit album, just like アモリタチテカミトミユ is.

Syrufit / Studio “Syrup Comfiture” is: – “Syrufit”: Arrange, Guitar, Mixing, Mastering, Lyrics, Project
TAK-sk – “Poplica*”: Arrange, Synthesizer Manipulation
(SHIKI – Vocal, Lyrics, Chorus)

Only the early works name – collectively called “Syrufit” for an album or two, but after C77 they were renamed Syrufit( and Poplica*(=TAK-sk). SHIKI was last recorded as part of Syrufit/Studio “Syrup Comfiture” as of C79.

Let’s not forget, also, that Syrufit was around before they started publishing their own albums, as Syrufit/Anipix.

If you want to hear singing, look no further than Sensitive Moment, 墨染亡我郷.

Anyway, let us put it up for one of the world’s worst DJ’s (referencing a DJ session with REDALiCE and Masayoshi Minoshima), and a group we hope comes back to the Doujin Touhou Arranged Music scene.

Here are a few tracks that I recommend if you haven’t listened to yet.

Unrelated, I promise to be not-dead for RTS.

Title (Romaji) [Album] / Arranged Track (Game) / Info

Stigma [Sensitive Moment] [LYRICS]
 妖々跋扈 (東方妖々夢)
 Arrange: Syrufit, Vocal+Lyrics: 市松椿, Piano: (。・x・)ゝ<b!

「I」 [Sensitive Moment] [LYRICS]
 人形裁判~人の形遊びし少女 (東方妖々夢)
 Arrange: Syrufit, Vocal: RYO, Lyrics: 綾倉盟

Dress [palette ~人々が愛した幻想郷~] [LYRICS]
 二色蓮花蝶~Ancients (蓬莱人形)
 Arrange:, Vocal: fi-fy, Lyrics: SHIKI

liberate me [show me your love] [LYRICS]
 プラスチックマインド (東方怪綺談)
 Arrange: TAK-sk, Vocal+Lyrics: 市松椿

hitokata. [show me your love] [LYRICS]
 彼岸帰航~Riverside View (東方花映塚)
 Arrange: Syrufit, Vocal+Lyrics: SHIKI

The world of noise [show me your love] [LYRICS]
 Strawberry Crisis!! (東方夢時空)
 Arrange:, Vocal+Lyrics: 綾倉盟

Dream bottom [Where is Love] [LYRICS]
 世界の果て~World’s End (東方怪綺談)
 Arrange: Syrufit, Vocal+Lyrics: 綾倉盟

 Selene’s Light (東方幻想郷)
 Arrange: Syrufit, Vocal+Lyrics: 綾倉盟

Myosotis Alpestris [Love Hearts?] [LYRICS]
 Romantic Children (東方怪綺談)
 Arrange: Syrufit, Vocal: 3L, Lyrics: SHIKI

Jump! [Love=ALL] [LYRICS]
 ヴォヤージュ1969 (東方永夜抄)
 Arrange: Syrufit / Poplica*, Vocal: 市松椿, 綾倉盟, Lyric: eerie

root_C/=ALL [Love=ALL] [LYRICS]
 信仰は儚き人間の為に (東方風神録)
 Arrange: Syrufit / Poplica*, Vocal+Lyrics: 桃華なゆた

love. [love]
 ハルトマンの妖怪少女 (東方地霊殿)
 Arrange: Poplica*

maplelove. [love] [LYRICS]
 メイプルワイズ (東方幻想郷)
 Arrange: Poplica*, Vocal+Lyrics: eerie

Nowhere Residents. [love]
 幻想の住人 (東方幻想郷)
 Arrange: Syrufit

good-bye days. [love] [LYRICS]
 霊人の休日 (東方夢時空)
 Arrange: Syrufit, Vocal+Lyrics: 綾倉盟

over. [over]
 少女さとり~3rd eye (東方地霊殿)
 Arrange: Syrufit

月影少女 [over] [LYRICS]
 少女綺想曲~Dream Battle (東方永夜抄)
 Arrange: Syrufit, Vocal+Lyrics: 綾倉盟

it’s your world in scarlet [over] [LYRICS]
 亡き王女の為のセプテット (東方紅魔郷)
 Arrange: Syrufit, Vocal: 綾倉盟, Lyrics: 隣人

