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Girls Dead Monster – Little Braver PV (Angel Beats!)

Oh how nice it is to finally have a face to go with the singing voice we’ve been hearing in Angel Beats. Posted on the official site yesterday was a PV of the real life Girls Dead Monster performing “Little Braver” from their third single, slated to be released on June 9th. The song features Yui‘s singing counterpart LiSA on vocals, whom we’ve already heard in the show with her version of “My Soul, Your Beats!” back in episode four and “Thousand Enemies” in episode five. I haven’t talked about the music releases in my weekly coverage of the series, but the first one was titled “Crow Song” and featured marina, Iwasawa’s singing counterpart, whereas the second one was the aforementioned “Thousand Enemies”. Each single features three completely different songs by Garudemo, which is pretty impressive considering how they’re unlikely to all be used in the actual show.

Instead, it’s just P.A. Works and Maeda Jun‘s way of showing up another Yui in some other production by a bunch of guys hailing from Kyoto, who haven’t been putting out much in the music department. An obvious exaggeration, considering how Houkago Tea Time’s OP/ED themes topped out at #1 and #2 on the weekly Oricon charts respectively, but Angel Beats has animated many more performances so far — and really good ones to boot. In any case, “Little Braver” is a surprisingly good song from the very first listen, so I’m hoping we’ll see a performance of it at some point in an episode. If you haven’t already, I recommend checking out the other two singles as well. The OP/ED single featuring Lia and Tada Aoi on the other hand is scheduled to be released in only four more days (May 26th), so it’s definitely worth keeping an eye out for that too.

Note: All Girls Dead Monster songs and both the OP/ED themes are written, composed, and produced by Maeda Jun specifically for Angel Beats.

* Thanks to Silverwolf X for the heads-up on the PV.

May 22, 2010 at 5:57 am
  • May 22, 2010 at 6:09 amVermore

    wow i like this song a lot. :D
    same with all the other songs.

  • May 22, 2010 at 6:13 amSilverwolf X

    I’ll say it again, this song ROCKS! Blows the others out of the water. (Not saying the others weren’t good mind you!).

    For those of you Japanese literate, you’ll also realize how good the lyrics are. :p

  • May 22, 2010 at 6:48 ammegalith

    This is why I love the vocalist. Awesome!!

  • May 22, 2010 at 7:03 amviral

    I like the first single very much, I’m listening to all of the 3 musics everyday while travelling on train, but I didn’t really like the second single (expect for Thousan Enemies).

    On the other hand, I like this one.

  • May 22, 2010 at 7:20 amKinny Riddle

    Hey, Divine (and SilveWolf in the episode thread), you guys beat me to it. Was about to show you this PV myself. :)

    This is already GDM’s THIRD single in 3 months. At this rate, we’ll have a full GDM album by the time the show finishes, containing nothing but awesome rock songs.

    • May 22, 2010 at 9:17 amokami

      I found this bit of information on Wikipedia’s page of Angel Beats!:
      “A Girls Dead Monster album titled Keep The Beats! will be sold on June 30, 2010.”

      • May 22, 2010 at 10:08 amSilverwolf X

        Yup, its also on the site for some time. Already preordered. Its also the album to get if you’re after Yui’s version of the Opening.

        I wonder how Crow Song sung by her will sound. xD

  • May 22, 2010 at 7:42 amRockmanshii

    good song and nice PV.

  • May 22, 2010 at 8:44 amChen^2

    Awesome song. It’s always nice to see a good all-girl band, like Stereopony.

  • May 22, 2010 at 9:12 amTehJawknee

    This is why I’ve been a Girls Dead Monster fag since day one. I wish they recorded more stuff with Marina, but LISA is just as good.

  • May 22, 2010 at 9:13 amokami

    “Oh how nice it is to finally have a face to go with the singing voice we’ve been hearing in Angel Beats.”

    You got that right ^_^

  • May 22, 2010 at 9:43 amSyllen

    This is easily the best out of all of them

  • May 22, 2010 at 9:43 amAlvord12

    Finally, a PV that isn’t boring or meaningless! :)

  • May 22, 2010 at 10:07 amKinny Riddle


    So good are GDM songs that even Super Nintendo pixellated versions are made of them. :)

    • May 23, 2010 at 10:24 amLiberta

      PURE WIN

      Nothing else to say :)

  • May 22, 2010 at 10:11 amSilverwolf X

    ^ Honestly i wish they actually made a dvd/bd of nothing but fully animated girldemo concerts and them singing all their known songs.

    Also another reason why i wish the Anime were longer than just 13 episodes. the Girldemo girls aside from yui, haven’t really gotten any screentime lately, or for that matter, any lines. :p

  • May 22, 2010 at 10:22 amZaku Fan

    The song is ok but lacking something, can’t put my finger on it. Its definitely better then the Yui version of the OP in episode 4 as she sounds more invested in the song than during the cover of the OP

    But then i’m not a big fan of GirlDeMo nor the other anime with “Yui”‘s songs other than “My song” and “Don’t say Lazy” respectively.

    But i’m looking forward to the full OP from Lia as well as the OST if it contains the Angel Beats PV6 song (the one generally used)

  • May 22, 2010 at 10:23 amzczxczx

    Nice post divine <3

  • May 22, 2010 at 10:44 amFullMetalQAF

    There’s just something about the songs in this show…I can’t explain it, but they are very rewarding.

