KOKIA – Transparent

September 18, 2009 at 8:15 PM | Posted in KOKIA | 1 Comment

Transparent is KOKIA’s 19th single and it was released on August 26, 2009. The single reached #105 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 930 copies.

KOKIA has started to release music under the Lantis label now so it explains the covers of this single and her previous one KARMA. Lantis exclusively focuses on anison singers/bands and seiyuu. The song was used as the 2nd ending theme for PHANTOM -Requiem for the Phantom- as well.

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I’m liking these anime singles so far because they showcase KOKIA doing some genre experimenting. Like with her last single, she’s creating an ambient atmosphere through the use of synthetic sounds in Transparent. While I think this song is nowhere near as good as KARMA was, it still has its moments. The chorus, despite being really repetitive since she says nothing but “TRANSPARENT”, is nice and features great stringwork. Aside from that, there’s nothing else worth noting.

I thought the B-side Chinmoku was a little better. The music is slower paced but still has that eerie, synthetic sound. I liked the mix of piano and light beats because they both sound so fluid togehter. KOKIA’s vocals are gentler as well and she does some neat adlibbing.

Pros: Both songs are pleasant and I liked that KOKIA is doing something different.
Cons: At the same time, this single was pretty underwhelming. KARMA was much better.

BASICALLY…not amazing but still worth a listen!

Overall Rating

 3½ stars


1. Transparent
2. Chinmoku (沈黙)
3. Transparent (Instrumental)
4. Chinmoku (Instrumental)


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