月の隠れんぼ || Lunar Hide and Seek

wall_eucharis_smafo月の隠れんぼ
tsuki no kakurenbo
Lunar Hide and Seek

Vocals: Nashimoto Yuri (梨本悠里)
Lyrics: MAKI
Arranged by: succubus
Album: Eucharis (ユーチャリス) 【Official Site】
Circle: Seventh Heaven MAXION
Event: Reitaisai 12 [RTS12]
Original Themes: Staking Your Life on a Prank [いたずらに命をかけて]

Requested by: Runixzan
(Extended) Subtitled video courtesy of Runixzan:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKDk0RJm_Zc

I originally translated the title as ‘Hide and Seek on the Moon,’ but I changed it to something vaguer. After all, the song doesn’t explicitly tell us who is playing hide and seek. It could be the moon fairies playing on/under the moon, it could be the moon rabbits, or it could even be the moon itself playing hide and seek with the stars. Listen to the song, read the lyrics, and see where they take you…

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遥か彼方を鳥が飛び去るの
日の光浴び、風になるいのちよ

haruka kanata wo tori ga tobisaru no
hi no hikari abi, kaze ni naru inochi yo

The birds fly away into the distance.
O life, bathe in sunlight and become the wind!

遠い昔に
忘れ去られた記憶
君は幼い姿そのままで

tooi mukashi ni
wasure sarareta kioku
kimi wa osanai sugata sono mama de

I forgot my memories
Long, long ago.
You remain as you were when you were a child.

無邪気さは時には残酷
好奇心から生まれた
いつまでも来ない
「見つけた」の言葉が

mujakisa wa toki ni wa zankoku
koukishin kara umareta
itsu made mo konai
“mitsuketa” no kotoba ga

Innocence is sometimes cruel.
It is born from curiosity.
“I found you!” – those words
Will never come.

星が瞬く
月の隠れんぼ
早く見つけて、ここにいる
語りかけるは月のうさぎだけ
静寂の中たましい融ける空

hoshi ga matataku
tsuki no kakurenbo
hayaku mitsukete, koko ni iru
katari kakeru wa tsuki no usagi dake
seijaku no naka tamashii tokeru sora

The stars twinkle
During lunar hide and seek.
Hurry up and find me, I’m here!
The only ones speaking are the moon rabbits.
Spirits dissolve into the sky, in silence.

今もあのまま
時が止まっているみたいに
君の姿が影に重なった

ima mo ano mama
toki ga tomatte iru mitai ni
kimi no sugata ga kage ni kasanatta

Now, just like that,
It seems like time has stopped.
Your silhouette is overlapped by shadows.

音のしない風が今ここ
動き出した時と一緒
ガラスのように溶けない氷が
今、溶け出す

oto no shinai kaze ga ima koko
ugokidashita toki to issho
garasu no you ni tokenai koori ga
ima, tokedasu

The soundless wind becomes one with time—
Time, which began to move here, now.
Ice, which does not dissolve, like glass,
Now begins to thaw.

音を頼りに
月の隠れんぼ
早く見つけて、そこにいる
音を消したらあとは月明かり
白いゆりかご、ゆらり眠れ
さあ・・・

oto wo tayori ni
tsuki no kakurenbo
hayaku mitsukete, soko ni iru
oto wo keshitara ato wa tsukiakari
shiroi yurikago, yurari nemure
saa…

Relying on sounds,
We play lunar hide and seek.
Hurry up and find me, I’m over there!
When the sounds fade away, we’ll use the moonlight.
The white cradle sways and sleeps.
Now…

遥か彼方を鳥が飛び去るの
時の流れを報せるの

haruka kanata wo tori ga tobisaru no
toki no nagare wo shiraseru no

The birds flew away into the distance.
They proclaim the flow of time.

星が瞬く
月の隠れんぼ
早く見つけてここにいるよ
ha・・・

hoshi ga matataku
tsuki no kakurenbo
hayaku mitsukete koko ni iru yo
ha…

The stars twinkle
During lunar hide and seek.
Hurry up and find me, I’m here!
Ha…

Reverberation

fluster-escapeReverberation

Vocals: Mika (美歌)
Lyrics: Mika (美歌)
Arranged by: NAGI☆
Album: Fluster Escape 【Official Site】
Circle: FELT
Event: C91
Original Theme: Cinderella Cage ~ Kagome-Kagome [シンデレラケージ ~ Kagome-Kagome]

This is a really beautiful arrangement of Kagome-Kagome, accompanied by some poignant lyrics. Like usual, the song is full of rich metaphors. Memories as snow, clocks as hearts… use your imagination and see what different possibilities you can come up with!

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募る寂しさが息に混ざり
ゆっくりと虚しく落ちていく
すくい集めた 煌めく雪が
手のひらで 儚く溶け始める

tsunoru samishisa ga iki ni mazari
yukkuri to munashiku ochite iku
sukui atsumeta kirameku yuki ga
te no hira de hakanaku toke hajimeru

My violent loneliness mixes in with my breathing
And gently falls, fruitlessly.
The sparkling snow I scooped up
Begins to melt quickly in the palm of my hand.

足早に過ぎていく 街の音
籠の中置き去りなまま
しがみつく ドアの向こう響く声
聞こえないふり 目を閉じた

ashibaya ni sugite iku machi no oto
kago no naka okizari na mama
shigamitsuku doa no mukou hibiku koe
kikoenai furi me wo tojita

The sounds of the street quickly fade away
While I am left behind in this cage.
A voice clung to the other side of the door.
Pretending not to hear it, I closed my eyes.

ほつれた糸に 指を絡め
握り締めては 泣いていた

hotsureta ito ni yubi wo karame
nigirishimete wa naite ita

I twined a frayed thread around my finger.
I tightened it and cried, over and over.

きつく結んでいく 想いの束
積もっては 痛くて 解けない
夜が明けても 覚めない夢と
知りながら 狭い闇を彷徨う

kitsuku musunde iku omoi no taba
tsumotte wa itakute hodokenai
yoru ga aketemo samenai yume to
shiri nagara semai yami wo samayou

I tightly bind a bundle of my thoughts together.
They accumulate. It’s painful, but they will not come apart.
Even though dawn comes, I cannot wake up.
Knowing this, I wander in confined darkness.

溜息の残響が消えなくて
胸の中 埋め尽くしている
何度目の朝焼けを見送れば
新しい陽に出逢えるの

tameiki no zankyou ga kienakute
mune no naka umetsukushite iru
nandome no asayake wo miokureba
atarashii hi ni deaeru no

The reverberations of my sighs remain,
And they fill my heart.
How many sunrises must I see off
Before I can encounter a new sun?

止まる時計の 針が落ちる
壊れたままで響いた

tomaru tokei no hari ga ochiru
kowareta mama de hibiita

The hands of the stopped clock fell.
It was broken. Its sounds reverberated.

赤く澄みきった 冬の空が
凍てついた心を締め付ける
消える星座が 失くしたはずの
甘い記憶 微かに蘇らす

akaku sumikitta fuyu no sora ga
itetsuita kokoro wo shimetsukeru
kieru seiza ga nakushita hazu no
amai kioku kazuka ni yomigaerasu

The winter’s sky, a clear red,
Tightens around my frozen heart.
The fading constellations faintly revive
Sweet memories, which I should have lost.

