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Zansakura -zanka- (残桜 -zanka- lit. Remaining Cherry Blossoms -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. There is also a karaoke version.

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.

Interestingly, Nagito keeps mentioning ordinary life, which he claims to dislike. According to Ogata, Zettai Kibō Birthday is how Nagito feels outside and Zansakura -zanka- is how he feels on the inside. [1] In Super Danganronpa 2.5: Nagito Komaeda and the Destroyer of the World, it is indeed confirmed that he wishes to live ordinary life, as his imaginary world reflects this desire and one of the many possible outcomes his life could have taken. However, he denies this.

Lyrics

Kanji Rōmaji English 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. Megumi Ogata Twitter (July 26th, 2016)