あの日の夢のアリス || Alice in That Day’s Dream

ano hi no yume no arisu
Alice in That Day’s Dream

Vocals: めらみぽっぷ (Meramipop), Candy, みぃ (Mie), MIRI
Lyrics: azuki
Arranged by: kaztora
Album: Alice in That Day’s Dream (あの日の夢のアリス) 【Official Site】
Circle: ShinRa-Bansho (森羅万象)
Event: Reitaisai 9 [RTS9]
Original Themes: Too many to list here


4 years. 1000 translations. To commemorate this milestone, I returned to where it all began. My first translation was ShinRa-Bansho’s ‘Doppel’, a musical from the album of the same name released in 2014. Their third musical was released the following year, but I never went back to translate their first one, where it all began, until now.

As for the title, I’ve translated it as ‘Alice, from That Day’s Dream’ up until now. However, after a lot of thought, I changed my interpretation. After all, ‘Alice in Wonderland’ was translated into Japanese as 不思議の国のアリス. It makes sense for あの日の夢のアリス to follow the same logic and become ‘Alice in That Day’s Dream.’ It also doesn’t make sense content-wise for Alice to be ‘from’ a dream, unless you flip the scenario and make it about Alice (a dream) entering reality in a dream.

Yuki and Mai
Nue Houjuu
Renko and Merry
Yukari Yakumo
Another Alice

As Alice was starting her tea party in the treelight,
A doll that she had put away started moving by itself.
The pre-show greetings had begun.
From a wondrous, mysterious land…
Alice in Wonderland!

“I wonder where I am…? Ah, I hear something coming this way.”

Let’s go through the lost woods without hesitating!
We’ll start tomorrow. We started yesterday, too.
Come on! Smile, and don’t look so glum!
Is something bothering you?

Before I knew it, I was in the forest, having a grand adventure.
In that case… leave it to us!
This, that, and everything else… it’s all under control!

“Looks like it’s gonna be fun, right, Mai?” “…yeah, Yuki.”

Though we walk and walk through the lost woods…
“Come on, wait up!”
We haven’t reached it yet? Reached what?
The goal! The goal!
Isn’t it a bit weird?
We’ve arrived.
Haven’t we just ended up where we started?
Let’s take a break
and not be hasty…

Let’s go through the lost woods without hesitating!
This is your destination. The goal’s up to you.
Which is the correct path?
(Which is the correct path?)
Ah, if I don’t hurry, I won’t reach my little doll in time!

“See ya later, sis. It’s been pretty fun!”

Young lady over there, are you looking for something?
If you don’t mind… I’ll help you out!
Que sera, que sera, sera serara…

Yes—I was searching for the path my doll took and wound up in the lost woods.
(Hm? Yes? Ah, I see…)
You wouldn’t happen to know where it went?
It must have been this way. This way?
Maybe that way. That way?
Perhaps over there? That way?
Where did it go, again? Enough!
Do you really know for sure?
Of course I do, I really do.
Sounds like you’re lying.
You’re Schrödinger’s Cat:
Alive and dead, both at once.
This is the mysterious Wonderland through the looking-glass!

The opposite world is… mirror, mirror!
From left to right, head towards the castle.
It seems like everything’s there, but there’s nothing there.
Friends will appear if you pursue them.
A mystery or a wonder—La la la la la…

I could hear a gentle voice coming from somewhere
Is this a place of rest in the forest?
I’ll take a break until I compose myself.
I’ll sleep for just a bit…

Now now, young maiden!
What’s wrong?
If you don’t mind, shall I assist?
If you’re searching for something, leave it to me.
I’ll definitely find it!

What you, what I, am searching for.

You’ll find that little one right away
so if you head straight down this path,
(Should I continue down this path?)
You’ll see it again, for sure!
“Thank you very much!”
“Ehe… take care!”
“You too!”

“That’s a strange door… Should I open it?”

“Hey, Merry!” “What’s the matter?”
“The stars are so pretty!” “I guess they are…”
Today, beyond the door,
“Together, let’s look at the stars!”
Sitting on misshapen stools,
We exchange drinks.
Quietly, quietly, she looked into the hidden room.

Do you remember what day it is today?
Today, the stars are particularly beautiful!
A toast, to the starry sky!