募る寂しさが息に混ざり
ゆっくりと虚しく落ちていく
すくい集めた 煌めく雪が
手のひらで 儚く溶け始める
手のひらで 儚く溶け始める…

tsunoru samishisa ga iki ni mazari
yukkuri to munashiku ochite iku
sukui atsumeta kirameku yuki ga
te no hira de hakanaku toke hajimeru
te no hira de hakanaku toke hajimeru …

My violent loneliness mixes in with my breathing
And gently falls in vain.
The sparkling snow I scooped up
Begins to melt away in the palm of my hand.
It begins to melt away in the palm of my hand…

IN THE RAIN

fluster-escapeIN THE RAIN

Vocals: Maika (舞花)
Lyrics: Mika (美歌)
Arranged by: NAGI☆
Album: Fluster Escape 【Official Site】
Circle: FELT
Event: C91
Original Theme: White Flag of Usa Shrine [お宇佐さまの素い幡]

Requested by: Tara Celica

Another event, another FELT album. Though FELT’s lyrics are always tinged with a sense of sorrow, they’re so comforting and evocative. Can’t you just see someone searching around in the rain when you read them?

Also, ‘treelight’ isn’t a real word, but some people have used it as a translation for 木漏れ日 in the past, so I chose to use it here. I think it’s more elegant and less wordy than ‘sunlight filtering through the trees.’

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掠れた声が 木の葉に乗る
迷いながらも探し物求めて
霧に溺れた小さな手は
夜の中へ かじかんだまま

kasureta koe ga konoha ni noru
mayoi nagara mo sagashimono motomete
kiri ni oboreta chiisana te wa
yoru no naka e kajikanda mama

My husky voice rides upon the leaves.
I am lost, but I continue to search for something.
My small hands, sinking into the fog,
Head toward the darkness. They have grown numb.

心の片隅を ふとすり抜けた
幻を 掴んで届けるよ

kokoro no katasumi wo futo surinuketa
maboroshi wo tsukande todokeru yo

Suddenly slipping from a corner of my heart,
I’ll grab hold of that illusion and deliver it to you!

零れていく想いに 濡れながら朝を待つ
真っ白なその頬に 寄り添う光を

koborete iku omoi ni nure nagara asa wo matsu
masshiro na sono hoho ni yorisou hikari wo

While being wet by my thoughts, which spill forth like water, I wait for dawn.
I’m waiting for the light that draws close to your pure white cheeks.

喉につかえた 言葉の輪が
哀しみの痕 引きずって離さない
僕の全てを 捧げるから
深い泪 拭えるように

nodo ni tsukaeta kotoba no wa ga
kanashimi no ato hikizutte hanasanai
boku no subete wo sasageru kara
fukai namida nugueru you ni

A ring of words, caught in my throat,
Is a scar from my grief. I drag it along and cannot part from it.
I’ll offer myself up, body and soul,
If it means I can wipe away my tears.

優しい瞳が 寂しく笑う
冷たくて 孤独な花のよう

yasashii hitomi ga samishiku warau
tsumetakute kodoku na hana no you

Tender eyes seem to smile sadly at me.
They are like a cold, solitary flower…

虹を呼ぶ雨なら 躊躇わず連れていくよ
雨音に隠すから その声聞かせて
流れていく景色に 晴れていく君の空を
眺めていたい ただ側で
静かな夜明けを

niji wo yobu ame nara tamerawazu tsurete iku yo
amaoto ni kakusu kara sono koe kikasete
nagarete iku keshiki ni harete iku kimi no sora wo
nagamete itai tada soba de
shizuka na yoake wo

If the rain will summon a rainbow, then I’ll take you along without hesitating.
You’re hidden in the rain, so let me hear your voice.
Your sky grows clearer in this landscape, which flows by with the rain.
I want to watch the silent dawn
By your side.

零れていく想いに 濡れながら朝を待つ
真っ白なその頬に 寄り添う光を
雨雲が消えたら 七色に包まれていく
木漏れ日の中浮かび出す
小さな君の手

koborete iku omoi ni nure nagara asa wo matsu
masshiro na sono hoho ni yorisou hikari wo
amagumo ga kietara nanairo ni tsutsumarete iku
komorebi no naka ukabidasu
chiisana kimi no te

While being wet by my thoughts, which spill forth like water, I wait for dawn.
I’m waiting for the light that draws close to your pure white cheeks.
When the rain clouds disappear, a rainbow will cover me
And your small hands will be floating there
In the treelight.

ハイアー・ザン・スカイ || Higher Than the Sky

sadame_no_rasenハイアー・ザン・スカイ
haiaa zan sukai
Higher Than the Sky

Vocals: Okahira (オカヒラ), mIsAkI
Lyrics: Okahira (オカヒラ)
Arranged by: Low (ロー)
Album: Spiral of Fate (運命ノ螺旋)
Circle: Register6
Event: C81
Original Theme: Love-colored Master Spark[恋色マスタースパーク]

Requested by: alv

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遥か遠くの 青い空を目掛けて疾るよ
どんな時も笑い合える 君に逢うため

haruka tooku no aoi sora wo megakete hashiru yo
donna toki mo warai aeru kimi ni au tame

I aim somewhere far away in the blue sky and race off
So I can meet you again. We could smile at each other whenever…

通り雨にずぶ濡れた帰り道
雨宿り 水溜りぬかるんでる
たとえ辛い事が起きた後でも
一足飛びで 飛び越えて前を向こう

tooriame ni zubunureta kaerimichi
amayadori mizutamari nukarunderu
tatoe tsurai koto ga okita ato demo
issokutobi de tobikoete mae wo mukou

The way back home was drenched by a passing shower.
I took shelter from the rain, slushing through the puddles.
Even after something painful has happened,
I’ll jump over it with a single bound and face forwards!

抜けるような空色も のしかかる鈍色も
眩しい茜色も 君と僕手を繋ぎ眺めていたい

nukeru you na sorairo mo noshikakaru nibiiro mo
mabushii akaneiro mo kimi to boku te wo tsunagi nagamete itai

Whether the sky is a clear blue, a gloomy grey,
Or the brilliant colour of sunset… I want to look up at it, holding hands with you.

大空翔る 鳥のように自由な心で
進んでくよ 青き彼方 僕の翼で
遥か遠くに 見える虹を目指して疾るよ
風を超えて雲を越えて 君と一緒に さあ

oozora kakeru tori no you ni jiyuu na kokoro de
susundeku yo aoki kanata boku no tsubasa de
haruka tooku ni mieru niji wo mezashite hashiru yo
kaze wo koete kumo wo koete kimi to issho ni saa

I fly through the sky with a heart free like a bird.
I’m gonna keep going, heading into the blue distance on my own wings.
I’m gonna race off to the rainbow I can see in the distance.
I’ll surpass the wind and pass over the clouds, together with you. Come!

夜の灯り星屑が照らし出す
箒星 瞬いてすぐに消えた
たとえ君が闇に立ち尽くしても
恐れないで 僕が手を引いてくから

yoru no akari hoshikuzu ga terashidasu
houkiboshi matataite sugu ni kieta
tatoe kimi ga yami ni tachitsukushitemo
osorenaide boku ga te wo hiiteku kara

Stardust lit up the night.
Comets twinkled, then disappeared.
Even if you’re standing still in the darkness,
Don’t worry! I’ll lead you along.

