Happy New Year and welcome to the first instalment of a series titled "OP/ED A Day" Where myself and my friends and colleague will attempt to bring you a, you've guessed it, an opening or ending of an anime every day (or track from an OST derived from an anime, or VN, or anime related game… criteria is basically wide open)
"Why?" you might ask. It allows some of us be more expressive in our writing. As well as giving some people a nice start into writing (for me, it's to get me back to being a regular) For you, you benefit from terrible music taste and from that it can evolve into discovering new music and to enjoying the anime it was made for. So it's like a circle of happiness, almost. With that in mind, let me introduce you to my music taste!
So let's be clear, I DON'T SPEAK FLUENT JAPANESE. Okay, perfect.
So what makes a great OP/ED for me? Well there are a couple of things I look for, especially for a "baka gaijan" like myself. Well for starters, I love me some piano, if it's got some then I'm probably all in. Sometimes if someone's voice is like honey in my ears (Minori Chihara for example) then I'm all down to listening to some powerful or strong vocals from certain artists. Accessibility is a major factor as well, by that; I mean how easy it is for me to reproduce the music and sounds. Oh, and level of "Engrish" in a song is sometimes what can make an OP/ED from okay to freaking great, but that's always subjective from one to another. Songs sung by character/s from the show are enjoyable to, especially if you like the character. Oh and how catchy the song is (probably the same as accessibility), you can't go wrong if it's cute and poppy or if it's just got a killer chorus you can't shake off.
"Uchōten Jinsei (有頂天人生)" by milktub
So let's get into why I chose this OP
Well it's the start of a new year, and I wanted a song that embodies the spirit that most people take when starting a fresh year in their lives, a whole new chapter, the turning point and what have you. First the lyrics, "you simply have to make life interesting or fun". THAT IS WHAT IT IS ALL ABOUT!! You have to be the change in your life; you can't just sit and wait around for it! Take this chance and opportunity by the reins and make that dream a reality. Don't let the past hold you back because you failed or you'll start finding excuses to stop being that beautiful butterfly you've always wanted to be. Right, now that's out of the way, it features amazing vocals; I love how the singer is almost shouting but still singing! It's like he's motivating us for the show, but also for you to change! The music composition is fitting, fast and upbeat to match the meaning of the song. Especially how the drums have a large presence in the track making you notice it and want to tap along and get your body moving. It's these sort of small things that can help you start your journey into making your life that more interesting, and before you know it, you'll be living in a life of ecstasy.
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