While Itazura na Kiss isn’t one of the series being covered on this site, I’ve been following it ever since it started airing back in April. Back then, I got a bit overambitious when I started blogging and tried to cover every series that I was watching and Omni wasn’t. When I had eight series under my wing, I stopped myself though, which just so happened to be on a Friday—the day that Itazura na Kiss airs. So for those wondering, this is the reason why continued coverage of this series, BLASSREITER, and Kamen no Maid Guy never saw the light of day back in spring.
In any case, being a romance comedy, I kind of figured Itazura na Kiss would be my kind of show back then and having Mizuki Nana starring in a series never hurts either. What surprised me though is that the series is relatively popular amongst current generation anime fans (which doesn’t include me since I’m kind of old school), despite the 1990’s style character designs. Anyway, I had to put this series on hold while I was on vacation in Japan and am still catching up when I can, but the second ending theme grew on me almost instantly when I heard it. Now before people start jumping on my case that this isn’t new anymore, I’ll make it clear now that I’m already aware of that fact. However, I only came across this PV somewhat recently when I was checking what came out during the past summer season, so I thought I’d share my findings for those who don’t actively look for anime-related PVs.
As for some background information, AZU made her club debut when she was sixteen years old, but only made her major debut last year with the release of her first single, CHERISH. Prior to that, she was part of a unit with EILYSH (pronounced “Eri”) and together they provided female vocals for various songs by SEAMO. It wasn’t until SEAMO’s second album with the song “Kokoro no Koe featuring AZU” 「心の声featuringAZU」 did she have a prominent singing role in a song. In the past year and a half, she’s released four singles and an album on her own, with “Jikan yo Tomare” being featured on her fourth single. In a reversal of roles, SEAMO is featured in her song now and provides a nice compliment of hip hop rap to her singing. I find that AZU has a rather pleasant voice to listen to, and as a plus, is rather easy on the eyes too. =)
According to her profile, “AZU” stands for “Conveying all the words from A to Z that describe my feelings for U (you)”. She is also 26 years old now (DoB: Dec. 8, 1981).