グラスホッパーズ // Grasshoppers

Futatsuiwa Mamizou (Harukawa Moe)

The Twitter poll was tied, but this one got the first vote.

Notes:

This song heavily references chapter 39 of Touhou Suzunaan -Forbidden Scrollery- (as well as chapters 36 and 37).

A rumor’s lifetime is said to be 75 days.

The “crack” is letting an imperfection show and been seen by everyone else.

グラスホッパーズ
 Grasshoppers
幻想郷の二ッ岩|東方心綺楼
Vocal: めらみぽっぷ
Arrange+Lyrics: RD-Sounds
Circle: 凋叶棕
Album: 隨 -manima-
Event: Reitaisai 14

壁に耳在り
障子に目在り

kabe ni mimi ari
shouji ni me ari

The walls have ears and
The doors have eyes, they say.

なら 箒だってもの言うものさね

nara houki datte monoiu mono sane

So what’s so strange about brooms having a thing to say?

見渡す限り
あれやこれ
皆それぞれが 口々愚痴々々具に

miwatasu kagiri
are ya kore
min’na sorezore ga kuchiguchi guchiguchi tsubusa ni

As far as the eye can see
Things here and there
Are all gossiping, complaining in great detail

そういやお前聞いたのか
あの箒野郎の旦那の顛末
やっぱりあの壷 何でもなく
騙されたとさえ 知らぬは本人ばかり

souiya omae kiita no ka
ano houkiyarou no dan’na no ten’matsu
yappari ano tsubo nan’demo naku
damasareta to sae shiranu wa hon’nin’ bakari

So anyway, have you heard
What happened to the owner of that broom?
It turns out that pot he bought was a fake!
And he’s the only one who still doesn’t know!

――夜な夜な交わすけして聴かれぬ言葉達
けれど どうしてか 知っている!

-yonayona kawasu keshite kikarenu kotoba-tachi
keredo doushite ka shitteiru!

-Words are exchanged every night, unheard yes
But for some reason everyone knows!

踊り踊らせ踊れよ 命ごと
けして読められぬ噂の駆け巡る

odori odorase odoreyo inochigoto
keshite yomerarenu uwasa no kakemeguru

Dance! Make everyone dance! Dance with all your being!
While rumors that will never be read make their rounds

言葉言葉 飛び交う
真実は――そうさ 皆が見ている 何処かで見ている
見張っている――『闇に潜む密偵の如く』

kotoba kotoba tobikau
shin’jitsu wa – sousa min’na ga miteiru dokoka de miteiru
mihatteiru – “grasshopper”

Words! Words fly back and forth
The truth? Well everyone is watching, watching from somewhere
Keeping watch like secret agents, like grasshoppers!

七十五日経ったとしても 消えない瑕を 嗚呼

shichijuugonichi tatta toshitemo kienai kizu wo aa

Even after 75 days pass, the cracks that come out won’t go away!

――あいつには気をつけろ。

-aitsu ni ki wo tsukero.

-You’d better watch out.

 ――あいつには騙されるな。

-aitsu ni damasareru na.

-Don’t you be deceived.

――あいつが怪しい筈だ。

-aitsu ga ayashii hazu da.

-They’re the one who’s suspicious.

 ――あいつが噂の『詐欺師』か。

-aitsu ga uwasa no “tanuki yarou” ka

-They must be that tanuki swindler!

壁に耳在り
障子に目在り

kabe ni mimi ari
shouji ni me ari

The walls have ears and
The doors have eyes, they say.

なら 手桶だってもの言っちゃどうだい

nara teoke datte monoiccha dou dai

So why wouldn’t a bucket have something to say?

さりとて見つかりゃどうなることか
だからそっと密かに
桑原始終四散子守唄

saritote mitsukarya dou naru koto ka
dakara sotto hisoka ni
kuwabara barabara lullaby

Even so, who knows what would happen if they were found out!
So that’s why in whispers, in secret
Their lullaby scatters at the slightest approach

そういやお前聞いたのか
あの桶野郎の親父の顛末
首無し馬の餌食とか
もう今となっちゃ 闇から闇への真実

souiya omae kiita no ka
ano okeyarou no oyaji no ten’matsu
kubinashi uma no ejiki toka
mou ima to naccha yami kara yami e no shin’jitsu

So anyway, have you heard
What happened to the owner of that bucket?
They say he was eaten by a headless horse!
From darkness to darkness, who really knows now?

――夜な夜な交わす けして伝わらぬ言葉達
けれど 誰かに 届いて行く!

-yonayona kawasu keshite tsutawaranu kotoba-tachi
keredo dareka ni todoiteiku!

-Words are exchanged every night, not comprehended, sure
But for some reason someone’s got the message!

