Cruel Angel’s Thesis

Cruel Angel ThesisArtist: Yoko Takahashi
Release Date: March 26, 2003
Label: Genon (?)
Personal Rating: 4.5/5

1. Cruel Angel’s Thesis
2. Fly me to the Moon
3. Cruel Angel’s Thesis (Instrumental)
4. Fly me to the Moon (Instrumental)
If you have watched the series “Evangelion,” you would already know what I’m going to say about Cruel Angel’s Thesis: “What the heck happened to the version that was played in the anime!” No, I don’t mean the T.V. size version, I mean the song elements that was played in the original. Like the stunning chorus and the power of the instrumentals. Just compare the single version to the one in the anime, Yoko’s vocals sound really sloppy without the choir singing in the background and the difference with the instrumentation is incredibly obvious! If you’ve listened to the original version, you would agree that it’s a great song!

You guessed it, Fly me to the Moon is sung in English but Yoko Takahashi isn’t the original singer. (I think that its Megumi Hayashibara, the voice actress of Rei Anayami; one of the main characters.) It’s nicely sung and arranged but it’s a cover track that was used as the serie’s ending theme.

Personal Rating: 4.5/5


Yoake Umare Kuru Shōjo

yoakeumarekurushc58djoqc3Artist: Yoko Takahashi
Release Date: October 26, 2005
Label: Geneon
Genre: J-pop
Number of Songs: 4
Personal Rating: 3.5/5

1. Yoake Umare Kuru Shōjo
2. You’re the One
3. Yoake Umare Kuru Shōjo (Instrumental)
4. You’re the One (Instrumental)
With her singles under the “Geneon” label must probably mean that Yoko Takahashi is a singer for Japanese animes! (Geneon is a label for Japanese anime and entertainment productions.) As some of you guys may know, she was mostly famous for her works for the opening theme
of “Neon Genesis Evangelion.” Later on, she began to work with the “This Ugly yet, Beautiful World” anime project as well as the recent “Shakugan no Shana” project. It’s been a while since she released an album but she is planning on releasing a 2009 version of the “Neon Genesis Evangelion” opening theme this coming May. (At least we know that she hasn’t given up on her music career yet!) So now, I bring you a review of one her more recent anime single!

Yoake Umare Kuru Shōjo (Meaning “Girl born at Dawn”) does have a powerful opening but in a way, I thought that Yoko’s voice was a little bit flat. I know that she has been singing for a really long time but after listening to her since 2001, it seems that her voice wasn’t the best during this song. Anyway, I really liked how the instrumentals following her introductory solo made the song sound more like a dance song. It was played well as the first ending theme of Shakugan no Shana but when I heard to full version of the song, I really didn’t think it was all the great compared to the tv size. The rest of the song somehow needed a little bit of polishing with the instrumentals but overall, I guess the song was pretty “decent.” I thought the way that the song ended during the full version wasn’t really my idea of a very fluid “conclusion.” I mean, the ending wasn’t all that solid, as if the song was cut off or something.

Same goes for You’re the One. The b-side sounded a little bit like the A-side due to the same awkward vocals but with a powerful feel. The chorus also sounded like the first track because of the way that it was styled to sound like more than one person and the upbeat melody contributed to the similarity of the two songs. It sort of sounded like “Satisfy” from the ‘World Ends with You’ with the repetitive chorus and the beats. Not to mention that Yoko does seem to have tweaked her style a little bit since her last single.

Yoko Takahashi’s singles are usually really good but this one didn’t really use her whole talent. I’m not simply stating that this wasn’t a ‘bad’ single; it’s just not her best work.

Personal Rating: 3.5/5