If you read the news entries before, you’ll know that Hanazawa Kana would be releasing her first single this April 25th. I’ve quite enjoyed her live performance of the main track “Hoshizora Destination”, but do this translate to an equally good listen? It is and could be, depending on how you see Hanazawa Kana’s ‘typical’ singing voice.
Just like most seiyuu-sung songs, all songs in Hoshizora Destination audio single falls under the “JPop” genre with cheery atmosphere theme and tunes. The time signature and tempo immediately in “Hoshizora Destination” track reminds me of Kamiya Hiroshi’s “For Myself.” It’s pretty good, and upon listening to it, you’ll be finding yourself listening to it several times with no interruptions. Other tracks included in the audio single are “Saturday Night Musical” & “Koi no Hajimari”. The former features a livelier theme and a light-hearted broadway-type background instruments. Again, this is worth a couple of listens until you tire out of it. The third track is another light-hearted song, but it can make you sleep with the beat. Still not bad.
Now here goes a fanboy’s snobbery, the above paragraph is made free from bias as much as possible, but I have to point out why this is an acquired taste and a big your mileage may vary. Hanazawa Kana’s singing voice here was the one you’ll notice from her typecasts. I know many people who don’t like her so-called singing voice, as the vocal range in her usual singing voice isn’t wide. There are some moments where you’ll find her trying to keep up with the tempo, too. Also, if you listened to her Darker Than Black: Ryuusei no Gemini insert song and the “Masquerade” from Ore no Imouto, you’ll be quite disappointed with this song single. These are just minor issues and doesn’t automatically mean that Hanazawa-san’s first song as a singer is bad. It’s average but enjoyable.
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