森の中で魔理沙が死んでる || Marisa is Dead in the Forest

森の中で魔理沙が死んでる
mori no naka de Marisa ga shinderu
Marisa is Dead in the Forest

Vocals: Mano
Lyrics: Mano
Composed by: Mano
Album: Marisa is Dead in the Forest (森の中で魔理沙が死んでる)  【Official Site】
Circle: Hachimitsu Records (蜂蜜れこ~ず)
Event: Reitaisai 9 [RTS9]

Requested by: katsuragirin

Poor Marisa…

This is totally unrelated, but I found another short instrumental single by the same circle that’s meant to act as a prelude to Automata Girl’s album. It can be downloaded for free off their website here. The website itself is here.


今日は森の奥で 人の血を見たよ
ええっと 誰だろう

kyou wa mori no oku de hito no chi wo mita yo
eetto dare darou

Today, I saw someone’s blood in the forest.
Um… I wonder whose it was.

まりさ?

…Marisa?

君はなぜしんでるの
森の奥でしんでるの
きっと誰かが見つけるまで
しんでるの

kimi wa naze shinderu no
mori no oku de shinderu no
kitto dareka ga mitsukeru made
shinderu no

Why are you dead?
You’re dead in the forest.
Undoubtedly, you’ll be dead
Until someone finds you

今日は低い空が ひどく生温いので
ええっと 夜には

kyou wa hikui sora ga hidoku namanurui node
eetto yoru ni wa

Today, the sky seems so close, and it’s awfully warm
Um… so tonight

雨が

it’ll rain.

全部ながしてくれるの
全部嘘にしてくれるの
きっと誰もがそんな風に
いきてるの

zenbu nagashite kureru no
zenbu uso ni shite kureru no
kitto daremo ga sonna fuu ni
ikiteru no

Won’t you wash it all away for me?
Won’t you turn it all into lies for me?
Undoubtedly, everyone lives
In such a way.

しんでるきみはきれいだよ
こいするよりもきれいだよ
ずうっと
ずうっと

shinderu kimi wa kirei da yo
koi suru yori mo kirei da yo
zuutto
zuutto

In death, you’re so beautiful.
You’re more beautiful than love.
Always…
Always…

君はなぜしんでるの
森の奥でしんでるの
きっと誰かが見つけるまで
しんでるの

kimi wa naze shinderu no
mori no oku de shinderu no
kitto dareka ga mitsukeru made
shinderu no

Why are you dead?
You’re dead in the forest.
Undoubtedly, you’ll be dead
Until someone finds you.

our song

felt-024our song

Vocals: Mika (美歌)
Lyrics: Mika (美歌)
Composed by: NAGI☆
Album: Flying Fantastica 【Official Site】
Circle: FELT
Event: C93

Requested by: Tara Celica

Another FELT original with touching lyrics. Songs definitely have a powerful ability to make us remember times and people long gone…

I tried something different with the capitalisation this time. If you don’t like how it looks, please let me know!


伝えたくてこの手に取った
真っ白なノート
こみあげている感情が上手く
言葉にならない

tsutaetakute kono te ni totta
masshiro na nooto
komi agete iru kanjou ga umaku
kotoba ni naranai

I took a pure white notebook in my hands,
Wanting to tell you how I felt.
But I can’t skilfully put the feelings that fill my heart
into words.

待ち望んでいた 季節が運んだ風に
きゅっと なるような
身体中を一瞬で埋め尽くした 愛しさに似ている
届けたいこの想い

machi nozonde ita kisetsu ga hakonda kaze ni
kyutto naru you na
karada-juu wo isshun de ume tsukushita utsukushisa ni nite iru
todoketai kono omoi

I waited eagerly, in the wind brought by the seasons.
My heart seemed to tighten
and I was filled with a feeling resembling beauty.
I want to send it to you…

とりとめのない毎日に
虹色の花が咲く
呆れるほどに心が
煌めいて潤う

toritome no nai mainichi ni
nijiiro no hana ga saku
akireru hodo ni kokoro ga
kirameite uruou

Rainbow flowers bloom
during incoherent days.
My heart sparkles, damp from tears.
It’s enough to amaze me.

膝を抱え 苦しい時に
見上げた夜空が
どうか君を 抱きしめるように
いつも願うよ

hiza wo kakae kurushii toki ni
miageta yozora ga
douka kimi wo dakishimeru you ni
itsumo negau yo

With my hands around my knees,
I stared up at the night sky during a difficult time.
I will always wish
to embrace you.

分かち合っている 傷みはいつしか霞んで
綺麗に消えるだろう
立ち上がったその背中に添える手は
いつの日も僕でいたいから 側にいて

wakachi atte iru itami wa itsu shika kasunde
kirei ni kieru darou
tachiagatta sono senaka ni soeru te wa
itsu no hi mo boku de itai kara soba ni ite

My shared pain grew blurry before I knew it.
Perhaps it will disappear cleanly…
I want the one with their hand on your back as you stand up
to be me, always, so be by my side.

忘れかけていた歌が
君を重ねるだけで
色を変えて響き出す
数えきれない
音を乗せて
僕等の歌を歌う
心のまま

wakare kakete ita uta ga
kimi wo kasaneru dake de
iro wo kaete hibiki dasu
kazoe kirenai
oto wo nosete
bokura no uta wo utau
kokoro no mama

By just overlaying a half-forgotten song
upon you,
It will change colours and resound.
Carrying along
a multitude of sounds,
I will sing our song
to my heart’s content.

待ち望んでいた 季節が運んだ風に
きゅっと なるような
身体中を一瞬で埋め尽くした 愛しさに似ている
届けたいこの想い

machi nozonde ita kisetsu ga hakonda kaze ni
kyutto naru you na
shitai-juu wo isshun de ume tsukushita itooshisa ni nite iru
todoketai kono omoi

I waited eagerly, in the wind brought by the seasons.
My heart seemed to tighten
and I was filled with a feeling resembling beauty.
I want to send it to you…

とりとめのない毎日に
虹色の花が咲く
呆れるほどに心が
煌めいて潤う

toritome no nai mainichi ni
nijiiro no hana ga saku
akireru hodo ni kokoro ga
kirameite uruou

Rainbow flowers bloom
during incoherent days.
My heart sparkles, damp from tears.
It’s enough to amaze me.

