SNK Character Song Series 06: Levi (Image song & monologue translations)
Heeeyyy, Tumblr! Long time, no see :’) Did y'all enjoy SNK Season 2?
Levi and Erwin’s image song CDs were just released and I enjoyed listening to them a lot! ♡ So, I decided to pop back in for a bit and take on a new translation endeavor, something I haven’t really done in a while.
First up, this post is Levi’s image song and monologue! For the song, I included the original Japanese as well as romaji for karaoke purposes, if you’re so inclined ;) I also made a transcript of the monologue in the original Japanese, which you can read here (feel free to use it to translate into other languages.)
This should be obvious but keep in mind these are spoilers for the song & monologue, in case you wanted to experience them for yourself first. I definitely encourage supporting the official release & ordering the CDs if you haven’t already ♡
I’m also nearly finished with my translation of Erwin’s song and monologue as well, I’ll update this post with a link once it’s done ♡
SHINGEKI NO KYOJIN CHARACTER SONG SERIES 06: Levi
“Dark Side Of The Moon” (Vocals by Hiroshi Kamiya)
Side note: the melody for Levi’s song is based on the previously released SNK single, Reluctant Heroes.
Konna sekai wo ima Sakasa ni shite futte mitemo Tashika na koto hitotsu Detekiyashinē¹ darō?
Kabe no soto wa jigoku Naka wa giman afureteru Sore mo awase nonde Ninmu wo hatasu dake
Kanjō nagasare shinigami kuwareru ka Tarinai atama wo mawashite miru ka
※Hikari ataranu tsuki no ura Tsukisusumu tame ni wa Motto hayaku toki ni wa Chūcho naki hijōsa wo Machigai ja nai yaritakya yare Koko ni kotae nante nai Tada kōkai nokosanu Mizukara no ketsudan wo
Koko de ikinuku nara Kotoba de suru kyōiku yori Itami no kioku toku Kyōkun ga hitsuyō darō?
Gisei mo kiken mo sakete wa Seika nado Erarenu mono da to Hara wo kukure yo
Kakusarete iru tsuki no ura Itsuka abaku tame ni Midasareru na wameku na Jōkyō wo mikiwamero Kekka ga nakya seikai mo nai Dakara saigo dake wa Tada kōkai nokosanu Mizukara no ikikata wo
Haigo de chitta yūkan na heishi tachi ga Nokoshita omoi chikara wo ataeru Kanarazu itsu no hi ni ka mezawari na Kabe mo kowashi Jiyū ni naru tame kono inochi sasagu
This kind of world now
Even if we try shaking it upside down There isn’t one thing that comes out
Which is certain, is there?
Outside the walls, it is hell
Inside, it is brimming with deceit
What’s more, we have to swallow it down
We can only fulfill our duty
Will we lose control of emotion and be consumed by a god of death? Or will we try to use our dim-witted heads?
The dark side of the moon, untouched by light
For the sake of pushing forward
We have to be faster and at times
Be heartless without hesitation It’s not a mistake if it’s what you want to do, so do it
There are no right answers here
Just being without regrets
Is my own decision
If were to I survive here
Rather than education with words
Isn’t persuasion by memories of pain
An essential lesson?
To avert sacrifice as well as danger
Things like results
Cannot be obtained
Steel yourself for it
The dark side of the moon is concealed
For the sake of someday being revealed
Do not get agitated, do not scream
Be certain of the circumstances
Without results, there are no right answers
Therefore only in the end
Just being without regrets
Is my way of living
Brave soldiers who died noble deaths² before us The hopes they left behind give us power
Without fail, one of these days
We will demolish the obstructive walls as well
For the sake of freedom, we devote this life
¹ It appears that Levi’s gruff style of speaking is present even in the lyrics of his song. The standard form of the verb here would be detekiyashinai (出てきやしない). ² The verb in the original Japanese, chiru/散る (or in this case, the past tense form chitta/散った) in the literal sense means “to fall” (in the context of leaves or blossoms from a tree). However, it also has the figurative meaning of “to die a noble death”. Even though we also say “fallen soldiers” in English, I worried that translating the lyric as, “fallen before us” or “fallen behind us” could both be misinterpreted, I decided to go with the more figurative meaning;;
Levi Monologue English Translation
Seriously now, I’ve had enough of this. This world is perpetual shit, and humanity is still toothless prey.
Those ugly titans are always going to take a bite out of us, and so we die a meaningless death.
Humanity is powerless.
When we won against the titans for the first time, the time when we sealed the wall in Trost district with a boulder, we could do it because of Eren’s power– a titan’s power.
The weak ones die quickly. How much power they use up doesn’t matter.
Eventually all of humanity, every single person will end up in the stinking maw of a titan, and while we experience the worst feeling there is, perhaps our miserable lives will end.
I realized it a few years ago. The stench of the gutters fills the inside of these walls. It’s been like this for over 100 years. It’s the way things are now.
Because I’ve had to breathe in this foul air ever since I was born, because I had no choice but to live crawling around in piles of trash, I thought that it was normal.