歌え謳え訴えよ 命ごと
その口に立てる端から戸が喋る

utae utae uttaeyo inochigoto
sono kuchi ni tateru hashi kara to ga shaberu

Sing! Both praises and complaints with all your being!
Even if you shut the voices behind doors, the doors will speak!

言葉言葉 飛び交う
真実は――そうさ 皆聞いてる 耳を欹て
狙っている――『混迷に惑わす伏兵の如く』

kotoba kotoba tobikau
shin’jitsu wa – sousa min’na kiiteru mimi wo sobadate
neratteiru – “grasshopper”

Words! Words fly back and forth
The truth? Well everyone is listening, straining their ears
Waiting for a chance, like double agents, like grasshoppers!

狐につままれたのか
狸に化かされたのか
言葉だけが聞こえる
そうして伝わっていく 嗚呼

kitsune ni tsumamareta no ka
tanuki ni bakasareta no ka
kotoba dake ga kikoeru
soushite tsutawatteiku aa

Fooled by a fox?
Tricked by a tanuki?
Only words are heard
But so the rumor spreads!

小さな小さな声が
しかして響く大きく
そうして皆「どういうわけだか」知っている!

chiisa na chiisa na koe ga
shikashite kibiku ookiku
soushite min’na ‘dou iu wake daka’ shitteiru!

All of the voices are small
But together they echo loudly
So everyone knows, even if they don’t know why!

さあ 騒ぎ騒がせ騒げよ 命ごと
屋根の月 その井戸端に花咲かせ

saa sawagi sawagase sawage yo inochigoto
yane no tsuki sono idobata ni hana sakase

So make a clamor and clamor about with all your being!
With the moon overhead, make merry gossip around the well!

言葉言葉 飛び交う
真実は――そうさ 今尚見てる 何時でも見てる
それこそが――『監視社会に蔓延する情報の如く』

kotoba kotoba toikau
shin’jitsu wa – sousa imanao miteru itsudemo miteru
sorekoso ga – “grasshopper”

Words! Words fly back and forth
The truth? Well they’re still watching always watching
Like the network of a society under surveillance, like grasshoppers!

七十五日経ったとしても 新たな瑕を 嗚呼

shichijuugonichi tatta to shitemo aratana kizu wo aa

Even after 75 days pass, a new crack will come to replace the old one.

パラノイドガール // Paranoid Girl

Hi.

Mental health.

パラノイドガール
 Paranoid Girl
ラストリモート|東方地霊殿
Vocal: めらみぽっぷ
Arrange+Lyrics: RD-Sounds
Circle: 凋叶棕
Album: 虚 -utsuro-
Event: C91

あなたたちはいつだって
隠し事してばかり
その心に疚しい言葉を隠し持って

anatatachi wa itsudatte
kakushigoto shite bakari
sono kokoro ni yamashii kotoba wo kakushimotte

You all are always
Always hiding things
Concealing your guilty conscience in your hearts

どんな気持ちでいようと
お決まりの笑顔だけ
その表面に貼り付けて

don’na kimochi de iyou to
okimari no egao dake
sono omote ni haritsukete

No matter what you really feel
You always paste that
Same false smile on your faces

どうしてそんな嘘をつくの?
みんなわたしで遊んでいるの??
わたしがどういうモノなのかを 知りながら!

doushite son’na uso wo tsuku no?
min’na watashi de ason’deiru no??
watashi ga dou iu mono nanoka wo shirinagara!

Why would you tell such a lie?
Is everyone here just playing with me??
You all know, you know just what I am!

嗚呼
我慢ならない 偽りの声
無責任な言葉だけが木霊する
あなたたちはそれをごまかすのでしょう
けれどこれら全ての声――知っているのよぜんぶ!

aa
gaman’ naranai itsuwari no koe
musekinin’ na kotoba dake ga kodama suru
anatatachi wa sore wo gomakasu no deshou
keredo korera subete no koe – shitteiru no yo zen’bu!

Ah!
I can’t stand these lying voices
Irresponsible words echoing back and forth
Of course you all would just deny it
But all of your inner voices – I know them well, yes every one!

――私には聞こえるのよ。
はじめは虚ろに響く声
次第に強さを増すその声
わたしを蔑む無数の声
けして止まらない!

-watashi ni wa kikoeru no yo.
hajime wa utsuro ni hibiku koe
shidai ni tsuyosa wo masu sono koe
watashi wo sagesumu musuu no koe
keshite tomaranai!

-I can hear them, you see?
In the beginning it was like echoes in an empty room
But they kept growing in strength, all of those voices
Countless voices, all of them mocking me!
And it never ends!!

