Azumanga Daioh: Vocal Collection (of 1) (Mania.com)
Date: Friday, May 06, 2005
Release Date: Tuesday, July 05, 2005
What They Say
Whimsical vocal songs are the order of the day with this fun new album that celebrates and embodies the wonderful wackiness of the mega-popular high school comedy, "Azumanga Daioh." This 12-track CD also includes the full-length versions of both the opening and closing theme songs.
Starting off as the AzuDai albums do, with Soramimi Cake, this is fun and VERY strange. "Let's Make It!", aka the cooking song, is here, as is the theme for the short movie. The songs are sprinkled with dialogue, which I normally find repulsive in a soundtrack, but here, the actresses are so expressive and reprise their roles in such trademark ways that there is no doubt who says what and what they are feeling at the time. Truly enhancing! There are some jazzy tracks, some lullabye-style pieces, some pop, and some rock, all on the appropriate places. I found some of the tracks surprising, but most were just soothing and reminiscent of a show I loved very dearly. I do not see this as being a strong standalone album, but if you like AzuDai, do not miss this disc.
Best Track: The Heart is a Girl's Parachute. Sakaki's track is smooth, pop-y jazz, and I dig that. It fits the mood of the series well and represents the disc best.
Skip-it Track: Poi Poi Peace. Tomo's song wouldn't be so garish if the actress could sing. I will admit, I might be...biased? Mandy Clark was brilliant as Tomo and hearing the seiyuu butcher a song just isn't my idea of fun.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Ear-Playing-Tricks Cake ,Let's Make It! ,The Heart is a Girl's Parachute ,Get It Together! Try La Lai ,Poi Poi Peace ,I Won't Be Defeated Tomorrow. Go! Friend! ,Fall in Confetti ,Everyone's One Way ,I shall Take a break ,Wind of Mon-Ami ,SARABAI! (Movie ver.) ,Raspberry Heaven
Age Rating: All
Released By: Geneon Anime Music
Aspect Ratio: 53152
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Azumanga Daioh