Cielarc – Mystery Cat

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This song came out a bunch hours ago, and it’s an arrange of Schrödinger’s Bakeneko from ZUN’s latest (at least for few more weeks!) CD Dr. Latency’s Freak Report.
It is full of quotes from touhou, from themes’ titles (The Far Side of the Moon, Border Between Dreams and Reality) to facts / episodes, like the Moon’s reflection on the water from Silent Sinner in Blue.
It’s style is close to TUMENECO‘s, I must say, but its instrumental section has pretty much nothing to do with them.
Anyway, I’m hyped enough for ZUN’s new announcement for C90, Dateless Bar “Old Adam”, another hifuu original CD with 5 new tracks, which seems to scream “ALCOHOL! JAZZ! UWABAMI BREAKERS!” everywhere, and I can’t be happier about it [2017 edit: it did not in the end, but is a nice album anyways]

Cielarc – Mystery Cat


mada shiranai nazo o tokiakasu
watashi ga miteiru sekai wa
doko ni aru ka mo wakaranai
fushigi na neko ga sasoidasu

I’ll solve all the mysteries I can’t yet explain;
As I don’t even know
Where the world I’m gazing at lies
A mysterious cat is luring somewhere…


me o tojireba hora miete kuru no
tsuki to hoshi ga terashi dasu
tsuyoku nozomeba tadori tsuku?
yume to genjitsu no sakaime e

You can start seeing it once you close you eyes,
The light radiated by the Moon and the stars
Will I reach it if I deeply wish for it?
Towards the border between dreams and reality…


hako o akeru made wa
nani mo kamo ga mazaru no
sono saki no shinjitsu
shiritai dake

Until I’ll open the box
There could be anything mixed in it;
But I just want to know
The truth lying before it

繋がり合う2人の 秘めいた物語
手と手合わせ夢見る 向こう側の月飛び越えて
美しくて儚い 届きそうで届かない場所
謎を全て明かそう 夜が明けるまでもう少し

tsunagari au futari no hisomeita monogatari
te to te awase yume miru mukou gawa no tsuki tobigoete
utsukushikute hakanai todoki sou de todokanai basho
nazo o subete akasou yoru ga akeru made mou sukoshi

Our secretly concealed stories are firmly tied together,
Let’s take each other hands and dream to fly over the far side of the Moon;
The place we’re about to reach but we just can’t is so beautiful yet transient
But we’ll solve each mystery just a bit more, until dawn rises


muishiki no naka ni moguri konde
tegakari o hiroi atsume
mienai mono mo miete kuru
shinjiru kokoro ga umi dasu no

Slipping inside my subconscious
I’ll collect and gather clues
So that even things I can’t see start to appear before my eyes:
That’s when my believing heart is born


ima made minogashite kita mono mo
hontou wa imi ga aru koto
kotae awase shite mitsukeru
pazuru no piisu wa sugu soko ni

Even everything that I’ve let slip from my hands
Was something holding a true meaning in it;
So let’s ask question each other and find it:
The piece from this puzzle is surely right there.


mizu ni ukandeiru
mou hitotsu no sekai e
yurenagara hikari wa
tsuyoku naru no

Towards another world
Floating on the water’s surface…
As its light waves
It’s becoming stronger…

遠く離れ通じる 謎めいたテレパシー
東の国は今日も 眠らない夜追い越して
かつては魔法だった 当たり前のことも全ては
あなたと私ならば 秘密の鍵を開けられるの

tooku hanare tsuujiru nazomeita terepashii
higashi no kuni wa kyou mo nemuranai yoru oi koshite
katsute wa mahou datta atari mae no koto mo subete wa
anata to watashi naraba himitsu no kagi o akerareru no

Our enigmatic telepathy that can reach far away distances
Will pass over the sleepless night the eastern country’ll have today too;
What was certain, everything that before was magic…
If it’s our, that it will reveal the key to this secret


hako o akeru made wa
nani mo kamo ga mazaru no
sono saki no shinjitsu
shiritai dake

Until I’ll open the box
There could be anything mixed in it;
But I just want to know
The truth lying before it

繋がり合う2人の 秘めいた物語
手と手合わせ夢見る 向こう側の月飛び越えて
美しくて儚い 届きそうで届かない場所
謎を全て明かそう 夜が明けるまでもう少し

tsunagari au futari no hisomeita monogatari
te to te awase yume miru mukou gawa no tsuki tobigoete
utsukushikute hakanai todoki sou de todokanai basho
nazo o subete akasou yoru ga akeru made mou sukoshi

Our secretly concealed stories are firmly tied together,
Let’s take each other hands and dream to fly over the far side of the Moon;
The place we’re about to reach but we just can’t is so beautiful yet transient
But we’ll solve each mystery just a bit more, until dawn rises


– As I said, there are some quotes from touhou / titles of themes and such.
– Second stanza: While the original piece is called “yume to genjitsu no KYOUKAI”, in this song it appears “夢と現実の境目” (yume to genjitsu no SAKAIME), “border between dreams and reality”, which is a theme appearing in Changeability of Strange Dream. “Sakaime” and “kyoukai” mean the same thing, more or less.
– The third stanza refers to Schrödinger’s cat theory. That’s why it talks about a box, an unknown truth inside it and the wish to know it for real.
– The fourth stanza has a “mukou gawa no tsuki”, aka “The Far Side of the Moon”, closing track from Magical Astronomy.
– On the seventh stanza there could be an allusion to Silent Sinner in Blue, where “another world” (The Moon) is floating on the water surface. In the manga, Yukari uses this reflection on the water to get in the moon by using her boundary manipulation powers.
– Eight stanza: “higashi no kuni (wa kyou mo) nemuranai yoru (…)” features “higashi no kuni no nemuranai yoru”, which is the japanese title for Sleepless Night of Eastern Country, a them appearing both in Shoot the Bullet and Magical Astronomy. This theme reminds me my stay in Kyoto. Good times, good times!


