Musashi: Book 1 – Earth | Review and Summary

As of now, I’ve read the first three out of seven "books" in Musashi, and in part for fun and in part just to jog my memory I thought I’d do some commenting or review some things I’ve already read.

Each of the books so far has definitely had its own charm, but so far the first one has really grabbed me the most. Very adequately named "Earth" it comprises of the roots of Musashi, before he called himself by that name. Although one of the shorter books, it is very rich in both external action and internal contemplation. The opening scene is that of our main character "Takezō" laying in the middle of a lifeless battlefield, desolate, hardly alive himself. I thought of scorched earth, the eerie morning after a blaze. Yet from this Takezō’s tale begins, similar to slash and burn crop method, this destruction, this vital shift, becomes a nutrient and is the first step towards transforming Takezō into Musashi.

Takezō’s childhood companion Matahachi is also alive with him in the field, so they struggle away, Takezō the stronger (of course because he’s our hero) and in to hiding from the troops of the leading side, they finally find a ghost like little girl (Akemi) stealing from corpses (iconic figure in classical literature ^^) and they chase after her and find a place where they can hide and tend to their wounds. Takezō stays somewhat sensible and cautious, but Matahatchi starts to fall into what a "normal" person would be – he starts drinking, getting jealous and loose, while Takezō is more like an animal, ever cautious, and in some ways childish – he does not like alcohol or women (he’s 17 ish). However, as conflict is ever around to those living lavishly or involved in crime (as Okō the keeper of the place that the two are staying at is) other gangs fall upon the house and there is violence. Takezō successfully drives them away and kills the leader. Okō is furious saying that he will cause a chain of revenge, and they make preparations to flee, but Okō gets Takezō drunk and leaves him behind while taking her daughter Akemi and Matahachi, in part in retaliation that the young Takezō would not succumb to the temptress woman and sleep with her.

With no where else to go, Takezō heads back towards his hometown, breaking through the barrier to do so, and exciting the attention of the authorities. Back in Takezō’s hometown we are introduced to two new characters Otsu and Takuan. Otsu is the fiancee of Matahachi, and Takuan is a resident eccentric buddhist monk. Both characters are strikingly interesting from the start, and Takuan is humorous and yet still strangely mysterious. Yet in this peaceful town conflict comes in the form of badly arranged military forces that are sent to track down Takezō mistaking him for being some sort of powerful opposition rebel. Takezō hides around the village and mistakenly accepts hospitality from Matahachi’s mother, who is vengeful and blames the death of her son (who isn’t dead) on Takezō and with irrational fury seeks his death, in part from old family feuds and anger at Matahachi’s association with Takezō for which she blames all of his (many) shortcomings. She even orchestrates the capture and imprisonment of Takezō’s sister. Takezō, like a wild animal escapes again and again, killing soldiers and fleeing into the woods like a demon, trusting no one. The militant occupation and the selfish leader in charge takes a heavy toll on the village, and so Takuan decides to take action – he insults the leader, who meanwhile tries to take "advantage" of poor Otsu, to which he has a friendly sort of attachment to (although later it seems he has similar attachment to anyone he think he can help in distress) – and proclaims on charge of his own death that he will capture Takezō in 3 days, while the military has failed for many months.

Takuan uses tactics of the great Art of War and while taking Otsu with him into the mountains, is able to locate Takezō, or rather make him come to him, and then persuades him to be willingly tied up and brought down to the village. Where as Takezō may have imagined that Takuan would treat him with mercy, he leaves him open to the winds, so to speak – and lets the crowd decide what to do with him -> however brutal he may seem, and yes he is in a way, by gaining control over Takezō’s fate, he prevents his immediate death, and while his motives are very clouded and quite incomprehensible even in the end, he seems to in an almost God like way orchestrate a re-molding of Takezō, forcing into contemplation and self reflection in the midst of his torture, left open to nature, tied without food or water on the branches of a cryptomeria tree. Otsu who has meanwhile learned of Matahachi’s betrayal is distraught in many ways more than one, and pushed to the limits by the scope of Takuan’s assumed brutality, she starts to fall attached to Takezō and frees him from the tree, seeking to run primarily away from Matahachi’s awful mother and to escape to a new life, hopefully with him.

