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Akuma no Riddle – INOCHI NO KARAKURI

November 2, 2014

Inochi no Karakuri – イノチノカラクリ – The Mechanism of Life

花の命 儚く
今宵ひらひらと散るわ
時代を彩っては
健気に消えゆく運命(サダメ)
やり直しはきかない
がんじがらめのプレイヤー
次の一手はどうする
足掻くほど歪んでいく未来

hana no inochi hakanaku
koyoi hirahira to chiru wa
jidai o irodotte wa
kenage ni kieyuku sadame
yarinaoshi wa kikanai
ganjigarame no PUREIYAA
tsugi no itte wa dou suru
agaku hodo yugande iku mirai

A flower’s life is fleeting
Its petals will fall tonight
Its destiny is to bring color to the era
And then perish nobly
There are no do-overs
We are players bound by restrictions
What should the next move be?
The future only becomes more warped as I struggle

最期の瞬間ほど
きっと生々しく輝く
イノチノカラクリでしょう

saigo no shunkan hodo
kitto namanamashiku kagayaku
INOCHI NO KARAKURI deshou

In its final moments
It will surely shine vividly
That’s the mechanism of life, isn’t it?

私 飾りじゃない これは遊びじゃない
負けの先には破滅があるのみ
涙はいつか枯れ果てた 犠牲の上に立つ
そして弄ぶ 狭いステージの上
操られながら上手く踊るの
いつの日かこのジレンマを
抜け出すと決めて切り札隠した

watashi kazari ja nai kore wa asobi ja nai
make no saki ni wa hametsu ga aru nomi
namida wa itsuka karehateta gisei no ue ni tatsu
soshite moteasobu semai SUTEEJI no ue
ayatsurarenagara umaku odoru no
itsu no hi ka kono JIRENMA o
nukedasu to kimete kirifuda kakushita

I’m not an ornament; this isn’t a game
Beyond defeat there is only destruction
My tears dried up completely at some point as I stood atop the sacrifices
And so I stand on this small stage as a puppet
And dance beautifully when they pull my strings
I’ve decided that someday I’ll break out of this dilemma
I’ve hidden my trump card

数え切れないほどの
苦しみ 肩に背負っても
機械仕掛けの心
私は聞こえないふりする

kazoekirenai hodo no
kurushimi kata ni seotte mo
kikaijikake no kokoro
watashi wa kikoenai furi suru

Though I may bear
Countless sorrows on my shoulders
I will pretend not to hear
My mechanical heart

例え 体が悲鳴あげて
動けなくなったって
やめるわけにいかないの

tatoe karada ga himei agete
ugokenaku natta tte
yameru wake ni ikanai no

Even if my body screamed out
And I became unable to move
I couldn’t just give up

これはゲームじゃない 決して遊びじゃない
未来はこの手で切り開くもの
人生賭けた大勝負 挑む価値がある
お行儀よくして 顔色うかがう
ゲストなんかじゃ 満足できない
予定調和はもう終わり
油断したところに 本気を見せるわ

kore wa GEEMU ja nai keshite asobi ja nai
mirai wa kono te de kirihiraku mono
jinsei kaketa ooshoubu idomu kachi ga aru
ogyougi yoku shite kaoiro ukagau
GESUTO nanka ja manzoku dekinai
yoteichouwa wa mou owari
yudan shita tokoro ni honki o miseru wa

This isn’t a game, I’m definitely not playing
I’ll tear the future open with my own hands
There’s value in the challenge of this game in which we bet our lives
I won’t be satisfied by guests
With good manners and inquisitive expressions
The pre-established harmony is over
When you’re caught off-guard, I’ll show you how serious I am

ただ毎日を無駄にしても
生きたいと願ってる
イノチノカラクリでしょう

tada mainichi o muda ni shite mo
ikitai to negatte’ru
INOCHI NO KARAKURI deshou

Even if my day-to-day life is pointless
I want to keep living
That’s the mechanism of life, isn’t it?

私 飾りじゃない これは遊びじゃない
負けの先には破滅があるのみ
涙はいつか枯れ果てた 犠牲の上に立つ
そして弄ぶ 狭いステージの上
操られながら上手く踊るの
いつの日かこのジレンマを
抜け出すと決めて切り札隠した

watashi kazari ja nai kore wa asobi ja nai
make no saki ni wa hametsu ga aru nomi
namida wa itsuka karehateta gisei no ue ni tatsu
soshite moteasobu semai SUTEEJI no ue
ayatsurarenagara umaku odoru no
itsu no hi ka kono JIRENMA o
nukedasu to kimete kirifuda kakushita

I’m not an ornament; this isn’t a game
Beyond defeat there is only destruction
My tears dried up completely at some point as I stood atop the sacrifices
And so I stand on this small stage as a puppet
And dance beautifully when they pull my strings
I’ve decided that someday I’ll break out of this dilemma
I’ve hidden my trump card

(Original lyrics by Nakamura Kanata.)

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