[Request(?)] Sally – min~眠~


This song was requested by Helly.
…Yeah, yeah, “requested”.
I know you requested me this song because you read this post and you knew that it was my favourite touhou arrange ever. So… thanks, actually!
I simply pretend not to see this reality and translate it anyways, because you know I wanted to! But first, few words.
As you read before on my Top 15 Touhou Arranges (which is kind of becoming a thing among other translators, and I wish it’ll keep being something people want to write about!), this is an arrange of a theme that I can hardly remember, of a character that I can hardly remember in a game that I can hardly remember.
I was really disappointed with Ten Desires because I found it way too easy game-wise, too poor music-wise and too disappointing character-wise.
The track I liked the most from this game was Night Sakura of Dead Spirits and… it’s just the first stage theme! Come on!
Kyouko’s theme was a music piece that I’ve never enjoyed that much and never actually considered to be a worthy touhou piece of music, but this song is different.
Giving that its result is awesome and is based off a theme that I don’t like makes it even more amazing than it already is.
This song gives me different feelings, mostly nostalgia and loneliness. And yeah, it’s also true that I remember this song coming to my head on a night of fireworks alone on the beach. I can’t clearly remember if that really happened or I dreamed about it, though.
But that image is perfect, and goes perfectly with what this song makes me feel.
The rap vocals are soothing, sexy, gorgeous, perfect! As Kafka Fuura said, “眠 -min- has spoken sex, which is why it’s so good”, and I think he’s right. Hahah
Anyway, this song’s style is amazing, its solo is stunning, the instruments couldn’t be better, everything, everything, everything is perfect.
I like the lyrics too, but that may be the most noticeable “flaw” of it.
Because they’re sometimes really good but, imho, sticks way too much on Kyouko’s character and could have been better if there were no stanzas refering to things such as “yamabiko” or something like that.
That apart, a masterpiece. And something that Sally won’t ever reply, in my opinion. Well, they made other great songs too, actually. OR, zen~然~, Reikon Mythology, plaza roboscape
So yeah, they’re good sometimes, but if I have to say the title of their best song, you know what I’ll say…

Sally – min~眠~

其れを捨て 向かう一路彼方
稜線 尾根に沿う裸弦の月

yo ni munashisa ga michiru naraba
sore o sute mukau ichiro kanata
ryousen one ni sou ragen no tsuki
midori no ganka ni wa sen no kuni

If in this world emptiness fills everything,
Then why not throwing it away and face towards that far off road?
A thin crescent moon is following the mountains’ ridge
And under my green eyes, thousand of countries

難攻不落 門前のダンジョン
反響す 錯乱の伴奏
演者なきとき 帰還者の談

tabi naraba sute ga watashi no sandou
nankoufuraku monzen no danjeon
hankyousu sakuran no bansou
enja naki toki kikansha no dan

If yours is a voyage, it’ll lead straight to me,
The impregnable dungeon guarding the gates
My echo will accompaign your confusion
And when no one’s there to talk, their voice resounds

山河総共鳴 地割れに雨

sanga soukyoumei jiware ni ame
ikare ten wa jin’i no saku ni makenu
ika ni mo no shiranu to mousare you ga
kotowarinaku ba? kono saki wa toosan

Mountains and streams, resonate as the rain fills the ground’s cracks
For the angered heavens won’t be defeated by humans’ plans;
And I don’t care if you have something to say:
Do you have the right to pass? Than you won’t.

その歩 訳ありとは聞く
オアシス 忘れじのイチ道理

sono aruki wake ari to wa kiku
oashisu wasureji no ichi douri
negai no gensei kara no shougeki-ha
nokotteita aika

And when someone asked me what’s the meaning of life’s walk
The single truth lied on a oasis I forgot about
The shockwave from my desire’s source
Left just this song


toki no hazama no
hotori ni saku hana no you ni
mou anata o
miokuru dake shika nai kara

Just like a flower
Blooming on the side of the cracks of time
I can’t do anything
But watching you go
It’s painful…

その声を返そう これも縁よ

osoruna hito yo, sesshou wa sukanu
sono koe o kaesou kore mo en yo
oni no mensou nado yama ni awanu. ga
inu, tori ni arazu mononoke de aru

Don’t be afraid of me, for I don’t like killing
I’ll return to you that voice, and that too is karma
For a mountain, an evil face doesn’t suit well
But after all I’m just a creature which is not a dog nor a bird

あるいは岩 とさえ言うものもいた
バラ色 幽玄 気質の知行と経

arui wa iwa to sae iu mono mo ita
kotoba wa toge to mo naru to mita
shi wa nagai yoru ni tokeru yamabiko
bara iro yuugen katagi no chigyou to kyou

There was even someone who thought I was a stone
And so I saw how words can be one with thorns
This song’s content is like an echo melting in the long night
Rose-colored, profound, a manor of appearence and a sutra


sotto fureta yume no nakami ga
kioku de nuri tsubusare mienai

The contents of that dream I faintly touched…
Are painted by my memories, so I can’t see them…


kokoro no aza o
kakushi tooseru hazu nado naku
mou yowasa o
daiteta ude ni chikara ga,

“I should be able to hid my heart’s scar”
There’s no such thing
The strenght of the arm that held my weakness
Is no more… It…

跡がまだここにある、Love you, cry

hitori naitemo
koete yukeru hazu nado naku
itoshii te no
ato ga mada koko ni aru, love you, cry

Even if I’d cry alone,
There’s no way I could make through it
For the traces of the hand of my beloved one
Are still there, love you, cry

ずっと 待てば来るような気がして

sotto fureta yume no nakami wa
zutto mateba kuru you na ki ga shite

I have the feeling that if I keep waiting forever
For the contents of that dream I barely touched, they’ll come back…

この身小さく 儚い空
You’re too,

koi to somete yo
kono mi chiisaku hakanai sora
isoide yo
yubi no sukima kara kie
you’re too

Paint me with love,
Fleeting sky above this small body of mine!
And make haste!
For it’s fading between my fingers
You’re too


anata o
miokuru dake shika nai kara

I couldn’t do anything
But see you go away…


Title: min~眠~
Original Track: 門前の妖怪小娘 (Youkai Girl at the Gate) – Ten Desires, Kasodani Kyouko’s Theme
Vocals: 茶太 (Chata)
Lyrics: shuriken
Arrangement: NSY
Circle: サリー (Sally)
Album: サリー (Sally)
Release Event: C80

Listen to it on Youtube here: サリー – min~眠~

Silver Forest – Bad Apple II


How come this song has not been translated?
I clearly remember first listening to this song years and years ago, while looking for Bad Apple arrangements.
The fact that its title has “II” on it, is probably because this song wants to keep the feeling of the original (and way more famous) Bad Apple! by nomico.
The lyrics, in fact, share the same point of view (and depression, yay!), as well as the theme, of course.
But sadly, this is far from the other Bad Apple.
I don’t think this song is a bad, but it would have been better if it hadn’t that obvious connection to the other song.
In terms of music is way simpler, but, again, this one sticks much more to the original theme than the other does.
I think it’s stupid to compare those two songs, because they’re really different between each other.
And by doing so, I’ll just end up glorifying the other and underline how inferior this one is.
So, let’s just quit this Bad Apple digression and keep on talking about this song.


Okay, I think everything I need to say about this song was only about the other Bad Apple.
Mi dispiace.
But still, this song isn’t so bad, and it’s so nostalgic to me.
I actually liked the good ol’ Silver Forest, even if they never shined over other groups I always had that few songs by them that I used to listen once in a while.
So, there we go! Here are the lyrics.
Nothing in particular to write before this song, there’s not even need for notes.

Silver Forest – Bad AppleⅡ


owaranai uso no sekai de
shinjitsu wa itsumo hakanakute
torawareta kono kokoro wa
nigerarenu yami no naka e

In this world of neverending lies
The truth is always so ephemeral
This heart of mine, trapped in it
Faces towards a darkness I can’t escape

鏡の中 幻が映し出した過去
変わることない 運命を超える

kagami no naka maboroshi ga utsushidashita kako
modorenai to wakattemo
kawaru koto nai unmei o koeru

Inside the mirror there’s a past where illusions are being reflected
Even though I know I can’t go back
I’ll overcome this unchanging fate.