Takezō leaves Otsu to find his sister, but Otsu finds her own trouble attacked by the trailing old lady (Matahachi’s mother "Otsugi") and when Takezō fails but gets away, he cannot meet back up with her at the specified meeting place in the city where he tries to keep disguised and inconspicuous. However Takuan easily spots him and takes him before the leader of the city, whom surprisingly he is well acquainted with. He makes sure that the horrible behavior of the military leader sent after Takezō receive proper treatment, and in his usual way, decides a strange punishment for Takezō. They give him a new set of clothes and a bath, and then imprison him in a tower, where there were said ghosts inhabited. It was a library of sorts, the walls and floors lined with literature, and for four years. During these four years, Musashi changes considerably, and instead of being just a strong, brutal monster, he gains a mind and a soul – which puts him above the beasts, which truly is a large amount of society.

After this time, the leader of the city offers him an immediate post of a samurai, but Musashi – as he now calls himself using the same characters in his name – says he wants to explore the land and fine tune his skills to become the best samurai – as he leaves, Otsu, whose love for Takezō has increased tenfold over the years waiting for him comes to him immediately wanting to be his bride, wanting to follow him wherever he will go. Musashi torn emotionally but unwavering, carves an apology in the bridge and flees from her, women being a great and unexpected adversary for him. Otsu, who won’t be thrown away follows after him, hoping that he will change his mind and unite with her. From this moment the tale of the travelling warrior begins.

Sprinter Lyrics and Translation !! (Kara no Kyoukai ED 5 – by Kalafina)

Finally something!! – I finally picked up and finished this translation I was looking at before but all but abandoned. Kara no Kyoukai is amazing, and this is a very beautiful song. I recommend that everyone, however you can try to get this these series of film, or even better actually go see them in theaters! (I would probably be blankfaced myself… but it would be so awesome!) Once I get a bit of a money break I’m going to order the books, with the new awesome looking covers :D. I first encountered the first chapter by reading Faust vol.1 (Amer ver.)  Did a little research, and bam! lots and lots of stuff I found!

Also, today I finished reading book 3/7 of Musashi. ^^ – the ending made me go D:< what!!?!? all over the place though. I feel sorry for Akemi and all – well actually I feel really sorry for her, but Otsu deserves happiness!!! Musashi better marry her in the end for all her efforts. – I feel a bit nervous about Musashi’s possible encounter with Koujirou – because Seisoujirou or whatever his name is a joke, but Koujirou might really do some damage to Musashi -> we’ll have to see. I wonder what Joutarou will do~ : so despite my GAH! anger towards the current outcomes, I really am hooked so I suppose it did its job ._.

Mushishi is amazing – I’ve gotten to chapter 4 (well the two page omake-ish thingy before chapter 4) – it’s wonderful! – I want to encourage everyone to read and watch. Chapter 4 (the light behind the eyelids) is one of my favorites and has actually won an award ^^. I’ll write more on them soon.



I met you
in an unfulfilled dream I saw
an eternity crossed in a single second

I’m calling 君を
伸ばした指も震えてるそのまま 抱きしめた

I’m calling out to you
I want to protect you
With my arms spread out and my fingers shaking I embraced you

力尽きるまで 成す術無く叫び続ける、それだけなんだ
君に届く? 僕が届く?
絶望の甘さ打ち砕いて走り出すんだ 今すぐ

The only thing that we can do is keep living
until we exhaust ourselves, continue to scream without a reason, that is all
Will I reach you? Will I reach you?
I’ll break the sweetness of despair and run forth, right now
To the end of the spiralling world

I’m calling 遠く足掻く僕の唄が

I’m calling, with my song that carries on far away
If it turns your face towards the sky,
I will not be alone…

剥き出しの真実(ほんとう)が こんなカラクリの心にも

This naked truth, even in my marionette heart
has built up so much it overflows


I reach my hands toward yesterday – disappearing as quick as light
However far, across the brilliant desert
Now, we kick forth time and sprint

君のいない道を 僕は僕の為

A torn banner waves in the wind at a distance
On this road you do not follow – I, for my own sake
To the end of the spiralling world……


I want to see you
I yearn for you
I want to see you
I love you

I’m calling 僕がここに居た証は

I’m calling, the proof that I was here
which even now is surely within your eyes

I’m calling 閉じる螺旋に逆らって

I’m calling, defying the spirial
crying out as we disappear


We are living
We are here…

Exciting Events… or not.

