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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~

 

May 14, 2010 at 9:38 pm
31 comments »
  • May 14, 2010 at 9:50 pmAznCoffee

    Oh dayum, the girls are prty cute. xD

    Wish the opening animation was better though. :]

    • May 14, 2010 at 10:19 pmmegalith

      Agreed… It’s also the real reason why I hadn’t checked the full song till now.

  • May 14, 2010 at 10:00 pmTerror Of Death

    being a Demon lord has the following benefits
    1. women
    2. Theme song
    3. Dragon
    4. women
    lol
    how do I sign up lol

    • May 14, 2010 at 10:07 pmdivine

      I think you forgot “women” in there somewhere.

    • May 14, 2010 at 10:40 pmM2

      You forgot power which attracts women.

    • May 14, 2010 at 11:31 pmsoldierx

      Money, can’t forget money.

  • May 14, 2010 at 10:05 pmmegalith

    Wow.. Pretty awesome… Miles better than the short version.

  • May 14, 2010 at 10:12 pmgary

    I like tomatsu and toyosaki /not familiar with the other 2

    • May 14, 2010 at 11:56 pmAeon

      Kotobuki voices Mugi from K-on.

  • May 14, 2010 at 10:56 pmblakraven66

    Was good until Aki’s squeaky voice came out when she sang solo.

  • May 14, 2010 at 11:25 pmPhocus

    One of the best OP’s this season to one of the best shows this season.

    Epic!

  • May 14, 2010 at 11:26 pmchingoo

    I actually like the song. Unlike blakraven66, I didn’t find anyone too squeaky.
    I hit play and walked away, and then I came back and was like “What song am I listening too? I like it..”

    And lo and behold, it was the flash video and not winamp running.

  • May 15, 2010 at 1:50 amCam

    The two girls in the middle aren’t very attractive, and because the only thing this video had going for it were four girls, I didn’t really like it.

  • May 15, 2010 at 2:04 amoutcast

    Am i crazy for thinking this sounds like it could be used in a commercial for japanese haagen dazs?

  • May 15, 2010 at 2:44 amReHikari

    Hmm… Minachan is actually 18… She’ll be turning 19 in September ^^ Only reason I’m pointing this out is ’cause I’m a huge Minatard =D

    By the way, about Minachan singing, do remember that they mentioned in K-ON!! that Mugi might be singing a song herself for once, so yeah, hopefully we will be getting a proper Houkago Tea Time song with Mugi(Mina) as vocals~ =3

    • May 15, 2010 at 2:49 amReHikari

      Forgot to mention. You should pay attention to the 1:39 mark ^^ That is one heart-melting smile XD

  • May 15, 2010 at 2:50 amvin-nii

    don’t mind this song…
    actually this is a pretty good song

  • May 15, 2010 at 3:17 amDal

    I always thought the song was rather good. the Problem i had was that this PV wasn’t really cool. Great voice, great seiyu, but the way the PV was made was kinda not that great.

  • May 15, 2010 at 6:47 amUppfinnarn

    Why haven’t you written anything on the latest Ichiban episode yet?

    • May 15, 2010 at 7:56 amLaN

      K the faster Divine gets hammered for being a day or two late, the faster he’s going to burn out. Seriously, just be patient and Divine will be able to stay around without going TOO crazy=).

    • May 15, 2010 at 3:12 pmamado

      yeah and I think Divine is blogging the most out of the other blogers and he’s usually up to date or early in posting.

    • May 15, 2010 at 3:19 pmdivine

      After posting five different things yesterday, three of which are shows (including the ever-so-popular Angel Beats), I decided to take it easy for the rest of the day. I did end up watch Daimaou episode seven and will get a post out about it today.

      You may not have noticed, but I’ve always blogged about Daimaou on Saturdays since I have no other shows on that day (except FMA at 1:00am if you want to count that). The same goes with blogging Durarara on Fridays when it actually airs on Thursdays, since I already have three other shows that day.

      Priority is given to Durarara and Angel Beats on Fridays, so Daimaou gets bumped to Saturdays.

      • May 15, 2010 at 4:08 pmM2

        No rush. After all we can all watch the show ourselves. This is just the place to share thoughts and get insight.

  • May 15, 2010 at 8:29 amJurkasz

    The PV itself is boring, the music is not bad, but not something I’d put on my playlist either. At least the girls look pretty :) But I’m probably a bit bitter about this song since I wanted to hear Hikasa Youko singing :o)

  • May 15, 2010 at 9:58 amShohoku

    Where I can download the RAW of PV?

    Wanted Torrent download it

    • May 15, 2010 at 5:44 pmKai

      Just do a quick search on tokyotosho

  • May 15, 2010 at 10:01 amShohoku

    Sorry q now saw the message below did not ask for links

  • May 15, 2010 at 5:22 pmTama

    Great Song and wow.. feldt tan & Mugi tan looks awesome in that Video ^_^

  • May 16, 2010 at 12:37 amSparvid

    I came across Sphere a couple of weeks ago, and they’ve got some quite fun songs; Brave my heart, A.T.M.O.S.P.H.E.R.E. (has a PV), Treasures!!, Dangerous Girls…

  • May 16, 2010 at 2:17 amBill

    First time I heard sphere was during Hatsukoi Limited.

  • October 23, 2010 at 2:30 pmdave

    Love the song. The music box version and the instrumental version featuring the organ kick, too.