[REQUEST] ModsCrisis∞ × Register6 – ブレイズ・アップ・ソング


【Requested by Usami

So, this is from New Age Swager, right? I knew this song before, and I like that album.
Wow, it kind of reminds me exactly one year ago, when I started giving a sh*t to this wordpress again.
That was one of the first album I listened to after my “away from touhou arranges” period.
Yeah, I’m not a arrange-listener as I was before.
But I love getting to know to more songs and translate them.
This one is a double vocal song (clear and scream), and the screaming part is marked with these【brackets】, although sometimes they’re both for clean and screams.

Register6 – ブレイズ・アップ・ソング

Drink, dance, craze, make noise inside of a flame

さぁ踊りましょ今宵は 諸手挙げて輪になって
朝が来るのも忘れて 踊り明かそう

saa odorimasho koyoi wa morote agete wa ni natte
asa ga kuru no mo wasurete odori akasou

Come on, let’s dance to this night that will wholeheartedly loop all over!
Let’s dance all night long to the point we’ll even forget morning will come!

【さぁ踊りましょ今宵は】 炎 囲み声上げて
妖しい気配もほっといて 踊り明かそう

[saa odorimasho koyoi wa] honoo kakomi koe agete
hayashii kehai mo hottoite odori akasou

[Come on, let’s dance to this night] rise your voice sorrounded by flames!
Leave aside any suspicious presence and let’s dance ’till dawn!

月明かりの下 我を忘れてく

sora o miagereba mangetsu ga miteta
tsuki akari no shita ware o wasureteku

Pointing your eyes to the sky, you were looking at the Full Moon
And under the moonlight, you’ll forget about me


hoe takeru honoo ga [akaki hikari ga]
hinoko o ageru [sora o terashita]
tamashii wa akaku [omoi wa tsudoi]
[fukuramu hoozuki]

The raging roaring flames [this red light]
Are lifting up sparks [is irradiating the sky]
My soul is red [my thoughts are collected]
[As a ripe ground cherry]

Drink, dance, craze, make noise inside of a flame
Even if the heart is filled
and it is addicted to a dream,
it is still insufficient sway a hot beat
and fly up to empty
Like the heart of
which burns vigorously crimson

揺らぐ篝火 は 人の心映す
朱に染まる頬が 熱を帯びてゆく

yuragu kagaribi wa hito no kokoro utsusu
shu ni somaru hoho ga netsu o obite yuku

The swaying campfire reflects people’s hearts
Those cheeks painted in vermillion are tinged with heat!


ima kokoro no utsuwa ga [honoo o tomoshite]
mitasarete yuku [wakiagatte yuku]
oboresouna hodo [jouhatsusuru hodo]
[kodou ga fueru]

Now my heart’s container [A flame has been lit]
Is getting filled [And finally grew hot]
To the point I feel like drowning [To the point it almost evaporates]
[My heartbeat is shaking]


iza joushou kiryuu ni [takaku takaku made]
mi o makasete yuke [nobotte yukeru hazu]
tamashii wa akaku [omoi wa tsudoi]
[fukuramu hoozuki]

Now, entrust your body [Higher and higher]
To the ascending tunnel of air [It should be able to rise]
Your soul is as red [your thoughts are collected]
[As a ripe ground cherry]


– First stanza: 輪 (wa) means “wheel”, “circle”, I’m guessing it’s refering to the circle’s structure, something that loops over itself. Endlessly repeating. That’s why I translated it as “looping all over”.
– Of course the “ground cherry” line is based off Rumia’s theme’s title.
– Third to last stanza: 心 a word that can mean lots of things. Usually “heart”, but in a very wide range. It could also mean “spirit” or “will”, so read it as you like it!