So I got hit by a car today while riding my bike. My computer (I was carrying my more durable computer) and manga are ok! (priorities in the wrong place? no.) I’m perfectly fine actually, it was a mix of rain, me not being especially smart and the fact that the car didn’t use her blinkers (they never do that anyway) – so I tried to stop and then *instinctively* (or by luck) slid to the ground with my bike facing the car and I got bumped. My bag got a bit muddy and my knee got drenched, but it was a bit off the ground so I didn’t even get a scrape. Lucky me – so I bounced back up, said I was perfectly fine and dashed off (I was late after all).

So I’m almost done reading book three of Mushishi, I suppose I’ll do reviews on the first two soon – I’ve read the first two chapters of Mushishi as well, (which are awesome! – and I understand more a few things I missed in the anime) : I dunno if I’d be any good at any sort of thing like reviewing but I think it could be fun. I think I want to translate the Kara no Kyoukai ED 2 "sprinter" (though it looked like gg in subs did quite a good enough job for me so I don’t suppose I have to :x) because I love it – so that might be coming up next, and then a few of the lucky star character album songs.

Now for linguistics and phonology – I’m learning how to pronounce other languages properly now :D

Amino Shiki CM and reviews.

Ah, hiatuses are awful aren’t they? – When work piles on it’s easy to stop and hard to start back up again, so right after getting finished with my song queue I ran right into a work load -> However do not fret my crickets (for does anyone else but me view this?) for there will be more songs translated, and most probably commentary over things that I’ve been reading, namely Musashi, which is translated, but given that it’s ~1000 pages translated, it would be nigh impossible at my current level to read it given an number of many long years, even if I had no other task before me. I’m also making my way through the volumes of lucky star and they are pretty funny – for instance, think of Konata: she was talking about the realistic views on her career survey thing – "I have specialty skills." "What kind of skills?" "Well I can do all the things the athletes in the Amino Shiki commercials do." O.O: google this: "アミノ式CM" – There are tons of other things I’m supposed to be reading so I’ll give some insight when I can make it far enough to do so.

Kagami is my favorite.

Hiirogekka, Hyousai no Zetsu: 緋色月下、狂咲ノ絶 / 葉月なの Lyrics and Translation

^Flandre from Touhou Castlevania
(I recently updated this page from its original livejournal form to make it prettier).

The creepiest and most wonderful version of Flandre’s theme (Touhou) that you will ever encounter.
You’ll find it in the album “Lyrical Crimson” by EastNewSound

“Under a scarlet moon, the severance of crazed blossoming”
^as literal as you can get to the meaning of the song name

I tried to distinguish a bit from the different colors of “red” in the song – but here.
朱=blood red/vermilion
紅=crimson/lipstick red/red-black tea

Here’s the official video: [link]

Here’s the link to the post of the translation of the newer anniversary version of the song: [link]

Arranger: 黒鳥
Vocal: 葉月なの

深く朱き潤む瞳 甘い色のスカート揺らす
幼き頬 朱を滲ませ 疼きに足を崩される
甘い幻視に支配され 奏でては咲く五指の調べ
赤い紅茶 渡る音 弄んでは 深く抉る

Pupils moist with deep vermilion, my skirt wavering in this same sweet color
Upon these childish cheeks may the this red drip, as my legs collapse from the throbbing
Controlled by these sweet hallucinations, I play a tune that blooms from my five fingers
The sound of a crimson red tea as I tease and gouge them deep into the neck


“Will my thoughts not reach you?”
“Who will be reflected in your eyes?”


“Is my heart broken?”
“If he comes will I not return?”
“Are deeply cut wounds unhealable?”
“So then, what about the stabs of time?”

