Learning Japanese through Music, Part 8: Pokemon theme song ポケモンOP1

In Japanese by Jeremy Arns

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This series of posts covers Japanese songs, along with their lyrics, and translations so you can make sure you learn every word.

For this one, let’s do the original Pokemon theme song!


Lyrics:

ポケモンGETだぜ!
Get those pokemon!

たとえ 火の中 水の中
For example, in a fire, in the water,

草の中 森の中
In the grass, in the forest,

土の中 雲の中
In the ground, in the clouds

あの子のスカートの中 (キャ~!)
In that kid’s skirt (Aghh!)

なかなか なかなか
(Not) easily, (not) easily

なかなか なかなか 大変だけど
(Not) easily, (not) easily, it’s tough, but-

かならずGETだぜ!
I’ll definitely get them

ポケモンGETだぜ!
Get those pokemon!

マサラタウンに さよならバイバイ
Bye-bye to Pallet Town (Masara Town)

俺はこいつと 旅に出る
I’m going on a trip with them

(ぴかちゅう!)
(Pikachu!)

きたえたワザで 勝ちまくり
With disciplined skill I’ll keep winning

仲間を増やして 次の町へ
Increase friends and move to the next town

いつもいつでも うまくゆくなんて
Always, whenever, for things to go well

保証はどこにも ないけど
There’s no guarantee anywhere, but…

(そりゃそうじゃ!)
(That’s right!)

いつでもいつも 本気で生きてる
Whenever, always, live seriously

こいつたちがいる
They are there!

ああ 憧れのポケモンマスターに
Ah, the pokemon master I yearn (to be)

なりたいな ならなくちゃ
I want to become! I must become.

ぜったいなってやる
I’ll absolutely become.


Word List:

ポケモンPokemon (short for Pocket Monster)
GETゲットGet
~ぜSentence ending (manually masculine)
which adds force or indicates command
たとえExample; even if
Fire
なかMiddle; inside; within
みずWater
くさGrass
くもCloud
あのThat
Kid; child
スカートSkirt
なかなか(Not) easily; quite; rather
大変たいへんdifficult; hard; very
~けどBut
必ずかならずAbsolutely; without fail
マラサタウンPallet Town (in Japanese the town name is Marasa Town)
さよならGood bye
バイバイBye bye
おれI / me (mostly masculine and confident / arrogant sounding)
こいつThis fellow; this guy
旅に出るたびにでるTo go on a trip
ぴかちゅうPikachu
鍛えるきたえるto train; to discipline; to forge
わざTechnique / art
勝ちかちWin; victory
~まくるVerb suffix to indicate reckless abandon to the activity
仲間なかまfellow; colleague; circle of friends
増やすふやすTo increase; to add to
つぎNext
まちTown
いつもAlways
いつでもWhenever
うまくSkillfully; well
ゆくTo go; to proceed
なんて
(An exclamation); things like; such as
保障ほしょうGuarantee
どこにもWhereever
そりゃThat is (contraction of それは)
そうだThat’s right
本気ほんきSeriousness
生きるいきるTo live
ああAh; oh
憧れるあこがれるTo yearn for; to admire
ポケモンマスターPokemon master
なりたいWant to become
ならなくちゃIf I don’t become (i.e. “I must become”– a contraction of ならなければなりません)
ぜったいAbsolutely
やるTo do (rougher than する)

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