Garnet (Hikigatari) / ガーネット(弾き語り)

Garnet / GAANETTO / ガーネット: Transliteration of “garnet“, the January birthstone

Garnet / ガーネット(弾き語り) is the theme song for the 2006 Madhouse movie The Girl Who Leapt Through Time / Toki o Kakeru Shoujo / 時をかける少女 (official site[jp]). I won’t go too much into the movie (I’ll save that for another post), but it’s about a girl named Makoto who gains the ability to “leap” through time, which she uses carelessly until she finds out the consequences. She also falls in love with a boy, Chiaki, and complications arise towards the end of the movie. “Garnet” is about Makoto’s feelings towards Chiaki.

“Garnet” is the song that made her famous, and I’d say most people who listen to her music started with this song; this holds true at least for the Westerners, if not also for the Japanese.

By the way, the word hikigatari / 弾き語り means that it’s just her and her piano; according to the J-talk translator, it means “singing to one’s own accompaniment”.


奥 華子/ガーネット(弾き語り) by ponycanyon [YouTube]

Don’t ask me why she’s sleeping in a piano; I didn’t make the video.

“Garnet” is a beautiful song and you can expect more like this from her. I’d say it’s one of her representative hikigatari works. I remember watching the movie and being in awe at even just the first few notes. When she started singing, wow! I was speechless; I knew I had heard something special.

I’m not into anime, but I’ll recommend “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time”, for the music if not also for the story.

EDIT 2013-09-14: At first, the title of the song may not seem to relate to the song. After reading an interview, I realized that it actually fits quite nicely. Garnet is the birthstone of January and it symbolizes constancy, true friendship, and fidelity.

For those of you who aren’t really into hikigatari piano (I’m looking at you, Solarblade), don’t worry: she has some really good arranged works, too. I’ll be posting some, so watch for them!


Lyrics

Roumaji

Gurando kaketeku 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 megutteku

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

Kawatte yuku koto wo kowagatteta no
Zutto tomodachi no mama ireru ki ga shita
Owatteku 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 megutteku

From JpopAsia.

Japanese

グラウンド駆けてくあなたの背中は
空に浮かんだ雲よりも自由で
ノートに並んだ四角い文字さえ
すべてを照らす光に見えた

好きという気持ちが分からなくて
二度とは戻らないこの時間が
その意味をあたしに教えてくれた

あなたと過ごした日々を この胸に焼き付けよう
思い出さなくても大丈夫なように
いつか他の誰かを好きになったとしても
あなたはずっと特別で 大切で
またこの季節が めぐってく

はじめて二人で話した放課後
誰も知らない笑顔探していた
遠くであなたのはしゃいでる声に
なぜだか胸が痛くなったの

変わってゆく事を怖がってたの
ずっと友達のままいれる気がした
終わってく物など無いと思った

果てしない時間の中で あなたと出会えた事が
何よりもあたしを強くしてくれたね
夢中でかける明日に辿り着いたとしても
あなたはずっと特別で 大切で
またこの季節が やってくる

いつまでも忘れないと あなたが言ってくれた夏
時間が流れ 今頃あたしは涙がこぼれてきた

あなたと過ごした日々を この胸に焼き付けよう
思い出さなくても大丈夫なように
いつか他の誰かを好きになったとしても
あなたはずっと特別で 大切で
またこの季節が めぐってく

From okuhanako.net

Translation

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 of love
So I never have to remember then
Even if I someday fall in love with somebody 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
Hearing 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
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 of love
So I never have to remember then
Even if I someday fall in love with somebody else
You will always be special and precious
And this season will come around again

From the music video

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