輝ける一等星も 煌めいてる星座も
くすんだ六等星も 全力で手を広げ掴んでみたい
君と

kagayakeru ittousei mo kirameiteru seiza mo
kusunda rokutousei mo zenryoku de te wo hiroge tsukande mitai
kimi to

Shining first-magnitude stars, sparkling constellations,
And dull sixth-magnitude stars… I’ll stretch my hands out and grab at them with all my might!
With you…

大空翔る 鳥のように自由な心で
進んでくよ 青き彼方 僕の翼で
遥か遠くに 見える虹を目指して疾るよ
風を超えて雲を越えて 君と一緒に

oozora kakeru tori no you ni jiyuu na kokoro de
susundeku yo aoki kanata boku no tsubasa de
haruka tooku ni mieru niji wo mezashite hashiru yo
kaze wo koete kumo wo koete kimi to issho ni saa

I fly through the sky with a heart free like a bird.
I’m gonna keep going, heading into the blue distance on my own wings.
I’m gonna race off to the rainbow I can see in the distance.
I’ll surpass the wind and pass over the clouds, together with you. Come!

今日が終わっても 明日は再びやってくるから
空を仰ぎ待っているよ 昇る朝日を
遥か遠くの 青い空を目掛けて疾るよ
どんな時も笑い合える 君に逢うため

kyou ga owattemo asu wa futatabi yatte kuru kara
sora wo aogi matte iru yo noboru asahi wo
haruka tooku no aoi sora wo megakete hashiru yo
donna toki mo warai aeru kimi ni au tame

Even if today comes to an end, tomorrow will come along once more
So I’ll look up at the sky and wait for the sun to rise.
I aim somewhere far away in the blue sky and race off
So I can meet you again. We could smile at each other whenever…

Openfire!

tumblr_static_dbtmt0hvbl4oo84wo0koc0ggcOpenfire!

Vocals: Mie (みぃ)
Lyrics: GCHM
Arranged by: GCHM
Album: An ordinary life 【Official Site】
Circle: GET IN THE RING
Event: C88
Original Theme: Eastern Youkai Beauty [東方妖怪小町]

Requested by: Na2rin

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Been a while
最近調子どう?
ちょっと見ない間に大人になってさ
But tonight
楽しんでこう
一度きりの遊戯思い出したら
その瞳に映る
Flash&Laserbeam
光を反射して
塗りつぶした黒に染まる空
飛んでみたくないか

Been a while
saikin choushi dou?
chotto minai aida ni otona ni natte sa
But tonight
tanoshindekou
ichido kiri no yuugi omoidashitara
sono hitomi ni utsuru
Flash&Laserbeam
hikari wo hansha shite
nuburitsubushita kuro ni somaru sora
tonde mitakunai ka

It’s been a while.
How have you been lately?
While I wasn’t watching, you became an adult.
But tonight,
Let’s enjoy ourselves!
I remember that game we played, just once
And then, I see reflected in your eyes
Flashes and laser beams,
Which reflect light.
The sky has been stained black.
Don’t you want to fly in it?

見せつけて
Your last word
最前線くぐり抜け
見上げる月に乾杯
イチかバチかで上等
だって今夜は僕らだけの世界
二度とない時間を 君と踊り明かしたい
またとない機会
離れないよ最後まで
昇る太陽目がけて
openfire!

misetsukete
Your last word
saizensen kugurinuke
miageru tsuki ni kanpai
ichi ka bachi ka de joutou
datte kon’ya wa bokura dake no sekai
nido to nai jikan wo kimi to odoriakashitai
mata to nai kikai
hanarenai yo saigo made
noboru taiyou megakete
openfire!

Now, show off
Your last word!
Passing through the front lines,
I look up and raise a toast to the moon.
The stakes are high, and that’s fine by me!
Because tonight, we’re the only ones in the world.
I want to dance all night with you. This time won’t come around again.
What an amazing opportunity!
We won’t be separated until the end.
Aiming at the rising sun…
Open fire!

らしくない execution
どうせみんなそのうち
飽きちゃうだとか くだんない
There’s no way to go
今もまだ僕らここにいるじゃない
時計の針 刻むAutomatically
呆れるほど早く
いつのまにか白みだした夜空
戻らない時間に

rashikunai execution
douse minna sono uchi
akichau da toka kudannai
There’s no way to go
ima mo mada bokura koko ni iru ja nai
tokei no hari kizamu Automatically
akireru hodo hayaku
itsu no ma ni ka shirami dashita yozora
modoranai jikan ni

The execution is different.
If everyone will just end up losing interest,
Then that’s so boring!
There’s nowhere to go.
We’re still here now, too, aren’t we?
The watch’s hands mark time automatically.
It’s so quick I’m astounded.
Before I knew it, the sky had grown lighter.
During this time, which will never come back.

魅せつけろ
My last word
紙一重で躱して
実感する生に感謝
筋書きのないドラマ
そんなもんでしょ
素晴らしき哉人生
瞬く星のように
火花散らした色彩
輝く変光星
気付いてるよ最初から
沈む夕陽目指して
on your mark!

misetsukero
My last word
kamihitoe de kawashite
jikkan suru sei ni kansha
sujigaki no nai dorama
sonna mon desho
subarashiki kana jinsei
matataku hoshi no you ni
hibana chirashita shikisai
kagayaku henkousei
kidzuiteru yo saisho kara
shizumu yuuhi mezashite
on your mark!

I’ll bewitch you
With my last word!
I dodge by the skin of my teeth.
I feel alive, and I’m thankful.
Plotless dramas
Are just like that, I guess.
How magnificent is life!
Colours were sent flying like sparks.
It’s just like a twinkling star.
And a variable star sparkles.
I knew it from the very beginning.
Aim for the setting sun –
On your mark!

どこまでも行こう

doko made mo ikou

Let’s go to the ends of the earth!

最前線くぐり抜け
見上げる月に乾杯
イチかバチかで上等
だって今夜は僕らだけの世界
二度とない時間を 君と踊り明かしたい
またとない機会
離れないよ最後まで
昇る太陽目がけて
openfire!

saizensen kugurinuke
miageru tsuki ni kanpai
ichi ka bachi ka de joutou
datte kon’ya wa bokura dake no sekai
nido to nai jikan wo kimi to odoriakashitai
mata to nai kikai
hanarenai yo saigo made
noboru taiyou megakete
openfire!

Passing through the front lines,
I look up and raise a toast to the moon.
The stakes are high, and that’s fine by me!
Because tonight, we’re the only ones in the world.
I want to dance all night with you. This time won’t come around again.
What an amazing opportunity!
We won’t be separated until the end.
Aiming at the rising sun…
Open fire!

流星Drive (らっぷびと ver.) || Meteor Drive (Rapbit ver.)

tamaonsen_tos022_jake流星Drive (らっぷびと ver.)
ryuusei Drive
Meteor Drive (Rapbit ver.)

Vocals: Rapbit (らっぷびと)
Lyrics: Rapbit (らっぷびと)
Arranged by: Coro
Album: Soul Flower 【Official Site】
Circle: TAMAONSEN (魂音泉)
Event: C86
Original Theme: Alice Maestra [アリスマエステラ]

Requested by: Ammy

This is a remixed version of the original track, submitted by Rapbit as part of a contest. The original track appears in Romansick. It has completely different lyrics, so I made sure to clearly differentiate this version from the original, in case I ever translate it.

Rap is always challenging to translate, but I think there comes a point where you just have to relax and not worry so much. Some of the sections are repeated numerous times, so repeat indications have been inserted to save space.

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とうにCrazy Love 強引なまま 放り投げた 星屑は流れる
揺れるコンパス、メロディーライン 僕と君が手伸ばす日

tou ni Crazy Love gouin na mama hourinageta hoshikuzu wa nagareru
yureru konpasu, merodii rain boku to kimi ga tenobanasu hi

I’m crazy in love! While being bossy, I threw it away. The stardust flows.
The compass wavers. A melody line. The day you and I reached out for each other…

とうにCrazy Love とうにCrazy Love とうにCrazy Love とうにCrazy Love
とうにCrazy Love とうにCrazy Love とうにCrazy Love 流星ドライヴ

tou ni Crazy Love tou ni Crazy Love tou ni Crazy Love tou ni Crazy Love
tou ni Crazy Love tou ni Crazy Love tou ni Crazy Love ryuusei doraibu

I’m crazy in love! I’m crazy in love! I’m crazy in love! I’m crazy in love!
I’m crazy in love! I’m crazy in love! I’m crazy in love! Meteor drive!