Title: Mystery Cat
Circle: CielArc
Album: Mystery Cat
Vocals: ゆずり (Yuzuri)
Lyrics: ゆずり (Yuzuri)
Arrangement: MxRxI
Release Event: C90
Source: シュレディンガーの化猫 (Schrödinger’s Bakeneko), Dr. Latency’s Freak Report, Track #6


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What about a japanish song about snow and winter in the middle of one of the hottest summer of my whole life?
Come on, we all like things like that, just like when they broadcast those totally uncalled for Christmas movies when it’s not Christmas.
I love this song and its vibe, but this translation will be really challenging, mostly because the feel it’s conveying is pretty damn difficult to reproduce in another language.
Starting from the beginning, the song keeps on repeating “furu furu furu” and “shin shin shin”.
Both “furu” and “shin” repeated all those times are merely there to make the song more lullaby-ish, and to create an atmosphere with onomatopeia-like sounds like those.
On a side note, “furu” also mean “to fall”, and can be used in a sentence to express “the snow is falling”, “it’s snowing”. That’s why I translated it this way.
About “shin”, things get more difficult. There are hundreds of kanjis which can be read as “shin” in their on-yomi reading. Among those, 進 (to advance), 深 (deep), 寝 (to sleep / to lay down), and again 振 (to fall / to wave) are the ones that caught my attention the most while thinking about kanjis whose reading is “shin”.
Those kanjis seems all to allude to something falling (振/進) down (深) with delicacy (寝/振), and I find it really appropriate with “furu”, which, on the contrary, doesn’t need much explaination.
Not only that, the song also refers to Yuki-onna, the snow lady creature from the japanese folklore, to the crane, symbol of Japan which could also allude to the famous kagome-kagome song, and other elements which are really not that hard to translate, but hard to keep intact in their original japanese beauty when translated.
This is one of those song which should be understood in its original language to stay untouched. But maybe… it’s always like that.
Anyway, this intro was part of a larger section of notes, be sure to check them out.


ふるふるふるふる 冬の夜
しんしんしんしん 降り続く

furu furu furu furu fuyu no yoru
shin shin shin shin furitsudzuku

Falling, falling, falling, falling, a winter’s night
Down, down, quietly, quietly, it keeps snowing

ふるふるふるふる 雪吹雪く
しんしんしんしん 降り止まぬ

furu furu furu furu yuki fubuku
shin shin shin shin furi yamanu

Falling, falling, falling, falling, snow gets harsher
Down, down, more and more, it won’t stop snowing


yukionna wa ikaga kana–
nukumori ukete toke sarinu

How does the snow woman feel, I wonder?
Accepting the warmth just to be left melting away…

ふるふるふるふる 丑の刻
しんしんしんしん 音も無し

furu furu furu furu ushi no koku
shin shin shin shin oto mo nashi

Snowing, snowing, snowing, snowing, 2 hours past midnight
Quietly, quietly, more and more, not a sound to be heard

ふるふるふるふる 月明かり
しんしんしんしん 雪化粧

furu furu furu furu tsuki akari
shin shin shin shin yuki-geshou

Snowing, snowing, more and more, the moonlight
Quietly, quietly, falling again, is covered in snow


tsuru no kizu wa ikaga kana–
shoutai sarashi tobitateru

How has the crane’s wound gotten, I wonder?
Exposing its wounded figure to fly away…

ふるふるふるふる 春の朝
しんしんしんしん 六花咲く

furu furu furu furu haru no asa
shin shin shin shin rikka saku

Falling, falling, falling, falling, on a Spring morning
Quietly, quietly, more and more, snow is blooming

ふるふるふるふる 梅と桃
しんしんしんしん 雪解ける

furu furu furu furu ume to momo
shin shin shin shin yuki tokeru

Swinging, swinging, waving around, the plum and the peach tree
Gently, gently, quietly, quietly, melt the snow away


kourohou wa ikaga kana–
sudare o agete miru yoroshi

How’s mount Xianglu by now, I wonder?
It would be good if I could look at it by lifting this bamboo blind…