Title: ブレイズ・アップ・ソング (blaze up song)
Circle: ModsCrisis∞
Album: New Age Swager
Vocals: 提灯, 尚江 (Naoe)
Lyrics: ARI2, オカヒラ (Okahira)
Arrangement: ARI2
Release Event: C86
Source: ほおずきみたいに紅い魂 (A Soul as Red as a Ground Cherry) – Embodiment of Scarlet Devil, Rumia’s Theme

Foreground Eclipse – Storytellers


Let’s say this one is a special post.
To celebrate the end of my Foreground Eclipse retrospective serie, here’s a translation of their very last song, Storytellers.
Well, it hasn’t ended yet. There’s still one post left that will cover Bonus Tracks, Seated with Liquor, Demo CDs and stuff, but it won’t come before the late first half of December.
There’s no need to say something about it, I’ve said everything on the fourth retrospective post here.
What I want to say is that I can’t allow this masterpiece to be untranslated on my wordpress.
A lot of people have already translated it, but that’s the first time I did.
I treasure this song like few others, so this is probably one of the translations I’ve poured my everything on.
By the way, there aren’t other Foreground Eclipse’s songs that hasn’t been translated yet.
Well, there are, actually.
One is どらぶ, the secret track from Each and Every Word Leaves Me Here Alone, whose lyrics can’t be find anywhere and I’m dying to read.
Similar to it, there’s the Christmas Bonus Track from Tears Will Become Melodies Tonight, but that’s short and nonsensical and MAYBE I can guess them by ear, meaning that, who knows, I’ll post that stupid track around Christmas if I want to.
Also, Wishes Hidden in the Foreground Noises did too, but that’s even more forgettable.
But there’s also another untranslated Foreground Eclipse song that I’m currently translating.
And of course while is not one of the songs I like the most, is surely feels great to be the first translating something by Foreground Eclipse that hasn’t been translated yet! But again, I’ll translate it after the last retrospective post, so…
About Storytellers, again, there’s not much to say.
I think that’s the most intense and powerful (on an emotional level) song that they ever composed, and it’s absolutely perfect.
It’s a song which covers each aspect of FgE’s story, of our story.
Just like the sadness of something that has ended but that has left us wonderful memories we won’t ever forget.
Its lyrics are probably the best ever featured in a song by them.
And here’s something you probably don’t know. Lots of this lyrics’ section are actually from other FgE’s songs. Some are obvious, other aren’t, but this song is actually their ultimate song which contains everything they did in 5 years of activity.
So, for now, once again, enjoy this masterpiece’s lyrics.
We’ll see more Foreground Eclipse very soon on the next retrospective post…
And next posts will be only about requests, because I have kind of left them behind.

Foreground Eclipse – Storytellers

Our stories last!

不思議といえば不思議 愛といえば愛
ここに無いものは どこにも無いもの
独りでに消えてゆく 想いに命を
眠れない夜たちに 綺麗な世界を

fushigi to ieba fushigi ai to ieba ai
koko ni nai mono wa dokonimo nai mono
hitori de ni kiete yuku omoi ni inochi o
nemurenai yorutachi ni kirei na sekai o

If you say it’s a miracle, than it is so; if you say it’s love, than it is so;
What isn’t there is something that’s not even anywhere else;
Alone in my thoughts on those sleepless nights,
My life on this beautiful world would have disappeared

誰にも言えない 言葉を持ってるなら
そのまま君は どこまでも進めるさ

darenimo ienai kotoba o motteru nara
sono mama kimi wa dokomademo susumeru sa

If you have something you can’t say to anyone,
You can just go forward as you carry it along, you know

いつまで色褪せない かけがえ無い想い
輝いてる未来へ 僕ら走り出す
さよならなんて言わない いつだって会えるさ
優しさに包まれた 君を連れ出すよ

itsumade iro asenai kakegae nai omoi
kagayaiteru mirai e bokura hashiri dasu
sayonara nante iwanai itsudatte aeru sa
yasashisa ni tsutsumareta kimi o tsuredasu yo

With those irreplaceable memories whose color won’t ever fade,
We start running towards a sparkling future
I won’t say a thing such as “farwell”, because, you know, we’ll meet again someday
I’ll take you, covered in kindness, along with me!

