I don’t know how old this is but there isn’t really a rule against reviewing older things. So I’ll do it anyways. Because I know somebody out there will be interested. I’m not sure what the deal is with this, I know the Aku no Musume series is older but I’m not sure if the other tracks are new or not. Eh. I’m not in the know when it comes to Vocaloid.
- Aku no Musume/Daughter of Evil
I probably knew I’d eventually like the Vocaloid fandom (because saying series wouldn’t make sense?) before I heard this song. But it was probably this series and Blackrock that made me a genuine fan. Haha, back then I used to be on Piapro all the time. I had gone only to get mothy’s stuff. That was back when the site was new? Ah, well that’s off the topic, riight? I’m sure a lot of people are familiar with this series. Sung by the Kagamine twins, the series tells the story of a selfish princess, Rin, who is jealous of the fair princess in another land, Miku, who the other fair prince, Kaito, is in love with whom Rin loves. Her brother, Len, is her servant and is also in love with princess Miku but murders her as his sister asks. With the death of the princess, the red kingdom, lead by Meiko (?), and Kaito’s kingdom wage war on Rin’s kingdom. Even though the kingdom fights, they start to loose. Len takes Rin’s place just as she is about to be captured and is executed in her place by the other kingdoms. I probably butchered that story but that’s how I always remembered it. Aku no Musume is the first in the series and tells Rin’s side. So more or less whatever I said doesn’t all happen in this part.
- Aku no Meshitsukai/Servant of Evil
I think it was around the time that this song came out that the series received it’s popularity. I knowI heard this one before Aku no Musume. This time we are told the story from Len’s perspective. This is how we learn that he was in love with princess Miku and that he and Rin were taken away from each other as children, etc. Compared to Aku no Musume, it is much sadder than it’s counterpart (because sadder is totally a word). Although that’s really nothing compared to the next in the series. Actually, for maximum emotional impact you need to watch the original PV. I know it has brought many people to tears (this blogger included, she could never make it after Rin’s crying face).
- Kotoba Asobi
I know this one isn’t new but I’ve never heard it before. It’s not as impressive as the Akuno series although Akuno-P/Mothy does some pretty interesting things with Rin’s voice. However it’s hard to appreciate it because the song is very plain.
- Zenmai Shikake no Komoriuta
Another Rin song. The song is a little more interesting too. It’s a little creepy too. I haven’t heard it before but a Vocaloid fanatic probably would have.
- Okizari Tsukiyou Shou
Rin and Len team up again. Which is good because I’ve never been one fond of Rin’s voice. But it switches between the two in an extremely creepy way. The song, like the previous two, have something creepy about them. Although I’d much rather find the lyrics for this one. Heh.
- Hakoniwa no Shoujo
This I have heard. But from where I’ll never know. It’s a little refreshing to hear Miku’s voice after five tracks of the Kagamine twins. A nice slow ballad too. You really have to give credit to artists who can make Vocaloids sounds insanely emotional.
- Akujiki Musume Conchita
Strangely enough, MEIKO joins in here! I, for one, was super happy to see that! Meiko is my favorite Vocaloid. <3 The song is more assertive than tracks 3 to 5 which were iffy on what they wanted to be. Here we got some rock. Not even creepy. Meiko pretty much outshines the Kagamine twins here anyways.
- Jubun no Koi
A big let down after Akujiki Musume Conchita. Once again we jump back to that indecisive sound. If you’re a fan of Rin, you’ll probably enjoy this track. But if you don’t really care about her, you’ll skip over it.
- Regret Message
Back to the Evil/Akuno series. After listening to the sad, sad, sad Aku no Meshitsukai and watching the PV to make sure I wasn’t overreacting when I said it was sad, I figured this really couldn’t be as sad (I’m going to get a thesaurus right now, seriously) as that. But no. That was wrong. Story wise, we have Rin in some small port town after running away. She recalls the story her brother told them when they were children, they if you wrote down your wish and put it in a bottle, it would return to you when you were older and multiply your wish. Rin’s wish, as she remarks was selfish, was to be with Len forever. She ends up finding Len’s wish which was for Rin to be happy forever, which makes her cry. She makes a wish that day that if they are reborn they could be together and many years pass until Rin is an old woman. The wish has returned to her and she passes away with Len at her side. While the PV isn’t as sad as Servant of Evil, the song is mournful (my thesaurus at work) and shows a deep contrast between Rin in the original song and her now.
The final in the Evil/Akuno series. I’m not going to lie. I have no fucking idea what happens. What we can gather is that Len is in a Purgatory type place. He is bound by the red chains, Meiko’s blood, and the blue shackles, Kaito’s tears. From above, Miku tells him that he’ll pay for his sins here. He is trapped there and he doesn’t know how much time passes until he starts to hear someone singing to him. The more he hears it, he realizes it has a meaning and it is constantly changing. Something happens, I don’t really know what. We can say Len’s sins are absolved. Miku says she forgives him and (in the PV) her appearance changes from the Akuno series to normal Miku. Miku says his sin will not be tolerated. However, they tell him that will try to be changed. Meiko’s chains fall off and Len tells her she will be reborn. She smiles and her appearance changes like Miku’s. Kait’s shackles fall off and his appearance changes. Len tells him that it’s his new birthday. Len still wants to meet his sister once again. He wakes up and sees all his friends waiting for him. So you could say it was all a dream. So I’m not even going to say it. Although that may not be true. Interpret it however you wish. Someone who has a better idea of what happened in Re_birthday hopefully can clear this up. Song wise, Re_birthday is completely different than it’s predecessors. I don’t know how to describe it. The style is different, for one. I suppose it doesn’t need to be sad like Servant or Regret. It’s about repenting for your sins and loneliness so it’s supposed to be something powerful, right?
- South North Story
To finish off the album, a very fitting Len and Rin duet. While not very impressive, I do find it enjoyable if only for finishing off an album about the twins, etc. Even if it has nothing to do with the Akuno series. But once again this is something that Kagamine fans might enjoy more.
Fang’s Rating: 8/10 (For a general fan, the Akuno series is the main attraction. But Vocaloid enthusiasts (Kagamine twins, specifically) will probably enjoy this alot)