夜空に咲き乱れるかの如き星 I know that心に降臨 とっくのとうLoveにFallin
今宵の酔いも醒める 想いは届かない なぜなら幻、それは真夏の亡霊
ユメニマデミタ ユメミゴコチ 夢遊病大歓迎さ 既にご病気
誘われちゃったら「しょうがないな」って 保障も確証も根拠も無いクセにお呼ばれ
安定しないシーソー表舞台失踪 気にしないで君次第で 意味の無い世界です
心配ない、僕なら元気でやってますからね 理解しなくていい 別の話
一瞬で流れる流星も 過程を楽しんでいる事でしょう
見つめたら停止するWorld 今夜くらい醒めない夢でいて欲しい

yozora ni sakimidareru ka no gotoki hoshi I know that kokoro ni kourin tokku no tou Love ni Fallin
koyoi no yoi mo sameru omoi wa todokanai nazenara maboroshi, sore wa manatsu no bourei
yume ni made mita yumemigokochi muyuubyou daikangei sa sude ni go-byouki
izanawarechattara “shouganai na” tte hoshou mo kakushou mo konkyo mo nai kuse ni oyobare
antei shinaide shiisoo omotebutai shissou ki ni shinaide kimi shidai de imi no nai sekai desu
shinpai nai, boku nara genki de yattemasu kara ne rikai shinakute ii betsu no hanashi
isshin de nagareru ryuusei mo katei wo tanoshinde iru koto deshou
mitsumetara teishi suru World kon’ya kurai samenai yume de ite hoshii

The stars are like flowers blooming in the night sky. I know they descend on my heart. I’m swiftly fallin’ in love.
I sober up from my drunkenness. My feelings won’t reach you, because you’re an illusion, a midsummer ghost.
I saw right into that dream. I’m in a dreamy state. Give a warm welcome to the sleepwalkers – I’m already sick.
If I end up getting invited I’ll say “oh well.” I’m invited, without guarantees, proof, or a basis.
The unstable seesaw vanishes from centre stage. Don’t worry: it depends on you. The world is meaningless.
No worries, because I’ll be cheerful. You don’t need to understand. It’s a different story.
I wonder if the meteor, flying by in an instant, is enjoying itself…
When you look at the world, it stops. I don’t want to wake up from my dream tonight.

とうにCrazy Love 強引なまま 放り投げた星屑は流れる
揺れるコンパス、メロディライン 僕と君が手伸ばす日

tou ni Crazy Love gouin na mama hourinageta hoshikuzu wa nagareru
yureru konpasu, merodii rain boku to kimi ga tenobanasu hi

I’m crazy in love! While being bossy, I threw it away. The stardust flows.
The compass wavers. A melody line. The day you and I reached out for each other…

(Repeat)

とうにCrazy Love とうにCrazy Love とうにCrazy Love とうにCrazy Love
とうにCrazy Love とうにCrazy Love とうにCrazy Love 流星ドライヴ

tou ni Crazy Love tou ni Crazy Love tou ni Crazy Love tou ni Crazy Love
tou ni Crazy Love tou ni Crazy Love tou ni Crazy Love ryuusei doraibu

I’m crazy in love! I’m crazy in love! I’m crazy in love! I’m crazy in love!
I’m crazy in love! I’m crazy in love! I’m crazy in love! Meteor drive!

あぁどれくらい経って もう駄目だって辛い現世突破してオンラインゲーム脳内で
トライ 闇夜 舞い散る流星群 プラネタリウム中継中
振られた理由 浮かれた自分 砕けた地球 掴めない自由
比べたりするから疲れません?そんな恋なんて恋じゃない、それは上辺だけ
本物っていうくらいの超電撃的衝撃 当然、全世界も敵に回す
理屈がどうとかの原理じゃなく ニュータイプ風 脳に流星
Clazy Lovin’Life うっせーな 言うなれば
レントンみたくセブンスウェル起こすLove 滅ぼしちまう
僕の好きなあの子は最終兵器 さよならは無しの哀愁でいと
戻せない時間「このままで良いよ」と人差し指で針を進める

aa dore kurai tatte mou dame da tte tsurai gensei toppa shite onrain geemu nounai de
torai yamiyo maichiru ryuuseigun puranetariumu chuukeichuu
furareta riyuu ukareta jibun kudaketa chikyuu tsukamenai jiyuu
kurabetari suru kara tsukaremasen? sonna koi nante koi ja nai, sore wa uwabe dake
honmono tte iu kurai no choudengekiteki shougeki totsuzen, zensekai mo teki ni mawasu
rikutsu ga dou toka no genri ja naku nyuutaipu-fuu nou ni ryuusei
Clazy Lovin’Life ussee na iu nareba
renton mitaku sebum suueru okosu Love horoboshi chimau
boku no suki na ano ko wa saishuu heiki sayonara wa nashi no aishuu deito
modosenai jikan “kono mama de ii yo” to hitosashiyubi de hari wo susumeru

Ah, no matter how much time passes, it’s useless. I break through this bitter world and play an online game in my mind.
Try! The night is dark. The meteor swarm falls, and we’re hooked up to the planetarium.
I was dumped for some reason. I enjoyed myself. The world broke apart. I can’t reach my freedom.
Isn’t it tiring to compare things? That sort of love isn’t love at all. It’s all just a show.
I feel a super electric shock, which feels like the real thing. Suddenly, I make enemies of the whole world.
How about a reason? It’s not that sort of theory. It’s a sort of new type: meteors in my brain.
Crazy, loving life. How noisy! Or so to speak…
I make a Seven Swell happen, just like Renton. I’ll end up destroying love… (1)
The one I loved is the ultimate weapon. We couldn’t say goodbye, it was a sad date.
Time won’t turn back. “Things are better like this.” I push the needle forward with my index finger.

とうにCrazy Love 強引なまま 放り投げた星屑は流れる
揺れるコンパス、メロディライン 僕と君が手伸ばす日

tou ni Crazy Love gouin na mama hourinageta hoshikuzu wa nagareru
yureru konpasu, merodii rain boku to kimi ga tebanasu hi

I’m crazy in love! While being bossy, I threw it away. The stardust flows.
The compass wavers. A melody line. The day you and I reached out for each other…

(Repeat x3)

とうにCrazy Love とうにCrazy Love とうにCrazy Love とうにCrazy Love
とうにCrazy Love とうにCrazy Love とうにCrazy Love 流星ドライヴ

tou ni Crazy Love tou ni Crazy Love tou ni Crazy Love tou ni Crazy Love
tou ni Crazy Love tou ni Crazy Love tou ni Crazy Love ryuusei doraibu

I’m crazy in love! I’m crazy in love! I’m crazy in love! I’m crazy in love!
I’m crazy in love! I’m crazy in love! I’m crazy in love! Meteor drive!

(Repeat)

朧月夜に姿くらますと 空に願いかけるスターダスト
Crazy 狂ってる 想えば想うほど 闇に一閃 燃え出す心

oborodzukiyo ni sugata kuramasu to sora ni negai kakeru sutaadasuto
Crazy kurutteru omoeba omou hodo yami ni issen moedasu kokoro

I hid myself in the hazy, moonlit night. Then, I sent my wishes to the sky with stardust.
Crazy. The more I feel, the madder I get. My heart starts to burn. It’s a flash in the darkness.