I’m quite sure that I’ve got so many things now
All these stories are what you gave me here
Quite sure that you’ll never be alone
Cause I know you know where we really are

誰にも知りえない 僕らの旅路は
真実も皮肉も 連れ出す逃げ道
左の冷と右の燃で 壊すもののは今
優しい瞳の中 燃え盛る炎

darenimo shirienai bokura no tabiji wa
shinjitsu mo hiniku mo tsuredasu nigemichi
sa no rei to migi no moe de kowasu mono no wa ima
yasashii hitomi no naka moesakaru honoo

Nobody could even know what our journey will be like,
Truth and irony were the escape route that leaded us there;
The present is what the cold on my left and the hot on my right will destroy:
Inside your gentle eyes, a flame is burning brightly

ひとつの色を 大事に抱いてるなら
(But I think you need to know)
(Even if nothing you say could change the world)

hitotsu no iro o daiji ni daiteru nara
(But I think you need to know)
(Even if nothing you say could change the world)

If you embrace even a single color
(But I think you need to know)
(Even if nothing you say could change the world)

かすかな声も いつまでも消えないよ
(All the things you say could make a new world)
(And that’s what I really want to see)

kasuka na koe mo itsumade mo kienai yo
(All the things you say could make a new world)
(And that’s what I really want to see)

Even that faint voice will never disappear…
(All the things you say could make a new world)
(And that’s what I really want to see)

いつまで色褪せない かけがえ無い想い
輝いてる未来へ 僕ら走り出す
さよならなんて言わない いつだって会えるさ
愛しさに包まれた 君に届けるんだ

itsumade iroasenai kakegae nai omoi
kagayaiteru mirai e bokura hashiridasu
sayonara nante iwanai itsudatte aeru sa
itoshisa ni tsutsumareta kimi ni todokerunda

With those irreplaceable memories whose color won’t ever fade,
We start running towards a sparkling future
I won’t say a thing such as “farwell”, because, you know, we’ll meet again someday
I’ll send this all to you, covered in love!

僕たちは あの空へ羽ばたいて
(Take a look around)
遠い旅路は 君たちを待ってるよ
(Can you see the world we made)
(And now it’s your turn)

bokutachi wa ano sora e habataite
(Take a look around)
tooi tabiji wa kimitachi o matteru yo
(Can you see the world we made)
(And now it’s your turn)

We are flying towards that sky
(Take a look around)
The distant journey is waiting for you
(Can you see the world we made)
(And now it’s your turn)



Come on!

See you!


Title: Storytellers
Circle: Foreground Eclipse
Album: Stories That Last Through The Sleepless Nights
Vocals: めらみぽっぷ (Merami), Teto (screams)
Lyrics: Foreground Eclipse
Arrangement: Teto
Release Event: C85
Source: Original

Foreground Eclipse – A Retrospective: Part 4/5


Looks like this serie is echoing a lot on twitter / comments / whatever.
Do you really like reading my blabbering that much? Maybe I’ll continue posting something like that from now on.
But let’s go straight to the content of this (actually not) last post of Foreground Eclipse’s Retrospective (whose title should be something like “Offering flowers to FgE’s gravestone while tacitly stating my flowers are better than yours: The Movie”).
There’s a link at the bottom of each retrospective post for reading the other parts, so just check it out!
Today’s post is about their very last album, Stories That Last Through The Sleepless Nights which came out 2 years ago, and I think it’s better to talk about it before, because Seated with Liquor isn’t a 100% FgE album and the other tracks are not featured on any other album fully by them.
Long story short, as you read on the bottom on other posts, this is the last part yet it isn’t, because there will be a fifth and (this time for real) last part which will cover Seated with Liquor as well as random FgE’s tracks from random albums, Demo CDs and Bonus Tracks (which of course I haven’t forgot about on the previous posts).
When I read this album was going to come out I was really excited, but that just because I didn’t read Teto’s statement about disbanding Foreground Eclipse after its release.
It was both beautiful and horrible.
They’ve been my favourite band and I’ve always dreamed about going to a live show by them someday.
It’s horrible to see both your dream and your favourite band shatter.
That’s why I listened to this album like I never did before with another one.
I can remember every feeling behind it. I can clearly remember the joy I felt listening to their new tracks as well as the tears I shed.
It was an amazing experience just between happiness and sadness.
This album features lots of song I got to listen to before thanks to Demo CDs or such, but also 2 original tracks we never listened before and a secret track that we won’t talk about today.
On another side, back on the day I’ve listened to this album my life wasn’t really going that well, and the album itself is linked to some memories that I wish I could erase (nothing that has to do with FgE, of course).
I don’t know if I love this album or not. It’s tainted with bad memories but it also shines under a special light I never saw again from that day.
One thing is for sure: It’s beautiful.
…Well, except for the typo on its cover (Stories That Last THOROUGH… Come on, Teto!)
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.

