Berserk: Golden Age Arc III Ending Song – “Breakthrough” by Kaname Kawabata (Lyrics translation)

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Below you will find my translation of the lyrics to the song “Breakthrough” by Kaname Kawabata (from the duo Chemistry), played during the ending of the third and final Berserk: Golden Age Arc movie. I know Commie has already translated it, but I wanted to do my own version, because it’s a good song, and also because Berserk is one of my favorite things ever. I didn’t actually read Commie’s translation before I started working on mine in order to avoid being influenced by their version.

Original:

モノクロームの風景は 絵のように動かない
道なき路上(みち)を見渡せど 行き交う人影はない

I can’t stay in those days
砕け散った希望なら
そのすべて いっそこの胸に掻き集め
I’m goin’ to my breakthrough

真っ直ぐな瞳で 痛みさえ引き連れ
駆け出せば もう戻れない
決して止まらないで 選ばれた場所まで
その先は… nobody knows

ともに刻んだ時が今 結ばせた尊い絆
消せない傷に 閉じ込めた叫びが聞こえてるかい?

I can’t stay in those days
怯えなくていい もう
奪い取って 翳す勲章よりも
守るべき たったひとつの truth

もっと高い方へ 微かでも光へ
届くまで もう戻らない
剣先(きっさき)を奮わせ 聳(そび)える壁の前
運命を断ち切るのさ

真っ直ぐな想いで 試された命で
駆け出したい 終わらせはしない
決して止まらないで 選ばれた場所まで
その先は… I only know

Translation:

A monochrome landscape stretches out before me, still as a painting
Not a soul disturbs this aimless path I tread as I turn my gaze to look

I can’t stay in those days
Should my hopes come crumbling down,
let them well up once more within my breast
I’m goin’ to my breakthrough

With eyes unfaltering, I carry on with my pain
Once I’ve set out, there’s no turning back
Never stopping, not till I reach the place I long for
And what lies beyond there… nobody knows

Our dearest bonds – moments etched upon the face of time
Does my scream reach your ears, locked in wounds unfading?

I can’t stay in those days
There is nothing more to fear
The one and only truth, nobler even than
all the honors claimed and held high

I shall not return till I bask in the glimmer
of that light, fickle it may be
I shall stand before towering walls, with steel held high
And sever the strand of fate

With a soul tried in hardship, and feelings pure,
I wish to break free – I won’t let this be my final chapter
Never stopping, not till I reach the place I long for
And what lies beyond there… I only know

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4 thoughts on “Berserk: Golden Age Arc III Ending Song – “Breakthrough” by Kaname Kawabata (Lyrics translation)

    • Haha yeah, I know what you mean. I’m kinda torn about it – on the one hand I enjoy the story and characters enough to want it to continue on for years, on the other hand I really want to see how it’s all going to end.

    • You mean Kimi to Kanojo to Kanojo no Koi? I don’t know much about it honestly, but if it’s the kind of game I think it is (dark, disturbing and filled with yandere), then yes, I am going to play it eventually.

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