|Album Title:||Christmas Album – La Vierge Marie Vous Regarde Merry Christmas|
|Anime Title:||Maria-sama ga Miteru|
|Artist:||Kana Ueda, Haruna Ikezawa, Mamiko Noto, Rie Kugimiya,
Kaori Shimizu, Ami Koshimizu
|Release Type:||Character Album|
|Release Date:||December 10, 2008|
|1. Joy To the World||Kana Ueda, Haruna Ikezawa, Mamiko Noto||2:54|
|2. Santa Claus is Coming to Town||Rie Kugimiya, Kaori Shimizu, Ami Koshimizu||2:53|
|3. O Come, All Ye Faithful||Haruna Ikezawa, Mamiko Noto||3:30|
|4. Silent Night||Mamiko Noto, Kaori Shimizu||3:38|
|5. Angels We Have Heard on High||Kana Ueda, Rie Kugimiya||3:31|
|6. We Wish You Are Merry Christmas||Kana Ueda, Haruna Ikezawa, Mamiko Noto||3:47|
Review: For those of you who still subscribe to Time magazine, you may notice a column with a vertical arrow containing a spectrum of points covering news items that are “Shocking,” “Predictable,” and “Shockingly Predictable.” If one were to take this spectrum and place anime music spinoffs on there, Christmas Album ~La Vierge Marie Vous Regarde~ might not be “Shockingly Predictable,” but it’d be pretty close to that mark. After all, it does not require a big leap of logic to see the Marimite seiyuu cast, all of whom play Catholic schoolgirls, sing Christmas carols.
That said, it is hard to determine whether or not this is supposed to be a joke album. In a nutshell, imagine the cast of Marimite singing Christmas carols in engrish, and you will have succeeded in distilling this album down to its core element.
With names like Kana Ueda and Mamiko Noto making appearances, the renditions of these carols aren’t going to be spectacular. Noto, in particular, lacks that strong presence when she sings, making her performance in “Silent Night” feel just a bit too fluffy for my tastes. As for Ueda, she sings using her Yumi Fukuzawa voice decently, though she does inflict the most damage to the English language, but that could be because she sings two-thirds of the songs on this album. Other than that, the songs themselves are standard Christmas carols and would not raise too many eyebrows if it weren’t for the mispronunciation going on.
Joy to the World
If there is any reason why people would pick up this album to begin with, it would be the engrish. Unfortunately, there’s only so much amusement value that one can derive from seiyuu proudly declaring that “Santa Craus is coming to town” before it gets old. At least the producers were kind enough to mix it up a bit in “Angels We Have Heard on High” by having the seiyuu massacre Latin. That’s a novel idea I’d like to see milked for what it’s worth.
Santa Claus is Coming to Town
Angels We Have Heard on High
In the end, the Marimite Christmas Album lacks staying power. Sure, it’s makes a great gag and a novelty item the first time through, but because there’s nothing truly outlandish, it’s hard to fathom why anyone would give this album a listen-to more than once a year, if even that. For those of you looking for a hilarious joke album, you’d best try your luck with Pun-colle (aff). Seiyuu singing punk rock? Now that’s real comedy!