|Rio: Rainbow Gate
|January 26, 2011
|1. Miracle Chance
|2. Pinkish ~Fortune Heart~
|3. Miracle Chance (Instrumental)
|4. Pinkish ~Fortune Heart~ (Instrumental)
Review: Denpa music has recently surged in popularity in the past few years. The well-known examples of denpa are songs like the Lucky Star OP and the works of artists like MOSAIC.WAV. In a way, denpa conveys the feeling of moe through cute and happy songs with lyrics that probably won’t make any sense.
Last year, a denpa group called ULTRA-PRISM made their debut in anison with “Shinryaku no Susume,” the opening for Shinryaku! Ika Musume. The song was good and well-received and made me wonder if this success would carry over to “Miracle Chance.” Unfortunately, it does not since this single lacks energy, so much that it felt dull to the point where it almost put me to sleep.
Real-life casinos exhibit a competitive environment with high stakes games and some exploitation. “Miracle Chance” strays far from that kind of atmosphere and depicts gambling as a happy, fluffy experience. While it’s a pretty catchy song, this song pales in comparison to their last single in terms of excitement, which is odd because if there’s anything that could make gambling compelling, it’d be excitement. It was not until 0:57-1:30 and 2:22-2:54 that there is enough energy to make it slightly enjoyable. Though “Miracle Chance” is a mixed bag and just a decent song at best, this single really takes a turn for the worse once the B-side rolled around.
Sadly, “Pinkish ~Fortune Heart~” is the most disappointing song out of the entire single and its emotionless delivery easily makes it the worst ULTRA-PRISM song yet. The song starts off with some electronic beeps before the guitars and drums enter after the singer says “Pinkish.” Around 0:28, the singer enters and performs in a monotonous tone, which can put anyone to sleep or stop their music players in frustration. The problem I see with this song is the horrible choice of instrumentals, which sucks any happiness from those listening to this song with the rather bland bass. While denpa isn’t really known for the singing, the instrumentals are very important to make the song at least enjoyable and “Pinkish ~Fortune Heart~” fails at that, making it not worth listening to.
It’s a shame that the songs in “Miracle Chance” aren’t as compelling as they should be. ULTRA-PRISM had potential after their debut with their first anime-related single, but all of their efforts here are wasted. The composers are to blame for the songs’ mediocrity; they effectively slapped notes on the score and then called it quits without editing their work to make it more compelling. That’s unfortunately not out of line with the quality Rio: Rainbow Gate has exhibited thus far, and so, expectations have been extremely low. That makes the music in this show a slight step up from being outright horrible to just absolutely mediocre.
Rio: Rainbow Gate ED – Miracle Chance