忘れかけていた歌が
君を重ねるだけで
色を変えて響き出す
華やかに 鮮やかに

wasure kakete ita uta ga
kimi wo kasaneru dake de
iro wo kaete hibikidasu
hanayaka ni azayaka ni

By just overlaying a half-forgotten song
upon you,
It will change colours and resound
Brilliantly… vibrantly…

Future & Aquarium

downloaderFuture & Aquarium

Vocals: Hatsune Miku (初音ミク)
Lyrics: Taishi
Composed by: Taishi
Album: Downloader 【Official Site】
Release Date: May 27, 2011

Requested by: John Hogen

This song seems surprisingly melancholy. I can’t help but feel that it’s about someone searching for their partner, who has abandoned them…


眠れる横顔に扉の軋んだ声
小さな言葉達に固まり無口な影

nemureru yokogao ni tobira no kishinda koe
chiisana kotoba-tachi ni katamari mukuchi na kage

The creaking of a door drifted across a sleeping face.
A silent figure had been hardened by small words.

セツナ笑顔貴女が誰かに託した
碧い瞳に揺らめくめぐる想い

setsuna egao anata ga dareka ni takushita
aoi hitomi ni yurameku meguru omoi

You entrusted a momentary smile to someone,
With feelings flickering inside your blue eyes.

昨日捕まえた願いは放した
どうか夢に消えないでって

kinou tsukamaeta negai wa hanashita
douka yume ni kienai de tte

I set loose the wishes that I caught yesterday
Saying “please, don’t disappear into a dream…”

床に散りばめた形の無い嘘
明日も君を探してる傍にいて

yuka ni chiribameta katachi no nai uso
asu mo kimi wo sagashiteru soba ni ite

Formless lies are inlaid into the floor.
I will search for you again tomorrow. Be by my side…

綺麗な水槽に心を奪う螺旋
終わりの無い予感に溢れて流れ出した

kirei na suisou ni kokoro wo ubau rasen
owari no nai yokan ni afurete nagare dashita

A helix stole my heart away inside a beautiful aquarium.
It was brimming with endless premonitions, which flowed forth.

草の陰に見つけたよく似た形の
淡い光に優しく包み込んで

kusa no kage ni mitsuketa yoku nita katachi no
awai hikari ni yasashiku tsutsumi konde

I am wrapped up in pale light, so similar to you,
Which I found in the shadow of the grass.

下を向かないで明日を信じて
変わり続けることないって

shita wo mukanaide ashita wo shinjite
kawari tsudzukeru koto nai tte

Don’t look down. Believe in tomorrow.
There’s no need to keep changing.

夢は叶うほど未来は見えなくて
記憶片隅に宿る欠片たち

yume wa kanau hodo mirai wa mienakute
kioku katasumi no yadoru kakera-tachi

I can’t see a future in which my dreams will come true.
Fragments dwell in nooks and crannies of my memories.

遠い昔夢を集めてた
ぼやけて滲んだ君と笑顔
漂う想いめぐり合う
碧い瞳に揺らめきユラユラリ映すから

tooi mukashi yume wo atsumeteta
boyakete nijinda kimi to egao
tadayou omoi meguri au
aoi hitomi ni yurameki yura yurari utsusu kara

I had gathered dreams together in the distant past—
You and your smile were dim and blurred…
I come across drifting feelings
Because they appear, slowly swaying, in your blue eyes.

昨日捕まえた願いは放した
どうか夢に消えないでって

kinou tsukamaeta negai wa hanashita
douka yume ni kienaide tte

I set loose the wishes that I caught yesterday,
Saying “please, don’t disappear into a dream…”

床に散りばめた形の無い嘘
明日も君を探してる傍にいて

yuka ni chiribameta katachi no nai uso
asu mo kimi wo sagashiteru soba ni ite

Formless lies are inlaid into the floor.
I will search for you again tomorrow. Be by my side…

清廉なるHeretics || The Honest Heretics

清廉なるHeretics
seiren naru Heretics
The Honest Heretics

Vocals: DracoVirgo
Lyrics: kegani (毛蟹)
Composed by: kegani (毛蟹)
Album: The Honest Heretics (清廉なるHeretics)【Official Site】
Series: Fate/Grand Order
Release Date: November 29, 2017

Requested by: GUDA

It doesn’t look like the official lyrics for this track are available anywhere, so this translation is based on a number of different transcriptions. With that in mind, this translation will change if/when I come across the full official lyrics!


鍵をかけて 閉じこもっているの?
数えだして 痛みの数七つ
眠るまでずっと

kagi wo kakete tojikomotte iru no?
kazoe dashite itami no kazu nanatsu
nemuru made zutto

Are you secluding yourself away with the door locked?
Count your seven pains
Until you fall asleep…

黒い鳥が飛んで見えた
小さい猫は去って消えてた
心が枯れるまま叫ぶ その報いを

kuroi tori ga tonde mieta
chiisai neko wa satte kieteta
kokoro ga kareru mama sakebu sono mukui wo

I could see a black bird flying.
A small cat had passed by and vanished.
I screamed as my heart withered, facing retribution…

いつか曖昧なままで
無くしたイメージの中へ
焚いた火がまた私を焦がすなら
愛を探して巡る箒星を待って
泣いた君がまた
崩れ落ちていくとしても

itsuka aimai na mama de
nakushita imeeji no naka e
taita hi ga mata watashi wo kogasu nara
ai wo sagashite meguru houki-boshi wo matte
naita kimi ga mata
kuzure ochite iku to shitemo

The flames once burned the images in my mind
While they were still unclear.
If they will scorch me once more
Then I’ll search for love. I’ll wait for that shooting star to come back
Even if you, crying,
Will crumble away again…

鍵を壊して誰か繋がっているの?
数えだして視界阻み騙る
偽物うち壊せ

kagi wo kowashite dareka tsunagatte iru no?
kazoe dashite shikai habami kataru
nisemono uchi kowase

Having destroyed the key, are you connected to someone?
Begin to count, and destroy
The fakes blocking your vision.

