Asu e no Kizuna
Asu e no Kizuna ~Instrumental~
1. Asu e no Kizuna
HIMEKA starts off her debut single with well, a typical anime opening-like song. Asu e no Kizuna has the usual formula going on, but the nice thing is that the song features so great strings and piano mixed in with song rock twinges. Now I’ve heard HIMEKA’s previous performances and thought she was outstanding, here it seems like she was holding back a bit when things got loud. Oddly she was hitting the high notes a bit too thin, but otherwise this is better than a lot of debuts I’ve heard so I like this song.
2. Sayonara Solitaire
The B-side doesn’t come as a surprise being a cover….Though the cover is from Chiba Saeko who I know well from singing the theme song for “Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan” So when I hear the linkage to one another, I kind of WTF since Chiba’s vocals in that song were way too cute. Luckily, HIMEKA does a great job here showcasing more of her vocals and putting it in a ballad was even better. She still has debut glitches, but that’s nothing to frown upon. I thought this was better than “Asu e no Kizuna” IMO.
SONY did themselves very well by giving HIMEKA the contract because she’s a really good singer and her debut showed it well enough. Asu e no Kizuna is pretty good for an opening and even though it’s her first song, doesn’t mean it’s not terrible, but maybe one day in the future she could come back to it and give a powerful performance. Sayonara Solitaire though was amazing and as simple as this ballad is, it really came through in the end and was better than Asu e no Kizuna. I’m hoping for a great 2nd single