Hatsune Miku – letter song (Subbed… made by me!)

By bluemist on July 31st, 2009

Arienai! Impossible! My second fansub ever!

The first one:
BREAKING: Shugo Chara Episode 10 Subbed… made by me!

“letter song” is created by unformed which consists of doriko and nezuki. They also made a number of other popular Vocaloid original songs like Romeo and Cinderella, Uta ni Katachi wa Nai Keredo and Yuuhizaka (to which letter song seems to be the sequel). This song in one instant became my second most favorite sentimental Vocaloid song ever (Sakura no Ame is still the first).

Actually I heard this just a month ago, and I have been in love with it ever since. The song’s message caught into me so quickly: A letter addressed to oneself 10 years into the future, asking about life and love. While I don’t have any self-reflection letters and stuff like that, I do frequently look back to whatever I have written in the past (be it on paper or in my blogs) and wonder what kind of person am I right now compared to myself years before. You know, I honestly can’t imagine who or what would I be 10 years from now, but surely, like this song, I would want to ask. Maybe I’ll start a time capsule thingy eh?

Yes there was already a sub of this song somewhere out there but I found it to be sorely lacking in accuracy because it was cross-translated from Japanese to Chinese and then to English! Horrible things will obviously come out of that, so I had to do this myself. The lyrics seemed easy enough after all. But heck… I spent a whole HOUR on this. Considering that the song is slow, minimal lyrics, and 5 minutes long, I realize that it wasn’t that easy at all! I had a number of translation tools to my disposal (my stock knowledge, online converters, dictionaries) and each conflicting result confused me. I appreciate fansubbing more again. Of course, anime episode fansubs are abundant not only in quality but also in piracy controversies. But as for me, I think we need more of the copyright-free Vocaloid, Touhou, Niconico animeme in English fansub variety as well. There is still a wealth of entertaining doujin content out there that deserves to be seen and heard by us fans.

Anyway, I’m pretty sure I got many of the lyrics right, so there it is in its full glory… my second fansub which is really my first because you still needed the raw video for my first one. Please turn on the Captions feature in the YouTube video to see the subs. Seeing my Shugo Chara 10 sub, I think that I got a better handle of my Japanese proficiency this time. I would like to thank a couple of people who checked the translation, one of them was Hinano. If there are further corrections, or if you liked the song as I did, feel free to contact or comment.

Enjoy!

6 Comments

Posted By: Raiga On: July 31, 2009 At: 4:13 am

I agree that we definitely need more subbed Nico-type stuff. There’s so much awesome original content that the non-Japanese-speaking audience is largely missing out on.

Anyway, nice sub. As far as I can tell from what little I know it’s accurate. Hadn’t heard the song before this, but I like it. ^^

Posted By: piyo On: July 31, 2009 At: 8:25 am

Good job. I didn’t see the subtitles until I turned the captions on. Sorry tho, tl;dr, I am not in the mood for a dreary song right now.

BTW, that Hatsune Miku PSP game is really fun and has turned me into a Miku fan. I have missed all the “good” songs and its nice to hear them collected into one place. Plus the 3d animation and 2d stills are just so great. 23 hours in and I’m still not bored.

Posted By: bluemist On: July 31, 2009 At: 11:12 am

@Raiga
Glad you like it. This song was actually released last year and had 200000 views on Niconico so it’s quite a midlevel hit compared to million-hitting popular ones.

@piyo
Too bad I don’t have a PSP. I’m quite a fan of rhythm music games from DDR to Ouendan to Rhythm Tengoku, and I almost wanted to rent someone else’s PSP to play it!

Posted By: piyo On: August 07, 2009 At: 6:38 am

Well if you ever get a PSP, there’s this and also DJ Max Portable, the Taiko games from Namco, and ToHeart 2. hhahahhah. Still I totally recommend you get Miku on PSP. Or at least watch the gameplay videos.

Posted By: Jordan Edwards On: October 06, 2010 At: 3:22 am

PSP games are time consuming but very entertaining~.`

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