|Album Title:||Hikari no Fillment|
|Anime Title:||Densetsu no Yuusha no Densetsu or
Legend of the Legendary Heroes
|Release Type:||OP/ED Single|
|Release Date:||November 17, 2010|
|1. Hikari no Fillment||Ayahi Takagaki||4:51|
|2. Be With You||Ayahi Takagaki||4:30|
|3. Oh Happy Day||Ayahi Takagaki||3:53|
Review: In my opinion, seiyuu have been way too active on the music scene lately, and I strongly suspect that that is the reason why there was a near dry spell in terms of good OP/ED singles in recent months. Takagaki is one exception since she sells based on her skill as a singer rather than for voicing a marketable character. Her latest single proves to be a rather enjoyable one, but I feel that it still does not utilize the unique qualities of her voice to make this single stand out.
“Hikari no Fillment” reminds me of music that originates from eufonius, which generally does light and somewhat ethereal music, though the changes in melody are often a bit abrupt. Similarly in this song, the individual stanzas flow well enough, but the melody changes rather haphazardly from stanza to stanza without much continuity. Takagaki’s expression is also somewhat limited and her attempt at opening the song with some light chanting also falls flat by presenting something that sounds plain kiddy instead of surreal.
The song I find the most impressive in this single is the B-side, “Be With You.” Takagaki is a trained soprano and generally sounds her best when she’s singing at a higher register. “Be With You” rightfully makes use of her smooth and relaxed delivery of the high notes. Also, because the song includes both fast and slow segments, Takagaki can better vary her expression within the song. All in all, this track was much more heartfelt and natural.
“Be With You” is actually what I had been hoping for when I first found out Takagaki is releasing singles as a solo artist because it’s an example of a song that showcases her talent and differentiates her from other seiyuu singers. Unfortunately, from her two single releases thus far, this element is still sorely lacking.
Moving on to the second B-side, Takagaki presents her rendition of “Oh Happy Day.” Having never heard the original, I can’t really judge how good it is in comparison to other artists’. Basing my verdict on solely her performance, it is delivered confidently, and does show off her amazing range. While it does not leave that much of an impression, it was an enjoyable listen.
This single really highlights the fact that, with a proper composer and perhaps a bit more versatility on her side, Takagaki could potentially deliver something phenomenal. It hasn’t happened yet, but I shall patiently wait for that day to come.