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月の兎、月面探査車
――夢か現か、吉夢か、それとも悪夢なのか。
A moon rabbit and a lunar exploration vehicle―
Is it an illusion, reality, a good dream or a bad dream?


1.童祭 ~ Innocent Treasures - Kid's Festival ~ Innocent Treasures

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Being awaken, with a memory of morning mist in an illusionary world.
Reality, on a vanishing cloud.
Daydream, a history of an ancient mystic world.
Daylight, into a vanishing town.

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(Dawn is about to come. Dawn is about to come in an illusionary morning mist.
I had a good time with the kids in an illusionary world.
All of the kids looked really happy and smiled.)

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Is it an illusion, or a castle in the air?
Till daybreak, my heart is in another world.

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(...I cannot remember the last time I saw kids with this a big of a smile.
Mysterious songs that I've never listened to; Mysterious dances that I've never seen. Maybe a festival is being held today.
Someday, I want to live in such a country where I can see the kids smile.)

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Being awaken, with a memory of an illusionary scarlet mansion in its strange color.
Reality, on a cold-hearted stone.
Daydream, a fairy tale of an ancient beautiful capital.
Daylight, into a filthy town.

2.華胥の夢 - Dream of Arcadia (Paradisaical Daydream)

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"...And you know, I had a dream like this yesterday."
"...You're gonna tell me about your dream again?"
"I called you so as to tell about the dream I had."

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My name is Maribel Han. I belong to a club about occult powers in this deserted town.
Unlike other clubs, ours doesn't do the proper acts as a necromancer.
They call us unusual... I belong to the "club", though the number of members is only us two.

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"Hey, the story of someone else's dream is nothing but annoyance."

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It doesn't matter to me at all.
By the way, I have a great power. It's because our clan has had a kind of inspiration since ancient times...
I have the ability to see every boundary all over the world, in other words, a border.
Our true scheme is to seek for the gaps of the boundaries and to dive into another world. It's what they :call "Spiriting Away", isn't it?

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...Of course, it's forbidden.
Even so, recently I've had dreams of every kind of the world...

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"May I ask you a favor? Please listen to my dreams and give me some advices, or I'll be confused which is the real me."

3.上海紅茶館 ~ Chinese Tea - Shanghai Teahouse ~ Chinese Tea

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Inside the deep forest was a scarlet mansion.
Around the mansion, there was a deep green forest and a white-glowing lake...
What fascinating scenery...
In spite of the color of deep scarlet, it looks so natural.
This bold color looks somewhat childish but... I love it.

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How about dropping in?
Isn't it impolite to visit all of a sudden?
What's wrong with you? Why are you a coward in your dreams?

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...Oh? A maid came out.
I'll tell her that...
I want to greet the owner of such a wonderful mansion.

4.ヴォヤージュ1969 - Voyage 1969 (1969, from Cape Canaveral)

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All I could see was the same scenery everywhere I went.
The sun has already set, and I could hardly see the ground...

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I didn't know that the dark bamboo forest made me easily miss the path.
Sometimes I heard a strange crying. Were they beasts, or...
What should I do? I didn't know.
Am I to wander in the bamboo forest and starve to death?
Or get eaten by some youkai? I've got plenty of things that I haven't done yet.

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I wandered about without any purpose.
I thought I could eat some bamboo shoots, so I didn't consider it seriously.
...Even so, I was in my dream.
But, I realized at that time. I have no idea how natural bamboo shoots are.
I've only seen its composition. All I know about the bamboo shoot is its taste...

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I looked up at the sky with no hope.
There were a lot of glowing stars.
I envied your eyes for the first time.
Perhaps you could find where you were, and couldn't miss the path.

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That was the time, when I heard a terrifying laughter just behind me!

5.科学世紀の少年少女 - Boys and Girls of Science Era (21st Century Boy and Girl)

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"Here are some cookies I got at a scarlet mansion, and natural bamboo shoots in a bamboo forest."
"Eh? You're talking about your dreams, aren't you, Mary?"
The girl is Renko Usami, who is listening to the story the dream I had.
She's another member of our club, whose members are only us two.
She's so active that she proposes most of what we do.
According to Renko, she can tell where she is and when it is by looking up the sky. How scary...

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And, Renko calls me Mary. It's too hard for people in this country to pronounce my name.
I'm afraid she's already forgotten my real name...

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"It's about my dream. I've said it many times."
"...In spite of it being the story of your dream, why do you have the stuff you got in your dreams?"
"That's why I want your advice."

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I'm not certain which is a reality or a dream.
Dreams usually end when I'm chased by some youkai.
If you say it's a bad dream, maybe it's right...
Even so, I somehow got the things in my dreams.
I'm afraid I'm talking now in my dream...