 この気持ち気付いて どうして気付いてくれないの
 狂気満ちて行くわ どうすれば止まるの
その肌を穢し尽し 辱めるのは私だけ
 この気持ち壊れて どこへ辿り着くのでしょうか
愛で撫でて揺さぶらせて この衝動を殺してよ
 愛溢れて行くわ 止めることはできない・・・

All of you, I want it, I want it so much I’m shaking
 Realize my feelings, why won’t see them?
Shall I stop piercing exhaustively into your delicious pulse?
 I’m overflowing with insanity, how can I stop?
I dirty your skin, but the one that’s defiled is me
 If I crush my feelings, what would I strive for then?
Lovingly I stroke it, send it shivering… kill my urges!
 My love is overflowing, I can’t stop it…

白き肌 照らすのは
緋色月 綺麗な夜
明けるなら 染めるまで

Upon your white skin it shines…
a scarlet moon, a beautiful night
when it shines, it stains you

喉を枯らし叫ウ音色 旋律は朱の虹となり
君屠る此ノ色彩 甘く深き色を放つ

This tone of screams coming from your shriveling throat, the melody becomes a rainbow of vermillion
This hue from slaughtering you, what a sweet deep color it releases!

喉を枯らし叫ウ音色 赤キ雨に彩られたら
綺麗な舞台の出来上がり 私独り其処で踊る

This tone of screams coming from your shriveling throat, when the red rains down painting my lips
I ascend this beautiful stage, and there I dance alone


“Has that wish collapsed?”
“Have those thoughts been suppressed?”

「その希望 絶えたのかな?」

“Has that hope been severed?”
“Have those pupils been set aflame?”
“Has that skin been defiled?”
“So then, has this place become empty?”

**(笑い) *laughter*
私の中に 私の中に 私の中 私・・・
一つ 一つ 単語・・・

Inside of me, inside of me, inside of … me…
One, there’s one word to describe it…

何度も 何度も 何度も・・・
何度も 御仁様 繰り返し・・・

Endlessly endlessly endlessly…
endlessly… my love, it… repeats….

繰り返し 繰り返し 繰り返し 繰り返し
繰り返し 繰り返し 繰り返し 叫ウ・・・

It repeats, it repeats, it repeats, it repeats
It repeats, it repeats, it repeats… the screaming…

掴み左手が甘くて 狂い右手が甘くて
甘くて 甘くて 笑い口が叫び

I’ve caught it; the left arm is sweet… I’m going insane; the right arm is sweet…
sweet… sweet… I scream with a smile

それがまた・・・楽しくて 楽しくて
望み漸く・・・ 楽しくて 楽しくて

It’s happening again… it’s so enjoyable… so enjoyable…
Finally my wish… it’s so enjoyable… so enjoyable…

震えていて 震えていて
楽しくて 楽しくて!!

I’m shaking, I’m shaking
it’s so good… it’s so good!!

**(笑い) *laughter*

紅い (x5)
甘い (x10)
Red… (x5)
Sweet… (x10)

I just think it’s so…

紅い (x5)
甘い (x4)
紅い (x5)!


甘い! 甘い!! 紅い! 紅い!!
So sweet! so sweet!! so red! so red!!

**(笑い) *laughter*

I’ll break you!

其ノ生を引き裂かれて 赤銀を吐き消し飛べ
其ノ生の華散らして 極彩に咲き我が糧に
 儚い命だわ 美しく愛おしい
其ノ生がお前ならば 喰らい尽くして血肉にす
其ノ四肢を贄と捧げ わが足元の死屍となれ
 ずっと私の傍に もういかさないから・・・

This life, I’ll pull and rip it apart – the red and silver will burst out and disperse!
 The true me is no longer anywhere…
This life, I’ll scatter it like flower petals – the rich color blooming forth for me to drink
 What transient life, so beautiful and precious…
This life, if it’s yours – I’ll exhaustively feast upon the blood and flesh
 There is nothing for you to do but become mine forever and ever…
These four limbs I offer up as a sacrifice – become a corpse at my feet!
 For no longer can you live by my side forever and ever…

其ノ生を引き裂かれて 赤銀を吐き消し飛べ
 私のセカイは 綺麗なままでいて欲しいから
其ノ生の華散らして 極彩に咲き我が糧に
 思い出が舞うわ 私のものにさせて
其ノ生がお前ならば 喰らい尽くして血肉にす
 ごめんなさい これが最後の愛し方だったから
其ノ四肢を贄と捧げ わが足元の死屍となれ
 ずっと私の傍に あなたといきたいの・・・

This life, I’ll pull and rip it apart – the red and silver will burst out and disperse!
 I want to stay like this, in my beautiful world…
This life, I’ll scatter it like flower petals – the rich color blooming forth for me to drink
 The memories dance, let me make you mine…
This life, if it’s yours – I’ll exhaustively feast upon the blood and flesh
 I’m sorry, but this is a final act of love…
These four limbs I offer up as a sacrifice – become a corpse at my feet!
 because I want to live with you forever…

