|Album Title:||MOON SIGNAL|
|Anime Title:||Otome Youkai Zakuro|
|Artist:||sphere (Minako Kotobuki, Ayahi Takagki,
Haruka Tomatsu, Aki Toyosaki)
|Release Type:||OP/ED Single|
|Release Date:||October 20, 2010|
|Purchase at:||CDJapan, Play-Asia|
|1. MOON SIGNAL||sphere||4:12|
|2. Climax Whistle||sphere||3:56|
|3. MOON SIGNAL (Instrumental)||4:12|
|4. Climax Whistle (Instrumental)||3:56|
Review: It seems that good singing talent is getting rather young these day. While some seiyuu’s singing can be good or bad depending on the songs they sing and the degree of talent, others can take it to another level when they group together. Pl@net sphere (or just sphere) is a good example of a group that performs good and enjoyable songs, but nothing too memorable until their second year. Their recent single, “Now Loading… SKY!!,” released during the summer of this year is probably the first of theirs that struck me as being memorable. The song was catchy, cheerful, enjoyable and most importantly, it sounded great. Then came “MOON SIGNAL” and it simply blew away my expectations about the group.
“MOON SIGNAL” starts off with a resonating of notes that feel like petals falling off a cherry blossom tree. Shortly after, a powerful synth, along with the keyboard, takes over with the girls entering in. The girls’ performance in the song is full of energy and it feels cheerful. Even though there were some minor rough edges from Toyosaki Aki (such as 00:28 when she sings her phrases), it is not too apparent that there’s an adverse effect.
Given the show that it opens, most people may wonder what “MOON SIGNAL” has to do with a military and a bunch of fox girls? If you look closer, the song forges a connection between the fox girls and a group of soldiers. From the lyrics, the song emphasizes the traditions borne from the partnership and growing friendship between the girls and the military. They have to get along and work together in the changing environment and succeed at both. In addition, the animation flows well with the song, especially when Zakuro fights against the malevolent spirits while the other girls help her out.
The B-side, “Climax Whistle” is a more relaxed song compared to the last track. The song feels catchy and enjoyable, with a happy, easygoing tone that sounds like the girls are having fun. It might not be as exciting or energetic as “MOON SIGNAL,” but it is a decent listen all the same.
Overall, “MOON SIGNAL” is one of the better and memorable singles from sphere to date besides “Now Loading… SKY!!.” It is pretty rare to see good singing talent from seiyuu these days, especially in a group. What sphere has proven is that it is possible to combine diverse singing talents and eventually make something that is memorable. “MOON SIGNAL” is one of their best songs since it combines exciting instrumentals and energetic singing. Though far from a masterpiece, the quality that shines forth makes this album an easy recommendation.
Rating: Very Good
Otome Youkai Zakuro OP – MOON SIGNAL