狂気が いま僕を包み力となり
この身はただ 欲望へと捧げられて

kyouki ga ima boku o tsutsumi chikara to nari
hitomi wa zetsubou no iro e to somaru
kono mi wa tada yokubou e to sasagerarete
hitotsu no negai o yadoshite
saegiru mono o koeteku

Madness has now become the power that’s enfolding me
As my pupils are slowly gaining the color of despair
This body of mine is simply being offered to my desires
Carrying with it a single wish:
Overcome what blocks your path

狂気をいだき 理性は死す

chi nurareta michi o aruite
kyouki o idaki risei wa shisu
ikusen no tsumi seotte
hikari o motome samayou

Walking the street painted in blood
Embracing the madness my reason dies;
Carrying thousands of sins on my back
I wander seeking for the light

もう逃げられない 運命の調べ

yami no naka demo ga itemo
karami tsuku jubaku
semari kitaru rengoku wa
mou nigerarenai unmei no shirabe

Even if I’d struggle inside this darkness,
A curse is entwined on my body;
The purgatory that draws nearer and nearer
Is a choice of a destiny I can’t escape from anymore

紅く染まる世界の中 迷い続け
境界線がどこにあるか 知らず

akaku somaru sekai no naka mayoitsudzuke
kyoukai-sen ga doko ni aru ka shirazu
dare mo tadoritsukenai kono hitori no yami
doko e mukau ka
dare ni mo wakaranai mama de

I keep on getting lost in this world paintend in red
Without knowing where its edge lies
I’ll just go over it
As no one still doesn’t know
Where this lonely darkness that no one can’t reach
Is going to

鏡の中 幻が映し出した過去
変わることない 運命を超える

kagami no naka maboroshi ga utsuhidashita kako
modorenai to wakattemo
kawaru koto nai unmei o koeru

Inside the mirror there’s a past where illusions are being reflected
Even though I know I can’t go back
I’ll overcome this unchanging fate.

狂気が いま僕を包み力となり
この身はただ 欲望へと捧げられて

kyouki ga ima boku o tsutsumi chikara to nari
hitomi wa zetsubou no iro e to somaru
kono mi wa tada yokubou e to sasagerarete
hitotsu no negai o yadoshite
saegiru mono o koeteku

Madness has now become the power that’s enfolding me
As my pupils are slowly gaining the color of despair
This body of mine is simply being offered to my desires
Carrying with it a single wish:
Overcome what blocks your path


Title: Bad AppleⅡ
Original Track: Bad Apple!! – Lotus Land Story, Stage 3 Theme
Vocals: さゆり (Sayuri)
Lyrics: NYO
Arrangement: NYO
Circle: Silver Forest
Album: Ancient Blue
Release Event: Reitaisai 8

Listen to it on Youtube here: Silver Forest – Bad AppleⅡ

俳句プロジェクト ~ Montlhy Haiku Project (November 2015)

Artwork by Zhou Fan (zhoufanart.com)

We’re already on the fifth post of this haiku project that started out of… out of what, exactly?
Boredom, maybe?
It’s unbelievable how fast time goes by.
No, that’s not true. Time goes by at the same speed as always, and that’s a fact.
It’s just my perception of it that has changed.
I really don’t know how to deal with time.
Do we really need time to get to know people?
Do we really need it in order to feel the change?
If you ask me, I have no idea.
I feel like some evenings of my life were worth years of it, and than years and years of nothingness went by faster than a short lapse of time were everything seemed frozen.
As the time pass, I notice I do some things that I were not used to do before, and I stopped doing other things that I used to do before.
A threshold: now and then.
Were do I lie? Were do we lie?
“Running over the same old ground, what have we found? The same old fears”, that’s the only thing that comes to my mind.
I’m someone that was and still is.
Someone that may be different from someone else, but similar to others.
Someone who can’t say a thing about himself but can about what he’s afraid of.
And I really don’t want to think about it.
Spacing out into a daymare. What separates dream and reality is so easy to break.
These posts are like a sigh of relief. I’m glad I decided to start this, and I’m glad it seems people like them. Thank you, really.

Part 1

This post’s haikus share a common thing.
They were all wrote on several sleepless nights.
It’s not that I’m depressed or something, it’s that sometimes my mind won’t just stop thinking and won’t let me go to sleep.
On those nights, I wrote the following haikus thinking about what was flowing on my mind.
Shrouded in silence and sorrounded by darkness.
Alone with my thoughts.

Thus, today’s song for this post is a song that It gives me the “alone with one’s thoughts” feeling. Just in between dream and reality…
Press play and read: God is an Astronaut – Frozen Twilight

And for this time, there won’t be the same structure as the previous posts.
There will be more haikus, but no description whatsoever.
Only notes to explain the poems at the end of this section. Briefly. Maybe I’ll keep this style.

A locked gateway

“On your rusty door
Nothing can reflect brighter
Than a untold past”



“A new flame dances
Following the harsh rhythm
Of hastening years”



“As the fire’s smoke
Fills the hopeless temple’s air
A monk is smiling”


Neverending Season Crossing

“On the sunset line
Reddening leaves disappear
Ground and sky as one”


Why I look up

“Midsummer sprinkle
A grey cloudy veil filled with
Thousand colored kites”


It’s inside

“Hasn’t anyone
Found their own personal truth?
Blind men, elephant”



“Close to waterfalls
The dragonfly bares great noise
In change for small drops”


The Space Between my Fingertips

“A pencil that draws
The map of a lone soul’s dreams
Never snaps in two”


I was Awake

“Rising sun midair;
Holding firmly my visions
Crossing the border”



“Blood or syrup
Landscape of a quiet dawn
Both end and endless”


A locked gateway: Sometimes we don’t need to express ourself to reveal what’s inside us. Truth is, there are few people who ask themselves why a door is rusty or why someone else is gloomy. But they know, at least unconsciously, that something is hiding where the eyes can’t fully reach.
Cake: The time passes fast, and there’s nothing unheard before in this sentence. And the day you kept waiting when you were little is now becoming your reminder: You’re growing up, and the cake is not as good as it was before.
Kinkakuji: “Finding beauty in tragedy”, they say. Who would smile when something you love is fading away without the possibility to being helped? Someone who’s wise enough to accept his/her fate. This haiku is partially based on “Kinkakuji“, a novel by Yukio Mishima.
Neverending Season Crossing: Let’s face it, that’s a paradox. Or is it? A sunset, time standing still. Or going back? It’s just like waking up from a dream, confused. You’re not yet into reality, not yet out of your dreams. The skies of those two worlds blend together. And the threshold you’re in is so solid yet so fragile.
Why I look up: A grey sky on a midsummer rainy day is surely something no one would love to see. But the sky is filled with colors. With unnatural, unexpected colors. Their wires look like they’re about to snap in a moment.
It’s inside: You truth, his truth, her truth, my truth, eveyone’s truth. Don’t judge, for our perception differs between people. This haiku is based on Hokusai‘s painting The Blind Men and the Elephant, which illustrates the story of 10 blind men each one touching an elephant on ten different spots, so everyone thinks the elephant is shaped as the part each one of them is touching. Who’s right? Who’s wrong? Everyone, no one.
Sacrifice: Getting your hand on what you want isn’t simple. No one’s ready for it. One simply does it. Some way or another. Endure, but don’t stand still. Just don’t stand still…
The Space Between my Fingertips: Dreams. Something that doesn’t really exists but it’s more valuable that lots of existing thing. It’s not wrong to cling on them. Never stop dreaming. For a life with dreams has no limits.
I was Awake: Making a decision that will change, even a bit, your life. Waking up before the sun does to get a glimpse of a new life. What we go through is what shapes our senses. Yesterday’s sunlight won’t be repeated again, but tomorrow’s too.
Mesmerizing: Is there really someone who knows the outcome of his/her own choices? Life is a mystery we can’t solve, and solving it isn’t our purpose. Choose to believe in what makes you feel alive, whatever it could be. But be sure to keep it for yourself, because no one wants to open their heart just to see his/her own world collapsing under words of hatred.

Part 2

I think that’s the first Haiku post to have a theme, which I believe is “dream and reality”.
Dreams are so strange.
Today I woke up laughing about something I clearly remembered the moment I woke up, but ended up forgetting when I gained my consciousness back.
Recently I’ve also had a dream about a girl I have shared only few talks lots of time ago for three nights in a row.
I dream really often and sometimes my dreams are so real I learn things from them.
It also happened that I mistook some dreams for my reality or the opposite thing.
Maybe I’m just going crazy, but I like to think of them as two worlds.
The world of reality and the world of dreams. One facing the other.
Spinning all over.

Vuoto di Memoria (Memory Lapse)

“Metà d’un sogno “Half a dream
D’un’intera estate: Of a full summer:
Non resta altro.” Nothing else’s left.”