– furufuru / shinshin, as you read above, I kept them “falling” and “down”, with variations depending on the stanza they appear in (in other words, if there are other words to point out the “snowing” meaning or such, my translation could have variations).
– “ushi no koku” is a old way to say “2 A.M.”. The whole song has a classical vibe to it, so it’s not that unusual at all.
– “rikka” (六花) is another old way to say “snow”, and here’s a pun. The word “saku” means “to bloom”, and “rikka” is wrote with the kanji for “flower” (花).
– “furu” is also “to wave”, “to shake”, “to swing”, in the second to last stanza I found it more appropriate being the subjects two trees.
– I did some research over the last stanza, seems to talk about a poem by Bai Juyi, a chinese poet. The japanese translation of this poem「 遺愛寺の鐘は枕をそばだてて聴き、香炉峰の雪はをかかげてこれを看る 」(colored parts = appearing in this song) was well known to nobles of the Heian period, as well as other chinese poems even by the same author. The “kourohou” is the japanese transcription of the same word in chinese, which translates into xianglu-feng (Mount Xianglu, also know as “Incense Burner Peak“) which this poem refers to. The poem roughly translates into: “As I lift from my pillow and prick up my ears to the sound of iaiji (name of a temple)’s bells, I saw the snow covering the bamboo blind up there mount Xianglu”. What does that mean? Bamboo blinds were used to cover royal ladies, so they could speak to anyone behind them without being saw directly. And as a distant call of a temple’s bell wakes the writer up, the sound resonates as a calling, as a signal to extend his gaze beyond what’s on his reach towards the far off mount Xianglu where his love interest’s bamboo blind is slightly opened due the snow pressing over it. He’s not seeing this scenery, he’s rather imaginating it, being too far away. In other words, this poem is about longing for someone and the concept of distance, when knowing someone’s there, even if unreachable and far away, makes us feel as if we’re gazing at a beautiful scenery of closeness.
In this song, the verb for “bamboo blind” is “ageru” which means “to lift”, so the song is from the point of view of the girl inside the blind rather than the poet from the other side of Mount Xianglu…
Keeping all of this in mind, the translation won’t seem that weird… I think? Hope the meaning’s clear enough..!


Title: おゆき (oyuki) (snow)
Album: 華唄 (hanauta) (flower song)
Vocals: Mitsuki Nakae (中恵光城)
Lyrics: Kurogawa Umi (黒川うみ)
Arrangement: あたいわだれか (ataiwadareka)
Release Event: C76
Source: Original

Mass Of The Fermenting Dregs – Zero Comma, Irotoridori no Sekai PART 2/5: 「終わりのはじまり」 & 「まで。情熱ミックス 」

Back in May I’ve translated さんざめく by Mass of The Fermenting Dregs, and I feel like keeping on translating songs from that album.
So, there will be 5 posts about this album, the first being the one I translated in May, the second being this one (which is a double post) and the others coming soon on other different posts.

Mass Of The Fermenting Dregs – 終わりのはじまり

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So, the first song from this post is the 3rd track from the album, 終わりのはじまり.
Not exactly the most original title (“the beginning of the end”, I mean…), but the song is surely something.
I really like the contrast between rhythm / lyrics. If you think about it, they’re pretty different, with the rhythm being energetic and the lyrics being not really that positive.
I really like when artists can do things like that, because it’s not something anyone can do without having it sounding dull.

Mass Of The Fermenting Dregs – 終わりのはじまり


kowashite hajimeyou
ima, kita bakari no michi mo
ima, mita bakari no michi o sa

I’ll start breaking everything
Right now, even the way that appeared just before me
I’ll take a detour
Right now, on that way I just saw


aruite ikeba
koko kara tsudzuite iku michi wa
kimi no omoi egaku iro ni somatte iku yo

If I’ll go by walk
The road that goes on from this point onwards
Will be painted in the colors you’re thinking about


sayonara to konnichi wa
kurikaeshiteiru nda
kimi mo boku mo onaji kyou no moto

We’re just repeating all over
Each “hello” and each “goodbye”,
As we’re both staying on the same present

鳥が飛んだのを見て はじまりを知った
終わりとは こうして はじまるものだと

tori ga tonda no o mite hajimari o shitta
owari to wa kou shite hajimaru mono da to

By looking at the birds flying, I understood what a beginning was about,
And that an end, in the same way, isn’t but a beginning.


– I’ve left “I” as the subject of the first two stanzas. That “you” form is usually used when someone’s stating “let’s do X”, so it could also have been a plural, as in “we”, but I liked it that way more, because it delines better the contrast I was talking about before.


Title: 終わりのはじまり (owari no hajimari) (The beginning of the end)
Circle: Mass of the Fermenting Dregs
Album: ゼロコンマ、色とりどりの世界 (Zero Comma, Irotoridori no Sekai)
Vocals: 宮本菜津子 (Natsuko Miyamoto)
Lyrics: Mass of the Fermenting Dregs
Arrangement: Mass of the Fermenting Dregs
Release Date: 08/4/2010

Mass Of The Fermenting Dregs – まで。情熱ミックス

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And the second song from this post is track n°2, “made, jounetsu mikkusu”.
It was initially featured in a promo E.P. by them, but made it out to this album in the end.
What I like about this band is that even if they’re under the shoegaze genre of music, they’re pretty different form your average shoegaze band’s sound.
I think that their style of music is someway more approachable by anyone than some other shoegaze bands such as Tokyo Shoegazers, Oeil, Tokenai Namae, CLAMs or even My Dead Girlfriend.
Mainly because they’re song are more oriented on the pop/rock side.
Anyway, another amazing thing is that they only use few instruments but they always sound great. Stunning soloes, amazing bass lines, outstanding drumtracks.
That’s simply it.

Mass Of The Fermenting Dregs – まで。情熱ミックス


ano hi no you datta
kare wa kubi kashigete
watashi no namida o nomihoshite itta

It was just like that day,
He tilted his neck
And drained all my tears away


suriherashite wa, umeru sagyou da na
kore o anata wa nan to yobu?

