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Sunday, June 26, 2005

Anime Song Translation: One Piece



I don't know if an official DVD of the comedy swashbuckler pirate anime One Piece is ever going to come out. Well, I'm sure it will sooner or later, but right now, nothing but Cartoon Network and Fox's Saturday morning cartoons. Sigh.

I actually rather like the rap song Fox uses as a saga-cell (story recap). But the original opening song is very different -- a rather idealistic call to adventure. (You can get it here.) Here's my translation, which doesn't rhyme much but is singable.



"We Are"
One Piece OP#1
Translation: Maureen S. O'Brien, 6/26/05


CH:
We are putting all our dreams in one basket now.
To go discover all the things we've looked for so long.

ONE PIECE!

Boring stuff like compasses just go to slow us down.
Throw it on the fire and take the helm. It's up to you.
Deep layers of dust may lie upon this treasure map, but still
If we go and test the tale, you know it may turn out to be true.

When your own gale-force storm hits, all you just really must do's
Ride on somebody else's better day!
Just think about it; it's okay!

CH:
We are putting all our dreams in one basket now,
To go discover all the things we've looked for so long.

Gotta pocketful of coin,
So then it's -- you wanna be my friend?
We are, we are on the cruise!
We are!


The "better day" bit is my attempt to explain the line in Japanese, "ride on (someone's) biorhythm".

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