Mizuki Nana – Shin Ai PV (WHITE ALBUM OP)
First off, Happy Belated Birthday Nana-chan! Despite being fairly knowledgeable about seiyuus and their past roles, I’m not quite obsessive enough to bother remembering their birthdays. Incidentally, I stumbled upon the fact that Nana’s birthday is on January 21st and she just turned 29. Her age makes me wonder if she’s going to tie the knot with anyone soon or if she even has anyone in mind, since she’s nearing the big three O soon. Takahiro Sakurai (Suzaku in CODE GEASS) perhaps? Unlike their North American counterparts though, most Japanese people seem to be so career-oriented that being single at 30 years old doesn’t automatically trigger some sort of mid-life crisis. Interestingly enough, it was Inoue Marina‘s birthday the day before (January 20th, turned 24), Makino Yui‘s the day before that (January 19th, turned 23), and Paku Romi‘s birthday today (January 22, turned 37). I’m not sure what’s up with all the January birthdays, but since they’re all noteworthy seiyuus in my book, best wishes to all of them.
Getting back on track, above is the PV to Mizuki Nana’s latest single, “Shin Ai” 「深愛」 (Profound Love), the opening theme to the new series WHITE ALBUM. When I first heard this song in the show, I didn’t think much of it and was actually a bit disappointed that it didn’t draw me in immediately like most of Nana’s songs. I guess it didn’t help that the opening sequence was just a bunch of stills either (see below). After watching a few episodes of WHITE ALBUM though, I was surprised at how quickly this song grew on me. Because of this, I’d recommend listening to it a few times if it seems like just another run of the mill song to you at first. I think the power of Nana’s music will prevail… eventually. >_>
Despite being an almost black and white video (akin to Nana’s Trickster PV), I like the opera-like house setting they used for this PV. Somehow the color tones and emptiness just makes the song come off a lot more powerful. Accompanying Nana on the stage is Agematsu Mika, a talented professional harp player who’s responsible for the string portions of the song. As for the series itself, WHITE ALBUM is turning out more and more like a J-drama than another anime drama in my eyes, so I’m quite excited about seeing how the story progresses. The character interactions seem deep enough and they don’t seem to be relying on comedy to get out of “difficult” situations.
Anyway, enjoy the video!
…is admiring Nana-chan in that long flowing white dress.