道傍の小石を
蹴っ飛ばすときみたいに
相手の気持ちなど何も感じないくらいに

michibata no koishi wo
kettobasu toki mitai ni
aite no kimochi nado nani mo kan’jinai kurai ni

The same way you kick a pebble
Off the side of the road
You all aren’t concerned for the way I feel, not at all

そんな誹謗中傷を浴びせて
そんな罵詈雑言をぶつけて
よくも平気でいられるのね

son’na kotoba wo abisete
son’na kotoba wo butsukete
yokumo heiki de irareru no ne

Despite the way you shower me with slander
Despite the way you beat me with verbal abuse
I’m almost impressed how it doesn’t pain you at all!

わたしのことを嗤っているでしょう?
心の奥で蔑んでいるでしょう??
わたしがどれほど傷ついてるか 知りもせず!

watashi no koto wo waratteiru deshou?
kokoro no oku de sagesun’deiru deshou??
watashi ga dorehodo kizutsuiteiru ka shiri mo sezu!

You’re laughing at me aren’t you?
Mocking me deep in your heart aren’t you??
Without even an attempt to think about how I feel!

嗚呼
どうして私だけこんな目に
数え切れない悪意に曝されて
あなたたちはずっと黙っているけど
けれど”これらすべての声”――気のせいなはずがないわ!

aa
doushite watashi dake kon’na me ni
kazoekirenai akui ni sarasarete
anatatachi wa zutto damatteiru kedo
keredo “korera subete no koe” – ki no sei na hazu ga nai wa!

Ah
Why does it have to be me?
Why do I have to be exposed to such malice?
None of you are raising a single word aloud, but
All of these voices I hear – There is no way this can all be in my head!!

ほらぎりぎしと軋ませるよに
ほらぐじゅくじゃと掻き混ぜるよに
ほらがらがたと騒いで回る
私の頭の中を

hora girigishi to kishimaseru yo ni
hora gujyukuja to kakimazeru yo ni
hora garagata to sawaide mawaru
watashi no atama no naka wo

Your words grip and grate
Your words crush and stir
Your words tumble and clamour
Making a mess of my brain

私のことを疎ましがらないで
私のことを毛嫌いしないで
私のことを掻き毟らないで
私を放っておいて!

watashi no koto wo utomashigaranaide
watashi no koto wo kegirai shinaide
watashi no koto wo kakimushiranaide
watashi wo houtteoite!

Don’t treat me with such disgust!
Don’t be so prejudiced against me!
Don’t tear and rip at me this way!
Just leave me alone!!!

聴きたくない
 笑っていたい 聞こえてしまう
         笑えない

kikitakunai
 waratteitai
  kikoeteshimau
   waraenai

I don’t want hear you
 I just want to laugh and be happy
  But I can’t help but hear you
   And so I just, I just can’t!

嗚呼
きっとあなたも私のことを
それを思うことだけでも恐ろしい
けして耐え切れない 出来損ないなの
そうよ――こんなものもって生まれて あなたのようになれはしない!!

aa
kitto anata mo watashi no koto wo
sore wo omou koto dake demo oroshii
keshite taekirenai dekisokonai nano
sou yo – kon’na mono motte umarete anata no you ni nare wa shinai!!

Ah
You, I bet you’re thinking things about me too
Just the possibility is enough to frighten me
I’m a broken being that cannot even withstand recognition
Yes, you see – I was born this way and I can never be like you, never!!

嗚呼
盲目の笑顔 それさえ遠く
虚ろな視線を虚空に彷徨わせ
パラノイドガール 心殺して
今日も聞こえ来る妄想の限り
けして笑う事無く

aa
moumoku no egao sore sae tooku
utsuro a shisen’ wo kokuu ni samayowase
paranoid girl kokoro koroshite
kyou mo kikoekuru mousou no kagiri
keshite warau koto naku

Ah
So, with a blind and distant smile
Letting her empty gaze drift in the void
This paranoid girl killed her heart
And as long as she still hears those phantom voices
She will never, never feel joy

イマココ // Ima Koko (Tsuki ga Kirei Opening Theme)

Akane is a brave girl and she is better than all of us.

イマココ
 Ima Koko
 Right Here Right Now
月がきれい OP / Tsuki ga Kirei OP
東山奈央 / Touyama Nao
WEST GROUND

なんとなく頭の中で君が 離れなくなっていたんだ

nan’to naku atama no naka de kimi ga hanarenakunatteitan’ da

You know I… just can’t seem to get out you of my head anymore…

途切れ途切れの会話だねいつも
息も吐き出せないほどの鼓動
目が合った瞬間にまた何かが胸をつらぬいてゆく 今

togire togire no kaiwa dane itsumo
iki mo hakidasenai hodo no kodou
me ga atta shun’kan’ ni mata nanika ga mune wo tsuranuiteyuku ima

Whenever we talk it’s in bits and fragments, isn’t it?
My heart is always racing so much it’s hard to breathe
When our eyes meet, the way we are right now…
 I feel as if something has pierced right through my heart again