I interrupted that well-matched pair’s tea party
and listened to what they had to say.
“Welcome to our tea party!”
“Welcome to the Secret Sealing Club!”
“Today, the stars are beautiful”
“Today… well, they totally are!”
We don’t need anything else.
It’s nothing at all, but let’s raise a toast to the starry sky!

Thanks for the drink! Don’t worry about it.
Now, where are you heading?
I’m heading home. Oh, is that so?
See you!
She felt a spasm of melancholy
and nobody noticed
that sinister voice aimed at her pursuing figure.

“Hah… Enough already! Where am I now?”
Why the rush, puppeteer?
This is an illusion: the dream threshold.
Truths are lies and lies are truth.
Your wishes will be granted. What do you wish for?
Anything’s possible. Look—

Beginning in the distance, the parade marches on.
There’s nothing left for the imprisoned bird to do
but just march on now, straight ahead.

The sun sets and the moon comes out in the forest, in the dark…
Continue without going astray, young maiden.
I refer to you.
You came here, and you are here for a reason. I wonder about that…
Accept all things. Yes—this is the dream threshold!
“Hah… Enough already! Where am I?”

Small toys and a massive picture book…
I feel like I’ve seen this place before. This is Wonderland.
I wonder where that little one went?
This place is so very nostalgic.
When I wandered around, lost,
I wound up meeting a princess.
I felt a sense of deja vu.
It’s so mysterious. That’s right!
“Who’re you?”

Well, I’m Alice in Wonderland.
This is my land. Please don’t enter.
That filthy doll headed off towards the castle.
It’s like living beyond the looking glass.
We’re all just looking at the same world.

And again, small toys and a massive picture book.
This is a tiny Wonderland, one that I saw that day.
Mirror, mirror, let’s play!
(You’re me! Let’s meet again.)
Let’s meet again!

A hole gaped open in the unchanging landscape.
A hole gaped open in Alice’s heart as she wondered where her doll was.
This is Makai.
I had lost my way.
This is Makai.
God makes her appearance.
Beside her stands a small doll. This is Makai.

“Mother? Why are you here, in such a place?!”
“I am not involved in this. It was you yourself who made your way here, Alice.”

As for the youkai lined up here,
There is no need to fear them.
Softly, from behind…
One, two, three, four steps! Let’s go somewhere, anywhere!
Burn! Now, lend me your hand.
Burn! This way…
These bonds… let’s dance, our first dance in a while.
Yes—this is Makai. Ah! Gensokyo.

Why did I get lost in such a nostalgic world?
I’ve realised why now, definitely.
Now, it’s time for answers in Wonderland!

This is my story. I’ll never live in the past.
This is Gensokyo.
You guided me.

This is a single story, (Whose story could this be?)
One born from a book. (Leap inside its pages.)
When I open the book up…
Perhaps my story will begin. (Perhaps it will…)

Everyone must have someone waiting for them
so let’s welcome the epilogue with a smile!
Yes, this is the sort of story in which I can call everyone my precious family,
Even the little one who made me realise everything.

テセウスの匣 || Theseus’ Box

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]


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]


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”

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]

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.

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

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!

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)

太陽のうた || The Sun’s Song

taiyou no uta
The Sun’s Song

Vocals: あよ (Ayo)
Lyrics: kaztora
Arranged by: kaztora
Album: Synchro 2 (シンクロ2) 【Official Site】
Circle: ShinRa-Bansho (森羅万象)
Event: Reitaisai 15 [RTS15]
Original Theme: Solar Sect of Mystic Wisdom ~ Nuclear Fusion [霊知の太陽信仰 ~ Nuclear Fusion]

Requested by: seaandhisramen

This track seems to play around with Utsuho’s name (空), which also means ‘Sky’ and ‘Empty’. I wonder if this track is related to aurora…?

Woh oh… Now, face the sky!
My love! I will fly far into the distance.
Hah. Ah… I bask in the morning sun
Though everything now returns to ashes. Oh…

In the distant past, the endless sky seemed so free, blue, and clear.
The white raven raced through a dream.
It yearned after the brilliant sun.

The raven wasn’t scared of anything
and it felt like it could go anywhere.
It told a small lie
and was stained black.

