The Summer is in Full Bloom

Hotarubi no Mori

I’ve just watched this anime called Hotarubi no Mori e (Into the Forest of Fireflies) based on a manga by Yuki Midorikawa.

It is so perfect and beautiful, but I am heartbroken.

This is the song that plays at the end of the film. I’ve included two sets of lyrics, the first is a poetic, freeform translation, used in the subtitles (in the film and also in the YouTube video embedded below); the second is a more literal translation. I think they each have strengths and weaknesses. And I’m sure there are Japanese idioms, metaphors etc that are lost in translation.

 

I Was Watching Summer

~ Written by Makoto Yoshimori

~ Sung by Shizuru Otaka

The cicadas laugh out in song
To the red evening sunset
The way back home is Long
But I promise to come here again tomorrow.
The summer is in full bloom.
Making you look more beautiful than ever.

I thought the tale would never end
But I realise now that something comes after
The crows too took flight
And went somewhere far, far away
The summer flies by
To hide away it’s treasures til next year.

I’ll never ever forget
Those golden summer days
That summer which brought joy
To my boring everyday life.
And look! Summer is here again
To help me keep my promise of that day.
The summer is still in bloom
Making you look more beautiful than ever.

More literal translation:

The laughter of the cicada’s song
The crimson color of sunset
The detour on the way back home
The promise to ‘See you tomorrow’.
I’m only in full bloom in the summer
To brighten up your life.

In this story without end
Before I realised it
The crows all disappeared
And flew off somewhere.
I only run by you in the summer
To keep your treasure.

I am forever nostalgic
For those golden days,
That casual daily life
Which lit up the corners.
Summer is yet to come
So keep your promise.
I’m only in full bloom in the summer
To brighten up your life.

(This translation is from Moonlight Summoner’s Anime Lyrics blog.)

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