大好きな人が今ここにいるいるんだよ
最高の毎日は恋のパレパレード
近づきたい 誰よりも君に今今以上
会いたくて会いにゆく 笑顔また見つけにゆくよ

daisuki na hito ga ima koko ni iru – irun’ da yo
saikou no mainichi wa koi no para – parade
chikadzukitai dare yori mo kimi ni ima – ima ijou
aitakute ai ni yuku egao mata mitsuke ni yuku yo

The person I love is right here, right now – you are
Every day is so wonderful it’s like a – a love parade
I want now to be closer to you, more than anyone else – more than I am now
I want to see you, I’m going to see you – I’m going to find that smile yet again

教室の隅で笑った君は 今すべてのものの中で光る
初めてつないだ手 嵐のようなうねりが駆けめぐる 今

kyoushitsu no sumi de waratta kimi wa ima subete no mono no naka de hikaru
hajimete tsunaida te arashi no you na uneri ga kakemeguru ima

I remember you laughing in the corner of our classroom
 Right now, you shine brighter than anything else to me
I remember when we first held hands together
 Right now, this feeling races around me like a storm

何度でも君だけに僕は恋恋する
知るほどに加速する恋のスピスピード
ありのまま伝えたい なのになぜなぜだろう
どうしようもなくいつも不器用になる僕がいるよ
どうして?

nan’do demo kimi dake ni boku wa koi – koi suru
shiru hodo ni kasoku suru koi no spe – speed
ari no mama tsutaetai nanoni naze – naze darou
doushiyou mo naku itsumo bukiyou ni naru boku ga iru yo
doushite?

Over and over again in you and in you alone I fall – fall in love
This love, the more I experience it the more – the more it accelerates
I want to tell you exactly how I feel, but – but why I wonder
Why do I always end up not being able to express myself?
Why?

まだ僕ら未完成で始まったばかりの未来
春も夏も秋も冬もいつも一緒にいたい
どこにいるの?何しているの?誰のことを想っているの?
行け 行け 行け 今
行け 行け 行け 行け

mada bokura mikan’sei de hajimatta bakari no mirai
haru mo natsu mo aki mo fuyu mo itsumo issho ni itai
doko ni iru no? nani shiteiru no? dare no kot wo omotteiru no?
ike ike ike ima
ike ike ike ike

We’re still incomplete, and this future of ours has just begun
I want to be with you always: through spring, summer, fall and winter
Where are you? What are you doing? Who are you thinking of?
Let’s go! Let’s go! Let’s go! Right now!
Let’s go! Let’s go! Let’s go! Let’s go!

大好きな人が今ここにいるいるんだよ
最高の毎日は恋のバレバレード
近づきたい 誰よりも君に今今以上
会いたくて会いにゆく 笑顔また見つけにゆくよ

daisuki na hito ga ima koko ni iru – irun’ da yo
saikou no mainichi wa koi no para – parade
chikadzukitai dare yori mo kimi ni ima – ima ijou
aitakute ai ni yuku egao mata mitsuke ni yuku yo

The person I love is right here, right now – you are
Every day is so wonderful it’s like a – a love parade
I want now to be closer to you, more than anyone else – more than I am now
I want to see you, I’m going to see you – I’m going to find that smile yet again

祭符「神遊びの唄」 // Saifu: Kamiasobi no Uta

I told myself I’d translate this song about two weeks ago…. about a month ago…. about 4 months ago… about 8 months ago… a year ago.

Well since it’s already past Reitaisai 14 and it’s been a year since this song came out, I suppose it’s time to finally get around to doing it huh?

I just finished my finals and am feeling like using the other half of my brain, so here it goes.

Whew though. I had to break out my classical Japanese dictionary for the first time in a long while. A lot of words don’t really mean the same thing as they used to. Or rather, what they used to mean can be wildly different from what they mean now.

Notes:
A tamagushi is a Shinto offering made from a sasaki branch and paper.

The third line is a play on a play on words in a semi-famous poem about kagura ↓
「かご山やさか木の枝ににぎかけてその―思ひこそやれ」〈夫木・一八〉

While “forbidden zone” is a literal interpretation of the word (来無処), it’s also used to mean a fork in the road. As in you can’t keep going straight, you have to turn some way or another. The god associated with forks in the road is also associated to the Mishaguji curse gods that Suwako commands as well. (It’s all really just a bunch of really obscure wordplay.)

A couple of stanzas are direct references to Suwako’s spell cards.

