|Album Title:||Futari no Kimochi no Honto no Himitsu / Yasuna to Sonya (CV: Chinatsu Akasaki, Mutsumi Tamura) Ki Ban|
|Anime Title:||Kill Me Baby|
|Artist:||Mutsumi Tamura, Chinatsu Akasaki|
|Release Type:||OP/ED Single|
|Release Date:||January 18, 2012|
|01. Kill Me no Baby!||Tamura Mutsumi & Akasaki Chinatsu||2:36|
|02. Futari no Kimochi no Honto no Himitsu||Tamura Mutsumi & Akasaki Chinatsu||2:56|
|03. Kill Me no Baby! (Karaoke)||Tamura Mutsumi & Akasaki Chinatsu||2:36|
|04. Futari no Kimochi no Honto no Himitsu (Karaoke)||Tamura Mutsumi & Akasaki Chinatsu||2:59|
|05. Kill Me no Baby! No Sarani Uzai Yatsu||Tamura Mutsumi & Akasaki Chinatsu||4:18|
|06. Futari no Kimochi no Honto no Himitsu (Kossetsu Hen)||Tamura Mutsumi & Akasaki Chinatsu||2:42|
|07. Omoi Tsuitemita (CM Fuu Short Conte)||Tamura Mutsumi & Akasaki Chinatsu||0:32|
Review: It takes a special person to be able to enjoy Kill Me Baby’s opening theme.
Between the cheesy Russian accordion, the enthusiastic screams of “KILL ME BABY!” and the random interjections of “wasa wasas,” “camo camos,” and the nonchalant-to-exasperated “Naa-mins,” this song exemplifies what campy OP/ED themes ought to be. Here, borderline chaos is the order of the day; its antics are at the brink of being grating, the instrumental portion during the singing parts is carelessly scatterbrained, and the lyrics make the inmates of your local asylum seem logical. Big emphasis on the “borderline” bit, mind you, for the hyperactive obnoxiousness that should have the effect of chiseling away at your sanity carries with it a campy earworm; subsequent listens become funnier, slowly but surely. Whether that’s a sign of actual endearment or impending madness is a task left to each individual listener to find out for themselves, assuming they’re willing to take such a risk.
For those who cannot tolerate such insanity, the song clocks in at a thankfully brief 2:36. That might be two and a half minutes too long, but when compared to the full-sized version of most opening themes, a short track length in this instance can be considered an act of mercy. Those who will undoubtedly enjoy this sort of camp can take comfort in the 4:18 version that features such delightful enhancements as sonorous melodic warping effects and pleasant repetitions of the enthusiastic outbursts and screeches that we’ve come to love so much. The gimmicky sound mixing practically guarantees that if you somehow managed to survive the first incarnation with a firm hold on your sanity, this one will doom you to a tenure at the mental ward for sure.
“Futari no Kimochi no Honto no Himitsu” is hardly better. Like the OP, this song is also ear-wormy, though it achieves it through a static electronica beat that hardly ever deviates from the opening measures and quickly grows stale. There’s little to praise here; the rhythm is only slightly more elegant than the consistent thud that you’d get out of a jackhammer and the singing is steady, but incapable of drawing out any emotion beyond disdain. Still, these elements do form a strange, catchy mixture, which almost manages to redeem itself during the bridge as it puts together a melody that comes off as an ephemeral glimmer of hope. Nevertheless, it’s all for naught. The addictive effect this song has soon subsides, allowing reality (and sanity) to return and revealing the half-hearted effort put into this album. I suspect the goal of this abomination is not to excel in any obvious way but to wallow amusingly in its own inadequacy. If that’s the case, then it has certainly succeeded in doing just that.
Kill Me Baby OP – Kill Me no Baby
Kill Me Baby ED – Futari no Kimochi no Honto no Himitsu