Woh oh. So, I face the sky
and my love stretches far into the distance.
The midday sun shines
though my voice now burns. Oh…

I’m not loved by anyone.
Nobody understands me.
After all, my voice and figure are so hideous.
“Even if you hate the world,
Nobody is beyond redemption.”
Yes—the two of us were so alike.

I want to be your light.
What is more important than anything else?
Warmth pierces my heart.
If I can still flap my wings,
I’ll head towards the sky!

Wo oh. Now, the three-legged crow
cries, and faces the sky.
Hah. The setting sun shines through.
That’s right—even if my body will be burned up by the sun…

Though everything is empty, the sky is there.
I felt like I understood the name you gave me back then.
The rays become a beam of gentle light
so they will illuminate you.

I spread my wings
and, yes! After pushing through the frozen star,
I’ll reach out my hands
toward my mother sun.

Woh oh. The three-legged sun
flew high into the heavens.
I raised my voice!
I may have forgotten
what I wanted all along,
But I’ll shine conspicuously. Ah…

Na na na…

無意識レクイエム || An Unconscious Requiem

muishiki rekuiemu
An Unconscious Requiem

Vocals: あよ (Ayo)
Lyrics: ticat
Arranged by: kaztora
Album: Synchro 2 (シンクロ2) 【Official Site】
Circle: ShinRa-Bansho (森羅万象)
Event: Reitaisai 15 [RTS15]
Original Theme: Hartmann’s Youkai Girl [ハルトマンの妖怪少女]


This track is so deep. Like always (?) the parts in brackets should be interpreted as their own separate sentence, though there are some parts that actually fit quite neatly into what comes before. One part also swaps from kanji to hiragana – I accounted for it by changing capitalisation and punctuation.

ticat had this to day about the track on Twitter: “Hello…? Ah, can you hear me? Oh, who am I? I’m Koishi! Ko-i-shi! You don’t know me? You liar! I’ve been watching you the whole time since that day, from behind. You didn’t think it ended back then, did you? Hey, don’t hang up! …Well, hanging up won’t do you any good anyway, you know…”

It’s 2 AM. The mercury lamp flickers
and at a gloomy intersection
a voice can be heard coming from behind…

Somebody was boasting [There’s nobody there,]
and according [But who spoke?]
to the rumour they told, [Your dreams can come true…]
They were standing there quietly.

An inorganic pushing sound echoes softly.
You can’t turn back after. Does heaven or hell wait at the end of the line?

“Good evening. Um… have you heard?”

Look, look, somebody’s looking.
They’re peeping at you from close by!
I send down traumatic rain, drip drop.
I’m only going to boil one bird today. Hah.

“How do you do? Good evening. Is it raining where you are?”

I was playing hide and seek. Fooling around.

“I’m close by. I’m coming to see you…”

Right next to you…
Yes. Somebody created [There’s nobody there,]
a rumour [But who spoke?]
and according to it, [Meet them and you can’t go home…]
They’ll sneer from behind you. Who are they?

[Listen closer to this requiem. Does it exist? This is the border beyond the telephone receiver…]
It’s nowhere, but it’s over there:
It’s a hallucinatory world. (1)

“Have you noticed me?”

I hear the clattering sound of a knob turning,
A secret at 2 AM, in the dead of night.
I can’t even see shadows, and footsteps resound.
Two birds can’t come here. They cry.

Even if they see my smashed face,
Everyone will stand in a row.
Being cleaved from the head down,
They crawl along the red lights.
From here, to here,
I won’t let you travel that lost road somewhere.
Thus spoke the heavenly god.
My path back has come unstuck, but
I’m fine, I’m fine, I’m fine, I’m fine.

I tear things to pieces and mix you and you in.
Red… red… how pointless.
alone in the world. you, i, and dreams…
it’ll finally end. it hurts it hurts it hurts

Still, when I was born
my heart was already wounded.
All I did was hurt someone else.
Will the innocent suffer such a fate?
Well, if you don’t know
then tremble and fall asleep!

“Hey, right now, I’m right by you—”

Ah, bodies and souls are in pieces.
Those lives won’t go back to how they were.
How long will you dream?
Unfair, fair—it’s all relative.
What if I’m Mary?
It’s an unbelievable truth.
Please, don’t arbitrarily settle on a bad ending!
Today, only one bird will fade away again.
Today, I’ll offer up my sweet sacrifice again.