To wear it all away is just a way to get rid of it, isn’t it?
How do you call all of this?


iikake no “sayounara”
doushitemo, ienakute

But I couldn’t manage anyhow
To say that “goodbye” I’ve left incomplete

両手いっぱいで もう持てない

koshi o furu sagyou
tsunaide oita
amai omoide sae
ryoute ippai de mou motenai

By making an excuse
You shook your hips
With my surprise;
By now I can’t fully hold anymore
Your sweet memories with both my hands


dareka no sei ni shite
koko kara nigetai yo

I just want lay the blame on someone else
And get away from where I’m now


uso o tsuite
kaki o nakusu mane
minuite hoshii no
kanatte hoshii no
tada, kyou ga kyou de atta hoshii no

With a lie
You pretended to have lost a key
But I want to see through it,
I want to make it real,
I just want for today to be today…

明日がくるまで 昨日が去るまで

ashita ga kuru made kinou ga saru made

…Until tomorrow will come, until yesterday will go away.


– From the same album: .09 – さんざめく / .07 – ズレる & .08 – ひきずるビート / .05 – ONEDAY & .06 – サイダーと君 + .04 RAT / .01 – ゼロコンマ、色とりどりの世界.


Title: まで。情熱ミックス (made – jounetsu mikkusu) (Until – Passion MIX)
Circle: Mass of the Fermenting Dregs
Album: ゼロコンマ、色とりどりの世界 (Zero Comma, Irotoridori no Sekai)
Vocals: 宮本菜津子 (Natsuko Miyamoto)
Lyrics: Mass of the Fermenting Dregs
Arrangement: Mass of the Fermenting Dregs
Release Date: 08/4/2010
Source: Original

[REQUEST] Register6 – 久遠の夢路

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【Requested by Alv

Register6 is a great circle, I expecially love the way their lyrics are wrote.
It’s also true that in terms of music they’ve changed a lot, but tracks like this one made me feel as if there wasn’t any great change at all. After all this song is related to previous songs they made, and this made me really happy (also because I love the CD they’re talking about in this song). Everything’s explained in the notes, by the way.

Register6 – 久遠の夢路

The beginning is the end.

saihate ni egaita ketsumatsu wa
kimi no yume no naka de
The beginning is the end.

The conclusion depicted at the farthest ends
Is inside your dream
The beginning is the end.


mou dore dake toki ga tatta darou
deguchi no nai hakuchuumu no naka de
zutto samayou

I wonder how much time has passed by now?
I’ve always been wandering
Inside a daydream with no way out


mishiranu basho de hitori kiri
seijaku ni nomikomareteku
boku ga boku ja naku naru you de
kimi no namae o yonda

I’m being swallowed by quietness
Completely alone in a place I don’t know;
And I called out for your name
As if I wasn’t myself anymore


tasukete to sakenda sekai wa
yume to genjitsu no kyoukaisen
utsukushiku zankokuna sekai wa
hiki kaesu koto wa dekinai

The world who screamed for its salvation
Lies between the boundary of dreams and reality;
I just can’t bring back
This beautiful yet ruthless world…

I was beyond the point of no return.
How did that happen? Too late to turn back now.

ねぇ夢をみる 君と過ごした
あの日々はもう 戻らないんだ
おかしいよね ただの夢だったのに

nee yume o miru kimi to sugoshita
ano hibi wa mou modoranainda
okashii yo ne tada no yume datta no ni
torawareta no da

Look, the time I spent with your dreaming self:
Those days won’t return anymore.
Isn’t it strange? Even if it was just a dream
I was captured by it.


utsukushiku zankokuna sekai no
kuon no yumeji ni kiro wa naku
usure yuku kioku no naka ni wa
dare ka no omokage ga

There’s no way back on the neverending dream path
Of this beautiful yet ruthless world;
But inside my memories growing dimmer
I can feel someone’s trace…

届くこともなく 水面は絶え
ここはそう 通い路の終着

kienai de to negau kotoba wa
todoku koto mo naku minamo wa tae
koko wa sou kayoi ji no shuuchaku
mou kaeru koto wa nai
mou au koto wa nai

As my praying words stay undelivered
The water surface calms down to stillness;
Here, I’m sure, is the end of this route
And I can’t go back anymore
And I can’t meet you again anymore.


– The song’s title is the same as a previous album by Register 6, with the only difference being that in this song “kuon no yumeji” has a “no” in hiragana (の) on its title while the previous album had a “no” in katakana (ノ) on instead.
– This song is also linked to another song from the album I stated on the previous notes, and I’m talking about 夢の通い路 which I’ve already translated (click on it). The first 3 lines from the sixth stanza of this post’s song is similar to some stanzas on the other song (yume no kayoi-ji), just check them:
> kuon no yumeji, sixth stanza: “nee yume o miru kimi to sugoshita / ano hibi wa mou modoranainda / okashii yo ne tada no yume datta no ni”
> yume no kayoiji, sixth stanza: “nee yume o miru kimi to sugoshita / ano hibi wa mou modoranainda”, and again, on the second stanza “okashii yo ne tada no yume na no ni”.
Again, this song uses “見知らぬ場所で” (mishiranu basho de) which also appears in the other one.
Of course the two songs are linked between each other even because of their original themes. “kuon no yumeji” is an arrange of Yukari‘s theme, Necrofantasia, while “yume no kayoi-ji” is an arrange of Merry The Magician, which is kind of Maribel‘s theme.
Needless to explain how Yukari and Merry are related.
– Second stanza 時間 (jikan) is read as 時 (toki). They both mean “time”.
– Third stanza “sumikomarete(i)ku” is wrote with a “i”, which is not pronounced.