黒い渦が巻いて見えた
小さい苦しみだけ消えてた
言葉にできなかったから今救いを

kuroi uzu ga maite mieta
chiisai kurushimi dake kieteta
kotoba ni dekinakatta kara ima sukui wo

I could see a black vortex whirling.
Only a small amount of suffering had vanished.
I couldn’t put it into words, so I now seek salvation.

いつか愛を連れ出して
硬い殻を破り捨てて
耐えた痛みが私を溶かすなら
愛を探して巡る箒星を待って
泣いた君がまた
霞んで消えるとしても

itsuka ai wo tsure dashite
katai kara wo yaburi sutete
taeta itami ga watashi wo tokasu nara
ai wo sagashite meguru houki-boshi wo matte
naita kimi ga mata
kasunde kieru to shitemo

Someday, I will lead love away
And break through that hard shell.
If the pain I bore will melt me,
Then I’ll search for love. I’ll wait for that shooting star to come back
Even if you, crying,
Will grow hazy and fade away again…

まだ終われないから
また炎が猛りだす

mada owarenai kara
mata honou ga takeri dasu

Things can’t end yet
So the flames will rage once more.

いつか曖昧なままで
なくしたイメージの中へ
焚いた火がまた私を焦がすから
愛を探して巡る箒星を追って
繋いだ手はまだずっと離さないまま

itsuka aimai na mama de
nakushita imeeji no naka e
taita honou ga mata watashi wo kogasu kara
ai wo sagashite meguru houki-boshi wo otte
tsunaida te wa mada zutto hanasanai mama

The flames once burned the images in my mind
While they were still unclear.
They will scorch me once more
So I’ll search for love. I’ll chase after that shooting star
While my hands stay linked with yours, forever…

愛を連れ出して
硬い殻を破り捨てて
耐えた痛みが私を溶かすなら
愛を探して巡る箒星を待って
泣いた君がまた
霞んで消えるとしても
消えるとしても
離さないから
消えるとしても
離さないから

ai wo tsure dashite
katai kara wo yaburi sutete
taeta itami ga watashi wo tokasu nara
ai wo sagashite meguru houki-boshi wo matte
naita kimi ga mata
kasunde kieru to shitemo
kieru to shitemo
hanasanai kara
kieru to shitemo
hanasanai kara

I will lead love away
And break through that hard shell.
If the pain I bore will melt me,
Then I’ll search for love. I’ll wait for that shooting star to come back
Even if you, crying,
Will grow hazy and fade away again…
Even if you fade away…
I won’t let go, so…
Even if you fade away…
I won’t let go, so…

水色花火 || Aqua-Blue Fireworks

child水色花火
mizu-iro hanabi
Aqua-Blue Fireworks

Vocals: Ranko
Lyrics: Comp
Arranged by: Comp
Album: CHILD HOOD’S END 【Official Site】
Circle: BUTAOTOME (豚乙女)
Event: C92
Original Themes: –Great Fairy Wars ~ Fairy Wars [妖精大戦争 ~ Fairy Wars]
Year-Round Absorbed Curiosity [年中夢中の好奇心]
【Visit Tiramisu Cowboy for everything BUTAOTOME!】

Requested by: Nazohato

I assumed based on the original themes that this would be about one or all of the three fairies, but it turns out it’s probably just about Cirno. Maybe she’s playing a game with them? Maybe she’s playing a game with us all…?


凍らせて閉じ込めて いずれ溶けて流れ
いつものように宴

koorasete tojikomete izure tokete nagare
itsumo no you ni utage

Frozen away, and eventually melting and washing away…
It’s a party, like always.

挨拶抜きで軽くカマす そんじょそこらと訳違う
大体のノリですべて分かる 一丁やりますか
計算は苦手 苦手ってだけ なんとなくでしょ? 四捨五入
売買は得意 売られたなら すぐに爆買いだ

aisatsu nuki de karuku kamasu son jo sokora to wake chigau
daitai no nori de subete wakaru icchou yarimasu ka
keisan wa nigate nigate tte dake nantonaku desho? shisha gonyuu
baibai wa tokui urareta nara sugu ni bakugai da

I tell light jokes without even introducing myself. It’s completely different!
I understand everything from a summary. Shall we have a game?
I’m bad at counting. I’m just bad, though. I get along somehow, right? I round up.
I’m good at buying and selling: once my stuff’s sold, I go on a shopping spree!

舐められてなくなっちゃうのはアイスキャンディー
舐めてたら痛い目あうよ だってアタイ アイスじゃないもん

namerarete nakunacchau no wa aisu kyandii
nametetara itai me au yo datte atai aisu ja nai mon

It’s icy poles that disappear when they’ve been licked.
If you lick me, you’ll be in a world of pain! After all, I’m not ice cream!

水色の花火を大きく打ち上げて サムいやつは凍らせて
ゴメンって言うまでは許さないもんね 謝るのはタダだけど
一度口に出したら羽ばたき 雪にかわって全部自分に積もるよ

mizuiro no hanabi wo ookiku uchiagete samui yatsu wa koorasete
gomen tte iu made wa yurusanai mon ne ayamaru no wa tada dakedo
ichido kuchi ni dashitara habataki yuki ni kawatte zenbu jibun ni tsumoru yo

I launch aqua-blue fireworks on a grand scale. I’ll make those cold people freeze!
I won’t forgive you ‘till you say sorry, though apologies are free.
Once you say them they’ll flap their wings, turn into snow, and fall on you!

『体よく騙し利用する』と『有効活用』はちょっと違う
大概にしてよ 少し休む? バカの連休だ

“teiyoku damashi riyou suru” to “yuukou katsuyou” wa chotto chigau
taigai ni shite yo sukoshi yasumu? baka no renkyuu da

“Discreet manipulation” is a bit different to “effective utilization.”
Don’t get carried away. Shall we rest a bit? This idiot’s got a long weekend.

