And thus, the worst season in noitaminA history has finally come to an end. I highly doubt that Apollon and Tsuritama will be bad. But if they somehow manage to screw up that much, the sequel to Moyashimon and Natsuyuki Rendezvous in the summer will definitely be awesome.
- Makyuu – Ichii Bal – This song rocks. End of story. The (awesome) instrumentals can seem a little too loud at some points, though.
- Tsunaida te dake ga Tugumu Mono – Ugh. Okay. So this song continues the trend of significantly weaker B-sides. But my main gripe is how fucking annoying Takagaki Ayashi’s voice sounds. Chris’ voice is nasally to start with, so why make her sound even more nasally? Please stop singing through your nose, Ayahi. I understand you’re singing in character, but the vocalizing here is just…no. The song itself is probably the weakest next to Oribtal Beat. Nothing but disappointment here.
All of the good stuff is in the first song. That second song can go die in a fire. I’m not even a big fan of the cover art. This is probably my least favorite of all of Symphogear’s character CDs. If I were to rank them from strongest to weakest, it would be as follows:
- Kazenari Tsubasa
- Tachibana Hibiki
- Zwei Wing
- Yukine Chris
- Zetsu Chikara – Ame no Habakiri - Elements Garden is the band of composers that write the music for Symphogear. As many people know, Mizuki Nana and this group are no strangers. They’ve been regularly composing most of her chart topping singles (as well as their B-sides) since 2005. They know what she’s capable of. But this song could’ve easily been a standalone single. It’s way better than Mugen, Silent Bible, and Scarlet Knight, which were all composed by various members of Elements Garden. I love the chanting, Nana’s voice sounds powerful, and the range is good. It’s pretty much Orbital Beat done right.
- Flight Feathers - The concert song from episode nine!! Of course, this one goes down the more generic J-Pop sounding route, but I’m not complaining since it’s actually a good pop song with a bit of an edge to it.
I’m probably coming off as biased here, but I mean it when I say that this is the best character single from Symphogear so far. Unlike the Zwei Wing CD where the songs also had two very different tones to them, neither of Tsubasa’s tracks were particularly weaker than the other. I hope Elements Garden’s next single for her is just as good as either of these two songs.