BLACK DIAMOND (Shugo Chara! Character Single)August 12, 2008 at 9:46 am | Posted in Music | 9 Comments
So, my last birthday present finally arrived. It feels a little weird getting a present that I’ve already kind of been using for…a week. I completely lack the ability to wait for a single this awesome.
So, to make this clear, this is a song from Shugo Chara!, sung by Nana Mizuki, who plays Utau. This may be a “review” but it is the most biased review you will ever read. I’ll automatically love any song that Nana-sama sings anyway (because I love her voice~!). So yeah…biased.
Oh yeah also…violin and violin “played by” Ikuto. More bias.
Title: BLACK DIAMOND
Artist: Nana Mizuki
Anime: Shugo Chara!
- BLACK DIAMOND (Major Version)
- BLACK DIAMOND (Indies Version)
- BLACK DIAMOND (Major Version) Vocal Off
- BLACK DIAMOND (Indies Version) Vocal Off
Release Date: August 6, 2008
This CD gets 5000 out of 10. (I told you I was going to be biased)
Really though. Even if I take off my fangirl glasses (halfway), it really is a great song. Specifically, it’s a great song for Nana Mizuki.
The Major Version of BLACK DIAMOND is probably now my favorite Nana Mizuki song now. Before it was “Dancing in the Velvet Moon,” the only good thing to come from the waste that is the Rosario to Vampire anime.
Now, to go on a fangirl stint for a moment, Nana Mizuki has been my favorite seiyuu for a couple of years now for two main reasons. One is the fact that the’s just a good voice actress, the second is the fact that she can be a good voice actress while singing. This song is a great example of my second reason for my absolute Nana-sama love.
To give some background on the song for anyone unfamiliar with it, BLACK DIAMOND is a song that’s used to lure little kids from their homes in the middle of the night and steal the egg that basically holds all their dreams. And I think the song fits that very well.
The lyrics at the start, “Ichiban no negai goto Oshiete” (Tell me your greatest wish) already get that point across nicely. And it’s the way Nana Mizuki sings those lyrics that makes it seem so wonderfully villain-ish. Especially in the Indies Version. You’re too distracted by, “Oh pretty music~!” in the Major Version for Nana Mizuki’s luring voice to catch you in the same way.
The whispering during certain parts, (Anata no hoshii mono), really helps sell the “Muahaha! We’re stealing all your eggs in our sneaky way” part too. Though…much more subtly than, “Muahaha” of course.
That certain Utau-ness also comes through in the song. Or as I started calling it once BLACK DIAMOND made its first appearance in the anime, Utau’s rockstar personality. Really, that Utau-ness is really just code for awesomes. Which is what Nana Mizuki has all on her own anyway. But with the rock-ish music the awesomeness really gets across.
Now then…I feel I’ve fangirled for Nana-sama enough, so let’s move onto the Major Version of this song. Because that’s what really got me all excited about this CD. Complete awesomeness.
I love the Indies Version because it has less instruments and I can just focus on pure Nana Mizuki love, but the Major Version is even better. Why? Because violins are awesome.
No one believes me anymore, but I was into the violin way before I became an Ikuto fangirl. Really, it’s something that encouraged my insane fangirling. “He plays the violin? Hell yeah!” is the kind of reaction I had. I even tried playing the violin once, but I’m clumsy and silly so it didn’t work. But the violin is my favorite instrument (followed by the piano).
So, I really liked the violin in the Major Version. Especially at the beginning (oh that was so cool!). All the other music in the Major Version is really cool too and it really turns it into something like, “Oh! So cool!” while the Indies Version was more, “Oh! Cool!” See…there’s a small difference.
And both of the “off-vocal” (meaning karaoke/instrumental) versions of the song are fun to listen to also. I obviously prefer it with Nana-sama singing, but the instrumental versions are worth a listen, even if it’s just once.
I just wish their inclusion didn’t mean that dozens of kiddies out there will make their “fandubs” in the original Japanese (why bother), thinking that somehow they’ll get compliments even though they aren’t a professional singer. Nana-sama vs. some twelve-year-old using their webcam microphone and WMM. I wonder who sounds better?
Ah, this is turning into incoherent rambling, so let’s move on.
Yes, the packaging. The wonderful, wonderful CD art.
I’ve been listening to BLACK DIAMOND since the day the torrent came out. I saved my review for when I got my late birthday present CDs in the mail. And I am so glad that I did.
I don’t have a scanner, so I used those scans that came in the torrent and just brightened them up a little. They really weren’t very great scans. I’m really glad I bought the CD so I could look enjoy the cover the way it’s meant to be enjoyed.
I feel a little stingy about sharing my enjoyment in the art with anyone who didn’t buy it, because I’m kind of like that. I can’t accurately describe it anyway…but I will try.
Basically, when I first got the torrent I saw that the cover was kind of darkened. I thought it was supposed to be like that to go with the idea of it being a free bootleg copy or something. But the image of the CD inside didn’t look like the x-egg CD from the anime, so I quickly threw that theory out the window.
Really, it’s just a poor quality scan. In order to see the real beauty of the CD you have to get it (lol, I can just imagine all those Shugo Chara fans desperately hoping this anime never gets licensed, forking over some cash to pay for a CD).
But it really is some beautiful CD art. It’s all shiny (or, someone please give me a better work) and the light really makes it look nice. And of course, you’ve got the Tsukiyomi siblings being their awesome selves on the cover so that’s definitely a bonus. All the images of diamonds on the back and inside the case are really nice too, especially the big one inside.
But of course…you just don’t get it unless you have the case yourself.
As for the CD itself, it’s really just the art printed on the CD. But it still deserves a mention for the fangirls, because we get to see more of Ikuto.
And this is just the Limited Edition version of the CD. I’m not sure what makes it any more special, just the difference and art and a difference in the case I’m assuming, but I’m glad I bought it. I’m going to pick up the other version too. But it’s not really on a rush since I know it’ll be around for a while (I just got the regular version of Meikyuu Butterfly with this CD).
But for those curious about what the other CD case looks like…
I found an image and cleaned it up a little (just barely to avoid some of the pixelation) to let everyone see. It’s more Ikuto…so I’m buying it. That’s all it really comes down to.
Now then if you’ll excuse me…I have a CD I need to put on repeat for an hour.
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