Hikari no Niwa
Namonaki Mori no Yumegatari
Sankaku Oyane to Aware na Koguma
Like a Black Cat ~Mujitsu no Tsumi~
Haru no Utage
Zou to Hito to Ari to… (Type C only)
Namonaki Mori no Yumegatari (Voiceless) (Type C only)
1. Hikari no Niwa
So D opens up their mini-album with a short introduction with Hikari no Niwa. It’s a slow and kind of depressing intro with acoustic guitar and ASAGI mostly ad-libbing the track out. It’s a nice way to open things up…a little weird that it comes off as random for the mini but it does its job.
2. Namonaki Mori no Yumegatari
As the leading track for the mini, Namonaki opens up immediately with ASAGI singing. Now I’m kind of just like why was there an introduction preceding this because it just didn’t work. As for the song, it’s kind of grand and heavy which is something I’m used to from D. I kind of like the different passages of the song and it’s pretty powerful…a little under some of their more well-known and stronger tracks to be honest but this is pretty good.
3. Canis lupus
Going for a dark approach for Canis lupus, ASAGI’s deep vocals really gave the song such a creepy vibe alongside the band’s arrangement for the track. It sounds like it would be used for a horror movie oddly enough. It’s a song that’s pretty reminescent of “VAMPIRE SAGA” so this is another winner in my book!
4. Shirarezaru Kodomotachi
Moving into our next track, I’ve never heard ASAGI sound vocally weak in a song until Shirarezaru Kodomotachi where he wants to go very deep…but his vocals seem to not hit the notes fully and he uses vibrato to try to let up on some of that weirdness but it’s still quite evident. Once the band becomes more apparant, he actually gets better so maybe it’s something on his end that didn’t work very well. It’s not my favorite song from the mini.
5. Sankaku Oyane to Aware na Koguma
One of the band’s stranger songs to date, Sankaku Oyane to Aware na Koguma started off as an edgy and heavy-hitting song but then the mood shifts in a different direction when this bright and silly-sounding melody enters the fray almost making the song a bit like a polka song. The song is pretty good overall, but the polka-ish parts are a bit of a nuisance and detracts from being an amazing song. At least the latter half of the song is epic! I’ll probably get used to it for sure.
6. Like a Black Cat ~Mujitsu no Tsumi~
With a title like that, I wasn’t sure what we were going to get from Like a Black Cat and actually the song comes off as another “VAMPIRE SAGA”-esque song with the fast-paced arrangement and the gothic-like atmosphere. It really kept a very good and consistent pace and ASAGI sounds really epic in this track. It’s definitely my favorite off the album!
7. Haru no Utage
As the last track of two of the three editions of the mini, Haru no Utage starts off with a flute/fife/some kind of woodwind and then it begins as this kind of cutesy and folkish track which is VERY out of the box for D. Almost like it wants to go back to “7th Rose” or something. On here, it’s very strange and sticks out like a sore thumb but as it’s mainly the final track of a mini it sort of makes sense.
8. Zou to Hito to Ari to…
As the lone track from the C edition of the mini, Zou to Hito to Ari to… is a bit strange as well taking some of its arrangement from India it seems which makes it unique and cool as well. I will say that as the shortest vocal track it’s a bit odd as an extra track. Most of the track is ASAGI doing ad-libbing but there is some actual lyrics and for the most part they sound good. I liked it for what it was, but I would’ve loved if it was a full song.
With Namonaki Mori no Yumegatari, it seems like D wanted to just rock out with this one and I can say that it was actually pretty good. There were some weird decisions of course, but I felt like this was a cohesive album (except the final two tracks). I’m not sure why D released this with two singles out there…but I guess it’s something else not related who knows…