sphere – REALOVE:REALIFE PV (Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou OP)
Covering as many series as I am this season, I’m finding that I barely have time to check out promotional videos on top of that, let alone blog about them. However, there are actually a good handful of them out for various opening/ending themes of anime series this season, so I thought I’d slip in a few here and there over the next week or so. First up is the sphere’s opening theme in Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou, “REALOVE:REALIFE”, simply because this seiyuu group is composed of four of my favorite female ones — Tomatsu Haruka (20), Kotobuki Minako (19), Takagaki Ayahi (24), and Toyosaki Aki (23) (left-to-right in the pic above).
Aside from Ayahi, the rest of them are actually in the series as Teruya Eiko, Arnoul, and Souga Keena respectively, so it’s rather befitting that their new song is featured in the show. K-ON fans will naturally know Aki and Minako as Yui and Mugi, the first of which sings a lot like her Houkago Tea Time counterpart. Minako on the other we never hear a whole lot of, but I actually like her singing voice a lot more, so it’s a shame Mugi doesn’t ever sing outside of her character CDs. Haruka naturally needs no introduction, since she still has her own solo record label on top of the one with sphere, whereas Ayahi has an actual educational background in music. The best part of Ayahi’s singing is that she always does character songs in the corresponding character’s voice, which is something she feels is key. Good examples of that are her Phantom ~Requiem for the Phantom~ and Chrome Shelled Regios songs.
As for the oddly spelled “REALOVE:REALIFE”, it’s definitely grown on me a lot since I first heard it while writing up the Spring 2010 Preview, where I included the short version of this PV. All the girls have pretty powerful vocals and are pretty glammed up in this video as well — most noticeably Aki with that cute pouty face she makes at the 1:22 mark. As always, Haruka has the long legs and isn’t shy about showing them off in that miniskirt she’s wearing. Minako on the other hand gets prettier every time I see her while Ayahi and her always stylish hair and petite 4’11″ (~150cm) frame will always be Feldt Grace in my eyes. In any case, I bet you thought this post was going to be about music, but you can clearly see why I prioritized getting this one out first. Enjoy~