Haruhi, Yuki, Asahina Character Single Review

The radio bonus CD [LACM-5523] also came out last week.

Just days after the finale of Suzumiya Haruhi aired, three character singles were released on July 5 starring the female leads (Haruhi, Yuki, and Mikuru). Each single features two original songs, a B-side version of “Hare Hare Yukai”, and the respective “off vocals” of all three. I based my review on the sound and not the lyrics for the most part. After listening over the past three days, I feel they reflect the characters’ personalities pretty well and will give fans something different to hit their eardrums than “Bokuen Desho Desho”.

Vol. 1 – Haruhi Suzumiya [Aya Hirano] LACM-4269
1: Parallel Days (4:19) – 4.5/5
2: SOS Nara Daijoubu (3:46) – 3.5/5
3: Hare Hare Yukai (3:37) – not rated
4: Parallel Days (off vocal)
5: SOS Nara Daijoubu (off vocal)

6: Hare Hare Yukai (off vocal)

Aya Hirano has previously shown that she has a strong voice in the opening and in the concert episode. “Parallel Days” is energetic, upbeat and has a lively piano playing in it. “SOS Nara Daijoubu” is slower and more subdued with accenting trumpets.

“Parallel Days” sounds fine without Hirano-san, but “SOS” is noticably worse in its instrumental form.

I wonder what book that is...Vol. 2 – Yuki Nagato [Minori Chihara] LACM-4270
1: Yuki, Muon, Madobe Nite. (4:30) – 4.5/5
2: SELECT? (4:21) – 3.5/5
3: Hare Hare Yukai (3:37) – not rated
4: Yuki, Muon, Madobe Nite. (off vocal)
5: SELECT? (off vocal)
6: Hare Hare Yukai (off vocal)

Yuki’s voice was heard probably the least during the series out of all characters, so I didn’t really know what to expect from Minori Chihara. The first song has trance beats (fitting for the Data Interface Entity) along with accenting strings and electric guitar riffs. The second, “SELECT?”, sports a much slow beat and is a love ballad with sweeping violins. It’s a nice relaxing song but what keeps it from a 4 is the command prompt terminology in the lyrics such as “disk error” and “yes/enter”; they just seem a little out of place in such a song.

The offvocal of “Yuki, Muon, Madobe Nite” sounds good without Chihara-san’s vocals, while “SELECT?” doesn’t fare as well since the main component were the lyrics.

Ah, the maid costume.Vol. 3 – Mikuru Asahina [Yuko Goto] LACM-4271
1: Mitsukete Happy Life (3:57) – 5/5
2: Toki no Puzzle (4:22) – 4/5
3: Hare Hare Yukai (3:37) – not rated
4: Mitsukete Happy Life (off vocal)
5: Toki no Puzzle (off vocal)
6: Hare Hare Yukai (off vocal)

Yuko Goto uses a cute voice for Mikuru in the show so I wasn’t surprised when I heard her voice on the album. “Mitsukete Happy Life” is my favorite track over all three albums for these reasons:

1) There’s a ukulele in it; that should be reason enough!
2) You can barely hear a Speak n’ Spell in the beginning and end.
3) It displays Mikuru’s happy side, something that usually gets overshadowed by cowering in fear of Haruhi’s grabbing hands.
4) It just sounds so damn cute~! Yeah, I kind of have a soft spot of cute Japanese songs and, no, I don’t think it threatens my manliness. Okay, maybe a little.

“Toki no Puzzle” is another slow second-track ballad and had occasional strings aside piano-playing and glitter sounds. It’s relaxing like “SELECT?” but contained no English, which adds to its “Nihon-ness”, I guess. I can’t really think of an actual word to describe it.

As for off vocals, “Mitsukete” lacks a little bit without Goto but still could be used as BGM because of the instrument mixture. Same goes for “Puzzle” although the piano seems to come out a bit more.

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Now, I know what you’re wondering: who did the best solo “Hare Hare Yukai”?

Well…they all sounded a little strange not having the other two vocalists to complement each singer but if I HAD to rank them…

1. Aya Hirano (Haruhi) – naturally worked
2. Minori Chihara (Yuki) – pretty good
3. Yuko Goto (Mikuru) – barely worse than the other two

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Finally, a Japanese CD review wouldn’t be complete without Engrish misspellings.

haruhicd_engrish1.jpgThe following error (“surper”, not “super”) had also been made in previous Haruhi CD single releases.

haruhicd_engrish2.jpgThe other booklet error was in the lyrics of “SOS Nara Daijoubu”. I’m positive it was a typo, but I hate to see such a mistake occur when accuracy matters for things like lyrics. Sigh.

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There’s a longshot of this happening but if there are Volumes Four through Six, they should have Kyon [Tomokazu Sugita], Koizumi [Daisuke Ono], and Tsuruya [Yuki Matsuoka] as the profiled characters. I’m sure Ono-san has a very nice singing voice.

P.S. I will try to post about Episode 14 and the series as a whole in the next couple days. I watched the finale last week and have been too caught up in the summer premiere rush to write about it.

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9 responses to “Haruhi, Yuki, Asahina Character Single Review

  1. Hey, this is a good write up!!!

  2. nice write up!

  3. I WANT THE LYRICS FOR MITSUKETE HAPPY LIFE! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

  4. Yay! *scampers to purchase* great review. It’s very true, the crazy pace of the series and the characters’ personalities doesn’t seem to match up with any of the second tracks, but I liked them ntl. Now I just have to hope for an Itsuki disc to be released… XD

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  8. No No No!
    I have my own opinoin about whos songs r the best!

    1. Minori Chihara (Yuki) – The best of them all
    2. Yuko Goto (Mikuru) – Just as good as Nagato
    3. Aya Hirano (Haruhi) – Worse than the other two