…definitely NOT the best of both…er, all worlds.
I’m talking about the ending theme for the anime Needless. Despite its nearly mentally scarring yuri fanservice video which pretty much had shit to do with the series, the ending song itself is a lot to gripe about.
Recipe for an fanservice-filled trying-too-hard-to-be-a-kickass-shounen-anime ending song:
1 Kitamura Eri
1 Makino Yui
1 Goto Saori
1 Chihara Minori
Ahahaha Madhouse, nice one. You almost got me there with the lineup.
WAIT WAIT WAIT…aren’t these seiyuu supposedly GOOD at singing…?
Individually, these girls do have rather nice voices, with Kitamura Eri and Chihara Minori erring on the sharper-sounding side, while Makino Yui and Goto Saori have softer, cutesier, ’rounder’ tones.
…so you think the creators would be wise enough to hire someone to write a song that plays to each of their vocal strengths…? Or in some cases, with a flock of good singers, the end result will be good no matter what you throw at them…?
Just stick these four lovely women in a generic anison mixer, crank the pitch up too many notches, cook the music long enough so it comes out burnt and uninspired, and sprinkle some annoying moe yells…
and voila! Bon appetit!
Needless Girls+ – aggressive zone
I guess you can still hear it’s them…and maybe it’s mean to be some glorified charasong but…Jesus Christ. I know people can turn Miley Cyrus into some decent pop singer by giving her a decent song, but it never ceases to amaze me how good singers can sound so bad with the wrong songs…
And the worst part about “aggressive zone” is that the chorus is so damn catchy and it might end up on my mp3 player in my bunch of mindless music (though it can’t quite beat the horrible vocal of Gotou Yuuko’s “Special Days”)…it’s already wormed its way into my brain…ARGH. D:
P.S. I wanted to write a separate post for this, but decided I was too lazy.
After my rant about the song, you can go view the horrific ED sequence to make both your eyes AND ears bleed!
AND after that, you must watch this EPIC PARODY…words fail me. But then again, it’s also because it’s almost 6 AM and I’ve stayed up all night trying to write a lab report without much success 0rz ||
Chihara Minori – Junpaku Sanctuary
茅原実里 – 純白サンクチュアリィ
(released January 24th, 2007)
1. 純白サンクチュアリィ [Junpaku Sanctuary]
2. Peace of mind~人魚のささやき [Peace of mind~Ningyo no Sasayaki]
3. 純白サンクチュアリィ (off vocal)
4. Peace of mind~人魚のささやき (off vocal)
Chihara Minori’s 1st single out of the anime world (although the A-side was subsequently used in Kiddy Grade’s second season). This is also a ‘re-start’ of her solo singing career, since it’s her first single under the Lantis label (she was previously signed to Avex).
Junpaku Sanctuary dives instantly into the chorus and I must say it still has a long way to go before shaking off the anison stylings. The good thing is that the chorus melody is going to stick in your head for a while, there’s also a slow build up from the verse to the chorus so the chorus will peak/sound as dramatic as possible…typical traits of anime songs. The first thing I noticed was Chihara’s unique voice – it’s a voice you’ll either love or hate. Some will find it too nasal, but I loved the bouncy quality of it. She’s got good control over her voice, and the accompaniment is well composed; I generally dislike songs that ditch real instruments and just throw a huge bunch of synths and beats at you, but it works well in Junpaku Sanctuary. At least there’s some strings (love the wonderful violin harmonies at the bridge!). Overall, Junpaku Sanctuary is one of those songs of its kind that really jumps out at the listener and leaves a lasting impression
If Junpaku Sanctuary can be described as a fast-paced opening theme that gets the blood pumping, then Peace of mind~Ningyo no Sasayaki would be the heart-warming closer. The background music is along the same style as the A-side (I’m guessing same composer) – it’s even got nice violin parts (I actually like the violin here better than on the other track). On the vocals side, Minori is singing in a cutesier style, which I like during the verses but personally find a bit grating in the choruses. Peace of mind is also a bit cliche – it sounds too much like the stereotypical, corny, “after the storm,” everything-will-be-okay happy ending theme. I did like the overall song, and I think I would have taken it more seriously if Minori sang it with more genuine emotion instead of trying to wail in a ‘cute’ seiyuu voice.
Overall Grade: B+