祭符「神遊びの唄」
 Saifu “Kamiasobi no Uta”
 Festival Sign “The Song for God’s Amusement”
明日ハレの日、ケの昨日|東方風神録
ネイティブフェイス|東方風神録
Vocal: めらみぽっぷ
Arrange+Lyrics: RD-Sounds
Circle: 凋叶棕
Album: 掲 -kakage-
Event: Reitaisai 13

さあ 緋の袖 玉櫛 鈴打ち鳴らし
御前に はれのひ ただ舞うたらば
かご山 やさか 木の枝 にぎかけ
やうやう 響け 供に遊ばせ

saa hi no sode tamagushi suzu uchinarashi
omae ni hare no hi tada mau taraba
kagoyama yasaka ki no eda nigikake
youyou hibike tomo ni asobase

Scarlet sleeves waving with tamagushi offerings and ringing bells…
But of course, if we are to dance in the gods’ presence on this festival day
So take up the jeweled sasaki branches of Kagoyama with paper streamers
Let us dance together as we call out and let our music ring!

振り放け見遣れば未闢の幻想郷に
まつろうものの姿のあらんことを

furisake miyareba migyaku no daichi ni
matsurou mono no sugata no aran’ koto wo

Looking far off into an uncivilized land of illusion
I pray that there may come one to govern over it

遠くに知るか
果てども無き原風景

tooku ni shiru ka
hatedo mo naki keshiki

Shall I reign far and wide
Over this endless landscape?

遠くは遥か
これは見守る原風景

tooku wa haruka
kore wa mamoru keshiki

Distant and vast
This is a land to protect

緑の山に
瀬渡斯くやも
萌える色出る
玉のごとくに

midori no yama ni
sewatari kaku ya mo
moeru iro idzuru
tama no gotoku ni

See those green mountains
With their flowing streams
What flourishing color abounds!
They are like jewels

咲かせよ咲かせ
さてもみなうつくし
迎える命
歓喜び咲うこと

sakase yo sakase
sate mo mina utsukushi
mukaeru inochi
yorokobi warau koto

Blossom, yes blossom!
Look how beautiful you are!
As I see the life presented me
On my face a smile blossoms in delight

涼れにそよぐ
彩を織り成す
萌える色出る
錦のごとく

nagare ni soyogu
iro wo orinasu
moeru iro idzuru
nishiki no gotoku

Rustling in the flow
Life weaving its hues
What flourishing color abounds!
They are like a brocade

祭に添えては 祀に同じと

matsuri ni soete wa matsuri ni onaji to

In being like a festival, this is the same as an offering to me

踏めよ来無処 ここよりこちら
さあさ 一踏
宴の開く

fume yo kunado koko yori kochira
saa sa ittou
utage no hiraku

Dance around the forbidden zones, hither here hither there
Come now, jump!
The party has just begun!

遊べよ 命懸け
その酣なること
交われ 御魂ごと
それの在ることを知れよ

asobe yo inochi kake
sono takenawa naru koto
majiware mitama goto
sore no aru koto wo shire yo

Dance with your life on the line
The risk is the height of it all
Sift through with all your soul
And know what I say to be true

さあ
ニ、ニ、一で
拡散がる弾幕に
その身を賭して避けたらば

saa
ni ni no hitotsu de
hirogaru keshiki ni
sono mi wo toshite saketaraba

Now we begin!
With two bows two claps and one bow!
If you will gamble your life
To dodge through this curtain fire landscape,

奉避る舞となって
神祭ろうと楽ばすように

sasageru ugoki to natte
ware matsurou to asobasu you ni

May your dodging movements be
A dance of offering, of reverence to me

舞はぬものならば口より呑ませ
巧ならずば口より呑ませ
身にところせしことその末代まで
身のところせしことその末代まで

mawanu mono naraba kuchi yori nomase
takumi narazuba kuchi yori nomase
mi ni tokoroseshi koto sono matsudai made
mi no tokoroseshi koto sono matsudai made

For those who will not dance, make them drink their fill!
For those who are unskilled, make them drink their fill!
May there be curses on you and your offspring!
May you be cursed, you and your offspring!

人にも知るは
夢の噺と寝
悠けく眠れ
永遠の花褥

hito ni mo shiru wa
yume no hanashi to ne
harukeku nemure
towa no hana shitone

What even humans know
Are talk of dreams and slumber
So sleep in a deep distant dream
On an eternal bed of flowers

避けねば咲かず
さても去ぬるべく
舞え舞え舞うより
その道は無く

sakeneba sakazu
sate mo inurubeku
mae mae mau yori
sono michi wa naku

If you do not dodge, you will not blossom
If you do not, you are destined to die
There is not option left of you but
To dance and dance and dance some more

手足も塞ぐ
さても狭き道を
くぐるは猛き
ものの仕業なれば

teashi mo fusagu
sate mo semaki michi wo
kuguru wa takeki
mono no shiwaza nareba

As making one’s way down this narrow path
Despite being shut in by hand and foot
Is a feat only the most
Fierce and courageous may perform,

鉄の鑰持て
かつての神話
遍く伝えて
うち滅ばさん

tetsu no kagi mote
katsute no aragoto
amaneku tsutaete
uchihorobasan’

In return, wielding my iron rings
I shall show offer you a reenactment
Of that legendary battle of yore
As I wreck havoc upon you

祭に添えては 祀に同じと

matsuri ni soete wa matsuri ni onaji to

In being like a festival, this is the same as an offering to me

跨げ来無処 手の鳴る方へ
さあさ 一踏
宴の開く

matage kunado te no naru hou e
saa sa ittou
utage no hiraku

Dance over the forbidden zones, following the clapping hands
Come now, jump!
The party has just begun!

