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Revolutionary Girl Utena – Guui Guuwa Guu-est

August 24, 2012

Guui Guuwa Guu-est – 寓意・寓話・寓エスト – Allegory, Allegorier, Allegoriest

エレメント エレメント
エレメント エレメント

EREMENTO   EREMENTO
EREMENTO   EREMENTO

Element, Element
Element, Element

カタクリスモス
カタクリスモス

KATAKURISUMOSU
KATAKURISUMOSU

Cataclysmos
Cataclysmos

世界の終わり
夢想をして
気まゝに
遊ばせろ

sekai no owari
musou o shite
kimama ni
asobasero

The end of the world
In a reverie
Let me play
Self-indulgently

エレメント エレメント
エレメント エレメント

EREMENTO   EREMENTO
EREMENTO   EREMENTO

Element, Element
Element, Element

カタクリスモス
カタクリスモス

KATAKURISUMOSU
KATAKURISUMOSU

Cataclysmos
Cataclysmos

北極レミング
シベリア羚羊
最後の
自然審判

hokkyoku REMINGU
SHIBERIA reiyou
saigo no
shizen shinban

Arctic lemming
Saiga antelope
Nature’s
Last Judgment

恐奇の運命
絶滅予言
哲学革命
楽園失楽園
偶然叙事詩
宇宙破局
千年恐怖
寂滅思想

kyouki no unmei
zetsumetsu yogen
tetsugaku kakumei
rakuen shitsurakuen
guuzen jojishi
uchuu hakyoku
sennen kyoufu
jakumetsu shisou

A fate of strange fear
A prediction of destruction
A philosophical revolution
Paradise Lost Paradise
An unexpected epic poem
A universal cataclysm
A thousand-year terror
A Nirvanic ideology

人間誕生
人間知恵
人間知識
人間快楽
人間意識
人間経験
人間啓示
人間解放

ningen tanjou
ningen chie
ningen chishiki
ningen kairaku
ningen ishiki
ningen keiken
ningen keiji
ningen kaihou

Human creation
Human wisdom
Human knowledge
Human pleasure
Human consciousness
Human experience
Human revelation
Human liberation

ダンテ
ラヴレェー
スウィフト
サド
「アパカリプス!」
「ブック オブ レヴェレィション!」
「黙示録!」

DANTE
RAVUREE
SUUIFUTO
SADO
“APAKARIPUSU!”
“BUKKU OBU REVEREISHON!”
“Mokushiroku!”

Dante
Rabelais
Swift
De Sade
“Apocalypse!”
“Book of Revelations!”
“Apocalypse!”

宇宙開闢すなわち運命開眼
天地創造すなわち運命誕生
創世神話すなわち創物運命
自然淘汰すなわち運命淘汰

uchuu kaibyaku sunawachi unmei kaigen
tenchi souzou sunawachi unmei tanjou
sousei shinwa sunawachi soubutsu unmei
shizen touta sunawachi unmei touta

The beginning of the universe: that is, fated enlightenment
The creation of Heaven and Earth: that is, fated birth
The Creation myth: that is, the fate of the original thing
Natural selection: that is, fated selection

われ よく知るべし
自分の鏡
なにとて
その姿
我我肉体か
なにとて
永遠
不在
我は
只の
寓然なり

ware   yoku shirubeshi
ware no kagami
nanitote
sono sugata
warera ga nikutai ka
nanitote
eien
fuzai
ware wa
tada no
guuzen nari

I know well
My own mirrors
Even so
Is that figure
Our own flesh?
Even so
Eternity
Absence
I am
But a
Symbol

寓意・寓話・寓エスト
寓意・寓話・寓エスト

guui   guuwa   guuESUTO
guui   guuwa   guuESUTO

Allegory, allegorier, allegoriest
Allegory, allegorier, allegoriest

寓意・寓話・寓エスト
寓意・寓話・寓エスト

guui   guuwa   guuESUTO
guui   guuwa   guuESUTO

Allegory, allegorier, allegoriest
Allegory, allegorier, allegoriest

 

Translator’s Notes:

The title is a rather neat cross-lingual pun that doesn’t translate well at all. “Guui” (寓意) roughly means “symbolism”. “Guuwa” (寓話) means “allegory”. Besides the fact that an allegory (being a story that operates entirely on a symbolic level) is sort of the next step up from symbolism, “guui” and “guuwa” together happen to sound like they follow the pattern of English adjectival “-y, -er, -est” endings (e.g. “happy, happier, happiest”), so “guu-est” (寓エスト), which is written with the same first character as “guui” and “guuwa” but doesn’t mean anything, is there to complete the pattern. So “symbolism, allegory, [allegory/symbol]-est” or “symbolic, symbolic-er, symbolic-est” might be more accurate translations of the title, but they sound terrible. Hence “allegory, allegorier, allegoriest”, which at least preserves the -y, -er, -est pattern.

As for the animals mentioned in the song, the arctic lemming is actually considered a species of least concern in terms of conservation, although they are extinct in England. The Saiga antelope is indeed critically endangered.

(Original lyrics by J.A. Seazer)

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