Yeah, I have a soft spot for JPop ballads.

There are songs made popular by movies, and vice versa. But once in a while, a song comes along that becomes its own entity. The popularity lent by the theatrical release is almost incidental. Oku Hanako’s “Garnet”, the ending theme to the animated movie “Toki Wo Kakeru Shoujo”, is one such song.

The lyrics themselves are poetic yet simple, and present a down-to-earth and somewhat bittersweet, narrative of young love. Oku Hanako (Oku is the family name) has a lilting, almost childlike voice that is perfect for this song. Thus, the vocals create an air of innocence that emphasizes and strengthens the meaning and story in both the song and the movie.

Of course, “Toki Wo Kakeru Shoujo” (The Girl Who Leapt Through Time) is a small phenomenon in itself. It’s an engrossing movie with elements of science fiction, mild drama, and light-hearted romance. Well, more on that later. I’ll post a review on the Anime someday, I promise! ^_^

For now, enjoy the song. Thank you kindly to lyrics.wikia.com!

Title: Garnet
Singer: Oku Hanako
Sources: CD Single, Play-Asia, CD Japan

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Gurando kakete’ku anata no senaka wa
Sora ni ukanda kumo yori mo jiyuu de
NOOTO ni naranda shikakui moji sae
Subete wo terasu hikari ni mieta

Suki to yuu kimochi ga wakaranakute
Nido to wa modoranai kono jikan ga
Sono imi wo atashi ni oshiete kureta

Anata to sugoshita hibi wo kono mune ni yakitsukeyou
Omoidasanakute mo daijoubu na you ni
Itsuka hoka no dareka wo suki ni natta to shite mo
Anata wa zutto tokubetsu de taisetsu de
Mata kono kisetsu ga megutte’ku

Hajimete futari de hanashita houkago
Dare mo shiranai egao sagashiteita
Tooku de anata no hashaide’ru koe ni
Naze daka mune ga itakunatta no

Kawatte yuku koto wo kowagatte’ta no
Zutto tomodachi no mama ireru ki ga shita
Owatte’ku mono nado nai to omotta

Hateshitenai toki no naka de anata to deaeta koto ga
Nani yori mo atashi wo tsuyoku shite kureta ne
Muchuu de kakeru ashita ni tadoritsuita to shite mo
Anata wa zutto tokubetsu de taisetsu de
Mata kono kisetsu ga yatte kuru

Itsumademo wasurenai to anata ga ittekureta natsu
Toki ga nagare imagoro atashi wa namida ga koborete kita

Anata to sugoshita hibi wo kono mune ni yakitsukeyou
Omoidasanakute mo daijoubu na you ni
Itsuka hoka no dareka wo suki ni natta to shitemo
Anata wa zutto tokubetsu de taisetsu de
Mata kono kisetsu ga megutte’ku

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As you ran around the baseball field,
You seemed freer than the clouds in the sky,
Even your blocky writing in your notebook,
Seemed like a light that lit everything,

I didn’t understand the emotion of love,
This moment in time that will never return,
Taught me the true meaning of love,

I’m going to burn into my heart,
The memories of days I spent with you,
So I never have to remember them,
Even if I someday fall in love with someone else,
You will always be special and precious,
And this season will come around again,

When we spoke for the first time after school,
I was looking for a smile that no one else knew,
Hearng your excited voice from a distance,
For some reason my heart began to ache,

I was afraid of things changing,
I felt that we would always be friends,
And thought nothing would ever end,

The fact that I met you in the vastness of time,
Has made me stronger than anything else,
Running towards tomorrow in a daze,
And I just so happen to get there,
And you will always be special and precious,
And this season will come once more,

That summer you promised me,
That you’d never forget,
Time has passed,
And only now my tears begin to flow,

I’m going to burn into my heart,
The memories of days I spent with you,
So I never have to remember them,
Even if I someday fall in love with someone else,
You will always be special and precious,
And this season will come around again.

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It really is rather sweet and nostalgic *sniffle* :`) <3