“Vivo in un sogno “I’m living in a dream
Come una farfalla Like a butterfly
Prima dell’alba” Just before dawn”


Uno Sparo (A Shot)

“A notte fonda “On a deep night
Muore svegliandosi rea It dies waking up in guilt
L’esile volpe The faint fox”


({Vuoto di Memoria}’s content is based off Shakespearea midsummer night’s dream“, “sogno di una notte di mezza estate” in italian)
({Zhuāngzǐ} is based on the tale of Zhuāngzǐ, who dreamed to be a butterfly and when he woke up he questioned himself if he’s the one dreaming to be a butterfly or the butterfly dreaming to be him. It’s an interesting tale about dream and reality and how they blend together)
({Uno Sparo} is based off Yanagita Kunio‘s Tohno Monogatari‘s legend #100, where a man dreams to be killed in a forest later to discover that, on the same place where he died in his dream, a fox was shoot down by a hunter.)


道の後 (michi no ato) “Beyond This Road”

未来の目 mirai no me “As I still can’t
開けないままに akenai mama ni “Open the eyes of future
無数の影 musuu no kage “Countless shadows”


夢の存在 (yume no sonzai) “A Dream’s Existence”

やっと叶った yatto kanaeta “”The dream that finally
夢の足跡 yume no ashiato “Came true, its footprints…
意味も無い imi mo nai “There’s no meaning”


選択(sentaku) “A Choice”

我が姿 wa ga sugata “”My appearance”
この世の全て kono yo no subete “And this whole world”
睡眠中 suiminchuu “Sleeping”

Part 3

Let’s keep the “dream vs reality” theme also in this last section, starting off with a tanka instead of a haiku.
A tanka is a short poem whose lenght is usually 5-7-5-5-7, but could be different like this one.

おきなさび飛ばず okinasabi tobazu “Pretending to be old without flying
鳴かざるをちかたの nakazaru o chikata no Yet quiet and knoledgeable
森のふくろふ mori no fukurou Off in the forest, the owl
笑ふらんかも warau ran kamo Is probably laughing”

This tanka is featured in Tohno Monogatari, which I’ve studied deeply and I also plan to fully translate in italian in the near future.
So, what’s the meaning of it? Of course is linked to the book, which is about legends and folklore, something out of the concept of “normal”.
We choose to firmly believe in something, but we can’t know the outcome of our lives.
So, what if one day we come across something we didn’t believe in?
Something you thought the ones talking about it where crazy? You’ll probably think again about what’s real and what’s not.
And that owl, which is the knowledge of the writer, will be laughing at your hopelessness.
By the way, Japan’s folklore is amazing and everyone should get to know about it.

That’s a haiku I’ve found on the internet some times ago, by someone nicknamed Demetrios Trifiatis:

Just a dream life is,
Death’s alarm clock, us awakes
Eternity dawns!

I’m sold each time the line “life is a dream” appears. I firmly believe so.
This concept is nothing new, but I think it has a deep meaning to it.
Is this a happy haiku or a sad one? You decide. I don’t think is neither of them.

Let’s close this post with a haiku from the last great haiku master we’ve never talked about yet.
We now know about Basho, Shiki and Buson, the only one left is Issa:

夏の寝覚 ge no nezame “Walking from a summer sleep
月の堤へ tsukimi ni dote e Moon gazing
出たりけり detari keri On the levee”

Issa’s haikus mainly focuses on small animals or feelings of nostalgia towards his hometown, but this one seems to be different.
Can you really tell what happens in this haiku?
I bet you can’t, and that’s exactly its meaning.
A shining moon’s reflection on the water in a summer night is mesmerizing. You can’t even tell if you’re actually looking at it or you’re dreaming of it.
Have you ever thought about jumping into its reflection?

Maybe I’ll keep this style, just maybe.
I don’t know, it’ll probably change again, but who knows? There are still more haiku posts to go…
Also, if you want, you can send me your haikus to my email adress, twitter or facebook (contacts down below), and the ones I like the most will be published in the upcoming posts.
I’d really love to keep the modern haiku tradition alive.
We really need poetry in a world where everything else is attempting to kill it.
We must help leave it untouched and gracious.
And I’d love to “fight” this “war” with you!
So, just try to close your eyes, think about what you think it’s important to think about (wtfdidIjustwrote) and try to write down your feelings: If a poem, a haiku, a song or every other writing comes from your heart, than it’s already good enough.

Send me your haikus…
Via facebook: /sanzunokawa
Via twitter: @FGRNDNoises
Or via mail: m_baratta@hotmail.it

I accept haikus in EVERY language! Only one condition: If the haiku is not in english, it needs to be send along with a translation for it.
Poetry is international!
…But I’m not. Sadly.

Hope you enjoyed this post.
Next haiku’s post will be out on December the 18th!
Other ordinary translation posts will be coming soon.

Foreground Eclipse – A Retrospective: Part 3/5


Here’s the third part of Foreground Eclipse Retrospective (whose title should be something like “the untold tale of Shion‘s approach to Foreground Eclipse that would have been better to stay untold”).
There’s a link at the bottom of each retrospective post for reading the other parts, so just check it out!
Last post marked the final stage of the first Foreground Eclipse period, with Suzuori leaving the band before the 6th demo CD.
From now on, we have a new guitarist/bassist, Syim, and the one taking control over the arrange system will be our legendary drummer/scream vocalist of the band: Teto.
Hard to believe enough, Foreground Eclipse totally changed with Teto as the official arranger, and while I liked lots of the first era’s songs, I think that Foreground Eclipse showed their best with their two last CDs, in a general way.
By doing this retrospective I had the chance to listen to the whole CDs again, focusing on the musical content rather than enjoying what I was listening, and I must say it was an amazing experience.
Each And Every Word Leaves Me Here Alone was the first CD by Foreground Eclipse that I remember waiting for.
Ever since the Demo CD #6, I listened to every song by them as soon as they came out, and so this CD was my first experience to actually wait for your favourite band to publish a brand new CD.
That’s so nostalgic, and I’d say I really miss this.
There are still CDs I’m waiting for and used to wait for, but nothing was like the thrill of waiting for a new FgE’s CD to come out.
I seriously hope they’ll show us a sign in the future. And by “they”, I mean Teto. A revival, maybe? A best of? Something? We’ve heard so many times of bands shattering and then reuniting out of the blue, so… let’s not throw away our hope.
So, what is this post about?
My opinions (I’m writing this again: MY PERSONAL OPINIONS) on Foreground Eclipse’s song, with comments, stories, ratings and everything.
This is purely subjective and it’s not absolutely a critic to Foreground Eclipse.

Each And Every Word Leaves Me Here Alone

This new era of Foreground Eclipse started with the 6th demo CD which featured two songs that totally blew my mind, and that we’ll talk about on this post.
Teto’s style of music is different from Suzuori’s, and while I first thought it was different in a bad way, I can now say that Teto as an arranger is way more well suited than Suzuori.
His style mainly focuses on strong, uneven rhythms and the use of the synthetizer, which is one of the main aspects of this new era.
The recording quality from now on seems to be better too, and every musical instruments of every track is so clear it could be heard without struggling (White Wind anyone?).
Before talking about this album, let’s spend two words on another thing you may think I’ve missed on the previous posts (but I actually did on purpose): the intros.
The intro for Vermillion Halo on Wishes Hidden in the Foreground Noises is a smooth track which, in my opinion, isn’t something one could spend more than two words about.
It’s something everyone could have thought about, and I think the song doesn’t change so much with or without it.
The intro for Fall of Tears is a little bit better, but, again, I couldn’t get into that song nor into its intro, and I really don’t know why. It’s also more similar to the new intros by FgE’s second phase.
From now on, with the track #01 “You can’t explain anything without the word ‘Destruction’“, the intros are becoming something more relevant for both FgE and FgE’s fans.

02. Destruction
Personal rating: ★★★★

Right of the bat, a song that I first listened to their demo CD #7 and I used to love.
I think the build up this song does with the intro is really unique, and while its intro is pretty long, I never considered it to be long enough.
This song without the intro isn’t just the same thing.
I said on the previous post something about Faith is for Transient People, and that’s exactly why I said it.
This song completely overshadows 恋詠 from their first CD, and I always wondered why they chose to arrange a song they already arranged before.
Was it maybe because they were not satisfied by their first arrange?
I think that’s the case, because this song was a huge hit since when the demo CD 7 came out, while the other is hardly remembered even by FgE’s most avid fans.
I really think that this track is a good start for an album, and that’s mainly because of its intro, but the whole song gives glimpses of how much FgE are changing.
With an opening like this one, FgE’s fans know what they were expecting from this new CD.
…Or were they?