  • May 22, 2010 at 11:21 amfall3nbs

    Awesome stuff! This isn’t even a musically centered anime and it’s pumping out more songs than K-On!

    • May 23, 2010 at 10:38 amLiberta

      Indeed, might be on par with Macross at this rate hehe

  • May 22, 2010 at 1:52 pmVsin

    Damn. The one thing I absolutely love about J songs is that I don’t have a freaking clue what they’re saying, but I love how the songs sound. Lets face it, western music is a bunch of generic background music tracks stitched together in some random order, with the main focus being whatever he/she is singing. I forgot who, but I remember one (probably well known) singer obviously ripped the opening out of Numa Numa. Meanwhile, I can tell J songs apart by listening to them for 2 seconds.

    Also, about that other Yui from that other show made by those guys in Kyoto: they have to make their songs from scratch, and have their seiyuu sing it. Conversely, these guys are the equivalent of “hey you, I’m using your song” and then animate stuff around it. So naturally, the process is MUCH faster.

    …having said that, I’m surprised that other show doesn’t have random instrumental time more often. Sorta like EP 5-ish.

    • May 22, 2010 at 2:57 pmdivine

      Actually, in addition to being a writer for Key, Maeda Jun is one of their prolific composers as well. All of the Girls Dead Monster songs are written, composed, and produced by him specifically for this series. They’re all original, including the band itself. I’ve never heard of “marina” or “LiSA” prior to this.

      The OP/ED themes “My Soul, Your Beats!/Brave Song” performed by Lia and Tada Aoi are written and composed by him too. It’s pretty impressive to say the least.

      • May 23, 2010 at 3:23 amSyllen

        no wonder i couldn’t find any info one those 2 singers on wiki or anything

      • May 23, 2010 at 10:22 amLiberta

        Maeda Jun is like a GOD when it comes to music =D

        I can’t wait till each and every music piece from Angel Beats is released so I can add them to my collection XD

  • May 22, 2010 at 6:55 pmXineohp Erif

    This is going to my iPod and phone once it comes out (:

    I even had Thousand Enemies playing as I write this haha

    If Angel Beats isn’t going to be known for it’s heart wrenching story, at least the music will be memorable (for me at least)

  • May 22, 2010 at 6:59 pmHitsugaya_10

    Million thanks to Divine for the link! Love the song! Hope Maeda Jun dont disappoint with the series. =p

  • May 22, 2010 at 9:59 pmKaminakun

    With the exception of Lia’s OP for Angel Beats! I have difficulty liking any other songs in this series … ><

  • May 22, 2010 at 10:36 pmEternal

    So apparently, the OP/ED single got leaked out early, might wanna check it out if you want. Full version of the OP is nice but the real surprise was the ED Instrumental version, completely unexpected beautiful piece right there.

  • May 23, 2010 at 12:49 amleftarrow

    Hey guys I have a question, where do you download your japanese music. I use tokyotosho but it seems like they tend to have anime related songs. I upload songs onto youtube and I’d like to find a better place to find japanese music.

    If you guys like my song, marina has some non anime songs released and I have the song もっと Motto on my youtube account.

  • May 23, 2010 at 6:12 amminarge

    This is song is good and all but what is that song with the funky bass riff that sometimes plays? Most noticeably in the most current episode where they were in class, not paying attention

  • May 23, 2010 at 10:28 amLiberta

    Holy crap, How the hell did the OP/End Songs get leaked O_o

    • May 23, 2010 at 10:50 pmKinny Riddle

      I know that shops in Hong Kong which import goods from Japan has a habit of sneakily releasing their merchandise a few days earlier from the official release dates as designated by the licensors, be it video games, CDs, DVDs, or magazines. So they’re probably your primary suspects.

      • May 23, 2010 at 11:56 pmSilverwolf X

        Dunno if it has a negative impact or not, but a day after, preorders for the single soared. LOL.

        Seriously if you guys like the music, buy it by any means.

  • May 23, 2010 at 3:34 pmWheatee

    luve it!<3

  • May 23, 2010 at 4:17 pmsealouse

    I like the OP I gotta get that.

  • May 23, 2010 at 8:35 pmfoomafoo

    I would like to get a glimpse of marina’s face too though. (I really liked her Crow Song) Although this one’s a good performance too :D

    • May 23, 2010 at 11:56 pmSilverwolf X

      Theres a link to her blog on the official site, same for LiSa

  • May 24, 2010 at 2:25 amTokyota

    The OP/ED can be downloade right now, flac!!!!!

  • June 15, 2010 at 10:53 pmnonamez

    LOVE the girl singer…

  • June 23, 2010 at 2:52 amLeira

    HAHAS :D
    only yui’s seiyuu would go well with this song.
    imagine iwasawa’s seiyuu singing this…. actually, there’s a possibilities
    but honestly speaking, i think iwasawa’s voice is better, has a calming effect :D
    iwasawa and GDM FTW <33333 (that definitely includes yui, thousand enemies :))

  • June 23, 2010 at 2:55 amLeira

    and oh my god, is that guitarist playing a gibson les paul sunburst?

  • August 30, 2010 at 1:56 amshana

    i love girls dead monsters and i have to say that i also like the girl who sings <>