舐められて大きくなるのは子猫か子犬
舐めてたら後悔するよ だってアタイ子猫じゃないもん

namerarete ookiku naru no wa koneko ka koinu
nametetara koukai suru yo datte atai koneko ja nai mon

It’s kittens or puppies that grow larger when they’re licked.
If you lick me, you’ll regret it! After all, I’m not a kitten!

水色の花火を大きく打ち上げて サムいやつは凍らせて
『やるときはやる』のはいつなの? 今なんです
やる気1000%で
不意に訪れるトラブルでも まるで予定してたトラベルに出来る

mizuiro no hanabi wo ookiku uchiagete samui yatsu wa koorasete
“yaru toki wa yaru” no wa itsu na no? ima nandesu
yaruki sen paasento de
fui ni otozureru toraburu demo marude yotei shiteta toraberu ni dekiru

I launch aqua-blue fireworks on a grand scale. I’ll make those cold people freeze!
“I do things when I want,” but when’s that? It’s now!
I’m 1000% motivated!
Even if troubles suddenly arrive, I’ll deal with them like planned travels!

凍らせて閉じ込めて いずれ溶けて流れ
いつものように宴

koorasete tojikomete izure tokete nagare
itsumo no you ni utage

Frozen away, and eventually melting and washing away…
It’s a party, like always.

水色の花火を大きく打ち上げて サムいやつは凍らせて
ゴメンって言うまでは許さないもんね 謝るのはタダだけど
一度口に出したら羽ばたき 雪にかわって全部自分に積もるよ

mizuiro no hanabi wo ookiku uchiagete samui yatsu wa koorasete
gomen tte iu made wa yurusanai mon ne ayamaru no wa tada dakedo
ichido kuchi ni dashitara habataki yuki ni kawatte zenbu jibun ni tsumoru yo

I launch aqua-blue fireworks on a grand scale. I’ll make those cold people freeze!
I won’t forgive you ‘till you say sorry, though apologies are free.
Once you say them they’ll flap their wings, turn into snow, and fall on you!

5z6p

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Vocals: Lushka (ルシュカ)
Lyrics: Lushka (ルシュカ)
Composed by: Lushka (ルシュカ)
Arranged by: neko
Album: neko&luschka
Release date: April 28, 2012

Requested by: Kaleival

It was suggested that the title might be pronounced 五臓六腑 (gozou roppu – ‘[Internal] Organs’), and I think that interpretation matches the lyrics. Organs are mentioned a few times in the lyrics, including the heart, the lungs, and the stomach.


あなたの生き跡を見つけて 心臓が痛くて
ひとは誰しも勝手!ってねぇ何で?
真相は不確定

anata no ikiato wo mitsukete shinzou ga itakute
hito wa dareshi mo katte! tte nee nande?
shinsou wa fukakutei

I find marks of your life and my heart hurts.
People are all selfish! But… why?
The truth is uncertain.

「明日になれば新しくなれるよ」
って同じ口が言う

“asu ni nareba atarashiku nareru yo”
tte onaji kuchi ga iu

“When tomorrow comes, I can start anew.”
…But the same mouth says those words.

これで良いんだ本当に良かったんだと
曖昧な答えで脳を騙した

kore de ii nda hontou ni yokatta nda to
aimai na kotae de nou wo damashita

Things are better this way. They really are.
I fooled my brain with these vague answers.

わたしにはわたしの
あなたにはあなただけの
ひとりひとりの自由があるから
そう仕方ないね

watashi ni wa watashi no
anata ni wa anata dake no
hitori hitori no jiyuu ga aru kara
sou shikata nai ne

I have my own,
And you have your own, too—
We all have our own freedom,
So I can’t change things…

流れゆく時間の煙に肺は押し潰されて
吐いた感情 掃いた箒一つで
ひとりお片付け

nagare yuku jikan no kemuri ni hai wa oshi tsubusarete
haita kanjou haita houki hitotsu de
hitori o-katadzuke

My lungs were crushed by the smoke of flowing time.
With a single stroke, I swept up the emotions I vomited up,
Tidying up alone.

「答えはない、答えは変わる、答えはなくなる。」
誰かの言葉で心を諭した

“kotae wa nai, kotae wa kawaru, kotae wa naku naru.”
dareka no kotoba de kokoro wo satoshita

“There are no answers. The answer changes. The answer disappears.”
With someone’s words, I warned my heart.

わたしにはわたしの
あなたにはあなただけの
ひとそれぞれ違った思いがあるのは
仕方ないか

watashi ni wa watashi no
anata ni wa anata dake no
hito sorezore chigatta omoi ga aru no wa
shikata nai ka

I have my own,
And you have your own too—
We all have our own different thoughts.
I can’t do a thing about it, right?

どんなに胃をキリキリさせても
昨日には巻き戻れないんだって?

donna ni i wo kiri kiri sasetemo
kinou ni wa maki modorenai nda tte?

So, no matter how much I make my stomach hurt
I really can’t wind back time to yesterday?

わたしにはわたしの
あなたにはあなただけの
ひとりひとりの自由があるから
わたしのそれをあなたに押しつけるなんて出来やしないの
分かってる。
分かってるから…
分かってるけど、
もう分からないよ!

watashi ni wa watashi no
anata ni wa anata dake no
hitori hitori no jiyuu ga aru kara
watashi no sore wo anata ni oshi tsukeru nante deki ya shinai no
wakatteru.
wakatteru kara…
wakatteru kedo,
mou wakaranai yo!

I have my own,
And you have your own, too—
We all have our own freedom,
So I can’t force mine upon you.
I get it.
I get it, so…
I get it, but…
I don’t understand anymore!

…分からないの。

…wakaranai no.

…I don’t understand.

C93 Roundup

This event is shaping up to be a really busy one, with lots of circles putting out two or more releases. What’s more, Touhou 15.5: Antinomy of Common Flowers is being released! This event will also feature Liz Triangle’s last album, and I’m already getting emotional writing those words and I don’t even know what the album will feature yet.

