White Album 2 Concert — Audio & Subtitles


White Album 2 Concert

 


White Album 2 Concert translation

 

Are you playing the loner? I found myself wondering why

(1:00)

Before I knew it, I was drawn to you more than anyone

How do I reflect my heart in this mirror?

If I keep feeling this hopeless love, will it show itself one day?

Until that hazy answer comes into view

My love won’t go anywhere

(2:00)

Rena Uehara: Bring it on, everyone!

The day I first spoke to you, and you turned to me

You were so dazzling that I couldn’t look straight at you

How do I trace myself into your heart?

(3:00)

If I keep feeling this unfulfilled love, will the day come when it appears?

Give me one little glimpse of that hazy answer

And I know my love will come alive

How do I reflect my heart in this mirror?

(4:00)

If I keep feeling this hopeless love, will it show itself one day?

Until that hazy answer comes into view

My love won’t go anywhere

(5:00)

Rena: Thank you!

How many days will pass, how many months

Before I can forget this memory?

(6:00)

It was a precious, happy memory

Of being so in love that I could barely breathe

Slender fingertips brushing back my hair

The tint hasn’t faded from the places we touched

To keep us from rewinding

To that day, that moment, when we met

I can never see you again, while we live under the same sky

(7:00)

It won’t disappear with time or distance

All I can do is flee from place to place, pursued by this memory

It was a precious, happy memory

Of being so in love that you were all I could see

I just nodded at whatever you said

With your eyes still gazing straight at me

To keep us from returning to the path that we shared

(8:00)

I will never see you again, while we live under the same sky

Slender fingertips brushing back my hair

The tint hasn’t faded from the places we touched

To keep us from rewinding to that day, that moment, when we met

(9:00)

I can never see you again, while we live under the same sky

Madoka Yonezawa: Hello, everyone! Good evening!

Captured by that shapeless thing called love

(10:00)

I know there is such a thing as love that stops your heart

The longing that you made me feel every time we met

I still believe in it—it will never disappear

Unending passion that never rests

Where does it come from? Where does it sleep?

The stars draw the path of my destiny, countless shining lights

There’s one thing I know now—I will never leave you

I close my eyes and hear my heartbeat, proof that I’m alive

(11:00)

Following the rhythm my heart pounds out

I’ll dance as I go! As far as it takes me…

Madoka: Yeah!

Even though I’m tired of hurting and being hurt

I still fall in love that takes my breath away

A world of darkness may await me on my path

But I know I’ll be able to keep my eyes bright

(12:00)

The stars turn the wheel of a single, flowing destiny

Dwelling in the hearts of people, strong and weak, hot and cold

Touch your chest and feel your heartbeat, proof that you’re alive

Following the melody the stars play

I’ll sing as I go! Forever and on…

Madoka: Guitar!

(13:00)

Madoka: Haruki-kun!

Madoka: Hello again, everyone! I’m Madoka Yonezawa!

Madoka: Thank you so much for coming to our White Album 2 Concert today!

(14:00)

Madoka: We put on White Album 2 shows in February, March, and April of this year,

Madoka: and more than half a year has passed since then,

Madoka: but it was still summer when we started discussing a White Album 2 hall concert. I remember thinking, “Wow, November is so far away…”

Madoka: But now, it feels like the time flew right by, and I’m so glad to see all of you! [chuckles]

Madoka: Now, as you all probably know, the song we just played appeared in the White Album 2 anime as well as the original game,

Madoka: sung by Setsuna at the School Festival—“Sound of Destiny.”

(15:00)

Madoka: And, for the next song, since the hall is so big, there’s something I’d like all of you to do. Would you mind?

Madoka: Go like, whoosh. [chuckles] Whoosh, like that.

Madoka: Starting from the right, go, whoooosh! That’s what I’d like you to do. [chuckles] Thank you!

Madoka: Your glow sticks are all so pretty, so I want everyone to lift up your glow sticks, or your hands if you don’t have glow sticks, like whoosh. Can we start from here?

Madoka: Can we practice? Let’s do it. Ready, go!

Madoka: Ahh! So pretty! [laughs] Thank you!

Madoka: Okay, during the instrumental break of this next song, I’m going to be dashing across the stage, so I’ll have to be careful not to trip…

(16:00)

Madoka: That’s where I’d like to do it! Thank you! You’re all wonderful.

Madoka: The next song is a new song from the White Album 2 mobile game, Dream Communication.

Madoka: It’s my first time singing this in front of everyone, and I don’t know how well I’ll be able to do it, but I’m going to put my whole heart into it. Please enjoy it.

Madoka: This is “I’m Fallin’ in Love”!

I want to laugh by your side more than anyone

I’m fallin’ in love now with you

Madoka: Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Keep it up!

(17:00)

I used to make fun of people

Who fell so hard in love they couldn’t see anything else

So I decided if I ever fell in love

I would be cool about it, but here I am

One casual word or gesture from you

Sends me into a panic

And you’re all I see

I fell in love with you and my world changed

I’m changing too, transforming

I want to laugh by your side more than anyone

(18:00)

If I could just get these feelings through to you

My own clumsiness in love surprises me

I get so sad and frustrated over it

What am I supposed to say now?

