|Album Title:||Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari|
|Release Type:||OP/ED Single|
|Release Date:||August 12, 2009|
|Purchase at:||CDJapan, Play-Asia|
|1. Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari||supercell feat. Nagi||5:40|
|2. LOVE & ROLL||supercell feat. Nagi||4:53|
|3. theme of “CENCOROLL”||supercell||1:24|
|4. Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari -TV Edit-||supercell feat. Nagi||1:29|
|5. Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari -Instrumental-||supercell||5:40|
Review: Nagi’s crisp and soothing voice beckons me forward, luring me into a most wonderful trap. In composing “Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari,” Ryo seems to know my musical weaknesses all too well, and once the piano began to play, I was completely enthralled.
Prior to watching Bakemonogatari, my only exposure to supercell had been through “Black Rock Shooter,” a song that I thought was merely okay (and I’m sure I’m in the minority on this). “Love and War” was better; I liked it well enough but beyond that, I wasn’t about to go out of my way to check out more of their music.
Nagi’s voice makes all the difference here. Miku, being the piece of software she is, cannot express the beauty of the lyrics quite like Nagi. In “Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari,” Nagi conveys unto us the clumsiness that she feels upon realizing her feelings for another person amidst the beautiful, starry backdrop of the night sky! And as she gazes out into the vastness of the galaxy, the energy from the instrumentals goes up a notch as to reflect her pounding heart resulting from looking at that wondrous sight while coming to terms with her feelings as she compares herself to the legend of Orihime and Hikoboshi (see Tanabata).
Altogether, this song is masterfully done. The piano part during the bridge is reminiscent of the energy in Nodame Cantabile’s “Allegro Cantabile,” and Nagi’s quiet voice builds up nicely to a rousing finish, filled with a touch of nostalgia that, when tied in with Bakemonogatari’s last TV episode, makes this song all the sweeter and more satisfying.
With “Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari” bringing such a strong impression, it’s a shame that “LOVE & ROLL” doesn’t quite match it in terms of addictiveness. Nagi’s voice does shine once more, but this time, the mixing of soothing vocals amidst a vague feeling of anxiety is marred by the noticeable repetition. That is, all pop songs are going to have it, but here, the melody isn’t catchy enough that would really hold one’s attention and so, ends up dragging on. Other faults abound, ranging from the use of engrish that I find to be distracting, the whispered parts which feel more of a gimmick, and the abrupt way in which this song closes out. The funky rhythms and instrumentals are nice, but the way “LOVE & ROLL” is presented just does not cater to my tastes.
But the single picks right back up with the “theme of ‘CENCOROLL'” which puts its electronica to good use to create a purely instrumental, but engaging track that has a short snippet that sounds almost like a Touhou theme. The beats are pretty nifty and I just wish the song was developed further. Still, I do like what I hear from this track.
I’ll admit a healthy dose of context bias that comes with “Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari,” especially with how it all comes together in Bakemonogatari’s last TV episode. But even if you have no knowledge of that, it’s hard not to be taken by Nagi’s vocals, which fit in with supercell/Ryo’s compositions extremely well. Though “LOVE & ROLL” doesn’t make for as strong a followup, it doesn’t diminish what the previous track was able to imprint in the minds of its listeners and looking back at all the OPs and EDs to come out of 2009, “Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari” still remains my favorite.
Rating: Very Good
Bakemonogatari ED – Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari