Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea Today I discovered the theme song for Hayao Miyazaki's latest movie/masterpiece Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea (Gake no ue no Ponyo). It's the only Miyazaki movie I have never seen so I can't wait for it... Once again, the soundtrack is composed by Joe Hisaishi, who happens to hold a very special place in my heart. Indeed, he was the first anime composer I discovered and he is also one of my favorite composers ever (anime or otherwise). His soundtracks for Miyazaki and Takeshi Kitano are always quite the treat. And this one for Ponyo is no different...
Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea is the story of a baby fish/mermaid in the sea named Ponyo who becomes a human girl. You can download the theme song here. UPDATE: And for the live concert version with orchestra and choir it's here.

10/10 The Ponyo on the Cliff Theme Song is the sweetest thing ever. It is sung by the duo Fujimaki Fujioka together with the 8 year old Nozomi Ohashi. She's just too cute for words... Kawaiiii!:3 The song reminds me of course of the beautiful theme song for Tonari no Totoro (My Neighbor Totoro). It has that same uplifting feel to it. The combination between Joe Hisaishi's wonderful music and Nozomi's cute singing is really magical.
You have to check out this really sweet live version:


Lyrics and another live version with a huge choir and orchestra this time are after the cut.



Lyrics (Romaji):
Ponyo Ponyo Ponyo sakana no ko
Aoi umi kara yatte kita
Ponyo Ponyo Ponyo fukurannda
Manmaru onaka no onna no ko
Peta-peta pyon-pyon
Asitte iina kakechao
Migi-migi-bun-bun
Otetewa iina tunaijao

Anoko to haneru to kokoro mo odoruyo
Paku-paku chu-gyu, paku-paku chu-gyu
Anoko ga daisuki

Makkakka no Ponyo Ponyo Ponyo sakana no ko
Aoi umi kara yatte kita
Ponyo Ponyo Ponyo fukurannda
Manmaru onaka no onna no ko

Lyrics(English):
Ponyo Ponyo Ponyo, it’s a fish kid
It came from the blue ocean
Ponyo Ponyo Ponyo,
She is a round bellied girl
Peta-peta pyon-pyon
How nice to have feet! I’ll try to run!
Migi-migi-bun-bun
How nice to have hands! I’ll try to hold hands with!

When I jump with her, my heart dances along
Paku-paku chu-gyu, paku-paku chu-gyu
I love her so much!

Ponyo Ponyo Ponyo, it’s a fish kid in red
It came from the blue ocean
Ponyo Ponyo Ponyo,
She is a round bellied girl

Lyrics (Hiragana):
ポニョ、ポニョ、ポニョ、さかなのこ
あおい うみから やってきた
ポニョ、ポニョ、ポニョ、ふくらんだ
まんまる おなかの おんなのこ

ペタペタ、ピョンピョン、
あしって いいな かけちゃお
みぎみぎ、ぶんぶん、
おてては いいな、つないじゃお

あのこと はねると こころも おどるよ
ぱくぱく、ちゅぎゅ、ぱくぱく、ちゅぎゅ、
あのこが だいすき

まっかっかの ポニョ、ポニョ、ポニョ、さかなのこ
あおい うみから やってきた
ポニョ、ポニョ、ポニョ、ふくらんだ
まんまる おなかの おんなのこ