Stray child’s Alice [over] [LYRICS]
 不思議の国のアリス (東方怪綺談)
 Arrange: Poplica*, Vocal+Lyrics: 綾倉盟

Threat of Rain [over] [LYRICS]
 Mystic Dream (東方怪綺談)
 Arrange: Syrufit/Poplica*, Vocal: 綾倉盟, Lyrics: eerie

シンパシー [君の歌と僕の小さな恋] [LYRICS]
 真紅の少女~Crimson Dead (東方怪綺談)
 Arranged: Syrufit/Poplica*, Vocal+Lyrics: 市松椿

焦堕 [君の歌と僕の小さな恋] [LYRICS]
 プレインエイジア (東方永夜抄)
 Arranged: Syrufit/Poplica*, Vocal+Lyrics: 綾倉盟

monochrome [Blossom] [LYRICS]
 悲しき人形 (東方怪綺談)
 Arranged: Syrufit, Vocal+Lyrics: 綾倉盟

Coward [Blossom] [LYRICS]
 いざ、倒れ逝くその時まで (東方靈異伝)
 Arranged: Syrufit, Vocal+Lyrics: 綾倉盟

lost thing [Blossom] [LYRICS]
 霊人の休日 (東方夢時空)
 Arranged: Syrufit, Vocal+Lyrics: 綾倉盟

emo. [White Clear] [LYRICS]
 東方妖恋談 (東方夢時空)
 Arranged: Syrufit, Vocal+Lyrics: 市松椿

Back Door [White Clear] [LYRICS]
 魔法使いの憂鬱 (Grimoire of Marisa)
 Arranged: Syrufit, Vocal+Lyrics(?): 坂上なち

your smile, your face, your lies, your love [HAUNTED DANCEHALL] [LYRICS]
 幽夢~Inanimate Dream (東方幻想郷)
 Arranged: Syrufit, Vocal: 綾倉盟, Lyrics: 隣人

Real Intension [Double Counterpoint] [LYRICS]
 裏切りの少女 (東方怪綺談)
 Arranged: Syrufit, Vocal+Lyrics: 綾倉盟

Times [Plastik World] [LYRICS]
 時の風 (東方夢時空)
 Arranged: Syrufit, Vocal: 三澤秋, Lyrics: Haruka

Second Hand [The Brilliant Flowers] [LYRICS]
 不思議の国のアリス (東方怪綺談)
 Arranged: Syrufit, Vocal+Lyrics: 綾倉盟

lure me to [Fragment Reactions] [LYRICS]
 夜雀の歌声~Night Bird (東方永夜抄)
 Arranged: Syrufit, Vocal: 綾倉盟, Lyrics: 市松椿

Anticipating C83

My 900th Post!!!

Now let’s get going, Comic Market 83 is just around the corner, only a week away!

I’m going to try to cover as much as I can, but I’ve been sick (actually I tried to write this yesterday, but kept on getting dizzy sitting at the computer), so if I miss something here or there or rush through it too quickly, please forgive me… (。ŏ﹏ŏ)

I’ll also cover a “How to Order” section near the end, for those new to all of this.

As with the previous anticipating posts I will continually update this page until C83 is over. I have stopped numbering the list, but I will keep a total count and will continuously rearrange as my hype towards a particular album changes. If you want an album that isn’t on this list covered, ask for it in the comments.

Albums with multiple links (*s) may have the xfd in the second or third link. Sometimes you have to find a link on the page if there isn’t a soundcloud/youtube/nicovideo/MP3 applet.



The Anticipated List


Shibayan Records’ [マジコカタストロフィ] Mágico Catástrofe” [*]

I am really, really excited for this one. I mean, where do I begin? NuDisco? Hell yeah bring it on!! I feel that this CD captures everything about Shibayan’s electronic music, from his first albums (makes me think of Assortment of Sense) to his newest ones. Noise, video game music, a bit of disco, relaxing BGM and moe overload. “Fall in the Dark” straight up makes me want to dance. I don’t think yana’s voice has ever fit a song better. The two tracks I’m most excited about are “Clockup Flowers” and “Myoisia”. I catch a silly moe fever and completely overload when I listen to the Myoisia part of the crossfade. Now Ranko has sung once for Shibayan before, but it didn’t have nearly the effect on me as Clockup Flowers does – the beat and stress of Ranko’s voice just works perfectly together. Though I love Ranko’s voice, I get the feeling that since her voice is so unique, there are only a handful of arrangers apart from Comp that can properly utilize her. This shows me that Shibyan is to be counted among them. The last track “Love” (it’s Morse code) – I don’t know if it’ll end up anywhere near 11.3 Candle Magic on my list of favorite Locked Girl arrangements, but what we hear so far is very promising.

