|Album Title:||Renai Circulation|
|Artist:||Kana Hanazawa; meg rock|
|Catalog Number:||ANZB-9457 (Included with DVD)|
|Release Type:||OP/ED Single|
|Release Date:||January 27, 2010|
|Purchase at:||CDJapan, Play-Asia|
|1. Renai Circulation||Kana Hanazawa; meg rock (Megumi Hinata)||4:36|
|2. Renai Circulation (instrumental)||meg rock (Megumi Hinata)||4:37|
Review: What makes “Renai Circulation” so catchy? I can’t speak for others, but I’ve had this song on repeat for these last few days and it never seems to get old. But articulating why I like it? Well, that’s harder to pin down.
Maybe I’m just enthralled by this song for non-musical reasons. After all, Sengoku is a very charming character and you cannot divorce her character and personality from this song. As you watch her behavior and listen to her dialogue in the anime, her shyness, earnestness, and honesty already go a long way in making her an appealing character.
But while the association to Sengoku Nadeko is there, “Renai Circulation” derives its enjoyment from the way Kana Hanazawa brings out her character. In the beginning, you can hear Sengoku feeling doubtful and wavering over whether to confess her feelings to Araragi. The soft rapping part that follows captures her anxiety-filled monologue quite well since the thoughts aren’t totally coherent and she jumps around a bit. But through it all, Kana Hanazawa’s speed and tone is light and gentle, fitting Sengoku’s demeanor like a glove. This is especially true of the chorus where the fluffiness and cutesy levels are completely off the charts which result in an endearing performance overall.
The only part that even gave me pause was the bridge from 2:33-3:05, but that’s hardly a deal-breaker since I’m willing to write it off as Sengoku repeating a mantra to herself to summon the courage needed to take action. Also, the instrumentation doesn’t play as strong a role save for maybe the tuba which helps keep up the rhythm and tempo. Since the focus is pretty much on Hanazawa’s performance anyways, that isn’t really a problem either.
Between this song, “Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari,” and “staple stable,” Bakemonogatari has a comfortable monopoly on the catchiest themes of 2009. But it should be noted that these songs have the power to endure. Getting me to listen to “Renai Circulation” repeatedly after it airs is one thing. But doing so about 4-5 months afterwards is a testament to it being more than just a fly-by-nighter. I wouldn’t bet against me listening to this song years down the road.
Rating: Very Good