|Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu
|N’s feat. Mamiko Noto; Mai Gotou; Kaori Shimizu; Kana Ueda; Rina Satou
|Jul 23, 2008
|1. Hisashiyubi Quiet!
|2. Muteki no LOVE&PEACE!
|3. Hisashiyubi Quiet! -Instrumental-
|4. Muteki no LOVE&PEACE! -Instrumental-
Review: If there’s anything about Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu that really caught my attention off the bat, it was the stellar ending sequence because it offers a catchy melody combined with eye-pleasing animation work that followed the pace of the song really well. I suppose that’s just a holdover from my enjoyment of Haruhi’s Hare Hare Yukai, so once I saw Haruka’s ED sequence, getting “Hisashiyubi Quiet!” was going to be a pretty high priority and it proved to be an enjoyable listen.
“Hisashiyubi Quiet!” starts off by packing a lot of energy into its production which is apparent from its catchy melody that’ll grab at your attention right off the bat. There’s just an aura of enthusiasm and fun that goes so well with the series and part of the reasons for that are because the animation complements it really well and because the voice actresses from Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu sing this song. The brief dialogue that comes out around the 2:45 mark works at being rather amusing and the transition between different of the singers is always pleasing and doesn’t break the flow of the melody. Its mellow tone combined with how well the vocalists work together makes this song rather enjoyable.
“Muteki no LOVE&PEACE!” isn’t quite as appealing as “Hisashiyubi Quiet!” but it’s not terrible either since it still preserves a lot of the charm which stem from the VAs role as the singers. It’s a fairly sugary, sweet song and the refrain can get a bit annoying when the singers come in with their high pitched squealing of “PEACE” intermittently. So while this piece is fairly energetic and fun to listen to, it just doesn’t compare to “Hisashiyubi Quiet!” though it is a few notches above most second tracks on OP/ED albums.
This album packs a lot of energy into both of its songs which makes it a delightful album to listen to. The decrease in quality from the first song to the second isn’t as bad as most anime OP/ED singles so there’s a lot of mileage to be had although the listening experience is definitely enhanced if you can get the animation sequence in the back of your mind as the song plays.