Digimon Adventure 02 Best Partner -Kizuna- character song “Choo Choo Tryin'” (Iori and Armadimon)

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Translation for Iori Hida and Armadimon’s character song “Choo Choo Tryin'”, from the album Digimon Adventure 02 Best Partner -Kizuna- 4: Iori Hida & Armadimon.


“Choo Choo Tryin'”
Lyrics: Yoshie Isogai
Composition: Takamitsu Ono
Vocals: Iori Hida (CV: Yoshitaka Yamaya) and Armadimon (CV: Megumi Urawa)


[Both]
Ready Go! Easy Go! The rail headed for the future
Is surely and probably not the only one
Many Love, Many Knows, with a choice true to oneself
Let’s get on the Choo Choo Train

[Armadimon]
Let’s head off, dagya! Comin’ with on the journey
are chicken wings1, rice balls2, and sweet! rice! jelly!
Real delish Chu x 2 Jelly!
With that, that’s enough courage for us, dagya

[Iori]
If there is a destination we are meant to reach
Then we surely must press on without faltering
One’s own path must be followed calmly every day with diligence

[Iori]
Surpassing the sea…Surpassing the mountains…
[Armadimon]
A future way to go-go, with spirit here in tow-tow
Yo yo! Cheerfully, check it out, yo yo!3
[Iori]
Passing through the tunnel, the train of life runs
[Both]
Once again, today

[Both]
Ready Go! Easy Go! The route headed for your dream4
Will surely sometimes be rough, but
Many Love, Many Knows, with one’s own way of justice
Taking on a challenge, now, here’s Choo Choo Tryin’

[Iori]
Flowing along, from the train window
We can see various kinds of scenery
Far sight and deep designs while in consideration
It is not a bad thing to enjoy oneself

[Armadimon]
At any time, if I’m with ya
Like a gold tiger-fish statue5
We’ll be all shiny, it’ll be a time to go with the flow~

[Armadimon]
We’ll take it easy as we go, dagya
[Iori]
Straightforward, like the heart6 of the sword
Head, body, forearm, thrust!7 All are important ways to go, go!8
[Armadimon]
To the west, to the east, whichever way you please, Rolling together
[Both]
Once again, today

[Both]
Ready Go! Easy Go! Maybe we can go as far as we want
But to be honest, we don’t really know for sure right now
Many Love, Many Knows, taking one’s own lane
We push on with a Choo Choo Tryin’

[Armadimon] If my stomach gets empty and my power goes empty
[Iori] If my heart and mind become too stiff
[Armadimon] For that, [Iori] yes, for that, [Armadimon] it’s time, dagya
[Both] With hearts in sync, All Right!!

[Both]
That’s right, from the moment we met that day
We’ve always constantly been tied together
Many Love, Many Knows, the bell9 for the two of us
rings out right now

Ready Go! Easy Go! The rail headed for the future
Is surely and probably not the only one
Many Love, Many Knows, with a choice true to oneself
Let’s get on the Choo Choo Train

Chu Chu ru, Chu Chu ru…
Chu Chu ru, Chu Chu ru…
Chu Chu ru, Chu Chu ru…
We push on with a Choo Choo Tryin’


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Translator's notes
  1. “Chicken wings” = tebasaki (no karaage), a variant of Japanese fried chicken (karaage) that uses the whole chicken wing and is glazed with sweet tebasaki sauce. []
  2. Tenmusu = A Nagoya specialty type of rice ball (onigiri) filled with deep-fried tempura shrimp. []
  3. Wordplay on zento youyou (前途洋々, “having promising prospects for the future”), youyou (揚々, “in high spirits”), and “youki” (陽気, “cheerful”). []
  4. Written 目標 (goal) in the lyrics, but sung as “yume” (dream). []
  5. “Tiger-fish statue” = Referring to the shachihoko tiger-fish statues adorning temples in Nagoya. []
  6. Written 精神 (spirit/will) in the lyrics, but sung as “kokoro” (heart). []
  7. Referring to calling attacks in kendo. []
  8. Another play on words, with “important aspects” (要用, youyou). []
  9. Written 合図 (sign/cue) in the lyrics, sung as “bell”. []

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