TV Anime: Aldnoah.Zero (アルドノア・ゼロ)
CD Title: &Z
Artist: Sawano Hiroyuki [nZk] ft. Mizuki
Release Date: 04-Feb-2015
Catalogue No: DFCL-2108
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“&Z” is the 2nd OP single and title theme song from TV anime Aldnoah.Zero which is currently in its 2nd cour run. While I do somewhat like Kalafina’s Heavenly Blue, it gets a bit of chore to listen to after a while as the similarity of Kajiura Yuki’s compositions tend to wear one out eventually. So, I found myself liking “&Z” considerably more. I like the punchier rock sound that opens both the anime and this CD single. It’s also a catchy track and Mizuki’s voice is well suited to the song.
0.Vers on the other hand is a slower retrospective number that seems wrought with emotions which made me alludes this song to Slaine’s predicament. Again, Mizuki’s vocal soars with this track. I wonder where in the anime will they feature the song. Looking forward to hearing it definitely.
Tracks 3 and 4 are alternate versions of insert song No Differences and A/Z’s 2nd ED theme aLIEz, respectively. Although I still prefer the original version of aLIEz, I must say, the solo piano-backed ballad version of the song evokes a different kind of feeling, like a sense of clawing desperation. Tracks 5 to 6 are TV-sized and instrumental versions of &Z.
Overall, a worthy single to listen to as I like all the tracks on it.
Track Listing (**Click on the song titles for a sampling of tracks 1-4)
Track 1: &Z
Track 2: 0.Vers
Track 3: No Differences [nZk Ver.]
Track 4: aLIEz [mZk Ver.]
Track 5: &Z [TV Size]
Track 6: &Z [English Ver.]
Track 7: &Z [Instrumental Ver.]