ABSOLUTE CASTAWAY – Queen of Hearts

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And here I am, again with another ABSOLUTE CASTAWAY track from Nazokake Alice: Queen of Hearts.
Everytime I’m translating a new Absolute Castaway song, I have to face the problem of upload, because you can’t find almost anything of them on youtube. Not this time. I don’t want to upload this song on my channel.
Mainly because I don’t find it worth the risk of copyright infringement.
Alice in Wonderland, not my thing to be honest.
As for the lyrics… Alice stuff. Well, what do you expect? The title says it loud and clear.
Also, I like to point out that I absolutely (lol) hate ABSOLUTE CASTAWAY for using kanjis that no one knows about / unrelated kanjis with fictional readings.
[2017 edit: freshly translator me didn’t know nothing yet…]
It must happen something like that when they’re writing the lyrics:
“Here, I want to talk about the sea in this verse. Should I write the kanji for “sea”?”
“No no, wait, try to write the kanji for “mouse”, the one for “vinegar”, the one for “bankrupt” and the one for “moose who lost a leg during a battle” all together, and give them the reading for the kanji of sea!”
“…YOU’RE A GENIUS”

Also, the picture I used here is from the album cover. Couldn’t find anything more fitting, I’m sorry.

ABSOLUTE CASTAWAY – Queen of Hearts

赤い赤い道の先にそびえる薔薇と刺の城壁
門は開き、声が響き誇り高き審理が始まる
あらゆる咎に裁きを

akai akai michi no saki ni sobieru bara to toge no jouheki
mon wa hiraki, koe ga hibiki hokori takaki shinri ga hajimaru
arayuru toga ni sabaki o

Before the deep red street, castle walls of soaring roses and thorns
The gate is open, voices are resounding, the proudest trial is beginning
It’ll judge everyone by reprimand

ハートの法廷

haato no houtei

The courtroom of hearts

時告げる彼女こそOur Queen of hearts
私と同じ顔で彼女が微笑む
貴方は誰?

toki tsugeru kanojo koso our queen of hearts
watashi to onaji kao de kanojo ga hohoemu
anata wa dare?

It’s surely her, our Queen of heartsm that will decide the time
As she smile, with a face like mine,
“Who are you?”

ハートに刻んだアリスの罪状
審判は下る
さあ今すぐに首をーー!

haato ni kizanda arisu no zaijou
shinpan wa kudaru
saa ima sugu ni kubi o!

Alice’s sins are engraved in her heart
The trial is closed
Now, I’ll make your head—!

全てはこの私のもの、薔薇も愛も人も首さえも
それを盗み壊し穢し……尽きぬ証人はもうこれまで
今判決を下そう

subete wa kono watashi no mono, bara mo ai mo hito mo kubi sae mo
sore o nusumi kowashi kegashi… tsukinu shounin wa mou kore made
ima hanketsu o kudasou

Everything is mine, roses too, love too, people too, even their heads
I can steal them, break them, corrupt them… we run out of witnesses
Now, I’ll give your judgement

謂れ無き罪こそが真実?
証言台で一人記憶を紐解く
私は誰?

iwarenaki tsumi koso ga shinjitsu?
shougendai de hitori kioku o himotoku
watashi wa dare?

Are my unjustified sins really the truth?
No one can even recollect a memory of an evidence
Just who am I?

この手で絡めるアリスの心臓
審判を下す
さあ今すぐに首をーー!

kono te de karameru arisu no shinzou
shinpan o kudasu
saa ima sugu ni kubi o!

With this hand, entangling Alice’s heart,
I declare the trial over
Now, I’ll make your head—!

ハートに刻んだ
あなたの狂気が私を蝕む
それが私の真実

haato ni kizanda
anata no kyouki ga watashi wo mushibamu
sore ga watashi no shinjitsu

It’s engraved in you heart
I’m hiding your madness
That’s my truth

ハートに刻んだ
私の凶器がおまえに科す罰
今再びの断罪

haato ni kizanda
watashi no kyouki ga omae ni kasu batsu
ima futatabi no danzai

It’s engraved in my heart
My madness is a punishment you inflicted me
Now, once more a guilt

無罪の声が響く
しかし誰もいない
アリスの夢は覚める

muzai no koe ga hibiku
shikashi daremo inai
arisu no yume wa sameru

The voice of innocence is echoing
But no one’s there
Alice wakes up from her dream

Notes:

– “I’ll make your head–!” In the japanese lyrics it says “kubi o”, without any verb. Obviously, is implied something like “I’ll make your head roll out from your body!”. The Queen of Hearts beheaded whoever goes against her, remember?
– The part between the golden hearts () are sung together with two different voices.
– When they say “kyouki” in the part within the hearts (), one is wrote as “madness”, the other as “dangerous weapon”. But, frankly, I couldn’t fit “dangerous weapon” in my translation, so I decided to leave it this way.
Okay, I’m sorry. Lyrics, please!

