|Album Title:||Hyadain no Kakakata☆Kataomoi-C|
|Artist:||Hyadain (Kenichi Maeyamada), Sasaki Sayaka|
|Release Type:||OP/ED Single|
|Release Date:||April 27, 2011|
|Purchase at:||CDJapan, Play-Asia|
|01. Hyadain no Kakakata Kataomoi-C||Hyadain||3:54|
|02. Hyadaruko no Kakakata Kataomoi-F||Hyadain||3:53|
|03. Choose me feat. Sasaki Sayaka||Hyadain, Sasaki Sayaka||3:59|
|04. Hyadain no Kakakata Kataomoi-C (without Hyadain)||Hyadain||3:53|
|05. Hyadain no Kakakata Kataomoi-C (without Hyadaruko)||Hyadain||3:53|
|06. Hyadain no Kakakata Kataomoi-C (off vocal)||Hyadain||3:53|
|07. Choose me feat. Sasaki Sayaka (off vocal)||Hyadain||3:59|
Review: We’ve all heard it before: the fluttering emotions, the nervous glances, and the outpouring of emotion, all set to a quiet piano/string ballad. Songs that cover the concept of first love don’t get any more orthodox than that and frankly, I feel that it’s overdone. After the nth iteration, I desire a presentation that’s different, something that’s off the beaten path.
Hyadain’s latest creation does just that. Hyadain, the internet pseudonym of composer Kenichi Maetamada, has made a name for himself through his anime and video game music arrangements which have reached memetic status on both Nico Nico Douga and Youtube. He first popped on my radar through the perennial favorite, “Four Elemental Fiends” from Final Fantasy IV, but the song that really turned me into a fan was the “Western Show” from Super Mario World. Both of these works are packed with energy, excitement, and hilarity borne from Hyadain’s lyrics and his singing, and he takes these quirks into “Hyadain no Kakakata☆Kataomoi-C,” giving the first-love theme a much-needed, enjoyable facelift.
The descent into “Hyadain no Kakakata☆Kataomoi-C’s” madness begins with an energetic opener, expressing all the anxieties that two people experience while in the throes of first love. Here’s the catch: the presentation suggests that both people are in love with one another, but neither person realizes this and so deny the mutuality of their emotions. At least, that’s the feeling I get from the interaction between the male vocals (sung by Hyadain) and the female vocals (also sung by Hyadain!) as the female part finishes up the male’s initial train of thought, together providing an excellent setup for what follows as the emotions get the better of them.
The break from this mounting insanity begins with a five-note chiptune introduction that segues into a more melancholy segment. The tempo slows and I like how the rhythm makes this section feel heavy, as it depicts the full weight of the emotions bearing down upon the singer. It also helps that, in addition to the chiptunes, this section features a sprinkling of doo wop in the background to make it all the more engaging. Once it closes out, we’re back to the craziness!
And crazy it is. Rambunctious too. Even if you don’t know any Japanese, the repetition of syllables should make it obvious that the singers are stuttering in their nervousness as their minds become unhinged by the chaotic swirl of emotions they experience. Hyadain’s delivery reinforces this state of mind and the turbulence continues all the way up to the end, interrupted only by a bipolar section that adds variety to all of the pandemonium going down.
The B-side, “Choose me feat. Sasaki Sayaka” is an interesting follow-up in that this piece reeks of desperation. Whereas “Kakakata☆Kataomoi” is plagued by doubts and denial, but delivered in an energetic fashion, “Choose me” takes those same feelings and takes them lower into the realm of despondency. The delivery feels like a series of questions directed at one’s self-worth since the tone starts off with a hint of loneliness, but increasingly grows agitated, approaching the point of anguish. This anguish materializes through the autotune-enabled lilt, which, if you weren’t paying attention to the lines that came before, should seize your attention as the song heads to the pleading intonation of the repetitious “Choose me Choose me,” followed by the hail of “no no no nos.” The depressing aura that exudes from this section, combined with the subsequent rapping that feels self-flagellating, brings the tortured emotions to light. Though it might not have Hyadain’s usual brand of silliness, “Choose me” showcases how his arrangement of the instrumentals can be used to channel the heartbreak and bring a good complement to “Kakakata☆Kataomoi.”
Because of my close connection to video game music, Hyadain’s arrangements of game music are dearer to my heart than his more recent “Kakakata☆Kataomoi,” but the passage of time should take care of that. Nichijou’s manically-paced opening has been delightful through and through and I have no plans to ever skip that intro while watching the anime.
Rating: Very Good
Nichijou OP – Hyadain no Kakakata☆Kataomoi-C