曰くつきの艶書 || The Shady Love Letter

Buta曰くつきの艶書
iwakutsuki no rabu retaa
The Shady Love Letter

Vocals: Ranko
Lyrics: Ranko
Arranged by: Paprika
Album: The Empty Sounds of the Bell (鈴のそら音)
Circle: Butaotome (豚乙女)
Event: Reitaisai 12 (RTS12)
Original Themes: –Child of Are [阿礼の子供]
Eastern Mystical Love Consultation [東方妖恋談]

Subtitled video courtesy of Eiki Shiki: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6IzfbtfI5Gs

The last track from this album! This… actually seems to link quite heavily to the first track. The perspective seems to shift between Reimu and Akyuu throughout the song. Both appear to express their concerns about Kosuzu (referred to as 娘 ‘musume,’ sang as ‘ko’), and how she may forget she is human. Honestly, after translating this track, I’d like to go back and revise my translation of the first track, since this one appears to act as a sort of prequel.

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特別な世界と特別な人と
何も不思議じゃない普通の人間と
憧れでもなくて羨みでもない
限りなくゼロに近い気持ちだけ

tokubetsu na sekai to tokubetsu na hito to
nani mo fushigi ja nai futsuu no ningen to
akogare demo nakute urayami demo nai
kagirinaku zero ni chikai kimochi dake

Living in a special world, with that special someone,
With nothing out of the ordinary, as an ordinary human.
This isn’t longing. It isn’t envy, either.
It’s just a feeling that is close to an endless ‘zero.’

それっていつだって
人って忘れてくから
傷つかないように
守っているだけなのかも
しれないね

sore tte itsu datte
hito tte wasureteku kara
kizutsukanai you ni
mamotte iru dake na no kamo
shirenai ne

That is, at any time
You may forget you are a human.
Because of this, perhaps I just protect you
So I will not be injured.
Perhaps…

例え明日がこなくても
わたしは続いてく
この先も傍に居る
そう思いながら
眠りにつくの

tatoe asu ga konakute mo
watashi wa tsuzuite yuku
kono saki mo soba ni iru
sou omoi nagara
nemuri ni tsuku no

Even if, say, tomorrow did not come:
I would continue on
By your side, afterwards.
Whilst thinking that,
I fall asleep.

好奇心が強くて物怖じしないで
誰にも優しくて少し利己的な娘
ここで生きてくこと ルールを守れば
難しくないよ 不安はあるけど

koukishin ga tsuyokute monooji shinai de
dare ni mo yasashikute sukoshi rikoteki na ko
koko de ikiteku koto ruuru wo mamoreba
muzukashikunai yo fuan wa aru kedo

That slightly selfish young girl was treated well by all.
Her curiosity grew stronger, and she was not cowardly.
If you follow the rules, living here
Isn’t so hard. Though I have some reservations…

もし君がいつか
人の敵になっても
大丈夫だから
わたしもあのひともいる
覚えてるよ

moshi kimi ga itsuka
hito no teki ni natte mo
daijoubu dakara
watashi mo ano hito mo iru
oboeteru yo

If, someday,
You become an enemy of humans,
It’s okay!
That person and I are here.
Remember this.

例え世界が崩れても
平和は続くから
わたしの中のあの娘を
ずっと生かしてたい
生きてる限り

tatoe sekai ga kuzurete mo
heiwa wa tsuzuku kara
watashi no naka no ano ko wo
zutto ikashitetai
ikiteru kagiri

Even if, say, the world crumbled away,
Peace would continue.
So, I want to let that girl inside me
Live, always,
As long as I am alive…

普通の人間だけど普通じゃない
わたしと似てる君を見守りたい

futsuu no ningen dakedo futsuu ja nai
watashi to niteru kimi wo mimamoritai

Though you are an ordinary human, you are not ordinary.
You, who resemble me – I want to watch over you.

例え二度と目が覚めなくても
記憶は繋がる
わたしじゃなくなるけど
わたしでいるから

tatoe nidoto me ga samenakute mo
kioku tsunagaru
watashi ja nakunaru kedo
watashi de iru kara

Even if, say, I did not open my eyes again,
Our memories would be connected.
Though I would no longer be ‘me,’
I would be ‘me,’ so…

例え明日がこなくても
わたしは続いてく
この先も傍に居る
そう思いながら
眠りにつくの

tatoe asu ga konakute mo
watashi wa tsuzuite yuku
kono saki mo soba ni iru
sou omoi nagara
nemuri ni tsuku no

Even if, say, tomorrow did not come:
I would continue on
By your side, afterwards.
Whilst thinking that,
I fall asleep.

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