With all the best OPs of Winter shows we’re watching out of the way, here’s one of the best EDs of the season: a much slower and more contemplative sequence than the vibrant minecart ride that is the OP (as befits most EDs). The extreme closeups hand-drawn in charcoal fit the bittersweet song by Amazarashi, and the first time I saw it it had me guessing which expressions Dororo would make next. It’s a very pretty and haunting way to close the book on an episode.
Song by Zwei: Ueno Megumi (bass) and Ayumu (vocals)
Song: “Hibana” by The Sixth Lie
Nice execution of the vertical scrolling ED, in which every character of note is represented and the main pair of Sugimoto and Asirpa get a nice close up at the end after the gold everyone is after explodes.
Happy Friday! Hinna, Hinna!
T * G * I * F
Song: “HALF” by Ziyoou-Vachi
This ED features a very catchy rock theme while the visuals encapsulate the Quinx Squad’s downtime throughout the seasons, with particular attention to Saiko looking exhausted as she rests her head on the coffee table while the other members sit on the couch reading or drinking tea. She also proudly displays a framed photo of her squad in her room.
“Wa-Cycle” by Itoki Hana
We began the week with a duet by Minase Inori and Kubo Yurika; might as well close with one too, eh?
This number is arguably even more catchy than the OP, as long as you’re on board with the inherent cutesiness the vocalist bring to the table. For some reason I love what I’d describe as their “bored harmonization” inserted throughout the song.
This song is called “More One Night”, which sounds like it should be “One More Night”, but isn’t.
In a nice touch, the black-and-white visuals are hand-drawn by the source’s mangaka herself, one Tsukumizu.
Is it Friday already? You know it is (unless you’re in a different timezone and it’s already Saturday).
In any case, here’s one of the many catchy ending themes we’ve been treated to this Fall. Like Fate/Zero, we see the various warriors in their “regular lives” before entering the Zodiac War.
It’s set to a song called “Keshin no Kemono” (“化身の獣” directly translated as “Beast Incarnate”) by a group called Do As Infinity, featuring tight, precise instrumentation and some nice crisp vocals that are allowed to shine with few effects; just a light reverb.
When it first starts, I feel like I’m getting ready to play Sonic CD!
Enjoy the weekend, everybody.
The summer I spent with you, is like a faraway dream
the fireworks display that disappeared into the sky
That’s pretty much the perfect refrain for ReLIFE, which ends with Hishiro likening Kaizaki to those vanishing fireworks, in addition to decribing similar moments between Kariu and Oga. I can see why the producers dusted off a sixteen-year-old single to bridge the gap between the 12th and 13th episodes.
Also, Whiteberry is singing about a Summer festival, so of course they’re donning yukata while playing. How badass is that?
DISCLAIMER: RABUJOI is not responsible for any ear bleeding caused by this song.
Here’s a more contemporary version of the song, covered by the vocaloid Hatsune Miku (based on the voice of Fujita Saki, AKA Inami from Working!!).
This version was used in the ED of Watamote Episode 6, but I never watched that show:
I like both, but I think the original has more charm.
Happy Friday! Why not chill out with the ending theme to Beautiful Bones, a soothing, ethereal little number called “Uchiyoserareta Boukyaku no Zankyou ni” (打ち寄せられた忘却の残響に, no help from Google Translate: “The reverberation of heave are forgetting”) by TECHNOBOYS PULCRAFT GREEN-FUND, which is a wonderfully ridiculous name for a band any way you slice it.
Well…THAT was unexpected!
Happy Friday. Now GET UP AND DANCE TO SOME ANTIMAGIC BEATS!
I love how this theme not only drops funky piano chords, but is also sung by Itou Kanako. She has a very distinctive, familiar voice, and when I looked her up I found out why: she sang the excellent opening theme to Steins;Gate. Her’s is a light, somewhat nasally voice that’s powerful and articulate without ever sounding strained.
The panning shots of the main six characters (only four of which we were formally introduced to in the first episode) are fine, but honestly this ED is all about the music; a sound that takes me back to fighting the LeBlanc Syndicate in FFX-2 (and yes, that’s a good thing).