~No top image this time around ’cause I got scarred when I saw this while searching for one…~
With summer bringing the usual summer boredom, I find myself watching random, pointless videos all the time when I should really be trying to write something for my fanfic instead… But one video in particular caught my attention. The opening for the PC visual novel 11eyes -Tsumi to Batsu to Aganai no Shoujo-. I’ve actually had the video for ages, so I’m surprised I hadn’t noticed the thing that’s been eating away at my mind lately even sooner.
What I’m talking about here is that little thing people have gone noticing from this year’s Animelo theme song. Y’know, the fact that Ayane can sound so much like Mizuki Nana =x While I myself got a little hint of that kinda sooner from Ayane’s GRAVITY ERROR single, and somewhat from the Ayakashi OP single, cloudier sky (but I couldn’t get to trust myself on that one… I figured it could have been just me mishearing ’cause I was anticipating Nana’s voice in the anime itself or something), RE:BRIDGE only managed to reinforce my suspicion.
Ayane is the second one singing, right after Kuribayashi Minami (You can check this post for a full list of vocal appearances)
Now, the funny thing is, I’ve watched the 11eyes OP even before listening to GRAVITY ERROR, but I hadn’t noticed the voice similarities at the time (probably because there’s a long part where Ayane’s voice is just synthesized >.<). However, when I came across it again today, I couldn’t help but notice the similarities this time… What do you say to that? Now I can’t help but wonder if I’m just imagening the voice similarities sometimes… There’s no denying them when it comes to the Animelo song, but in the other cases…
Anyway, so that lead to my curiousity getting picked, and I went looking for more Ayane stuff, and of course, comparisons had to rise. First off, its not THE voices that sound similar, but just the way in which they both hit a particular note. For example, I mostly get reminded of Nana’s voice when Ayane starts a line with a low note, but by the end of the line, when the notes start getting higher, her voice becomes something that has nothing to do with Nana’s. They also have a certain thing in common, but I don’t know the technical word for it in English… Something along the lines of a particular sound their voice does… Anyway, it doesn’t matter. Putting the voices aside…
Since there’s been this whole discussion going on about Nana breaking into mainstream and needing to improve her dancing for that to work properly, I couldn’t help but notice that, while Ayane’s voice is nowhere near as awesome as Nana’s (despite the similarities XD) and while she obviously can’t hit her notes as well, she’s a much better dancer T_T The issue here is, she’s still nothing great, but she’s better, so what does that make Nana’s dancing XD? Maybe it really is 3rd grade-like… I mean, kids these days aren’t the same after all =/ (gawsh that made me sound old… I’m freshly 18 y’hear!!)
Moving on… There’s also the fact that they both have quite a bunch of different-sounding songs in their discography. Obviously, with how much bigger Nana’s discography is PLUS her weirdness when picking her songs, Ayane’s songs aren’t nearly as varied as Nana’s songs are, but given time, who knows (I seriously doubt she’ll manage to pull out a MARIA&JOKER though lol). Also, as plainly obvious in that video above, they both like to wink apparently ;p And since I mention the video, don’t you think the choreography in it is a bit similar to DISCOTHEQUE’s? But I believe this came first? Hmm =x
Anyway, so what’s the point of this post? Nothing really. Me being the Nanatard that I am, I’ll obviously just be seeing Ayane as a lame copy (but don’t worry, deep down I know she’s not :p). However, all these similarities did get me interested. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on her now, and if she manages to rise the level of her songs just a bit more (’cause right now they’re decent at best, with a couple standing out from the rest, so hopefully she’ll manage to get better music soon enough) then my wallet might be finding itself another challenger~
P.S. Lets not forget that they’re both berry berry cute =3 But hands down, Nana-chan still wins here too!