The time has finally arrived to feature the OP of 2014 on OP/ED A Day, and in order to commemorate this momentous song the production committee of Protonstorm x mdubs presents our supersized review of Hikaru Nara by Goose house.

Have you ever heard the sound of angels singing? Me neither, but thankfully Goose house is here to bring us the closest approximation that can be reasonably produced. Hikaru Nara was the first OP of the amazing Your Lie in April and was released as a CD single on November 19th, 2014. It is the 9th major release by Goose house and their second song featured in a series after Silver Spoon's Oto No Naru Hou E and will be the first track on their upcoming album Milk.

Full music video below (Jpopsuki is slow to load so it may take a while for it to show up)

Why Did We Pick This Song?

mdubs: I'll be straight, this is my favourite OP of all time for a number of reasons. Right from the brassy get go the listener is grabbed by the bombastic opening leading straight into the chorus. It's pretty self explanatory why this song fits into a month of love songs just from the fact its from a romance anime, but check out the lyrics:

One of the most remarkable things about this song is that is really one that could only be sung by Goose house because of the way the group's voice come together to hit a wide variety of notes during the song. In addition, the visuals are tremendously beautiful and compliment the song perfectly, alternating between animated scenes and gorgeous still-shots.

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Protonstorm: It's less a matter of why we picked this song versus why doesn't everyone pick this song. The acoustic guitars, the glockenspiel countermelody, the best trumpet part I've ever heard in a non-march, some of the most talented singers in the world, this song has it all. Try as I might, it is impossible for a terrible singer such as me to hit all those notes Goose house members pull off throughout this song. Every primary instrument I listed has a duet with one of the others at various times during the piece, including some of the singers themselves. Truly Hikaru Nara is a masterpiece.

Best Moment of the Song:

mdubs: 0:43 of the TV Size when Kei chimes in of course, and 1:37 of the full version. But obviously the chorus is amazing.

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Protonstorm: 0:03 when the glockenspiel plays the four notes followed by the trumpet chords. Good stuff.

You can buy the CD Anime Single version of Hikaru Nara as well as the regular version right here:

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