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    Default Yurica Nagasawa - Shinkirou (Just a check to see if I correctly understood the song)

    Hi everyone,

    I just finished translated the opening of the PS1 video game Lightning Legend: Daigo no Daibouken, "Shinkirou" (Mirage) by Yurica Nagasawa.

    The song's energic BGM is pretty fitting for this Fighting game, but as I translated the song, seems like the lyrics absolutely aren't. So I'd like to ask your opinion:

    To me, I understood the song's story as a extremely passionate, dare I say borderline destructive, lesbian love (mostly due to the use of female-based particle "wa", and a few lines like the use of "onna" in the lyrics for the sung "hito", or the "dark-purple polished nails" bit). Am I correct in my interpretation?


    Here are the Japanese lyrics, followed by my translation:

    忘れないで もう一度出逢う
    運命はこの愛の味方
    忘れないで 時さえも越える
    あなたの隣に生まれるわ

    暗闇も孤独も怖くない 夜は慰めだもの
    うなされてすぐ消える
    夢だって貴方に逢えるから

    砂漠の空 つないだ指の隙間を狙って
    あなたをわしづかみする
    葡萄色したマニキュアの爪

    命を焦がしてく太陽に
    涙が乾きつくされても
    あなたの微笑みは蜃気楼
    女(ひと)は求めずにいられない

    ひからびて風に散る花でも 最後まで花がいい
    憎んでよ 憎むほど
    ねえ私忘れられないでしょう

    砂漠の果て 哀しみさえも生きてる証
    あきらめる痛みより
    愛してく苦しみを選ぶわ

    命を焦がしてく太陽に
    涙が乾きつくされても
    あなたの微笑みは蜃気楼
    女(ひと)は求めずにいられない

    忘れないで もう一度出逢う
    どこまでも追い駆けて行くわ
    忘れないで 何度でも出逢う
    あなたの隣に生まれるわ

    命を焦がしてく太陽に
    涙が乾きつくされても
    あなたの微笑みは蜃気楼
    女(ひと)は求めずにいられない


    Don't forget me, we'll meet once again
    As fate is the ally of this love
    Don't forget me, I'll cross even time
    So I'll be born by your side.

    I'm not afraid of either darkness or solitude, the night is something that comforts me
    When a nightmare torments me, it soon disappears,
    Because I can meet you in my dreams.

    Under the desert's sky, I aim for the aperture of your connecting fingers
    And grab
    Those dark-purple polished nails of yours.

    Even if my tears were to be dried up
    Under the life-scorching sun,
    Your smile is a mirage
    That women can't help but to seek.

    Even if the flowers shrivel and are scattered by the wind, they'll be fine till the end
    Hate me, but more than hating me,
    Say, you can't forget about me, can't you?

    At the ends of the desert, even sadness is a proof of living
    Rather than the pain of giving up,
    I choose the hardship of loving

    Even if my tears were to be dried up
    Under the life-scorching sun,
    Your smile is a mirage
    That women can't help but to seek.

    Don't forget me, we'll meet once again
    I'll go and chase after you no matter where you are
    Don't forget me, we'll meet again and again
    As I'll be born by your side.

    Even if my tears were to be dried up
    Under the life-scorching sun,
    Your smile is a mirage
    That women can't help but to seek.



    Could you also please check out if the translation is okay? If my interpretation of the song is correct, I can then say I'm confident in my translation, but just in case.

    Also, another thing I'd like to ask, regarding the "onna - hito" bit: if the lesbian love interpretation is correct, isn't it better to then translate the line as: "That even women can't help but to seek.", in order to make more apparent she's saying that the girl has a smile that attract all people (hito), and even women (onna)?


    Thanks a ton in advance for your help!
    Last edited by AceNoctali; 06-17-2011 at 12:55 PM.
    人の悲しみがわかる優しさと
    人の悲しみを救える勇気と
    人の悲しみに打ち勝つ力を
    『「ファイアーエムブレム:聖戦の系譜」のA-ランクエンディング』

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    Default Re: Yurica Nagasawa - Shinkirou (Just a check to see if I correctly understood the so

    I agree with the "passion" and "love" part, but I don't think it's lesbian love lol.

    The way I see it, the singer, the protagonist, the "I" in the lyrics, is a female, no question. The use of "wa" also further reinforces this fact. However, the protagonist is most likely speaking to a male ("anata"). I mean, sure, the "anata" in question could be another female, but I think a male would be more fitting here. I don't see anything that suggests "anata" is another female...



    あなたをわしづかみする
    葡萄色したマニキュアの爪
    Here the
    dark-purple polished nails refer to the protagonist's nails.
    "I seize you with my
    dark-purple polished nails."

    女(ひと)は求めずにいられない
    女(ひと) refers to the protagonist, as well as women in general.
    "I, as well as other women, cannot stop seeking (after their loved one)."


    Also:

    憎んでよ 憎むほど
    ねえ私忘れられないでしょう
    Please hate me. The more you hate me,
    the more you'll be unable to forget me, right?

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    Default Re: Yurica Nagasawa - Shinkirou (Just a check to see if I correctly understood the so

    AH!!! The dark-purple nails was the protagonist's, not her loved one's!! How haven't I seen it before, I misinterpreted the line's construction! Indeed, that makes much more sense that way, and completely clears out the lesbian thing. Thank you a ton for the clarification!

    And, excellent suggestion about the "hate" line! Now that you say it, it's a much better translation of the line, thanks!


    Just a last thing: for the "can't help but seek", I would have interpreted as "after his smile" rather than "after their loved one", due to how it flows with the "your smile is a mirage" line. Unless I'm mistaken?
    人の悲しみがわかる優しさと
    人の悲しみを救える勇気と
    人の悲しみに打ち勝つ力を
    『「ファイアーエムブレム:聖戦の系譜」のA-ランクエンディング』

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    Default Re: Yurica Nagasawa - Shinkirou (Just a check to see if I correctly understood the so

    Quote Originally Posted by AceNoctali View Post
    Just a last thing: for the "can't help but seek", I would have interpreted as "after his smile" rather than "after their loved one", due to how it flows with the "your smile is a mirage" line. Unless I'm mistaken?
    oh yea, that line is free to interpretation. it probably has a more generic meaning, and I just said love as an example, so "smile" works, too, if you wish to relate it back to the previous line. =)

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    Default Re: Yurica Nagasawa - Shinkirou (Just a check to see if I correctly understood the so

    Okay, I see.

    Thank you very much all your help, I'm glad I was right to ask for checks. I'll make sure to give you credits for your help in the song's notes when I'll submit it!
    人の悲しみがわかる優しさと
    人の悲しみを救える勇気と
    人の悲しみに打ち勝つ力を
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    Default Re: Yurica Nagasawa - Shinkirou (Just a check to see if I correctly understood the so

    @AceNoctali
    Nah, that's not necessary, lol. But I appreciate your appreciation. XD

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    Default Re: Yurica Nagasawa - Shinkirou (Just a check to see if I correctly understood the so

    Ha ha I really appreciate it, but please allow me to insist. I've credited AzureDark in the past with some of my Tokimeki Memorial song translations, why shouldn't I do the same with you?
    人の悲しみがわかる優しさと
    人の悲しみを救える勇気と
    人の悲しみに打ち勝つ力を
    『「ファイアーエムブレム:聖戦の系譜」のA-ランクエンディング』

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