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Music Review, Lyrics and Translation: Code Geass’s COLOURS by FLOW

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Flow is a pretty good band with two vocalists, a guitarist and a drummer. They first appeared on the radar of anime viewers with their Naruto OP4, the one that goes "We are Fighting Dreamers!" (dumb song btw) and followed up with Eureka seveN’s first OP, Days. Their next foray into anime OPs would be COLOURS (actually it’s Colors but we all know Americans can’t spell and Japanese love Americans despite their poor spelling) which turned out to be an excellent piece.

Some have complained that it’s too similar to Days but I don’t see why. In fact, Days was my least liked Eureka seveN song. But I love Colours! The song has a great singalong chorus and the verses is nicely rythmnic. And the pre-chorus lends a fresh change of pace for the song, before launching into yet another singalong chorus. I have to resist the urge to sing out loud on the bus when listening to this!

This single comes along with two other songs, Astro Slider and Love Dub. Both are good enough to go into my playlist.

So, do you like the song too? I’m voting this one and Ryuusei Miracle (OP of Ayakashi Ayashi) as the best OPs of the season. What say you?

And here’s the lyrics of Colours!

COLOURS

By: FLOW

自分を 世界さえも 変えてしまえそうな
Jibun wo sekai saemo kaete shimaesouna
瞬間は いつもすぐそばに。。。
Shunkan wa itsumo sugu sobani…
The moment that changes me and the world is always right here with me

隠せぬ苛たちと たち尽くす自分を みつめ
Kakusenu iratachi to tachi tsukusu jibun wo mitsume
With the irritation I can’t hide, I look at myself who is exhausted.

迷いながら 悩みながら 悔みながら 決めればいいさ
Mayoinagara nayaminagara kuyaminagara kimerebaii sa
All the indecision, anguish, regrets, I chose to use

君がくれた 言葉ひとつ 戸惑いは消え去り
Kimegakureta kotoba hitotsu tomadoi wa kiesari
Just the one word you gave me and the confusion vanishes

からっぽだった 僕の部屋に 光が射した
Karappo datta boku no heya ni hikari ga sashita
and the light shines into my room that was once empty

見上げた大空が 青く澄み切ってゆく
Miageta oozora ga aokusumikitte yuku
The sky I looked up at was blue and perfectly clear,
とざした 窓を ひらくことを決めた
Tozashita mado wo hiraku koto wo kimeta
I decided to open the window that was locked
自分を 世界さえも かえてしまえそうな
Jibun wo sekai saemo kaete shimaesouna
瞬間は いつもすぐそばに…
Shunkan wa itsumo sugu sobani…
The moment that changes me and the world is always right here with me

満たせぬ日常に あるはずの答えを 探して
Mitasenu nichijou ni aruhazu no kotae wo sagashite
In the unsatisfying everyday life, I’m looking for the answer that should exist

あさひに独り 柔らかな声に 振り向けば
Asahi ni hitori yawarakana koe ni furi mukeba
Alone in the morning sun, I turn towards a gentle voice

眩い日射しの中 ふと君が微笑む
Mabayui hizashi no naka futo kimi ga hohoemu
In the dazzling sunlight, you casually smiled
とざした 窓が ひらきそうになる
Tozashita mado ga hirakisou ni naru
And opened the window that was closed
自分を 世界さえも かえてしまえそうな
Jibun wo sekai saemo kaete shimaesouna
存在は 僕の目の前に。。。
Sonzai wa boku no me no mae ni…
The existence that changes me and the world is here right in front of my eyes…

見上げた大空が 青く澄み切ってゆく
Miageta oozora ga aoku sumikitte yuku
The sky I looked up at was blue and perfectly clear,
とざした 窓を ひらくことを決めた
Tozashita mado wo hiraku koto wo kimeta
I decided to open the window that was locked
自分を 世界さえも かえてしまえそうな
Jibun wo sekai sae mo kaete shimaesouna
瞬間を 感じるいまここに。。。
Shunkan wo kanjiru ima koko ni….
I feel the moment, that changes me and the world ,right here right now and here…
光へと 両手を伸ばして。。。
Hikari e to ryoute wo nobashite
Stretch both your hands towards the light