遊べよ 命懸け
それが妙なること
交われ 御魂ごと
それの在ることを知れよ

asobe yo inochi kake
sore ga tae naru koto
majiware mitama goto
sore no aru koto wo shire yo

Dance with your life on the line
The risk is what makes it sublime
Sift through with all your soul
And know what I say to be true

さあ
ニ、ニ、一で
拡散がる弾幕
その身合わせて奏すれば

saa
ni ni no hitotsu de
hirogaru utagoe
sono mi awasete sou sureba

Now we begin!
With two bows two claps and one bow!
When you sing along with your motions
Enveloped by this song of curtain fire

祝避の詞となって
神祀ろうと唄わすように

iwai no kotoba to natte
ware matsurou to utawasu you ni

May your voice be as words of celebration
A song of offering, of reverence to me

遊べよ 命懸け
その美しきこと
交われ 御魂ごと
それの在ることを知れよ

asobe yo inochi kake
sono utsukushiki koto
majiware mitama goto
sore no aru koto wo shire yo

Dance with your life on the line
The risk is what makes it beautiful
Sift through with all your soul
And know what I say to be true

さあ
ニ、ニ、一で
拡散がる弾幕に
はるけく鬨を響かせば

saa
ni ni no hitotsu de
hirogaru keshiki ni
harukeku toki wo hibikaseba

Now we begin!
With two bows two claps and one bow!
If you will let ring far your battle cries
Through this curtain fire landscape,

掲げる符名となって
神も演者をも楽ばすように

kakageru kotoba to natte
ware mo hito wo mo asobasu you ni

May your cries be raised as spells
Which will please both the masses and me

祭りは未だ終わらず
即ち明日のちまた明日

matsuri wa imada owarazu
sunawachi hare nochi mata hare

This festival is far from over
In other words, the day after a festival is yet another one!

旋律~シラベ~ // Shirabe // Umineko no Naku Koro Ni ED 2 (VN)

The ending theme for EP 2 of Umineko no Naku Koro ni.

Umineko has a really good soundtrack. Please give it a listen.

旋律~シラベ~
 Shirabe
 Melody
猫招き歌劇団
うみねこのなく頃に

目を閉じると 光は見える
耳を澄ますと 大地の吐息
甘い誘惑 戸惑いの心
風は私を 切り裂く

me wo tojiru to hikari wa mieru
mimi wo sumasu to daichi no toiki
amai yuuwaku tomadoi no kokoro
kaze wa watashi wo kirisaku

When I close my eyes, I see a light
If I listen, I hear the breath of the earth
A sweet temptation to my unsure heart
The wind tears through me

ひとつ 消えれば
ふたつ 消えゆく
明かりは命さす 旋律

hitotsu kiereba
futatsu kieyuku
akari wa inochi sasu shirabe

When one thing fades
So does another
The light is a melody, an outpouring of life

花は 自ら
散りゆく 無常
歴史は まわるまわる
メリーゴーランド

hana wa mizukara
chiriyuku mujou
rekishi wa mawaru mawaru
merry go round

Flowers, of their own accord
Drop their petals in impermanence
History spins around and around
A merry go round

こわばる体を 揺らして
くちびる 噛み締め
真実を みる

kowabaru karada wo yurashite
kuchibiru kamishime
shin’jitsu wo miru

Loosen your stiff body
Bite down on your lip and
See the truth

目を開けると 光は見える
耳を閉ざすと 風の息吹
淡い誘惑 流麗の心
風は 私を つつみこむ

me wo akeru to hikari wa mieru
mimi wo tozasu to kaze no toiki
awai yuuwaku ryuurei no kokoro
kaze wa watashi wo tsutsumikomu

When I open my eyes, I see a light
If I cover my ears, I hear the breath of the wind
A faint temptation to my flowing heart
The wind embraces me

ひとつ 消えれば
ふたつ 消えゆく
明かりは命さす 旋律

hitotsu kiereba
futatsu kieyuku
akari wa inochisasu shirabe

When one thing fades
So does another
The light is a melody, an outpouring of life

花はつぼみで
枯れゆく 無常
大地は まわるまわる
メリーゴーランド

hana wa tsubomi de
kareyuku mujou
daichi wa mawaru mawaru
merry go round

Flowers, still budding
Wither in impermanence
The earth spins around and around
A merry go round