Title: 久遠の夢路 (The Neverending Dream Path)
Circle: Register6
Album: 繋縛ノ境界
Vocals: ヨコヤマ (Yokoyama)
Lyrics: ロー (roo)
Arrangement: ロー (roo)
Release Event: Reitaisai 11
Source: ネクロファンタジア (Necrofantasia), Perfect Cherry Blossom, Yukari Yakumo’s Theme

Register6 – 想ひ出の唄

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[2017 edit] nice lyrics lol

Register6 – 想ひ出の唄


kimi to ireba taikutsu shinai
tsune ni nani ka ga okorunda
konna jikan ga tsudzuite iku to

When I’m with you I never get bored
Because something will always happen
I believed that
The time spent this way would keep on going

I’m not like you but
we were able to understand each other.
That’s strange.
I have a long life.
You have a short life.
I don’t want to think about farewell with you.

終わりのない 物語はないと

kimi to no keshiki o itsumademo
towa ni towa ni negau
owari no nai hanashi wa nai to
wakatte wa iru, soredemo…

I’ll pray for the whole eternity
For a scenery in which I’m with you
And I know that there’s no such thing
As a tale without an end, but still…


naite, waratte, tsukihi wa nagare
otagai, sara ni chikadzuiteku
soredemo owari ga sasayaiteru
jikan da ne

Time flows by as we laugh and cry
And we’ll get closer and closer again
But still it’s the time
That’s whispering for an end to come


wakare ga futari o sakou to mo
iroaseru koto no nai uta o
semete… semete…

Even if our farewell will forcibly separate us
At least, at least
Let me sing this song whose color won’t ever fade away…


bokura no tsumuida omoide o
towa ni towa ni utau
wakare ga futari o sakou to mo
iroaseru koto nai you ni

I’ll sing about the memories we wove
For the whole eternity
So that even if our farewell will forcibly separate us
There won’t be no color fading away


kasuka demo, miete inakutemo
todoiteru to shinjite
itsumademo kono uta, utau yo
mata aeru hi o negau you ni

Even if it’s so blurry you can’t see it
I believe that it could reach you;
I’ll sing this song forever
Praying for the day we’ll meet again…


– Third stanza, “monogatari” (物語, “tale”) is read as “hanashi” (話), which has a similar meaning. “monogatari” is more like a tale in a book, “hanashi” is more like something someone tells to another person, a “personal story” rather than something you could read in a book.
– I didn’t know this song was translated before I finished this post, I’m going to post it anyways.


Title: 想ひ出の唄 (omoide no uta) (A song for my memories)
Circle: Register6
Album: Barrage Am Ring 4 Arrange/Side
Vocals: ヨコヤマ (Yokoyama)
Lyrics: ロー (roo)
Arrangement: ロー (roo)
Release Event: Reitaisai 11
Source: 魂の花 ~ Another Dream… (Flower of Soul ~ Another Dream…), Phantasmagoria of Flower View, Staff Roll Theme

[R-18] [REQUEST] Silent Difference – Left Behind

picture by Yuuki Eishi

Disclaimer: The lyrics for this songs contains imagery that can disturb the readers.

【Requested by B016

Well, it’s the second time we got to see that disclaimer on a post, the first being in Diabolic Filth, from the same circle.
I think that its engrish is even worse than the words this song uses.
Anyway, at least to me, this song is still funnier than “shocking”, but still, its lyrics are not something I want to make appear on my homepage, so if you want to read the lyrics, notes and everything else you should just click “continue reading”.
Continue reading “[R-18] [REQUEST] Silent Difference – Left Behind”


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【Requested by Alv

It’s been a while since our last CLOCKWORKS TRACER‘s post, and I never actually knew about this song.
It seems to be an original track featured on barrage am ring 3, but I haven’t hear of this before listening to it prior to this post.
Come to think about it, their songs seems to be pretty hard to find. Lots of them are just hidden somewhere in some unknown album no one ever heard of, others are simply covered by other more famous circles.
For example, remember Shangri-La in Bloom? That album was (and still is!) really great, but it didn’t get much credit / wasn’t really that popular amongst touhou fans.
I’m still glad Yapan sent me that album’s lyrics and I got to translate / post it all!
Oh, by the way, in case you missed it you can check them here (even though there are unrelated posts…): click here.


Wake up and start this show!!

【Take my hand】想いは一つ
【Sing with me】変わり始めた世界のその先へ

【Take my hand】omoi wa hitotsu
【Sing with me】kawari hajimeta sekai no sono saki e

【Take my hand】My wish is just one
【Sing with me】And it lies just before this world which has started to change

上だけ向いてちゃ 崩れる足元にも気付かないままだから ほら
【This upright wish connects between us always and forever
Let’s spin the never ending story together】

ageta muitecha kuzureru ashimoto ni mo kidzukanai mama dakara hora
【This upright wish connects between us always and forever
Let’s spin the never ending story together】

But if you look up, you won’t even notice the ground crumbling under your feet, so…
【This upright wish connects between us always and forever
Let’s spin the never ending story together】

【Take my hand】大丈夫だよ
【Sing with me】受け止めてくれるその手はいつも傍に
【Take your hand】皆待ってる
【Sing with us】帰る場所はいつだってここにある

【Take my hand】daijoubu da yo
【Sing with me】uketomete kureru sono te wa itsumo soba ni
【Take your hand】minna matteru
【Sing with us】kaeru basho wa itsudatte koko ni aru

【Take my hand】Everything’s okay
【Sing with me】That hand which took you in is always beside you
【Take your hand】Everyone’s waiting
【Sing with us】A place to return to will always be here!