But when I went outside the walls for the first time, I realized how much I didn’t know about anything. It hit home for me, how much I had hated it.
The world outside the walls was like hell with titans wandering around, but the air I breathed there was completely different from the one inside the walls.
I realized, out there is what freedom is.
Freedom is something that absolutely cannot be obtained within the walls.
So I made a choice. I will continue to kill all of the titans.
If you want to confront the titans, information is never enough. So in order to survive, I learned how to live.
Quick action and callous decisions by assuming the worst is a necessary endeavor.
A moment’s hesitation, surrendering yourself to emotions, and you will be nothing but Titan bait.
If you don’t want to die, you have to always continue to keep this in mind.
And small choices will accumulate.
That is the way of living I have learned.
Risking no danger, making no sacrifices– there is no such easy discussion.
Even if there was, it’s all make-believe.
So far, I have lost numerous subordinates.
Whether my choice was correct at those times, I do not know. It’s always been like that.
Even if I believe in my own power, even if I believe in my comrades whom I fully trust, none of us will know the outcome.
Afterward, all that’s left is reality.
In that case, What can I do except make a desperate effort?
What can I do except doggedly press on?
If I have time to think about the bygone past, like if I were to have made a different choice back then, I will kill as many titans as possible within my power.
In that time, in that moment, a sudden, ridiculously strong power boils up from inside my body, and then I know what to do.
When that moment comes, I can no longer go back to my old self.
With these blood-stained hands, I accept my new self, I steel myself, and I only do what I must.
Was I correct? Or did I make a mistake? That’s the sort of thing no one knows, so it’s not worth worrying about.
All you can do is keep your mouth shut and make a choice without regrets.
Not understanding things about this world is true for everyone.
So I choose the guy whom I want to put my faith in.
Erwin is like that, too. No one knows what he is really thinking deep down.
But I trust his judgement.
He may be inviting the worst outcome, but he’s not afraid of that, he is able to choose something. That’s the kind of guy he is.
That’s why I chose to follow him. And I chose to fight.
In order to fight against this shit world, with this hand I’ll grab hold of the freedom of going beyond the walls for the first time.
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In trying to regroup after this last week, DH and I are still left feeling very uneasy about the bullying situation at XXXX school with DS. Here’s our perspective.
1. DS told us about the bathroom incident in October. We told his classroom teacher and you. You called me and told me you couldn’t do anything. It was never resolved and you didn’t seem like you wanted to do any further investigation or had any real concerns over it.
2. DH showed up at the school a couple of weeks ago (April 18th) and DS stated in class that he wanted to kill himself. This was due to teasing that was going on in his Spanish class. To our knowledge, nothing was done about this because according to you, this was a “one time incident.” You didn’t step in in any way that we are aware of to prevent further bullying in that situation.
3. DH showed up at the school again last week and found DS being pushed from behind by his classmate and laughed at and teased by other students. The teacher was oblivious to what was going on. Upon further investigation, he had been kicked in art class which was the period before PE by the same group of kids.
4. DH came to meet with you and you stated that DS had somehow brought the bullying upon himself based on a behavior that the other boys didn’t like (i.e. telling them when they aren’t following the rules). You asserted that because it is almost the end of the school year, there is not much that can be done this year, but you could put a plan in place for next year. You further asserted that you couldn’t really help because you couldn’t hold your hand over the mouths of every student. Finally, you said that it was DS’s job (the victim) to tell anyone if there is a problem in order to keep himself safe. I believe you also asserted that you took bullying very seriously and that it wouldn’t be tolerated in your school. Somehow that statement doesn’t seem to mesh with the other statements that you made during your meeting with DH.
Where does that leave us? DS has disclosed to us a concerning incident about boys exposing themselves to him in the bathroom. Nothing was done about it. He threatened suicide in a classroom because of the teasing and bullying that he was experiencing. Nothing was done to protect him from the behaviors that created this scenario. You have put all of the work on him (again, the victim) to ensure that he protects himself so that this doesn’t happen again, while also blaming him for being the cause of the bullying. How exactly is this protecting him? I’m having a difficult time seeing it as different from a scenario in which a woman gets raped because of what she was wearing or because she was drinking.
Our ten year old son has come forward several times and said that something is happening and no one is listening. Now that his parent has actually witnessed an event that involves bullying, the administration’s response is victim blaming and shaming. It’s unconscionable! Most of our communication with you last week involved hearing about what you will not do for our child and then telling DH that you have concerns about DS because he said that his best friend at school is his teacher. How do you expect him to make friends if he can’t relax in school because he is being bullied? How can he make friends if he is not safe to even go to school to learn?
I called the administration building last week and asked for a copy of the district’s bullying policy to be provided to me. It reads in part, “ Bullying, like other disruptive or violent behaviors, is conduct that disrupts both a student’s ability to learn and a school’s ability to educate its students in a safe environment.” Clearly that is happening. I understand that in addition to bullying DS, two of the boys had at least some prior incidents to warrant a meeting with their parents. My concern is less with what is going to happen to those boys, and more along the lines of my child is feeling so bad around these kids that he has openly said in a classroom that he is going to kill himself. Did you know that the number one reason for suicide in children ages 11-16 is bullying (solutionsforbullying.com, 2017)?