03. Obstruction! Color It All Out
Personal rating: ★★★★

On the previous post, I’ve said something like “when you take a song and make another one based off the previous one, is pure sh*t!” or something like that.
Well, scrap that.
Destruction came before Obstruction, so, when I first read its title, I was like “this is surely going to be like Truth,Ironies & Angels,Monsters“.
But it wasn’t like that.
Or better, some parts of this song share aspects of the other, but even though the two songs could be linked between each other, they’re both really good.
The lyrics for this song came into my life at the right moment, when I needed them, and I can clearly remember every sensation this song made me feel 3 years ago.
On top of that, the arrange is really powerful and someway peaceful at the same time, and leaves us a lots of space to listen to Teto’s new techniques.
Now that I think about it, someone who’s accostumated to old FgE’s song, can find this album to be “out-of-their-style”, but if I stop and think about Foreground Eclipse, a song from Teto’s period is more likely to pop in my mind rather than one from Suzuori’s period.
There’s no such thing as a change, I’d rather like to say there’s the “discovery”. Foreground Eclipse didn’t change their way of thinking in terms of music, they just discovered new ways to express themselves and their sound.
And that applies to almost everything, actually.
Also, this song has a “secret ending” that, I clearly remember, scared the living sh*t out of me the first time.
Wasn’t expecting that.

04. I Bet You’ll Forget That Even If You Noticed That
Personal rating: ★★★★
The few things this song lacked were corrected in another version of it that we’ll see on post #5, but I still can’t give this song less star because of that.
Thinking about it, it made no huge difference whatsoever.
Yet another touhou arrange that hardly seems like one.
I can barely hear Hourai Victim in this, but I still like this a lot.
The fast-paced vocals that conceal really nice lyrics are probably what makes this song so unique it leads the band to make another one based off this style (post #5).
I remember when the album first came out, I didn’t listen to this song that much, but on a second moment I was completely stuck with this song in my mind.
Teto’s style is showing up really fast in this album, and this 3-hits combo of 4-star songs is the proof of how much I like Each and Every Word Leaves Me Here Alone…

05. Nooneness Is For Danger
Personal rating: ☆☆☆☆
…Except for this.
Seriously. Foreground Eclipse, just give up arranging Kogasa‘s theme, it’s really not your business (post #5).
The vocals of this song are horrible, and I can’t describe them otherwise.
The instrumental part is not bad at all, but the vocals are really unbearable.
I don’t know why Merami decided to sing it this way, because on other tracks of the same CD she proved us she’s gotten a lot better singing.
Only the main verse of this song is decent, but the rest of it is simply hard to listen to because of how poorly performed its vocals are.
But maybe even if the vocals were a little bit better, the song couldn’t have reached the level of the previous ones from this album.
In my opinion, it would have been better if this song wasn’t part of this album at all.
It’s so poor. And what the hell is “nooneness“? Isn’t that the cousin of Lochness?!

06. Things What Fowls Can’t See Confuse Us
Personal rating: ★★★☆☆
This song first appeared on their sixth demo CD, and was the first song arranged by Teto.
I clearly remembered how I loved this song.
It reveals us their new techniques and their new style, as well as Merami’s improved english.
Which… is still engRish, though.
And it’s probably the reason why I can’t give this song 4 stars, for how much I love it.
Because I think it would have been better if it was in japanese, and because I find some parts of it (mainly due the english usage) to be pretty lame.
In terms of music, this is nothing like the Suzuori’s era, and is surely the song that marked the rebirth of Foreground Eclipse.
With this song I realized how FgE lacked lots of things on their previous period of activity, and with it, I understood the importance of the glorious synthetizer.

07. Noble
Personal rating: ★★★★★
Throve Keys on the previous post was an tribute for Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, Noble is an arrange from one of its character’s song, “Dear You, Thanks“.
I didn’t even know this song before listening to Noble, so I thought it was an original.
After listening to Dear You, which is really nice, I realized how much better Noble was.
This song is stunning. There are no words for describing this song.
More than three years passed since I first listened to it, but I still get chills whenever I do that again.
In this track, we get to listen to Merami’s improved vocals.
Her skills became incredible, and her voice is more beautiful than always.
That’s exactly why I can’t understand how a singer as good as her made both this masterpiece and that sort-of-failure that is Noonenessblahblah.
Anyway, back to Noble.
This is probably the track I like the most from this CD and one of my favourite tracks of all time by them.
Lots of people are skeptic when it comes to listen to japanese music.
My sister is one of them.
I made her listen to this song and she actually liked it a lot.
Everything in this song is perfect, starting from the piano to the guitar’s riffs which, for how “metal” they are, don’t ruin the calm and peaceful atmosphere of this song at all.
Lyrics? Incredible.
Instruments? Perfect.
Arrange? Couldn’t be better.
A song that everyone could listen to and enjoy, because it has everything a song needs to have.
And, in my opinion, one of the best track they ever made.
Ladies and gentlemen, the track I like the most out of this album.

08. If You Feel Like Sinking Down
Personal rating: ★★★★
Here’s the first original track from this album, as well as the happiest one.
I love this song, and in that one in particular Merami’s english is a little bit better than any other songs she ever recorded.
The rhythm of this song is very complex and keeps changing and changing and changing, as if it’s reflecting the lyrics’ content.
I found this to be ingenious.
Also, the synthetizer is the main feature of this song.
I’d say that’s one of the most Teto-styled song they ever composed.
Probably it is amongst the original tracks, there couldn’t be a better track than this one to reveal how much FgE’s sound has changed throughout the years.
The digressions this song keeps having makes builds up lots of things: now tension, now happiness, now fear, now courage, now everything else.
I think only a band such as Foreground Eclipse could have wrote a song like this one.
And it’s pretty rare to see such positive lyrics from Foreground Eclipse, so we must treasure this song!

09. Escapes
Personal rating: ★★★★★
This song came out on demo CD #6, and was the song that made my jaws drop.
This. Is. Stunning.
The second original track from the album, and the best one for sure.
Probably I like Noble a little bit more, but this is still worth 5 stars.
The song builds up a feeling of hopelessness and the screams on this songs are probably the most appropriate screams out of every FgE’s song.
I love its lyrics and their backing synthetizer / guitar tracks, and the intro/build-up is epic.
No wonder why it’s one of their most famous original songs…
With this song that closes the album, we got a clear picture of Foreground Eclipse’s new style that is going to stay the same from now on.
I think that’s the most symbolic song from this album, just like The Distant Journey To You was the most symbolic one from Wishes Hidden in the Foreground Noises.
Together with Noble. But in terms of FgE’s new style, this song is probably a better example than Noble.

About this post

This CD meant a lot to me.
Probably more than Wishes Hidden in the Foreground Noises did.
Because while the other was the one which made me discover Foreground Eclipse, this one made me appreciate them more, and…
…It remembers me of an amazing period of my life and a lot of friends I love so much.
How appropriate is for a CD that makes me feel like that to have a track such as Noble inside it!
But we have not ended yet, there are still two posts.
From this point on, Foreground Eclipse will release demo CDs over demo CDs, and songs featured in album collections that will lead the band to collaborate with Draw the Emotional on Seated with Liquor and then they’ll shatter, but not before relasing their last album, Stories That Last Through The Sleepless Nights. Again, finding this more important (and a 100% FgE album) I’d talk about this before talking about Seated with Liquor and the other songs I’ve missed.
Next post coming… I have no idea, soon, I guess.

Rating system:
☆☆☆☆ – Poor
★★☆☆☆ – Nice
★★★☆☆ – Good
★★★★☆ – Very Good
★★★★★ – Excellent

Retrospective parts:

Part 1: Wishes Hidden in the Foreground Noises
Part 2: Missing, Loving… and Suffering + Tears Will Become Melodies Tonight
Part 3: Each And Every Word Leaves Me Here Alone
Part 4: Stories That Last Through The Sleepless Nights
Part 5: Extra, Bonus tracks, Seated with Liquor

See you next post!
PS: Do you have perchance Merami’s telephone number…?

