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Tenjou wo Kakeru Monotachi

love_planet_five_-_tenjou_wo_kakeru_monotachiArtist: Love Planet Five
Release Date: April 4, 2007
Label: Geneon
Genre: J-pop/Dance
Number of Songs: 3
Personal Rating: 4/5

1. Tenjou wo Kakeru Monotachi
2. Tenjou wo Kakeru Monotachi (Raven Fly edit)
3. Tenjou wo Kakeru Monotachi (Instrumental)
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Love Planet Five is once again, an all girl group but this time with five members. (Five popular J-pop singers. I think this is like a collaboration group since the members are still doing their solo careers.) The group is made up by popular singers like Kotoko, Mami Kawada, Kaori Utatsuki, MELL, and Eiko Shimamiya. The group’s first single, “Tenjou wo Kakeru Monotachi” was used for the “Shakugan no Shana Movie” ending theme. (Kotoko and Mami Kawada are also well known for singing themes for the original tv series.)

Before I actually begin reviewing the single, I would like to state that I will try to make this review the longest as I could since I’m willing to add the 2nd cover for this single. (Which includes a nice drawing of Shana, the main character from the anime.)

Tenjou wo Kakeru Monotachi is the group’s biggest debut as well as itsTenjou wo Kakeru Monotachi most well known song so the composers probably did their best to make the song very enjoyable. I thought that the beginning of the song sounded a bit awkward since there’s a really quiet melody and then all of the sudden, there’s extremely loud bells that interrupt the quietness. (Kind of didn’t fit the mood at the beginning.) But I liked how it transitioned into faster beats and soon, into the actual melody of the song. The song was really great and melodious at first but after listening to it a few more times, I wasn’t as crazy about it anymore. It’s like one of those “good the 1st time” songs so I guess that it’s not like the best song in the world. This was no doubt, a very powerful debut though. In a way, the rest of the song pretty much shares the same style as Ami Suzuki’s music. (The way they transition from slow to fast.)

The Tenjou wo Kakeru Monotachi (Raven Fly edit) has the same amount of verses and chorus of the original song except that the song focuses more on the dance beats. It’s a pretty standard remix; long introduction, lengthy interlude and a fading conclusion. Although I really did like the original song, I thought that this remix wasn’t all that new.

Personal Rating: 4/5

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Blaze -Single-

Artist: Kotoko
Release Date:March 12, 2008
Label: Geneon
Personal Rating: 4/5

1. Blaze
2. Sociometry
3. Blaze (Instrumental)
4. Sociometry (Instrumental)
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Before I begin to review, I would simply like to state that I’m just what you think I am; a “Shakugan no Shana” fan! With “Blaze” as her eleventh single, she also sung the ending theme of the first season of Shakugan no Shana called “Being.” (Which was featured in a seperate cd as her fifth single.) Blaze was used as the Second Season’s 2nd opening theme as the B-side (Sociometry) was used as the first ending. Another note to state was that Kotoko is mainly known for singing many theme songs from a large variety of anime series. As of now, 11 of her 12 singles were used as an anime theme!

would honestly say that Blaze was probably one of my favorite Shakugan no Shana opening themes. Although fans of the anime series would complain that the singer’s voice sounded too squeaky compared to the first opening of the series. If I were to say something to them, I would say “Look at the ‘Oricon top 200s’ list! It was in 13th place!!! OMG!” But I would agree that there’s a little change in Kotoko’s voice since she had sang her 5th single, “Being.” At the start of the song, listeners would hear a rhthym of a mixture of bass and drums then an introduction of another acoustic sound effect. (Which happens to be the beauty of the song.) I would totally say that this single would be great to support if you’re a Kotoko or a Shakugan no Shana fan.

And finally there’s Sociometry, which also happens to be a theme from Shakugan no Shana. (First ending of Second Season.) I would probably say that I liked “Blaze” better but that song itself wasn’t that bad. The only downside about it was that the chorus was a bit too repetitive (Not like a R&B style song but she just sings the same chorus over and over and over again.) But I really loved the voice that was played at the beginning!

This is definately a great single and I would totally recommend this to all Kotoko fans out there! The single has a unique rhthym for each song and that there’s cool instrumentals played throughout the song!

Personal Rating: 4/5

Being

Artist: Kotoko
Release Date: March 23, 2006
Personal Rating: 4/5

1. Being
2. Sekka no Shinwa
3. Being (Instrumental)
4. Sekka no Shinwa (Instrumental)
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As many”Shakugan no Shana” fans may know, KOTOKO is the singer of the second opening of the first season as well as the second opening and first ending of the second season. Unlike the “Blaze” single (which was released a few years after “Being”) “Being” peaked at #4 on the Oricon Japanese Charts. “Being” turned out to be Kotoko’s most successful single.

My first impression begins with this first song, Being which was mainly known to be the second opening of Shakugan no Shana. I’m not sure if poeple would agree with me o nthis, but I personally think that Kotoko has a voice of a cute chipmunk. (It’s not a bad thing but it’s a style that I’ve noticed from artists like KANA.) I liked how the instrumental begins slow at the beginning and at the moment Kotoko sings her vocals, the song becomes more powerful. (Just like the type of songs you would normally hear as an anime opening theme.) But this isn’t just some oridinary anime opening theme. The lyrics are the kind that uses plenty of metaphors and it shows really deep meaning. In fact, the lyrics were so well written that I really want to post it here!

The B-side is Sekka no Shinwa which, think wasn’t as good as Being but it was still a pretty decent song. The transitions were pretty flowy which gave me a nice feel to the song. Listening to it sounded pretty peaceful and the chorus was not too repetitive. But there were sometimes when Kotoko’s voice was a little hard to hear but the majority of the song was pretty understandable.

Personal Rating: 4/5