First up, I’ll do a mini non-Japan circle roundup!

  • I’m releasing two new albums. The first is ‘Voyage‘, my third Len’en arrangement album. The second is ‘For the Travelers‘, a HSiFS arrangement album.
  • Find Your Way is releasing their long-awaited second album, DIFFERENT WAYS!
  • Frozen Starfall is releasing a new album, Mirrored Worlds.
  • Maiden’s Capriccio is releasing an album, Highest Peak of Enlightenment.
  • AXZIEL is releasing a new single.
  • Violet Delta is currently fundraising. Please go and show him some support and help out his music-making!

(If I didn’t find you, please leave a comment and I’ll add you!)

So, without further ado… let’s get to the list! I normally put the albums I really like the sound of at the top of the list before moving on to albums that I want to introduce. You know the drill. Things are a bit more topsy-turvy than usual, though…

本リストは好みの順にランキングしていません。


TRIANGLE1. Liz Triangle’s “Triangle”

XFD || Official Site

And so, we’ve arrived. This is Liz Triangle’s final album, which we knew was coming for a while now.

Watching the crossfade demo emotionally destroyed me. It never really sank in that Liz Triangle was disbanding until I watched it, and read the simple message written in the description:

“Nice to meet you. It’s been a while. Until the day we meet again…
With thanks for the last 9 years.”

(はじめまして、お久しぶりです、また逢う日まで
9年間のありがとうを込めて)

I’m the one who should be thanking them. Every track on this album sounds so stunning, and track five is a masterpiece. If you haven’t listened to the demo yet, listen to it and you’ll know just why it’s a masterpiece.

Thank you, Liz Triangle.


bana12. ShinRa-Bansho’s “Season 4 you”

XFD || Official Site

So, the single ended up being the title track from the new album! I wasn’t expecting a HSiFS-only album, but it’s a pleasant surprise and I’ve just fallen in love with this circle all over again. And, Cheluce is here as a guest vocalist on track 4! I say how much I love her vocal tone all the time, so it’s an absolute joy to hear her sing on a track arranged by kaztora. ticat has taken on the lion’s share of lyric-writing duties this time, so I’m looking forward to reading through them and seeing how her style has developed!

There are still some event-limited CD tracks yet to be released, so I’m making the bold assumption that that will be the focus of their RTS15 album.


rvcdance3. Ringing Volcano’s “Well, Someone Like Me Can Dance in the Human Village, Right?” [まぁこの人里で踊れるのなんて私くらいだしね?]

XFD [Track 6] || Official Site

Ringing Volcano had a really busy year, at least if their Booth page is anything to go by. We’ve got a couple of Aikatsu arrangement albums, that really good Touhou vocal album, a Kemono Friends album, and even some Kosuzu-flavoured blank sheet music! Unfortunately the Touhou albums are the only things that can be bought digitally…

Anyway, what about /this/ album? Well, as you can tell from the title, it’s a collection of Touhou dance music. No, not EDM! We’re looking at more traditional genres like the waltz. Basically, if you want Touhou chamber music, you need to listen to Ringing Volcano! Also listen if you’re a Kosuzu fan, since they’ve provided basically all the arrangements of her theme out there… (^_^);


thjh4. touhoujihen’s “Hopeless Concerto” [絶望的協奏曲 – zetsubouteki concerto]

XFD || Official Site

touhoujihen’s 4th album is here! This one contains a bunch of new arrangements of themes from Perfect Cherry Blossom, along with three previously released tracks: Hopeless Discord (絶望的不協和音)A Kind Song (ヤサシイウタ), and Adrenaline (a remix of a track from NSY’s Sally days). It’s a shame there aren’t any arrangements of tracks from newer games on there, but what can you do. Also, NSY has welcomed a guest arranger into the fold for this album! He went from collaborating with a crocodile (Wani) to… a koala! (こあら王子 – Koala Prince). They bring a more chilled, bossa-nova vibe to the album, and their tracks are really good! They make me feel like I’m in a cafe in Paris…

Alice’s Tea Party just jumps out at me. It’s so quirky and creative! It’s just like Carnival, which was the first track that made me really appreciate IZNA.


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5. Kokyo Active NEETs’ “Touhou Philharmonic Orchestra 7: MoF Pt. 2” [東方フィルハーモニー交響楽団7 風 第二幕]

XFD || Official Site

This is the ‘flip’ side of their previous album, including the stage or boss theme that they /didn’t/ do from each stage (except stage 6, for some reason). For the most part, I like all of the themes they’re doing this time better, so I’m glad they decided to split the album up! I was a bit worried when I heard their full version of Native Faith, since it seemed to stick a little too close to the original. But, thankfully, the full medley shows that there’s plenty of creativity to be found here!

The standout track for me is Sealed Gods. Somehow, the arranger managed to turn it into a cross-examination theme from Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, and I love it!


fmts-0003_b6. Feuille-Morte’s “Wanderia” [ワンダリア]

XFD || Official Site

I haven’t been able to fully get into Feuille-Morte’s previous two releases, but after translating both tracks from the previous album, I feel like I ‘get’ what RD’s going for now. I mean, the hashtag on the crossfade’s Souncloud page says it all: #Storytelling. It makes a world of difference when you sit down and really think about what the individual songs are saying, and when you try and turn them into a narrative. I know the tracks are going to be really long, like they always are, but I’m really looking forward to looking closely at the lyrics and working out where each song is going! I guess, rather than ‘songs,’ they’re all ‘stories’…

Also, we’ve got a star-studded list of vocalists, including Merami, Nayuta, Kushi, and Mitsuki Nakae (中恵光城). How can you go wrong with that?!


vampire7. VAMPIRE KISS, by Hatsunetsumiko’s

XFD || Official Site

Well, as acknowledged on the official site, this is more of a Danceness☆miko’s album than anything else. I don’t know if I ever mentioned it, but Hatsunetsumiko’s operates under three (official…?) labels:
-Hatsunetsumiko’s (pop sound)
-Darkness†miko’s (dark sound from Alkaloid)
-Danceness☆miko’s (newest label, what we were getting from them during 2015-2016).