[REQUEST] Undead Corporation – Flowering Night Fever


This song was requested by B016.
Well, woah!
It’s not the first time I get a request as violent as this in terms of rhythm.
But I guess while I found this funny too, it’s no match for Diabolic Filth.
That translation still hunts my dreams.
As I stated so many times, I think Sakuya‘s theme might be one of the most arranged Touhou themes ever, and probably the theme character who appeared the most on this wordpress in terms of posts related to her theme.
And I really don’t know why.
About this song mh.
It makes me laugh, and I think its lyrics could be summarized with a line from the fifth stanza: “Blah Blah Blah Blah…“.
I love songs like those because they’re really fun to translate and it’s always fun to me to try to listen to them while reading their lyrics and being unable to do so.
The title is obviously a pun between Sakuya’s second theme Flowering Night and Saturday Night’s Fever, while I… actually can’t feel the original mood of the second one. Like, at all.
Also, it took me few time to trascript this song, except for the last friggin’ stanza and its impossible (and unreadable) kanjis. Fuck it.
The thing I don’t just understand is… by the lyrics, it’s obvious is based on a darker view of Embodiment of Scarlet Devil‘s plot… so why “Flowering Night”? I mean, that theme doesn’t even feature in EoSD.
I give up.
– First stanza “dog” is refering to Sakuya. There’s a gag in Touhou project (especially on Perfect Cherry Blossom) where every character seem to call Sakuya a dog, thinking she’s one of them.
– Third stanza, “anata” is wrote three times. The first is the normal way, the second is with the kanji for “woman” (女) which implies this “you” is a woman, and the third in katakana. Katakana usually underlines stuff, just like our CAPITAL LETTERS DO. So, I used caps lock each time a words appears in katakana.
– Fourth-to-last-stanza: here comes a list of difficult japanese words / way of saying. Mh… kinda reminds me of another request I got some time ago
– Last stanza: difficult kanji part 2 – level: lunatic. Most of those kanjis have the radical of 鬼 (oni, demon) which also appears in the word 吸血鬼 (kyuuketsuki, vampire). “chimimoryou” is a yokai old term for “spirits of the valley and mountains”. Also, the last stanza has way too much difficult kanjis I don’t have faith in.

Undead Corporation – Flowering Night Fever

“さぁお待ちかねの夜が来た 吸血鬼の支配する夜が
太陽が死ぬとやって来る 淫靡な享楽の宴は終わらない
死の世界が見える 私が時を殺す 忠実な犬
時が死んだ世界へようこそ 私は其の案内人”

“saa omachikane no yoru ga kita kyuuketsuki no shihaisuru yoru ga
taiyou ga shinu to yattekuru inbina kyouraku no utage wa owaranai
shi no sekai ga mieru watashi ga toki o korosu chuujitsuna inu
toki ga shinda sekai e youkoso watashi wa sono annaibito”

“At least, the long awaited night has come, the night conquered by the vampire
The Sun will face its end but the enjoyment of this impure banquet won’t;
Gazing at the world of the dead, I am the faithful dog that kills the time:
Welcome to the world of dead timespans, I am its guide.”


“私が壊れているわけじゃない 殺されたのは私ではない
死の遊戯で遊ばれているのは 貴方 貴女 アナタ
死の世界が見えるでしょう 終わらない夜が
月の光は救えない 血の渇きを癒せない オワルマデ”

“watashi ga kowareteiru wake ja nai korosareta no wa watashi de wa nai
shi no yuugi de asobareteiru no wa anata anata anata
shi no sekai ga mieru deshou owaranai yoru ga
tsuki no hikari wa sukuenai chi no kawaki o iyasenai owaru made”

“It’s not like I’m broken, I’m not the one who’ll be kiled
The one that will play the game of death is you, you, YOU!
Can you see the world of death, right? In this endless night
You won’t be able to save the moonlight, and your bleeding won’t dry UNTIL THE END”

God slayers…has come
Take your murdered guns and saw
Blah Blah Blah Blah…
Sad Sad* Vampire and Vampyr
Kill all the Murdog’s blade

Flowering Night Fever

kairaku shugisha no tokei no hari to
yaburetsu no ningyou samayou toki yo
gensou tadarenu
Flowering Night Fever

The hand of the hedonist’s clock
And the bursting doll of a wandering time
They won’t burn in flames
Flowering Night Fever

惨状妄想 血症裂傷 因果応報 無始曠劫
Flowering Night Fever

senjou mousou kesshou resshou ingaouhou mushikougo
Flowering Night Fever

Delusion, devastation, hyperlipidemia, laceration, cause and effect, retribution, no beginning, no profit
Flowering Night Fever


mui… garagara to kuzurete

This idleness… collapses as it rattles


血仙無死が兇れる Flowering Night Fever
魑魅魍魎跡梁跋扈 Flowering Night Fever

chisen mushi ga warureru Flowering Night Fever
chimimouryou atohari bakko Flowering Night Fever

The immortal blood hermit is wicked, Flowering Night Fever
Monsters of river! Monsters of Mountains! Rays! Rampant! Rise! Flowering Night Fever


Title: Flowering Night Fever
Original Track: フラワリングナイト (Flowering Night) – Phantasmagoria of Flower View, Izayoi Sakuya’s Theme
Vocals: Rib;y(uhki)
Lyrics: Rib;y(uhki)
Circle: Undead Corporation
Arrangement:Undead Corporation
Album: 瞬殺
Release Event: Reitaisai 12

Listen to it on Youtube here: Undead Corporation – Flowering Night Fever

[REQUEST] 君の美術館 – 秘封倶楽部の未踏世界


This song was requested by Darren Chiu.
I’ve probably said this in other posts, but what I like about requests is that I get to know to circles I didn’t even know about.
Like this one, Kimi no Museum (君の美術官 – kimi no bijutsukan).
This song has the most brilliant choruses that I have heard in a while.
The two different voices are singing two different parts at the same time, but they somehow always end up blending together, and that’s great.
Reading the lyrics, this was very confusing, but after I’ve listened to this song I realized how good it was.
I hope it the lyrics won’t seem strange with all those repetitions.
I wanted to keep the double-vocal feature, also because on the booklet they’re both wrote as part of the lyrics.
And despite of the music being pretty happy… man, those lyrics are really dark!
There are continuous terms that seem to be about a parallel / dream world and a strange figure ruling it.
I think this song is mainly about Maribel‘s ability to enter Gensokyo while sleeping, and thus making that strange figure Yukari.
Of course, that’s just my theory.
But being this an arrange from Magical Astronomy I don’t think it could be otherwise.
I must say the lyrics weren’t the easiest thing to translate, some part had me thinking about their meaning and structure.
But I can’t say I’m unsatisfied by its result.
– The parts between are those sung by the background voice. The phrases inside the ending with the same word the next stanza begins with, are actually sung at the same time.
– 幻想 (gensou) meaning “illusion” in the second-to-last stanza, is read as “yume”, meaning “dream”.

Kimi no Museum – 秘封倶楽部の未踏世界


kagiri nai to omoeta souzou no jiyuu mo
kono atama no naka sokubakusareteru
toppyoushi mo nai uso nante tsukenai
botan hitotsu oseba wakaru kara

Even the freedom that I pictured being endless
Has been confined inside my head;
I won’t make up such an astounding lie
Because I only need to press a single button to understand

<常識だけ 誇大に膨れ上がる>

yo no naka o zenbu shiro to kuro de wake
michibiiteku tamashii sae kagiri aru basho e
<joushiki dake kodai ni fukure agaru>

Dividing everything from this world into black and white
Towards that place my finite soul is leading me to
<Common knowledge is swelling up with exaggerations>


soredemo mienai sora no kanata e to
musekinin’na yume naraba ikura demo kieteiku

But still, towards the direction of a sky I can’t see,
When it comes to irresponsible dreams, no matter what, they’ll disappear


todokanu sekai e tsumugidasu fureezu wa
nakushita “kibou”
kono chijou de motometsudzuketa mono
<wazuka demo shinjiteita ate sae naku>
ate sae naku hakanasa o koban demo
mada owari no yokan ga kiesaru koto wa nai

The phrase I’m bounding to the world I can’t reach is
“My hope is lost”
The thing that I keep seeking for in this world
<Even if it means nothing, I believe in it, even if no one's there for it>
Even if no one's there for it, even if you'd refuse what's transient
There's still no trace that the end's premonition is going to fade away.

