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The story about seeing eye-to-eye.

—Jin's Song Introduction


Souzou Forest
Mary Forest
Name
Kanji 想像フォレスト / 空想フォレスト
Rōmaji Sōzō Foresuto / Kūsō Foresuto
English Imagination Forest / Fantasy Forest
Song Information
Music and lyrics Shizen no Teki-P
Illustrations and Movie Wannyanpu
Characters Marry Kozakura

Cameo:
Shion Kozakura
Kousuke Seto
Tsukihiko
Tsubomi Kido

Sung by IA
Uploaded February 03, 2012
NND Link Nicovideo Broadcast
YT Link Youtube Broadcast
Album Mekakucity Days


Imagination Forest / Fantasy Forest (想像フォレスト / 空想フォレスト Sōzō Foresuto / Kūsō Foresuto) is the fifth song of the series.




BackgroundEdit


This song has also received a million views on Nico Nico Douga, and is the first IA song to do so. It is also known as 空想フォレスト/Kuusou Forest (Fantasy Forest) or Imaginary Forest. Jin later decided to officially call it "Fantasy Forest" instead of "Imagination Forest", but it's still most commonly known by its previous name. The song summarizes Marry's life before she became a member of the Mekakushi Dan.
Marry Kozakura is a 3/4 human, 1/4 medusa girl who is living all by herself in a house in a forest. She believes that the world is simple, but that she is too different to be a part of it. She tries to convince herself that her house, which is not easily noticed, is the reason no one comes to visit. With a hard heart she resigns to loneliness. Since she is isolated from society, everything Marry knows comes from the books she reads. She longs for the real world and asks for forgiveness for doing so. She imagines a wild future, and wishes for said future to knock on her door. Lost in her daydream about experiencing the world, she suddenly hears a voice. In a panic, she spills her tea and does not know what to do.
In the next scene, Marry's past is shown again, where her mother tells her not to look into anyone's eyes or they will turn to stone. This brings light to the fact that she is part medusa. Wanting to know more about what she is, she looks into her books and reads a story about the Medusa, realizing that creatures like her are feared. She is upset that she was born this way and throws both, the book and a mirror she was holding, to the floor.
Back to the present, Marry hears the owner of the previously mentioned voice knocking at the door, which has never happened before. She continues to panic and tries to pretend she did not hear the knock, then trips over a book, and the person opens the door.
Another flashback shows a five-year-old Marry, playing outside and making flower crowns, while her mother, Shion, is inside the house organizing books. Unfortunately, two humans come and try to kidnap Marry, pulling at her hair and harming her body. Shion runs to save her, but one of the humans grabs her leg and trips her up. To protect her daughter, Shion tries to turn the humans into stone, but is hit on the head with a wooden object and dies from the impact.
Back to the present, Marry hides under a table and covers her eyes. The boy at the door is surprised by her actions. Marry tells him that if he looks into her eyes he will turn to stone, and the boy, not knowing that she is a medusa, takes it the wrong way, as her warning did not specify that he would be turned to stone, so he thinks Marry is talking about herself. He thinks that she is afraid of other people and tells her that he was scared too, then asks if she thinks the world would be better without that fear. The boy puts headphones into Marry's ears and plays music from his phone, which sparks her imagination. The boy puts his hood over her head and gives it to her as a gift.
In the last scene Marry is seen looking up at her house as the wind blows against her hood, which is now decorated by simple red roses along the edges. She turns around and smiles at Kido and the boy, of whom is revealed to be Seto.


Lyrics & TranslationEdit




Japanese
Romaji
夏風がノックする
Natsu kaze ga nokku suru
窓を開けてみると
Mado o akete miru to
何処からか 迷い込んだ鳥の声
Doko kara ka mayoikonda tori no koe


読みかけの本を置き
Yomi-kake no hon o oki
「どこから来たんだい」と笑う
"Doko kara kitan dai" to warau
目隠ししたままの 午後三時です
Mekakushi shita mama no gogo san-ji desu


世界は案外シンプルで
Sekai wa angai shinpuru de
複雑に怪奇した
Fukuzatsu ni kaiki shita
私なんて誰に理解もされないまま
Watashi nante dare ni rikai mo sarenai mama


街外れ、森の中、人目につかないこの家を
Machi hazure, mori no naka, hitome ni tsukanai kono ie o
訪れる人など居ない訳で。
Otozureru hito nado inai wake de


目を合わせないで!
Me o awasenaide!
固まった心、一人ぼっちで諦めて
Katamatta kokoro, hitori-bocchi de akiramete
目に映った 無機物(もの)に 安堵する日々は
Me ni utsutta mono ni ando suru hibi wa


物語の中でしか知らない
Monogatari no naka de shika shiranai
世界に少し憧れることくらい
Sekai ni sukoshi akogareru koto kurai
許してくれますか?
Yurushite kuremasu ka?


淡々と流れ出した
Tantan to nagaredashita
生まれてしまった理不尽でも
Umarete shimatta rifujin demo
案外人生なんで。
Angai jinsei nande.
私の中じゃ。
Watashi no naka ja.


