|Album Title:||Perfect-area Complete!|
|Anime Title:||Baka to Test to Shokanjuu|
|Artist:||Asou Natsuko, Maeyamada Kenichi|
|Release Type:||OP/ED Single|
|Release Date:||January 27, 2010|
|Purchase at:||CDJapan, Play-Asia|
|1. Perfect-area Complete!||Asou Natsuko||4:03|
|2. Dream into Action!||Asou Natsuko||4:05|
|3. Perfect-area Complete! (instrumental)||Maeyamada Kenichi||4:03|
|4. Dream into Action! (instrumental)||Maeyamada Kenichi||4:02|
Review: While the saying goes that one should never judge a book by its cover, it is hard to remain neutral when one comes across a cover like Perfect-area Complete!’s. On the surface, it looks like something not far from an Aya Hirano spectacle. Vocal wise, I expected something along the lines of Savage Genius.
The first guess was quite close in terms of music style and energy level. However, Aya Hirano never fails to transform that energy into something that sounds oddly forced, while Asou Natsuko’s sound feels truly cheerful and makes listeners want to move along to the music. Her voice is almost an exact replica of Yoko Ishida’s; that is, it doesn’t really have anything special to boast of but is nonetheless steady and strong throughout and will never fail to bring a smile to one’s face, which translates into one very entertaining and light single.
The way she expresses herself through her cheerful voice and her ability to easily keep up with such a fast tempo while the instrumentals, like short whistle blasts and violin pizzicato, definitely make this song stand out from the many ‘cutesy’ songs out there. This last bit can be heard in the more peaceful bridge from 3:08, where you can really appreciate the cute instrumentals and how connected Asou Natsuko’s voice fits the song.
The second song, “Dream into Action,” though inferior to the first, is still an enjoyable listen. Here, Asou Natsuko brings across the calmer side of her voice to fit the slower pace. The reduced reliance on instrumentals does make this song sound relatively uniform, though for a B-side, I have no major complaints.
While these kinds of songs are not usually to my taste, I am absolutely not ashamed to admit I honestly loved this single. And of the more recent releases, Perfect-area Complete! ranks really high among my favorite singles!
Baka to Test to Shokanjuu OP – Perfect-area Complete!