|Album Title:||Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari|
|Release Type:||OP/ED Single|
|Release Date:||August 12, 2009|
|Purchase at:||CDJapan, Play-Asia|
|1. Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari||supercell feat. Nagi||5:40|
|2. LOVE & ROLL||supercell feat. Nagi||4:53|
|3. theme of “CENCOROLL”||supercell||1:24|
|4. Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari -TV Edit-||supercell feat. Nagi||1:29|
|5. Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari -Instrumental-||supercell||5:40|
Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari Review
Nagi’s crisp and soothing voice beckons me forward, luring me into a most wonderful trap. In composing “Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari,” Ryo seems to know my musical weaknesses equally well. So, once the piano begins to play, I became completely enthralled.
Prior to watching Bakemonogatari, my only exposure to supercell had been through “Black Rock Shooter,” a song that I thought was merely okay (and I’m sure I’m in the minority on this). “Love and War” was better; I liked it well enough. But it didn’t really hit me so hard that I’d go out of my way to check out more of their music.
But pair ryo’s compositions with Nagi’s voice and what a difference that makes. Miku, being the piece of software she is, cannot express the beauty of the lyrics quite like Nagi. In “Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari,” Nagi conveys the clumsiness of love amidst the beautiful, starry night sky! And as she gazes out into the vastness of space, the instrumentals follow suit to reflect her pounding heart. There’s a steady rhythmic flow as she comes to terms with her feelings and compares herself to the legend of Orihime and Hikoboshi (see Tanabata).
Altogether, this song is masterful. The piano part during the bridge is reminiscent of the energy in Nodame Cantabile’s “Allegro Cantabile,” and Nagi’s quiet voice builds up nicely to a rousing finish, filled with a touch of nostalgia that, when tied in with Bakemonogatari’s last TV episode, makes this song all the sweeter and more satisfying.
While “Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari” brings such a strong impression, “LOVE & ROLL” doesn’t match its addictiveness. Nagi’s voice does shine once more, but this time, the mixing of soothing vocals amidst a vague feeling of anxiety is marred by the noticeable repetition. What happens is that the melody isn’t catchy enough to hold one’s attention and winds up being annoying. Other faults abound. For example, there’s the distracting engrish, the gimmicky whispers, and the abrupt way in which this song closes out. The funky rhythms and instrumentals are nice, but barely. I wasn’t too impressed.
But the single picks right back up with the “theme of ‘CENCOROLL’.” Its electronica yields an engaging instrumental track that reminds me of many a Touhou remix. The beats are also pretty nifty and I just wish the song was developed further. Still, I do like what I hear from this track.
There’s a healthy dose of context bias to make “Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari” memorable and captivating, especially in light of Bakemonogatari’s last TV episode. But even with no knowledge of the anime, Nagi’s vocals drive the song hard enough that it’s ingrained itself in my head. On top of that, it complements supercell/Ryo’s compositions extremely well. Though “LOVE & ROLL” isn’t much of a followup, it doesn’t diminish what the previous track was able to imprint in the minds of its listeners. After looking back at all the OPs and EDs to come out of 2009, “Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari” remains my favorite.
Rating: Very Good
Bakemonogatari ED – Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari