So, on part three, we get to the art covers that gracefully tried to show off this years awesomeness. Let’s get to it!
BEST ART COVERS
The 5 covers that were great, but not top 10 centered.
So the five that didn’t make the cut: COSMOS vs ALIEN, Unmei no Shizuku ~Destiny’s star~/Hoshizora Keikaku, Senjou ni Saita Ichirin no Hana, Kanashimi wa Yuki ni Nemuru, and Everlasting are great covers and shows they can really pull it off if they wanted.
THE BEAUTIFUL 10
10. angela – Soukyuu
angela always seems to have interesting single covers like last year’s “Alternative”. This year though angela released this piece of art near the end of the year, but it’s definitely a pretty cover. Of course KATSU looks like Cloud for some reason while atsuko is more frilly. I love the concept and the fact that it’s mirrored on the bottom gives more depth. I don’t know but it’s pretty for sure.
9. Aya Kamiki – Revolver
I don’t know why but Aya’s second single under avex was a surprise to me. I mean everyone knew she was hot during the GIZA days, but she stepped it up immensely for this cover. Like Lex said, dystopia has never looked this sexy and I agree, Aya is one hot lady!
8. JUJU – Sakura Ame/READY FOR LOVE/S.H.E./Last Kiss
JUJU never really had such elegant single covers until she released her quad A-side this year. Sakura Ame’s cover is very pretty and the fact of the falling rain, but starry sky is quite funny if not ironic in a sense. Of course JUJU looks really formal and pretty and it does carry over to “Request” later on.
7. miwa – Otoshimono
I know, I know miwa looks a bit off for her cover for Otoshimono, but it’s the only one of this year that portrayed Autumn like the it is and it’s dying leaves surrounding the windows, the window frame being withered and such and miwa’s breath on the window showing that it was cold. It’s not the most flattering picture of her, but it’s still a pretty sight.
6. school food punishment – future nova/after laughter
If this was released back in 09′ it would’ve joined its brethren on the No. 1 spot, but seeing as this was the only single by the band released this year, future nova/after laughter made it here. I never figured out what it had to do withth other covers since most of them were linked in a way. The whole cube tower thing does make me think of AAA’s PV for “Dream After Dream” since they have the cube thing going to…Still mysterious though with the girl.
5. D – Akaki Hitsuji ni Yoru Bansankai
For some reason this year, D has stuck out to me with their covers this year. This particular version of Akaki Hitsuji ni Yoru Bansankai was pretty interesting since it was the only one with the band sitting down haha. Anyways I think the thing that sticks out for me is that the whole setting of the room is very vibrant and edgy too. It’s so red and just regal sort of. It surprised me lol.
4. ALI PROJECT – Ransei Heroica
Like I said last year, ALI PROJECT always have interesting single & album covers so seeing as Ransei Heroica is on the list is no surprise, but “Katana to Saya” was also pretty amazing. I think what stood out for me was that Arika was split in half with the wardrobe and I thought the pink-haired princess and the brown-haired warrior was nifty and THAT SWORD OMG, I NEED IT!
3. Perfume – Fushizen na Girl/Natural ni Koishite
I know that Perfume’s covers are usually simplistic when compared to other artists, but Fushizen na Girl/Natural ni Koishite was the most complex thing they’ve released in a while so it’s natural (haha) that I’d think it’s a great cover. Since it’s basically a shot from the Fushizen na Girl PV, it’s fitting that the girls are in bright and bold colors with the various back-ups holding up those boards with different colors and maybe a slight nod to the album the was released before the single. Good covers!
2. Kalafina – Kagayaku Sora no Shijima ni wa
I will say that with Kalafina, their covers always leave me wondering how they come up with it and with Kagayaku Sora no Shijima ni wa, I think this is their darkest cover yet. While the other cover is a bit blah, this one is very pretty with the burning candles, the poses from the girls, and the clouds and dark sky in the background. Love the cover and its gloomyness haha.
