I'd appreciate a group picture better than this ^^;
It’s out… The thing that many have been looking forward to, and many more have been dreading… This year’s Animelo theme single, RE:BRIDGE -Return to oneself-!! Me wonders if this is a hidden message directed at me to make me go :p Y’know, I’ve been using the Re-Hikari name since waaaaay before after all :p
Before I express my amusement at this year’s duet arrangements, let me put a list with the order of vocal appearances:
Since this year’s theme was composed by Kuribayashi Minami (hence why it sounds so different from all the previous songs), it’s only natural for her to sing the first line… Bleh, at least Okui Masami still wrote the lyrics >_> And then we get Ayane’s singing… in which she sounds so much like Mizuki Nana I feel like shooting myself for being such a failure of a Nana fan and actually confusing them for a second when I first heard the song >.< And then third is May’n… I believe last year she had the largest number of lines, yes? Well, she’s not fallen that short of that this time. I think May’n and Kuribayashi got the most lines this year? And Nana, but her lines are actually rather short >.<
Speaking of May’n. I’m subscribed to Makkun’s upcoming releases on cdjapan, and I got an email today about an Okui Masami single featuring May’n that’s gonna come out on the 21st of August. The single itself is still untitled, and all we know is that it’ll be the intro theme of an anime called Ontama! … Sounds like a lolicon anime to me lol
*cough* Moving on, we have Ito Kanako singing along with Yonekura Chihiro. I don’t know much about either, so I’m not capable of reading anything into that duet. Nothing to comment on the Fukuyama Yoshiki+manzo duet either… ‘Xept that it doesn’t sound as GAR as I thought it would :p Then we got a Momoi Halko (or Haruko >_>) and Chihara Minori duet… I don’t like the former… I love the latter… No other comments >_>
Now we get to the interesting part… When we saw Mizuki Nana and Hirano Aya on the same day… Many of us thought… “WHITE ALBUM”. Well, looks like we weren’t that off the mark… If the NanaxAya duet here is any indicator, for better or worse, it seems like we probably will get a duet with them together. Now, I know many people didn’t like the idea of that, and if it means no NanaxYukarin (by the way, Tamura Yukari doesn’t get any lines in this single T_T *sob*) then I’m probably against the idea too. However, this could still turn out interesting.
Last year, when Nana and Yukarin sang together, Nana had to tone down her usual hyperness quite a bit. It was too damn obvious, with Yukarin barely moving and Nana swaying from one side to another in place. Now, we all know Aya-tan is too hyper for her own good on stage (to the point of ruining her singing quite badly too >.<) and Nana herself can be a bit too hyper sometimes too… So depending on what song they sing, we might end up with two energy blobs jumping around on stage together :p That’s actually a very tempting thought… In my mind at least XD Anyway, as long as they don’t sing… say… Shin Ai… I’m probably fine with this duet =3 I don’t remember what Aya’s WHITE ALBUM song sounded like, but I wouldn’t mind them singing SOUND OF DESTINY ^^
Wouldn't it be funny if they didn't sing together at all in the end? lol
Moving on, we get the three (probably) least sociable singers singing a line by themselves each. “Takarano” is Takarano Arika by the way, better known as ALI PROJECT’s singer :p I wonder if we’ll ever get a SuaraxNana duet… They’re supposedly pretty good friends, but I just never see Suara relating to anyone >_> Anyway, at least no more ArikaxNana. While I did find the whole Arika blushing (more like panicking) at Nana’s approaches rather amusing last year, I don’t think anyone needs any other duet with them together.
Next up is Ishikawa Chiaki and ELISA. I can’t connect the two in any way, so I’ll just place that as a random duet to get people who don’t relate to others much sing something together. Then we got YOFFY (lol, that’s PSYCHIC LOVER’s singer :p) and Kitadani Hiroshi with another failed attempt at sounding GAR… But no worries, KISHOW (GRANRODEO singer) makes up for it ;p
And me is psychic!! OK not really. It was kinda obvious that savage genius (or Aa rather) would end up singing with
some cute little lady Ohmi Tomoe. People, make sure you memorize their Maze song properly, there’s a 99.9% chance it’s gonna be at Animelo :p Their duet in RE:BRIDGE just proves that. It’s a bit lol that they just get that mini verse all for themselves, and then they shut up completely for the rest of the song XD (‘xept in the “Everyone” parts of course). At least it’s more than what Aya-tan got though o.O I mean, the poor girl gets a single, short line in Engrish, and then a duet with Nana where Nana was luckily kind enough to not go all out and let Aya’s voice actually be heard, instead of easily drowning it with her much stronger one -_-;
I’m guessing the next part was supposed to be all for Kuribayashi, but then they remembered someone called Sakakibara Yui who was supposed to sing in there, and figured that, since Kuribayashi already has many lines, they’d just hand some over to Yuinyan… And then we get Yonekura and Ito (not in a duet, but one after the other) again… There’s definitely something fishy there :p
And apparently someone still didn’t have enough ArikaxNana, so they gave a line to Arika, followed immediately by a line sung by Nana… And then I loled at Nana’s voice sounding even stronger than Endo Masaaki’s XDD So she gives Aya-tan some space, but decides to shame a JAM PROJECT singer by drowning his voice out :p? Oh well, I’m not complaining ^^
Anyway, song gets closed by Makkun, then May’n (I see favoritism!!). Looks like May’n is loved by the old generation lol I mean, she sang with JAM PROJECT’s Fukuyama Yoshiki too. But that made more sense, since they’re both Macross singers… But what the hell brings Makkun and May’n together o.O? Their love for the U.S. or something :p? Anyway, they’re not on the same day, so no MakkunxMay’n duet UNLESS they bring in May’n to sing with all of JAM PROJECT like they did with Misato Aki last year?
Oh well, Okui+May’n duet followed by even more Makkun (‘s ok, we don’t mind :p) and then Momoi Halko ruins the day (wtf is she doing at the end there >.<? I’d understand if it were Kuribayashi, but Momoi >_>). Finally we get GAR ending with Makkun and Kageyama Hironobu, so that’s good :p Kinda makes me wonder why that’s Kageyama’s only line… Makkun aside, the JAM PROJECT dudes barely got any lines -_-;
That was a ridiculously long post… I’ll just say that I’m looking forward to the second day a lot more than to the first one :p But since I won’t be going (yeah, even with that open invitation in the title…) it’s not like the days will matter. I’ll get to watch both of them almost simultaneously… 10 months from now… *sigh* Oh, and the song itself, as a whole, is fine (I didn’t quite like it at first though). It sounds a bit odd, but whatever, it’s not like the Animelo songs have ever been great or anything~