Stories That Last Through The Sleepless Nights

This album is the last one they ever made till today.
But “The Distant Journey” continues, right? And “I won’t say goodbye because we’ll meet again someday“, right?
You said so, Foreground Eclipse…
With Each and Every Word Leaves me Here Alone and the Demo CDs FgE’s fans now finally understood what was their new direction, so we could say that everyone was expecting those kind of arranges like the ones featuring this last CD.
Well, I guess no one was expecting them to break up out of the blue after it, though…
There are few things that I don’t find so outstanding about this CD, but thinking of it as their last CD, I can’t say I’m not satisfied.
The last part of this CD is expecially good and gives the right atmosphere, but we’ll see this later on this post and again on the next and final part of this retrospective.
Let’s start talking about this CDs’ contents.

02. Dear, Are You Getting Sober?
Personal rating: ★★★★★
No surprise on this one, you should have read it before on this post I made some time ago.
I also stated on this post that I wasn’t going to explain why I like this song so much, that because I planned to do this FgE Retrospective to begin with! (全ては計画通り!)
Anyway, I can easily say that this is my favourite Touhou arrange by them.
Meaning that it’s the only 100%-foreground-eclipse, non-original-track, non-other-arrange track touhou-related song that I like the most by them.
And it’s pretty strange, because that’s also one of their most cheerful songs in term of rhythms, and partly also in lyrics.
Let’s start saying that this song first came out with 東方魔法少女 アルティメット☆れいむ, another CD not by FE but in which they cooperated bringing this song with them.
And let’s also say that the first version of this song didn’t have its short intro “01, R.U.” which, for how much short it is, I think that’s the best intro they ever made, it blends perfectly with the song and it’s absolutely epic. Like the whole song, after all.
So, why I like this song that much?
First of all, the arrange is brilliant and features the new FgE style in every aspect of it, but it’s also a matter of spirit.
I think this song holds the real Foreground Eclipse’ spirit, starting from its title to its lyrics content and covering up everything else, from the screams to the vocals, from the instruments to the digressions.
It’s short, it’s simple. Its musical economy is perfect and I think everyone would love to listen to a song like this one, even someone who’s not so fond of japanese music. A good way to start a CD, and surely the best they ever made.

03. Last Liar Standing
Personal rating: ★★★★
This should be one of the main song from this album, giving that it’s an arrange of Satori‘s theme and she also appears on the cover.
But damn, this is short!
I like this song a lot, but I think they could have done better both in lenght / arrangement.
The thing I like the most of this song is how the vocals blend with the guitars.
I can’t simply describe how they make me feel, but they give me a strange feeling of uneasiness / helplessness which is really amazing and fits the lyrics perfectly.
I like these lyrics a lot, as well as the title itself which is really clever in my opinion.
There are lots of other tracks that may overshadow this one a little bit more, so, even if it’s an arrange of Satori’s theme, it’s not the first song that comes to my mind when thinking about the whole album.
But is still something. I think this track would have been better if was featured on the previous album.