Anyway, I know a lot of people loved the Danceness☆miko’s sound, so I’m sure they’ll be happy with this. I think the instrumental tracks are divine, especially the Mysterious Purification Rod arrangement. Vocal tracks are great as well! I’m still pining for another Darkness†miko’s album, though…


8+9. Diao ye zong’s “Matsuri” [祀] and Shimensoka’s “And Then, I Ended Up Alone – Until Dream Do Us Part” (そして一人だけになった)

XFD || Official Site [Matsuri]
XFD || Official Site [Shimensoka]

RD returns to his roots with an album based on the album he released at Comiket 10 years ago (called Matsuri [祭]). Unlike the other Akyuu albums released in 2017, this contains only one vocal track, unless you include the inevitable bonus track. Instead, it’s mostly chiptune music. I wasn’t that taken with it on my first listen, but listening to the crossfade again makes me appreciate it a lot more! I love the blend between chiptune and more traditional instruments. RD’s always a storyteller, and I bet each of these tracks has a story that’s just as complex as any other vocal track.

The second album contains all of the RD tracks commissioned by Shimensoka for their doujin works, along with RD’s contributions to TUMENECO’s Genmu [現夢] and one of Vita Sexualis’ doujins. When artists release tracks elsewhere it’s hard to keep track of them all so it’s great that these sorts of albums are released!


10 + 11. DDBY’s “Gensokyo Drive 2” [幻想郷ドライブ2] and “Bartender Reimu 3” [バーテンダーレイム3]

XFD || Official Site [Drive]
XFD || Official Site [Bar]

Like usual, DDBY delivers us a dose of quality instrumental music. This time, we’ve got two albums, but since both are Double Dealing Character albums they work well as a set! The first one is part of a new-ish album series that focuses on ‘easy listening’ music. It’s like a continuation of the Synth de Touhou series, which has been on ice for a while now. The second is part of the Bartender Reimu series, which aims to be trendier than other DDBY albums.

I love them both because they contain great arrangements of Magical Storm. I love that theme and it hardly gets any attention… I think it’s a shame that DDBY doesn’t distribute these albums digitally, because I’d pick them up in a heartbeat if they were. Putting that aside, if you’re a DDC fan, a synth fan, or a jazz fan, these albums get a hearty recommendation!


flap+frog12. flap+frog’s “magical star collection 01”

XFD || Official Site

Following directly on from the DDBY albums above, we have flap+frog. I actually almost filed this album under DDBY before I went to link to the official site…

Though this album marks the start of a new series, it’s similar to the typography series that I wrote about before. The arranger classifies their music as EDM and Dance, and this album continues that trend. It’s very chill, and I like the blend of electric piano and regular piano. It’s like icecubes clinking against a glass of water on a hot day.

In terms of themes, we’ve got a couple of arrangements of the new tracks from Heavenly Star in Four Seasons, along with (of course) a couple of arrangements of Marisa’s themes. If you’re picking up one or both of the DDBY albums, consider this one, too! (Or, likewise)


gratefulbeasts13 + 14. EX永遠亭 and 1569 “the Grateful BEASTS” [神獣の宴-the Grateful BEASTS-] and Karento’s (歌恋人) “Curtainless From Beginning to End” [始終幕無]

XFD [Nico Nico] || Official Site [Grateful Beasts]
XFD || Official Site (NSFW?)

The first album is a collaborative album featuring a bunch of different circles including Honey-Pocket and Cajiva’s Gadget Shop. But, the most surprising group…

BUTAOTOME! Not just BUTAOTOME, it’s DJ Comp and MC Paprika…! *faints* A part of my heart has been sad since they stopped releasing the I LOVE albums, so this track makes me feel a bit better. Maybe we’ll get a new installment soon…?

The other album is a Karento-only release. The album art’s a bit too risque to put here, but I guess that’s the sort of image this circle’s going for. They aim for an ‘adult’ sound, I think they absolutely nail it. It reminds me of early toujihen and Automata Girl, but it has its own unique spin. This album’s a Mountain of Faith-only album.


15 + 16. BUTAOTOME’s “Youkai Back Alley” [あやかし横丁] and Touhou Keyboard Cat 15 [東方猫鍵盤15]

XFD || Official Site [YBA]
XFD || Official Site [KC15]

BUTAOTOME finishes off the year with an album that’s similar in tone to Grudgeful Divine Songs (怨言神楽謌) and the Maiden Purgatory (少女煉獄) series. Sachlich was definitely my favourite BUTAOTOME album released this year, but this one might take second place. We’ve got a couple of HSiFS arrangements, and we’ve also got new versions of Lovesickness (恋の病) and Transient (うたかた). All the tracks sound pretty good, though I think 5 and 7 sound the most promising!

On the Paprika side of things, Keyboard Cat 15 (like Diao ye zong’s Kakage) focuses on  spell cards. It was a great concept when RD tackled it, and Paprika similarly does a great job here. I say this every time, but Paprika’s great at evoking atmospheres with her tracks.

See Tiramisu Cowboy for more info!


sixstring517. Hachimitsu Lemon x Aftergrow’s “Touhou Six String 05 – 想 [Idea]”

XFD || Official Site

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18. “Touhou Complation CD Suiseisou” [萃星霜], published by Melonbooks

XFD || Official Site

This is a pretty cool compilation CD – every track is based on a season. A lot of my favourite circles are involved, too, including ShinRa-Bansho, Diao ye zong, minimum electric design, and Halozy. Each track comes with some beautiful artwork, so if you like artwork consider picking this one up. They’re even selling a super-deluxe version for 10,000 yen!


19 + 20. TUMENECO’s “Kataritsugumono” [カタリツグモノ] and “Rainbow Season – Under the Rainbow” [ナナイロノキセツ]

XFD [Click the CD on the official site] || Official Site
XFD || Official Site [Rainbow]

The first album here is, like Himitsunagumono [ヒミツナグモノ], a TUMENECO best-of CD. You have the title track (an arrangement of Old Adam Bar) alongside a selection of tracks released during the past 2 years. I don’t remember a lot of TUMENECO albums from that period, so CDs like these are a good chance to stop and look back.

