All Kalafina songs are fairly easy to make English translyrics for – the songs are generally not that upbeat and the rhythms easy to work with (usually, what makes translyrics hard is figuring out which syllables to stretch for more than one note). So since Kalafina songs are so pleasant to translate and because Kalafina happens to be my favourite band, I think I might do the EDs of the entire Kara no Kyoukai series. Each ED incorporates motifs from the movie’s OSTs, as both the EDs and OSTs are composed by Yuki Kajiura and sung by Kalafina.
For “Oblivious” (ED of movie 1: Fukan Fuukei/An Overlooking View), I took a more liberal approach with the lyrics. Even though it’s easily one of Kajiura’s best lyrics, I ended up altering a lot of bits, but in ways that make sense in the context of the film. After all, Kajiura’s best strength as a lyricist is probably her ability to write lyrics that match the anime the song goes with. Here we are —
Knowing so well I can fly up in the air
Like a gentle butterfly,
As I spread my wings I tremble from the height
All alone, trapped in the sky
Where are you headed for?
That faraway mirage you chased without a reason
Sometime, it’ll leave you in tatters
Our future path, all but an illusion
Now when two hearts cross to share one emptiness
In an embrace ever so tight
True sorrow rises from within the gap
Look, it sets its wings to flight
I reach for the daylight,
Before I wake to see that it’s the middle of the night
Like a moth, I know I’ll die plunging
Into the light
I believe you and I will exceed even the night
And the morn, And the noon, And the stars, And the dews
And the spring, And the fall, And the winds, And the times
And the seas, And the lands, And the skies
“We go further in the destiny”
Promise that you’ll be there?
With growing weight, this love is getting difficult to bear
Someday, it’ll quaver and tumble
Towards a future for two
Oh, where do you head for?
That narrow stream will ebb and flow until eternity
With a song, so mournful and holy
The path ahead is gently unfolding
- Because I was very fascinated by the butterfly allegory in the film, I made the choice of alluding to it in my translyrics. For those unfamiliar with the film, there’s a part where one of our protagonists, Kokutou, mentions dreaming of a butterfly chasing after a dragonfly. In fear of falling behind, the butterfly flaps its wings furiously, but ends up dropping dead from exhaustion. Kokutou’s final comment on it is that the butterfly would have stayed in the air if it was satisfied with just drifting, but it chose to fly and caused its own death. The idea of drifting vs. flying, wandering vs. searching really struck a chord with me when I was watching the film.
- The moth plunging into the light was also something I added, just because it felt appropriate. Perhaps Kirie Fujo, the woman who insinuates suicides of high school girls as the main antagonist, is really more of a moth – the butterfly’s overshadowed cousin. Yet, despite the gloom, Kirie is full of self-destructive passion – the passion to see the world around her and escape her life of immobility and neglect – which adds to her resemblance to a moth.
- “We go further in the destiny” doesn’t really make sense, but it was originally in English, so I left it like that.
So that’s all I have today! A late Merry Christmas to everyone, and Happy Boxing Day if you’re in Canada or the UK~ I don’t have the courage to brave the Boxing Day crowd, so I’ll probably stay home and enjoy the warmth of my room and slowly obliterate the gingerbread army that I baked.