Immortalizing Jyukai on YouTube!

Having only slept for three hours, I desperately tried to find a way to make the most of my “free” time. Then, it hit me. I’ve always wanted to upload the obscure Jyukai songs which nobody ever listens to! In fact, these three are my top favorite songs and yet they are on the verge of being thrown into the void of forgotten music.

Well, it stops now!

I have now uploaded the three songs on YouTube! I even took the liberty of painstakingly placing English subtitles on each of the videos, just so you can enjoy them at the fullest (which took me several hours by the way)! So turn on the subtitles/CC portion of the YouTube video, make sure to play them on the highest quality available, and enjoy! :)

Shintouka
心灯歌 -しんとうか-
The Heart’s Lamp

Released in 2007 as part of the harvest album and was an original single part of the “almost” compilation disc. This was the first song that truly struck a chord or two in me.

Kaerimichi
帰り道
The Way Home

A piano+vocals piece released as part of the 2007 single Ai no Hoshi/Hanamuke no Melody in 2007. It’s just pure soul.

Omoide ni Naru Mae ni
想い出になる前に
Before You Turn into Memories

Probably the last single that will ever be released by Jyukai. It became part of the compilation album Jyukai BEST ~stairway to the future~ in 2010. The summation of everything Jyukai rolled into one and still my top favorite.

That’s it! I hope you liked them!

Planetarian is going to be released in Steam!

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And this is totally uncalled for!

Apparently, a certain visual novel publisher in the West named Sekai Project is going to release Visual Art’s/Key’s kinetic novel Planetarian: Chiisana Hoshi no Yume.

Wow! Nobody saw that coming (except the guys at the Sekai Project, I suppose)! I’ve written a little something about planetarian before and it’s a must read!

In any case, it’s nice to see some recent VNs coming to the West. Here’s to hoping Little Busters! or Clannad makes the cut as well. :)

Source: Siliconera

Let the past be not forgotten!

Since my last post was about Jyukai, the very reason this blog was up in the first place, let’s continue to bring back the past with two more of my favorites. :)

『Lullaby』

Lyrics : Manami
Music & Arrangement : Yoshiaki Dewa
Vocals : Jyukai

Before I knew it, it’s like as if you won’t disappear
I let you entwine our fingers, breathe in the same air, and sleep at a distance from each other

No one knows about tomorrow
That’s why I only keep on blinking, they’re burnt into my memories
Our time together, your actions,
I love you so much that it makes me feel uneasy.

Let me hear your words
Telling me, “You don’t have to cry anymore”, always
Let me hear it, that you’ll stay by my side more
Sing to me, until I fall asleep

Sometimes, you would show me your constantly quiet side
I’m happy about my complaints of it, that I’ve come to live for you

I’ll say “I’m truly sorry” with my immature love
Don’t think about things like being worn out
I’m a coward. Because, there is nothing else that I’m afraid of losing
More than you

Hey, embrace my body
Tell me, “You don’t have to cry anymore”
Hey, embrace me, like as if I can feel your body’s temperature
Sing to me, until I fall asleep

Because, the one who did so for me
I’m certain, yes, that it was you

So softly, like a cradle, it’s so warm being in your arms

Let me hear it now, with your voice, your words
Telling me about my sobbing self
Embrace me, strongly, strongly
Tell me, “You don’t need to have bad dreams anymore”
Will you sing to me? Until I fall asleep

『Starlight』

Lyrics : Manami Watanabe
Music : Yoshiaki Dewa
Arrangement : Yoshiaki Dewa, Zentaro Watanabe
Vocals : Jyukai

Hey, I was able to think there is no such thing like a night that never turns to dawn
It’s because you were always there

“Don’t go anywhere, okay?” That’s how I strongly feel but
What could I do for you?

