Hello again! If you missed my review for Bounce Back, please refer back to that post for more information about the book. This post is for the playlist I curated.
For this book playlist, I decided to lean into the 90s-00s shoujo nostalgia I mentioned in my review. All five of the songs I picked are from anime, and four out of five are in Japanese (the other being from an English dub of an anime). Of those five, three come from magical girl anime from that time period, specifically Sailor Moon (the original, not Sailor Moon Crystal!) and Cardcaptor Sakura (not the more recent Clear Card), which were formative pieces of media for me. The central themes of this playlist are the uncertainty and growing pains of adolescence as it relates to self-confidence and friendship.
1. Platinum – 坂本真綾/Maaya Sakamoto (Cardcaptor Sakura Season 3 Opening Theme)
Selected Lyrics (translation source uncertain, but possibly by the uploader of the video linked):
A world yet unseen…
No matter what awaits me there,
Even if it’s not the ideal
I won’t be afraid
The birds travel on the wind
On a journey from today to tomorrow
I want to convey it, I want to shout it
I am but one entity in this world
But like a prayer, like a star
Even with a small light, someday
I want to become stronger and stronger
2. “らしく”いきましょ/“Rashiku” Ikimasho (I’ll Go As “Myself”) – Meu (Sailor Moon SuperS Second Ending Theme)
Never give up, keep on trying
I’m betting it all on this game
My heart is pounding with joy
In the age of adolescence
It’s okay to rewrite
What is in your loving profile
3. Chase the Core – 佐久間貴生/Takao Sakuma (Skate Leading Stars Opening Theme)
Selected Lyrics (translation taken from Anime Song Lyrics and refined by me):
Chase the core
Seek out your yet unseen potential
Feel your heart
Seize your freedom now
You’ve learned enjoyment, right?
You can’t lie to yourself
Be proud of your best moment
Let’s do this
Chase the core
The frozen time, start moving
Come on, let’s go!
4. Tell Me – Queen of Hearts (Cardcaptor Sakura: The Movie Insert Song)
This song is dedicated to Lilico and Nala.
Now there’s clouds on the horizon
And it’s starting to feel like rain
Now I hope you’re realizin’
I want you back again
So tell me
Are we gonna talk about it?
Are we gonna still be friends?
You don’t ever have to doubt it
This doesn’t have to be the end
5. しょっぱい涙/Shoppai Namida (Salty Tears) – 阪本奨悟/Shougo Sakamoto (The Royal Tutor Opening Theme)
This song is for Nicco the guardian spirit.
Selected Lyrics (translation taken from Anime Song Lyrics, edited by me):
Tens of times, tens of times
You gave my back a push
I no longer want to cry these salty, such salty tears
Promises and bonds
Do they really mean anything?
“I want you to understand me.”
“I want someone to help me.”
My heart is screaming that
But I’m not being honest with myself
Tens of times, tens of times,
I kept lying
But why, tell me why
Were you the only one to remain here for me
That’s why I’m not running away
From myself nor from you anymore
Thanks for listening! (And I promise I haven’t forgotten about the Jade Fire Gold playlist that I was supposed to post for my last blog tour. Unfortunately, I got hit by a massive schoolwork/depression combo at the time and wasn’t able to do it on schedule. It’s coming later this week.)