Flight on Tears / 美里 / Masayoshi Minoshima / Lyrics: Haruka – Lyrics and Translation (Trois Noir)

I beat a Touhou game without continues, extra lives, extra bombs, or anything special or remotely cheap !!! \o/ – I beat Mountain of Faith (on easy mode >.>) – Doesn’t matter – I’m still proud of my barely winning on 0 lives left and 0.0 power. I rejoiced, and it was just after I finished my paper for American History – it looks like I was being rewarded somehow for my efforts.

Well here’s another Touhou Arrangement, this time from the Trois Noir Album, it’s a pretty song, less … brutal than the last one – though maybe I like brutal, I might just have to do one of Flandre’s theme arrangements soon.

This is Aya Syameimaru’s theme btw (Syameimaru=official name/Shameimaru=alt)

I’m tired, I’m ready to sleep, but I didn’ t want to miss a day :p

Couple of translation challenges here, and plus I’m sleepy so I might edit it later: two words are used: shinjitsu and genjitsu which both have a similar meaning along the lines of truth and reality, so I picked one for each and assigned them, but think of them as a lot closer together. I also tried to fit everything in with the literal structure as much as possible without it sounding too weird, but I might revise it all the same after listening to the song a few more times.

Flight on Tears / 美里 / Masayoshi Minoshima / Lyrics: Haruka


Now my heart is swaying back and forth
For while I cannot see the future, I have only one answer


I want to see you, this is the truth – but in reality, will I not?
Though forever caught in this dilemma, I will surely spread my wings.


This bud continues to sleep in the wind
dreaming of the time when it will bloom
within these wings that want to embrace you
these thoughts are still far to reach you


The continually flowing wind passes this mountain
For then what I find here is my answer


I float along the wind alone – is this reality? In truth I spread my wings
While caught in this dilemma, I rise up upon the wind.


May these thoughts sway in the wind and reach out to you
I want to continue to believe that this flower will open
This girl dreaming in the wind
Within reality, finding truth

Fallen Heaven / 三澤秋 / Tsukasa – Trois Bleu (Touhou Arrangement) Lyrics and Translation

Yasaka Kanako (makai no juumin)

Another Touhou track! Aren’t you excited!?

I like the REDALiCE remix of the song myself the best. This song is of a goddess’s lament and loneliness. (Remember that these are character themes :p) – I believe she descends from the heavens to wreak havoc because she’s bored and lonely.

I got to Utsuho in Touhou 11 (Subterranean Animism)  \o/ woo. (on Easy >.>) and to Satori (on Normal :D)

Fallen Heaven / 三澤秋 / Tsukasa + REDALiCE / Lyrics: 三澤秋

風吹かぬ地を離れて 幾歳過ぎただろう
忘れられた果ての道 天砕けて涙した

How many years has it been since I left the ground where no wind blows?
Along the road of forgotten end, I smashed the heavens and cried.


One day when I took back the light,
there was nothing to do but continue waiting in the silence.
Along this ancient road that I must walk,
I stopped, having no destination.


Little by little – worn down by time.
Little by little – into my heart I’ve lost sight of,
only the sound of time being continually carved,
resounds again and again, as I sway back and forth


Ah, those that believe
that hands will reach down to save them…
Ah, they have rusted
If my pulse would awaken now…


If I were someday to gather in these hands all the ones who have been lost,
it would be fine just to tear away their moaning voices.

少しずつ 絡み付く蔦が這い
少しずつ 壊れゆく身体に

Little by little – the entwining ivy crawls
Little by little – into this breaking body
only the sound of time being continually carved,
resounds again and again, as I sway back and forth


Ah, those that believe
that a wind will sweep down to save them…
Ah, they have rusted
If I were to stretch out my arms now…


If I were someday to gather in these hands all the ones who have crumbled,
it would be fine just to tear away their lost hearts.


If I were someday to gather in these hands all the ones who are disappearing,
it would be fine just to tear away their fate.


How many years has it been,
since I left the ground where no wind blows?
Along the road of forgotten end,
I turned to face the heavens and cried.

Yasaka Kanako, Moriya Suwako (asasui)