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(1) This is a reference to the anime ‘Eureka Seven.’

かぜなきし || The Wind Cries

susumeかぜなきし
kaze nakishi
The Wind Cries

Vocals: Meramipop (めらみぽっぷ)
Lyrics: RD-Sounds
Arranged by: RD-Sounds
Album: Susume (薦) 【Official Site】
Circle: Diao ye zong (凋叶棕)
Event: C85
Original Themes: –Native Faith [ネイティブフェイス]
Faith is for the Transient People [信仰は儚き人間の為に]

Requested by: Petalite Yuu

英訳だけです。申し訳ありません。

This track is based on the comic of the same name by Iyokan. Unfortunately, I haven’t read it, so please let me know if there are sections that don’t match up with what happens in it.

I get the impression that this song is mostly told from Suwako’s point of view, though there are some small sections where Sanae/her ancestor takes over. In the world of this song, it seems like Sanae’s ancestor was born as a result of forbidden (non-consensual) contact between Suwako and a human. Though Suwako loves Sanae’s ancestor deeply, she is forced to move her to the human world.

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

…I pray that the children of humans will be loved by humans.

…I pray that the children of gods will be loved by the gods.

And if one exists who is both a human and a god, I pray that they will be loved by both.
The wind carries a distant memory.

I stand in a rice paddy. Gold hovers over this sea.
Iron, brought forth by man, becomes our bond.

Gods and humans support each other and make use of each other.
But, ah… they must never come together.

I receive the unstable, fickle prayers of humans.
Though sometimes, I even feel love for them.

…Even so, gods are solitary beings.

My dear child, my sinless child,
Though I celebrate your birth,

I am not permitted to hold you in my arms.
Gods must maintain their position.

Therefore
I am unable to hold my child and weep.

Still, I wanted you to be loved. Where do my thoughts, carried by the wind, go?

You are hidden in a sea of iron, over which dark grey shapes rise,
In which the beliefs that humans clung to gradually vanish…

My path lies in religion.
I do not doubt it, even for a moment.

I receive the resolute prayers offered up to me,
Though I occasionally long to look back.

…But humans are solitary beings.

My beloved humans, my beloved mother.
Even if our blood did not separate us…

If I was loved by you when I was born,
Then I must stand tall, while feeling your love.

Therefore,
I cannot kneel and cry.

I sent thoughts away on the wind, just so she could live. Where did they go?

…I hear a voice calling, “stand up!” With my own hands,
I will discover my own way of life.

I pray, hoping that the wind will blow so they will reach their destination.

My dear child, my distant child!
Once humans have broken their bonds…

Now is the time for me to hug you, stronger than anyone else.
You are worthy of being a living god.

Therefore,
I cast you away, and I am allowed to weep.

Still, I love you. My feelings, carried along by the wind, are right here.

And in the distance, the wind cries.

オレンジデイズ || Orange Days

mccd-010オレンジデイズ
orenji deizu
Orange Days

Vocals: Meramipop (めらみぽっぷ)
Lyrics: Meramipop (めらみぽっぷ)
Arranged by: mono & RI
Album: nyanco 【Official Site】
Circle: monochrome-coat
Event: C83
Original Theme: Diao ye zong (Withered Leaf) [ティアオイエツォン]

Requested by: Vengeance

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色褪せたアルバムめくって
あの頃はとても良かったね
なんて懐かしい思い出に浸って
溢れ出す記憶が重なり

iroaseta arubamu mekutte
ano koro wa totemo yokatta ne
nante natsukashii omoide ni hitatte
afuredasu kioku ga kasanari

I flip through the faded album.
They were such good times, weren’t they?
I bask in nostalgic memories,
Which pour out, one after another.

馬鹿みたいにはしゃいで
ドキドキして
みんな笑ってた子供のように
オレンジデイズ

baka mitai ni hashaide
doki doki shite
minna waratteta kodomo no you ni
orenji deizu

We frolicked around like fools,
With hearts racing.
Everyone was smiling like children.
Orange days.

セピア色に染まる空
あの雲は掴めない
遠くを眺めていた
ぼやけたこの空間
悲しいのはいつも
ここにしまっておくね

sepia-iro ni somaru sora
ano kumo wa tsukamenai
tooku wo nagamete ita
boyaketa kono kuukan
kanashii no wa itsumo
koko ni shimatte oku ne

I can’t grab the clouds
In the sepia-coloured sky.
I gazed into the distance…
The sky has grown dim.
I’ll always put away sad things
Right here.

振り返ってばかりはいられない
しっかり前を見て進むんだ
ずっと描いていた希望の未来に
溢れる感情 止めないで

furikaette bakari wa irarenai
shikkari mae wo mite susumu nda
zutto egaite ita kibou no mirai ni
afureru kanjou tomenaide

I can’t just keep looking back.
I need to firmly look forwards and keep moving.
In the hopeful future I dreamed up,
My emotions are overflowing. Don’t stop them!

馬鹿みたいにはしゃいで
ドキドキした
あの頃と同じ笑顔は一緒
オレンジデイズ

baka mitai ni hashaide
doki doki shita
ano koro to onaji egao wa issho
orenji deizu

We frolicked around like fools,
With hearts racing.
Together, we smile, just like we did back then.
Orange days.

モノクロの風が吹いて
扉の向こう側へ
目の前に広がるの
乾いた花を差し出し
優しい手で包んで
輝き出した未来

monokuro no kaze ga fuite
tobira no mukou gawa e
me no mae ni hirogaru no
kawaita hana wo sashidashi
yasashii te de tsutsunde
kagayaki dashita mirai

A monochrome wind blows
Toward the other side of that door.
The landscape spreads out before my eyes.
I hand you a withered flower
And embrace you tenderly.
The future has begun to shine.

胸を張って言えるよ
輝き出したオレンジデイズ

mune wo hatte ieru yo
kagayaki dashita orenji deizu

I can say it with pride!
Those orange days began to shine.

セピア色に染まる空
あの雲は掴めない
遠くを眺めていた
ぼやけたこの空間
悲しいものはいつも
ここにしまっていおくね

sepia-iro ni somaru sora
ano kumo wa tsukamenai
tooku wo nagamete ita
boyaketa kono kuukan
kanashii no wa itsumo
koko ni shimatte oku ne

I can’t grab the clouds
In the sepia-coloured sky.
I gazed into the distance…
The sky has grown dim.
I’ll always put away sad things
Right here.

束縛式アタッチメント || Attachment Through Shackles

束縛式アタッチメント
sokubakushiki atacchimento
Attachment Through Shackles

Vocals: Luka Megurine(巡音ルカ
Composed by: LamazeP
Composed by: LamazeP
Release Date: July 9, 2016

Requested by: HetaVocaCore
Subtitled video courtesy of HetaVocaCore:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pD3SIS6xDjg

Check out the official video on Youtube!

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「今日の運勢もツイてないね」と
最初から諦めてた いつだって
小さな小さな欲張りが
邪魔になっちゃって夢持っちゃって
人並みあなたにしがみつきたい

“kyou no unsei mo tsuitenai ne” to
saisho kara akirameteta itsu datte
chiisana chiisana yokubari ga
jama ni nacchatte yume mocchatte
hitonami anata ni shigamitsukitai

“I’m not lucky today…” Thinking that,
I gave up from the start. No matter when,
A tiny slither of greed
Gets in my way. I’ve got a dream:
I want to cling to you. Ordinary you…

「愛されたい」なんて
わがままなんですか?
どうなの? 分からない?
無視するのだけはやめてね
愛されたい故に
自己中心寄りでいいんじゃない?
もういいんじゃない?
それで最高じゃない?