How am I supposed to look at you, my friend?

My own awkward words and gestures

I want you to notice them all

(19:00)

But you never do

Fall in love and your world will change

You’ll change, too, and then

As I want to laugh by your side more than anyone

I hope you’ll let me be the one you love

Madoka: Here we go! One, two, three!

Madoka: Yay! That was gorgeous! You’re the best! Thank you!

I fell in love with you and my world changed

I’m changing too, transforming

(20:00)

I want to laugh by your side more than anyone

If I could just get these feelings through to you

Madoka: Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!

Madoka: Thank you so much!
(21:00)

I really let my guard down, thinking you were boring

But now, somehow, you’re all I see

My feelings of affection pile up softly like the snow

The day may come when we choose our own dreams and part

But I believe we will reach the same future

(22:00)

The affection in my heart turns to love

You don’t spoil me, there are no words I want to hear

But if you hold me tight and want me, that’s all I need

My feelings of love pile up softly like the snow

(23:00)

As we cross over these walls, even if we hurt each other

We’ll feel all kinds of happiness together with the pain

Our loving hearts become one

(24:00)

Our feelings of love pile up softly like the snow

The day may come when we choose our own dreams and part

But I believe we will reach the same future

My loving heart becomes eternal

(25:00)

Akari Tsuda: Hey, the big day is finally here! Is everyone excited for it?

Akari: Thank you! Thank you. I’ve also really been looking forward to it. This is our first time doing a concert in a big hall like this,

Akari: and with this amazing new band and these string players joining the performance, I’ll admit I was a little nervous during rehearsals.

(26:00)

Akari: There have been times when I got so nervous I forgot the lyrics, and at first, I was seriously worried about what would happen if I couldn’t remember the lyrics or the melody,

Akari: but right now, standing here onstage, feeling your warmth all around me, I’m having a really amazing time singing. Thank you. Thank you.

Akari: I want to sing each song with the care it deserves, while I savor the experience of being here with all of you who have come together through White Album 2.

Akari: Now, I’d like to sing the next song, “My Heart is Always With You.” Please enjoy it.

The sky looks like it’s about to cry

(27:00)

A cold wind tells me snow is on the way

I don’t want to leave… but without saying a word

I let go of your hand and wave goodbye

I watch and watch as you vanish into the distance

Even though anxiety bears down on me

(28:00)

My heart will always be with you

Filling these lonely nights with happiness

My heart will always be with you, so I want you to know

That even when I can’t see you, I’ll be okay

(29:00)

Under the weeping sky

The cold wind that spoke to me passes me by

I squeeze what’s left of your warmth tightly

Shut it away in my pocket so I don’t lose it

My heart will always, always be with you

Keeping me company on lonely nights

(30:00)

My heart will always, always be with you, so I know

That even when I can’t see you, I can laugh and say, “I’m fine”

The weakness I hide by pretending to be fine

(31:00)

If showing you would mean losing you, I’ll stay and keep pretending

Maybe your heart feels me close by

And you’re looking up at the snowy sky, feeling the same way I do

My heart will always be with you, so I want you to know

That even when I can’t see you, I’ll be okay

(32:00)

Akari: Thank you.

(33:00)

At the café where we always met, the corner store where we always stopped

Somehow, at some point, I stopped remembering you

The day that we parted, you promised me

That, in our next life, you would stay with me forever

Those final, gentle lies are my greatest treasure

(34:00)

Even now I feel like my wounded heart is healing

The snowy sky is painfully beautiful, because it’s your sky, too

I could hate and envy the one you chose

But no matter how I try, I could never be her

(35:00)

The day that we parted, you promised me

You would never forget that you loved me most of all

Those final, gentle lies will be my treasure forever

Even now I feel like my wounded heart is healing

(36:00)

I look up to the sky and pray that you will always be happy

As I smiled and nodded at your lies, I was the biggest liar of all

(37:00)

Those final, gentle lies are my greatest treasure

Even now I feel like my wounded heart is healing

The snowy sky is painfully beautiful, because it’s your sky, too

I’ll never forget your gentle lies

(38:00)

Rena: Thank you.

I loved you so truly, so deeply

Why did the day come that parted us?

(39:00)

My wish is still for you to forget everything

The constant pain I feel boring deep into my chest

The place that once held my feelings for you

Will never be filled again

(40:00)

I love you so truly, so deeply

Why did the day come that parted us?

I’m still waiting for your return, just like always

I’ve called your name over and over

Even in my dreams you never look back at me

(41:00)

You’re never coming back

I’m still looking for the answer, the reason we parted

You called my name over and over

Even in my dreams, I never looked back at you

(42:00)

I just ran away

The constant frigid pain I feel deep in my chest

Some day, you’ll bring it warmth again

I believe you will

(43:00)

Rena: Thank you.

Akari, Madoka: Hi there! [laugh]

Madoka: Since we’re in Osaka. Actually, all three of us are from Kansai, aren’t we?

Rena: Perfect hosts. Yes.

Rena, Akari: Right. [chuckle]

Madoka: Maybe I didn’t need to say that. Does everyone know that already?

Rena: They might know. [chuckle]

Madoka: Now, Tsuda-chan, say something funny.