If I can get the scans soon, the vocal tracks on this album will start my next year of lyrics translation.

凋叶棕/RD-Sound’s [辿/誘] “-tadori/izanai-” [*] [*] [*]

RD has an extreme level of talent when it comes to producing transcendental instrumentals and pairing those instrumentals with spellbinding lyrics while pushing every vocalist he uses past their limits. He makes me fall in love with songs arranged from original tunes I don’t even like that much. He likes working with themes and intricate langauge, so I listen to this crossfade with the knowledge that I’m not even scraping the surface of what I’ll experience when I listen to these two albums in their entirety. Yes, two albums, they are both seven tracks and mirrors of each other. The first, “Tadori” which means “to reach a destination” is made up of one instrumental and six vocal tracks. The second, “Izanai” which means “to call for, or invite” is made up of one vocal and six instrumental tracks. Each numbered track on one album corresponds with the other in what they are arranged from. I can’t wait to piece together the story, especially because RD’s storytelling is so fantastic his instrumental tracks even hold stories. The glimpses we hear in these two beautiful crossfades is enough to tell me that I will be listening to these two CDs for days and days on end, just like I did with Katari. I suggest listening to these crossfades yourself and letting your imagination paint for you.

Forgive me if I can’t pick a favorite track, I love all of them so far, so I’ll reserve my judgement for when I listen to them in their entirety. (“the beautiful world” already is getting me though just on its passion…)

The track “Left Behind” on “Tadori” is from T★GIRLS.03, and I have already translated it [here]

Foreground Eclipse+Draw The Emotional’ “Seated with Liquor” [*]

Now I’m a fan of both Foreground Eclipse and Draw the Emotional, but haven’t heard much from either of them lately, so I’m glad they’re getting together to release a CD – in the words of Teto, “Why didn’t we think of this before!?!?” The CD starts strong with Draw the Emotional, and then Foreground Eclipse, and then the last two tracks crossovers. I think the composition of the album holds together really well with matching levels of melodic vocals, instrumentals and screams. Three of the tracks are Foreground Eclipse originals, but really, I’ve been coming to love Fogra’s originals just as much as their arrangements – they’ve really developed a good original sound.

Some of the tracks are re-released from either demos or band/lyricist-swapped from earlier albums, but the quality of the recording is upped for the demos and everything still feels fresh. This is a must have.

I have “Escapes” already translated here: [link]

ぴずやの独房/Pizuya’s Cell’s “Nouvelle Maliee” [*]

First of all, that a very flattering “Nouvelle” rendition of both Merry and Renko. It’s hot. Erhem. Now to the music…

The first impressions I get from this album are “Gothic” and “Deep”. I like that two of the vocal tracks are paired with instrumentals (I’m in love with Godwood). I believe that this album is going to jump ahead of the other recent Pizuya albums, no matter how brilliant they were. “Dreaming” already feels like it’s taking me away somewhere before it’s portion ends, the Dichromatic Butterfly track has strong vocals with a mystifying sound driving the instrumentals, the instrumentals behind “Alone in the Snow” make me think of the Phendrena Drifts from Metroid Prime, Spineless NeOvil feels very gothic, with just enough childishness in the vocals to give a perfect image of Satori, “Red Merry” might end up being my favorite track on this one – I don’t know, but I just feel drawn to it, and finally “Exhausted life” is similar to “Alone in the snow” and kind of reminds me (at least atmospherically) of songs done by 少女病. All in all a very solid album, with more.. depth to it. I’m very interested in reading the lyrics.

I was expecting another track from SOPHIA this time around, but rather than feeling disappointed as I thought I might, I don’t think she would really have a place in this album, and I’m glad how it seems to be turning out. It’ll be nice to see her featured in another album somewhere down the road though.