心を吹抜ける 空の色 香る風
Kokoro wo fukinukeru sora no iro kaoru kaze
The colour of the sky and fragant wind lets your heart blow open

If you haven’t already bought it, you could sample it here but make sure you delete it after 24 hours! We here at Riuva would like to support the industry. By buying figurines.
COLORS COLORS
LYRICS LYRICS
CODE GEASS CODE GEASS
FLOW FLOW
COLORS COLORS
LYRICS LYRICS
CODE GEASS CODE GEASS
FLOW FLOW

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39 Responses to “Music Review, Lyrics and Translation: Code Geass’s COLOURS by FLOW”  

  1. 1 Neohybrid_kai 18 comments

    Thanks for the translation.
    Colours is the second fave op song for me, the first is Bartender’s. IMO it feels like Days ^^ except that the chorus goes first. The song is very cheerful eventough the lyrics feel a bit lonely. But maybe that just me, haha.
    I like the “Karappo datta boku no heya ni hikari ga sashita…” part.

    Btw anyone know who sing the op song of Bartender?

  2. 2 kokanaden 79 comments

    tjhan you’re wrong. “Colours” is the british version of the spelling, while “colors” is the American version of the spelling.

    Heh.

  3. 3 tj_han 1064 comments

    Yeah kokanaden? Isn’t that what I said? Telling me that I’m wrong and repeating exactly what I said means you are truly Porko. I suppose you call football “soccer” then.

    Kai: Bartender’s OP is pretty good too. It’s by Natural High and featuring some dude.

  4. 4 Zeroblade 132 comments

    >> “Bartender’s OP is pretty good too.”

    I await the OP single.

  5. 5 Kurogane 113 comments

    Somehow, I feel this is a response to my comment in your last post.

  6. 6 LianYL 589 comments

    I’m another guy who’s waiting for Bartender’s OP music. The female singer sucked but it’s all a plot to contrast the proness of the male singer. And the song’s named Bartender if I’m not wrong. WTF. I wonder why shit anime always get the good music pieces. Like Naruto, Bleach and Gunparade Orchestra.

  7. 7 AsouKai 77 comments

    Sumomo’s OP beats all hands down: “Saikyou OX Keikaku”

    Zeroblade, I mean no offence to you but Bartender’s OP can be so much better with the female vocalist replaced. I agree, it is pretty good, but the female vocalist is just so terrible. At times she sounds like she’s gonna run out of breath, and almost all the time she sounds like she’s half-dead. The saving grace is when the male vocalist comes in, it’s like a breath of fresh air.

    Audiophiles like kokanaden would agree with me once they hear the song, if I haven’t discouraged them enough that is.

  8. 8 Kurigiri 16 comments

    “We here at Riuva would like to support the industry. By buying figurines.”

    I lol’d.
    COLORS is awesome. My first time hearing FLOW though. Stopped Naruto at 55, and never got to watch Eureka.
    I also like Bartender OP :P
    I really love the series, so a great opening theme (which suits the series just fine) is just a good bonus..

  9. 9 nah 1 comment

    anyone realise that the start of colors is quite similar to marikita(our national song of course)?

  10. 10 bj0rN 139 comments

    @nah: YOU FOOL! OUR NATIONAL ANTHEM IS MAJULAH SINGAPURA, NOT MARIKITA!

    Nice OP? I do have a few in mind. I really think INNOCENT SORROW is nice. But COLORS (COLOURS) rock as well. Love the anime.

  11. 11 tj_han 1064 comments

    Wtf? Nah? Either you are tone deaf or we have different countries. Doesn’t sound anything like it! Maybe the "boom boom" bass at the start.

  12. 12 Atashi 11 comments

    Did you translate the lyrics? If so, you might want to go back and revise them… I can see a few things that need work.

  13. 13 tj_han 1064 comments

    Atashi: Mind pointing out which parts aren’t accurate? I have since made some changes. Actually, these changes were made within a few minutes of my posting this but somehow the edited version wasn’t reflected. Anyway, I redid the changes, notably on the chorus.

  14. 14 Tsubaki 465 comments

    Colors. I refuse to buy your extra U.