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Title: Queen of Hearts
Circle: ABSOLUTE CASTAWAY
Album: 謎掛アリス (nazokake arisu) (Alice’s riddle)
Vocals: Mitsuki Nakae
Lyrics: Nakae Mitsuki
Arrangement: —
Release Event: C87
Source: Original

[ABSOLUTE CASTAWAY] – TRUTH

ALICE

Everytime a new ABSOLUTE CASTAWAY album’s announcement pops out for a comiket, I’m always there, waiting for its official release.
You could say I’m a fan, but in fact, it’s not really like that.
I enjoyed pretty much every album from this circle, and that’s not the first time I’m translating a song by them.
Though, I always know that when I listen to an ABSOLUTE CASTAWAY album, only one song from it is really going to be worth the wait.
It has (almost) always been like that.
I’m not saying that I don’t like them, but I can say for sure that only one song per album is really outstanding, when the others, good or bad, are nothing remarkable, in my opinion.
TRUTH is the song from their latest album, Nazokake Alice, that, in my personal opinion, stands out more than the others.
The whole album seems to be related somehow to Alice in Wonderland‘s universe, which I must say I found pretty cliché and outmoded.
This is probably the only song which you can hear without thinking about Lewis Carroll‘s work (giving that other song from the same album also had titles that refers to the novel, such as Queen of Hearts or ANTICLOCK TEA-PARTY).

ABSOLUTE CASTAWAY – TRUTH

暗い廊下は果てなく 頼れる存在もなくて
ただ前へと歩を進めた
暗がりの隙間から不安に絡め取られ
転ばぬよう振り返らず

kurai michi wa hate naku tayoreru mono mo nakute
tada mae e to ho o susumeta
kuragari no sukima kara fuan ni karame torare
korobanu you furikaerazu

The dark road has no end, there’s nothing to rely on
I can only take steps forward
I get entangled by uneasiness in a crack in the darkness
I can’t turn back, in order not to fall

真相までの距離を教えて
岐路に立ち 迷う背に ふと響いた視えない声

shinsou made no kyori o oshiete
kiro ni tachi mayou se ni futo hibiita mienai koe

As I lay on a crossroad, losing my directions an invisible voice resounds…
Teach me the distance to the truth…

何を求めたの?何処へ行きたいの?
自問自答 自問自答 正解<こたえ>は何処にある?
「何も失わず 得られる行き先<みち>はない」
『傷つくその度 強くなれる』なんてウソ
けれど、きっと、いつか、どうか……

nani o motometa no? doko e ikitai no?
jimonjitou jimonjitou kotae wa doko ni aru?
“nanimo ushinawazu erareru michi wa nai”
nante uso
keredo, kitto, itsuka, douka…

What did you seek? Where do you want to go?
You keep questioning yourself, where’s the answer?
“There’s no way to live without losing anything”, was a lie.
But, I’m sure, sometime, somehow…

アナタは一体誰?声の主は視えない
それでも尚 声は響く
疑いの眼差しを 虚空へ廻らせても
薄い笑い声<えみ>がこだますだけ

anata wa ittai dare? koe no aruji wa mienai
soredemo nao koe wa hibiku
utagai no manazashi o kokuu e megurasetemo
usui emi ga kodamasu dake

Just who are you? I can’t see owner of this voice
Yet, a voice is still echoing
Even if I let the glimpses of doubt revolve in the empty sky
Only a pale smile has been deceived

「深層まで降りてきてごらん。
もう一度考えて。思い出して。何が欲しい…?」

“shinsou made orite kite goran.
mou ichido kangaete. omoidashite. nani ga hoshii…?”

“Try to go deep down the depths
Think again. Remember. What do you seek…?”

何を求めれば 何処へ向かったなら
右往左往 右往左往 真実<こたえ>は在ったのに
視えないフリをした 捜すフリもした
知るのが怖くて 傷つくことを恐れて
ずっと、傍に、あったのにね。

nani o motomereba doko e mukatta nara
uousaou uousaou kotae wa atta no ni
mienai furi wo shita sagasu furi mo shita
shiru no ga kowakute kizutsuku koto mo osorete
zutto, soba ni, atta no ni ne.

Even if you seek for some place you’re directed to,
Running in circles again and again, even if there was an answer
Pretending not to see, even pretending to searching it
Knowing it scares, being hurt scares too
It was by my side since so long, right?

「キミだけの場所は、そう。無意識の先にある。
キミが望みながらも、遠ざけたその先に。さあ……扉を開けて……」

“kimi dake no basho wa, sou. muishiki no saki ni aru.
kimi ga nozomi nagara mo, toozaketa sono saki ni. saa… tobira o akete…”

“The place only for you is… Yes, before your unconscious.
Even while you’re wishing, it’s before that faraway place. Come on, open the door…”

何を求めたの?何処へ行きたいの?
自問自答 自問自答 本音は此処にある
喪うとしても 得たいものがある
傷む心臓が 真実指し示してる

nani o motometa no? doko e ikitai no?
jimonjitou jimonjitou kotae wa koko ni aru
ushinau to shitemo etai mono ga aru
itamu shinzou ga kotae sashime shiteru

What do you seek? Where do you want to go?
You keep questioning yourself, but the answer is right there
Even if you lose something, there are things you want to get
Your injured heart is pointing right to the answer you seek.

自ら痛みを求めるなんてバカみたい
けれど、いいの。それで、いいの。
軋む扉、開けた……

mizukara itami o motomeru nante baka mitai
keredo, ii no. sore de, ii no.
kishimu tobira, aketa…

Seeking for my own grief seems so stupid
But it’s okay. That will do.
I opened that creaking door…

Notes:

– Special readings are inside next to each kanji, inside <these>.

nazokake

Title: TRUTH
Circle: ABSOLUTE CASTAWAY
Album: 謎掛アリス (nazokake arisu) (Alice’s riddle)
Vocals: Mitsuki Nakae
Lyrics: Nakae Mitsuki
Arrangement: —
Release Event: C87
Source: Original