死際サテライト/Shinigiwa Satellite’s “The Forgotten EP” [*] [*]

What can I say? I love these guys. I love the demo – and hope that Eiseitarou at least does the background vocals when Merami takes over for the main vocals in the release. I think they’ve been sort of solidifying their sound recently and I have no complaints. Apart from “仏滅ヴァイオレット/Butsumetsu Violet/Violet and the Death of the Buddha” which sounds like it’ll be one of my favorites when it’s done, the news of a Septet arrangement with “忘却ドラクレア/Boukyaku Dracula/Oblivion Dracula” and a Plain Asia arrangement “盈月モンスター/Eigetsu Monster/Waxing Moon’s Monster” has me on the edge of my seat. I’ll have to at least try to transcribe some of these. As much as Shinigiwa makes fun of themselves and suggests that their music might be used as a weapon onto others, I love them and will stick with them ’til the very end!!!

サリー/Sally’s [ピグマリオン] “Pygmalion” [*]

Another wonderful cover, with a perfect title.

“アイス/Ice” (Sally’s last album) didn’t really grab me last time, but does that mean I was going to stop following Sally? Sally is one of the best groups to hit Touhou in a long time. NSY and Wani have be fantastic arrangers – I mean I should be dead bored of Necrofantasia arrangements, I really should, but I want to light a candle or a lighter or what have you as soon as the crossfade opens with Ranko singing “A Lavender in Valley”. It’s beautiful. If I knew more about music theory I might be able to say why I love NSY/Wani’s arrangements so much, maybe it’s the complexity, the minor keys, the off-notes taking you away from what you were expecting, what you’ve heard millions of times in other arrangements, they allow you to see these songs in a new light, which I think is the most important thing with any arrangement be it musical or visual or literary.

Chata’s voice mixes well with the hand drums and acoustic guitar, it might turn out to be one of my favorites sung by her, at least for Sally. As with Dominated Dancehall, this album is an album – every track complements the next. I know I say this everytime, but IZNA’s grown on me. I find myself looking more forward to her tracks than Chata or even Ranko’s sometimes. “アドレナリン/Adrenaline” is both smooth and incredibly powerful.

IMITATE makes my skin crawl, and I love it. I don’t know what it is but I like music that makes you a little uncomfortable; it ends up drawing you in deeper and deeper. Kind of like your curiosity’s got you this far, but now you’re going ahead half because you’re too afraid to turn around. This might be the first track I translate off this album.

“Melody” is much brighter and lighter, and thus complements “IMITATE” very well I think, and then along the same train of thought, we drop into a heavier beat for “W” which goes up and down in brightness – the guitar is spectacular.

“ユビキリ/Yubikiri” wraps up the album with a last bit of flair. It’s done by a guest arranger who sounds like he uses more distortion and reverberation but I think it matches the atmosphere of “The Dollmaker of Bucheresti” and works spectacularly.

鶫/Tsugumi’s “Ark Dark Half” [*]

First off “Tsugumi” is “powered by サリー/Sally”.

I think it was more that NSY and ワニ hadn’t had enough of Ten Desires and wanted to go back and rearrange those tracks – in different ways. I actually liked Tsugumi’s debut album ten times better than I did “アイス” even though they’re powered by the same arrangers (with the addition of nice_s). (This time around I think I’ll like Pygmalion more, but it’s a closer match.) If I had to describe Tsugumi, I would say it is Sally with a much lighter mood, brighter vocalists, less gothic and more.. moe? (at least in the lyrics?) – That doesn’t mean there aren’t dark or instrument heavy sections to the music sometimes, like “E-A-R” gets very heavy, but overall I think it’s brighter music, more major progressions and what not, but maybe I’m crazy and it’s just the vocalists. I’ll leave the finer details to music theory experts.

All of the tracks sound great and I don’t want to point absolute favorites (maybe Silent, St. Shine, or 8 -eight-), but I can promise I’ll be heading for this album to translate very quickly.

Demetori’s “Tendre est la Mort” [*] [*]

Unfortunately the demo crossfades available (second link) are just the first 45 seconds of each track rather than picked from somewhere in the middle, so we’re hardly given a good impression of what the music will really be like, but I love Demetori – they’re one of the best metal instrumental groups out there and I’m sure they’ll give 古きユアンシェン and ハートフェルトファンシー more than just justice. While “曼衍珠汝華 ~ Nada Upasana Pundarika” is still my favorite album of theirs I think they’ve far from peaked and I am very very glad they seem to be releasing more regularly now. So even though this is only an EP, I’m excited for both it and more that will surely come.