  15. 15 kg 3 comments

    Bartender’s opening theme is indeed called Bartender, and it’s by Natural High (as tj_han said) featuring Shiina Junpei.

    Thanks for the sample of Colors along with the lyrics and translation. I can hear some similarity to Days, but it’s not so similar that it’s a carbon copy under a different name. Regardless, it’s a decent song, so thanks.

  16. 16 Lazyshinigami 48 comments

    Colors ou Colours it doesn’t matter cause the best OP of the season is Rolling Star by Yui, anyway.

  17. 17 waterfall 122 comments

    To tJ_han,

    Re: Code Gay Pizza Hut Ass

    It’s a nice song, the video sequence is standard. Shiny CG, action scenes, pan over the characters. It’s a SUNRISE production with CLAMP character design. So I will say that Code Geass will not end well. =P

    From
    Waterfall

  18. 18 tj_han 1064 comments

    Lazyshini: What OP is Rolling Star for anyway? I can’t remember if I’ve heard it. I have a huge bias against female singers though.

    kg: No problem. I realised after I finished this post that atashi (I mean the blogger, not me) has already done the same thing a while back though. I should’ve picked another song.

  19. 19 Juice 49 comments

    Thanks for the lyrics, TJ.

  20. 20 bj0rN 139 comments

    -.-” Rolling Star is the OP for BLEACH. -.-”

    You can check out the PV here uploaded by Windbell. =X

    http://www.moeside.net/downloads/pv/YUI/PV_YUI-Rolling star.avi

  21. 21 AsouKai 77 comments

    Naw. Sumomo’s OP wins.

    Rofl, at the rate we’re going, this “which song is the best” debate is going to last for quite some time.

    Yeah, Rolling Star is a really good song, there’s a part of it which reminds me of “That Thing You Do” by The Wonders even though i’m only talking about the drums(and that part doesn’t last for more than 3 seconds). rofl.

    Innocent Sorrow by Abingdon Boys School (TM Revo, Sunao and 2 other supposedly famous music artistes but i can’t remember who they are) is also a pretty good song imho. There’re quite a lot of good songs this season, all befitting to different types of moods. Thumbs up!

  22. 22 Atashi 11 comments

    Corrections in order of the lyrics:

    ‘Tachitsukusu’ means ‘to stand still’.

    I don’t think the ‘kimereba ii sa’ is connected to the following line, and it means more like, ‘I should decide on/choose it’. I don’t know what the ‘it’ refers to exactly, though; maybe the ‘closed window’ mentioned in the chorus.

    ‘Tozashita mado ga hirakisou ni naru’ isn’t connected to the previous line. It should just be ‘The locked/closed window appears to open’.

    I think the ’sora no iro’ in the final line refers to the COLORS that the ‘kaoru kaze’ is in, which ‘blows through [my] heart’. …Yeah, I’m trying to connect the title of the song with the lyrics here. XDDD

    ^^;; You can take a look at my take on the song translation at:
    http://atashi.wordpress.com/2006/11/07/code-geass-lelouch-of-the-rebellion-opening-theme-colors/

  23. 23 helspectre 47 comments

    This demonstrates the freedom that comes with having your own domain.

    Sumomo’s Op wins, yeah. But this song doesn’t get sick even when you play it on constant loop, which is good since I have limited songs on my playlist.

    And its colors. Why do you need to hasten your carpel tunnel syndrome by typing that extra u? lol.

  24. 24 tj_han 1064 comments

    bjorn: I don’t watch Bleach fillers. Lost count of the Naruto and Bleach Ops and EDs I’ve missed. I’ll check it out then.

    Asoukai: Sumomo’s OP gets boring after the novelty wears off. I skip it all the time. There are truly a lot of good songs this season, that actually don’t rely on gimmicks. Try Ryuusei Miracle, OP of Ayakashi Ayashi.

    helspectre: What freedom? The freedom to post nudity, candy girls and nipple shots of figurines? And it’s colours because we don’t suck the cocks of Americans. Using "colors" would be like shouting "KAWAII!!!" when you see something cute. It’s gay.

    Atashi: Thanks! I’ll see to it.

  25. 25 AsouKai 77 comments

    Well, that’s true. But since everyone was talking about anime music so I thought I’d stay in context.