<妄想なら 過大に語り続けて>

akirame mo sezu ni yume ni sugaru no wa
rikutsu sae mo oyobi mo shinai sonzai no tame ni
<mousou nara kadai ni kataritsudzukete>

Without giving up, the reason why I’m hanging on this dream
Is for the sake of a living being no theory can explain
<If you feel down, just keep your unreasonable talk on>

数知れぬ犠牲 忘却の彼方

kazu shirenu gisei boukyaku no kanata
mujuuryoku no aji sae mo itsu no hi ka nareru no?
<narete yuku?>

On the edge where lies the oblivion of countless victims,
When will I adapt to the taste of this weightlessness?
<Will I adapt to it?>


miezaru shikai ni egaki dasu koraaju wa
wasureta “risou”
kono chijou ni kizuki wa shinai mono
<mieteita basho ni sae mo tadoritsukezu>
tadoritsukezu munashisa ni kujikete mo
soredemo <mata> onaji michi e kurikaeshi fumidasu

The collage drawn by the field of vision I can’t see,
A forgotten dream,
Something that can’t be build on this world;
<Without struggling towards the place I was looking at>
Without struggling towards it, even if I’m crushed by its emptiness
I still step on the same repeating road, yet <again>


kono hakobune ni notte
doko made ikeru ka sae wakaranai

Riding this ark
I don’t even know until where I can sail


mimamoru yume no majutsushi naraba
<seikakuna> susumeru hougaku ga wakaru no?

Will I know the <right> direction to follow
If it’s about the magician looking after my dreams?


tobidatsu mirai ni utsushidasu imeeji wa
yumemita “mugen”
kono chijou de kanjitorenai mono
<doko made mo tada hirogaru hate wa miezu>
hate wa miezu muryokusa ni kidzuitemo
ooi motomeru negai ni <omoi ni>
owari wa nai no darou
owaru koto wa nai darou

The image projected into the future I launched myself in,
The “infinity” I’ve dreamed about,
Is something that I can’t feel in this world;
<Wherever I go, I can’t see just the edge of the spreading landscape>
The edge I can’t see even if I’m forced to powerlessness
To the wish I’m running after, seeking for it <In my thoughts>
I wonder if there’s something like an end?
I wonder if there are things that could come to an end…


Title: 秘封倶楽部の未踏世界 (hifuu kurabu no mitou sekai) (The Sealing Club’s Unexplored World)
Original Tracks:
– G Free
– 大空魔術 ~ Magical Astronomy (Celestial Wizardry ~ Magical Astronomy)
(both from 大空魔術 ~ Magical Astronomy, as track #07 and #08)
Vocals: fi-fy & 723
Lyrics: 黒岩サトシ
Arrangement: PHEVOTT
Circle: 君の美術館 (kimi no museum)
Album: Liminality -幻想と現実の境界で- (liminality -gensou to genjitsu no kyoukai de- // liminality -on the border between reality and illusion-)
Release Date: 12/09/09

Listen to it on Youtube here: 君の美術館 – 秘封倶楽部の未踏世界

Foreground Eclipse – A Retrospective: Part 2/5


Here’s the second part of Foreground Eclipse Retrospective (whose title should be something like “me babbling about Foreground Eclipse and forcing my opinions to readers, but we don’t care”).
There’s a link at the bottom of each retrospective post for reading the other parts, so just check it out!
As I stated on the previous post, I’ve decided to start with Wishes Hidden in the Foreground Noises for a lot of reasons, mainly being that’s the first CD I’ve ever listened from this band.
But today we’re covering the first EP, Missing, Loving… and Suffering as well as their second CD, the last from the Suzuori-era: Tears Will Become Melodies Tonight.
In my opinion, those two don’t shine as much as the other album does, and here’s an important lesson I’m revealing to you all.
I love Foreground Eclipse and they sure are one of my favourite band ever, but I’m not forced to appreciate every song they did.
When you love something or someone, you don’t have to hold back on what you don’t like about it/him/her/whatever.
You’re not forced to lie to yourself and say you like something you don’t!
…Okay, you got the picture. There will be some 1-star-rated songs on this post.
So, what is this post about?
My opinions (I’m writing this again: MY PERSONAL OPINIONS) on Foreground Eclipse’s song, with comments, stories, ratings and everything.
This is purely subjective and it’s not absolutely a critic to Foreground Eclipse.

Missing, Loving… and Suffering

Let’s not count those EPs with two tracks (FgE made a lot of those), I’ll talk about them (if there’s need to do so) on the fifth part of this “retrospective”.
Following the order, Missing, Loving… and Suffering is their very first CD that I’m glad I didn’t listened before Wishes Hidden in the Foreground Noises.
I think my first impression wouldn’t have been that good if I’d started with this CD instead of the other.
Let’s start the sh*tstorm!!

02. Wandering, Never Wondering
Personal rating: ★★☆☆☆
Long story short: The only reason I can’t give this song 1 star is because I love its guitar / bass lines.
Merami’s vocal are (I can’t believe I’m saying this) AWFUL! I love Merami and I’m f*cking goin’ to fly to Japan and marry the f*ck outta her (that sounded way too rude), but here we have a double engrish-unexperienced singer (Merami grew a lot as a singer during FgE’s carreer) combo which ruined a song with really, REALLY high potential.
But in the sky lies a gentle God that heard our prayers and decided to…
…You’ll find out on part 4 of this retrospective.

03. 恋詠
Personal rating: ★★☆☆☆
A song like others.
An arrange of Faith is for Transient People which is very calming, I must say, but nothing that is strong enough to get stuck on my head.
I can easily forget about this song, but can’t rate it 1 star because its vocals are really well done, and overall is a simple but yet nicely done arrange.
Compared to the track #02, the vocals seem to belong to a different singer.
But, talking about instruments arrange, this song only stands out for the initial guitar riff, while the other was really strong on that point.
Hey, but fear not.
The same God from before listened to our prayers again, and brought us an even better arrange of Faith is for Transient People which completely overshadows this one becau—
Oh wait, I’m not allowed to talk about it now.
Let’s talk about that again on part 3 of this retrospective.

04. Alone With You (Dying To See Your Face)
Personal rating: ☆☆☆☆

………..I’m sorry.
Let’s start saying we’re talking about the CD version of this song, not the demo CD one (which is definetely better).
And that Green Eyed Jealousy is one of my favourite touhou theme ever and it’s so difficult for me to find a fitting arrange, so I’m particularly picky when it comes to arranges for this theme.
I never liked this song.
Engrish vocals and not-so-well done, just like the track #02, but this time the rhythm, that is NOT BAD at all, is not even something that’s hard to forget, plus it completely fucks up the feel of the original theme by ZUN.
I’m sorry, that’s the first one-star song by FgE, in my opinion.
But there’s another version of this song, which we’ll talk again on part 5 of this retrospective.
I’m ending every songs’ opinion with “part (#) of this retrospective. Maybe I’m turning into a robot.

05. Throve Keys
Personal rating: ★★★☆☆
Finally something above 2 stars!
I like this song, and I was really happy to find out it was about Higurashi no Naku Koro ni which has been one of my favourite animes for a long time.
Don’t forget my nickname is Shion! Even though it’s not only due Higurashi. But who cares.
Truth is, this song’s biggest flaw are the vocals, but not because they’re bad.
They’re just weak and overshadowed by the other instruments.
If it was clearer, I would have easily gave this song 4-stars, because I really like it.
But thinking about it again… mmh… Nah, maybe it lacks of something else.
Now that I have a clear picture of how FgE make music and know lots of 5 and 4-stars worth songs, I think a 3-stars is more than fitting for this one.
Expecially if we compare this to another song wh-[COMING ON PART #3 OF THIS F*CKING RETROSPECTIVE]

06. White Wind
Personal rating: ★★★☆☆
This song is really similar both in rhythm and lyrics to Forget me Not from the previous post, but if I had to make a comparison, I’d say this one feels more like a first version of the other, making this a really good song but not as much as Forget me Not, in my opinion.
Again, there’s the problem of the voice that is weak and a bit overshadowed by the other instruments, and that’s a shame too.
This is surely the best track from this CD, and, again, this proves that FgE are really great when it comes to making original music.
Ahh~, why are they gone? WHY?!

Tears Will Become Melodies Tonight

This is the last album of Suzuori-era, which marks a new phase of FgE’s musical experience.
When I got into FgE’s music, this album was already out.
I clearly remember I listened to every other EPs / tracks as soon as they came out just after this album.
So, in a way, this album marked a new phase on my experience too.
I really enjoyed waiting for FgE to announce stuff, and, I must say, I really miss that feeling.
There’s no western / eastern band that was hyped for as much as I was for Foreground Eclipse…
[screamo sigh]

02. Fall Of Tears
Personal rating: ★★☆☆☆
I’ve listened to this song… really few times.
Because no matter what, I can’t get into it.
I know it’s not a bad song, but, at least to me, its impact is small.
For instance, its intro made a bigger impact to me than the whole song, and that’s nothing good, if you ask me.
Also, this song seems to be this CD’s most popular track (and also its symbolic track), so I’m actually kind of sad I’m not able to enjoy it as I would.
But maybe that’s also because I don’t like that much the original theme from where this comes from?
Mh. I don’t know. This song simply doesn’t talk to me.

