月光 gekkou Moonlight original: Selene's light from: 東方幻想郷 ～ Lotus Land Story arrangemnt/lyrics: コンプ (Comp) vocals: ランコ (Ranko) album: Music Room Vol.02/魔女たちの音楽室 (Majo-tachi no Ongakushitsu) circle: 豚乙女 (BUTAOTOME)
貴方と繋ぐ想い anata to tsunagu omoi Emotions Connecting Us to You original: Peaceful from: 東方幻想郷 ～ Lotus Land Story arrangement: 魔王/神奈森ユウ (Maou/Kanamori Yuu) lyrics: Marcia vocals: Marcia/天宮みや (Amamiya Miya)/あよ (Ayo)/あやぽんず＊ (Ayaponzu) album: 幻想コネクト/貴方と繋ぐ想い (Genso Connect/Anata to Tsunagu Omoi) circle: 森羅万象+幽閉サテライト&少女フラクタル (Shinra Bansho + Yuuhei Satellite/Shoujo Fractal)
„A song to assist us all in fighting against the current incident!“
Reitaisai 17 and Comiket 98 have been suspended, and the circumstance that we cannot leave the house unless absolutely necessary goes on, but after thinking about if maybe there’s something we could do after all, we came up with this collaboration!
It will still take time until the corona situation goes back to normal, so in order to get back our peaceful everyday lives, let’s all join forces and do our best to overcome it!
花はうつりにけりな hana wa utsuri ni keri na The Flowers Have Transformed original: 眠れる恐怖 ～ Sleeping Terror from: 東方幻想郷 ～ Lotus Land Story arrangement: SHiN lyrics: Marcia vocals: 姫城碧海 (Himeki Ami) album: 幸せの行方 (Shiawase no Yukue) circle: 少女フラクタル (Shoujo Fractal)
The song title refers to a poem by Ono no Komachi. It is part of the poem collection kokin wakshuu, in which the term “color” is used as a synonym for “passion”. A flower’s color however is fleeting, and this knowledge influences the way in which we perceive its color and the way it makes us feel.
The whole poem is as follows:
hana no iro wa utsuri ni keri na itazura ni
wa ga mi yo ni furu nagame seshi ma ni
It describes the feeling of the transience of cherry blossom’s beauty, which is so fragile that the cherry blossoms fall even after a short and gentle rain shower. The poem also uses the metaphoric meaning of “flower” which stands for a person’s youth. So the poem is about recognizing and lamenting the transience of beauty and life in general. However, these things don’t transform to be ugly, but to a different type of beauty.
That was a very short summary of the poem’s analysis, so I recommend you check out a full analysis for yourself! I used a German book as reference (“Im Garten der Stille”), so it probably won’t help you much if you don’t speak German (˘ω˘)
This is the first time I’m more excited for a release of Shoujo Fractal than for Yuuhei’s! The theme of Fractal’s new album seems to be “transcience of life”, so I’m already looking forward to how the songs will turn out to be.
創造 souzou Creation original: アリスマエステラ (Alice Maestra) from: 東方幻想郷 ～ Lotus Land Story arrangement: パプリカ (Paprika) lyrics/vocals: ランコ (Ranko) album: 異端審問 (Itanshinmon) circle: 豚乙女 (BUTAOTOME)
This is a ReiMari song, but it’s unclear whose point of view is described here. For some reason I think it’s Marisa’s, but there’s absolutely no reason for me to believe that. : P
Alice Maestra is my favorite theme and Paprika did a very good job at arranging it. It’s nice to hear such a calm and gentle take on the original theme!
地図のない場所へ chizu no nai basho e To A Place With No Map original: Magic Shop of Raspberry from: 東方幻想郷 ~ Lotus Land Story arrangement: K2 lyrics: 黒岩サトシ (Kuroiwa Satoshi) vocals: Luna album: 韻耀-Yin-Yang- circle: C-CLAYS
―――― I seek out a power as strong as yours. No way I’d desire a shortcut.