Yeah, the title’s quite a mouthful there. But anyways, the legendary CD is out! The one with Hinagiku’s cover of Cruel Angel Thesis! Man I’ve been waiting a while for it!
01.Nijiiro no Sneaker by Sanzenin Nagi
I dunno, this song just doesn’t appeal to my aesthetic, so I’m kinda neutral about it. I’ve never really heard the original (by Megumi Hayashibara) either, so no feelings about this song. Kugimin’s singing isn’t anything to shout about either, so you either love it or just don’t care about it.
02.Kanashimi yo Konnichiwa by Maria
Is it hillarious that Maria, always sensitive to being called “old” has to pick such an old-school song (this is the Maison Ikkoku 1st
ED OP)? Despite that, it works well with Rie Tanaka’s vocals and it’s quite a nice cover of this song to listen to. Rie Tanaka manages to keep the “old-school” feeling of the song while giving it a modern makeover.
03.Zankoku no Tenshi no TEE-ZE by Katsura Hinagiku
Yes, the cover that everyone’s been waiting for! Surprisingly, Itou Shizuka keeps a pretty high pitch throughout the song so I couldn’t really recognize her voice at first. I guess that’s the only way she can match up with Takahashi Yoko’s god-like vocal. The song also gets a bit “techno” makeover, so it’s a bit more faster in tempo too. Overall, quite a good cover. Actually +50 WIN points for actually producing it.
04.Gandhaara by Isumi Saginomiya
Oh god, if you thought Maria’s song was old, Isumi’s choice is even more obscure (to the younger generation at the least). I’m pretty darn surprised by the choice of song too. Can someone t/l the booklet included with the CD so that I can know why? I can provide the scans, LOL.
05.STEP by Tachibana Wataru and Kijima Saki
AHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHA! Is this typical Wataru or what? He’s singing the OP to Mashin Eiyuden Wataru for his song choice. Oh wow, that was hillarious. But it’s a surprisingly engaging song, got me in to its beat in fact.
06.Maharaja ni Naritai!! by Katsura Yujiki
As expected from Yukiji, even her song choice reflects her overbearing attitude. Hearing Hitomi Nabatame sing this song is pretty LOL too. I haven’t heard the original though…
07.Ryoute wo Hirogete by Aizawa Sakuya
A slow song from Kana Ueda. Can’t really comment much on this.
08.My Heart Iidasenai, Your Heart Tashikametai by the Hakuou Student Council Trio
I fukken lol’ed on seeing this song on the CD. Especially sung by the three stooges. Fortunately, they managed not to mangle the song… In fact, it’s quite listenable!
09.Kokoro ha Tamago by Nishizawa Ayumu
So while Nishizawa sucks in the manga and anime in singing, thankfully her seiyuu Mikako Takahashi is able to sing properly. I’m surprised yet again by the choice of song again. This is the Chojin Sentai Jetman ending theme sung by Kageyama Hironobu. More like, HE SANG SUCH A ‘SOFT’ SONG BEFORE OMGWTFBBQ? Anyways, a nice cover by Ayumu.
10.Konome Kaze by Ayasaki Hayate
Hayate himself takes the last place in the CD, with a rendition of the 4th ED for his own anime. I’ll be honest. It quite sucked. I nearly couldn’t recognise it at all. Maybe it’s because Shiraishi Ryouko used her Hayate voice to do it but the original rendition by IKU was pretty high up. Not exactly unlistenable, but you’ve been warned.
The second disc is the Hayate Wiki Disc where Hayate and Nagi explain the choices behind the songs chosen by each character. Quite an interesting listen if you want to improve your knowledge of Japanese modern visual culture.