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A song that will overwhelm your eyes.

—Jin's Song Introduction


Kagerou Days
KagerouDays
Name
Kanji カゲロウデイズ
Rōmaji Kagerou Deizu
English Heat- Haze Days / Heat Haze Daze
Song Information
Music and lyrics Shizen no Teki-P
Illustrations and Movie Shidu
Characters Hibiya Amamiya
Hiyori Asahina
Azami (Cameo)
Shuuya Kano (Cameo)
Sung by Hatsune Miku
Uploaded September 30, 2011
NND Link Nicovideo Broadcast
YT Link Youtube Broadcast
Album Mekakucity Days


Heat Haze Days / Heat Haze Daze (カゲロウデイズ Kagerou Deizu) is the third song of the series.



Background


Kagerou Days was uploaded on September 30, 2011, and quickly gained views, becoming Jin's most popular song, and in turn the most popular song in the series. It has reached over 3,000,000 views on Nico Nico Douga. It also gave the Project its name.
The story behind the song revolves around a boy, Hibiya, and a girl, Hiyori. On August 15th, the two of them are spending time together in a park. Hiyori has a cat on her lap, when all of a sudden the cat runs away and the girl tries to get it back. Hibiya witnesses Hiyori running out into the street to retrieve the black cat and getting hit by a truck. The heat apparently mocks him in his daze, and he blacks out. Following, he wakes up on August 14th and goes to meet Hiyori again, where he tells her about his strange dream that took place in the park they were walking in. Hibiya suggests that they go home together, but just as Hiyori steps in front of him, a pole falls from the sky and pierces through her. The heat once again laughs at him. Before he blacks out, he notices Hiyori seeming to be smiling as she dies.
This process repeats for decades, the same two days happening over and over. Finally, Hibiya decides to take action and pushes Hiyori out of the way of the truck, so that he is killed himself, thinking it would stop the loop from repeating. In the end, it shows Hiyori was also caught in the loop. It turns out that she had been trying to save Hibiya from death as well, so the cycle still continues on.

Trivia


  • There is another translation of this song, "Kagerou Daze"; however, the official uploaded video names it "Days".
  • Wannyanpu's fanmade PV is so popular, that for a time the extent people were confused with Hiyori's official appearance and Wannyanpu's fanmade version of her. Wannyanpu only joined the official producer team after the release of this fan made video.
  • Incidentally, the Never-Ending World that Azami created is also known under the name Heat Haze.
  • The black cat in this song was revealed to be Kano, who used his eye ability to make himself appear as a cat.[1]

Lyrics & Translation




Kanji
Romaji
8月15日の午後12時半くらいのこと
Hachi gatsu juu go nichi no gogo juu ni ji han kurai no koto
天気が良い
Tenki ga ii

病気になりそうなほど眩しい日差しの中
Byouki ni narisou na hodo mabushii hizashi no naka
することも無いから君と 駄弁 (だべ)っていた
Suru koto mo nai kara kimi to dabetteita

「でもまぁ夏は嫌いかな」猫を撫でながら
"Demo maa natsu wa kirai kana" neko o nade nagara
君はふてぶてしくつぶやいた
Kimi wa futebuteshiku tsubuyaita

あぁ、逃げ出した猫の後を追いかけて
Aa, nige dashita neko no ato o oikakete
飛び込んでしまったのは赤に変わった信号機
Tobi konde shimatta no wa aka ni kawatta shingouki

バッと通ったトラックが君を轢きずって鳴き叫ぶ
Batto toota TORAKKU ga kimi o hikizutte naki sakebu
血飛沫の色、君の香りと混ざり合ってむせ返った
Chi shibuki no iro, kimi no kaori to mazari atte muse kaetta

嘘みたいな 陽炎 (かげろう)が「嘘じゃないぞ」って 嗤 (わら)ってる
Uso mitai na kagerou ga "Uso ja nai zo" tte waratteru
夏の水色、かき回すような蝉の 音 (ね)に全て 眩 (くら)んだ
Natsu no mizu-iro, kakimawasu you na semi no ne ni subete kuranda

目を覚ました時計の針が鳴り響くベッドで
Me o samashita tokei no hari ga nari hibiku BEDDO de

今は何時?
Ima wa nanji?