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"I'll tell you, Mary. It's not already been any bamboo shoots. They've grown too much and become too stiff, so you can't eat them."
Though, if I could change a bad dream to a good dream, it would be nicer than the reality...
"Natural bamboo shoots hide below the earth and save themselves when they're tasty."

6.永夜の報い ~ Imperishable Night - Retribution for the Eternal Night ~ Imperishable Night

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I ran for dear life, even in a dream.
I cannot explain it clearly, but the laughter that I heard obviously sounded like something that wasn't human.
I trusted my instincts saying "Run for it!"

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Though, the bamboo forest sloped a little, which made me lose my sense of balance.
I suppose I ran straight, but I cannot say whether it was true.

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I ran for a long distance, but all I could see was the scene I've seen before.
Does this forest lead eternally? Or am I running in the same place?
...That doesn't matter to me at all.

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I think Renko's idea is out-of-date -- "When you think objectively, there is an obvious truth."

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The truth exists only in subjectivity.
If you can only see the scene that you've seen before... Here's the place.

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That's why I'm running for my life.
You know, dream cannot be the antonym of reality.
Recently, it's been considered as the synonym.
Even if you're in your dream, you must run for dear life from the mysterious being.
That's the truth.

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Anyway, my major is relativity psychology.
Yours is ultra-general physics, Renko? How does your study of string advance?

7.夜が降りてくる ~ Evening Star - Night Falls ~ Evening Star

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How mysterious...
Old-fashioned people, including you, make a difference between dream and reality.
But people in extreme old days didn't do that, I heard.

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And these days, dream and reality are different, but the same.
They're both the world of dreams and the world of reality, both myself in a dream and myself in reality.

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I'm not sure which one is true; a butterfly in the night or human being in the daytime...
Considering the sense in these days, they're both true.

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I ran for a long distance, but I don't feel any fatigue.
It's because I moved as if I flew over the sky? Did I become a butterfly?

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But, the darkness of the night finally came to an end...

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...I stopped running.
I found a scarlet light in the bamboo forest over there.
It glowed abominably and was beyond the reality.
Saying slowly to you...
It was similar to the flame reaction of rubidium, I guess.

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I couldn't recognize it as just a glowing bamboo forest.
I glimpsed the glowing place, keeping a watch for my back.

8.人形裁判 ~ 人の形弄びし少女 - Doll Judgment ~ A Girl Who Plays with Human Shapes (Doll Master)

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I can't believe the scene I saw just now!
Nowadays, you can watch the extinct wild dogs and kappas through 3DCG...
Even so, I've never seen such a big creature in front of me.

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It was bigger than wild dogs; a mouse-like black being, whose eyes were red.
...No, was it a rabbit? Its eyes were red.
Still, It had a strange shape.
I mean... on its face were two eyes, like yours.
Humans are mostly like this.

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The size of its face was same as that of human.
Or rather, was it a human's face? Yes, it was. It was a human's face, I believe.
Do you know some big mouses that have a human's face?

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...At that time, the big mouse raised a horrible voice.
It was this big mouse that chased me.
Though, it no longer stared at me; but at the scarlet light.

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The truth was... it wasn't the big mouse's eyes that lit scarlet all around.
I couldn't believe that the horrible big mouse was afraid of the scarlet light.
I turned my face on the light...

9.夢と現の境界 - Border between Dream and Reality (Wake Up Mysterious Girl)

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"And, this is the scrap of paper I found after the big mouse and the girl left."
"Hey, are you really talking about your dream?"

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I never thought that the true figure that the mouse was facing was a girl.
The girl was had a red gleam. You'll wonder why I can say so. It's simple; The girl glowed herself.

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No, it's not the right expression. Saying "She shot fire from her body" may be better.
The deep scarlet flame spread diagonally, like a bird spreading its wing...

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It was much abominable than the big mouse with human's face.
The mouse was terrified and ran away just seeing the girl raise her hands.

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"Don't you get it yet? Dream and reality are the same thing. I've told you hundreds of times. To me, it's the dream I'm talking to you now..."
"Calm down, Mary. I'll listen to the world of your dream. After all, what's the girl? What happened to the girl?"
"I don't know. After that, the big mouse ran away... and so did the girl. I hid for a long time not to be found by them. Why did I still hide even she sent the mouse away for me? It's because..."

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I gazed at the girl's eyes, which were in scarlet gleam like the mouse...
"...You cannot call it human."