ふるえる体を 揺らして
くちびる 噛み締め
真実を みる

furueru karada wo yurashite
kuchibiru kamishime
shin’jitsu wo miru

Rock your shivering body
Bite down on your lip and
See the truth

小さな明かり
手を伸ばしても
つかめないあなたと
私のワルツ

chiisa na akari
te wo nobashitemo
tsukamenai anata to
watashi no waltz

A faint light
Though I reach out
I cannot grasp you
This is our waltz

花は 自ら
散りゆく 無常
歴史は まわるまわる
メリーゴーランド

hana wa mizukara
chiriyuku mujou
reikishi wa mawaru mawaru
merry go round

Flowers, of their own accord
Drop their petals in impermanence
History spins around and around
A merry go round

こわばる体を 揺らして
くちびる 噛み締め
真実を みる

kowabaru karada wo yurashite
kuchibiru kamishime
shin’jitsu wo miru

Loosen your stiff body
Bite down on your lip and
See the truth

真実を みる

shinjitsu wo miru

See the truth

ガーネット // Garnet

This sounds like an early 10s anime OP and I love it.

Edytha Rossmann is a flight instructor, and this song talks about how she watches her students take flight, how she faught as a witch and had to mostly retire, how she has been traumatized and feels responsibility for the deaths of the witches she has taught, and how she has come to terms with how her life has ended up.

Honestly, given that this is just a character album I’m pleasantly surprised by this song, especially because I love Rossmann.

Trivia: Edytha Rossmann and Anzu share the same voice actress.

ガーネット
 Garnet
Vocal: エディータ・ロスマン(五十嵐裕美)
 Edytha Rossmann (Igarashi Hiromi)
Composition/Arrangement: 馬渕直純
Lyrics: eNu
Album: ブレイブウィッチーズ 秘め歌コレクション Vol.4
 Brave Witches Hidden Song Collection Vol.4

無数に伸びてく運命線
描いた先いくつも広がる世界

musuu ni nobiteku un’meisen’
egaita saki ikutsu mo hirogaru sekai

Countless lines of fate spread out before me
Each drawing its own expanding world

ふと眼を瞑って仰いだ空 ぽつりと肌打つ冷たい雨
重なる刹那を 暗闇が映して
飲み込んだ息は胸を焦がす

futo me wo tsumutte aoida sora potsuri to hada utsu tsumetai ame
kasanaru setsuna wo kurayami ga utsushite
nomikon’da iki wa mune wo kogasu

I close my eyes and raise my head towards the sky
 feeling the cold rain upon my face
As the darkness projects moments, one upon the other
My held breath burns in my chest

もどかしいと感じて足掻いていた日々も
駆ける時を生き抜くための力にして

modokashii to kan’jite agaiteita hibi mo
kakeru toki wo ikinuku tame no chikara ni shite

Those days I struggled, feeling impatient and powerless
I use now as a strength to make it through as time rushes on

もう苦い果実ならば飽きるほど味わった
同じ過ち繰り返すことはしたくない
突きつけられた運命や変えられない過去だって
どれも現在につながる証だと信じたい、もっと
だから一途に 伝え続けよう

mou nigai kajitsu naraba akiru hodo ajiwatta
onaji ayamachi kurikaesu koto wa shitakunai
tsukitsukerareta un’mei ya kaerarenai kako datte
dore mo ima ni tsunagaru akashi da to shin’jitai, motto
dakara ichizu ni tsutaetsudzukeyou

I’ve certainly had my share of painful experiences and
I don’t want to make the same mistakes again
The fate that has been forced upon me, and the past I cannot change
I want to believe more that both are proof of what ties me to the present
So I’ll keep passing what I know on to others

錆び付く歯車 軋む音が 未来の気配を消したあの日
小さな願いは影と隣合わせ
示した答えに正解はない

sabitsuku haguruma kishimu oto ga mirai no kehai wo keshita ano hi
chiisa na negai wa kage to tonariawase
shimeshita kotae ni seikai wa nai

That day, when the creaking of my rusted gears
 erased whatever premonitions I had
Alongside a faint wish, there was shadow
As for the response I gave, there was no right answer

失って気付いた かけがえないものたち
たどり着いた この場所からあふれる想い

ushinatte kidzuita kakegaenai monotachi
tadoritsuita kono basho kara afureru omoi

There are so many whom I realized were irreplaceable only once I’d lost them
This destination I’ve now reached, is overflowing with emotions