“ai saretai” nante
wagamama nan desuka?
dou nano? wakaranai?
mushi suru no dake wa yamete ne
ai saretai yue ni
jikochuushin yori de ii nja nai?
mou ii nja nai?
sore de saikou ja nai?

“I want to be loved.”
Is that selfish of me?
Well? Don’t you know?
Stop ignoring me, at least.
I want to be loved,
So it’s fine if I tend to be selfish, right?
Isn’t that enough?
Isn’t that the best?

キスなんて刺激が足りない
忘れてしまいそうじゃん
だいしゅきホールド Wow
掴めない愛情なんて
壊れてしまえばいいよ
だいしゅきホールド Wow
二度と離さない

kisu nante shigeki ga tarinai
wasurete shimaisou jan
daishuki hoorudo Wow
tsukamenai aijou nante
kowarete shimaeba ii yo
daishuki hoorudo Wow
nido to hanasanai

There’s not enough thrill in a kiss.
I’ll forget all about it!
You’ve got me in a leg lock! Wow!
Love that you can’t lay your hands on
Should just crumble away!
You’ve got me in a leg lock! Wow!
We’ll never be parted again…

気づいてもくれない日常はいつも
孤独死しちゃいそうなくらいに
「ヒトリボッチ?」
愛が満たされないなんて
誰も同じなんて言うけど
こんなに自分が苦しいのに

kidzuite mo kurenai nichijou wa itsumo
kodoku shishichaisou na kurai ni
“hitoribocchi?”
ai ga mitasarenai nante
daremo onaji nante iu kedo
konna ni jibun ga kurushii noni

The days when you won’t acknowledge me are always the same—
I feel like I’m gonna die from being alone.
“All alone?”
Love won’t appease me.
Everyone’s just the same.
I say those words, even though I’m suffering so much.

優しくしてくれただけで
胸の中が溶けるくらい
熱くなっちゃって
泣きそうになっちゃって
あなただけの虜に

yasashiku shite kureta dake de
mune no naka ga tokeru kurai
atsuku nacchatte
nakisou ni nacchatte
anata dake no toriko ni

Through just treating me kindly,
My heart feels like it could melt away.
I’m all hot and flustered
And I feel like I’m gonna cry.
I wanna be a prisoner, just for you.

「愛されたい」なんて
わがままなんですか?
どうなの? 分からない?
無視するのだけはやめてね
愛されたい故に
自己中心寄りでいいんじゃない?
もういいんじゃない?
それで最高じゃない?

“ai saretai” nante
wagamama nan desuka?
dou nano? wakaranai?
mushi suru no dake wa yamete ne
ai saretai yue ni
jikochuushin yori de ii nja nai?
mou ii nja nai?
sore de saikou ja nai?

“I want to be loved.”
Is that selfish of me?
Well? Don’t you know?
Stop ignoring me, at least.
I want to be loved,
So it’s fine for me to be a bit selfish, right?
Isn’t that enough?
Isn’t that the best?

永遠に繋がりたいと
真正面に見つめあいたい
だいしゅきホールド Wow
このまま人肌触れたい
あなたの愛に抱かれたい
だいしゅきホールド Wow

eien ni tsunagaritai to
mashoumen ni mitsume aitai
daishuki hoorudo Wow
kono mama hitohada furetai
anata no ai ni idakaretai
daishuki hoorudo Wow

I want to be tied to you forever
And I want us to look directly at each other.
You’ve got me in a leg lock! Wow!
I wanna touch your skin, just like that.
I wanna be embraced by your love.
You’ve got me in a leg lock! Wow!

キスなんて刺激が足りない
忘れてしまいそうじゃん
だいしゅきホールド Wow
掴めない愛情なんて
壊れてしまえばいいよ
だいしゅきホールド Wow

kisu nante shigeki ga tarinai
wasurete shimaisou jan
daishuki hoorudo Wow
tsukamenai aijou nante
kowarete shimaeba ii yo
daishuki hoorudo Wow

There’s not enough thrill in a kiss.
I’ll forget all about it!
You’ve got me in a leg lock! Wow!
Love that you can’t lay your hands on
Should just crumble away!
You’ve got me in a leg lock! Wow!

信じてる「間違いじゃない」と
汚れた言葉を塞ぐ

shinjiteru “machigai ja nai” to
yogoreta kotoba wo fusagu

I believe you when you say it’s no mistake
So I’ll shut out all those corrupted words.

C91 Roundup

We’ve reached the end of another year, and you know what that means – Winter Comiket is here again!

I’m releasing two albums this time – Side Effect (an Old Adam album) and Welcome to the Satellite (an updated version of my first album). If you’re interested, please check them out! On the Western side of things, there are also new albums out by Frozen Starfall, Solair Echoes, and Orange★Jam. Check them out and support Western artists!

There were a few more albums I wanted to add to my list, but it’s long enough already. Some honourable mentions include ANSWER//TALKER [Konpeki Studio], Wild Sweetheart [A-GEAR], and SYNCHRONICITY (Eternal Melody).


jake1. Shinra-Bansho’s “The Happy Egoist” [シアワセエゴイスト]

XFD || Official Site

Shinra…

BANSHO!

Woo, two albums in one year! I feel so lucky! This album features a new vocalist – Ayo (あよ). She sings in tracks 3 and 5, and both are absolutely divine. Mie is also back with an English-language track. Sadly, azuki only wrote the lyrics for one track. Instead, we have more kaztora lyrics, and more ticat lyrics.

Anyway, it features a great selection of themes, like usual.


tsutae2. Diao ye zong’s “Tsutae” [伝]

XFD || Official Site

The theme of this album seems to be ‘communication.’ More specifically, it follows the structure of a traditional Noh play, mixing vocal performances with non-vocal performances. Like usual, the concept is neat.

This album’s crossfade drew me in more than the crossfades for recent Diao ye zong albums. I guess it’s because there are so many themes in there that we haven’t seen RD arrange before? I’m talking about The Lost Emotion, Pristine Beat, Kasen’s theme, and (of course) Pure Furies. It also features some excellent ‘character’ singing from Merami, which I’ve missed.

Of course, now that Kosuzu finally has a theme related to her, I’m looking forward to seeing what RD can do with it. Perhaps his next album will be called Suzu (鈴)…

[I’m tempted to translate the title as ‘Legend,’ since that seems to be another major theme of the album. I’ll have a better understanding when I get to look at the lyrics, I guess…]


pavilion3. Liz Triangle’s “Secret Pavilion” [ヒミツパビリオン]

XFD || Official Site

Two more events to go now. I wonder if there will be new albums at both of those events… Well, I guess there will have to be something new at C92, since it will be Liz Triangle’s last event. Maybe they’ll release a complete collection or something like that…

Anyway, this is a Sealing Club album, which is unusual for Liz Triangle. It features 5 new arrangements, and 5 old ones. And of course, World of Electrolytes is included! It’s a shame there aren’t any Dr. Latency or Old Adam tracks, but still, it’s kaztora, so the arrangements sound great anyway.


tpk5_l4. Kokyo Active NEETs’ “Touhou Philharmonic Orchestra 5: PoFV” [東方フィルハーモニー交響楽団5 花]

XFD || Official Site

I was really, really looking forward to this album last time… but it was postponed in favour of another Kancolle orchestral album. But, based on a tweet by Akai Ryuusei, this album is coming out at this event! Woo!

