Nijiiro Chara Change! (DS Game Single)November 29, 2008 at 11:03 am | Posted in Music | 6 Comments
*drags self further out of self-imposed semi-exile for the sake of Kanae Ito newbie love~*
This single came out…quite earlier this month and I got it about a week and a half ago now. But as a Kanae Ito fan (even though I’ve only watched Shugo Chara!) I must properly review her first character song.
And by properly, I of course mean with complete bias and fangirl adoration.
Title: Nijiiro Chara Change!
Artist: Kanae Ito (Feat. Kana Asumi, Nanae Katou, Aki Toyosaki)
Anime/Game: Shugo Chara! Amu no Nijiiro Chara Change!
- Nijiiro Chara Change!
- Saikyou LOVE POWER
- Nijiiro Chara Change! (Amu Only Karaoke)
- Nijiiro Chara Change! (Ran, Miki, Su Only Karaoke)
- Nijiiro Chara Change! (Karaoke)
- Saikyou LOVE POWER (Amu Only Karaoke)
- Saikyou LOVE POWER (Ran, Miki, Su Only Karaoke)
- Saikyou LOVE POWER (Karaoke)
Release Date: November 5, 2008
Score…something incredibly and outrageously biased. Because it’s so cute.
Nijiiro Change! is the opening song for the second Shugo Chara! Nintendo DS game titled, “Amu no Nijiiro Chara Change!” (I wonder how they came up with the name for the song…).
In the game, apparently Amu does a bunch of chara changes with the charas of other people in the series. Not sure what sort of plot there is beyond that, but hey it’s a DS game. It doesn’t need a plot. I played the game really quickly a few days after it came out, but then turned away in disgust because DS emulators suck. I’ll probably buy it when if I win the lottery and I can play it then. Or if I get a nice job. That would be useful too.
You may think that all of that doesn’t matter too much because I’m not reviewing the game, but you’d be wrong. No game, no song. Shugo Chara! merchandise is pretty much just directed at kids (but we all buy it) and kids aren’t known to buy lots of character singles (as far as I know). However if they hear a super cute song on their new super cute game, they’re probably more willing to run out and buy it.
At least I was like that when I was twelve.
I’ve even lost count of how many toys and random stuff the series has caused to come about. Right now I know every one is grabbing for cute little gachapon Humpty Locks and Dumpty Keys…which I of course want as well so I can giggle every time I look at the two together (also useful for cosplay~).
Even though logic and reasoning told me that Kanae Ito (and quite a few others) weren’t popular enough to have successful singles without a reason, I was ready to riot. No need to complain anymore though. At the very least we can say that the heroine of our show finally got her character song. We finally get two whole songs of Kanae Ito (and others) singing.
Maybe now I can stop affectionately calling Kanae-san my favorite “newbie” seiyuu now that she has a proper character song out. After all, she’s been in Shugo Chara! for over a year…and she’s in every episode (…a lot). Nah, not until she’s been enough anime I watch (maybe two more) so that she’s no longer just “Amu’s seiyuu” to me. Though she did do an impressive enough job voicing Dia. So cute~!
I think we’ve all been waiting to hear Kanae Ito sing since…episode 12 when she did not sing because of an unfortunate choice in altering the story (at least from the general fangirl POV). We didn’t get our chance again until episode 45 when Amu was supposed to sing in front of the whole school, but the damn chorus drowned out Kanae-san so I didn’t hear a thing! Then just a few episode later we finally got our chance to hear her sing properly in episode 49 and I was pleased.
Kanae Ito isn’t a spectacular singer or anything. I tend to think she passes quite easily for a “newbie” seiyuu though. Especially for Amu specifically who isn’t really supposed to be a good singer or anything. Amu’s an “average girl” and having her be a wonderful singer would make many people roll their eyes and mutter “Mary-Sue” yet again.
I personally like Kanae Ito’s singing voice, which is probably just because I like her regular talking voice so much. I’m not sure what the word for it would be, but maybe it’s relaxing for me to hear? I’m not sure if that’s the proper way to explain it, but it’s what fits best.
Basically, she doesn’t have a lot of range so the songs can’t be too complicated, but she does a capable job. There’s some parts of a song that her voice is perfectly suited for as well and somehow it fits and I end up smiling. But that’s me personally and that’s actually me mostly thinking about “Yuki no Uta” from episode 49.
I have to break away from the Kanae Ito love for a minute to give a proper review though.
It’s a good thing that we had episode 49, because I wouldn’t be able to entirely judge if I like Kanae Ito singing or not from these CDs. There’s too much going on in the music (and with the singing from the chara trio) to be able to full hear Kanae-san. Which is fine.
Both songs are a little like…drowning in cuteness and happiness. Especially Nijiiro Chara Change! which is “coincidentally” my favorite.
I love upbeat songs and I can listen to an incredibly cute and catchy song on repeat for an hour (or more) sometimes. These ones I could only go about a half-hour with, but my spacey-head I get when I’m sick is to blame for part of that.
Nijiiro Chara Change! is my favorite because it’s the more upbeat and cutesy one. Saikyou LOVE POWER is probably the one that suits Kanae Ito (or perhaps, Amu specifically) best. At least at certain parts. Like I said when fangirling for Kanae-san before. Some parts of a song her voice is really suited for and it just sounds right. Others…well she’s no bad. I wouldn’t say that. She’s just not really a singer.
As for Kana Asumi, Nanae Katou, and Aki Toyasaki…sorry but there’s nothing to say. They do their cute chara voices throughout the song and never get any spots to themselves. So it’s safe to say they’re just adding to the cute overdose.
The overdose of cute is good if you like that sort of thing, but very, very bad if you don’t. Since…it’s every where. It’s a pretty safe bet to do the cute song though, considering that Shugo Chara! is a mahou shoujo series and is so full of pink and sparkles (and sometimes both) that anyone who enjoys the series has to have a high tolerance for that stuff anyway.
I saw a comment somewhere before writing this that said they thought it would have made a good opening for the anime, which I agree with 100%. I think either song would have fit the anime better than Minna no Tamago. It’s something I’d like to return to when I (hopefully) do a review on Shugo Chara Egg’s first single, so I’ll leave it be for now. Basically, just take it as “the songs are cute and fit the Shugo Chara! mood” because that’s what I’m trying to say.
You need to check out the single (preferably buy it if you can) if you’re a Shugo Chara! fan. If you’re just a fan of seiyuu in general and looking to see how Kanae-san sounds, I’d say you’re better off looking for “Yuki no Uta” from episode 49 on YouTube. Just be careful to avoid fandubs. I’d say they’re very likely to ruin the charm and entire purpose of the song (Amuto – Amu = failure).
(Those of you waiting for the episode 60 post are going to have to be patient with me. It won’t be up until later today.)
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