岸田教団&THE明星ロケッツ/Kisida Kyodan & The Akeboshi Rockets’s [ロックンロールラボラトリ] “Rock and Roll Laboratory” [*] [*]

The comments on the tracks for this CD are all over the place so I don’t know for sure, but I believe that this is a -mostly- Original CD. The first track, “Cause to Decide” Is the theme to the second episode of WORLD END ECONOMiCA [link] which appears to be a doujinshi visual novel. The second track, “Alchemy” is “Done with World End Economica in mind, but nothing else”. The third track, “熱病/Netsubyou/Fever” has lyrics done by Yapi~san. The fourth track, “SleepDisorder (2012)” is a retake of the song of the same name that they did (as an image song presumably) for Kamiya Yuu’s manga “Greed Packet Unlimited” (I’ve read the first volume. It’s silly :3 / Others that have done image songs for this manga include Cool and Create) The fifth and final track, “自由への賛歌/Jiyuu e no Sanka/A Hymn to Freedom” was supposed to be an AyaxHatate song arranged by RD, but … apparently they forgot to record a portion of the song based on RD’s music base and so a some parts of it are completely non-RD and some are and some aren’t and … “We prostrated ourselves before him and he said, ‘Uh… well.. what’s done is done I guess…’ and I calmed down a bit.” Still, the track sounds good and maybe we’ll have another partnership with RD and Kisida again sometime \o/

Either way, I love Kisida and the album sounds like it’s got a lot of energy, so I’m excited for it.

Alstroemeria Records’ “DOMINATED DANCEHALL” [*]

First of all, that cover’s erotic, espcially with the title. Now that that’s out of the way…

I didn’t dislike the last Alstroemeria Records’ release “The World Destination” I really liked a couple of the tracks (like Crimson Dead and In the Flickering) but it just didn’t have the same … I don’t know? flair? – as the previous “DANCEHALL” titled albums. I’m glad to see arrangements of rare tracks such as “Extra Love” and “陽落ちて/Nightfall” Apart from “Extra Love” and “Nightfall” I really like Nhato’s “Dead Space” and Camellia’s “WI[RE/ED] PUZZLE”. I think that “Cinderella Cage” was remixed very well – it’s that ZYOKINE beauty without any breaks to the developed mood. This is an album that I feel I’ll be able to listen to much more as a whole, and that’s really important to me. The original track RAVE LAUNCHER MK.II helps to bring the arrangements together and doesn’t detract at all. Night Bird and Oriental Magician (and FIX) tie up the end of the album perfectly.

So again, my favorites will probably be “Nightfall”, “Dead Space” and “WI[RE/ED] PUZZLE”… so “Nightfall” will probably be the first I try to translate. I’ll promise to make a Skyfall joke somewhere.

全自動少女/Automata Girl’s [櫻雨キネマトグラフ~大正壹佰年奇譚~] “Sakuraame Cinématographe ~Taishou Ippyakunen’ Kitan~” [*]

This is a branch circle/branch project headed by <echo>PROJECT’s Mano and 平茸 under the “fishy sounding” pseudonym 飴野ヲルカ “Ameno Orca”. Sakuraame Cinematographe’s subtitle “Taishou Ippyakunen’ Kitan” means “Mystical Tale of A Hundred Years of the Taisho Era”, the Taisho era being a very short, very “renaissance” sort of era in Japanese history, before militarization swept all that under the rug.

<echo>Project’s last major release “Mary had a Little Love” is to this day one of my favorite Touhou albums of all time. While I don’t see Sakuraame Cinematographe outdoing it, it might come close; you can make out the similarities in the arrangements. The music itself feels like old style with modern embellishment and in part reminds me of the BGMs for Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei. On principle, I think うたしま’s song “モダンガアル街を往く。/Modern Girl Machi wo Yuku.” is my favorite, though I like the (pardon the word) orientalism of “ゼンマヰ仕掛けの神は斯く語りき。/Sen;mai Shikake no Kami wa Kaku Katariki.” really grabs me as well as some of the more upbeat songs like “Hide and Secret.”, but also “識らぬが佛、視ぬが秘事。/Satoranu ga Hotoke, Minu ga Hiji.” and especially “然様ならば。/Sayou naraba.” I’m really hoping for fantastic lyrics to match this music, because if it’s anything like “Mary had a Little Love”…

The more I listen to this, the more it’s growing on me. – Really, I can hardly keep up with all this music.

