Somehow, I’ve taken it upon myself to post more PVs here. There’s a reason behind this madness though (and insanity isn’t it!). While I used to listen to a fairly diverse selection of music (Japanese, Korean, Chinese, English), I slowly drifted away from that over the years. This is primarily due to 1.) the amount of anime I’ve been watching and 2.) the drastic change in what constitutes “anime music”. Unlike the music used in western cartoons, anisongs were pretty unique to begin with since they’re usually “normal” songs borrowed for anime use. However, even songs written specifically for a series these days tend to sound like music anyone would listen to. As such, I no longer look for new music to listen to; I can just let it come to me via anime opening/ending themes. The natural extension of that are the PVs to those songs, hence why I’ll post about entire concerts these days. At least, that’s what my music collection of 950+ singles/albums/soundtracks labeled with an “Anime” genre tell me.

So with that, I have the PV of fripSide‘s “only my railgun” here. Surprisingly, it’s “available” ahead of its scheduled November 4th release. As a pop group that started in 2002, flipSide’s music sounds anything but anime-only to me, even though they became a part of the visual novel publishing/distributing company Visual Art’s in 2006. They’re comprised of two main members, Nanjou Yoshino (vocals/lyrics) and Yaginuma Satoshi (composition/arrangement/lyrics/guitar), the former of which replaced the originally vocalist Nao earlier this year. Some of you may be familiar with Yoshino’s work as a seiyuu, having voiced Oosawa Maria in CANAAN and Tsukishima Koko in Da Capo II.

Given the title of the song, I assume that it was written specifically for To Aru Kagaku no Railgun, but you probably could’ve fooled me if you told me it wasn’t. The song has a surprisingly good beat and could probably pass as a dance song if remixed a bit. Because of that, I originally thought it was something by I’ve Sound, especially since they had done the music for Index. I tend to like I’ve Sound’s KOTOKO and Kawada Mami‘s songs almost immediately, so fripSide’s similar sound was easy for me to get hooked on. As for the PV itself, it’s anime-themed with a girl in a Tokiwadai uniform and espers showcasing their abilities. Befitting of the song, you also get to see a Misaka Mikoto style railgun at the end. Pretty cool.

I have more PVs in store, so stay tuned. (Feel free to comment though. :P)

Show To Aru Kagaku no Railgun OP1 「only my railgun」 by fripSide ▼

30 Comments

  1. I enjoy this song and when I first heard it, I thought it was I’ve’s as well and surprised to find that it is not.

    Keep posting the PVs, it makes for a nice addition to the site.

    mikeon
  2. I agree with you completely, I often cant classify what genre most of my Japanese music goes under especially if they’re from an anime, most of the music can be considered mainstream Jpop and Jrock

    btw any chance I can steal your 950+ singles/albums

    Sipher27
  3. wow, 950 singles/albums anime songs, i have like 400, but i havent downloaded many as i did before any more since in listening online most the time.
    and you think you can to share those songs you have? it could be made in to a radio with those here in on the web, that would be cool.

    Trejon
  4. I’ve watched this video several times (Don’t judge me!) and I gotta say it grows on you the more you watch it. The weird magician guy’s pretty entertaining to watch for some inexplicable reason. Even though the song’s Jpop it definitely benefits from an electronica vibe, the genre matches the anime’s sci fi theme well.

    synkronized
  5. However, even songs written specifically for a series these days tend to sound like music anyone would listen to.

    I note that that’s almost exactly the same as the line from Kampfer 04. 😛

    Hayate Yagami

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