- Soai Calendula
- Hana ni Natta Shounen no Shinwa
1. Soai Calendula
As an anime ending theme, of course Soai Calendula is a ballad. The arrangement is soft and meandering, using strings, acoustic guitar, piano, drums and the occasional electric guitar. Ceui’s voice is high but not cute, and fits with the instruments perfectly. There’s a sparkling piano solo in the bridge, where the song peaks in power. She ends on a good high note too. It’s a nice ballad, but nothing special.
2. Hana ni Natta Shounen no Shinwa
When I saw the track length I felt a warm wetness trickling down my leg… ‘Kay I’m joking (really, I am!!!) but I do get a little scared when I see a song is 14 minutes long. So how was it? Read on. Hana ni Natta Shounen no Shinwa begins with tribal chanting, and Ceui comes in to a ballad setting of quiet piano and acoustic guitar, with strings added later. For this part, you could imagine it being sung in a forest, as there are bird songs and sounds of nature around. Then the tempo picks up as the song takes a folk-rock style. There are lower piano parts that give a heavy sound, and in the chorus there’s sections resembling the chorus of Guren no Yumiya (not as good though). As a change about halfway through, acoustic guitar and accordion feature in a lighter part with 3/4 timing. To top it off, there’s an awesome guitar solo thrown in! This song is brilliant. It successfully blends pop-folk, classical and rock into a beautifully epic piece. Ceui’s vocals perfectly suit the light arrangement, she hits her notes well and has some seriously high parts, which she nails. An amazing song, only problem is the length.
As my first Ceui single, I cannot help but be impressed. Soai Calendula was nice but ordinary anison stuff, but Hana ni Natta Shounen no Shinwa was just wow. IT’S SO AMAZING!!!!! Does Ceui usually do super epic fantastic spectacular masterpieces like that? I might need to go listen to her other material.