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I do not know what is the correct word for ライヤ in the song 雷火ライヤ from Stella Glow, nor its meaning.

There are 2 sources that give the title of the song:

Also up for consideration is 来也 from 自来也.


Here are the lyrics from the first stanza:

歌えや雷火ライヤ、おどれや雷火ライヤ
拍手と喝采の波さえ愛紡ぐ
怒りも雷火ライヤ、力よ雷火ライヤ
祭り囃子煽り立てよ、巡りあう星たちを
全て武器にして猛る心で
熱き疾風となってこの空駆けるや

And the corresponding lines involving ライヤ for the next stanza:

  • 浮かれや雷火ライヤ、騒げや雷火ライヤ... ...
  • 祈れや雷火ライヤ、讃えや雷火ライヤ... ...

Thoughts for 来夜:

  • The English title is "Fiery Night".
  • But would it not simply be 雷火夜 then? What does 来 add to this apart from musical metre/rhythm?

Thoughts for 來也:

  • There exists 自来也 which possibly comes from 我来也 , which I understand as "I am come" as an archaic expression (much like the grammar in the Christmas carol lyric "Joy to the world, the Lord is come")
  • In this sense I imagine 雷火来也 to mean "Fire is come" with archaic tones.

I have no arguments for 来耶 except that it be a variant of 來也.

What is the correct word in the lyrics, and what does it mean?

  • One point: using 也 in the end usually suggests a male name. – broccoli forest Feb 19 '16 at 6:19
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I don't the think kanji-level analysis is that meaningful, because らいや sounds to me like just a not-so-rare person name.

Anyway, from what I could google Both 来夜 and 来耶 seem to be typo, and 來夜 is the correct spelling. (來 is an old form of 来)

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The person who wrote this song says it's 雷火來夜, too. Literally it just means "upcoming night", of course, but I don't know the implication.


EDIT: The lyricist explains how 雷火來夜 was invented. She even clearly states 来耶 is a typo :-)

かけ声のような言葉を多用して盛り上がる感じにしてほしい、とのことだったので、火の魔女らしくて響きのイイ呪文のような音を探していくうち、閃いたのが「雷火」という言葉、「ライカライカ?」→「ライカライヤ!」でした。
これなら和風の造語にして、「来たる夜」の意味を込めたいなと「雷火來夜」に決めました。「雷火来耶」という表記がたまにあるけど、難しいほうの「來」に「夜」の表記になります^^*

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