1. Sakasama Bridge
Even though I got into Kenji with his next-mini, I was actually surprised at the difference of moods between the two main songs. Sakasama Bridge has more of a rockin’ feel to it that fits into anime…then again it was tied into Arakawa Under the Bridge so it fits just right. I must say while I still enjoy “Akai Coat” on a higher margin, this was nice and Kenji does a good job singing with a harder arrangement.
2. Tokimeki Schneider
Which carries over to the second song of this “mini-album” and it sounds a lot more interesting to hear the guitar riff since it is kind of catchy. After a while it does feel a little one-sided and Kenji does kind of sounds like he’s just singing out of boredom which is a farcry from the verses here…Such a boring chorus too…ok maybe it isn’t as good as “Sakasama Bridge”…
3. kimiga suki
Unlike the previous two songs, kimiga suki is more slow-paced and has a little more focus with lighter guitars. I could’ve lived without the loud drumming that kind of felt louder than Kenji’s singing which slightly took me out of the song but I like the whole calm western feel to it. Middle of the song does feel a little sketchy but not bad.
It’s nice to hear strings and a little bit of synths involved with the last track on the mini! Now this song is more along of what I’d enjoy since it’s got a nice leaned back chilled sound but carries itself similarly to “kimiga suki” but without the strange stuff going on in that song. This is probably my favorite off the mini.
Since this is Kenji’s first release on EPIC Records, Sakasama Bridge is slightly better than his “Akai Coat” mini since this time two songs felt great to listen to (Sakasama Bridge and Sarari, which are fortunately on the album!). The other two songs felt a lot weaker and just lacked interest from Kenji….especially Tokimeki Schneider. I wonder what the album will be pulled off.