(from left to right) Hiroomi Nase, Mitsuki Nase, Ai Shindou, Mirai Kuriyama (Kuriyama-san), and Akihito Kanbara performing the song.

"Yakusoku no Kizuna" (約束の絆, lit., "Bonds of Promise") is an insert song introduced in episode 6 of the Kyoukai no Kanata anime series, "Shocking Pink". It was performed by Risa Taneda, Minori Chihara and Yuri Yamaoka, playing the roles of Mirai Kuriyama, Mitsuki Nase and Ai Shindou respectively.

It is included on the Kyoukai no Kanata Original Soundtrack "Beyond the Melodies".

Background[edit | edit source]

In the anime series, the song was supposed to be the trump card against a particular fruit-type "youmu" (lit. Dream Catcher) whose weakness is the presence of cute girls and dance and song. According to Hiroomi Nase, it was the same song used in the most recent encounter with this youmu, and was successful in taking the youmu's attention enough for someone to eliminate the creature.

The song's lyrics contain inspirational messages related to friendship and facing the hardships of life, accompanied with a combination of guitars, electronic music and percussion common to Japanese pop music.

Lyrics[edit | edit source]

Tenohira ni tsukanda yakusoku wa
Eien ni kienai takaramono
Itsuka miageta sora no kanata ni
Bokura no asu e to michibiku Future Star
Kimi to tomo ni nagashita namida
Marude yoru wo kakeru ryuusei de
Negaigoto ga kanau no naraba
Hitotsu daijina mono wo mamoru yo
Kiseki wa guuzen ja nai  doryoku no kesshou de
Donna kurayami ni mo  utsukushii yume wa aru yo
Motto mae e susumou  akiramenai kokoro
Kimi to naraba ganbareru
Mudana koto wa nai yo
Ue wo muite waraou
Ichido kiri no toki dakara
Wasurenai yo egao  donna tsurai michi mo
Itsumo kimi ga soba ni iru
Tadori tsuita saki ni
Nani ga matte iyou to
Asu wo terasu kizuna wa Future Star
Kujikesou na hitori no yoru wa
Itsumo kimi no egao wo omou no
Naze ka mune ga atsuku naru kara
Sukoshi mae wo muite arukeru yo
Nakama wa kakegae no nai  bokura no seishun
Nidoto modorenai kara taisetsuna uta ga atta
Zutto mae e susumou  hikari no hate made mo
Kimi to naraba koe rareru
Kowaku nanka nai yo  dakara tsuyoku waraou
Namida nuguu omajinai
Mayowanaide iku yo  nagaku kewashii michi mo
Itsumo kimi ga soba ni iru
Donna kanashii kyou mo  donna kurushii kyou mo
Asu wa kitto kagayaku Destiny
Motto mae e susumou  akiramenai kokoro
Kimi to naraba ganbareru
Mudana koto wa nai yo
Ue wo muite waraou
Ichido kiri no tokidakara
Wasurenai yo egao  donna tsurai michi mo
Itsumo kimi ga soba ni iru
Tadori tsuita saki ni
Nani ga matte iyou to
Asu wo terasu kizuna wa Future Star
Tenohira ni tsukanda yakusoku wa
Eien ni kienai takaramono
Itsuka miageta sora no kanata ni
Bokura no asu e to michibiku Future Star

We hold in our hands a promise
A treasure that won't ever disappear
In the sky we used to gaze at
Lies the Future Star that illuminates our path
The tears we shed together
Fell like a meteor shower in the night sky
If wishes can come true
I wish to protect the one thing most dear to me
Miracles don't happen by chance
They're made of hard work
No matter how dark it gets
There's always a shining ray of hope
Let's keep on pushing forward
And never give up
Together we can give it our all
Nothing we do is truly in vain
Look up and smile
Because this moment will never come again
I won't forget to smile
No matter how painful the path may go
Because you're always by my side
Whatever our destiny may have in store
Our bond is the Future Star that will light our way
Let's keep on pushing forward
And never give up
Together we can give it our all
Nothing we do is truly in vain
Look up and smile
Because this moment will never come again
I won't forget to smile
No matter how painful the path may go
Because you're always by my side
Whatever our destiny may have in store
Our bond is the Future Star that will light our way

*English translation incomplete

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