|Ore no Imouto
|Oct 20, 2010
|2. Kokoro no Inryoku
|3. Neo Moon
|4. irony -TV Mix-
Review: I rue saying that ClariS’ “irony” is an aptly named song, since there’s not much to it that I’d call ironic. Sure, irony is rife throughout the anime it opens, Ore no Imouto, which makes it an interesting novelty, since the Japanese don’t typically have what I’d consider an ironic sense of humour. The song itself is standard J-pop and there’s no intention to redefine the genre at all. And that’s fine. Most of the time, all that matters for a J-pop anime theme song is that it’s catchy, and this is catchy.
Invoking Ore no Imouto’s tsundere imouto main character, Kirino, “irony” succeeds as an image song. She’s hip, popular, cute and passionately energetic, and comes with both a sharp edge and a load of teenage insecurities, and a lot of the same things can also be said about the song. ClariS, a duo who, as far as I can tell, are making their debut with this release, perform fairly well, and while most of it is sung within comfortable bounds, they occasionally have to extend themselves, especially in the moments just before the chorus. Yes, it’s not hard to tell that they’re guided by autotune (the bridge in particular features way too much jarring mixing of voices), but again, I’m fine with letting it slide because it’s a catchy song. There’s a softer version of the chorus that comes immediately after before we hit the most intense rendition of the chorus. Yeah, even the structure is safe pop. But it does it with a fun energy, and that’s all that really matters.
“Kokoro no Inryouko” is the song that wants you to dance, and being an introverted anime nerd, are you really one to disappoint it? Take out the Japanese lyrics, and this is the sort of song that wouldn’t be out of place at a high school social. It too is catchy, filled with beats and clapping and a flat bassline that, if my ear is musically sufficient enough to discern, consists of all of three notes. But it’s a song that’s upbeat and bright.
“Neo Moon” isn’t though, which is why it’s the song that sticks out the most, and not in a good way. It starts out a bit more subdued, almost as if it’s time to slow the dance down, but that quickly stops once the song hits its stride, and breaks things up with an urgent beat that wouldn’t be out of place as an insert song for a ‘90s robot anime. Each verse follows a chorus progression which creates an uncomfortable tension, and it never really gives you a place to release that tension. I liked the short piano solo in the middle of the song, but that’s about the only positive thing I might say about it.
Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga nai OP Single – irony