ねぇねぇ、突飛な未来を
Nee nee, toppi na mirai o
想像して膨らむ世界は
Souzou shite fukuramu sekai wa
今日か明日でも
Kyou ka ashita demo
ノックしてくれないですか?
Nokku shite kurenai desu ka?


なんて妄想なんかして
Nante mousou nanka shite
外を眺めていると
Soto o nagameteiru to
突然に聴こえてきたのは喋り声
Totsuzen ni kikoete kita no wa shaberi-goe


飲みかけのハーブティーを
Nomi-kake no haabu tii o
机中に撒き散らし
Tsukue-juu ni makichirashi
「どうしよう…」
"Dou shiyou..."
とドアの向こうを見つめました。
To doa no mukou o mitsumemashita


「目を合わせると石になってしまう」
"Me o awaseru to ishi ni natte shimau"
それは両親に聞いたこと
Sore wa ryoushin ni kiita koto
私の目もそうなっている様で
Watashi no me mo sou natteiru you de


物語の中なんかじゃいつも
Monogatari no naka nanka ja itsumo
怖がられる役ばかりで。
Kowagarareru yaku bakari de
そんな事知ってる訳で。
Sonna koto shitteru wake de


トントン、と響きだした
Tonton, to hibikidashita
ノックの音は初めてで
Nokku no oto wa hajimete de
緊張なんてものじゃ
Kinchou nante mono ja
足りないくらいで。
Tarinai kurai de


ねぇねぇ、突飛な世界は
Nee nee, toppi na sekai wa
想像してるよりも
Souzou shiteru yori mo
実に簡単にドアを
Jitsu ni kantan ni doa o
開けてしまうものでした。
Akete shimau mono deshita


目を塞ぎうずくまる姿に
Me o fusagi uzukumaru sugata ni
その人は驚いて
Sono hito wa odoroite
「目を見ると石になってしまう」
"Me o miru to ishi ni natte shimau"
と言うとただ笑った
To iu to tada waratta


「僕だって石になってしまうと
"Boku datte ishi ni natte shimau to
怯えて暮らしてた
Obiete kurashiteta
でも世界はさ、案外怯えなくて
Demo sekai wa sa, angai obienakute
良いんだよ?」
Iin da yo?"


タンタン、と鳴り響いた
Tantan, to narihibiita
心の奥に溢れてた
Kokoro no oku ni afureteta
想像は世界に少し鳴り出して
Souzou wa sekai ni sukoshi naridashite


ねぇねぇ、突飛な未来を
Nee nee, toppi na mirai o
教えてくれたあなたが
Oshiete kureta anata ga
また迷った時は
Mata mayotta toki wa
ここで待っているから。
Koko de matteiru kara


夏風が今日もまた あなたがくれた服の
Natsu kaze ga kyou mo mata anata ga kureta fuku no
フードを少しだけ 揺らしてみせた。
Fuudo o sukoshi dake yurashite miseta.




The summer breeze knocks,
And when I open up the window,
I hear the chirps of birds wandering from afar.
I put a half-read book aside,
And say with a smile, "Where did you come from?"
With my blindfold still on, three in the afternoon

The world is surprisingly simple,
But it's me who's bizzare,
With complication
Which no one ever understands...
Outside the town, in the forest,
In this house beyond people's notice...
Yes, that's why none ever come to visit.

Don't make eye contact!
With a hardened heart,
I resign to loneliness,
Living out my days seeing only "things"...
All I know is what's in stories,
And if I long for the world,
Just a bit, will you forgive me for it?

It faintly flowed along;
Even in this irrationality I was born into,
Surprisingly, there was life,
Somewhere inside me.
Tell me, won't that wide world
In which I imagine a wild future,
Whether it be today or tomorrow...
Won't it knock on my door?

As I was having such fantasies,
And gazing outside,
I suddenly heard someone speaking...
I knocked over my half-drunk herb tea,
Spilling it all over the desk.
"What am I to do...?"
I thought, staring past the door.

"Look anyone in the eyes,
And they'll turn to stone..."
That's what my parents had heard,
And it seemed my eyes were the same...
And the way that always goes in stories
Well, such people are to be feared.
I knew that, and that's why.

A thumping sound echoed out,
The first knock I'd ever heard.
And to say I was nervous...
It wouldn't be quite enough.
Let me say, that wild world
That I imagined to knock
In reality, it opened the door
Much more easily than I expected.

Finding me cowering, covering my eyes,
The person was surprised;
"If I look you in the eye... turn to stone.",
I stammered, but he just smiled.
"I've been living afraid as well,
Afraid I'd turn to stone...
But wouldn't the world be so much better
Without that fear?"

Reverberating peacefully,
My heart overflew with imagination,
And a bit of it rang out into the world.
And tell me, you who came to me
To teach me about a wild future.
That if I'm ever lost again,
You'll be here waiting for me.


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