Akari: Huh? Wait, wait wait wait. Oh, you scared me. I’m staying quiet.

Madoka: Say something! I’m just messing with you. [laughs] Yes.

Rena: Yes, thank you!

Madoka: It’s amazing how many people are here. Thank you!

Akari: Wow, so pretty!

Madoka: Super pretty! It looks like a starry sky, doesn’t it?

(44:00)

Rena: It does! The people up front are laughing.

Madoka: With all of these glow sticks, I wonder… Maybe they don’t want to do it again?

Akari: Let’s do it, let’s do it! Why not?

Madoka: Do you want to? Oh, yay! Let’s do it!

Madoka: Now, if you’ll take the lead—The lead?—Take the lead with the people in front, like “Ready, go.”

Rena: You want me to do it? All right, all right, is everyone ready? Start from the front. Go!

Madoka, Akari, Rena: Wow! That’s gorgeous! Amazing! Thank you!

Rena: Beautiful.

Madoka: Right?

Madoka: Next, Tsuda-chan, would you do it from top to bottom?

Rena: Top to bottom might be a little tricky.

Akari: All right. We haven’t done that before. From the top?

Madoka: Might be a little tricky. Yes.

Akari: We’ll just have to see. All right, ready?

(45:00)

Akari: Starting from level 3. Go!

Madoka: [laughs] Nice and mellow! They’re doing it! Ah, so pretty!

Akari: But they’re doing it. You’re all so nice! Thank you! Wow!

Akari: Thank you!

Madoka: Thank you!

Rena: Thank you! Amazing.

Madoka. Wow, that was amazing. Wonderful.

Madoka: I think we’re going to see another White Album 2 wave this winter.

Rena: Definitely. A massive wave.

Akari: Definitely.

Madoka: So, our outfits are different from the daytime show.

Rena: They are. We decided to change.

Madoka: Oh, we’re getting a request to spin around.

Rena: Huh? Should I? Okay, I’ll spin. Should I do a nice pretty turn?

Madoka: “Whoosh.”

Rena: Here I go. Whoosh!

Madoka: Ooh, fancy! [laughs]

Rena: Yeah? [chuckles] Thank you! [chuckles]

Madoka: Okay, me next? [chuckles] Here I go! Wait, I’ll put this down.

Akari: Here.

(46:00)

Madoka: Here I go! Ta-da!

Rena: Adorable!

Akari: Your skirt flutters out really nicely. It’s cute.

Rena: It does.

Madoka: Thank you. See, I thought I’d go with a white dress with Setsuna in mind.

Akari: All right. I don’t know if I’ll do this right, but here I go! Here I go. I’m doing it now.

Madoka: The shyness is very cute.

Akari: This is embarrassing!

Akari: Even after doing it twice I’m not used to it. The embarrassment wins.

Rena: You’re not—you’re not used to it. Well, you’re fine just like that.

Madoka: That’s right. Now, the eighth episode of the White Album 2 anime was shown on Tokyo MX yesterday…

Madoka: Did anyone watch it? Thank you!

Akari, Rena: Wow, thank you!

Madoka: Now, there have been some gimmicks added that are different from the game, to make you go, “Oh, I think something changed a bit here…”

(47:00)

Rena: The staff had some fun.

Madoka: I thought… Yes.

Rena: There are a few devices set up to convey more love.

Madoka: Say, the people singing at the very beginning of Episode 7—[chuckles] Could it be?

Rena: Yes, as an opener for Setsuna-san, for our senior,

Rena: we sang “Free and Dream.” As an opening act for the festival.

Akari: As an opener.

Madoka: Aww! Aww, you shouldn’t have!

Rena: Thank you!

Akari: Thank you!

Madoka: You were doing this, right?

Rena: We were.

Rena: Should I be over here? Is that a set thing? I’m not sure.

Akari: Oh, maybe. I don’t know.

Madoka: Okay, go!

Rena: “Spread our wings and FLY!” We did it like that. Thank you.

Akari: “—wings and FLY!” Thank you.

Rena: Could everybody tell?

Madoka: Oh, they all did! Very impressive. That’s our fans for you.

Rena: Everyone did. Very impressive. Definitely. Thank you.

(48:00)

Madoka: So, for this concert, we’re performing plenty of songs from White Album 2, but, in fact, we have a special guest here with us.

Madoka: As you know, Kazusa performs various classical pieces in the White Album 2 anime, and this is the woman who played them in reality: Asuka Matsumoto! Take it away!

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(53:00)

Madoka: Thank you! Allow me to reintroduce the pianist, Asuka Matsumoto.

Madoka: The piece she just played was Liebesträume No. 3, by Liszt. I was listening off in the wings, and my chest was feeling warm from how moving it was.

Asuka Matsumoto: Thank you.

Madoka: Now, you’re in charge of playing the classical pieces that Kazusa plays within the White Album 2 anime. Could you tell us what recording those was like?

(54:00)

Asuka: Yes, the pieces were actually recorded in a classical concert hall.

Madoka: I see. And, I wonder if you would tell us about any difficulties you might have had.

Asuka: Well, so there are scenes in which each of the pieces gets played.

Madoka: Right. Right.

Asuka: I would hear from the staff what kind of setting Kazusa was playing in for each of those scenes,

Asuka: and I kept that image of my head while I played, which was very enjoyable.

