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I was translating this song (full lyrics here: https://www5.atwiki.jp/hmiku/pages/37091.html) and I had trouble with the third line in this phrase (the rest are there for context)

ああやってこうやって

どうしようもないと思った

結局は何だって

才能が肝心なんだ

I was confused since 結局は何だって seemed to go by itself, but I don't really understand how it could. I was thinking it was just, "In the end, anything" which would go with the "I thought there's no other way;" that is, the speaker didn't know what to do, so they just did anything. I thought perhaps it could go with the next line, i.e. "In the end, having any talent is crucial," though I thought that was even less supported by the lyrics. I feel like I'm reaching with either interpretation, though.

How is 結局は何だって translated in this context?

Thank you!

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結局{けっきょく}は何{なん}だって

才能{さいのう}が肝心{かんじん}なんだ

First of all, these two lines constitute one sentence, not the first line by itself.

「だって」 here means 「でも」 or 「であっても」.

Thus, 「何だって」 means "whatever it is", "in/for anything", etc.

"After all, whatever it is, talent is essential/important/crucial"

  • I wasn't sure, and I didn't want to combine lines if they didn't actually go together. Thank you! – Smoothie Dec 30 '17 at 0:19

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