DS is incredibly important to us. We love him dearly. We don’t want him to become a statistic. How are you planning to keep him safe since you can’t monitor the mouths of every student? It seems there has been a lot said about what you can’t do. What are you going to do since it is your responsibility to keep every student in your building safe despite there being *only* three weeks of school left? It seems that all children deserve to feel safe every day at their school no matter how many days of school are left. Can you imagine having to attend school for the next 15 days knowing that you may be kicked, pushed, teased, laughed at, etc.? Suddenly, those 15 days seem a lot longer than “just” three weeks, don’t they?
Again, I’m asking for a written plan that you are going to follow for the next three weeks. Please let me know what is being done besides expecting DS to self-report the problems. Please tell me directly the measures you personally are going to take to ensure my child’s safety.
god the clexa scenes this season have just…. been fucking phenomenal
here u get the opener for the season which is clarke spitting on lexa and screaming that she’s going to kill her, then u get the opening for 3x03 where clarke tells lexa to go fuck herself. it seems that clarke would never in a million years forgive the girl who left her at mount weather.
then u get the knife scene where clarke charges lexa only to look her in the eyes close up and see the tenderness and regret and feel lexa’s breath against her face when she softly whispers “i’m sorry” and realize that lexa was just a kid faced with an impossible decision, same as her. then lexa’s shows the most emotion i’ve ever seen her allow to show in front of anyone as she says “i never meant to turn you into this” and then she OFFERS TO LET CLARKE GO. this would ruin everything for her coalition. she is giving up the one bargaining chip she has against the ice queen just to relieve clarke some of the pain she’s feeling. but clarke stays because clarke is smart and she knows joining the coalition is the best way to keep her people safe that doesn’t involve killing lexa.
and isn’t it interesting we have that parallel? both of them would be set for life if they just killed the other one - and both of them had opportunities to do so, but neither of them had the heart (lexa wouldn’t even consider it). if lexa killed clarke, she would have the power of wanheda, overpowering the ice queen, keeping the 12 clans coalition in tact, and being in a very good position. if clarke killed lexa, she would have azgeda on her side, including the ice queen, putting skaikru in a very powerful position. but they couldn’t do it. they love and respect each other too much.
then we have the ceremony, and it’s clearly for show. lexa would never make clarke bow to her in private, she isn’t that type of person. she needs to demonstrate to her people that she is still the one in power to maintain dominance over the ice queen (i shouldn’t even have to explain this but some people don’t understand this). at the end of the scene, after the chaos has ended, clarke nods at lexa, and lexa nods back. this was such an underrated part of the scene. it shows that even though clarke doesn’t like lexa at the moment, she is on the same page as her, she is loyal, and they can work together towards their common goal.
then… THE scene to end all scenes. commander lexa, the great heda, bows to clarke for no other reason than to express her regret for what happened at the mountain, and to promise that she will never let anything like that happen again. this wasn’t a power move. what would she have to gain from it? clarke already agreed to working together. this was extra. lexa knew it was extra, but she did it anyways, because she loves clarke and she so desperately wants her forgiveness and love that she is willing to put herself in the most vulnerable position she’s ever been in. she is giving with no expectations to receive, and that is why clarke reaches her hand out to lexa. she believes her. she understands. she forgives her.
lexa could have avoided a war if she would have killed clarke. clarke could have killed lexa and had the protection of the ice queen, but instead she chose to trust lexa. these two are gonna make it. if they can survive this, they can survive anything.
2. What I love most about movie Remus is that he is an incredible actor. I felt like despite some reservations I had when seeing him, David Thewlis managed to portray how unflaggingly kind Remus was; how silly and smart and quietly funny. I love how close he seemed with Gary Oldman (Gaz), how desperately he played Remus’ quiet anguish, and how ticked he was in interviews that he and Tonks didn’t get more screentime. I will always cry when I see them laid out in DH, not quite touching.
3. What I hate most about movie Remus are two things.
1) WHY GOD DID THEY MAKE HIS WEREWOLF SHAPE A MONKEY BEAST?!!!! WHY!!!!! Werewolves - IN THE BOOK - are distinguishable from real wolves by a few small traits, such as muzzle and ear shape. NOT LANKY NIGHTMARE MONKEY BEASTS WITH SUPER LONG ARMS. When he first changed on screen (and I was in theaters) my sisters and I LAUGHED. Keep in mind we were CHILDREN. It was supposed to be scary. But instead it was just stupidly absurd!
2) Remus was too old. Remus was supposed to be in his 30s. Good looking but wan and tired. Instead we got a great actor! But in his 40s/50s with a dumb ass mustache and not nearly as cute or as Remus shaped as I wanted. (I wanted better hair, cuter nose, silver eyes). I also hated his “intro” of the scary zoom in on his eye. Remus was unfailingly kind and gentle. He should have been introduced that way.