04. Wandering, Never Wondering (There Exists A Shade)
Personal rating: ★★★★★
On the second part of this retrospective I’ve talked about Wandering Never Wondering and I’ve also said that while I like its overall arrangement, I didn’t like the vocals at all and was a song with a huge potential that ended up sounding quite lame in its final result.
Well, (There Exists A Shade) is a new and WAY MORE F*CKING AMAZING version of it.
It’s like FgE listened to my wishes.
It’s also true that this song first appeared in DJF 2012 COMPILATION similar to how Dear Are You Getting Sober? did, so it wasn’t really a “new” song to me.
I think this is one of the best arrangements for Last Remote ever made, and I love its lyrics way too much.
The vocals are amazing and the rhythm is overall way better than its previous version.
This CD is full of songs we already listened to before from other CDs / Demo CDs / Collaborations, but that’s mainly because of two reasons.
The first is because, being their last CDs and having changed their sound, they wanted to give a new shape to old songs by them…

05. Truths, Ironies, The Secret Lyrics
Personal rating: ★★★★
…Like they did with Truth Ironies The Secret Lyrics, releasing it on a single CD before having it feature on this CD.
There’s not really much I can say about this song that I haven’t say on part 1 of this retrospective, but I have to give it four stars instead of three because I like this version a lot more than the previous one.
So it’s not really a four-star song, it’s rather a threePLUS-star song.

06. (I Don’t Need Any Titles To This Song!)
Personal rating: ★★★☆☆
This song too came out before their last album, and as soon as it came out I couldn’t stop listening to it.
But I don’t know, maybe because I can understand its lyrics as I listen to them, maybe because they made new songs, truth is I don’t find this song that good as I think it was before.
Well, it’s still a good song, but I think I’ve forgot the reason why I liked it that much.
Probably, this song is not that fitting for an album like this one, being their last.
Or probably it is?
I mean, it talks about starting a story (the way you do in a RPG), so wouldn’t be weird if a song which screams “this is a beginning” from everywhere is featured in a CD that screams “this is the end” from everywhere?
The breakdown at 1:50 is still amazing, though.

07. From Under Cover (Caught Up In A Love Song)
Personal rating: ★★★★
As I was saying before, the first reason for their choice to focus on old and already-heard song is because of their sound change, but the second is probably because of the last part of the CD which features two original songs and an extra.
This is the first of the two original songs featured in Stories That Last Through The Sleepless Nights, and, for some reason, I though this was an arrange at first.
That’s probably why while I like this song I can’t say it’s something that stands out more than other songs.
Probably because while it’s an original it kinda sounds like something already heard before.
I mean, in terms of lyrics and arrange it’s awesome, and I liked this song a lot when first listening to it (and I still do).
But I can’t say it’s a masterpiece.

