Broken Youth (LIVE 2010 East×West Apollo to Luna ~Night of Luna~)
Diver (LIVE 2010 East×West Apollo to Luna ~Night of Luna~)
Being their first A-side for the year, Diver (being a tie-in to Naruto: Shippuden) is actually definitely a song that screams anime, but I love it nonetheless since the energy is there and Tatsuya is singing with emphasis and strength which is great. To be honest it might be strong and all that, but I have a much easier time remembering “Sudden Death Game” compared to this.
2. Yuujou Sanka
As for the B-side from the single, Yuujou Sanka is a whole lot more of what I kind of was expecting from NICO since it’s more of a mid-tempo track, but there’s a couple of good hooks in the song. I do like that Tatsuya’s vocal work here is less loud and all over the place like in “Diver”, but there’s some parts of the song where it’s a bit random, but it’s a strong song, though the later part of the song is kind of meh because of the repetitiveness going, but it’s still good.
3. Broken Youth (LIVE 2010 East×West Apollo to Luna ~Night of Luna~)
For the rest of the single, it’s live songs time now! I’m kind of wondering why we get another live version of “Broken Youth” especially since we have the one from “Bigfoot”. While I do love the fact that this live version was done to a much bigger crowd, Broken Youth sounds just as good as its other live version. So if you heard the version on “Bigfoot” it’s basically a bit better sounding here and the energy is shown a bit stronger as well.
4. Diver (LIVE 2010 East×West Apollo to Luna ~Night of Luna~)
So we also get a live version of the A-side and since if I remember right, this was the first time they performed this to a crowd. To me, it’s a pretty good live version for sure, but I’ll stick with the studio cut since it’s easier on the ears and Tatsuya sounds a little better there than here.
As the second of the era, Diver wasn’t that bad of a single but I wouldn’t go ahead and say it’s much better than “Sudden Death Game” was since I enjoyed that single for the main tracks. Here we get a good anime track, a nice mid-tempo song and Broken Youth got a much clearer live cut. Diver live wasn’t too bad, but I like the studio better. Maybe they’ll get even better on their next single.