The rainbow CD appears to be the culmination of a series of vocal + instrumental singles released during the year. The project itself is a collaboration between TUMENECO and artist Miwano Rag (美和野 らぐ). It features representative tracks from Touhou 6-11, along with the usual Sealing Club tracks. I’m willing to bet that all of the lyrics are about Renko and Merry, though…


21 + 22. Akatsuki Records’ “Metamorphosis” and “Komano Shout – Doing My Best!!”  [コマノエール -全力貢献中!!]

XFD || Official Site [Metamorphosis]
XFD || Official Site [Komano]

Akatsuki Records, as one would expect, have come charging straight at the new game with a HSiFS-only album! I really respect Stack Bros. and I really like the sound of all of his tracks. I just can’t help but feel that Akatsuki Records is becoming more of a family thing, now that Stack is taking on more of the arranging duties… I mean, not only is Metamophosis a Stack-only album, but ACTRock and Neko☆Manjuu only have one track each. Putting that aside, Robin has already translated the PV track, an arrangement of ‘Crazy Backup Dancers’, so I recommend giving it a look!

The second album is a collaboration album featuring tracks arranged by ACTRock. It’s the second one in the series, and this time we’ve got Ayaponzu* along for the ride for one of the tracks! As a Cheluce fan, I’m glad that she’s featured in two tracks on this album. Her voice has such a great tone to it!


tumblr_static_a97pu8hy048cog40cwkc440k023. “Longing for…” by nayuta and Chata

XFD || Official Site

As a fan of both nayuta and Chata, this album is delightful! It’s a collaboration album between the two singers, and all of the tracks are so calm and soothing. Three of the tracks are duets, and listening to the demos makes me truly appreciate how great they sound together. Now, if only RD would write a song for Chata…


24. Casket and AramiTama’s SSCSB: Secret Sealed Cask: Small Batch

XFD || Official Site

Some things just go well together. Casket and AramiTama are just two of those things. I can’t find a good way to express this, but it feels like the two circles feed off each other and grow stronger by collaborating. AramiTama’s hypnotic beats give Casket’s floating melodies a much darker bite, but those same floating melodies give AramiTama’s style a whole new energy and vibrancy. Apparently their combined circle name is CasMitama [Cas御霊].

If you like this collaboration, I recommend listening to their original album ‘On the floor / the door’, which is available for digital download on Bandcamp.


tumblr_static_him3s912u7swksgoo8o848cw25. Cajiva’s Gadget Shop’s “Nameless Squrad”

XFD || Official Site

This album features the rad Tengu squad (Aya, Momiji, and Hatate), complete with the tribal house sound this circle is renowned for. I’m still disappointed that Hatate doesn’t have her own theme yet, but there’s not much we can do about that. Music-wise, I’m not as much of a fan of the vocal samples as I have been in the past (looking at you, track 5…), but the underlying arrangements are still high-quality. I especially like track 2!


code26. Knife’s “Code”

XFD || Official Site

I know next to nothing about this single. All I know is that, like Story, it’s an original ‘image song’ for the Sealing Club. I think it’s fascinating to see how Wani and NSY have developed since going their separate ways, and I feel like Wani’s found his groove here. Definitely looking forward to hearing a full album someday…

Also, props to the artwork. It’s called ‘code’ and the apples have barcodes on them. AdamKadmon’s releasing a new album at this event, too.


skirt27. Fuling Cat Mark’s “Give Me Skirt Showtime”

XFD || Official Site

This is such a great circle, seriously. Like, their whole aesthetic is just so… cute and charming and soothing. Listening to their music makes you feel so calm and happy!

This time we’ve got some mashups. I love mashups! Especially when they’re based on themes that you wouldn’t expect… which is basically all of them. They’ve got a BOOTH page, so if you want to pick up any of their past albums, head over there!


tumblr_static_37fwsd0mbg2s048sc0koowosg28. GET IN THE RING’s “Aratama” [荒魂]

XFD || Official Site

No, this isn’t a collaboration with AramiTama…

I know I’m reaching the end of my list, but I had to include GET IN THE RING. Again, they’ve decided to tackle the new game’s music head-on, as one would expect. It sounds great, like usual – it’s the usual rock/pop sound we’ve come to expect from them. I know track 6 isn’t based on a new theme, but I really like how it sounds. Also, if anyone was wondering where Seiji (who wrote some lyrics for ShinRa-Bansho) went, he’s here! He wrote the lyrics for track 5. Good to see he’s still around.

Also, if anyone was wondering about the Activity Case series, GCHM confirmed on Twitter that #8 will probably be released next year! Awesome!


shamisen29. Togakisan’s “Touhou Japanese Music Collection 3” [東方邦楽集3]

XFD || Official Site

3 of these were released and I didn’t even know! Anyway, this album is a collection of arrangements done in a traditional Japanese style. That means lots of shamisen, and lots of Japanese percussion. It’s so cool! Especially the arrangement of Crazy Backup Dancers.


jazz1230. Tokyo Active NEETs’ “Touhou Explosive Jazz 12” [東方爆音ジャズ12]

XFD || Official Site

I thought I’d really love the previous album in this series because I love Ten Desires so much, but it didn’t stick with me. I did some thinking and realised that it was because the solos just didn’t resonate with me. With that in mind, I’m reluctant about getting too hyped up for another album from this circle. Still, they’re all really talented musicians, so if you like jazz you can’t go wrong if you choose this circle. Can we all just take a moment and appreciate that they did a parody of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It”?

Also, I don’t think I’ll like the full version as much, but the Magical Storm/Illusionary Joururi arrangement sent shivers down my spine.


So… that’s it for another event! This one was more jam-packed with releases than I expected, so I had to cut a couple off to keep the list at 30 albums. Still, please leave a comment and let me know what you’re looking forward to/what you’re planning on buying!