I was hoping to see Medicine’s theme on this album, but it isn’t there. Instead, we have Cirno’s theme, which they skipped over when they did EoSD.

Either way, I’m glad to see that this series is still progressing. I think we’ll have two Mountain of Faith albums, except one will be a crossover with Scarlet Weather Rhapsody. Unless they fit Shoot the Bullet in there somewhere…


jacket_big5. BUTAOTOME’s “Paradise Lost” [ぱらだいすろすと – ‘Neko no Anmin DISC’]

XFD || Official Site

Another solid album from BUTAOTOME. It follows their ‘usual’ style, but it draws from an interesting selection of themes (including Satellite TORIFUNE! Finally!). The surprising standout track for me is the third track, an arrangement of Adventurer’s Tavern of the Old World. I say ‘surprising’ because it’s a rare example of a ZUN track I don’t like, and BUTAOTOME makes me like it more. Track 6 is great, too – it’s orchestral, and it gives off strong ‘The Creation God Protects‘ vibes. It’s good to see Paprika experimenting with some new styles! Overall, I’m looking forward to reading and translating the lyrics, like usual.

Oh yeah, in case you missed out on the news, BUTAOTOME are having their major debut next March! Exciting news!


paradox6. Touhou Jihen’s “Boundary Paradox” [限界パラドックス – ‘Genkai Paradokkusu’]

Demo (‘Paranoia’) || Official Site

So, after releasing three singles this year, Touhou Jihen finishes it up with an album. I was expecting it to be the three singles put together in a single album, but it looks like there’s a good amount of new content in here! Only the three title tracks were taken from the singles, so we have 6 new tracks. Exciting!

This album is also full of little surprises. There’s a guest arranger this time! It’s MiYAMO from Conagusuri (こなぐすり). Apparently, they give the album “the coolest EDM vibes.” I’ll take them at their word. IZNA’s also singing a duet with ヒロキ (Hiroki, @higakurerecords). Finally, NSY is contributing death vocals to a track. Why not.

There’s also a special limited event-only single. It’s called ‘錬-len-,’ and it features Chata and lyrics by shuriken. It looks like NSY will incorporate it in a future album as well, so keep your fingers crossed because we’ll never hear it otherwise…


ringing7. Ringing Volcano’s “My Scarlet Devil Mansion” [私の紅魔館 – ‘Watashi no Koumakan’]

XFD || Official Site

This album is focused on the Scarlet Devil Mansion crew, which I wasn’t too thrilled about. But come on, the album sounds amazing anyway. ‘Mercury’ in particular is like something from another dimension. It’s simply stunning. I talked about wanting RD to arrange Kosuzu’s theme, but I’m really looking forward to seeing what Ringing Volcano will do with it. After all, Kosuzu is basically this circle’s mascot!

Also, I just want to stress that a downloadable version of this album is available to download now! It’s being sold through Ringing Volcano’s BOOTH page. I can’t express just how happy that makes me, and I really wish more circles would do that.


memories8. Ringing Volcano’s “Memories From This Year -2016-” [今年の思い出 -2016- ‘Kotoshi no Omoide -2016-‘]

XFD || Official Site

Another Ringing Volcano album, and this one is also available on BOOTH. It’s basically a ‘best of’ album, with generous selections from each album. I didn’t really need to pick it up, since I have all of Ringing Volcano’s albums, but I decided to get it anyway. The last 4 tracks are from singles that were released throughout the year, so they’re kind of rare, so it’s worth getting this compilation just for those tracks alone.

Plus, how can I not support a circle who’s so willing to put their stuff up for digital purchase? I’d be so poor if more circles did that…


halozy-room9. Halozy’s “A Constellation of Dog-and-Cat-Like Electronic Songs” [犬猫的電子座曲]

XFD || Official Site

I have no idea what that title’s supposed to mean, or even if I’ve interpreted it correctly.

Anyway, this album is a 14-track bonanza of the greatest macaroom tracks featured in Halozy’s past albums. I’ve already translated quite a few of them. As a compilation album alone, it’s worth buying, but 4 of those 14 tracks are new! And…

One of them features IZNA as a vocalist. That’s right, if I’ve read Asahi’s Twitter updates correctly, Touhou Jihen’s IZNA is singing a track by Asahi. Just thinking about it makes me excited!


cloud10. Floating Cloud’s “Touhou Irish 8”

XFD || Official Site

It feels like it’s been so long since Touhou Irish 7. But Floating Cloud is back!

This time, they have a vocal track. And… it’s Wind of Agartha. Oh my gosh. I nearly fell out of my seat when I heard that familiar melody. It feels like an eternity since I’ve heard that theme arranged, and this arrangement is simply stunning.

Anyway, it’s Touhou. It’s Irish-style. It’s excellent.


mameya11. Mameya’s “Secret Sealing Club Piano Arrangements: 雪音終永” [秘封倶楽部ピアノアレンジ「雪音終永」]

XFD || Official Site

I’ve never really paid much attention to this circle before, so I was surprised by the quality of these piano arrangements. The album’s focused on Dateless Bar “Old Adam,” too, which is a bonus! As was the case with BUTAOTOME, this circle’s arrangement of Adventurer’s Tavern of the Old World makes me dislike the original theme less. How strange.

The album has a bit of a classical feel to it, but the liberal improvisation on the original themes keeps it fresh and interesting. It’s kind of like you’re listening to someone writing a poem.


twice12. “TWICE,” by Hatsunetsumiko’s

XFD || Official Site

After what feels like 3 years of dance tracks, Hatsunetsumiko’s has returned to its original(?) pop-ish style. Following on from this, the dance side of Hatsunetsumiko’s has been christened ‘Danceness☆miko’s,’ contrasting with Alkaloid’s ‘Darkness†miko’s.’ To be honest, I’m just surprised to hear Japanese lyrics in Hatsunetsumiko’s again. I really like the vibe of all of the tracks, but I have a soft spot for Sunshine in the Rain. It’s just so peppy and positive!


artworks-000199813485-7m1i1f-t500x50013. Akatsuki Records’ “KILLOVE FIREPROOF”

XFD || Official Site

Stack Bros. is my idol. And this album is pretty much all Stack Bros.

I didn’t even know I wanted a track like DANGO ON FIRE, but it’s here, and I love it. The other tracks are great, too – track 5 is like that haunted castle track we saw before, with strong Tim Burton vibes.

If that’s not enough, Stack herself gave arranging a go, and was in charge of track 7. Considering it’s her first time arranging, she did a pretty good job. I’m looking forward to seeing how her style develops.


cat14. BUTAOTOME’s “Touhou Keyboard Cat 13″ [東方猫鍵盤12 – ‘Touhou Nekokenban 13’]

XFD || Official Site

Somewhere along the line, these albums stopped being purely about the piano, and turned into broader ‘instrumental’ albums. I’m quite happy with this change, and you can really tell how Paprika has evolved as an arranger. This time, each track is based on a particular region of the world. My favourite tracks so far are the third one (Old Yuanxian), and track 8 (a lovely Spanish version of Flower Land). It’s a diverse album, and there’s definitely something in there for every listener!


xion15. xi-on’s “GROOVY MOON”

XFD || Official Site

The official site describes this album as a ‘jazz/funk/fusion’ album, and it certainly lives up to that description. Each track is so groovy! It’s also a LoLK-only album, featuring favourites of mine like Eternal Spring Dream and The Reversed Wheel of Fortune. I like the balance of this album – not every track is loud and in-your-face, and the more subdued tracks, like ‘September Pumpkin,’ give you time to breathe. If only they had a real brass section – they’d probably top Tokyo Active NEETs if they did that.


tama16. TAMAONSEN’s “STILLING”

XFD || Official Site

TAMAONSEN appears to have settled back into a regular stream of releases. This album lacks the grittiness of Another Line, which I’m a bit disappointed about, but the typical TAMAONSEN quality is there. I quite like track 4 – Dream Land arrangements are so rare. The vocalist kind of reminds me of Paprika.

