Featured Ani-theme Song:
‘Haruka na Hibi‘ by Eufonius
Theatrical Ending Theme to ‘Bungaku Shoujo‘
Vodpod videos no longer available.
I realized tBP’s music backlog has grown bigger than a mole hill whilst working on the music page updates. It is futile to put each one of the earlier releases that I missed in a post nor do I have the time to run through the entire pile anyway. The better option is to select the more recent ones that I had a chance to listen to and share my usual short summaries (which is what I’m doing here). On a different note, I seem to be losing my grasp of the English language as I’m prone to sound like a drone now. *Note to self: must improve thy vocab!* 😛
On to Ayu’s Backlog Music Selections…
Female pop duo Cossami returns with their 2nd single titled ‘Ringo‘. If you wonder where you have heard of them before, you might recall that they sung the ED theme to anime series ‘Kemono Souja Erin‘. I loved their first single ‘After the Rain‘ and thought I check out their latest release ‘Ringo’. Not surprisingly, Cossami’s second effort turns out to be rather decent. Track 1 ‘Ringo’ and track 3 ‘Juuni Ji no Bell‘ still retained the folk-pop, easy listening, acoustic feel of “After the Rain’. Track 2 ‘Konnanimo Wagamama na Bokutachi ha’ is a slight departure from their normal style as they’ve gone for a more RnB-ish pop ballad approach. Overall, a very pleasant and enjoyable single with a wonderful combination of vocals.
View Cossami’s live performance of ‘りんご”:Vodpod videos no longer available.
01. Ringo **
02. Konnanimo Wagamama na Bokutachi ha… **
03. Juuni Ji no Bell **
‘JUMP‘ is V.A, Irino Miyu‘s second single after ‘Soleil‘. Miyu’s singing isn’t bad although he lacks vocal variation. I thought he sounded a little strain on track 3 ‘Yell’ which is a pity because the song has a nice melody to it. Track 2 ‘Jewelry Day‘ comes across like your average teen-pop number. I, however, didn’t like the song’s arrangement and I thought parts of the verses sounded a little odd. The title track ‘JUMP’ is still the better song on the single and suits Miyu’s style with its upbeat, fun-pop melody. Overall, an average release at best.
01 JUMP **
02 Jewelry day **
03 エール YELL （with Acoustic Guitar）**
Of all the music releases selected for this post, my favoured choice is ‘Haruka na Hibi‘ by Eufonius. The title track is also the theme song for the film adaptation of a hit light novel series ‘Bungaku Shoujo‘. I haven’t seen the film yet but I hope to when the dvd is released.
I have to say that ‘Haruka na Hibi’ is possibly Eufonius best song to date after ‘Reflectia‘ and it is my current favourite anime film theme. It’s a beautiful and meaningful song that conveys one’s hope and wishes, recalling memories of precious moments shared. Riya’s crystal clear vocal sounds almost ethereal and floaty. I love the solo piano and voice intro in the first segment of the song which is subsequently followed by the choral backing before it gently breaks into a full orchestral accompaniment. The pleasant and heartwarming melody lingers on even after the song ended.
Track 2 titled ‘Yuki no Kaerimichi‘ is another serene ballad that’s worth listening to if you enjoy a quiet, relaxing moment. Riya’s mellow but melodious voice is just accompanied by acoustic guitar and light strings orchestration. Very understated track but very nice. Overall, a highly recommended listen if you like similar artists such as Kokia, Kanon and Ceui.
01. Haruka na Hibi **
02. Yuki no Kaerimichi **
03. Haruka na Hibi ~Instrumental~
04. Yuki no Kaerimichi ~Instrumental~
I was supposed to blog this along with Yojōhan Shinwa Taikei‘s OP single because it features the vocals of Yakushimaru Etsuko but somehow, I left it by the way side.
‘Kamisama no Iu Toori‘ certainly sounds very different from ‘Venus to Jesus‘ with its electronica infusion. Etsuko’s velvety voice suited the catchy rhythmic synth arrangement. Track 2 is a remix version of the same song but I still prefer the original mix. The single is produced by Junji Ishiwatari and Yoshinori Sunahara. Junji is also the producer for the all girl rock trio ‘Chatmonchy’.
Yojōhan Shinwa Taikei ED clip:Vodpod videos no longer available.
01. Kami-sama no Iu Toori **
02. Kami-sama no Iu Toori ~VersionZ80~
03. Kami-sama no Iu Toori ~Instrumental~
View MV for ‘YOU’, Yuya’s latest single:Vodpod videos no longer available.
Yuya Matsushita who is well known for his theatrical stage role as Sebastian Michaelis of Kuroshitsuji, is still a relative newcomer in the J-music scene. If it wasn’t for the play, I probably won’t have heard of him. So yeah, it did him a lot of good to play the famous, favourite ‘Black Butler’ of mine. Look at the added exposure and squeeing fangirls he’s gaining as a result. 😀
‘I AM ME‘ in caps is the title of Yuya’s debut album. Is he stating that to break away from the ‘Sebastian’ association? I wonder in jest, of course…lol. Anyway, the album comprises of all his earlier singles which I’ve never heard of before except for the recent ones like ‘Koe ni Naranakute‘, ‘TRUST ME‘ and ‘YOU‘.
There are a total of 18 tracks in the album but I wouldn’t consider the proloque and interludes as actual songs at all. They’re more like non-tracks. The songs are mainly RnB-Dance numbers interspersed with 3 slower pop ballads i.e track 3 ‘Last Snow‘, track 10 ‘Futari‘ and track 16, ‘Hallucination‘ which happened to be my favourite song on the album. Is it any wonder that it is also the song featured in Kuroshitsuji’s second stage play? 😛 I can’t ever imagined Sebastian singing his heart out like that but it is still a beautiful and sentimental love ballad. That said, Yuya possessed a good falsetto singing voice that is suited to the mainly RnB dance-pop compositions.
01. Prologue -I AM ME-
02. YOU **
03. foolish foolish **
05. Mr.“Broken Heart”
06. Last Snow **
07. Koe ni Naranakute (feat. Sista) **
09. INTERLUDE 2
11. Negai ga Kanau Kara (Album version)
12. Trust Me
13. first snow(feat.Sista)
14. Sono Toki Made no Sayonara **
15. INTERLUDE 3
16. Hallucination **
17. KISS ME
18. Honesty **
KATANAGATARI ED SONGS RELEASE
‘Tasogare no Getsuka‘ is Yousei Teikoku‘s contribution to Katanagatari’s ED theme. Frantic song with a frenzied pace and a chaotic melody but is interesting enough (in a weird, weird way) to make me want to listen to it. The track also sounds like something Nana Mizuki would sing…brings to mind ‘Shin Ai’.
01. Tasogare no Getsuga **
Shoujobyo‘s Katanagatari outro theme contribution titled ‘Refulgence‘ is my favourite of the 3 EDs I have heard thus far. It is the more memorable song with a fast, upbeat rock-pop tempo. The strong vocals impressed me as well.
01. Refulgence **
‘Senbon Senjo no Hamari Uta‘ has a similar vibe to the first ED but the dramatic orchestration isn’t as frenzied. Hata Aki‘s voice is quite engaging in an interesting way, coming across a little bit enka-ish in certain parts. I like it a bit more than ED 1.
01. Senbon Senjo no Hamari Uta **
That ends this round-up of sorts.