【Our show must go on!!】

【Grip the past dream left behind
Even if it spills and falls, I can gather again (gather again)】

【time to shine is now!!
I’ll never lost my way
Trust the way to home with a smile
Let’s stand up and aim high】

確かめる必要なんてなかったんだ それは…

surechigau hibi no naka
tashikameru hitsuyou nante nakatta nda sore wa…

Inside these days coming one after another
There wasn’t any need to make sure everything was certain, and that’s because…

【Take my hand】想いは一つ
【Sing with me】変わり始めた世界のその先へ今
【Take your hand】どんな時でも
【Sing with us】手を取り合って いつか夢見た空

【Take my hand】omoi wa hitotsu
【Sing with me】kawari hajimeta sekai no sono saki e ima
【Take your hand】donna toki demo
【Sing with us】te o toriatte itsuka yume mita sora
kagayaku ashita e mukaou

【Take my hand】Our wish is just one
【Sing with me】Now, just before this world which has started to change
【Take your hand】No matter when
【Sing with us】Let’s take our hands under that sky we once dreamed of
And face towards a radiant future!


Title: Our Show Must Go On!!
Album: Barrage Am Ring 3 Produce/side
Vocals: LIQU@, Yapan (screams)
Lyrics: やーぱん (Yapan)
Arrangement: やーぱん (Yapan)
Release Event: C85
Source: Original

ABSOLUTE CASTAWAY x 753 – mirage

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I love this song’s beat. It’s pretty unusual to see ABSOLUTE CASTAWAY along with other circles. This song’s an exception, being a collaboration between them and 753.
The lyrics are really nice too.
Yup, that’s it. I don’t really know what else I could say. This song is good.


鏡の中で微笑う もう一人の私に呼びかける

kagami no naka de warau mou hitori no watashi ni yobikakeru
tsukikage no kobeya kara nukedasetara shiawase ni nareru no?

I’m being called by my other self, smiling inside the mirror
If I could sneak away from this moonlit room, will I become happy?


futo te o nobashite fureau yubisaki
motometa kyoukai ni wa –mirage
suimen no you ni hirogaru kagiana
saa (sono) ima (doa) koji akete

As I impulsively outreach my hand, our fingertips meet
A mirage on the boundary we’ve been seeking for,
A keyhole widening like the water’s surface…
Come on (that) now (door) pry it open

「私はあなたで あなたは私」

surechigau dake no sakasa no futari
tagai no basho e tadoritsuite
“watashi wa anata de anata wa watashi”
ire kawatta sekai de

We’ve just been passing each other on opposite directions
Finally reaching our mutual place anyways
“I am you, and you are me”
In this world that has changed place…


osanai koro kara akogareteita
otogibanashi o te ni iteremo
doushite kokoro wa mitasarenai no
sotto (onaji) sora ni (kumo ni) tsubuyaku… hitori de

Even if I’d get my hands on that fairy-tale
I’ve been longing for since when I was little,
My heart won’t get satisfied enough
I whisper faintly, to the (same) sky (to the clouds)… alone


kagami ga wareta ato mo musuu ni chiru mirai o motomete wa
haiiro no kakera kara nigeru you ni aruite kita watashi

The countless futures scattered around after the mirror broke
Are what I, walking as if escaping from each grey fragment, am seeking for

涙でぼやけて 迷いで震えて
「これ」じゃない何か あるべき形が

namida de boyakete mayoi de furuete
omoi o kakushiteita –mirage
“kore” ja nai nani ka aru beki katachi ga
nee (demo) mada (sou) mitsukaranai

Everything’s blurred by my tears and I’m trembling out of hesitation,
This mirage, this thought I’ve been concealing,
Something that’s not “this”, this figure that should be there somewhere…
Say, (but) can’t you still (that’s right) find it?

私が私を この姿ごと見失う異世界で

utsusu koto de shika aenai hito o
omoi tsudzukeru imi wa aru no?
watashi ga watashi o kono sugata goto miushinau isekai de

Is there a point in keeping on idealizing
A person that I can’t meet anywhere except in my projections?
I am myself in a parallel world where I’m losing sight of my own shape…

いつでも心は 空っぽのまま

hanbun ni kaketa kotoba o hiroi
anata no kage o oikaketemo
itsudemo kokoro wa karappo no mama
dakara (ima mo) koko de (mabuta) tozashite

Even if I’d chase after your shadow
Collecting each half fragmented words
My heart will always still be empty;
So (even now) right now (your eylids) close them

夜が育てた花 咲かせても
不完全なふたり 確かなものはなく

kibou no hikari ni wa tarinai iro o shita
yoru ga sodateta hana sakasete mo
fukanzen na futari tashika na mono wa naku
toge no kizuato mo (mou) kieru no

The light of hope was painted in a dim color
Even if I’ll let bloom the flower raised by the night
There’s nothing certain for our incompleteness
Even the scars of our thorns are (already) vanishing

「私は私で あなたはあなた」

“nani o sagashiteta?”
toikake sae mo noizu ni mazari mimi o fusagu
“watashi wa watashi de anata wa anata”
nanimo kawari wa shinai

“What were you searching for?”
These questions are blended in noises, so I clear my ears;
“I am me, and you are you”
Nothing will ever change.

