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!”

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



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


haato no houtei

The courtroom of hearts

時告げる彼女こそOur Queen of hearts

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?”


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—!


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


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?


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—!


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


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


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


– “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!


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



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).


暗い廊下は果てなく 頼れる存在もなくて

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

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…

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

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…

それでも尚 声は響く
疑いの眼差しを 虚空へ廻らせても

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


“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

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?


“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…”

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.


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…


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


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