When you talk about summer, this is a pretty common cliché.
“That’s why I hate summer.”

I’m never going to go back to solidly translating, now, am I? Haha. This song captured me from the second it started, and since then I’ve just been mesmerized by the story it tells. I might get around to subbing it later today, hopefully. Done!

Heat-Haze Days/Kagerou Days/カゲロウデイズ
Sung by: Hatsune Miku (+sweet append)
Producer: Jin/自然の敵P
Nicovideo/Youtube/Subbed


–TRANSLATION–
On August 15th, 12:30 in the afternoon,
The weather was incredibly nice
And amidst the sickening rays of the dazzling sun
I spoke with you, for I had nothing else to do

“Well, y’know, I kind of hate summer,”
You boldly murmured while petting a cat

Ah, you pursued that cat as it ran away from you
And what jumped out was the traffic light that changed to a glaring red

Suddenly, a truck came out of nowhere and struck you as you screamed
Your scent, now mingled with sprayed blood, choked me
In the haze of lies, the haze of heat laughed, “This is all real!”
With that, like a cricket’s sound being disturbed, the light blue of summer darkened away

I woke up upon my bed to the sound of a ticking clock
What time is it now?

On August 14th, sometime past 12 in the morning
I recalled the sound of an awfully annoying cricket

But, y’know, it’s a little strange.
Yesterday, in a dream, I saw us walking in this same exact park
“Why don’t we go home now?” The second you stepped off the pathway,
Everyone surrounding us turned their heads up to the sky and opened their mouths

From the sky, down dropped an iron pole that pierced your body straight through
The sound of windchimes and your ripping screams filled the spaces between the park trees
In this unnatural scene, the shimmering heat laughed, “This is the real thing!”
As my vision blurred away, I glanced at your profile, and thought I saw you smiling

Countless times have had me black out in the laughing heat like this
This cycle has repeated for decades. I’d realized that a long time ago.

In this kind of clichéd story, there must only be one ending.
Beyond this repeating summer day, it has to exist.

Suddenly, I pushed you aside and jumped into the street; at that moment, the truck slammed into me
Your eyes and my twisted body were like hazy reflections of the blood that sprayed everywhere
If that praiseful heat haze laughed, “Serves you right!” again

Then this would be what you’d call a normal summer day.
But all of that ended today.

On August 14th, a girl awoke upon her bed
And she said,

“I failed this time, too…” as she cradled a single cat

-ROMAJI-
hachi gatsu juu-go nichi no gogo juu-ni jihan kurai no koto
tenki ga ii
byouki ni narisou na hodo mabushii hizashi no naka
suru koto mo nai kara kimi to tabetteita

demo maa, natsu wa kirai kana
neko wo nade nagara kimi wa futebute shiku tsubuyaita
aa, nigedashita neko no
ato wo oikakete tobikondeshimatta no wa
aka ni kawatta shingouki

batto toota TORAKKU (truck) ga kimi wo hikizutte nakisakebu
chi shibuki no iro, kimi no kaori to mazariatte musekaetta
uso mitai na kagerou ga “uso janai zo” tte waratteru
natsu no mizuiro kakimawasu you na semi no oto ni subete kuranda

me wo samashita tokei no hari ga narihibiku BEDDO (bed) de
ima wa nanji?

hachi gatsu juu-yokka no gozen juu-ni ji-sugi kurai wo sasu
yake ni urusai semi no koe oboeteita

demo saa, sukoshi fushigi da na
onaji kouen de kinoo mita yume wo omoidashita
“mou kyou wa kaerou ka”
michi ni nuketa toki mawari no hito wa minna
ue wo miage kuchi wo aketeita

rakkashite kita tecchu ga kimi wo tsuranuite tsukisasaru
tsunzaku himei to fuuin no oto ga kigi no sukima de karamawari
wazato rashii kagerou ga “yume janai zo” tte waratteru
kuramu shikai ni kimi no yokogao waratteiru you na ki ga shita

nando sekai ga kurandemo
kagerou ga waratte ubaisaru.
kurikaeshita nanjuunen.
mou tokkuni ki ga tsuiteitaro.

konna yokuaru hanashi nara
ketsumatsu wa kitto hitotsu dake.
kurikaeshita natsu no hi no mukou

batto oshinoke tobikonda shuunkan TORAKKU (truck) ni buchiataru
chi shibuki no iro, kimi no hitomi to kishimu karada ni ranhanshashite
monku arige na kagerou ni “zamaamiroyo” tte warattara

jitsu ni yokuaru natsu no hi no koto.
sonna nanika ga koko de owatta.

me wo samashita hachi gatsu juu-yokka no BEEDO (bed) no ue
shoujo wa tada,

“mata dame datta yo” to
hitori neko wo dakikakaeteta

-KANJI-
8月15日の午後12時半くらいのこと
天気が良い

病気になりそうなほど眩しい日差しの中
することも無いから君と駄弁っていた

「でもまぁ夏は嫌いかな」猫を撫でながら
君はふてぶてしくつぶやいた

あぁ、逃げ出した猫の後を追いかけて
飛び込んでしまったのは赤に変わった信号機

バッと通ったトラックが君を轢きずって鳴き叫ぶ
血飛沫の色、君の香りと混ざり合ってむせ返った
嘘みたいな陽炎が「嘘じゃないぞ」って嗤ってる
夏の水色、かき回すような蝉の音に全て眩んだ

目を覚ました時計の針が鳴り響くベッドで
今は何時?

8月14日の午前12時過ぎ位を指す
やけに煩い蝉の声覚えていた

でもさぁ、少し不思議だな。
同じ公園で昨日見た夢を思い出した
「もう今日は帰ろうか」道に抜けた時
周りの人は皆上を見上げ口を開けていた

落下してきた鉄柱が君を貫いて突き刺さる
劈く悲鳴と風鈴の音が木々の隙間で空廻り
ワザとらしい陽炎が「夢じゃないぞ」って嗤ってる
眩む視界に君の横顔、笑っているような気がした

何度世界が眩んでも陽炎が嗤って奪い去る。
繰り返して何十年。もうとっくに気が付いていたろ。

こんなよくある話なら結末はきっと1つだけ。
繰り返した夏の日の向こう。

バッと押しのけ飛び込んだ、瞬間トラックにぶち当たる
血飛沫の色、君の瞳と軋む体に乱反射して
文句ありげな陽炎に「ざまぁみろよ」って笑ったら

実によく在る夏の日のこと。
そんな何かがここで終わった。

目を覚ました8月14日のベッドの上
少女はただ

「またダメだったよ」と一人猫を抱きかかえてた

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