けれど どうしてもなくしたくない

yume no naka de shika aenai no nara
wasureru koto wa tsumi deshou ka?
keredo doushitemo nakushitakunai
dakara (ima mo) koko de (tsuki o) matteru… hitori de

And if I couldn’t meet you but in a dream
Would it be a sin to forget about you?
But after all I don’t want to lose you, anyhow
So (even now) right here I’ll wait (for the moon)… alone

もう一度 あなたと巡り逢う
壊れた(明日を)昨日を(ただ 探して)見つめて

mou ichido anata to meguri au
kowareta (ashita o) kinou o (tada sagashite) mitsumete

To the moment I’ll meet you again by chance
I’ll (just search) stare into the broken (tomorrow) yesterday.


– First stanza: “warau” (to laugh) is wrote as 微笑う. 微笑む (hohoemu) and 笑う (warau) mean the same thing, in the lyrics it’s halfway one and halfway the other.
– The words inside the parenthesys are the chorus, being this song a double-vocal one.


Title: mirage
Album: Another Flower II
Vocals: Mitsuki Nakae, Haruka Shimotsuki
Lyrics: 日山 尚
Arrangement: 幾丹弥吹
Release Event: M3-35
Source: Original

[REQUEST] 凋叶棕 (Diao Ye Zong) – ヤタガラスカイダイバー

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【Requested by B016

Man, I must say this song is pretty different from the (usual) others arranged by RD-Sounds.
It sounds like an old song, if you ask me. Both because the current RD-Sounds songs have really improved and because Merami‘s vocals too are way more refined than this right now.
It’s so catchy you won’t mind its problems, but it’s still something “outdated”, in terms of comparison.
The lyrics of course focuses on Utsuho, but the song is an arrange from both her and Orin‘s themes, that’s why I choose this picture.
“Sky” (空) appears lots of times on this song, it’s for two reasons. The first, is that the kanji can both mean “sky” and “void” (on some stanzas you should think it’s “void” rather than “sky”), the second is because Utsuho’s nickname, Okuu, is wrote with the same kanji.

凋叶棕 – ヤタガラスカイダイバー


doushite, kono sekai ni wa
watashi yori mo hikari o hanatsu mono ga inai no darou?

–I wonder why
Is there nothing in this world that can emit a light brighter than mine?


tsune ni hate naki toikake no saki ni
midashita kotae wa tada hitotsu dake

As always, just before each unfinishing question
The discovered answer will be just one


ittai, kono atsui tengai no
mukou gawa ni tojikomerareteiru mono wa nan nano darou?

I just wander what does actually lie
Beyond this enclosed thick horizon’s other side?


toki ni shinri o tsuku tetsugaku no saki ni
midashita michi wa tada hitotsu dake

Just before the philosophy connected to the truth
The road I’ll find out about is just one


“sora” to wa, aku naki kuusou no saki o
mezasu sono mae ni wasureteshimau maboroshi

“The sky” as such, just before aiming for that fantasy I’m not going to grow tired of
There lies an illusion that I’ve forgot about


soredemo… takamaru akogare.

But still… my longing is rising.


tashikametai sono sekai
tsuyoi kibou o mune ni
watashi wa tobidashita!

I want to make sure that world’s real
Holding a strong hope inside my heart
I’ve started flying!


“FUSION” kara “CONTRAST” e to
tsubasa wa ima, sono sugata o kaete yuku.

From a “FUSION” to a “CONTRAST”,
I’ll now change my wings into that shape.


sekai mo ima, sono sugata o kaete yuku.

I’ll change the very shape of the world into it, now!


“sora” to wa nan nano deshou
tsukinu toikake wa haramu
yatagarasu no utagoe wa hitoshirezu…

I wonder what’s that “sky” thing;
As I get filled with this neverending questions
The hell raven’s singing voice, unnoticed, will…


watashi igai dare mo inai
kono sekai no juunin wa

There’s no one except for me
As a resident of this world


ittai doko ni
iru no deshou ka

I just wonder
Where am I?


kono “sora” ni watashi wa hitori bocchi…?

Am I completely alone in this “sky”…?


miageru tentakaku furisosogu hikari
doko ka natsukashii sono chikara no saki

The light of heavenly heights I’m looking at
Lies before a nostalgic power hidden somewhere


watashi yori mo… ookina taiyou.

A Sun… bigger than mine.


deaetanda kono “sora” de
onaji hikari o hanatsu
mou hitori no watashi ni!

I’ve met her under this “sky”
My other self
With a light as bright as mine!


soshite mata
chikara wa ima, sono sugata o kaete yuku.

And then again
I’ll now change this power into that shape


watashi mo ima, sono sugata o kaete yuku.

I’ll change my shape into that too, right now


kagayaku watashi to onaji anata e to
tsukiru koto no nai yorokobi no utagoe o sasagu

I’ll dedicate an endless song of joy
Both to me and you, radiating the same way


dare yori mo takai basho de
yatagarasu no utagoe o hibikasete…

We’ll make the hell raven’s singing voice resound
From the highest place no one could reach…


– I think that “融合”(yuugou) and“対比” (taihi) are read as “フュージョン” (let: “fusion”) and コントラスト (let: “contrast”). It’s unclear, but that’s the same meaning as the japanese terms, so I’m guessing they’re most likely right.
– Same goes for the next stanza, “狭隘”(kyouai) is read as “サブテッラニアン” (let: “subterranean”) and“無限”(mugen) is read as “インフィニティー” (let: “infinity”). Again, the meanings are the same, but this time I’m more confident about them.
– Again, some stanzas later, “限界”(genkai) is read as “オバードライブ” (let: “overdrive”) but I have some doubts on how“臨界” (rinkai) is read. I can almost hear エクスプローション (let: “explosion”) but I’m not sure at all about this (edit: it’s EXCURSION). Japanese’s pronunciation of english is to blame, not me. Let me know if you know the right word!
– And again, on the stanza right after that, “公転”(kouten) is read as “レボルーティオン” (let: “revolution”) and “自立” (jiritsu) is read as “アイデンティティー” (let: “identity”).


