|Album Title:||Brain Diver|
|Anime Title:||Phi Brain: Kami no Puzzle|
|Release Type:||OP/ED Single|
|Release Date:||November 2, 2011|
|Purchase at:||CDJapan, Play-Asia|
|1. Brain Diver||May’n||3:44|
|2. Kono Mama de…||May’n||4:36|
|3. Brain Diver （without May’n）||Tomokazu Yamada||3:43|
|4. Kono Mama de… （without May’n）||Kohei Wada||4:39|
|5. May’n☆Space -Phonic Nation Live Ver.-||May’n||6:21|
Review: There are many bones I have to pick with May’n’s singing: it’s contrived, it’s thin, and frankly, it’s like a rubber band that’s ready to snap any moment. There are only a few of her works that I can sit through without a splitting headache at the end and “Brain Diver” is one of those rare finds.
With its rapid tempo, we don’t get many sustained notes from May’n – the sort which tear at her throat and my sanity. And to her credit, May’n does handle fast and rhythmic songs quite well. “Brain Diver” capitalises on her talent and astutely hides all her weaknesses. Her overly dramatic delivery, which usually raises eyebrows, actually raises the quality of this song because it goes together rather well with the discordant synthesizer sounds, making the song even catchier. It’s generic pop, no doubt, but if she can make it sound as good as it did, there is really nothing I can complain about.
But as we progress on to the B-side, I am reminded painfully that the usual May’n fare is never far away. Starting off with instrumentals that sounds right down the Maaya Sakamoto alley, my stomach just churns while waiting for May’n entry. As expected, she completely desecrates the song with a delivery that is still as contrived as ever. Her complete lack of meaningful modulation, the painful amount of repetition, and the slow pace of it all make this song plain torturous.
Still, I tip my hat off to composer Tomokazu Yamada and arranger CHOKKAKU for managing to bring the best out of May’n, who actually ain’t all that shabby. Spare me the “Scarlet Ballet” and “Ready Go!” nonsense; this is the song I want to hear when I attend AFA this weekend.
Phi Brain: Kami no Puzzle OP – Brain Diver