08. Storytellers
Personal rating: ★★★★★
Ok, I don’t think I can write about this song without getting chills down my spine. Let’s try.
…I already failed and I haven’t started writing anything. Geez.
Storytellers is the last track from Stories That Last Through The Sleepless Nights, and, in my opinion, not only the best track from this CD, but also probably the best track Foreground Eclipse ever composed.
It’s a really touching goodbye song that never gets old and makes me feel the exact same way as 2 years ago.
I’m not lying when I say that this song made me cry the first time I got to listen to it.
Starting off with its title, “Storytellers”.
The Storytellers are Foreground Eclipse, the music, the lyrics, everything, anyone.
We are the Storytellers.
Music connects people from everywhere in this world.
I am italian and I love Foreground Eclipse, how could this be possible in a world where everyone is confined to their own, small reality?
Telling a story will keep everything alive.
It could be a wonderful story or a love story, it could be the story of a voyage, the story of a group of friends, a story which has ended lots of years ago or a story that hasn’t ended yet.
As long as we are Storytellers, we can keep this stories alive.
Because we live in a world where it’s necessary to keep chasing our own path, but we must never forget the stories we carried along with us.
It doesn’t matter if it’s a happy story or a sad one, or if it’s something that makes us cry or laugh when we think about it.
As long as we can remember the times which made our ordinary life in this world even a little bit special and getting to tell more stories and listening to them, then they won’t die, they’ll never fade away from inside.
And that’s just the title.
I think that’s what this song is trying to tell us.
That we shouldn’t be afraid of anything, because things will eventually come to an end.
But what is left from them isn’t going to fade.
Things can change, but feelings don’t.
The love for someone we loved will always be eternal, even though space, time and conditions to keep it alive aren’t.
That’s exactly what this song’s about.
One day, we could find out about more things that we don’t know.
We could even discover the love of our life, or the goal of our own existence.
But we can’t do this alone, we can’t do this if we never experienced precious, ordinary things and kept them sealed in our hearts.
I would have never started this blog if I haven’t listened to Foreground Eclipse years and years ago, for example.
It’s a small thing, but isn’t the world made of small things?
So, it doesn’t matter if we “call it love or call it a miracle”, or if “what lies in here is something that’s not anywhere else”, because the world is made off small things that together builds up a huge, complex and unperfect yet beautiful and neverending puzzle called life.
Thank you for everything, Foreground Eclipse.
This is not a goodbye, isn’t that right? The distant journey will continue…
Because we are the Storytellers.
No other song could make me feel all of this as this one does every time.
And I think no other song could have ended this album as good as this one did.
Or maybe… [つづく]

About This Post

My eyes are all sparkly right now, I’m not joking!
It was amazing to start this retrospective thing, because I think it’s important to share our opinions and our feelings.
I love how lots of people told me what they thought about Foreground Eclipse’s song, and I’d really love to do something like that in the future.
Ah, but that’s not the end. There’s still one post left!
Also, about Storytellers. Maybe I haven’t say that much, but I can assure you I will very soon. Maybe tomorrow?
And of course, don’t miss the next posts, that’s really important too! There are lots of missing songs that I like a lot and lots of things to say!
So… See you tomorrow and really soon for the next post!
Love you~
Next post coming… Within the first week of December, I think.

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: RETURN PLZ. WE WANT MIMA BACK! …wait, I feel like something’s wrong.

[Request(?)] Sally – min~眠~


【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! [2017 edit] but I made it private because I can’t stick to it anymore, at least not at 100%), 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, 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~
Circle: サリー (Sally)
Album: サリー (Sally)
Vocals: 茶太 (Chata)
Lyrics: shuriken
Arrangement: NSY
Release Event: C80
Source: 門前の妖怪小娘 (Youkai Girl at the Gate) – Ten Desires, Kasodani Kyouko’s Theme

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.
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 I used to listen once in a while.
So, there we go! Here are the lyrics.

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

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


【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.

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


– 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.


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

[REQUEST] 君の美術館 – 秘封倶楽部の未踏世界


【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.
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.

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…


– 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”.


Title: 秘封倶楽部の未踏世界 (hifuu kurabu no mitou sekai) (The Sealing Club’s Unexplored World)
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-)
Vocals: fi-fy & 723
Lyrics: 黒岩サトシ
Arrangement: PHEVOTT
Release Date: 12/09/09
Source: G Free, 大空魔術 ~ Magical Astronomy (Celestial Wizardry ~ Magical Astronomy) – Magical Astronomy, Tracks #07 & #08

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.

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


– 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.
– 道 is always a problem when it comes to translation. It could mean “way”/”Street” even in a philosophical way, so it’s easy translated as “Journey”. I prefered using this translation, but keep on mind that it could mean a lot of things.


Title: Supersonic Cinderella
Circle: Empire Ensemble
Album: 陽はまた昇る (you wa mata noboru) (The Sun Rises Again)
Vocals: 3L
Lyrics: 柏木るざりん
Arrangement: 柏木るざりん
Release Event: C85
Source: Kantai Collection (艦これ) – Pre-battle Theme