8月14日の午前12時過ぎ位を指す
Hachi gatsu juu yon ka no gozen juu ni ji sugi kurai o sasu

やけに 煩 (うるさ)い蝉の声覚えていた
Yake ni urusai semi no koe oboeteita

でもさぁ、少し不思議だな。
Demo saa, sukoshi fushigi da na.
同じ公園で昨日見た夢を思い出した
Onaji kouen de kinou mita yume o omoidashita

「もう今日は帰ろうか」道に抜けた時
"Mou kyou wa kaerou ka" michi ni nuketa toki
周りの人は皆上を見上げ口を開けていた
Mawari no hito wa minna ue o miage kuchi o aketeita

落下してきた鉄柱が君を貫いて突き刺さる
Rakka shite kita tecchuu ga kimi o tsuranuite tsukisasaru
劈 (つんざ)く悲鳴と風鈴の音が木々の隙間で空廻り
Tsunzaku himei to fuurin no oto ga kigi no sukima de karamawari

ワザとらしい陽炎が「夢じゃないぞ」って嗤ってる
Waza to rashii kagerou ga "Yume ja nai zo" tte waratteru
眩む視界に君の横顔、笑っているような気がした
Kuramu shikai ni kimi no yokogao, waratteiru you na ki ga shita

何度世界が眩んでも陽炎が嗤って奪い去る。
Nando sekai ga kurande mo kagerou ga waratte ubai saru.
繰り返して何十\年。もうとっくに気が付いていたろ。
Kurikaeshite nan juu nen. Mou tokku ni ki ga tsuiteitaro.

こんなよくある話なら結末はきっと1つだけ。
Konna yoku aru hanashi nara ketsumatsu wa kitto hitotsu dake.
繰り返した夏の日の向こう。
Kurikaeshita natsu no hi no mukou.

バッと押しのけ飛び込んだ、瞬間トラックにぶち当たる
Batto oshinoke tobikonda, shunkan TORAKKU ni buchiataru
血飛沫の色、君の瞳と軋む体に乱反射して
Chi shibuki no iro, kimi no hitomi to kishimu karada ni ranhanshashite

文句ありげな陽炎に「ざまぁみろよ」って笑ったら
Monku arige na kagerou ni "Zamaa miro yo" tte warattara
実によく在る夏の日のこと。
Jitsu ni yoku aru natsu no hi no koto.

そんな何かがここで終わった。
Sonna nanika ga koko de owatta.

目を覚ました8月14日のベッドの上
Me o samashita hachigatsu juuyonka no BEDDO no ue
少女はただ
Shoujo wa tada
「またダメだったよ」と一人猫を抱きかかえてた
"Mata dame datta yo" to hitori neko o dakikakaeteta




On August 15th, 12:30 in the afternoon,
The weather was incredibly nice
And amidst the sickening rays of the dazzling sun
I spoke with you, for I had nothing else to do

"Well, y’know, I kind of hate summer",
You boldly murmured while petting a cat
Ah, you pursued that cat as it ran away from you
And what jumped out
Was the traffic light that changed to a glaring red

Suddenly, a truck came out of nowhere and struck you as you screamed
Your scent, now mingled with sprayed blood, choked me
In the haze of lies, the haze of heat laughed, "This is all real!"
With that, like a cricket’s sound being disturbed, the light blue of summer darkened away

I woke up upon my bed to the sound of a ticking clock
What time is it now?

On August 14th, sometime past 12 in the morning
I recalled the sound of an awfully annoying cricket
But, y’know, it’s a little strange.
Yesterday, in a dream, I saw us walking in this same exact park
"Why don’t we go home now?"
The second you stepped off the pathway, everyone surrounding us
Turned their heads up to the sky and opened their mouths

From the sky, down dropped an iron pole
That pierced your body straight through
The sound of wind-chimes and your ripping screams filled the spaces between the park trees
In this unnatural scene,
The shimmering heat laughed, "This is the real thing!"
As my vision blurred away, I glanced at your profile, and thought I saw you smiling

Countless times have had me black out
In the laughing heat like this
This cycle has repeated for decades
I realized that a long time ago

In this kind of clichéd story,
There must only be one ending.
Beyond this repeating summer day, it has to exist.

Suddenly, I pushed you aside and jumped into the street;
At that moment, the truck slammed into me
Your eyes and my twisted body were like hazy reflections of the blood that sprayed everywhere
If that praiseful heat haze laughed, “Serves you right!” again
Then this would be what you’d call a normal summer day.
But all of that ended today.

On August 14th, a girl awoke upon her bed
And she said,
"I failed this time, too..." as she cradled a single cat.



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