テセウスの匣 || Theseus’ Box

coverテセウスの匣
teseusu no hako
Theseus’ Box

Vocals: あやぽんず* (Ayaponzu*)
Lyrics: azuki
Arranged by: kaztora
Album: Netaminity (ネタミニティ) 【Official Site】
Circle: ShinRa-Bansho (森羅万象)
Event: C94
Original Theme: Necrofantasia [ネクロファンタジア]

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I think the title is based on ‘The Ship of Theseus.’ This thought experiment asks you to consider whether an object is still the same even if everything has been replaced. For example, is Yukari still Merry even after everything that was once Merry has been replaced…?

These lyrics are by azuki, so anything’s possible really. Let your imagination fly away! Also, listen out for the parts where Japanese sentences are juxtaposed with English sentences that sound the same. It’s very clever.

As my interpretation evolves, I may change the perspective of some sections. azuki’s lyrics are always multi-layered and thought-provoking.


I didn’t say “see you!” when you said “see ya!”
and I went to and fro wondering if I said it. It’s all about the words.
I swept my bubble-like feelings up and let them fall
so they didn’t even reach the roof. They fell silent and vanished. Oh…

We made a promise that day, and truth fell from our lips.
Useless, good-for-nothing… We clearly gave up on it.
That’s all we linked together. That’s all we connected.
We were all tied up, linking our pinkies together.

Somewhere over the rainbow, even I fade away.
I greet the sun. How many times has it been?
I just don’t know. So why can’t I cry?
I’m right here.

Ah, welcome to empireo, where things will meet their end. (1)
Wished for… longed for… everything vanished.
Joy will flow forth at any time, all the while fear eludes us.
You’re the only one who can’t exist in such a world.

No matter who I speak to, my feelings face the other way.
I want to say something, but my feelings are empty.
Strike that voice, and it will resound. It’s just like a bell.
No matter who, no matter when,
Listen to that voice. It crosses over. “Comprehend. Know.”

Though I abandoned my bonds somewhere over the rainbow,
In this vague world
I search for love, even now. I want sad God city.
I’m travelling.

This is the first and last exodus.
Wished for… longed for… they spill and fall.
Sadness makes my heart seem transparent, though the light disappears.
I head to a world where you, only you, exist.

“Why, why?” I sigh, “That’s why. That’s why.” I make my excuses.
All along I pretended not to see, all alone.
My delusions grow stronger and cheers well up from the silence.
I threw my emotions away long ago. The illusion makes my mind unstable, eating away at me.

And you…
I open and close my heart and it comes undone.
My feelings vanished into the sky and flew away.
I cast away my former self. I cast away my false self.
I was in love with a movie star.

Ah… you’re just so beautiful when you smile.
I was scared of you being broken by another. (2)
I imprisoned the world you lived in within film
so only I won’t forget that I loved you
and the words I loved.


(1) エンピレオ (Empireo) refers to the highest heaven, or the seat of God.
(2) 手折られる (teorareru) literally means ‘break,’ but it also refers to someone taking a young woman as their possession. It has deep floral imagery.

メイドノココロハ アヤツリドール || The Maid’s Heart is a Puppet

coverメイドノココロハ アヤツリドール
meido no kokoro wa ayatsuri dooru
The Maid’s Heart is a Puppet

Vocals: あよ (Ayo)
Lyrics: ACTRock
Arranged by: kaztora
Album: Netaminity (ネタミニティ) 【Official Site】
Circle: ShinRa-Bansho (森羅万象)
Event: C94
Original Theme: Flowering Night [フラワリングナイト]

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This song is so fluffy. I love it! And to think, it comes straight after Netaminity Theatre, the darkest ShinRa-Bansho track so far…


I’m really important to you, though it doesn’t look that way.
If I stay with you through thick and thin, “is that okay…?”
That’s the maid’s code. You know, cleanliness is the decider!
Swearing on my diligently working heart, I strike a blow—fight! And another!

Time stopper! The maid makes her appearance!
Circuit breaker! We’re at a critical point in overtime.
Jack the Ripper! With perfect skill.
Time stopper! The maid makes her appearance!
Long sleeper! Sleep forever.
Easy gamer! Make things quick with cheats.
Time stopper! I fire off a deadly spell.
I’ll definitely clear it, whether it’s today or tomorrow!

Swaying from side to side, smooch, smoo-smooch!
Each time you smile at me I fly high.
It’s soft and fluffy, like air.
So, let me stay by your side forever!

In the end, are my feelings a delusion, or just in my imagination? Who cares!
Coffee, tea, and coffee, coffee! How about a story while we’re at it?
If that’s the case, we’ll be awake till dawn! And I’ll definitely be working overtime.
I clean with all my might, cheerfully! No matter how much time passes, it never ends!