Title: ヤタハラスカイダイバー (yatagarasu kai daibaa) (Yatagarasu-skydiver)
Circle: 凋叶棕 (Diao Ye Zong)
Album: 謡 (Utai)
Vocals: めらみぽっぷ (Meramipop)
Lyrics: RD-Sounds
Arrangement: RD-Sounds
Release Event: C78
Source: 霊知の太陽信仰 ~ Nuclear Fusion (Solar Sect of Mystic Wisdom ~ Nuclear Fusion), SA, Reiuji Utsuho’s Theme + 死体旅行 ~ Be of good cheer! (Corpse Voyage ~ Be of good cheer!), SA, Kaenbyou Rin’s Theme

TUMENECO – 終わりなき旅を夢見よう

picture by abe kanari

TUMENECO again, folks.
This song is an arrange of two themes from Neo-Traditionalism of Japan, one of them being Wind of Agartha which is one of my favourite original touhou track from the hifuu CDs.

TUMENECO – 終わりなき旅を夢見よう

優しい風が吹き ふわり春が香る
また季節は巡り はじまりの夜がやってくる

yasashii kaze ga fuki fuwari haru ga kaoru
mata kisetsu wa meguri hajimari no yoru ga yattekuru

The wind blows gently, spreading the light Spring’s scent:
The night in which the seasons will start revolving again has come

あの日見上げてた 空はずっと遠くて

ano hi miageteta sora wa zutto tookute
boku wa senobishite te o nobashi
“nanika” o tsukamou to shita

The sky I was looking at on that day is so far away;
Standing on tiptoe, reaching out my hand
I almost seized that “something”

ふたりはめくるめく 夢の世界へ旅に出る

hitori kodoku na kurai yoru no sukima kara
futari wa mekuru meku yume no sekai e tabi ni deru

From the gap of a lonesome dark night
We set off for a voyage in the dazzling world of dreams

信じてよ 僕だけは

sagashiteta bouken no chizu wa ne
koko ni wa mou nai nda
kimi to tadori tsuku toko made
shinjite yo boku dake wa
itsu demo kimi no soba ni iru kara
furueru kono kokoro no koe o kiite

The map of our adventure we’ve been looking for
Is not here anymore;
Just believe in it,
Until the moment I’ll finally reach you
Because I’m the only one who’ll always be by your side:
Listen up to the voice of my trembling heart

気付けば夏が過ぎ くるり葉っぱが躍る
いつか聞いてみたい 「はじまりの夜覚えてる?」
あの日見上げてた 星空は綺麗で

kidzukeba natsu ga sugi kururi happa ga odoru
itsuka kiite mitai “hajimari no yoru oboeteru?”
ano hi miageteta hoshizora wa kirei de
isso nomikomarete mitai tte kimi wa naiteita yo ne

Summer has past before I could notice, and the leaves are suddenly dancing
One day I’d like to ask you “do you remember the night in which everything began?”
The starry sky we were looking up that day was so pretty
And you were crying, as if you were being swallowed by it, do you remember?

ふたりでいれば日向のように あったかで
いつしかめくるめく 夢の世界を旅してた

futari de ireba hinata no you ni attaka de
itsu shika mekuru meku yume no sekai o tabi shiteta

Together we would feel as warm as if we were standing under the Sun;
Before I knew it, my voyage in the dazzling dream world has begun

描いてた冒険の地図はね もっと大きくなるんだ
ありがとう これから先もずっと・・・

egaiteta bouken no chizu wa ne motto ookiku naru nda
kimi to tadori tsuku toko made
shinjiteru kimi dake wa
itsu demo boku no soba ni ita kara
arigatou kore kara saki mo zutto…

The map for our adventure we’ve drawn has become even bigger
You just have to believe it
Until the moment I’ll reach you;
You’re the only who was always by my side
So thank you, for then, for now, forever…

さぁ 手を繫いで帰ろう

saa te o tsunaide kaerou
ashita mo tsudzuku owari naki tabi o yumemiyou

Come on, let’s hold our hand and go back home:
Let’s dream of our endless voyage that will continue even tomorrow!

ほらね 冒険の地図はね

hora ne bouken no chizu wa ne
motto zutto egakeru
kimi to tadori tsuku toko made

See, the map of our adventure…
I could draw it more and more, forever
Until the moment I’ll reach you…

信じてよ 僕だけは

shinjite yo boku dake wa
itsu demo kimi no soba ni iru kara
furueru kono kokoro no koe o kiite

…Believe in me, because
I’m the only one that will always be by your side you
So, listen up to the voice of my trembling heart,
Reach out for it…


Title: 終わりなき旅を夢見よう (owari naki tabi o yumemiyou) (Let’s dream of an endless voyage)
Vocals: Yukina
Lyrics: Yukina
Arrangement: tomoya
Release Event: C88
Source: アガルタの風 (Wind of Agartha), Neo-Traditionalism of Japan, track #5 + 日本中の不思議を集めて (Gathering the Mysterious from All Around Japan), Neo-Traditionalism of Japan, track #9