03. Flames Within These Black Feathers
Personal rating: ★★★☆☆
Okay, this track is awesome.
It’s the most brutal from the whole album f—- No wait, it’s not. I remembered another one.
Why am I writing this when I could have simply erased the text?
I like this song and I remember liking it even more years ago.
And that’s why it’s a three-star. Because I like it, but not as much as I did before.
The drumtrack still makes me air-drum, though.
But… was it necessary the screaming? Mh…
There’s another version without screaming, and it’s probably a little bit better.
Nothing against screams, of course, but having heard the screamless version before, this one never quite felt like something better than the other.
Maybe let’s talk again about it on the fifth part? I’m sick of writing this sh*tty “let’s talk on post blablah” stuff.

04. Angels, Monsters, The Secret Lyrics
Personal rating: ★★☆☆☆
This song is like the melting clocks on Salvador Dali‘s paintings.
He drew them and realized people like it, so he put them again in at least 100 other f*cking paintings.
In other words, just because the first song was a success, it doesn’t mean you should do it over and over and over again.
This song is merely a parody of the previous one, both in style and title.
At least it’s pretty funny and the rhythm is catchy, but I can’t listen to it without hearing the other Secret Lyrics.
So… yeah, it’s nice but just nice.
By the way, this CD has the songs by FgE I forgot the most about.

05. Iris
Personal rating: ☆☆☆☆
Let’s just say this.
I forgot this song EXISTED until I came across it writing this post.
It’s not that bad actually, but… it has no shadow.
I can’t rate it 2 stars, because it’s not even close to the others I’ve rated as this.
It’s not foreground-eclipsish (WTFSRSLY) at all, and forgettable, and bland.
And, again, maybe it’s because I like the original theme a lot that this “critic” sounds amplified.
Or because it doesn’t sound like something Foreground Eclipse would have done.
But still, I couldn’t even remember this song’s existence.
That alone says it all.
I don’t actually think this song is that bad. It’s presence is just… wait, presence? I don’t think it has one to begin with. That’s the issue.

06. Magus Night
Personal rating: ★★☆☆☆
I remember this song years ago was my sh*t, I couldn’t stop listening to it.
Then, something happened.
It sounds so boring now, and I really don’t know why.
It’s not bad, of course. But not even something I’d listen until my ears would bleed.
In my opinion, this song is far from an “arrange”, and it’s more like a total transposition of the original theme into a song.
It’s not very original and it’s also very repetitive.
I can’t remember how I could have liked this song that much, but I can’t hate it either.
In the middle. Just like the whole CD.

07. Perchance To Dream: Ay, There’s The Rub
Personal rating: ★★★★★
…Okay, scrap that last part.
I f*cking loved this song when it came out on the demo CD and I still f*cking love it to this day.
I can’t even say why.
First of all, it’s an arrange of Ultimate Truth but not even a single bit of it seems like the original theme.
And that’s probably it.
Maybe it’s because it feels more like an original track that I like it that much.
Also, the engRish in this song is hard to comprehend, and so I have no problems with it, strangely.
Though I clearly remember I was shocked to find out it was actually in english.
Oh, by the way that’s the most brutal track from the CD I was talking about before, IMHO.
I don’t know why and I can’t explain why I love this song this much.
Really. It’s hard.
Let’s just accept the fact that it’s worth 5 stars, to me.
…But I actually like the demo-CD version a little better, for some reason. So this is not a full 5 stars, actually. Let’s say a 4,75 stars.

08. Calm Eyes Fixed On Me, Screaming
Personal rating: ★★★☆☆
This is by far the most famous FgE’s song from the Suzuori period.
Most of you probably don’t even know this, but this song is pretty well know in the western screamo panorama too. I clearly remember reading about it and seeing covers of it on youtube done by western fans.
Anyway, this song had a strange impact to me.
At first I didn’t like it at all, but now it’s different.
There are several parts of this song that I really like a lot (the first verses and lots of guitar riffs), but some others that I don’t like at all (some choruses, some bridges).
It’s like this song is constantly bouncing over a pitfall towards the heavens, just to fall down again and keep bouncing.
Bouncing from up to down can only mean three stars.
It’s a good song, but lacks of an integrity that, maybe, could have made this song a better one.

09. Florentia
Personal rating: ★★☆☆☆
The exact same things I’ve said about Iris applies to this one.
Except for two facts: it’s not from a touhou theme I like a lot & I somewhat remembered it more clearly.
Nothing remarkable but a bit more foreground-eclipse-ish and overall a nice song.
But again, I’ve listened to this CD very few times. So of course this post is about the absolute nothingness.

About this post

I think I can’t add anything about these two cds anymore.
At first I was sure that with Suzuori’s dismissions the band would have fall down, but this was proved to be wrong.
The next period, which starts with the Demo CD n°6 towards Each And Every Word Leaves Me Here Alone marks the rebirth of Foreground Eclipse, in which they’ll produce the best songs they ever made.
So, wait for the next post, because there will be tons and tons of stars!
Next post coming… whenever I feel like it.

Rating system:
☆☆☆☆ – Poor
★★☆☆☆ – Nice
★★★☆☆ – Good
★★★★☆ – Very Good
★★★★★ – Excellent

Retrospective parts:

Part 1: Wishes Hidden in the Foreground Noises
Part 2: Missing, Loving… and Suffering + Tears Will Become Melodies Tonight
Part 3: Each And Every Word Leaves Me Here Alone
Part 4: Stories That Last Through The Sleepless Nights
Part 5: Extra, Bonus tracks, Seated with Liquor

See you next post!
PS: don’t take my blabbering as universal laws.

Empire Ensemble – Supersonic Cinderella


You thought Kancolle disappeared from this wordpress, didn’t you?
Well, it didn’t. And I guarantee you there are going to be more kancolle posts now and then.
I’ve already translated songs from this album, and I think I’ll keep doing so because it was my very first kancolle album and I’m kinda attached to it.
Even though I think it’s impossible to place Touhou project and Kancolle on the same ground (in every term, expecially music), I still think that Kancolle deserves some space in this wordpress.
But let’s skip that and go straight to the song.
Of course this song revolves around Shimakaze, so you can guess the meaning of the lyrics.
Its style is very fast-paced and seems to be something you’ll most likely find inside a Dance Dance Revolution machine.
Eurobeat, wasn’t it?
Anyway. For the best experience out of this song, I suggest you to listen to it while looking at this animated gif.
There aren’t really lots of things to say about it, it’s a pretty nice song with a crazy fast rhythm that couldn’t have been better suited for Shimakaze.
Then it slows down… but who cares? It’s fine.
– This song is based off Shimakaze, so speed and stuff. Correct me if I’m wrong, I remember her sleeping somewhere on the roof in the anime. Or was it Strike Witches? Anyway, that’s probably what the second stanza stands for.

Empire Ensemble – Supersonic Cinderella

ほら 私の事 早く
捕まえて 捕まえてみてよ ねぇ

hora watashi no koto hayaku
tsukamaete tsukamaete mite yo nee

Hey, catch me, try to catch me
As fast as you can, come on!

あれ まだそんなとこで
寝ているの 遠すぎて わかんない

are mada sonna koto de
neteiru no toosugite wakannai

What? Are you still sleeping on that thing?
I can’t understand why, it’s so far!

もうしょうがないね もっと
近づいて 近づいてあげるから

mou shou ga nai ne motto
chikadzuite chikadzuite ageru kara

You’re hopeless, aren’t you?
Come on, I’ll get closer to you…

そのまま手を 離さないで

sou fureta shunkan
sono mama te o hanasanaide

Just as you touch me
Don’t take off your hand

群れ成し 海渡る 鳥のように
いつか世界を 駆け回りたい

murenashi umi wataru tori no you ni
itsuka sekai o kakemawaritai

I cross the quiet sea like a bird
One day, I want to run around the whole world

水面に浮かぶ 月を眺めて
ひとり眠る夜 さざ波の 籠の中

minamo ni ukabu tsuki o nagamete
hitori nemuru yoru sazanami no kago no naka
tsuredashite ne

Gazing up the moon floating over the water’s surface
On those nights spent sleeping alone in a cage of ripples…
Please, let me out!

ほら 私の事 早く
捕まえて 捕まえてみてよ ねぇ

hora watashi no koto hayaku
tsukamaete tsukamaete mite yo nee

Hey, catch me, try to catch me
As fast as you can, come on!

