HIMEKA – Mirai e…

May 31, 2010 at 8:57 AM | Posted in HIMEKA | 2 Comments
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The cover of the limited edition

Mirai e… (未来へ・・・) is HIMEKA’s 3rd single and it was released on May 26, 2010. The single reached #78 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 1,177 copies. The title track was used as the ending theme song for the anime Senkou no Night Raid.

She looks really pale. At least this cover is better than the regular edition’s (which has weird floating flowers lol).

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HIMEKA’s first original ballad, Mirai e… marks a change from her first 2 singles. Honestly, I fell in love with this song after the first listen and it’s been on replay ever since. It’s so beautiful and heartwarming. Featuring flowing strings, piano, and gentle guitar chords, the song has a tranquil atmosphere but it has epic segments like the bridge and ending instrumental. I thought her vocals were amazing as well and she really nailed it. A shortened anime edit appears as track 5 on the limited edition.

The B-side is Winding Road, an upbeat anime-ish song that’s filled with synth. While I don’t think the song is memorable or anything, the vocals are good and the production is nicely done.

Pros: Mirai e… has got to be my favorite A-side from her. It’s wonderful.
Cons: The B-side is so typical. It’s not bad but it doesn’t offer much.

BASICALLY…she continues to prove herself and grow with each new release. Excellent work!

Overall Rating

4½ stars

Tracklisting

1. Mirai e… (未来へ・・・)
2. Winding Road
3. Mirai e… ~Instrumental~
4. Winding Road ~Instrumental~
5. Mirai e… ~Anime Edit~ [Limited edition bonus track]

HIMEKA – Hatenaki Michi

December 5, 2009 at 9:49 AM | Posted in HIMEKA | 1 Comment
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The cover of the regular edition

Hatenaki Michi (果てなき道) is HIMEKA’s 2nd single and it was released on November 25, 2009. The single reached #33 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 2,982 copies. The title track was used as the ending theme song for the anime Tegami Bachi.

Hmm…not a fan of the cover. :|

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WOW @ Hatenaki Michi! I thought HIMEKA’s debut single Asu e no Kizuna was great but I thought this song was better and EPIC. Her vocals are much stronger here and further show off her versatile voice. The music doesn’t have that typical “anime” sound either (oh you know what I mean lol). There’s a big improvement in the production value. On the anime edition of the single, an edited version appears as track 5.

As for the B-side…it’s very anime (not that there’s anything wrong with that ;D) Sora wa Oshietekureru is upbeat and filled with constant percussion and electric guitars, kind of like Asu e no Kizuna. At least her vocals are fantastic in this track too.

Pros: The A-side is amazing! More epic tracks, plz.
Cons: “Been there, done that” with the B-side.

BASICALLY…stop impressing me, HIMEKA! ♥

Overall Rating

4 stars

Tracklisting

1. Hatenaki Michi (果てなき道)
2. Sora wa Oshietekureru (空は教えてくれる)
3. Hatenaki Michi ~Instrumental~
4. Sora wa Oshietekureru ~Instrumental~
5. Hatenaki Michi ~Anime Edit~ [Anime edition bonus track]

HIMEKA – Asu e no Kizuna

June 16, 2009 at 10:04 PM | Posted in HIMEKA | 4 Comments
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Tracklisting
1. Asu e no Kizuna (明日へのキズナ)
2. Sayonara Solitaire (さよならソリティア)
3. Asu e no Kizuna ~Instrumental~

This is HIMEKA’s debut single and it was released on May 27, 2009. The single reached #28 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 9,241 copies. The title track was used as the opening theme song for the anime Valkyria Chronicles.

I gotta say that Asu e no Kizuna is a very strong debut single. While the song itself is your standard J-pop track with upbeat electric guitars and strings, it’s HIMEKA’s voice that attracted me to it. Her vocals are crisp, neat, and quite pleasant to the ears. Overall, she sounds GREAT and honestly, who cares about the language she’s singing in? I think her Japanese pronunciation is pretty good anyway. It’s better than some other people I’ve heard…

The B-side is a cover of Saeko Chiba’s Sayonara Solitaire, which is an ambient piano ballad. So we’ve heard HIMEKA perform an upbeat song with the A-side, but how does she fare with something slower? Well, I was equally impressed with this song too. Once again showcasing those clear vocals, we hear more of what her voice is capable of and I was liking that she was showing more range.

This single just left me wanting more from HIMEKA and I honestly can’t wait for her next release. She has left a good impression on me and I think she shows a great deal of promise.

Overall Rating

 4½ stars

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