Kawada Mami, member of I’ve Sound, is an artist who probably needs no introduction among anime fan circles, having produced singles for several highly popular and prolific series such as Shakugan no Shana, Hayate no Gotoku!, and of course, Toaru Majutsu no Index. Looking at that list, it seems like in the roughly five years since the release of her first single, SEED, she’s become J.C.Staff’s go-to-girl for songs for their higher budgeted and advertised, multi-seasonal shows. Being a rather big Mami fan myself, enjoying every song she’s put out for Shana and Index, I immediately went to listen to the single of No buts!, released last week (11/3) the first chance I got. As usual with Kawada Mami singles, there’s not much to dislike between the TV-Sized version of the song and the Full version, as the beat is more or less consistent throughout the entire song with only a small break in the middle of the song, so if you liked the cut version, you should have no problem getting right into the full version. That’s just speaking of audio, though. While I like the song itself, I felt that the visuals which go along with it in this music video don’t match well with the audio, as the fast singing and high tempo contrast sharply with the slow and melodic movements of Kawada, along with the dark setting she’s been placed in. The OP animations for Index II included fast movements and transitions that blended perfectly with the audio, so my image of this before viewing it was that Kawada would be in some fast moving scenes, but I have to say I’m disappointed with the choice of choreography here.
As far as comparisons to past Index OPs go, I still haven’t decided whether I like this as much as PSI-missing, but I’m leaning towards liking PSI-missing more due to the smoother melody, as No buts! doesn’t let up the entire way through. I’m pretty sure I like Masterpiece more than this though, which is odd, since I like PSI-missing more than Masterpiece. I suppose Masterpiece’s wild beats came off as more appealing to me than No buts! non-stop high tempo, but when comparing the different styles they each have their own charms. Either way, they’re all great singles and I’d say that Index has some of the best OPs in the industry today, but of course those are just my tastes.
Also, concerning the lyrics, I translated them myself and took liberties in the editing process, so if anyone notices that words don’t match up exactly with what’s being said, be aware that it’s because of my editing. With that said, the sentences still maintain their general meaning and make more sense in English this way.
*For a quick comparison of PSI-missing and No buts!, here’s the former.