もう待てないよ だって
朝焼けが 暗闇に 沈んじゃう

mou matenai yo datte
asayake ga kurayami ni shizunjau

I won’t wait any longer, you know
Because the morning glow is sinking into darkness…

出来たら またいつか 会えるかな

mune no chiisana kizu o iyasu koto
dekitara mata itsuka aeru kana

Healing the little wound in my chest…
If I could do that, I wonder if I could meet you again?

私はただ 息が切れるまで
それだけが たったひとつ

watashi wa tada iki ga kireru made
hashiri tsudzukeru yo
sore dake ga tatta hitotsu

Until I run out of breath,
I just want to keep on running
That’s the only thing I’m wishing for


watashi dakara

Because that’s who I am


Title: Supersonic Cinderella
Vocals: 3L
Arranger: 柏木るざりん
Lyrics: 柏木るざりん
Circle: Empire Ensemble
Album: 陽はまた昇る (you wa mata noboru) (The Sun Rises Again)
Release Event: C85

Listen to it on Youtube here: Empire Ensemble – Supersonic Cinderella

[REQUEST] MD – ゆらりゆられて


This song was requested by alv.
Each song he requests me is like the Holy Grail of Japanese music.
Impossible to find and mostly unknown to mankind.
Going deeper and deeper, gettin’ doujiner and doujiner (??).
Anyway, I must say that’s a brilliant arrange from Cosmic Mind, that could have been greater if had a different vocalist.
Not that I think he’s bad, I just think another type of voice could have done the job better.
This type of voice for this song is a really peculiar one, which most could say it’s not good, but I found perfect for… other types of arranges. Not this one.
But still, the whole song isn’t bad at all.
The lyrics for this song are really something.
Even their structure is pretty strange compared to your average song, but that makes everything better, in my opinion.
It feels more like reading a piece of a novel or a poem rather than the lyrics for a song.
Having read the lyrics before getting to listen to the song, I wondered how could they fit a musical arrange.
But they somewhat do.
Anyway, the lyrics are 100% clear and took me really few time and no double-checks, so there’s no need for notes.
Enjoy this song’s lyrics!

MD – ゆらりゆられて

眠る時の鼓動の音 時間は止まる

nemuru toki no kodou no oto jikan wa tomaru
asahi wa itsu noboru no?

The time has stopped to the sound of the heartbeat of the sleeping time;
When will the morning sun rise?


tsudzuite yuku sutarete yuku
fune ni yurarete
natsukashii nioi ga shita

I’m being swayed away by the ship
That keeps moving on and growing older:
I nostalgic scent filled the air


mune no oku ni shimatta

It has been shut in the depths of my heart


me ga sameta toki ni “ohayou” tte itte kureru dake de ii kara ne.
ima wa yume no naka de kimi to au kara.
watashi wa daijoubu.

It’s okay if you greet me only with a “good morning” once I wake up.
But now, I’m meeting you inside my dreams.
So, I’m fine.


mou te o hanasu mon ka, yume no naka de chikatta

How can you think I’ll let your hand go? I promised you inside that dream…


ashita wa hareru kana
sonna tawai no nai kaiwa ga kimi to shitai na.
tsuyogari wa sorosoro tsurai na.

“Will tomorrow brighten up?”
I want to have this kind of guileless chat with you.
This fake show of courage of mine is soon going to become painful.


me ga sameta toki ni “ohayou” tte itte kureru dake de ii kara ne.
ima wa yume no naka de kimi to au kara.
watashi wa daijoubu.

It’s okay if you greet me only with a “good morning” once I wake up.
But now, I’m meeting you inside my dreams.
So, I’m fine.


Title: ゆらりゆられて (yurari yurarete)
Original Track: 感情の摩天楼 ~ Cosmic Mind (Emotional Skyscraper ~ Cosmic Mind) Unidentified Fantastic Object, Hijiri Byakuren’s Theme
Vocals: 82da
Lyrics: 82da
Circle: MD
Album: デザイアマテリアル (dezaiya materiaru) (Desire Material)
Release Event: —

Listen to it on Youtube here: MD – ゆらりゆられて

CLOCKWORKS TRACER – Bride of Despair


First of all, thanks to Eiki for sending me this song’s lyrics.
As you may noticed, this week has been pretty busy with posts.
Consider it as a punishment for my period of inactivity busy with work and the fact I was late posting for the haiku (mainly this).
Today’s Halloween, and so let’s celebrate this day with a song which… which… …doesn’t have anything to do with Halloween.
But who cares!
Clockworks Tracer are always welcome here. In spite of the fact I always mispell their name.
So, I read everywhere that a lot of people was trying to search for this song’s lyrics between comment section of youtube / whatever.
Let’s post them today and put an end to this problem. More or less.
Anyway, this song talks about someone who’s metaphorically married to despair.
I got very angry translating this song.
I never allowed CLOCKWORKS TRACER to make a song based on my personal life.
Mind your own business, you intruders!!
Also, I wanted a picture of Satori in a wedding dress, but couldn’t find anything but R-18 ultrap0rn.
Seriously. Blow me.
– 比翼 (hiyoku) in the first stanza has an unclear meaning, to me. It can mean a lot of things, such as “wings” or a certain type of dress. I also read that it’s the name of the folding side of the kimono. You know, the one you HAVE to put over the other one because otherwise you’d look like a dead person.
…Following me, right? Yeah, probably not. Anyway, “wing-like dress” is incorrect, but I seriously can’t tell what it’s refering to.
– 連理 (renri) both stands for entwined branches of a tree and union between male & female. Aka a marriage, which, metaphorically, is the central image of this song.
– 汚された (yogosareta) in second-to-last stanza. meaning “being dirt”, is read as “otosareta”, meaning “thrown away”. I mixed their meanings.

CLOCKWORKS TRACER – Bride of Despair

その言葉の陰 愛でて撫でて口づけて 
露わになる心象と 今結ばれて
(This fate even mock my grief)
(There’s no fuckin’ wedding ring)

sono kotoba no kage medete nadete kuchidzukete
arawa ni naru shinshou to ima musubarete
(This fate even mock my grief)
giman o kakusu celebrate
(There’s no fuckin’ wedding ring)
hiyoku ni shibarareru

I’m so fond of those words’ shadows, I hold onto them and kiss them
The impressions I had, now exposed, has become entwined together
(This fate even mock my grief)
I’ll hide each deception and celebrate
(There’s no fuckin’ wedding ring)
Tied in a wing-like dress


abakareta junpaku no veeru
amaku toku akumu ni oboreta dake
chikai wa kokoro saku noroi
awaku saku kitai no hana o chirashite…

The pure white veil has been exposed
Just to sink and melt inside a sweet nightmare
A promise is a curse that rips open the heart
And makes fall the petals of the blossomed flower of expectation

その言葉の陰 愛でて撫でて口づけて 
露わになる心象に ただ寄り添って
(This fate even mock my grief)
(There’s no fuckin’ wedding ring)

sono kotoba no kage medete nadete kuchidzukete
arawa ni naru shinshou ni tada yorisotte
(This fate even mock my grief)
giman o mitasu celebrate
(There’s no fuckin’ wedding ring)
renri wa kare ochiru (Wither)

I’m so fond of those words’ shadows, I hold onto them and kiss them
The impressions I had, now exposed, are now getting closer
(This fate even mock my grief)
I’ll fill my deceptions and celebrate
(There’s no fuckin’ wedding ring)
Entwined tree branches falls down as they wither (Wither)


otosareta junketsu no buuke
honogurai honoo ni yakare kuchite
sutendogurasu ni utsushita
kono zetsubou to towa ni soitogete…

The pure bouquet thrown away covered in dirt
Rots away devoured by a faint flame
Reflected inside a stained glass
I’m endlessly married for life to this despair…

Bride of despair!!


abakareta junpaku no veeru
amaku toku akumu ni obore ochite
chikai wa kienu kizu nokoshi
utsuro ni irodzuita hana o sakasete…

The pure white veil has been exposed
To sink and melt inside a sweet nightmare
A promise leaves a scar that won’t fade away
And makes a flower painted in void blossom…


Title: Bride of Despair
Original Track: 少女さとり ~ 3rd eye (Satori Maiden ~ 3rd eye) Subterranean Animism, Komeiji Satori’s Theme
Vocals: WeatherH, やーぱん (Yapan)
Lyrics: やーぱん
Album: Serenitia e.p.
Release Event: C84

Listen to it on Youtube here: CLOCKWORKS TRACER – Bride of Despair