SENCHIMENTARU na onigokko

Romaji and English translation of the song センチメンタルな鬼ごっこ (SENCHIMENTARU na onigokko) from the single Wakaremichi by the GazettE.

Translator's Notes
  • Lyrics originally sung in English are in italics , and words or phrases I felt were implied are in [brackets] in the translation.
  • I also (usually) put repeats of chorus/verses/stanzas in [brackets] if they’re not written that way in the original lyrics for ease of singing along.
  • If he writes a word in the lyrics but doesn’t sing it, I put it in light grey to make it easier to skip when singing along.
  • I usually romajize katakana characters in CAPITALS, and keep punctuation and line spacing as close to the original booklet as possible. If you see me putting spaces before punctuation at the end of a sentence or writing things in mixed-case capitals, that’s because it’s how it was in the booklet.
  • Any comments I had during the romajization/translation process will be included as footnotes so as not to disturb the flow of the song. They’re not required reading, but Ruki does some pretty nifty things with his lyrics/kanji choices, or sometimes there’s further explanations about words or phrases in there.

SENCHIMENTARU na onigokko: Romaji

Aaaaaaaa.
Boku wa nekura na MEGANEkko 
Koisuru ano ko no shumi ni boku ni1

AAAAAAAA.
Rokunen nigumi no AIDORU-sama
“Higaisha wa ATASHI desu wa”
Nanteeeeee
~oi 

2[Konbanwa,
Rokuji no NYUUSU wo otsutae shimasu.
Kyou sanjuu nichi mimei, Tokyo tonai ni aru.
×× daini shougakkou ni kayou
×××-kun nijuu sai ga
KURASUMEITO no shouseito suumei ni
Nagurukeru no boukou wo ukeru jisatsu wo hakaru
Doiu jiken ga arimashita.
Kono jiken nitsuite gakkougawa wa zenmenhitei shiteimasu.]

Kasokusuru higaimousou
Sonzai naiyou

“GARAKUTA” “chararira”
Ijimekko, ijimerarekko
Boku to ano ko no SHIISOO GEEMU!
Kamatte kudasai hi ga kureru made [wa]
Ijitte kudasai
Oki ni mesu made wa
Ano ko ga yorokobu tame
Kougaku PURAIDO suteyashou
OSENCHI・HARENCHI・nou useshi kozou wa
Kyou mo ano ko no ○○○ shashin wo
Kanzen
R shitei
KYAMERA de hizamazuite gekishachuu!?
Kamatte kudasai hi ga kureru made [wa]
Ijitte kudasai oki ni mesu made wa
Ano ko ga yorokobu made
EKUSUTASHII MOODO
Zecchou joutai tanoshimimashou

Itsumo itsumo ittsumo3
Minna de yotte takatte
Boku wo kizutsuke toite
Sonna kao [de] minai dee!

Yuuyake koyake ga me ni shimiru
DORAMACHIKKU na renaishitai no ni
Suki desu suki desu nante
PURATONIKKU na boku ni wa iemasenu

4
[~oi]

[Itsumo itsumo ittsumo 
Minna de yotte takatte
Boku wo kizutsuke toite
Sonna kao [de] minai dee!]

Hajimekara wakatteita hazu na noni
Kimochi dake sakibashiri shite osaekirezu
Kanashii kedo kirai ni naru yo kimi no koto
Wasureyou [wasureyou] wasureyou to
Nandomo shita kedo dekinakute

Ano ko ga warattekureru nara
Soredake de totemo ureshikatta
Itakute itakute nakisou na noni
Kizetsusuru kurai ureshikatte

Yuuyake koyake gogo juunana-ji goro
Se5 wo mukete ano ko ni utaimasu
Suki desu suki desu KOKORO kara
Mimi ni [te wo] ategai machimashou. 

[Kasokusuru higaimousou 
Sonzai naiyou

“GARAKUTA” “chararira”
Ijimekko, ijimerarekko
Boku to ano ko no SHIISOO GEEMU!
Kamatte kudasai hi ga kureru made [wa]
Ijitte kudasai
Oki ni mesu made wa
Ano ko ga yorokobu tame
Kougaku PURAIDO suteyashou]

[Aaaaaaaa.
Boku wa nekura na MEGANEkko
Koisuru ano ko no shumi ni
AAAAAAAA.
Rokunen nigumi no AIDORU-sama
“Higaisha wa ATASHI desu wa”]


A Sentimental Game of Tag: Translation

Aaaahhhh.
I’m a gloomy kid with glasses 
And as for the girl I like who I’m pining after, I…
AAAAHHHH.
[She’s] the idol of 6th year’s 2nd class [and she’s like]
“I’M the victim here”
Whaaaaaat?~oi

2[Good evening,
this is the news at 6:00.
Early in the morning on the 13th of this month, in the Tokyo Metropolitan area,
12-year-old ×××-kun,
a student at the ×× Second Primary School,
attempted suicide after
several female classmates allegedly
attacked him and beat him up.
An [investigation] has been called to look into the incident.
The school has flatly denied the incident took place.]