    I’m actually more addicted to Wild Arms Vth(fifth) Vanguard’s intro theme - Justice to Believe by Mizuki Nana.

    =P

  26. 26 Tsubaki 465 comments

    But when I shout COLORS or COLOURS, they sound the same, unlike CUTE or KAWAII.

  27. 27 helspectre 47 comments

    ITS COLORS! I’ll go for America’s dick instead of Blair’s anyday. And no carpel tunnel too.

  28. 28 tj_han 1064 comments

    OMG BUTTLICKERS! And who gets carpal tunnel from typing a U. You get carpal tunnel from WANKING MEN’S PENISES!! lol.

  29. 29 The Zee 9 comments

    ….I support the “colours” spelling. :)

  30. 30 Myself 1 comment

    Colors (I’ll spell it that way because technically it IS the title, tho’ I’m Canadian…) is a good song,I like the Mayoinagara nayaminagara kuyaminagara kimerebaii sa Kimegakureta kotoba hitotsu tomadoi wa kiesari part best, but I still prefer Days. The best Op is without a doubt 99% by BOWL (Yu-gi-oh! GX), though I have a wide selection of favourites, like d-technolife, Re:member(also by Flow), Kohaku, and Daia no Hana, though there are many more. And I don’t particulary like Bartender’s op.

  31. 31 Just walk in 1 comment

    I really hate to say this BUT there was England BEFORE there was Unite State of America… It makes me wonder where did the American get their English Language from?!
    Never the less this is one good OP song and I really enjoyed it!!

  32. 32 dk 1 comment

    Probably..USA english came from english but still, both countries wanna have their own unique set of words so there is a twist to some of the spelling of words used in each individual country.

    Thx 4 the lyrics..was trying 2 sing along wif the song using these lyrics as guide..but,omg..it’s juz so hard.
    If i tried to read the translation and follow the songs,there r times the singer really sing 2 fast 4 me 2 catch up X_X”

  33. 33 mika 1 comment

    Colors or Colours, so what? All I know is the official title is Colors and it’s not even wrong so I go by it. Remember that whether you like it or not it’s still considered correct English . So why bitching with ppl about how it’s gay and that they suck American’s dick?

    I’m not even American or English. But don’t you think your attitude is just too much?

    Anyway, I have to say thanks for the lyrics and translation.

  34. 34 Ree 1 comment

    It doesn’t matter, which is which. They both mean teh same thing with different spelling. But just for clairification. Colours is the spelling for british AND CANADIANS ( i ahte how everyone seems to exclude Canada). And color, is yes the americain version. But they change the ORIGINAl spelling for each work. SO its a modified version. Thus, colours is teh original and if u ask me proper spelling.

  35. 35 Yu Kaguri 1 comment

    Thanks so much for the lyrics! I unearthed the song recently after watching Code Geass (late with the program as usual) and I happen to love this song.

    Although if you’ve watched the PV/MV it’s quite ridiculous. The mime is waaaaay off. XD

  36. 36 Tobee Continued 1 comment

    “actually it’s Colors but we all know Americans can’t spell and Japanese love Americans despite their poor spelling”

    “Yeah kokanaden? Isn’t that what I said? Telling me that I’m wrong and repeating exactly what I said means you are truly Porko. I suppose you call football ’soccer’ then.”

    “What OP is Rolling Star for anyway? I can’t remember if I’ve heard it. I have a huge bias against female singers though.”

    “What freedom? The freedom to post nudity, candy girls and nipple shots of figurines? And it’s colours because we don’t suck the cocks of Americans. Using “colors” would be like shouting “KAWAII!!!” when you see something cute. It’s gay.”

    Wow. You’re kind of a racist, overreacting, asshole aren’t you? :D Interesting.

  37. 37 i don't exist 2 comments

    What a fun conversation.
    I’m American kan tyu tel.

    I really don’t care how something is spelled, its a good song, somewhat addictive. I have to add that
    Yura Yura by Hearts Grow (Naruto last intro) is also pretty good in my opinion. Hope someone chops this to pieces.

  38. 38 i don't exist 2 comments

    Oh yeah, I almost forgot. Arrigato gozaimashta

  39. 39 RoügeHacker 1 comment


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