Now Playing: Yuuzora No Kami Hikouki

20251Just finished watching Hajime no Ippo: Rising hours ago. I pretty much binge-watched the three seasons. (What a really unproductive vacation this is. I’m seriously going to suffer in my studies once the semester starts.) Actually, Hajime no Ippo aired before on a local channel and I was able to watch some of its episodes, but all I remember is his Dempsey Roll move, the name of which I just knew when I re-watched a couple of days ago.

I loved the OSTs for the three seasons. In my opinion, it’s one of the anime series which has powerful OP and ED. Out of all its songs, though, my favorite is Yuuzura no Kami Hikouki (lit. Paper Plane in the Evening Sky). Written, composed, and performed by Mori Naoya, it is Hajime no Ippo’s first ending theme. Here’s the video of the MV with the singer.

The skyscrapers are gorgeous when the pastel sky reflects on them

Each person passing by sees the scene differently in their own heart

Can you do anything to help someone who’s feeling blue as you are now?

Flightless birds don’t think the sky’s so very high, they don’t want to think of it like that

I was worrying about nothing

So I wrote “it’s going to be okay” on a page in my notebook and tore it out

I made a paper plane and sent it flying, hoping it would somehow be in time for tomorrow

Chasing the setting sun forever and ever

I send a prayer to the sky, begging for my paper plane to never land

Because I want to dream forever and ever

When the sky pales, I feel so very small

I think about the day that’s ending and try to find some way I can make a difference

But maybe I’m overthinking it

Believing that everything’s going to be okay is the first step forward

I send the paper plane flying, hoping it’ll somehow be in time for tomorrow

Chasing the setting sun forever and ever

I send a prayer to the sky, begging for my paper plane to never land

Because I want to dream forever and ever

I send the paper plane flying, it’s buffeted about by the wind again and againBut keeps going further, higher, to the ends of the earth, forever and ever

I send the paper plane flying, so that my dreams won’t die without being realised

I’ll keep believing, forever and ever

So it can keep on flying, forever and ever

(Source: lyricstranslate)

Honestly, I’m not sure of the translation’s accuracy, but I tried to double check it with my minimal knowledge of the language. What I am sure of is that this is not a literal translation.

Anyway, the melody of the song is striking. It is so emotional that it easily tugs at the heart especially when it plays during specific scenes. And they put it right when it is needed! I missed it as it isn’t on Champion Road and Rising. This will forever hit me with feels, especially of nostalgia if I listen to it years from now.

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3 thoughts on “Now Playing: Yuuzora No Kami Hikouki

    • ameithyst says:

      It’s certainly one of the classics and a must watch esp for sports anime fans. I cringe at a lot of matches (e.g. Makunouchi vs Mashiba, Takamura vs Hawk) but the tension is so high that it kept my eyes glued on the screen. I find myself humming its tune at times lately. Such a great song, indeed!

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      • Arria Cross says:

        Oh my gosh. I know exactly what you mean. Those were INTENSE matches. The manga is still ongoing. I love it. It’s 1000+ chapters. So amazing. The anime is one of the shows that I love watching again and again. Just so awesome. Anyway, thanks for this post. It reminded me again of how great this series is. Cheers!

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