The victim complex ramps up 
Contents Include ※
“GARBAGE” “PAYBACK”
The bully, the bullied
It’s like a seesaw game between me and her6!
Please keep me company until it gets dark
Please touch7 me
Any way you like
I’ll throw away my over-priced pride
For her pleasure
That sentimental・shameless・kid who’s losing his mind
Once more today takes pictures of that girl’s ○○○,
Kneeling with the camera to get spectacular shots
With a perfect R rating!?
Please keep me company until it gets dark
Please touch me any way you like
Until she’s pleased
Let’s enjoy our moment of climax
In ECSTASY MODE

Always, always, alllways3 
Everyone gangs up
To attack me
Don’t make that face!

The glow of the sunset stings my eyes
I want to fall in love so dramatically
But you just can’t say
I love you, I love you to platonic me

4
[~oi]

[Always, always, alllways3 
Everyone gangs up
To attack me
Don’t make that face!]

I really should have known from the start that
My feelings are just pretentious and uncontrollable
And though it makes me sad, I [know] I’ll come to hate you
I try to forget, I try to forget [so often]
No matter how many times I tried I could never do it

Even if all she does is make fun of me,
It would still make me really happy
Though it hurt, it hurt so much I thought I would cry,
I was so happy I could just pass out

Sunset’s glow around 5PM
I’m singing to the girl who turned her back on me5
I love you, I love you from the bottom of my heart
I’ll wait, with my hands over my ears 

[The victim complex ramps up 
Contents Include ※
“GARBAGE” “PAYBACK”
The bully, the bullied
It’s like a seesaw game between me and her!
Please keep me company until it gets dark
Please touch me
Any way you like
I’ll throw away my over-priced pride
For her pleasure]

[Aaaahhhh.
I’m an unhappy kid with glasses 
And as for the girl I like who I’m pining after, I…
AAAAHHHH.
[She’s] the idol of 6th year’s 2nd class [and she’s like]
“I’M the victim here”]


Very few times has a song made me want to throw my computer while even trying to simply romajize it. With all the different funky symbols, the bleeps and sound effects, like 8 different vocal tracks with weird special effects overlapping, and things added to or not sung from the lyrics I have to work with, I’m just… Bruh.  I must have rewound parts of this song like 50 times.  BTW, any weird symbols in the lyrics are censored bleeps or static in the song.

  1. It sounds like he says に ni here, but が ga is written in the lyrics I found. (I had to go to one of my less-frequently-used kanji lyric databases for this one; the major ones I usually refer to didn’t even have this song at all. Just bear in mind that my translation is based on what was written there since I didn’t have access to the original booklet.)

    OK, truth time, this song has SO MANY things he adds that weren’t in the lyrics, or are in the lyrics but he doesn’t say. As usual, things added that weren’t written are in brackets, and things written but not sung are in grey, but again, no original booklet so I’m not like 100% positive. Sorry. I did my best. ☹
  2. From what I understand, this is not included in the original printed lyrics, but this is what’s spoken in the background of the song. It’s a news report about the boy in the song, but whether it’s an old report (meaning he’s grown up now) or a current one (meaning he’s a kid) is unclear.

    Also, he says this so frigging fast and overlapping himself a couple times that I gave up proofreading it, so I hope it’s what he’s actually saying; it’s definitely right based on the lyrics on the database, but again – not in the original lyrics, so I’m not completely positive. At least you get the gist?
  3. He added a っ to extend the way the final いつも itsumo is being said – it’s just basically holding it. Like, “alllways” instead of “always.”
  4. IDK man, whatever’s sung here isn’t in the lyrics I have. I could guess what he’s saying but I’d probably be wrong, so I won’t bother. LOL
  5. Lyrics say 指 yubi “finger(s)”, but it sounds like he’s saying 背 se “back/spine; reverse/rear side.” Combined with 向けて mukete which can either be “to turn towards” or “to point,” it means this line could be translated two different ways, written or sung. So I translated as it was sung, but if you did it the way it was written, it could also be “Pointing my finger, I’m singing to that girl.”
  6. He actually writes あの子 ano ko, “that kid,” throughout the song, but since he (and the news report) referred to the bully as being a girl, I went with “her.”
  7. The verb here is 弄って ijitte, “to finger, to touch; to play with; to toy with.” So like touch me, not just touch me.

別れ道 album cover art © 2002 Matina

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