豚乙女/Buta-Otome’s チェス “Chess” [*]

I still don’t think I’ve given “Bowling” enough attention and here we are with another Buta-Otome original CD. It’s very lively and very much their style. While I don’t ever see Buta-Otome “going downhill” like I’ve felt with many other groups. I have to admit, I like their originals even more than their Touhou arrangements lately, which is saying a lot, because about 90% of all I listen to is Touhou arranged music. Both this and “Bowling” feel like they’re from a separate age of music. It feels like modernized carnival music almost, but it’s very personal and has me searching my memories for something I’m not sure is there, like an empty nostalgia or something.

This is a strong addition to Buta-Otome’s original track record (puns intended), and I’m glad to see them putting more focus into original work.

豚乙女/Buta-Otome’s ひかり “Hikari” [*]

This is the closest thing that’s ever come to a “muted” Buta-Otome album, but I don’t dislike it. Every track arrangement is a “coupling” of at least two original tracks and more specifically, two characters (all of them famous matches really). It’s interesting to listen to each arrangement flow into each other. It’ll be good easy listening, and I’m sure the lyrics will be great service to fans of each pairing.

子猫奪回/Koneko Dakkaiya’s [Crossroad ~幻想巡会帖~] “~Gensoujun’kaichou” [*]

とらのあな/Toranoana’s [東方魔法少女 アルティメット★れいむ] “Touhou Mahoushoujo Ultimate Reimu” [*]

IOSYS’ “Toho EDM” [*]

ZYTOKINE’s “Double Key” [*]

EastNewSound’s “Auxiliary Brightness” [*]

Amateras Records’ “Emotionally Resonance” [*]

Conagusuri’s “Cluster Amaryllis” [*]

TatshMusicCircle’s “Far East of East VIII” [*]

signum/ii’s “effulgent SiGN” [*]

Unlucky Morpheus’s Parallelism・β [*]

回路/kairo’s “8 magics to kill the gods” [*]

SSH+Aether’s “Frenzy Frenzy” [*]

BLANKFIELD’s “At The Termination Of The Phantasm” [*]

冷猫/TUMENECO’s “Re.TMNC” [*]

Halozy’s “Snow Melody” [*]

Swing Holic’s “SWING HOLIC VOL.10” [*]

Get In The Ring’s “Alter Ego” [*]


SOUND HOLIC’s “風神 -FUUJIN-” [*] [*]

K2 Sound’s [光ノ朝 -ミツノアサ-] “Mitsu no Asa” [*]

C-CLAYS’ [聖謐 Sei-Hitsu] [*]

FELT’s “Ground Snow” [*]

Arte Refact’s “Fantastic Live” [*]

Buta-Otome’s [P]ig[V]ideo[D]esu [*]

Alice’s Emotion’s “OverDrive” [*]

Alice’s Emotion’s “Evolution Red” [*]

Kraster’s [魔女と林檎と彷徨う君と -Dreamin’ Dreamin’ Wonderful 7days.] “Majo to Ringo to Samayou Kimi to” [*]

幽閉サテライト/Yuuhei Satellite [濡れた髪に触れられた時] “Nureta Kami ni Furerareta Toki” [*]

monochrome-coat’s “nyanco” [*]

A-One’s “TOHO EUROBEAT Vol.7” [*]

ヨウノウミ/Younomi’s “Toho Warfare: Black Onyx” [*]

天然ジェミニ/Ten’nen Gemini’s “Toho Warfare: Red Beryl” [*]

CROWS’CLAW’s “Four Resolutions” [*]

Foxtail-Grass Studio’s [つきかげクオリア] “Tsukikage Qualia” [*]

TAMUSIC’s [優雅な東方子守唄] “Yuuga na Touhou Komoriuta” [*]

死際サテライト/Shinigiwa Satellite x 9bFOX’s MORSE EP [*]


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