8P Unit Song CD Vol.3 – Lounsbery Arthur + Kousaka Atsushi

duet: fate ~危険な香り~ (A Forbidden Scent)

K: Whatever you’ve been longing for has been shrouded in mystery, as you pierce through with an icy gaze.
L: It’s because I’ve always been looking for you, even before you were born.

K: I don’t know who I really am, so I wonder if anyone will tell me.
L: I know who I really am, so that’s what I’ll hide away.

K: When you touch me, what do you feel?
L: When I touch you –
Both: – your heart has frozen over.

The scent of roses drives us mad, starts our story,
And the blood flowing within this body remains unchanging.
If this forbidden scent is but a dream, then –
K: Why?
L: Why?
Both: Does this bruise still remain, right here, right here?
[Do] You need me?

L: If what I’ve been longing for ever comes to light, everything will change.
K: From your gentle words, to the reason we met – all will be back-lit with terrifying clarity.

L: When I touch you, what will I feel?
K: When you touch me –
Both: – my heart has frozen over.

The scent of roses draws us into trouble, leads us along our story,
And the blood flowing within this body remains unchanging.
This cold kiss deeper than sin –
L: Sways,
K: Sways,
Both: This scar has yet to sway your heart, your heart,
[Do] You need me?

L: Every time I smell the scent of roses…
K: …I’ll definitely meet you again, won’t I?

Both: The scent of roses drives us mad, continues our story,
And the blood flowing within this body remains unchanging.
Even if I’ll be awoken from the dream of this forbidden scent,
K: Always,
L: Always,
This bruise will keep throbbing, right here, right here,
[Do] You need me?
And until the day this scar erases everything, everything,
K: It’ll never end.
L: It’ll never end.
Both: It’ll never end.


Arthur Lounsbery: FREE

There’s no way to get anything across,
So I just keep on worrying about you,
Who might not even be going through a slump,
Just from what I can see and hear from the monitor.

Alas, a video comprised of but a single scene is boring,
So I impulsively press the fast-forward button.

From here on out, let your heart go loose.
Yeah, let’s say bye-bye to common sense for a bit,
Woah yeah,
If being alone scares you,
Should I go and hold your hand tighter?

(Tighter…)

Come to think of it, the other day,
There was a sudden rainshower, wasn’t there?
Sorry for suddenly changing topics, but you see, at that time,

If, for example, you didn’t have an umbrella with you,
And you had taken shelter somewhere,
I think I would’ve had greeted you there.

Right now, it seems like rain is falling inside my heart
Yeah, but if that ever happened, I’d have used an umbrella,
Woah yeah,
Rather than keep waiting for a blue sky,
Come on, look, it’s alright to go to the place where you can live freely.

I don’t know how best to say this (with feelings and stuff) –
“It’s all right to stay as you are, stay true to yourself.”

From here on out, let your heart go loose.
Yeah, let’s say bye-bye to common sense for a bit,
Woah yeah,
If being alone scares you,
I’ll go and hold your hand tighter, and that’s why,
It seems like rain is falling inside my heart
Yeah, but if that ever happened, I’d have used an umbrella,
Woah yeah,
Rather than keep waiting for a blue sky,
Come on, look, it’s alright to go to the place where you can live freely.

(Woah yeah…)


Kousaka Atsushi: 銀河の海を渡って (Going Across The Milky Way)

Tonight, I’m going to meet you.

Sighing under the twilight, grumbling as my head hangs down in shame,
I had a feeling that I might have heard your voice.
You’ve been struggling through the night, but isn’t it just too dark?
So open your windows, and here, let’s take a look outside.

The voices of the stars resound in this heart,
Wanting to twinkle and continuing to pray to
A melody of hope.

If I were to go across the galaxy, I wonder if I’d get to meet you?
You can feel the soft blue breeze, can’t you? I’ll be there soon.
When you’re lost, losing, and about to cry, take two handfuls out of all these stars,
Send them upwards, let them go before you,
And let them draw your dreams out once more.

You see, complaints don’t just fill up the valleys of life,
But it just so happens that humans are wandering beings.
Just like how, when you’re cheerfully laughing,
The kid right next to you can’t fall asleep, either.

Behind the curtains, you’re all bundled up and waiting,
And suddenly come flying out of bed, with a smile on your surprised face.

As the clouds part, the round moon comes peeking through,
Just like how you’ll forget feeling like you’ve lost where you’ll go.
Everything won’t ever work out perfectly, but,
It’s alright to go searching for the shape of your future again.
That’s why there’s nothing to be afraid of.

No matter how many lightyears set us apart,
When you sparkle that beautifully, you’ll definitely get your chance to shine.

Ah, I’ll go across the galaxy, so let’s go and chat together,
We’re no longer alone, so we’ll find the answer sooner.
When you’re lost, losing, and about to cry, take two handfuls out of all these stars,
Send them upwards, let them go before you,
And let them draw your dreams out once more.



  • my translation index
  • i always say this anyway, but it bears repeating – i am 1000% very extremely sure i can never capture the actual meanings of this. i will at least try to capture the spirit but holy susmaryosep this deserves to be listened to
  • their drama is….DEFINITELY more complex than what i expected, but oh well fine.
  • major spoiler alert – as if it wasn’t obvious from the lyrics already – arthur’s a vampire from 1900’s london who befriends atsushi because he smells like roses and has special, probably very yummy blood. atsushi figures this out very quickly and arthur ends up basically proposing they spend the next 200 years of arthur’s life together, because somehow atsushi’s special blood will make him survive that long?
  • atsushi doesn’t wanna become vampire travel snack, though, and tries to kill arthur to make him leave…but then goes after him because he feels like he has to be the one to kill him. also, arthur bit him, leaving a weird rose-shaped bruise. hmm.
  • i am actually very bitter that i am not in japan and thus cannot watch the continuation to this because bias aside IT JUST SOUNDS SO GOOD.
  • the thing about this duet is that, of all the duets in this disk series, this is the only one where they’re singing TO each other. i just felt like i had to point this out ktnxbye
  • all the occurrences of “swaying” in the second chorus aren’t referring to the actual movement, all of them are referring to the “swaying your heart” kind of meaning.
  • fsr the only ways i can think of as a viable POV for FREE is a hikikomori boy thinking about a girl he only sees from afar (…think keishi from ACTORS towards his friends?), or…someone playing a dating sim, i guess.
  • either way. very arthur. this was close to his satoru singing voice, very pop-rock, very nice. familiar. but-
  • TRACK THREE MADE ME CRY
  • ACTUALLY
  • CRY
  • TEARS
  • NO KIDDING
  • i have zero idea why atsushi would be singing about stars. the closest thing i have seen to an in-show theory is that his “tiny complaint” in one ep was that “when i walk outside at night, i can’t see the stars anymore.” but that was most probably a lie to make tasuku say things, contextually speaking.
  • i know the songs aren’t probably supposed to be taken as against their personality so deeply. BUT STILL, WHY.
  • the most probable reason: his image within the group is “cool and mature”. this sounds like advice a cool and mature senpai would give to his down-on-their-luck kouhai.
  • things i end up thinking about at 12 midnight: the song is about him.
  • i keep saying this, but – atsushi has had roughly ten years experience in the industry. definitely far from the 若手男性声優 label 8p uses for its boys. i doubt this was where he saw himself being ten years ago, but he’s adapting, making it his own and oh god stop me from talking i’m just going to cry again
  • BASICALLY, good. everything, good. these guys did their best and deserve the world and i have zero regrets. thank you, hapicha. thank you.
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