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Zansakura -zanka- (残桜 -zanka-) is a character song performed by Megumi Ogata as Nagito Komaeda.

It was released on August 3rd, 2016 as a B-side single alongside Zettai Kibō Birthday and off-vocal versions of both songs.

Background

According to Ogata, Zansakura -zanka- is how Nagito feels on the inside, while the other song, Zettai Kibō Birthday, is how he feels outside.[1]

The lyrics appear to be Nagito's metaphorical descriptions of his own life and thoughts, with him being a withering, broken branch which is left behind alone. The song describes short-lived cherry blossoms, which are an enduring metaphor for mortality and the ephemeral nature of life in Japan. The Japanese also reckon the cherry blossom is the most beautiful not when it is in full bloom, but when it starts to wither and fall.

Lyrics

Japanese Translation
「明日もまた会えるね」と 笑ってた心の 徒桜(あだざくら)
"asu wo mata aerune" to waratteta kokoro no ada zakura
"We can see again tomorrow", I laughed, short-lived cherry blossoms within my heart

花霞 煙りたつ彩(いろ) 誘(いざな)われ 辿りついたら
hana kasumi kemuri tatsu iro izana ware tadoritsuitara
the mist of flowers, tempted by the color of smoke rising, reach destination after a struggle
花影は 水の紋に 揺れて堕ちた
hanakage wa mizu no mon ni yurete ochita
shadow of the flower on the ripples in the water, shuddering and falling below

温もりを 伝えあうように 開く 桜(はな)のように
nukumori wo tsutaeau yō ni hiraku hana no yō ni
cherry blooms, as if to tell about the warmth
平凡に咲いて 散りゆく人生(みち)は
heibon ni saite chiriyuku michi wa
the life which blooms and withers in ordinariness
どこに落ちてるだろう
doko ni ochiterudarō
where would it fall?

刻まれる 針 止まる 満開の心に 桜雨(さくらあめ)
kizama reru hari tomaru mankai no kokoro ni sakura ame (sakura ame)
time comes around and the clock's hand stops, the heart blooms fully, the rain of cherry blossoms

花嵐 突然の風 立ち止まり 瞳(め)を開いたら
hanārashi totsuzen no kaze tachidomari me wo hiraitara
the storm of flowers, the sudden wind, I halt and open my eyes
花筏 水面覆い 流れ去った
hana ikada minamo ōi nagare satta
the flower rafts cover the water's surface, flowing away

ゆく春を 惜しみあうように 開く 桜(はな)のように
yuku haru wo oshimiau yō ni hiraku hana no yō ni
cherry blooms, as if to cherish the departing spring
平凡に生きて 共に逝くこと
heibon ni ikite   tomoni yuku koto
to live an ordinary life, and die together with you
叶うのならば 嗚呼…
kanau nonaraba   aah…
oh, if that could come true

北風と太陽が 皆 平等に降り注ぐものなら
kitakaze to taiyō ga mina byōdō ni furisosogu mononara
if the northern wind and the sun treat everyone equally
嵐を乗り越えた先に 大輪(きぼう)が咲くと...
arashi wo norikoeta saki ni kibō ga saku to...
when a giant flower (hope) will bloom after surviving the storm

気がつけば 枯れゆく枝に ひとり 残されてた
kigatsukeba kareyuku eda ni hitori nokosareteta
at the moment I realized, the withering branch had been left behind all alone
手折られて 朽ちゆく傷が 渇きゆくまま
taorarete kuchiyuku kizu ga kawakiyuku mama
have been broken, wounds decaying, still keeping on yearning
来る冬を 迎え撃つように 開く 桜(はな)のために
kuru fuyu wo mukaeutsu yō ni hiraku hana no tame ni
cherry blooms, as if to fight the approaching winter
平凡ないのち 注げる日まで
heibon nai nochi sosogeru hi made
until the day this ordinary life is devoted
狂い咲き続ける…
kuruizaki tsuzukeru…
continue blooming on like crazy

Trivia

  • The "flower raft" (花筏) is a term Japanese poets used to describe cherry blossoms densely scattered on the surface of the river water.
  • In the song, Nagito describes himself as a broken branch. The word "branch" (枝) in the song is the same word as "eda" (枝) in his last name.

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References

  1. Twitter Icon Megumi Ogata: "「絶対希望バースデー」サンプル盤! 狛枝「やっぱり円盤で聴くと、絶望と希望がいい音で押し寄せてきて格別だね…♡」 c/w「残桜」は、彼の裏の想いを綴った歌。どちらも作詞は私。 8/3発売。初回のみステッカー付♪ #ダンガンロンパ" (Image of tweet) (26 July 2016)

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