If I find a shooting star, will my wish be granted?
I wonder whether it will carry my unspoken words to you

“Thank you.” I want to convey this song to you from my heart
Because now, the feelings I realized are here with me
Leaning on your shoulder and having my fingers entwined with yours
The starlight that illuminated my clumsy steps

Hey, can you hear my voice calling for you?
Is it reaching into that heart of yours?

I found a shooting star under the same sky
So that I can protect your smile until the very end, forever…

The radiant, overlooked starlight in the clear, blue sky
I can’t say the words as well as my beloved feelings but
“Thank you.” I want to convey this song to you from my heart
Because now, I will never forget the feelings I realized

Ever wondered how my blog name came to be?

Rather than Googling it, let me just show you.

『Farewell Gift Melody』

「Aa Megami-sama ~Tatakau Tsubasa~ Ending Theme」

Lyrics : Manami
Music & Arrangement : Yoshiaki Dewa
Vocals : Jyukai

Earrings swaying in the orange setting sun and evening breeze,
Your eyes were cast down on the bench,
If you put out your cigarette, it’s “farewell”.

Because our last memories were all happy smiles
I won’t cry anymore

We who have been torn apart, some day in the future
Lets bloom a lovely, big flower
Goodbye, goodbye, with my trembling lips
I’ll send you a farewell kiss…softly

The veranda which the swallow left from, there are two sandals huddled together
Hey, our memories were scattered even to a place like this
Such dearly loved days

Just like this sky I looked up at,
Where are those things which never change?

At the yet unseen road that is made misty with my tears
The me who have been standing there, I wonder if I can become strong
Despite that, despite that, a new sun will rise, tomorrow will come
Even I…will surely too

To have things lost, and to gain something
“On that day when you pretended to be calm and waved at me”
I don’t regret it one bit

We who have been torn apart, some day in the future
Lets bloom a lovely, big flower
To have such days, to have such days where I loved someone so much,
Giving me a farewell gift… Yes, please believe me

An Ode To You, Dear Ones

“The place changes and goes, like a wind, like clouds…” so does the song say. I’ve been here forever when I was a kid and now that I’m a bit grown up, I endlessly look for this one place that will make my heart melt away. Now that I’m here again, take me away. I… didn’t want to see it like this. Not anymore. Please stop.

A town is like a family. No, scrap that. A town is a family. My family. Every single one of them – Aunt Irene, Grandma Lauren, Sabeen, my childhood friend. I can go on but.. it’s not going to help me stay upright on my two feet. Each and every one of them, I would have wanted to say “Thank you. I’ve done nothing for you but you make me feel like I’m home everywhere.” You see, home is not a place, but a state of mind, a feeling.

I had to leave. You all knew that my single parent was in dire need of help, but I couldn’t let you guys do all the work for me. I needed to be strong myself. I needed to let you all know that I can handle it. That I’m grown up. That I can be independent. And that once all is said and done, you’d all be proud of me. For that is what I want to be – someone you can be proud of. Because I lived in a family of selfless people. My dreams.. They were your dreams too, weren’t they? You see, family is not people with the same blood as yours, but a state of mind, a feeling.

And I did. I found a community outside. People, company, friends, more loved ones. It was a great feeling. Happiness, tragedy, fear – they were all mixed up in a way I wouldn’t have thought out to be. It was inexplicable to me at first, but you all knew these things right? But somewhere, somehow, I still longed for that certain warmth. And then you look at the birds – they have wings – freedom to go wherever they want to go. Then sometimes, you get frustrated how they always come back at the same exact spot when there’s too much of the world to look at.

I didn’t understand that at first. But I do now.

They wanted to be back home right? Back to their family? I wonder how it felt like living in the air? Because then, there would be no earthquakes to shatter everyone’s homes, no tsunamis to take the lives of everyone you love, shattering your heart. This isn’t a scene of my home… This.. is just.. fantasy… Please tell me.. This isn’t true… Somebody wake me up!!! Please!!! I’m.. begging you..

“The place changes and goes, like a wind, like clouds… like the traces of the heart”.