Magic Knight Rayearth: Best Song Book Japan Import w/ Obi Strip w/ Artwork

Magic Knight Rayearth: Best Song Book JAPAN Import w/ Obi Strip & Artwork 13 trk 


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The Magic Knight Rayearth Best Songbook is a must not only for anime and CLAMP fans, but for any who enjoy great pop music; since it is composed entirely of singles, the quality of each song is extremely high. It is one of the most life-affirming and inspiring albums that I have ever been privileged to hear. The album is unified by the common themes of the songs and their pop sensibility (reminscent to the early 90's in the US). Each song's lyrics encourages the pursuit of dreams, friendship, and personal growth. However, since the track is almost entirely in Japanese, those who don't understand the languages should be prepared to find lyrics translations.
The following is a bit of commentary and information for each of the thirteen tracks on the album:
1. Yuzurenai Negai (Unyielding Wish) The magnificent first opening theme song to the Magic Knight Rayearth TV series, it has delightful pop sensibility. Naomi Tamura has an unbelievably powerful and versatile voice (a la Celine Dion); the first time I heard it, my mouth dropped open in shock and wonder.
2. Asu-e no Yuuki (Courage Leading to Tomorrow) First ending theme song. A solid track with enjoyable music though it does seem to lend itself particularly to scrolling credits. Undoubtedly, the lyrics of this track are its greatest asset; one of my favorite lines translates into: "If you travel along the rail of your heart and never look back, your dream will always come true."
3. Kirai ni Narenai (I Can't Hate You) Second opening song. Though not as aurally impressive as either of those sung by Naomi Tamura, Ayumi Nakamura has a nice voice that doesn't rely upon the affected youth to which many Japanese female musicians adhere. It's music is upbeat and readily assessible to the listener.
4. Rararai - Yasashiku Dakasete/Lullaby - Hug me Softly Second ending song. Uncharacteristically dark, Minako Honda gives this song a difuse Latin sound. Delightfully eerie.
5. Hikari to Kage wo Dakishimeta Mama (Still Embracing the Light and Darkness) The third opening theme song, also sung by Naomi Tamura. This track is very similar to Yuzurenai Negai and just as enjoyable, but somehow it seems less cavalier. Beautiful and inspirational.
6. Itsuka Kagayaku (Someday Shining) Sung by Keiko Yoshinari, it is gentle, pleasant song but completely colorless. The music is singularly mediocre, and Yoshinari's childish voice fails to make up for it. I have trouble listening to it all the way through.
7. Moona no Ekaki Uta (How to Draw Mokona Song) A whimsical, playful song that reminds one of early Disney movies. Less like music and more like sound effects, it nonetheless has a addictive tune.
8. Itsuka Tenshi ni Nareru (Someday, Become an Angel) Umi's Image Song; sung by Konami Yoshida, the voice actress for Umi. Joyous, uplifting pop song that stops short of being shallow.
9. Soyokaze no Sonatine (Sonatine of the Breeze) Fuu's Image Song; sung by Hiroko Kasahara, voice actress for Fuu. Serene and slow with beautiful violin and bell music, it sound like a song from a Broadway musical. Kasahara has a sweet, lower voice that either Konami Yoshinari or Hekiru Shiina (voice actress for Hikaru).
10. Shoujo yo, Taishi wo Idake! (Girls, Embrace Ambition!) An imitation-rap song with the three girls espousing their respective philosophies in spoken word and song. Surprisingly good for what it's worth, but certainly not true rap.
11. Mokona-Ondo de Pupupu-no-pu (Puuing to the Mokona-Ondo) A song for summer. Another high-energy track that urges the listener to leave the past behind and start anew.
12. RUN Eagle's Image Song. Though this song has a dark and angsty sound, it, like all the others, has inspiring lyrics. This is undoubtedly the most majestic track on the album, and Megumi Ogata's deep, rich voice offers surprising and delightful maturity.
13. Seiya no Tenshi Tachi (Angels of the Holy Night) A love song for Christmas. The male chorus and bells give this song just the right atmosphere; it really sounds like a traditional Christmas song. Pleasant and relaxing.

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