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Ai no Uta

Ai no Uta
Cover of the Ai no Uta single.
Artist Strawberry Flower
Native title 愛のうた ~ ピクミンCMソング - Single
A side Ai no Uta (愛のうた)
B side Namida Ga Afureta (涙があふれた)
Single # 1
Released on December 6th, 2001
Genre J-pop
Format CD Single
Length 9:59
Label Toshiba EMI
Awards RIAJ Certification: Double Platinum
Oricon Top 200 Weekly Peak: #10
Sales 632,350 copies
Strawberry Flower Single chronology
Previous None
Next Pikmin Dance

Ai no Uta ~ Pikmin CM Song - Single (愛のうた ~ ピクミンCMソング - Single?, lit.: "Song of Love") is a single by a Japanese image group called Strawberry Flower. This is their debut single whose A side, Ai no Uta, was featured in Japanese commercials for Pikmin, and is used in some games. This CD single remained in the top ten for several weeks. Unexpectedly, the single actually outsold the game itself.[1][2] About three months after Ai no Uta was released, the group continued with another single, Pikmin Dance, featuring three dance versions of their 2001 song, Ai no Uta. The CD comes with a disc, and a lyric book, containing exclusive artwork and lyrics for both Ai no Uta and Namida Ga Afureta.

The title of the A side translates to Song of Love, so-named because the song expounds on the emotions the Pikmin feel in relation to their involvement in the game, and also their devotion to their given task of helping the game's protagonist, Captain Olimar. The B side is Namida Ga Afureta, and the third track is an instrumental version of Ai no Uta.

A French version of the song, titled Vos Meilleurs Amis, exists for France commercials for Pikmin[3] and was also given a single, released on June 3, 2002[4].

In gamesEdit

LyricsEdit

HiraganaEdit

ひっこぬかれて、 あなた だけ に ついて ゆく。
きょう も はこぶ、 たたかう、 ふえる, そして たべられる。
ほったかされて、 また あって なげられて。
でも わたしたち あなた に したがいつくします。

そろそろ あそんじゃおう か な。
そっと でかけて みよう か なあんて。
ああ。。。 ああ。。。 あの そら に。。。
こい とか、 しながら。

いろんな いのち が いきている この ほし で,
きょう も はこぶ、 たたかう、 ふえる、 そして たべられる。
ひっこぬかれて、 あつまって、 とばされて。
でも わたしたち あい して くれ と は いわない よ。

そろそろ あそんじゃおう か な。
もっと がんばって みよう か なあんて。
ああ。。。 ああ。。。 あの そら に。。。
こい とか、 しながら。

ちから あわせて、 たたかって、 たべられて、
でも わたしたち あなた に したがいつくします。
たちむかって、 だまって、 ついてって、
でも わたしたち あい して くれ と は いわない よ。

RomajiEdit

Hikkonukarete, anata dake ni tsuite yuku.
Kyou mo hakobu, tatakau, fueru, soshite taberareru.
Hottakasarete, mata atte nagerarete.
Demo watashitachi anata ni shitagaitsukushimasu.

Sorosoro asonjaou ka na.
Sotto dekakete miyou ka naante.
Aa... aa... ano sora ni...
Koi toka, shinagara.

Ironna inochi ga ikite iru kono hoshi de,
Kyou mo hakobu, tatakau, fueru, soshite taberareru.
Hikkonukarete, atsumatte, tobasarete.
Demo watashitachi ai shite kure to wa iwanai yo.

Sorosoro asonjaou ka na.
Motto ganbatte miyou ka naante.
Aa... aa... ano sora ni...
Koi toka, shinagara.

Chikara awasete, tatakatte, taberarete,
Demo watashitachi anata ni shitagaitsukushimasu.
Tachimukatte, damatte, tsuitette,
Demo watashitachi ai shite kure to wa iwanai yo.

TranslationEdit

Pulled out again, we'll follow you alone.
Today once again we'll carry, fight, multiply and be consumed.
Left alone again, we'll meet again and be thrown around again.
But we'll follow you forever.

I guess it's time to play.
Maybe we'll go out quietly.
Ah... ah... falling in love...
Under that sky.

On this planet, where so many life forms live,
Today once again we'll carry, fight, multiply and then be consumed.
Uprooted, we'll gather, and be thrown.
But we won't ask you to love us.

I guess it's time to play.
Maybe we'll try harder.
Ah... ah... falling in love...
Under that sky.

We'll work together, fight, and be consumed,
But we'll follow you forever.
We'll fight, be silent, and follow you,
But we won't ask you to love us.

French versionEdit

Nous sommes les Pikmin, venus pour vous aider, vos nouveaux amis
On se multiplie et remplis d'énergie nous combattons vos ennemis.
Présents nous répondons, un appel de vous et nous accourons
À vos ordres on est prêt à obéir, nous sommes les Pikmin pour vous servir...

Sur notre petite étoile étrange...
Peuplée de milliers de créatures souvent hostiles
Ah ah, ah ah ah...
Nous sommes toujours là.
Nous veillerons sur vous comme des anges.

Nous sommes les Pikmin, même si on est mangés on peut ressusciter
On est bien plus forts sur les chemins quand on est unis main dans la main.
Le temps ne compte plus sur cette planète jusqu'alors inconnue
Ensemble on va s'amuser et nous sommes les Pikmin pour vous aider.

Sur notre petite étoile étrange...
Peuplée de milliers de créatures souvent hostiles
Ah ah, ah ah ah...
Nous sommes toujours là.
Nous veillerons sur vous comme des anges.

Nous sommes les Pikmin, venus pour vous aider, vos nouveaux amis
On se multiplie et remplis d'énergie nous combattons vos ennemis.
Présents nous répondons, un appel de vous et nous accourons
À vos ordres on est prêt à obéir, nous sommes les Pikmin pour vous servir.

French version translationEdit

We are the Pikmin, we came to help you, (we are) your new friends.
We multiply and full of energy we fight against your enemies.
In a roll-call we answer, a call of yours and we come running
At your command we are ready to obey, we are the Pikmin at your service.

On our strange little star
Inhabited by thousands of creatures, often hostile.
Ah... ah... We are always here.
We are watching over you like angels.

We are the Pikmin, even if we are eaten, we can rise from the dead
We are stronger on the path when we're joined hand in hand.
Time doesn't count on this planet, unknown until now
Together we're going to have fun, and we are the Pikmin to help you.

On our strange little star
Inhabited by thousands of creatures, often hostile.
Ah... ah... We are always here.
We are watching over you like angels.

We are the Pikmin, we came to help you, (we are) your new friends.
We multiply and full of energy we fight against your enemies.
In a roll-call we answer, a call of yours and we come running
At your command we are ready to obey, we are the Pikmin at your service.

TriviaEdit

  • An official music video of Ai no Uta was shot on September 26th, 2001.[6]

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Ai no Uta's total copies sold in Japan on Nendai Ryuukou
  2. ^ Pikmin's total copies sold in Japan on Japan Game Charts
  3. ^ French Pikmin (GC) commercial
  4. ^ Vos Meilleurs Amis - Song of Love
  5. ^ Pikmin 1 + 2 game page on the Nintendo Australian website, retrieved on November 9th, 2023
  6. ^ Unofficial YouTube upload of Ai no Uta's music video, published Febuary 4th, 2024, retrieved Febuary 4th, 2024