(1) 言死 (genshi) is written in brackets next to 幻視 (genshi). The line can also be read as “It’s the world where words die.”

MY Heart Rate

synchro2MY Heart Rate

Vocals: あよ (Ayo)
Lyrics: Caral
Arranged by: kaztora
Album: Synchro 2 (シンクロ2) 【Official Site】
Circle: ShinRa-Bansho (森羅万象)
Event: Reitaisai 15 [RTS15]
Original Theme: Spring Lane ~ Colorful Path [春色小径 ~ Colorful Path]

Requested by: hs08


A new lyricist has joined the Shinra-Bansho flock! If I had to compare Caral to another lyricist, I’d compare them to Seiji. Like Seiji, they mix English seamlessly with the Japanese lyrics. It’s really effective – I didn’t even have to do much work to make it fit.

I think this is a Yukari x Reimu song, but it’s tough working out who’s speaking where. This line in particular is tricky: 攫って幻の世界から (Abducted from a world of illusions). The speaker could be the one doing the abducting, or they could be the one being abducted. As my interpretation of the lyrics evolves, I may change some of these things around.

(Heart rate,
Ideals and reality create gaps and they close in.
My heart and reality stifle tenderness.
No limits. Even if that’s true,
I can’t shout or spit out
that small, reverberating message)
Only in my heart.

Though I act tough,
I can’t leap over this discontent.
I say something or other
and the same kind of morning arrives.

I imagined freedom back then
but where is it?
I forget my ideals in my dream.

Hey, only my heart’s voice
is an acupuncture marionette. Ah, ah.
I can’t even keep up anymore. Everybody!
Everyone sword fights with the attention-seekers. Run.
I knew that I was being sought out
but still, it was my good day.
Hey, why is it? Hey, why is it?
I want to gain one silent day. Ah…

Abducted from a world of illusions,
It was like I had been swallowed up.
Can’t get over there. Yeah…
I dig it up and it’s twisted. You got it.
We become tangled up.
Ah… I can’t disobey. I’m lame.

You gang up on me. Eh, eh.
You call me a contrarian. Eh, eh.
You tell me to donate if I’m going to say this and that.
You keep saying the same things. Eh, eh.
How boring. Don’t let me down.
(Don’t know nothing, don’t let me down.)

Oh… no matter how far I go, I don’t understand.
As for those unreasonable demands, ah, ah…
Aren’t they fine because they’re so explosive?
(Aren’t they fine?)
Ah. No matter how long I’ve done it, I’m going to leave.
After all giving up and accepting things is so important.
Hey, why is it? Hey, why is it?
In the end, I’ll manage somehow.
(So lonely, lonely day.)

But if you’re by my side…
I’ll abduct you from a repeated world.
If it’s only a little bit,
I’ll give it a try. Oh yeah…
In a dream, to think you’d say something like “You made it.”
I want to disobey.
Ah… which is my true flame?

Hey, the voice of my heart
is calling out the truth. Ah, ah.
It’s telling me to take care not to be swallowed up.
We tangle together
but why? Why? Why?
My heart rate
can’t be stopped.
Even your heart rate
is the same as mine.

Kidnapped from a world of illusions,
I don’t want to be swallowed up.
I can get over there. Yeah…
I dig it up and it’s twisted. You got it.
I’ll stand still.
Ah… This is my real flame.
Only my heart.

Your dream will someday snap.
I searched for something I lacked.
I take your hand
and kidnap you, heading to the world you gave me.
As it reacts to the truth, I can’t stop my heart rate.
That must be only—

(Kidnapped from a world of illusions…)
My heart rate
will always be only—
(Ideals and reality create gaps, and they close in.)
My heart rate.
(My heart and reality stifle tenderness.)
I can’t disobey. I’m lame.

children’s game

synchro2children’s game

Vocals: あやぽんず* (Ayaponzu*)
Lyrics: ticat
Arranged by: kaztora
Album: Synchro 2 (シンクロ2) 【Official Site】
Circle: ShinRa-Bansho (森羅万象)
Event: Reitaisai 15 [RTS15]
Original Theme: Dullahan Under the Willows [柳の下のデュラハン]


ticat posted a bit about this track on her Twitter. She mentions that it’s about a tragedy. Everyone shrugged off the blame, saying the same thing: “it wasn’t me.” Meanwhile, the gardenias were looking at the moon without speaking. Where is the 9th person…?