 

Sweet End

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Vocals: Mei Ayakura (綾倉盟)
Lyrics: Aomafu (あおまふ)
Arranged by: Jinnosuke Okibayashi (沖林仁之介)
Album: recollection 【Official Site】
Circle: ESQUARIA
Event: Reitaisai 10 [RTS10]
Original Theme: Starry Sky of Small Desires [小さな欲望の星空]

Requested by: Stella Mira

I’ve always thought that this is one of the best stage 6 themes out there, and I love how this arrangement doesn’t mess with the original too much, but emphasises all the good things about it.

Lyrics-wise, some words are emphasised in quotation marks (「」). These words are underlined in the translation.


余計なおしゃべり
そんなものは「不要」らないわ
堕ち逝く「欲望」
それはもっと聴かせて ほら
期待しなさい
「望み」が見えてくるでしょ?
「理想」?そんなもの 私の 永遠よ

yokei na o-shaberi
sonna mono wa ‘i’ranai wa
ochi yuku ‘yokubou’
sore wa motto kikasete hora
kitai shinasai
‘nozomi’ ga miete kuru desho?
‘risou’? sonna mono watashi no eien yo

You talk too much.
I don’t need that!
Desires die away…
Tell me more, come on!
Keep your expectations high.
Your hopes are in sight now, right?
Ideals? Such things are my eternity.

どこかに「忘却」れた
道しるべばかり積んで
もがいた奇跡を
歪に「重ね」るだけ
「外れ」てばかり
それでもいずれは理解かる
大切なきもち
「何処」に ある の?

dokoka ni ‘wasu’reta
michi shirube bakari tsunde
mogaita kiseki wo
ibitsu ni ‘kasane’ru dake
‘hazure’te bakari
sore demo izure wa wakaru
taisetsu na kimochi
‘doko’ ni aru no?

I forgot about it somewhere
And I only acquire signposts.
Writhing miracles
Just accumulate irregularly.
I keep missing the mark
But sooner or later I’ll understand
These precious feelings.
Where are they?

運命(さだめ)なら そこに見える
いま必要なの それが視える

sadame nara soko ni mieru
ima hitsuyou nano sore ga mieru

Fate is visible over there.
I need it now. I can see it.

咲き誇る この身ならば
ただの「戯れ」よ いずれ終わる

sakihokoru kono mi naraba
tada no ‘tawamure’ yo izure owaru

If I am in full bloom,
Then these simple games will end soon!

運命なら そこに見える
いま必要なの それが視える

sadame nara soko ni mieru
ima hitsuyou nano sore ga mieru

Fate is visible over there.
I need it now. I can see it.

For the Travelers 【日本語版】

RELE-09

今回のアルバムは【東方天空璋】フルクラリネットアレンジアルバムです。

いつものように、色々なジャンルの曲を作ってみました。

仕様: 8曲入り ダウンロードCD
頒布日:
 2017/12/29
価格はあなた次第

バンドキャップで配信予定!


XFDデモ


トラックリスト

1. Hoist the Sails
原曲:
桜舞い散る天空
キャプテン・ムラサ

2. Star Chart
原曲:
希望の星は青霄に昇る
明日ハレの日、ケの昨日

3. Poppies
原曲:
桜色の海を泳いで
東の国の眠らない夜
Break the Sabbath

4. VILD
原曲:
真夏の妖精の夢
永遠の春夢
幻視の夜 ~ Ghostly Eyes
蠢々秋月 ~ Mooned Insect
夜雀の歌声 ~ Night Bird

5. No Return
原曲:
色無き風は妖怪の山に
厄神様の通り道 ~ Dark Road
運命のダークサイド

6. Kin
原曲:
一対の神獣
無間の鐘 ~ Infinite Nightmare
天鳥船神社の結界

7. For the Travelers
原曲:
魔法の笠地蔵
懐かしき東方の血 ~ Old World

8. Scallywag’s Waltz
原曲:
山奥のエンカウンター
幽霊客船の時空を越えた旅


スタッフなど

  • アレンジ、演奏(クラリネット): レレスカ (Releska)
  • 原作: 東方Project [上海アリス幻樂団]
  • イラスト: Kia (@rnarchhare) 【Pixiv】

Piano samples courtesy of Imperfect Samples

For the Travelers

RELE-09

My ninth mashup/clarinet album, based on themes from Hidden Star in Four Seasons. It’s the sort of multi-genre album I normally make, but with a bit of a pirate twist…

Release date: December the 29th, 2017
Now available as a downloadable album (name your price) on Bandcamp!


Check out my other albums!


CROSSFADE DEMO


TRACKLIST

1. Hoist the Sails
Original themes:
The Sky Where Cherry Blossoms Flutter Down
Captain Murasa

2. Star Chart
Original themes:
A Star of Hope Rises in the Blue Sky
Tomorrow Will Be Special, Yesterday Was Not

3. Poppies
Original themes:
Swim in a Cherry Blossom-Colored Sea
Sleepless Night of the Eastern Country
Break the Sabbath

4. VILD
Original themes:
A Midsummer Fairy’s Dream
Eternal Spring Dream
Illusionary Night ~ Ghostly Eyes
Stirring an Autumn Moon ~ Mooned Insect
Song of the Night Sparrow ~ Night Bird

5. No Return
Original themes:
The Colorless Wind on Youkai Mountain
The Road of the Misfortune God ~ Dark Road
Dark Side of Fate

6. Kin
Original themes:
A Pair of Divine Beasts
Bell of Avici ~ Infinite Nightmare
The Barrier of Ame-no-torifune Shrine

7. For the Travelers
Original themes:
The Magic Straw-Hat Jizo
Nostalgic Blood of the East ~ Old World

8. Scallywag’s Waltz
Original themes:
Deep-Mountain Encounter
Interdimensional Voyage of a Ghostly Passenger Ship


CREDITS:

  • Arrangement, performance (clarinet): Releska
  • Album artwork: Kia (@rnarchhare) 【Pixiv】

Touhou and its characters/music are the property of ZUN/Team Shanghai Alice.

Piano samples courtesy of Imperfect Samples