Futatsu no Kodou to Akai Tsumi
Futatsu no Kodou to Akai Tsumi was ON/OFF’s 2nd single. it was released on June 4, 2008 and reached number 19 on the charts with 7,377 copies sold. In all this single has sold over 13,417+ copies. The title track was used as the opening theme song for the popular anime Vampire Knight. It was released in three editions, a CD only, a CD+DVD, and finally a CD limited edition.
1. Futatsu no Kodou to Akai Tsumi
2. Futatsu no Kodou to Akai Tsumi ~Vampire Knight Ver.~
To be completely honest with you, the only reason why I’m reviewing Futatsu no Kodou to Akai Tsumi lit. Two Beats and the Red Sin is because it was the opening theme song for one of my favorite animes, Vampire Knight. And from that I assume you know that it’s a good song. From the desolate organ playing and the church bells, the first thing you think of is scary. However it’s soon replaced by the vocals of ON/OFF to create an intriguing sound. One thing I noticed was how similar the vocals sounded and how well they were matched, go figure since they’re twins. Anyway the chorus was so catchy, especially with the vocals, and the strings just reinforced that. As for the verses, well they were great, and surprisingly catchy too. Still one of the best parts of this song was the instrumentals, very classical and very powerful.
The next track is the ~Vampire Knight Ver.~ of the title track. Now I haven’t actually heard this track, but I’m going to assume it’s like the opening version, just shortened basically. Instead of being over 4 minutes, it’s been compressed into about 2 minutes. And this version is featured only on the Vampire Knight Limited edition CD. In this version, you get the best parts of the song, without all the boring parts.
Now Signal is a little more dance than anything else, and it’s so odd to hear it, but I still want to listen. The keyboard is the main instrumental, and the synth elements are very nice. I just found this song to be rather odd, nice strings instrumentals but odd. But it was catchy, well for some of the parts anyway.
I guess it’s time for a more light hearted track, this one is entitled Asayake lit. Morning Glow. Well lighthearted at the beginning during the chorus it’s more rock. But it’s still very ballad like. The song is mid-tempo, not too fast, but it moves steadily. The strings were an excellent addition during the chorus, along with the drums and such. I really can’t complain about this song.
The final track is entitled Sagashimono lit. Searching Ones. It almost reminds me a little of one of YUI’s songs, being acoustic based. However I like this song more, it’s more up-beat and much happier. Again this song seems to feature some string instrumentals, but that’s all right. This song is very lighthearted too. The chorus was pretty enjoyable, not all that catchy and not all that memorable but it sounds nice.
Overall Review: Futatsu no Kodou to Akai Tsumi was one rather hectic single. Now despite me saying that it doesn’t mean that I dislike the single. I loved the single believe it or not I just felt that there as a total lack of unity. I mean there was no one genre at all, first you have a little eerie & classical, then dance, followed by ballad, and then acoustics; make up your mind already! But I still liked the single, especially the title track, it was so good, eerie sounding yet good. It’ll be interesting to see what they release next.
Final Grade: 94A-