There’s a possible pun in this song: gardenia (クチナシ – kuchinashi), a type of flower referenced in the song, is pronounced the same as ‘something unspoken’ (口無し – kuchi nashi). It also sounds a little like headless (首無し – kubi nashi), which describes Sekibanki a bit. There could be different interpretations of this song, but I think it’s about a group of kids ganging up on someone (Sekibanki), who then goes out to seek revenge on them. So… it’s pretty dark. Look out for the references to children’s games such as kagome kagome and hide and seek!

One final note: bracketed words were written like that in the original lyrics.


[Playing a game…]
Where are those bewildered bodies going? [Number 1 is here]
Yes, bearing the obvious answer, I pose my question. [Number 2’s on the other side]
A dilapidated house. [Number 3] A corner of the back street. [Number 4]
Something seems wrong with this heat haze…

In the park of beautiful gardenias , atop the slide, [atop it]
Everyone chanted in unison: [“It wasn’t me!”]

Ah… And then they leaped out, decapitated them, and laughed.
Children here, there, everywhere!
It must have been me they did it to.
Ready? [Not yet!]
[Woh…] It must [Woh…] be somewhere,
Or so I believed.
Listen—those old tales
are the sorts of things that… you can’t possibly tell now.
[Woh… playing a game…]

After school, they play hide and seek at dusk [searching for the next one]
chasing after a shadow that must have vanished [they kicked it]. 5! [6!]
At the school gate [7!] a silhouette stands [8!].
A figure stands left out from their friends. Who is it? One left now… [Not ready yet!] (1)

The gardenia was watching everything (that day).
As for the rumoured dullahan… who’s the storyteller? [“It’s you!”]

Ah. The moon was watching, watching, waxing.
Near and far, hey… kids!
Stretching, stretching, stretched out, or so they say.
Ready? [Not yet!]
[Woh…] Everyone [Woh…] covers their eyes.
Give it back right now!
Who will I steal away? Who will I destroy? After all,
I’ll never, ever forgive them for this…

I can’t see any signs of remorse.
I pushed and was pushed back in return.
I can’t see any signs of remorse.
It’s sad, [all cut open] wait! [Stop!]

I peep right in…
Stop it, stop it, stop it, hey! Someone!
Kagome, kagome. Now, the kids
form a circle, circle, circle around the secrets. Ready? [I’m coming now!]
[Woh…] Tomorrow it’ll surely be [Woh…] an unfamiliar face.
“I won’t let you escape…”

Everything is stained red and blue:
Hearts, bodies. Still, they’re kids.
Someday, somewhere, for some reason, I’ll get rid of them all in the end. [9!]
[There’s no going back!] Though I search,
[There’s no going back!] Though I search,
I can’t forgive you now…
The sun comes out, comes out, comes out today
and from my swollen, swollen, swollen heart:
“Who was there behind you?”
Who was it? Playing a game.

(1) Who is it? (誰そ彼 – tasokare) is believed to be a precursor to the word for dusk (黄昏 – tasogare), as dusk is the time when it is no longer possible to tell who you’re speaking to [reference, in Japanese].

サイハテハーバリウム || The Furthest Herbarium

saihate haabariumu
The Furthest Herbarium

Vocals: Ayo (あよ)
Lyrics: ticat
Arranged by: kaztora
Album: Season 4 you 【Official Site】
Circle: ShinRa-bansho (森羅万象)
Event: C93
Original Themes: –Into Backdoor [イントゥ・バックドア]
-The Concealed Four Seasons [秘匿されたフォーシーズンズ]


Requested by: seaandhisramen

I’m actually getting some serious shuriken vibes from these lyrics, and I’m pretty pleased about that. Of course, an unfortunate side effect is that I’m not quite sure what’s actually going on! Still, let the images wash over you, as Ayo’s wonderful voice brings out the hidden emotions in this track…

Also, ticat confirmed on Twitter that there will be a sequel of sorts to this song. So… look out for it in a future album! Perhaps I’ll alter my translation of this song depending on what the sequel’s like…

A figure stood beyond the door I peeked through.
Who half-extinguished the lamp?

