Sengoku Night Blood ~ Theory of Justice ~

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Here is Kenshin’s song!

Note1: I’m glad I looked up his line “不滅の光芒” because it literally means “undying light” and it makes sense on the surface if you think about the light as being a representation of all that is good and just. However, I’ve noticed that Prince Shoutoku (credited as the founder of Japanese Buddhism) uses “不滅の光芒” to describe the souls of those who died in battle and were loyal, faithful, heroic, etc etc. So I think it actually has that meaning too. Not to mention Kenshin was a Zen-Buddhist. The more you know!!

Note2: English lines are italicized because they’re the same in Japanese and English.

Note3: I COULDN’T RESIST. The line “意識開花” could be translated as “blooming consciousness/awareness” because “意識” means consciousness and awareness. But since we’re on such a Zen-Buddhist kick I decided to slide in the seventh higher consciousness taught in Zen-Buddhism, known as the manas-vijnana.

Note4: I don’t know what to call these but please think of this when you hear picture scroll.

正義論
Theory of Justice

天つ蒼穹に よく映える Wisteria Blue
The heavenly blue skies shine a clear wisteria blue
雑念捨てて 放つのさ 不滅の光芒を
Throw away worldly thoughts and set free those immortal beam of lights

Wave a flag of strong faith now

ギリギリの戦だろうが 義理堅き情 手に取り
Whether it is a close battle or not, I take in hand a strong sense of duty
Stand up! Stand up! Strive for justice
地響き鳴らし進もうか 意識開花しテリトリー
How about we make the earth tremor and resound with our advance // This territory blooms with manas-vijnana
Rise up! Rise up! We carry out justice
「助けを呼ぶ声がする」
“A voice calls out for help”

揺れる世情を詠にして 聴かせよう 今夜にも
Compose a poem on this swaying human nature and let us listen to it tonight as well
義を突き通す・・・それこそが求む調和 そのもの
Penetrate justice… that itself is what seeking harmony means

Put your fighting spirit into your blade

ジリジリと攻め立てようか 気高き大儀を抱き
How about we make an incessant and scorching onslaught // Embrace a noble and great cause
Stand up! Stand up! Strive for justice
導きの灯りに点火 直向きな夢絵巻
The light is a glow of guidance // A single-minded ideal picture scroll
Rise up! Rise up! We carry out justice
「救いの手を差し伸べよう」
“Let us extend a helping hand”

ギリギリの戦だろうが 義理堅き情 手に取り
Whether it is a close battle or not, I take in hand a strong sense of duty
Stand up! Stand up! Strive for justice
地響き鳴らし進もうか 意識開花しテリトリー
How about we make the earth tremor and resound with our advance // This territory blooms with manas-vijnana
Rise up! Rise up! We carry out justice
「助けを呼ぶ声がする」
“A voice calls out for help”

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10 thoughts on “Sengoku Night Blood ~ Theory of Justice ~

    Tora_Daiki15 said:
    April 22, 2018 at 01:53

    Reblogged this on fatiotakuelf.

    ita said:
    December 9, 2017 at 08:30

    i love it! thank you for the song and lyrics!

      Ilinox responded:
      December 10, 2017 at 13:32

      Glad you liked it <33 thanks for commenting!

    seiggy said:
    December 9, 2017 at 07:20

    Well, the song as a whole is a lot better than the preview. Though, I don’t think this is a song I would listen to on repeat. The decision to use English in the song is still jarring to me, haha. The lyrics sort of remind me of “Eiyuu Unmei no Uta” by EGOIST in terms of meaning, but I’m also getting vibes similar to this Vocaloid song called “Tsukiakari.” If you want to listen to the song, I suggest listening to the cover by KanzentaiCell/Kanseru, but that’s because I like his voice in general pffft.

      Ilinox responded:
      December 10, 2017 at 13:28

      I think I disliked it more than the preview or maybe the full version just brought absolutely nothing to the table for me, oops sorry Toriumi. The English jars me too haha and that there’s no good hook to this song. For a second I was thinking it might be Toriumi but no he’s sang good songs before like Farewell Song for Diabolik Lovers. Ooh, I’ll have to take a look at those songs n__n thanks for always giving song recs!

        seiggy said:
        December 11, 2017 at 19:23

        Oh I remember listening to Farewell Song when I had my DiaLovers phase haha. I like that one, but then Konishi singing as Reiji with that deep voice hnnng. But yeah, Kenshin’s song is just meh overall. I sort of wonder if they would make the vassals sing anything to get more monies.

    Reggie said:
    December 9, 2017 at 06:08

    Why I feel like he’s a super hero here hehehe ^^’
    And his character song has the deepest meaning of all that it’s hard to comprehend like the way he talks ^^

      Ilinox responded:
      December 10, 2017 at 13:31

      Mr. Justice Justice-y Man |D;; I think this contrasts a lot with Yukimura’s song and their personal philosophy which is so neat. Yukimura is all about the bonds of friendship and making personal connections with people but Kenshin’s is all about the noble ideal of saving people. He does talk about helping people but it’s more like because it’s your noblesse oblige (at least that’s how it comes off to me).

    1_chan said:
    December 9, 2017 at 01:29

    So far…I feel like his lyrics have been the most poetic lol. I enjoyed the bgm, but his voice didn’t carry that oomph I wanted to hear, since the backing track as much more power than his voice. Even so~ it was an interesting listen ^^ )) Thanks for your translations as always~

      Ilinox responded:
      December 10, 2017 at 13:30

      LOL every time Kenshin opens his mouth I’m always like “I understand what you’re saying but maybe I should look this up because you’re referring to something culturally that I’m missing”. I STILL REMEMBER HIS LINE IN THE GAME OR ANIME OPENING!! The one about waiting for the evening moon and when I looked it up I was like “??? this combines like 5 other uses of these words!!”.

      Ehehe, I like how our reaction to this is like “hmmm I mean yeahhh but hmmmm”. Thanks for commenting <3!

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