FREDERIC – INVISIBLE MAN [TOUMEI NINGEN] (2015)

lyrics and music by KOJI MIHARA

I initially translated this when Frederic were still indie and not on a major label, I’d been following them since around the time of “Oddloop,” and I was really into what they were doing. To be completely frank, though, I haven’t been super into anything they’ve done since going major really – I feel like their music has become more generic anime OP songs. It feels like they don’t have quite as much to say about society anymore. They still do know how to make good party songs, though!

Translation and notes under the cut:

I run through the city unseen by everyone
Even if I’m naked no one will notice me
When I’m riding the radio waves
Is when I’m invisible to everyone
I’m an invisible man whose form can’t be seen

Running through the present, yes, a comment without an author
Playing Othello with words is difficult
The time in front of us is always the edge of a superhighway
No matter how long it takes, no matter how long it takes
Get to the heart of it

Say what matters to the person themselves
Say what matters to the person themselves
Eye to eye and hand to hand and person to person
When I become an invisible man nothing gets through

Got born into a time overflowing with things
Sorting out one’s feelings is hard, but
The one deciding the present and the values of my heart is me
Even if you get hurt even if you get hurt
Get to the heart of it

Say what matters to the person themselves
Say what matters to the person themselves
Eye to eye and hand to hand and person to person
When I become an invisible man nothing gets through
I’m sorry the me in front of you is nowhere to be found
I’m telling you to live with feelings in line with the times

Say what matters to the person themselves
Say what matters to the person themselves
Eye to eye and hand to hand and person to person
When I become an invisible man nothing gets through

Live with your true feelings visible
Live with your true feelings visible
Eye to eye and hand to hand and person to person
When I become an invisible man nothing gets through

When I become an invisible man
Our future isn’t visible
So get to the heart of it

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