I can’t even tell what the spring butterflies look like.
The trap I intended to set was too inadequate.

A resemblance buds from the frozen summer by chance.
Though I set my heart on it, I cannot beat the sun.

Those people with a screw loose. (The first small drumbeat)
can no longer return from the maze of thought. (The second drumbeat)
They can’t go home. (The third drumbeat.) They head towards the distant future…

In the herbarium portal, flowers bloom all around.
They will someday wither, and then…

Even if you were to turn to ash tomorrow,
Would you wish to be eternal and stay as you are right now?
The repeated historical records wash away the same four seasons.

Flowers bloom without withering inside the sealed vase.
Who believed in eternity?

Time passes by at the speed of autumn
and clouds linger over the window I passed.

I discovered (a treasure). It’s deified stardust (from winter)
If I snatch away a seam in the old knot…

Even if the wedge in the door cannot be removed,
If I touched it—

Along with light that will not reach tomorrow,
The flower breathes without withering in its vase.
I don’t want to become omniscient
so I will not turn this star.

Nobody knows.
It’s forbidden to look.
The storyteller speaks of extinguished fate.
Is it okay to tear down common sense, as spoken by someone else,
And lay it all bare?
Ah… I want you to notice…
“Notice me…”

The moment they reach out faintly tomorrow
the buds of all those paths will open.
I walked along those paths, so close, so far. It was dazzling.

From this darkness, void of people,
I waited for you to return. You, the heroes, knocking at the door.
I mustn’t have given any orders, but something was in the hand reaching back
and in the opened hand—
Even if the door you peep through is empty
you won’t look back.

さかさまレジスタンス || The Inverted Resistance

sakasama rejisutansu
The Inverted Resistance

Vocals: Ayaponzu* (あやぽんず*)
Lyrics: kaztora
Arranged by: kaztora
Album: Mischievous Sensation (悪戯センセーション) 【Official Site】
Circle: ShinRa-Bansho (森羅万象)
Event: Reitaisai 14 [RTS14]
Original Theme: Reverse Ideology [リバースイデオロギー]

Requested by: hs08


I read through the first stanza or so and I immediately though “yep. These are kaztora lyrics.” His lyrics always pose unique challenges, but they’re really rewarding to read deeply and interpret.

The world is always back-to-front! Ah…

Society, after all, is a fantasy.
Fun and boredom have flown away.
During evening at the street corner,
The honest ones look like fools. Look!

On the 6th of June, I tell a lie.
Maybe it’ll return on the 9th of September.
Changeable, reversible… it’s karma
circling round the circumference.

I say it’s for her sake
(but it’s really for my own sake)
Change your viewpoint and it’s a grand turnabout!
The sound of cultural shift can be heard…

Ah… The whole world is back-to-front
so isn’t it good to try handstanding occasionally?
I’m sad when I’m having fun
and I laugh when times are tough. Ah ha ha!
Is justice always right?
Well, there’s no such thing as a ‘right’ thing.
Laugh off absurdity!
I’ve got a big mouth, and this is my small-scale resistance.

The April Fool dreams.
She’s a young maiden, ignorant of the world.
“Please dream…”
“Don’t dream!”
It’s always like this—double-dealing.

I hate her
(but really, I love her)
Is this really an inverted grand turnabout?
Ah…! Now I hate her!
Though the weather’s fine today, the waves are high.

Ah… The whole world is back-to-front
so isn’t it good to try overturning it all occasionally?
I smile when I’m sad
and I cry when I’m having fun. *sob sob*
Is justice always absolute?
Well, ‘absolute’ is probably just a play on words.
Laugh off absurdity!
I’ve got a big mouth, and this is my small-scale resistance.

Ah… both sides flicker and waver.
Though they get bewildered sometimes,
I guess the weak are just weak after all.
That’s a lie! What a funny story!
I’ll keep coming, no matter how many times it takes!
This is the fateful, complete reversal. Now…

One more time!
Ah… The world’s back-to-front-to-back.
I overturn it and it’s all linked again and again.
I’m sad when I’m having fun
and I laugh when times are tough. Ah ha ha!

Justice is always flawless
but there’s no such thing as something flawless.
The weak shall inherit!
Laugh off absurdity!
I’ve got a big mouth, and this is my small-scale resistance.

The world’s always back-to-front.