さあ心の奥深く宿した熱を抱いて
これから出会う新しい景色を共に見よう
振り向けば笑顔がある 守るべき声が響く
たくさんの物語の音色を聴いていたい、ずっと
だから一途に 応え続けよう

saa kokoro no okufukaku yadoshita netsu wo idaite
kore kara deau atarashii keshiki wo tomo ni miyou
furimukeba egao ga aru mamorubeki koe ga hibiku
takusan’ no monogatari no neiro wo kiiteitai, zutto
dakara ichizu ni kotaetsudzukeyou

Now, embracing this fever held deep within my chest
Together, let us witness the new skyscape that awaits
Looking back, I see the smiles and hear the voices of those I must protect
I want to keep listening to the chorus of countless stories forever
So that’s why I’ll keep answering the call

諦めること 受け入れること
どちらも似ているようで違うから
旅立つ姿 見送るたびに
強くあれと祈る

akimeru koto ukeireru koto
dochira mo niteiru you de chigau kara
tabidatsu sugata miokurutabi ni
tsuyoku are to inoru

Giving up is similar to, but different from
Coming to terms with something
So every time I watch another take off on their journey
I pray they will be strong

傷跡に残る痛み 懐かしさ覚えるとき
現在よりきっと強くなれるから この場所で

kizuato ni nokoru itami natsukashisa oboeru toki
ima yori kitto tsuyoku nareru kara kono basho de

When from the pain lingering in my wounds I feel a since of nostalgia
I tell myself that I can always grow stronger than I was, here in this place

さあ心の奥深く宿した熱を抱いて
これから出会う新しい景色を共に見よう
突きつけられた運命や変えられない過去だって
全て抱きしめ守っていけるよ、遠い未来へ
仲間と共に進んでゆこう

saa kokoro no okufukaku yadoshita netsu wo idaite
korekara deau atarashii keshiki wo tomo ni miyou
tsukitsukerareta un’mei ya kaerarenai kako datte
subete dakishime mamotteikeru yo, tooi mirai e
nakama to tomo ni susun’deyukou

Now, embracing this fever held deep within my chest
Together, let us witness the new skyscape that awaits
The fate that has been forced upon me, and the past I cannot change
I will embrace them both, and keep protecting, into the distant future
So I’ll keep moving forward, together with my comrades


水なき海を往く // Mizu Naki Umi wo Yuku

Rehabilitation.

水なき海を往く
 Mizu Naki Umi wo Yuku
 Crossing the Waterless Sea
夜のデンデラ野を逝く|蓮台野夜行
歌詞:Atori
梶迫小道具店 / Cajiva’s Gadget Shop

暗く長い森を越えて
水の無い海へと漕ぎ出そう
古き運命に縛られた
その瞳に星々を宿して

kuraku nagai mori wo koete
mizu no nai umi e to kogidasou
furuki sadame ni shibarareta
sono hitomi ni hoshiboshi wo yadoshite

Having crossed the long dark forest
She rows out into a waterless sea
Bound by an ancient fate
She harbors the stars in her eyes

昏く永い夜を越えて
孤独の向こう側へと踏み出そう
いつしか固く握り締めた
幼いままのその手を開いて

kuraku nagai yoru wo koete
kodoku no mukougawa e to fumidasou
itushika kataku nigirishimeta
osanaimama no sono te wo hiraite

Having crossed the long dark night
She steps out unto the lonely far shore
The hand she had clenched so tightly
She opens, letting go still young

懐かしい声が 紡いだ理
内に秘めて今 君の海へ

natsukashii koe ga tsumuida kotowari
uchi ni himete ima kimi no umi e

The reasoning, woven by that nostalgic voice
I hold secret inside of me now, as I head to your sea

暗く長い森を越えて
水の無い海へと漕ぎ出そう
古き運命に縛られた
その瞳に星々を宿して

kuraku nagai mori wo koete
mizu no nai umi e to kogidasou
furuki sadame ni shibarareta
sono hitomi ni hoshiboshi wo yadoshite

Having crossed the long dark forest
She rows out into a waterless sea
Bound by an ancient fate
She harbors the stars in her eyes

昏く永い夜を越えて
孤独の向こう側へと踏み出そう
いつしか固く握り締めた
幼いままのその手を開いて

kuraku nagai yoru wo koete
kodoku no mukougawa e to fumidasou
itushika kataku nigirishimeta
osanaimama no sono te wo hiraite

Having crossed the long dark night
She steps out unto the lonely far shore
The hand she had clenched so tightly
She opens, letting go still young

懐かしい声が 紡いだ理
内に秘めて今 君の海へ

natsukashii koe ga tsumuida kotowari
uchi ni himete ima kimi no umi e

The reasoning, woven by that nostalgic voice
I hold secret inside of me now, as I head to your sea

時計の内側に 秘められた思い
胸に抱いて今 君の元へ

tokei no uchigawa ni himerareta omoi
ude ni daite ima kimi no moto e

The feelings, held secret inside the clock
I embrace in my arms now, as I go to where you are