This maxi single release featured the intro and outro theme songs to Fall anime series ‘Shinrei Tantei Yakumo‘, sung by Ono Daisuke and Lisa Komine.You might wonder why there are 3 versions of the OP song ‘Key‘. The first two tracks are essentially 2 different TV edits of the same song used for the anime. The 3rd one is the full version. I honestly couldn’t make out the difference between the two edits used in the show until some one pointed it out. Now that I had listen to the single, I noted the subtle variances in the clarity of the vocals. Phase 2 is clearer than Phase 1 where the digitized vocals sounded more distorted. My advice is if you don’t want to be confused, just listen to the complete song which turned out better than I thought it would. It’s rare for Ono D to rock out like he did on this song but the edgy tone and melody fits the anime’s opening. However, ‘Key’ isn’t my favourite intro theme. I preferred Yakumo’s ED ‘Missing You‘ which was beautifully sung by Lisa Komine. I’m a sucker for soulful piano ballads and I thought the song’s lyrics struck a chord with the show’s underlying theme of missing a loved one that’s gone and trying to hold on the memories that’s slowly ebbing away. Lisa subtly projects the bittersweet nuances of the song in her singing. I love her vocals. There seems to be a lack of good ED songs this Fall and thus, ‘Missing You’ could possibly end up as my choice for best ED song.
View Lisa Komine’s Performance of ‘Missing You’ here:
01. Key –Phase 1‐/Jangled Cat (cv:小野大輔)
02. Key –Phase 2‐/Jangled Cat (cv:小野大輔)
03. Key/Jangled Cat (cv:小野大輔)
04. Missing You (コミネリサ)
05. Key (Instrumental)
06. Missing You (Instrumental)