Allison and Lillia OP Single – Tameiki no Hashi – Review

Album Title: Tameiki no Hashi
Anime Title: Allison and Lillia
Artist: Shione Yukawa; Kuricorder Quartet
Catalog Number: GNCL-0033
Release Type: OP/ED Single
Release Date: June 25, 2008

Track Title Artist Time
1. Tameiki no Hashi Shione Yukawa; Kuricorder Quartet 4:50
2. Natsu Kara Aki he Wataru Hashi Kuricorder Quartet 3:08
3. Peach Wellpark no Nagai Kisetsu Kuricorder Quartet 3:07
4. Tameiki no Hashi (Original Karaoke) Kuricorder Quartet 4:48

Review: For an anime series that is about the adventures of two children and their children, the introduction theme “Tameiki no Hashi” is awfully melancholic. It starts off with an archaic-sounding acoustic guitar accompanied by some recorders. Shione Yukawa’s voice evokes an image of people getting ready to travel on a grand adventure. The song at its core is pretty simplistic and there’s an aura of melancholy about this piece as though the travelers understand that this may be their last time at home. If there’s anything I found enjoyable in this song, it’s the way the instruments blended together really well to create a sense of longing and nostalgia in the listener. All in all, this ballad is fairly decent though it’s not exactly going to raise too many eyebrows or catch anyone’s attention right off the bat.

“Natsu Kara Aki he Wataru Hashi” is a bit more upbeat with its bouncy melody played by the recorder accompanied by a steady rhythm in the background. The melody does repeat itself with some slight variations in the accompaniment and this song makes me feel like I’m traveling through the countryside on some wagon while the breeze blows on by. While the image it invokes is pretty light-hearted and enjoyable, it doesn’t really manage to distinguish itself aside from the instrumentation. Because of that, this is also going to rate above average.

Finally, we come to “Peach Wellpark no Nagai Kisetsu” which really sounds like it belongs in some scene from Azumanga Daioh with its mellow recorder melody that soon becomes pretty repetitive. Again, it’s an enjoyable track, but nothing that’d be readily memorable. The way the piece flows, it just sort of relegates itself to the background without really making a strong impact. Maybe that’s because of how lazy this track sounds, especially with the horns and other brass instruments.

Tameiki no Hashi is a fun little diversion if that’s what you’re looking for, but if you’re looking to be stunned or impressed by what this album has to offer, you’re better off looking elsewhere. Honestly, while the music is good on its own merits, it’s not one that you’ll come back to time and time again. Give it a listen just for the quirkiness of the recorder melodies and turn away to greener pastures because there are far better OP/ED singles than this one.

Rating: So-so

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Anime Instrumentality's Founder and Editor-in-Chief. As you can probably guess, I'm a big anime music junkie with a special love for composers who've put out some beautiful melodies to accompany some of my favorite anime series. I tend to gravitate towards music in the classical style with Joe Hisaishi and Yoko Kanno being a few of my favorite composers, but I've come to appreciate jazz and rock as anime music has widened my tastes.

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  • November 16, 2009 at 2:43 pm
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    I think your really underestimating the first two tracks, especially Natsu Kara Aki he Wataru Hashi. I totally agree about both songs evoking the sense of going or being on a journey and the melancholy edge inherent to the recorder and pianica sound. This fits perfectly with Allison to Lillia, which I found to be an overall very good series. Although I was a little disappointed by the Lillia arc, especially the final episode’s cliffhanger impossible ending.

    Listen to the first two songs on a sunny afternoon sitting in a park and I think you’ll come to appreciate how well these two songs capture an emotion and convey it.

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  • November 16, 2009 at 3:14 pm
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    @Bill
    Everyone seems to dislike the Lillia arc near as I can tell. I personally got a bit annoyed when the war between Sou Beil and that other country was resolved so neatly. Too neatly in fact.

    As for the music, you’re right, I was a bit harsh when I wrote this particular review. The first impressions weren’t really that great, but when I looked at it again a year later, I found it to be a lot more enjoyable. Maybe it was the mood in which I listened to it that time or the song just simply grew on me, I don’t know, but I certainly appreciate it a lot more now than I did back then.

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