The long anticipated full version of ‘Sou da yo‘ is finally out with the release of Megumi Nakajima‘s CM Ranka EP which featured the said ED theme and insert songs from “Macross Frontier: Itsuwari no Uta Hime” movie…all done in Yoko Kanno’s CM style.
CD Title: Theatrical Feature Macross Frontier ~Itsuwari no Uta Hime~: CM Ranka
Artist: Ranka Lee = Megumi Nakajima
I gotta say that ‘CM Ranka‘ is rather a fun EP to listen to. First off, it’s not your usual album of full length songs. Instead, 7 of the songs featured on the album are the short insert CM tracks which Ranka performed in the movie. Secondly, the CM songs are amusingly cute and practically tells you what Ranka had to do to get into showbiz. ‘Kaitaku Juuki‘ made me chuckle much. Another one that puts a smile on my face is ‘Family Mart Cosmos‘. Like I said, these ditties are not your usual pop insert songs…lol.
The odd one out of the mostly CM flavoured album is the ED theme ‘Sou da yo‘, a beautiful ballad which I’ve been looking forward to ever since hearing a snippet of it on one of the trailers. It’s really nice to hear a full clean version of the song and the complete theme sounds even better than expected. I love the song’s melody and composition. The bridge part from 2.17 is particularly wonderful. Megumi Nakajima did a great job with the vocals as well. It’s one of my favourite Ranka songs, up there with ‘Aoi no Ether‘.
The album made for a lovely holiday/year-end release from Ranka=Megumi…the album cover tells you that much too. Worth to give it a listen especially for ‘Sou da yo’.
01. そうだよ。 ** Soudayo.
02. スターライト納豆 ** Star Light Natto
03. ダイナム超合金 ** Dinam Chogoukin
04. 開拓重機 ** Kaitaku Juki
05. だるまゼミナール ** Daruma Seminar
06. ニンジーン Loves you yeah! ** Ninjin Loves You Yeah!
07. ファミリーマート・コスモス ** Family Mart Cosmos
08. 恋のドッグファイト(ちょっとだけ) ** Koi no Dog Fight (Chottodake)