{single} Nakajima Megumi as Ranka Lee – Seikan Hikou

November 30, 2009 at 11:48 am | Posted in Kanno Yoko, Music, Nakajima Megumi | Leave a comment


Nakajima Megumi as Ranka – Seikan Hikou
ランカ・リー=中島 愛 – 星間飛行

(released June 25th, 2008)

1. 星間飛行 [Seikan Hikou]
2. ねこ日記 [Neko Nikki]
3. 愛・おぼえていますか -デカルチャーエディションsize- [Ai Oboete Imasu ka? -Deculture Edition size-]
4. 私の彼はパイロット -MISS MACROSS 2059- [Watashi no Kare wa Pilot -MISS MACROSS 2059-]
5. 星間飛行 -without Ranka-
6. 愛・おぼえていますか -デカルチャーエディションsize without Ranka-

Nakajima Megumi’s debut single, although it’s more of a character single since she’s singing as Ranka Lee. Kanno Yoko composed the first two vocal tracks, and was involved in the arrangement of the other two.

Oh yes, the “kira~!” song that’s almost a viral meme – Seikan Hikou is a cute poppy number performed as an insert song.  The guitar intro with Nakajima’s vocalizing is rather infectious. Nakajima’s vocal performance continues to impress me, she’s not only got a good voice, but she does a wonderful job making the song so Ranka-esque. She injects just the right amount of moe that it makes me want to give Ranka a little hug or glomp.  The instrumentals fit this song perfectly too, guitar, bells, and just a touch of strings – I’m also impressed with Kanno Yoko’s ability to churn out stuff like this. The entire song makes me want to get up and dance!

Neko Nikki – Used as a special ending song, the song’s about a young girl (Ranka) talking about how things like swings and watches and even cats have a diary of their own. And that if her own lips had a diary, they would record the amount of times she called her beloved person’s name. The melody and arrangement (dominated by a clean, repeated piano line) are both rather simple. Despite Nakajima’s wonderful performance on Seikan Hikou, it’s in songs like this that really let her voice shine. Neko Nikki is just so serene and innocent – I especially liked the “7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1” countdown parts, where Ranka is counting down to meeting someone (presumably Alto?).

Here we have the Deculture Edition size of Ai Oboete Imasu ka? (which was played as the ending theme during the Macross Frontier pilot episode). It’s a cover of arguably the greatest classic in Macross history. Nakajima’s voice is more suited to this song (I wasn’t too fond of the original due to the fact that Iijima Mari’s voice was too thin and nasal for my liking). Kanno’s arrangement of this is probably the most minimalistic I’ve heard from her so far – not that I mind it too much, but the ‘squirming’ synths got on my nerves a bit. It was much better during the chorus, with the backing vocals and more instrumentals.

And there’s another Macross classic cover – Watashi no Kare wa Pilot. It was an insert song in the episode where Ranka sang it for the Miss Macross 2059 contest. Nakajima’s cutesy side is back (I love it when she sings the “kyun kyun” parts!), and again, I prefer her rendition to Iijima Mari’s original. I like the arrangement of this one better too. The biggest problem I have with this is that there is only a short version – Nakajima only sang one verse and one chorus. Hopefully the later soundtracks will have an extended cut.

Favorite Track: Neko Nikki

Overall Grade: A-

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