1. SID – Rain, cosmetic, and Ranbu no Melody
To me though this year, I think the top position should be given to SID and the three singles Rain, cosmetic, and Ranbu no Melody. The thing the three singles share is that all the covers (there’s more than these, trust me) are all artistic and done with watercolor paint and it seems pen-drawn (prolly the same guy doing all three). I do think the artists high point was with Ranbu no Melody which look pretty much epic especially the wolf cover XD. I will say each cover brough an interesting idea along and I hope the album will follow with one more of these covers.
WORST ART COVERS
Not grating, but it’s almost top 10 worthy
Yep the covers for Can We Go Back, PARADISE/Endless Fighters, Haru no Arashi, Re:ache, and SAKURA are pretty icky covers but aren’t as bad as these
THE UGLY 10
10. the GazettE – SHIVER
It’s not that it’s ugly or anything, but it’s just that awkward of a cover. For some reason it’s not that I don’t mind shirtlessness, it’s the whole I’m into kinky sex kind of look that sort of weirds me out. I still don’t understand the binoculars either so don’t ask me anything.
9. Ayaka Hirahara – Ifuu Doudou/JOYFUL, JOYFUL
It’s another one of those covers for me that’s more awkward than ugly, but it’s slightly a bit more less offensive as “SHIVER”. For me is Ayaka’s pose and the lack of anything on the cover besides the title of the single (well, sort of). I do laugh though at her lower half since it’s shaped like a muffin/cupcake. Blah cover though.
8. JUJU – Kono Yoru wo Tomete yo
After all these good cover arts (“Trust In You”, is ok at best), Kono Yoru wo Tomete yo comes as a pretty big disappointment with the fact that all it is, is just a blue rose turning to dust. Add the fact that the title of the single is covered in the blue fadeout. Otherwise, it’s just really lame of a cover.
7. mihimaru GT – Omedetou
Poor mihimaru GT, acting as the last single release before the duo taking a break and go off on solo careers, Omedetou was an oh my detour. I mean yeah I liked miyake’s silver/white hair for the cover, but hiroko’s was just WTF+. It was a bad hairdue and it makes her look like she doesn’t wash her hair enough hence the wacky objects found in it. It’s just a icky cover xD
6. Meisa Kuroki – 5 -FIVE-
This is a mess, just a big mess. I really don’t know why Meisa chose to take the cover for this and turn it into a photoshop mockety with bad nods to comics like Superman. It’s just a terrible act and such a drop from her last few singles/albums.
5. ikimono-gakari – Arigatou
Nothing against old people, but old people in beach attire on a rather blah background is not acceptable ikimono-gakari! I really wanna know why they came up with the cover for that (and for “Kimi ga Iru” for that matter). It just looks very awkward and unusual for me at least. Sorry weird cover.
4. mini – GiRLZ SPiRiT
Another case of awkward pose and lack of an interesting background, the thing that really made it bad though was those goofy claw gloves or whatever they were supposed to be. That wink as well was just very strange…what am I supposed to think when she’s doing that huh?
3. XIAH junsu – XIAH
Yeah there’s not much to say here. JUNSU has always been my least favorite from THSK so I might be biased here, but this cover was as boring as boring could get. I mean the shadow idea didn’t exactly help either, but whatever…he could’ve had a much better cover IMHO.
Juliet – Haru Love & Haru Love 2
We all know Juliet are lazy with their covers and while I’m sure people will disagree and say “Aki Love” and “Yuki Love” have more boring covers, I think HL and HL2 take the cake because they use the same dogs for all four covers (two each). Still, it feels like a copout with Haru Love 2 (the only difference is background colors though and positions of the dogs). Still very lazy work.
1. flumpool – Kimi no Todoke
And like last year’s wors art cover, this year’s is from a group that I don’t review and flumpool really did a number with this cover and the alternate as well. There’s just something really foul about this (though not as bad as Yuzu’s though). Just ugly looks of people really letting it out…though if I remember, I thought one was really bad cuz their nose tears was going in the mouth or something, maybe I’m crazy XD. Still ICK+
NEXT TIME: OVERALL BEST/WORST SINGLE!