Madoka: Ah, so that’s how the pieces are created.

Asuka: Yes. Why? What is it?

Madoka: Now, could I ask you one more question? [chuckles] Why are people laughing? [chuckles]

Madoka: What do you think of Kazusa as a character?

Madoka: [chuckles] Yes, she’s definitely cool. With her black hair fluttering out behind her.

Asuka: Yes, I think she’s quite cool.

(55:00)

Asuka: I watched a little bit of the anime myself,

Madoka: Uh-huh.

Asuka: and the scene where she’s like “Bam!” through the window, that made my heart jump a little.

Madoka: Right, the scene where she’s sort of supporting Haruki-kun, with the window open.

Madoka: That scene is definitely a notable scene. Thank you.

Madoka: Now, I’d like to have another one-song session, with piano and vocals and—and?!

Madoka: Haruki-kun, of course! On guitar, not Haruki-kun, but Hideto Goto! If you please!

Madoka: Yes, Goto-san and his wonderful goatee. [chuckles] Now, we’re going to play a song created by Setsuna, Kazusa, and Haruki-kun together.

(56:00)

Madoka: This is “The Magic of Time.”

Suffering and smiling go hand in hand

When I’m with you, I can believe that much

(57:00)

Even to a bare and withered tree, miracles can happen

Look—so much white light makes cherry blossoms bloom in the middle of winter

I know my wish will come true, I’ll close my eyes

And speak the magic of time once again, from zero

(58:00)

I’ve spent so many restless days, but now

I feel I could look at the world with kinder eyes

Even to a bare and withered tree, miracles can happen

Look—shining inside me, cherry blossoms bloom in the middle of winter

(59:00)

I know my wish will come true, because it will get through

If I speak the magic of time once again, from here

A future with you falls down, glittering

(1:00:00)

Forever and ever I want to cherish this

I know my wish will come true, I’ll close my eyes

And speak the magic of time once again, from zero

(1:01:00)

Once again, from zero

Madoka: Thank you.

Madoka: Thank you very much, Hideto Goto! Now, I’d like to ask for one more performance from Matsumoto-san.

Madoka: She and the string players are going to play one of the BGM tracks. “As it Was Then.”

(1:02:00)

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Madoka: Thank you!

Madoka: I’m sure there were a lot of people just now who heard that and found themselves reliving the scene in which it appeared in their heads. Matsumoto-san, what was it like playing it for today’s daytime show, and the evening show?

Asuka: I enjoyed it a lot. The glow sticks really caught my attention…

Madoka: [chuckles] They are very pretty!

(1:05:00)

Asuka: Where do they sell them?

Madoka: There are all those different colors.

Asuka: Where do they sell them? Ah, got it.

Madoka: It sounds like they sell them at Don Quixote.

Madoka: By all means, go and purchase some from Don Quixote. All right. Now, let’s have one more big round of applause for Asuka Matsumoto! Thank you!

Madoka: I’m all alone! [laughs] Ahhh!

Madoka: Okay, while the band members are all getting ready—oh, band members!

Madoka: Oh, phew. I’m not alone. Okay, while the band members are all getting ready, should I…? Should I do it? Really? Should I?

(1:06:00)

Madoka: All right, there are some parts where I’ll need all of you to help me.

Madoka: Is that okay? So, some of you might not be aware of this,

Madoka: but there’s this one segment in the White Album 2 Fan Club Radio show called “Make Madoka Yonezawa an Idol.” It’s kind of a weird one, [chuckles]

Madoka: and this is the intro for that. So, I’m going to say “a perfect circle,” and when I say “perfect,” I want you to put your arms up in a circle and say “circle.” Okay?

Madoka: And at the very end, I go, “Woohoo!” And I want everyone to say it together.

(1:07:00)

Madoka: When I say “Ready, go!”, can all of you respond with “Woohoo!”?

Madoka: Thank you! Okay, here I go.

Madoka: Here I go.

Madoka: Apple cheeks and a takoyaki smile! You and me make a perfect circle! Thank you! Madoka Yonezawa, a snow-white angel born in Osaka! Let’s join our hearts in a ring and build her together!

Madoka: I’m singin’ in the White Album 2 Concert at the Tokyo International Forum today! I’m gonna have a lotta fun with y’all!

Madoka: Ready, go! Woohoo! Thank you so much!

(1:08:00)

Madoka: [chuckles] What? What?! I’m getting antsy here! [laughs]

Madoka: Thank you again. You’re all playing along so well, doing the wave and everything. I can really feel your warmth.

Madoka: Now, please enjoy our next song. “White Album.”

Though we spend day after day out of touch

(1:09:00)

Our feelings are always right there beside us

We claim we’ll be fine even if we can’t see each other

But our brave words are always mixed with sighs

The treasure we left in the passing seasons

It’s a puzzle missing its most important piece

Just as the white snow covers the streets

(1:10:00)

We can fill up the blanks in this album

When I feel like the weight of loneliness might break me

Passing anxious days all on my own

You tell me it’s all right, pat my shoulder,

And bring me back around with your smile

(1:11:00)

Even if we separate, I’ll have your words

Strange as it seems, that’s enough to make me happy

The fleeting snow envelops my secret thoughts

Dyeing the pure white pages of this album

(1:12:00)

The treasure we left in the passing seasons

It’s a puzzle missing its most important piece

Just as the white snow covers the streets

We can fill up the blanks in this album

(1:13:00)

Madoka: Thank you!