I’m still waiting for Comp and Paprika’s Imperishable Night rap album…


yuuhei-neets17. Yuuhei Shoujo Active NEETs’ “Act 1, Concerto: Even the Blossoming Flowers Will Eventually Scatter”[第1幕 協奏曲「色は匂へど散りぬるを」 SIDE A]

XFD || Official Site

This is a collaboration between Yuuhei Satellite/Shoujo Fractal and Kokyo Active NEETs. Yes, you read that correctly, some of Yuuhei Satellite/Shoujo Fractal’s greatest hits are being performed by the crew behind the Touhou Philharmonic Orchestra albums. It alternates between vocal tracks and orchestral-only tracks. The demo hadn’t been released while I was writing this, so it’s at #13 based on anticipation alone. Side B is also being released, featuring an ‘opposite’ tracklist to SIDE A (vocal instead of orchestral, and vice versa). I wonder if you have to buy both CDs separately…?

Funny story – I saw 森羅万象に触れて in the description of one of Yuuhei Satellite’s C91 albums, and I got pretty excited because I thought it was a collaboration with Shinra-Bansho (森羅万象). It isn’t.


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18. Pizuya’s Cell’s “Intersecting Distortion” [交錯ディストーション – Kousaku Distortion]

XFD || Official Site

This album didn’t leave a strong first impression on me, but having listened to the demo a second time, I think I’ll actually like it. I think I’ll like it quite a bit. I mean, personally, I don’t think it’s possible to release a better album than The Maze of Time Paradoxia, but this is pretty good. I like the first track – it reminds me of Capgras Syndrome, which is still one of my favourite Pizuya tracks.


kosuzu19. AramiTama’s “Inkstone Noises: Frequency Scroll” (硯音 Frequency Scroll)

XFD || Official Site

“The sounds and melodies of the maidens who might someday become youkai…”

Hot off the heels of Dateless Steam Visions, released during Kouroumu 12, AramiTama is back with another full-sized album! As you can tell by the cover art, it features several arrangements of Kosuzu’s/FS’ theme, along with a few other themes. I’m surprised Arami managed to get them out so quickly…

The album as a whole pretty much sticks to the usual formula (synthesised sounds and heavy percussion), which is a winning formula, so that’s fine by me. Apart from the Kosuzu tracks, I really like the sound of tracks 4 and 6. Listening to the demo makes me want to work on an FM-synth inspired album of my own…


tribal20. Cajiva’s Gadget Shop’s “TRIBAL TUNING MECHANISM”

XFD || Official Site

This album seems to be some sort of ‘best of’ collection, featuring arrangements by Cajiva that have appeared on the CDs of other circles. The official site finally answered one of my longstanding questions – yes, Cajiva actually does use a real vocalist. Her name is Atori, from As/Hi.

Like usual, Cajiva offers his unique tribal house style. This means that the tracks get quite gritty and dirty, and they have a lot of character. The bass is quite strong, too, and at some points it doesn’t quite match up with what’s going on in the melody, which makes you feel uneasy.


pianism21. SOUND HOLIC’s “TOHO PIANISM III”

XFD || Official Site

Thankfully, the wait between II and III was much shorter this time. As the title suggests, this series features piano-only arrangements of your favourite Touhou themes. Is it just me, or are we seeing more and more of them lately…? Putting that aside, the tracklist looks pretty good. My eyes immediately stopped on The Lost Emotion, Faraway 380,000-Kilometer Voyage, and Desire Drive. Like the above album, there’s no demo yet, but this should be a quality release.


22. Touhou PARTYBOX03, presented by Melonbooks

XFD (Disc 1) (Disc 2) || Official Site

Melonbooks has taken up Toranoana’s mantle, and has another Partybox album for us this time. I’m only looking out for the BUTA, Shinra-Bansho, and RD tracks. So… that’s pretty much 4 tracks. Interestingly, though, the third disc contains old tracks from some circles… and they’ve actually been rearranged! Wow!

I’m quite excited for the Shinra-Bansho track, though – it’s a Bucuresti arrangement, and the vocalist is Ayaponzu*. She’s quickly becoming Shinra-Bansho’s main vocalist…

Which reminds me, I’m still hurting because Shinra-Bansho’s last release was that event-limited CD I’ll never be able to listen to…


ddby23. DDBY’s “Two Travelers in the Wilderness 2: Trojan Green Asteroid” [荒野の旅人2 鳥船遺跡 ~ Trojan Green Asteroid]

XFD || Official Site

This is an instrumental album, featuring arrangements of themes from Trojan Green Asteroid in a variety of different genres. Trojan Green Asteroid is my favourite Sealing Club Album, so I’m glad to see it get some more love! I like track 3 the most – the vibe suits Trojan Asteroid Jungle really well, and I like the swells in the melodic instruments. I can’t say no to track 6, either.

Maybe next time we’ll get Synth de Touhou 3? That would be nice…


logical24. logical emotion’s “Touhou Project: acoustic arranged instruments 3”

XFD || Official Site

This album seems to focus mainly on Shoot the Bullet, though the LoLK rabbits are well-represented, too. It’s quite chilled-out, stripped back to just piano, bass, and/or percussion. I’m looking forward to hearing the September Pumpkin arrangement.

Listening to stuff like this makes me want to make a stripped-back album of my own.


25 + 26. Nanagen Straße’s (七幻シュトラーセ) “DESTINY” and “VISION”

XFD (Destiny) (Vision) || Official Site (Destiny) (Vision)

This circle is an offshoot of Rokugen Alice that started up earlier this year. Based on the demos for both albums, it seems as though this circle’s signature style involves bombastic orchestral/trance arrangements, accompanied by a stern, dramatic reading of a text. DESTINY is an Old Adam album, and VISION is a PoFV album. The demos make you feel like the world is ending around you. They have that sort of apocalyptic charm. Is charm even the right word…?

I’m not entirely sold on the female vocals, but I have a feeling that they’ll grow on me. Overall, though, I’m afraid that I’ll be sick of the dramatic verse-reading thing after listening to two albums of it. But then again, I love it when people talk over music (see Pizuya’s classic legend tracks), so that’s unlikely. Once I’m more familiar with this circle, they might jump up my lists pretty quickly – I have high hopes for them!


pz227. Pizuya’s Cell’s “Irony Juuhachi Bancha” [アイロニー十八番茶]

XFD || Official Site

Another Godwood piano album. This time, the tracks covered come from Impossible Spell Card. It also features a cool, jazzy arrangement of Eternal Short-Lived Reign.

I’m… not quite sure what else to say.


fluster-escape28. FELT’s “Fluster Escape”

XFD || Official Site

FELT continues to puzzle me, yet soothe my soul at the same time. To start off with, ‘Different Kind of Love’ is amazing, and might possibly become one of my favourite FELT tracks. The last two tracks are beautiful, too.

Putting that aside, though, there is a massive elephant in the room. And that elephant is how loud the first two tracks on the demo are. I’m hoping that it’s just a glitch in the demo, because they’re… almost painful to listen to. Maybe it’s just me…?


Shinigiwa Satellite is also releasing their 3rd album.