This page documents how Tiramisu Cowboy romanizes titles and lyrics.
If you are unfamiliar with types of Japanese romanization, it’s recommended to read this page, as the following list is essentially based on that.
– Basic kana: hepburn
– Long vowels: waapuro system
– Kana n: use n’ (apostrophe) where necessary (like kon’ya or an’ya)
– Small tsu: double the previous consonant
– Particles: favor phonetics but preserve wo
– Spaces: space between words, including particles
– Hyphens: use them on honorific suffixes in song titles (example: Daruma-san ga koronda)
– Capitalization: everything in lowercase in romanized lyrics, capitalize significant words/only the first word in titles.
– Foreign words: romanize as kana in romanized lyrics, revert to original spelling in titles. The only exception is Furubokko. The word フルボッコ comes from the union of “full power” and “bokkoboko”, but “Fullbokko” sounds crap to me.
– Small kana: small vowels
You can find romanized titles for BUTAOTOME’s album titles in the respective cd arts. Sometimes there are also romanized titles for the songs, and you can find them on iTunes too. As they have a lot of errors and inconsistencies (especially those on iTunes for Touhou albums), they should not be taken into consideration.
I translate the titles by myself excluding some very rare cases where there is an official English translation (example: Getsumen Tansa as “Exploration of the Moon”) and very old stuff. The translated titles are meant to give a meaning and not to be used instead of their Japanese/romanized versions.
The notes section is dedicated to notes about the lyrics, mainly those cases when the lyrics say X but Ranko sings Y
(no, not the song). There are some exceptions I don’t list because the words have the same meaning and they are also very common in Japanese lyrics. They are the following:
– 運命/宿命 as “sadame”/“inochi”/“unmei”… (they all mean “fate”)
– 永久 (towa) as “eien” (both mean “eternity”)
– words with the 人 kanji (人間 ningen, 他人 tanin) pronounced as “hito”
– words with the 終 (end) kanji pronounced as “owari”
– 現在 (genzai) as “ima” (both mean “now”)
– 時間 (jikan) as “toki” (both mean “time”)
– 理由 (riyuu) as “wake” (both mean “reason”)
– 真実 (shinjitsu) as “hontou” (both mean “truth”)
– 瞳 (hitomi) as “me” (both mean “eye(s)”)
This also applies to contracted forms such as singing “teku” when the text has “てゆく” (te yuku) (or the other way around, like singing “te iru” then the text has “てる” (teru).
Below the lyrics, you may find an English translation.
Duet songs are treated in this way:
– Ranko’s parts are in red
– the parts of the other vocalist are in blue
– the parts where they sing together are in purple
– if the song has Beatmario, his solo parts are in brown
Some pages might have missing lyrics. This is for one of the following reasons:
1. The lyrics are available in an album I don’t have access to (for example: a compilation with tracks by multiple artists). In case you own the album, I will appreciate it a lot if you contact me. The following lyrics are currently missing:
2. The track was released in a way that came without lyrics (for example: it was made for a rhythm game). In that case, lyrics are unavailable by default until the song gets released in a way that comes with lyrics. Tiramisu Cowboy doesn’t provide by-ear transcriptions due to their possible inaccuracy. The following songs are without lyrics:
- 真っ白な靴 | Masshiro na Kutsu
- 瞬間ラプソディ | Shunkan Rhapsody (rip cannonball)
- ライジングスター | Rising Star (rip cannonball)
- 刹那アンソロジー | Setsuna Anthology (rip cannonball)
- 光の舟 | Hikari no Fune (rip cannonball)
- ホピタスコピラ | Hopitasukopira
- コンニチハ・バイバイ | Konnichiwa Byebye
- 脳ミソ de 向上 | Noumiso de Koujou
3. The song is a Ranko song outside of BUTAOTOME and is made by composers/arrangers that are not Comp or Paprika. In that case, lyrics are unavailable from the get-go (even if they could be easily found in the album booklet or other sources) due to Tiramisu Cowboy’s policy with that type of song. The only exception is tracks from very specific albums and songs with lyrics written by Ranko.
4. The song is a cover of an already existing song, such as Ningen ga Daisuki na Kowareta Youkai no Uta or Paranoia. In that case, lyrics are unavailable for similar reasons as 3.