We like different colors and clothes, our personalities are nothing like each other

But for some reason we laugh at the same things, and fall for the same people

(1:14:00)

It was so funny watching you drink your coffee

Taking the bitterness to play the adult

This feeling I have in my chest is very much like love

I think of you before I go to sleep

This feeling I have in my chest really is just like love

From the bottom of my heart, I’m glad I met you

(1:15:00)

The two of us dream different dreams, we walk two different paths

The coffee I drank to play the adult

I never go a morning without it now

The feeling I had in my chest then was very much like love

I looked for you above all else

The feeling I had in my chest then really was love

(1:16:00)

From the bottom of my heart, I’m glad I met you

Remember the day when I told you, if you were a boy

I would choose you? You blushed and grumbled

I’ll never forget it

The feeling I had in my chest then was very much like love

(1:17:00)

I wanted to know you more than anyone else

The feeling I had in my chest then really was love

From the bottom of my heart, I’m thankful I met you

Akari: The next song I’m going to sing was my debut song.

(1:18:00)

Akari: I really always loved singing, from the time I was little. I always hoped I could become a singer, and I finally realized that dream.

Akari: I learned that singing isn’t always fun, there are difficulties as well,

Akari: and for all of you gathered here in this concert hall, I want to sing Akari Tsuda’s first song, which brought me so many new meetings through music.

Akari: I’m going to sing it with all my heart. Please enjoy it. “Twinkle Snow.”

(1:19:00)

We talked and talked until it got dark

Beneath a clouded winter sky

I don’t know when it started, but every time we part

I just want to stay with you a little longer—which really means…

(1:20:00)

Softly, the snow piles up on the feelings of love that I found tonight

Will I find this dear feeling again tomorrow?

I want to shine more brightly for you than I did today

As I gaze up at the flickering sky, the snow kisses me gently

(1:21:00)

If you find a girlfriend, somewhere along the line

Will you keep talking to me like this?

Some day, your girlfriend will come first

I hate the thought of you leaving me—which really means…

(1:22:00)

Softly, the snow piles up on the feelings of love that I found tonight

Will I find this half-weeping feeling again tomorrow?

I want to shine more brightly for you than I did today

As I gaze up at the flickering sky, I’ll kiss the snow back, gently

(1:23:00)

I’m growing up as I discover all these feelings

The snow will wrap me up protectively until the budding season

(1:24:00)

Twinkling, the snow piles up on all the feelings I found this year

Come spring, a new me will start to sprout

Hoping to shine more brightly for you than I did this year

As I gaze up at the flickering sky

I’ll make my wish to the snow, pray to the snow, kiss the snow, gently

(1:25:00)

Akari: Thank you.

(1:26:00)

A flock of birds takes off from the earth

Where is my lonely heart supposed to go?

I still have the kisses we shared that day

Our matching heartbeats as we held each other tightly

The summer I spent in love with you is over

And the memories it brought are returning to the sky

You were so dazzling and kind, and I loved you

I’m still searching for your voice and your dreams

(1:27:00)

Stay just a little longer, just like this

Only the lights adorning the weekend streets

Wrap up my heart as it bleeds through

Lovers sway in silhouette

Before I know it, longing overtakes me

(1:28:00)

I think of the last autumn I spent with you

Of the footsteps long gone, of your hands, of tomorrow

Being happy by your side was everything

The confusion and loneliness still show themselves

But soon enough I’ll forget it all, just like this

I call your dear name, but the wind just sweeps it away

(1:29:00)

Taking me far, far from the past, from that day

Some day—I know it—I’ll wait for winter

Follow my memories back to this place

More than anyone, more than ever

I’ll sing of you, even if the words never reach you

Feel what I feel and and believe in a new time

(1:30:00)

Rena: Thank you.

Rena: I feel very lucky, getting to sing all of these White Album 2 songs in this beautiful venue.

Rena: Also, for the White Album 2 anime—I was the one who sang the theme song for the game, and with the anime, I yet again had the privilege

(1:31:00)

Rena: of singing the theme song, “Love Out of Reach ’13,” and I’m very happy for that.

Rena: With all of you listening, it became a very precious song to me, one that I hope I can keep singing for a long time to come.

Rena: Now, I’d like to sing the next song. It’s the ending theme for the White Album 2 anime.

Rena: The song is called “On Saying Goodbye.” It was newly written for the anime specifically,

(1:32:00)

Rena: and the music and lyrics were both composed by Naoya Shimokawa. It really brings together a lot of the feelings of one’s youth, it’s very bittersweet,

Rena: and that’s what makes it so appealing, so I hope you’ll pay attention to the lyrics, too.

Rena: Here it is. “On Saying Goodbye.”