Time stopper! The maid makes her appearance!
Circuit breaker! We’re at a critical point in overtime.
Evil helpers aren’t allowed in!
Time stopper! The maid makes her appearance!
Long sleeper! Sleep forever.
Easy gamer! Make things quick with cheats.
Time stopper! I’ll kick them around bravely with my spell.
It’s definitely impossible to clear it!

(The maid’s heart is a puppet. This is the perfect maid Sakuya’s—)
I’ll definitely clear it, whether it’s today or tomorrow!
(The maid’s heart is a puppet. This is the perfect maid Sakuya’s world.)

Time stopper! The maid makes her appearance!
Circuit breaker! We’re at a critical point in overtime.
Jack the Ripper! With perfect skill.
Time stopper! The maid makes her appearance!
Long sleeper! Sleep forever.
Easy gamer! Make things quick with cheats.
Time stopper! Fire off a deadly spell.
I’ll definitely clear it, whether it’s today or tomorrow!

Swaying from side to side, smooch, smoo-smooch!
Each time you smile at me I fly high.
It’s soft and fluffy, like air.
So, let me stay by your side forever!

Swaying from side to side, smooch, smoo-smooch!
I’ve become so happy.
It’s soft and fluffy, like air.
You’ll love me forever, won’t you?

Swaying from side to side, smooch, smoo-smooch!
Each time you smile at me I fly high.
It’s soft and fluffy, like air.
So, let me stay by your side forever!

無間嫉妬劇場『666』 || Netaminity Theatre “666”

cover無間嫉妬劇場『666』
netaminity shiataa “666”
Netaminity Theatre “666”

Vocals: あやぽんず* (Ayaponzu*), あよ (Ayo)
Lyrics: 夜好ころろ (Kokoro Yakoh)
Arranged by: kaztora
Album: Netaminity (ネタミニティ) 【Official Site】
Circle: ShinRa-Bansho (森羅万象)
Event: C94
Original Theme: The Bridge People No Longer Cross [渡る者の途絶えた橋]

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Update (8/09/2018): Various minor alterations.

Watch the official PV (translated by Kafka-Fuura) here!

This completely blew me away. I mean, I love ‘The Bridge People No Longer Cross’… and I don’t think I’m ever going to hear a better arrangement than this. The power. The majesty. It’s amazing. I really love it!

The title is written 無間嫉妬 (Eternal Jealousy), but it’s pronounced ‘Netaminity’, just like the album title. It’s a portmanteau of ‘Netami’ (Jealousy) and ‘Infinity/Eternity’ [無間]. 666 is the number of the beast. Spooky…

Code: あやぽんず* (Ayaponzu*), あよ (Ayo), Both (二人)


In the depths of Hell, the curtain has risen on a hopeless comedy.
Shall I take this opportunity to tell my story?

Act 1: “My Quiet Daily Life”
The cast: mundane minor characters.
Awkward outcasts have no role to play.

The withered flower falls.

Ah…
Why don’t things go my way?
Why is my heart eaten away at?
I try harder and research what’s normal more than anyone else
but I’m the least able to act normal.
I want to try and talk normally to everyone and live normally
but I don’t change. Is this really me?

I smile stiffly. I’m not used to this act.
“What if you try being a bit more natural?”
Act 2: “Awakening”
“What do you know?!” Just cut it out!
I didn’t ask for such insolent advice—
It’s just the reasoning of an ‘ordinary’ person.
My heart sinks.
You… no, everybody
and everything are all so
radiant.

Jealous. I’m jealous of this world
and I’ll curse it all!
I’ve found something that I’m the best at!
Rather than lying and following the crowd, or pretending and trying too hard, (1)
I feel like… I can smile more naturally.
I pollute my heart through envy and destroy my heart through resentment.
I changed. This is who I really am.

I’m in a pure white dress with gorgeous accessories
and after dressing up just a little,
The curtain rises for the last time.
My jealousy, my resentment… I’ll lay them all bare!

Ah…
Why do things go so well for me now?
Why is my heart becoming so clear?
I curse anything
and everything in this world!
I’ve found the thing that makes me happiest!
I’m more steeped in jealousy than anyone else, more filled with prejudice than anyone else,
But I can smile more naturally than them.
I maintain my heart through jealousy and appease it through resentment.
I changed. This is who I really am.
Why am I fulfilled?
Everyone will praise me now I can smile naturally!
It’s like…

This… this is happiness.
It’s what everyone’s saddled with:
Empty netaminity.


(1) ‘Lying’ 偽って (itsuwatte) and ‘Pretending’  造って (tsukutte) are sung as 笑って (waratte – smiling)