- NEVER SURRENDER
- GET BACK
- Nageki no Hana
1. NEVER SURRENDER
Opening the single up, NEVER SURRENDER wasn’t going to surprise me as an anime theme and hearing it, it does sound very typical from Nana here with the dramatic piano & strings with an underlying rock sound to kind of push it up. It definitely gives me vibes of “SCARLET KNIGHT” and “Silent Bible” and while that’s normally a good thing, this also means it’s also kind of slightly straight to the point and not all that memorable to me. At least the rock elements tend to feel a bit more powerful so it may grow on me.
2. GET BACK
Though I think GET BACK did a better job with the anison sound that “NEVER SURRENDER” had. They had a lot of similarities, but GET BACK felt heavier and the important things were pushed forward and Nana had a better vocal performance (although that could be argued one way another). I just think the piano-work was memorable here. Though honestly, the two tracks could be switched and it would’ve made no difference I suppose?
Of the four songs, Searchlight might be the lightest of them, but it’s not saying much because it also rides behind the tail of the songs here on the single. It’s nice that it’s a brighter song but like it really doesn’t strike me much otherwise, felt a little forgetful, but the chorus is decent to say the least. I guess it’s a filler song to me, but eh.
4. Nageki no Hana
Opening the song with pan flutes was a nice idea right up until it turned into another anison track. I think if it wasn’t for the aforementioned pan flute, I think it would’ve been another mix of “NEVER SURRENDER” and “GET BACK”. Though this song definitely calls back from previous effort in a big way and it felt like a dime in a dozen, but with a small deviation from being fully generic.
After “WONDER QUEST EP” with a month to spare until this had came out, I was wondering why she spaced these two singles so closely. NEVER SURRENDER though felt like one whole song the entire way with little differences between the tracks (Searchlight having a brighter mood & Nageki no Hana with the pan flutes) otherwise this was just lacking variety and I feel like it’s been like that for a while with some exceptions…but yeesh. Not a memorable single for me.