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"Borderland"
Borderland
Artist Mami Kawada
Label Geneon Universal Entertainment
Catalog no. GNCV-0031 (Limited Edition)
GNCV-0032 (Regular Edition)
Length 3:43
Release date May 30, 2012
Episodes Season 1


"Borderland" is Mami Kawada's 12th single and the opening theme song for Season 1. It was released on May 30, 2012 in two versions, a Regular Edition and a Limited Edition with DVD.[1] The single also includes the song "Angel // resident of the nightmare" and instrumental versions of both songs. The Limited Edition comes with a DVD that includes the music video and a making of documentary.

The song has been covered by Nagareda Project and appears on their album Nagareda PPP.

Track listEdit

  1. "Borderland"
  2. "Angel // resident of the nightmare"
  3. "Borderland" (instrumental)
  4. "Angel // resident of the nightmare" (instrumental)

LyricsEdit

Japanese rōmaji English translation
We have always stood on the borderland.

I'm enjoying the view from here.
Eeny, meeny, miny, moe...
much the same

Pike or shield?
Maketaku wa nai demo kizutsuketaku mo nai
Te ni totte tashikameteta
Kitto modorenaindatte
Whose side are you on?

(Don't want to know!) omoide wa kase
(Don't want to know!) atozuke no love
(Don't want to know!) yasashisa wa ada

We have always stood on the borderland.
Hirogeru ryoute keep balance
Yori takaku toberu hou e
Mamoritai yo
Bokura no tsubasa no nai kono senaka ni seotta
Reality & Dream

Black or White?
Seigi dato iu tsuyosa de katameta mirai
Uso datte kawaranai sa
Haguruma wa mawari tsuzukeru
What color is it?

(You're telling me.) nikushimi wa kate
(You're telling me.) shinjitsu wa crime
(You're telling me.) seijitsu no wana
We have always stood on the borderland.

Kaze ni fukare have a dance
Ikiteru uchi ni warae
Kono sekai no kokoro ga
Nani nozonde kuwadatete mo soko ni wa
Reality & Dream

We have always stood on the borderland.
Hirogeru ryoute keep balance
Yori takaku toberu hou e
Kaeranai yo
Bokura wa tsubasa no nai kono senaka ni seotta
Reality & Dream

We have always stood on the borderland.

I'm enjoying the view from here.
Eeny, meeny, miny, moe...
much the same

Pike or shield?
I don't want to lose, but I also don't want to hurt anyone.
Taking it into my grip, I felt its firmness.
Saying that there's no way we'd be able to return,
whose side are you on?

(Don't want to know!) Memories will only shackle me down.
(Don't want to know!) The love will always come too late.
(Don't want to know!) Kindness is my sworn enemy.

We have always stood on the borderland.
Stretching out our arms, we try to keep balance,
and fly as high as we could.
We wish to protect
the reality and dream
we are carrying on our wingless backs.

Black or White?
In a future consolidated by the power called justice,
lies will remain lies,
and the gears of fate will continue turning.
What color is it?

(You're telling me.) I dine on my hatred.
(You're telling me.) The truth is a crime.
(You're telling me.) It's a trap of honesty.

We have always stood on the borderland.
Caressed by the wind, we have a dance.
You must smile while you're still alive.
No matter what the heart of this world
is brewing for you, over there
you will find reality and dream.

We have always stood on the borderland.
Stretching out our arms, we try to keep balance,
and fly as high as we could.
We will not go back.
On our wingless backs, we're carrying our
reality and dream.

Opening animationEdit

The opening animation features the recurring theme of a spent cartridge falling and primarily depicts events from the first four episodes.

The animation starts with a bullet standing up before showing Koko Hekmatyar seated in a chair, then a lit Zippo with a knife and pistol. Koko's Squad minus Jonah wearing their combat uniforms are shown standing or seated around a park bench before a spent cartridge falls to the right, transitioning to Jonah before he joined the squad. Koko is then juxtaposed standing next to him amidst a barren desert. The title sequence then plays.

Koko is next shown in the centre flanked by Valmet in the shower and Lehm lighting a cigarette. Mokoena and Minami Amada are then shown in a doorway. The rest of the team is then shown, with R leaning against a house, Tojo and Mao, Lutz, Wiley, and Ugo shown in separate panels. Jonah is again shown in the mountains watching the F-22 flying overhead before a cartridge case is shown falling forward. Jonah is next depicted running and dropping to the ground alongside Koko who looks up before he opens fire. During this sequence the scene shifts between Jonah and Koko to various characters, including Kasper Hekmatyar and Chiquita, Schokolade and Scarecrow, and finally CCAT.

The fight between Valmet and Karen Lo in South Africa appears next, followed by the team in the CR-V being chased by Orchestra in their pickup truck in Dubai. Lehm is next shown firing a shot at Chinatsu and Jonah appears on the observation tower of the Atlas. Koko is then shown leaning against a railing at night while a ballistic missile is fired in the background. Additional cartridges are shown falling amidst some other spent ones interspresed between the team delivering their goods via Volvo and two semis, Chinatsu's hat being shot by Lutz, and the Antonov An-12 being shot at.

Music videoEdit

The video shows Mami Kawada playing a guitar and standing amidst a variety of screens of different sizes, which display a plethora of visual effects. Additional effects are used during the video, which makes numerous transitions depicting Kawada in additional environments, always with the screens.

The premise of the Nagareda Project video is that the band is seeking a fourth member and holds an audition, with the prospective candidates also wearing white masks. Those who are rejected get a red x drawn on their foreheads. The other three member go through applicant after applicant until frontman Yutaka Nagareda performs, leading him to get selected. Interspersed in between is the band performing onstage.

VideosEdit

Opening animationEdit

Jormungand - Opening01:30

Jormungand - Opening

Music videosEdit

Mami Kawada Borderland PV03:43

Mami Kawada Borderland PV


Mami Kawada music video

Nagareda Project Borderland PV03:52

Nagareda Project Borderland PV


Nagareda Project music video

ReferencesEdit

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