Your innocent voice still hasn’t faded from my ears

Those happy days hid quiet feelings

(1:33:00)

But I never doubted this happiness

Never learned the meaning of the word “goodbye”

This isn’t a dream—in this world

The days when I just cried and cried aloud

Are nowhere to be found

Hey, I wonder whether the answer lay in some place we could never reach

If only I’d never met you, I wouldn’t feel this pain

(1:34:00)

The whispered voices of lovers warm the town

Those happy days hid deep sadness, too

But this happiness kept me from seeing anything else

I got carried away and left the word “goodbye” behind

I want to believe that I’m still in a dream

(1:35:00)

Even though I’ve woken up from it by now

The days when I just laughed and laughed are nowhere to be found

But there’s no mistaking that place—the two of us were there with smiling faces

If only I’d never met you, I wouldn’t feel this pain

(1:36:00)

Winter comes again, not for us, but for lovers

This isn’t a dream—in this world

The days when I just cried and cried aloud

Are nowhere to be found

Hey, I wonder whether the answer lay -n some place we could never reach

That winter when I realized I couldn’t stand to be without you

(1:37:00)

Rena: Thank you.

Rena: It really feels like barely any time has passed, but this next song is going to be the final song of our White Album 2 Concert.

(1:38:00)

Rena: [chuckles] Thank you! Truly, thank you. I know all of you, Tsuda-chan and Yone-chan and I and everyone really looked forward to today,

Rena: so we’re very sad to see it end, but this song has a lot of emotions packed into it, it’s a very passionate song for finally showing how you feel.

Rena: Every time I sing it, I feel like I need to make sure everything fully gets through to you all.

Rena: So I’m going to put my whole heart into this last song, and all my feelings of gratitude for all of you.

Rena: Here it is. “Closing ’13.”

(1:39:00)

Still clinging to days that won’t come back—one day, yes, one day

Before my weak heart could be caught, I softly pushed you away

Ah, this feeling hurts too much

Who are you? Where have you been hiding?

Terrified and hanging my head

(1:40:00)

The real me has been waiting

That season again—the night sky was white, and you were there

I was glad you didn’t touch me, but my heart ached

I don’t want to let you go, I don’t want to leave you, but I’ve been on the verge of giving up

I can’t fall in love any more—the pain of loss is too great to bear

Still clinging to days that won’t come back—some day, yes, some day

(1:41:00)

All I need is to have you beside me, even though I can’t say it

Rena: Thank you, everyone!

Now, I have to hold my head up and walk

The real me has to realize

That season again—I’m looking up at this same sky

I know what’s been hurt can never go back to the way it was

(1:42:00)

But I don’t want to let you go, I don’t want to leave you—I’m not giving up now

Your heart might be hurt, but I can’t lie to the way I feel

Find me one of these days, find me with a smile on my face

Just stay with me and tell me that you’ll never leave me alone again

(1:43:00)

Still clinging to days that won’t come back—I know, yes, I know

If I don’t accept how I felt that day, I won’t be able to move on

I don’t want to let you go, I don’t want to leave you—my single wish

Is to make you know I love you, even though I refuse to say it

Rena: Thank you, everyone! Thank you for being here today!

(1:44:00)

Rena: Thank you! Thank you so much!

(1:45:00)

(1:46:00)

The powder snow falls gently from the sky

Hurting my heart as I catch it in my palms

Are you standing still somewhere, watching it?

Looking up at the sky, do you remember?

As you walked across the snow, looking so happy

You were truly lovely to me

(1:47:00)

I still remember how white the snow was that day

And the warmth of our lips as they touched for the first time

I still love you

The powder snow falls onto me

(1:48:00)

Like your kindness and warmth

As you talked with me, looking so delighted

I loved you dearly with all my heart

I still dream of the white world I saw that day

I haven’t forgotten the touch of your cold fingertips

(1:49:00)

I still love you

I still remember how white the snow was that day

And the warmth of our lips as they touched for the first time

You’re just like the powder snow, pure and beautiful

I pray to the snow that I can be the same

(1:50:00)

I still love you

Madoka: Thank you for the encore! That was “Powder Snow.” Now, I’d like to ask all the band members to take the stage! Come on out!

Madoka: And now, I’d like to introduce the band that brought such amazing energy to today’s concert with their incredible performance!

(1:51:00)

Madoka: On drums, Yoshitaka Shirane! On bass, Yoshinobu Takeshita!

Madoka: On keyboard and piano, our bandleader, Shuntaro Kobayashi!

Madoka: On guitar, Hideto Goto!

Madoka: On backing vocals, percussion, and flute, Nona*!

Madoka: And our string players, from left to right—on violin, Sayuri Yano!

Madoka: Toshihiro Takai! On viola, Shoko Miki! On cello, Masutami Endo!

(1:52:00)

Madoka: Now, it’s time to call those two back out! Rena-chan, Tsuda-chan!

Akari, Rena: Hey! Over here, everyone! Thank you! We’re out here with you!

Akari, Rena: Thank you!

Akari: Thank you, everyone up in the second and third levels, too!

(1:53:00)

Madoka: Wow, amazing! What a surprise that was!

Rena: Was everyone surprised?

Akari: Success!

Rena: Yay!

Madoka: Nice.

Rena: Everyone greeted us so warmly, it made me really happy. Thank you so much!

Madoka: So, the White Album 2 Concert had a daytime part and a night-time—a night-time part?