10.幻想機械 ~ Phantom Factory - Phantasm Machine ~ Phantom Factory

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After all, Mary just talked about the world of dream and went home satisfactorily.
I considered what she said while I looked at a few stuff Mary gave me.
Mary said that dream and reality are the same thing, but it can't be.
Even if that's what the recent theory of relativity psychology proves, it only applies in mentality.
If some objects in a dream show up, we'll be confused. It's against the law of conservation of mass. :Besides, how's the entropy?

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It's obvious that Mary went to the inside of the boundary unconsciously, and she thinks she's in a dream.
Now, she may be very close to the inside of the boundary.
It's because Mary changed the ability of seeing the boundary to that of manipulate it? No, it's impossible.
Uh, it's the proper club activity, isn't it?

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If I ignore the situation, she must be eaten by youkai in a dream or be spirited away.
Her mentality is wandering about everywhere.
She would be trapped in another world if she didn't think she's in a dream.
She would recognize this world as a dream.
She's in danger, though she herself doesn't notice the danger.

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I can help her in two ways:

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First, throw the stuff away and make her recognize she's in a dream or an illusion.
By doing this, she wouldn't wander into the world of dream again. Dream and reality are different.

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And another way is...

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Waking her up from her dream by making her strongly recognize
she's not in the world of dream, but actually exists in another world.
Still... she wouldn't come back to this world again.

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Which is better for you, Mary?
Which is better for me, Renko?
...There's no need to explain.

11.幽玄の槭樹 ~ Eternal Dream - Mystic Maple ~ Eternal Dream

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"Ha, you call me and always be late, Renko."
"Mary, I'm just 3 minutes and 15 seconds late. Never mind."
"What's 'Never mind'? Anyway, what's your business today?"
"Needless to say. Club activities. They're all members here."
"Only us two... Gosh, did you find an entrance-like place again?"

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The answer is only one.
The world of dream Mary said.
It has beautiful nature and tiny mystery.

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Deserted shrine in a deep mountain.
Kids who have a great time.
Deep forest, and a lake shining white.
Scarlet mansion, and tea break under the sunshine through trees.
Huge bamboo forest that makes you miss your path, and natural bamboo shoots.
Lunatic full moon.
Creature that has human's face but not be human.
And, an abominable phoenix...
...I can't stand you enjoying them alone!

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"Of course, I can find an entrance to another world. Look, I have plenty of clues."
"Clues... these are the stuff I got in my world of dream, Renko."
"You know, we go to look for your world of dream. By the way, why don't the kids in this country look like having fun? You know why, Mary?"

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"They learned to think that dream and reality are the same thing, because of the scholars with such a thought, just like you.
They incorporated the dream into one of the physiological phenomenon as the virtual image the brain makes.
Reliable objectivity and ultimate truth are outside subjectivity.
You say subjectivity is the truth? It contradicts. The theory is wrong.
Evidently, you think it a dream without recognizing the subjectivity.
Dream and reality are different, so you can make an effort to change dream to reality.
That's why kids are able to smile.
Let's wake up! There's the changeability of strange dream. Change the world of dream to that of reality!"

Afterwords Edit

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I guess it's "nice to meet you". I'm ZUN.
I perform at a band, whose member are shrine masters only.
Of course, it's not true. I secretly work in Hakurei Shrine as a shrine master.

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This time, I decided to release this CD suddenly. Eh? Is this my third work?
This CD makes you feel disgusting. Now, cross your finger and shout, "Gross out!"

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Listen to me, please. As usual, I chose various music I composed before.
Though, most of the tracks are basically made for shooter, which are so hard you'll feel fatigue.
All tracks are not recommended to listen one by one... Please don't listen.
That's why I gave them another story (meaning); Game play has its own story. Balance is everything.

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The first track "Kid's Festival" was my own theme in stepping into a stage for talking.
I've composed plenty of theme songs for each character, but it's too embarrassed to act while my own theme is playing.
To tell the truth, this track has a lyric. Ah, a comment for the track is a lyric.
Does a trip between dream and reality have any truth?

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And, I'm so concerned about the destiny of "Sealing Club"...
Remember, Mary and Renko featured in the text bands the mysterious "Sealing Club", and do many occult activities.
Details are still in a mystery, but considering their talks, will the progress in science prevent from eating natural bamboo shoots?
What a pity.

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Even so, you may be able to eat a miso soup of crested ibis... Through composition.

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I'm thrilled to imagine the future full of dreams!

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It's too dangerous to have fun outside; You must imagine an Internet user's feelings in your home (Even if you're adult, it's difficult to do).
There are no adults teaching morality, so when you scold children once in a while, they will extremely get mad.
Cyberspace at the present time may be too strict for children to enable them to have a proper social life.

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Still, even in this country whose children gets more and more poorer, you'll happen to see the children smile all over the cities... Through composition.

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Team Shanghai Alice: ZUN (Bamboo shoot lover)



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