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fripSide – LEVEL5 -judgelight- PV (To Aru Kagaku no Railgun OP2)


I haven’t been posting about PVs as much as I would’ve liked recently, but here’s the latest from fripSide. Unlike their PV for the first opening theme of Railgun, this one doesn’t have much of anything in reference to the anime. As for the song itself, I admittedly fell five plus weeks behind on the series for obvious reasons, so I actually didn’t hear it until late last week. Because of that, it’s still somewhat new to me. For initial impressions, I’d say I like the sound of their new song, but took a much more immediate liking to “only my railgun”. With fripSide’s music though, I figure “LEVEL5 -judgelight-” will grow on me the more I listen to it, which is what happened with “late in autumn”, the second track on the “only my railgun” single.

Anyway, the more I hear it, the more Nanjou Yoshino‘s singing as the new vocalist of fripSide seems well-suited for their upbeat, fast-paced music. I still find this surprising because I can’t really picture that voice behind Oosawa Maria in CANAAN nor Tsukishima Koko in Da Capo II, both of whom she voiced. For those wondering, the guy coming out of the bag in the PV is Japanese entertainer/comedian Esper Itou who was also in the “only my railgun” PV. Why he’s featured in their music video I don’t know, so maybe someone can fill me in on that.

February 19, 2010 at 9:59 pm
  • February 19, 2010 at 10:31 pmShuin_Zwei

    The song is good but when the topic comes to video I think I can barely liked only my railgun than this…

  • February 19, 2010 at 10:36 pmDC/AC

    Nah, the guy appears in the OMR PV is Maggy Shinji a magician/comedian. He has shown some of his stuff(magic) in the video. I guess, since they got magics there, they turn to ESP here. This guy Esper Itou seems to have an appearance just for his name.

  • February 19, 2010 at 10:41 pmdivine

    Thanks for the correction.

  • February 19, 2010 at 10:45 pmakani

    O____o Okay, the PV for judgelight is very weird. That half naked guy doing random stuff really doesn’t fight the epic mood of the song.

    Besides that, I think I’m the only one who likes LEVEL5 -judgelight- better than only my railgun. Just my opinion.

  • February 19, 2010 at 11:45 pmpaul

    i though this would be about level 5 the game developer

  • February 19, 2010 at 11:53 pmSadiki

    Good song… horrible video.

  • February 19, 2010 at 11:53 pmSyllen

    they need to get better directors for all their videos

  • February 20, 2010 at 12:14 amAznCoffee

    Oh god, the music and the imagery don’t match at all. Gahhh my eyes!! x__x

  • February 20, 2010 at 1:00 amchieki

    O____O the video is so random, especially when the guy came out of the bag…

  • February 20, 2010 at 2:27 amShimapan

    pretty nice song.

  • February 20, 2010 at 2:52 amfullmetalQAF


    I totally agree with you. I just cannot get into “Only My Railgun” no matter how hard I try, I much prefer “Level5″.

  • February 20, 2010 at 3:36 amMabo

    What do they smoke? Please, tell me x)

    BTW, i whish there’ll be a PV for the new ending as well, love it much more that this one.

  • February 20, 2010 at 8:41 amsynkronized

    I know not many seem to like Railgun better but I’m thoroughly enjoying “Judgelight” quite a bit. The sound feels a bit lighter and more surreal but it’s still got an odd off putting vibe (In a good way) to it.

  • February 20, 2010 at 9:02 amsynkronized

    oops meant to type “many seem to like Railgun better” lol

  • February 20, 2010 at 10:29 amAoba

    Could you please cover Tomatsu’s “Rainbow Road” (and if possible, “High Touch!”)?

  • February 20, 2010 at 12:14 pmOoooO2

    As usual jap pv…nice song with video tat is not related to the song
    The pv sucks

  • February 20, 2010 at 6:34 pmLe

    I love that wtf face on the guy carrying the bags at the end of the video. I had the same expression. xD

  • February 21, 2010 at 10:49 pmsanguine

    I love both only my railgun and level5. They’re so upbeat and reflect the epicness that is Railgun. I prefer watching the actual OPs with the music though.

  • February 22, 2010 at 7:47 amuccoffee

    I like the level5 full version more than railgun full version, but railgun TV ver more than level5 Tv ver~

    The PV is so funny, thou doesnt suit the song~