Sora Kake Girl OST - 裸々イヴ新世紀
Not to be confused with the 1967 novel The Girl who Leapt through Time (most widely known for the 2006 anime film by Madhouse), The Girl who Leapt through Space (or Sora Kake Girl), is a 2009 anime by Sunrise, the same creator who brought you the Gundam series and of course, Tiger & Bunny. Again, I will be taking a look at the Opening Theme of this anime.
Like Tiger & Bunny, because I've never watched the anime before, this will rule out any bias I have towards the series, be it positive or negative. Do keep in mind that in my review, all I can give is a personal opinion and my first impression towards this opening sequence.
By the way, cue "Fanservice anime"?
The name of the song used for the Opening Theme is 裸々イヴ新世紀 (Rara Ivu Shinseiki), which literally translates to Naked Eve New Century. If you know Japanese well enough, admit it, the title definitely caught your attention. It's composed by ALI PROJECT, with Katakura Mikiya arranging the song and Takarano Arika writing the lyrics. The only word I can think of that best describes the song is "mysterious".
The song itself does have a mysterious feel (and mind you, this is just after listening to the TV length of the song), with a bit of Arabian feel to it fused with Techno (something I believe is a staple element to most, if not all, of Sunrise's productions). I would consider Arika-san's voice angelic and serene in this song; when you listen to her voice, for some strange reason you feel at ease, and it's something that you can't really explain easily.
As much as the vocals blend with the music, the latter sounds...rather interesting. As I have mentioned before, it's basically Techno with a bit of Arabian feel. However, when you line it up with the anime, I feel that the song could be better used for an anime with a legit Arabian theme, "Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic", for example.
The lyrics are a totally different story. Basically, the song is about a girl who yearns for freedom, and no matter how suggestive the lyrics can be, it's a relief that it's not reflected in the Opening Theme, so don't worry kids, this anime is still safe for you to watch. Oh wait...
Moving on to the Opening sequence itself, unlike Tiger & Bunny, this sequence actually follows the rhythm of the song. To me, that is a good thing because you won't feel that the sequence and the song are 2 separate entities; in fact, they blend in rather well together. The mood of the sequence also follows closely to the mood of the song; there was one part where Shishido Nami is walking and at that precise moment, the song was not as intense compared to the other parts of the song. My only complaint is that I feel that the sound could have been used for a legit Arabian-themed anime as the song pretty much revolves around mystery, and to my knowledge (which is near zero), Sora Kake Girl is anything BUT mysterious.
By the way, cue "Fanservice anime" again?
That's all I can say about the Opening Theme for Sora Kake Girl. This is only my personal opinion, so I apologies if there are some mistakes that I made in this review. If not, thank you very much for reading and may you Get Inspired Now!