Ani-Singles Jan’10 Roundup – Part 1

Music Post!

Hey ho! I’m back with my first of the ani-singles roundup for Jan covering 5 recent OP/ED singles.  Do I have much to say about this lot? Apart from Kalafina’s 7th single, I thought Sunset Swish and Flow’s latest efforts were mildly recommendable. The rest drew a non too enthusiastic response from me.  On the whole, this bunch aren’t the best there is… I believe the best is yet to come.

First up… Kalafina and SoRaNoWoTo’s OP!

CD Title: Hikari no Senritsu
Artist: Kalafina
Release Date: 20-Jan-2010
Buy it here: cdjapan, yesasia
Genre: Folk-pop, New Age Pop, Classical Pop

01. 光の旋律 Hikari no Senritsu **
02. sapphire **
03. 光の旋律(Instrumental)

Hikari no Senritsu exudes a cheerful, uplifting vibe which is a welcome change from the usual heavy drama that Kalafina‘s songs are usually associated with. I wouldn’t classify the titular song as ‘Country’…at least not in the ‘country & western’ kind of way. It’s more folk-pop with a tinge of medieval European flavour, much like the bgm you hear when you watch Spice and Wolf.  The music and melody gives one a sense of being on a peaceful journey through the countryside although in SoRaNoWoto‘s opening sequence, it’s a train ride.  I also thought that the full track is better than the OP cut because you get to hear the flute solo in the interlude soaring with a burst of lively energy which really opens up the song. Reminds me somewhat of the *Pied Piper’, no?!

Track 2 ‘Sapphire‘ reverts back to Kalafina’s usual classical pop style, a moving ballad accompanied by the bare strings arrangement and piano complementing the stirring operatic vocal layering.  Yosh! I’m liking it much indeedo!

All in all, a very enjoyable listen.

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Kalafina’s PV for Hikari no Senritsu
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BLEACH TV Anime 22nd ED

CD Title: Sakura Bito
Artist: Sunset Swish
Release Date: 13-Jan-2010
Buy it here: cdjapan, yesasia

01. さくらびと Sakurabito **
02. It’s A Beautiful Day **
03. 歌姫  Utahime
04. さくらびと(Instrumental)

Bleach TV has the knack of using or incorporating slower/mellower tracks for their ED themes and Sunset Swish‘s contribution is no exception. I must say that I prefer the TV-cut of Sakurabito more than the full song. My pick is track 2 ‘It’s a beautiful day‘.  The melody’s more memorable than the title song. Track 3 ‘Utahime‘ is a rather laid back song…more like hotel lounge music, if you like. None too memorable but on the whole, the single is still listenable.

Bleach [TV] ED22
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Sunset Swish’s PV for Sakurabito
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Naruto Shippuden TV Anime 6th OP

CD Title: Sign
Artist: FLOW
Release Date: 13-Jan-2010
Buy it here: cdjapan, yesasia

01. Sign **
02. Nowhere ~君に贈る俺らなりの応援歌~ **
03. Bring it on! – Reggaeton Mix –
04. Sign – NARUTO Opening Mix –  **
05. Sign – Instrumental –

J-rock outfit ‘Flow‘ is rocking it out with their OP theme contribution to another long running TV anime i.e Naruto Shippuden. The song ‘Sign‘ works pretty well with the opening sequence. It’s very Naruto indeed. But my pick from the single is the reggae-fied ballad, track 2 called ‘Nowhere‘. Track 3 is a remix which is just too weird and gets an ‘F’ from me. Just stick to the titular song and track 2. 😛

Naruto Shippuden OP6
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Flow’s PV for Sign
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Fate/Stay Night OP – Remake

CD Title: Fate/stay night TV reproduction Intro Theme: disillusion ~2010~
Artist: Sachi Tainaka
Release Date: 22-Jan-2010
Buy it here: cdjapan, yesasia

01. disillusion−2010− **
02. 雲のかけら Kumo no Kakera  **
03. disillusion−2010−(instrumental)
04. 雲のかけら(instrumental)

Just as I twitted several days ago, I don’t really fancy the re-make of F/SN‘s OP ‘disillusion‘. I never liked  Tanaika Sachi‘s original version so this remake didn’t change my opinion of it. I do, however, like ‘Kumo no Kakera‘ which is the 2nd track on the single, a mid tempo rock-pop ballad with a catchy chorus.  And ya, my favourite female character from F/SN isn’t Saber…Guess who is?! 😛  Oh…to add to that, Archer >>> Shiro (^w^)

Fate/stay night TV reproduction OP ‘disillusion -2010-‘
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Yumeiro Patissiere’s OP/ED Single

CD Title: Yumeiro Patissiere Theme Songs: Yume ni Yell! Patissiere / Ichigo no Miracle
Artist: Mayumi Gojo, Yukina Sugihara
Release Date: 20-Jan-2010
Buy it here: cdjapan, yesasia

01. 夢にエール!パティシエール♪ Yume ne Yell! Patissiere  **
02. いちごのミラクルール Ichigo no Miracle  **

Seiyuu-powered OP and ED themes. Hyper, Chirpy songs. Naught to say except that Yumeiro Patissiere is not  Antique Bakery… er, watch the cutesy op/ed clip then. xD

Yumeiro Patissiere TV OP/ED
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2 thoughts on “Ani-Singles Jan’10 Roundup – Part 1

    • Ha, ha. It was just one of those days when I had the itch to tinkle about and decide to play around with a new theme XD. Well, I pick this theme because it isn’t all black especially the posting portion. So it kind of balance out 😛

      Yes, Sapphire is a good, strong b-side from Kalafina…quite appropriate as a theme song too. Lots of new singles releasing later this month. Hopefully there’ll be even better songs. 🙂


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