Namida no Tane, Egao no Hana
Namida no Tane, Egao no Hana was Shoko Nakagawa’s 8th single. It was released on April 29, 2009. The title track was used as the theme song for the movie Gekijōban Tengen Toppa Guren Lagan Lagan Hen.
1. Namida no Tane, Egao no Hana
2. Gozen Rokuji
3. Milky kiss
4. Namida no Tane, Egao no Hana -Instrumental-
After Shokotan’s 2nd album it’s about time that she released another single. And honestly I think that Namida no Tane, Egao no Hana will surely become another great signature song from Shokotan. While most of her songs use either her big girl aggressive rock voice or her cutesy adorable anime voice this song actually utilizes both, well mostly a mixture and not so much on the cute side. However despite all of that confusing stuff the music is amazing. It’s a fusion of rock and pop. Lots of guitars and lots of pop and synth, very dazzling and enchanting. And for once I have to say that this is truly one of her catchiest songs to date, much better than some of her mediocre releases. As for the bridge, epic and cute!!! Some fantastic strings, cute beeps, synth, guitar riffs, just about all you could want.
Well it’s sounds as though it’s back to little cute Shokotan with Gozen Rokuji. The first noticeable thing are her vocals. They’re so cute and innocent, definitely anime quality. As for the music, well it’s more rock than anything, but more of a softer rock to be exact. Sadly though I wouldn’t go as far to classify it as infectious or all that memorable.
And if you thought the previous song was featured cute vocals etc. you’ve heard NOTHING until you’ve heard Milky kiss. Shokotan utilizes her uber cute and cuddly vocals. And the music is so sweet, and pop, and synth, and just everything you’d expect from a simple, fun, and cute tune. However that being said I have to admit that it’s a bit on the low side when it comes to quality. It’s not all that impressive or astounding, a B-Side for sure.
Overall Review: Namida no Tane, Egao no Hana was pure Shoko goodness! This single really emulates what Shoko is all about, well in a sense. She’s cute and adorable but can be serious at the same time. The title track describes the latter. Her vocals aren’t all that cute, more of a mixture of her big rock and small cute voice making for one great combo. The arrangement is great, I mean rock and synth, can’t go wrong. And it doesn’t hurt that it’s catchy. Sadly though her B-Sides weren’t all that impressive or catchy. Still she’s improved a bit since her last single. And furthermore, have you seen the covers!!! It’s like a cuter more popular version of Ami, with better looks and more awesome backgrounds.