Vocals: めらみぽっぷ (Meramipop)
Arranged by: kaztora
Album: その日私は空を見上げた (On That Day, I Looked Up at the Sky)
Circle: 森羅万象 (Shinra-Bansho)
Event: Reitaisai 12 [RTS12]
Original theme: Locked Girl ~ The Girl’s Secret Room [ラクトガール ～ 少女密室]
The final track from this album! As can be expected from azuki, this one has some wonderful images, painting a poignant picture of Patchouli, alone. An ‘aquaterrarium’ is literally defined as a “A box or aquarium adapted for water and a sloping bank of earth and rocks in which to culture snails and other amphibious animals” (Merriam-Webster Dictionary) – but it’s used here as a sort of metaphor, as can be seen towards the end of the song.
Happiness – though everyone has their own tastes, it’s something everyone possesses.
I was skim reading through a catalogue, in which people were smiling happily.
I bought a rectangular fish tank, so I could submerge my loneliness.
It’s as if the books are swimming. They sway, sway, sway…
It’s okay if I get laughed at, called insignificant and foolish.
I won’t be bothered in my miniature, precious secret base…
I wonder what sort of child lives here?
I think nostalgically about my aquaterrarium.
I felt as if I could remain pure in this miniature garden, in which all becomes transparent,
But look! There’s someone swimming, all alone. Like me, they smile slightly.
Inside this unpolluted fish tank,
Are guppies so beautiful they don’t fit in.
Though I held it with both hands, happiness spilled out,
So I sighed as it left me and escaped…
Even my nostalgic heart’s silverfish
Swim merrily inside my aquaterrarium.
Certainly, this place is like a big fish tank,
And I am alone inside this sealed-off world.
I’d decided that someday I’d try and leave this place,
But I still haven’t left. Why? Why? Why?
It’s because it doesn’t suit me.
How long will I pretend to be strong, living here?
A distance so close and yet so far away, like a misbuttoned button…
The truth is, I miss the hustle and bustle. This loneliness that comes from being alone… I’ve been deceiving myself!
Though I try to act tough, to pretend that I’m fine with being alone,
You, reflected in the mirror, aren’t smiling.
The fish lightly swim in the printed text. It’s a single aquaterrarium within the world…
If nobody’s looking, it’s okay to cry, right?