|Album Title:||Fantasy / Cupid|
|Release Type:||OP/ED Single|
|Release Date:||October 26, 2011|
|Purchase at:||CDJapan, Play-Asia|
Review: Although Un-Go’s OP song has received the bulk of the attention in large part because it’s from the increasingly highly-regarded School Food Punishment, who have barely set a foot wrong since getting the opportunity to close out Production IG’s hit anime Eden of the East a couple of years ago, its ED song, by the much less known Lama, isn’t too bad either. Lama, a newly-formed four piece band that consists of one half of the remnants of Supercar, were responsible for No. 6’s OP song “Spell”, and Bones have turned to them again. “Fantasy” is so distinct from “Spell” that I didn’t even realize they were by the same band. The song shows a level of sophistication not evident in “Spell’s” wailing monotony, but the big problem with this single isn’t the music (even if the B-side is forgettable), it’s a lack of content.
The single opens with the B-side, “Cupid” which is the much weaker of the two songs. “Cupid” literally takes half a minute before it does anything, bouncing along with a two-tone rhythmic baseline before vocalist Furukawa Miki takes over. The opening verse is sung with high-pitched long notes to contrast with the bassline, but Furukawa is hardly extending herself and it sounds rather empty and humdrum. It’s once the chorus starts and Nakamura Kouji, the band’s male vocalist, pitches in that the song becomes more interesting. The second half of the song is almost a repeat of the first bar some mild evolutions, and overall the song is subpar.
“Fantasy” is the song that most Un-Go fans will want this single for, and undoubtedly, right from its jazzy, rhythmic piano opening, it’s a more engaging song. Nakamura’s is the first voice you’ll hear, and the second of several layers that are iteratively added until a percussion line dominated by bass drum introduces Furukawa’s lyrics. While the two vocalists work reasonably well as a tandem, it’s really Nakamura who’s doing the most heavy lifting, setting a tone that’s both cool and shrewd – I daresay “Fantasy” would work well as a character song for Un-Go’s lead, Shinjurou. I do like this song, but to say the ending is abrupt is an understatement.
And that goes for the single too, which highlights its biggest problem: there’s only two songs with no extras, TV cuts or instrumental versions, and the entire thing comes in at just over six and a half minutes. The only people who I could see getting this would be hardcore Un-Go fans who are also big collectors. But considering it’s an anime original airing on Noitamina, I’m not convinced there are many hardcore, big-collecting Un-Go fans out there. In the larger context, this is most likely little more than a vehicle to promote Lama’s career, and should probably be seen as much.
Un-Go ED – Fantasy