Madoka: And a night-time part. I was thinking each one of us could give some of our thoughts on the whole thing.

(1:54:00)

Madoka: You want to go first, Tsuda-chan?

Akari: Yes. Yes, I’ll go first.

Akari: Well, once we got started, it seems like the first and second shows went by in the blink of an eye. Did everyone have fun?

Akari: Thank you. I’m really sad to have to leave, so if it were allowed, I’d actually like to do a third show.

Madoka: [chuckles] Late-night?

Akari: A late-night show! No one would be able to go home. We’d better not.

Akari: White Album 2 is really special and important to me, because it gave me the opportunity to make my debut as a singer.

Akari: I’ve been singing my debut song, “Twinkle Snow,” for almost three and a half years now, as well as some new songs.

Akari: I believe the fact that I can deliver all of these songs is because all of you love White Album 2 so much. Thank you for everything.

(1:55:00)

Akari: I would also like to keep bringing the world of While Album 2 to you with love, so I hope you’ll keep supporting me. Thank you so much for today.

Madoka: I was really looking forward to today’s concert, myself. I think a lot of you came from various faraway places for this,

Madoka: but is there anyone from abroad—whoa, really? That’s amazing! Thank you.

Rena: Amazing. That’s amazing. Thank you.

Madoka: And, anyone who came to both the daytime and the night-time shows? Wow. Wait, that many?

Rena: That many of you? That’s so cool! Thank you.

Madoka: Wow, I wasn’t expecting that. Well, getting to do this, to be involved with something that’s this deeply loved, and to sing for you in this beautiful venue

(1:56:00)

Madoka: makes me feel very lucky. I’m going to try the best I can to keep delivering White Album 2 to you, so please keep supporting me!

Madoka: Thank you so much for today!

Rena: Thank you for gathering here for this concert today. White Album 2…

Rena: The people who love it have such enormous passion. Whenever you talk about it, it’s super clear to us that you love it with your whole heart.

Rena: So, we as singers—well, Yone-chan is a voice actress—we feel a sense of responsibility when we sing, to respond to those feelings in kind.

(1:57:00)

Rena: Getting to spend this wonderful time today with all of you who love White Album 2, in this beautiful concert hall, was a lot of fun.

Rena: Did all of you enjoy it? Thank you.

Madoka: Now, this next one really is our very last song, but it’s hard to leave, isn’t it?

Rena: I don’t want it to end. Yes.

Madoka: [chuckles] We just have to believe in a next time. Let’s do the last one.

Madoka: Should we all say the title together?

Madoka, Rena, Akari: One, two, three! “Love Out of Reach”!

(1:58:00)

Are you playing the loner? I found myself wondering why

Before I knew it, I was drawn to you more than anyone

How do I reflect my heart in this mirror?

If I keep feeling this hopeless love, will it show itself one day?

(1:59:00)

Until that hazy answer comes into view

My love won’t go anywhere

Rena: Hey! Hey! Hey!

The day I first spoke to you, and you turned to me

You were so dazzling that I couldn’t look straight at you

(2:00:00)

How do I trace myself into your heart?

If I keep feeling this unfulfilled love, will the day come when it appears?

Give me one little glimpse of that hazy answer

And I know my love will come alive

(2:01:00)

Madoka: This is the last one! Let’s put our hearts into it!

How do I reflect my heart in this mirror?

If I keep feeling this hopeless love, will it show itself one day?

Until that hazy answer comes into view

My love won’t go anywhere

(2:02:00)

Madoka: Thank you so much for being here today!

Rena: White Album 2 is the best!

Madoka: Okay, let’s all jump together for the end!

Madoka, Rena, Akari: Ready, go! Thank you!

(2:03:00)

Madoka, Akari: Thank you!

Rena: Thank you so, so much! It was a blast!

Akari: We’ll see each other again some time! Thank you!

Rena: Thank you!

It was really intense.

I cried like four times.

I was surprised by how much crying I did. Being immersed in the world of the game like that was so much fun.

I really couldn’t stop crying. I’ve been to the other shows before this, but this one was the best.

(2:04:00)

I came here from Kyoto, and the set list was really exactly my ideal, all the songs where I went, “I’d like them to play that, I want to hear that live.” That was awesome,

and it also made me remember all those times in the game that made my heart hurt.

I got the feeling they really spent a lot on their backing band.

The pianist was amazing.

Adding in the strings took it to a wonderful new level.

Thank you, to the three of you.

The emceeing between songs was a lot of fun, too. I got the sense that they’d worked out how to keep up our interest and enjoyment the whole time.

I’m here from Shizuoka. I was finally able to win the ticket lottery for today, and I was really happy to get to join in. Getting to hear the three singers was very satisfying.

They sounded absolutely amazing.

It was incredible!

Incredible!

(2:05:00)

Madoka: Hello, this is Madoka Yonezawa! Today is going to be amazing!

Rena: The big day is here! We’re finally playing a hall concert.

Akari: We’re watching from out in the audience right now, but I’m already about to cry from how amazing it is.

Madoka: It’s almost time. I’m ready to sing!

(2:06:00)

Rena: We’re just moments away.

Akari: I’m nervous.

Madoka: See you later!

Madoka: Let’s rock this! Yeah!

(2:07:00)

Madoka: So much just happened, it really doesn’t feel like it’s over yet,

Akari: No kidding.

Madoka: but it’s done. I guess once I get home it’ll sink in. “Oh, it’s really over.”

Akari: It’s done. Maybe I’ll feel it once I’m in the bath.

Rena: It felt like a dream. Thank you for such a great time.

Madoka, Akari: Thank you.

I think we put on a really fun show. Thank you.

I had no idea a single glow stick could change colors like that.

I wish I could have made everyone do a wave like Yone-chan did.

(2:08:00)

It was an incredible show. So much fun. Thank you.

Feeling that excitement all around us was awesome. I wished I had a glow stick, too.

The feeling from the audience was so warm, and I had a very good time. Thank you.

It was a blast. I want to go like this with a bunch of glow sticks.

It was fun. Thank you.

I had a very good time.

The songs are all great, and I came to love them a lot through rehearsing and playing them in the show, so I’m going to miss them now that it’s over.

(2:09:00)

(2:10:00)


White Album 2 Concert Bonus translation

 

Madoka Yonezawa: Whoa! You startled me! [laughs] Hello. I’m going to sing now.

Akari Tsuda: Hello.

Rena Uehara: Oh, hello there.

Rena: [laughs] I don’t know about that. I don’t know…

Madoka: [laughs]

Rena: Music is really such an indispensable part of White Album 2,

(01:00)

Rena: so I think this is going to be an especially enjoyable concert for those who have watched White Album 2. Please look forward to it! I’m excited, too.

Akari: This is my very first time singing in a concert hall like this, and I’m nervous, to be honest, but I’m going to do my best to have fun, and to make it a wonderful time for everyone in the audience.

Akari: I want to convey the greatness of White Album 2. So, I’ll see all of you there!

Madoka: Oh, hi, I’m Madoka Yonezawa. Hello, everyone! Right now, we’re rehearsing before the show. I’m really excited to perform with this dazzling band,

Madoka: and to get to put on this show for you. You might cry again… [laughs] Make sure to have your handkerchiefs ready!

(02:00)

Yoshitaka Shirane: Hello, everyone. I’m the drummer, Yoshitaka Shirane. We’re currently in the middle of a very successful rehearsal, and getting into good shape for the show, so I’m looking forward to it.

Yoshitaka: I also think the Blu-ray of the show is going to turn out really great. Let’s all enjoy this.

Yoshinobu Takeshita: I’m Yoshinobu Takeshita. As our bandleader, Shuntaro-kun, instructed me, I’m playing the bass. With all the different types of songs we have to play, I’m really looking forward to it.

(03:00)

Nona*: I’m Nona*, and I’m in charge of backing vocals and percussion for this show. As you can see from my set, I’ll be doing percussion, singing,

Nona*: playing the flute, all kinds of things. I’m looking forward to having fun with all of you, so I hope you enjoy it.

Hideto Goto: I’m Goto, on the guitar. Hello.

Hideto: Well, I plan to have as much fun as I can with this. I’m also going to work hard until I can play the solo for “Sound of Destiny.” See you there.

Shuntaro Kobayashi: I’m Shuntaro Kobayashi, the bandleader and keyboard player for this show.

Shuntaro: I’m running the marathon known as a concert. A marathon—actually, can I start over? [laughs]

Shuntaro: [laughs] Okay, take 2. About the concert, we’re rehearsing right now and it’s going really well, so I think it might turn out to be a seriously great show, everyone.

(04:00)

Shuntaro: Try to wait! Keep your hopes high! We’ll do our best!

Shuntaro: Can I actually try one more time? [laughs] That’s good. That’s fine.

Asuka Matsumoto: I’m Asuka Matsumoto. I play Kazusa’s piano pieces.

Asuka: Today is our final rehearsal, which means everyone is here, and the place is full of a harmonious atmosphere,

Asuka: so I’m enjoying myself very much. My hope is that I can fully embody Kazusa’s feelings in my performance. I’ll do my best.

(05:00)

Masutami Endo: I’m Endo, and I play the cello. I’ve been involved since the recordings, and I’ve been very excited to play live. Here goes.

Sayuri Yano: I’m Sayuri Yano, on the violin. This White Album 2 Concert is packed with plenty of familiar tracks and favorites, and there are going to be two shows, daytime and night-time,

Sayuri: so I’ll put plenty of stamina into enjoying it. I’ll give it everything I have. See you there.

Toshihiro Takai: I’m Toshihiro Takai, on the violin. I’ve been involved since the recording stage, and I think this is going to be a very fun show.

Shoko Miki: I’ll make sure to play my best for these two shows. Thank you for watching.  I’m looking forward to it.

Masutami, Sayuri, Toshihiro, Shoko: Let’s do it!

(06:00)

Camera: Are you nervous today?

Akari: I am nervous.

Rena: Yes, I think we’re getting into good shape here, and I have a feeling it’ll be even better when we’re onstage.

Akari: What do you think? Good shape, yes, yes.

Rena: All right, here we go.

Akari: Here we go.

(07:00)

Madoka: Wrong! Wrong again!

Rena: Tee-hee!

Madoka, Rena, Akari: Yeah!