Exit Trance SATB 1-10 Tier Ranking

(I wrote this way back LAST summer 1 around when the tenth album had come out but had lost this whole write up until now! It turns out it was rar’d with some cryptic title on my TB but in a file for music rars, not with the rest of the Exit Trance stuff. However I got my TB for christmas so that doesn’t explain why I didn’t post this after it was written…)

I went through each album in Exit Trance’s Speed Anime Trance Best series (back when there were only ten albums) 2 and picked out the songs that stood out. Either for being blatantly terrible, mediocre, average or outstanding. There were a few that were so average and bland sounding that didn’t really fit on the list but the majority of each release is here

Of course as always this is just my opinion and not an actual ranking. You may fully disagree with what I considered the best tracks out of all ten albums and if you do, I invite you to share your choices with me. It might help my broaden my horizons, so to speak.

Well, without further ado~

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Top Tier:

  • SATB01 – Track 20 – YURiE – アンインストール (Bokurano) 3
  • SATB04 – Track 03 – MAKI – 射手座☆午後九時Don’t be late (Macross Frontier)
  • SATB04 – Track 09 – CAMRY – 暁の車 (Gundam Seed)
  • SATB04 – Track 12 – CAMRY – YOU (Shuffle)
  • SATB10 – Track 01 – CAMRY – ヴィーナスとジーザス (Arakawa Under The Bridge)
  • SATB10 – Track 20 – ぷりますてら(転少女、祭屋、ノワール) – 恋ゴコロ 4

High Tier:

  • SATB01 – Track 11 – chum – Re-Sublimity (Kannazuki no Miko)
  • SATB01 – Track 18 – KONEKO PROJECT – 聖少女領域 (Rozen Maiden Träumend)
  • SATB02 – Track 11 – Ma15 – 恋のミクル伝説 (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya)
  • SATB02 – Track 12 – Ma15 – 黄色いバカンス (Pani Poni Dash!)
  • SATB03 – Track 05 – YURiE – 魂のルフラン (End of Evangelion)
  • SATB03 – Track 11 – PIROCO – 空色デイズ (Gurren Lagann)
  • SATB04 – Track 01 – MAKI – トライアングラー (Macross Frontier)
  • SATB04 – Track 06 – NINE – O2~オー・ツー~ (Code Geass Lelouch of the Rebellion R2)
  • SATB07 – Track 13 – PECO – being (Shakugan no Shana)
  • SATB08 – Track 08 – Latte – staple stable (Bakemonogatari)
  • SATB08 – Track 10 -R. Cena – KARMA (Phantom ~Requiem for the Phantom~)
  • SATB09 – Track 01 – Starving Trancer feat. MAKI – only my railgun (Railgun)
  • SATB09 – Track 13 – MK feat. CAMRY + Mi-Mi – Treasure (Seitokai to Ichizon)
  • SATB09 – Track 18 – Acid=Stone Valley feat. MAKI – 青空トライアングル (Hanamaru Kindergarten)
  • SATB10 – Track 19 – Starving Trancer feat. MAYUMI MORINAGA – SW

Mid Tier:

  • SATB01 – Track 01 – KNEE SOCKS – もってけ!セーラーふく (Lucky ☆ Star)
  • SATB02 – Track 03 – KANA – 雪、無音、窓辺にて。 (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya)
  • SATB02 – Track 04 – YURiE – 奈落の花 (Higurashi no Naku Koroni Kai)
  • SATB02 – Track 05 – MAKI – nowhere (Madlax)
  • SATB02 – Track 19 – Mirin – Silly-Go-Round (.hack Roots)
  • SATB03 – Track 02 – NANO – 経験値上昇中☆ (Minami-ke)
  • SATB03 – Track 04 – Florence – Red fraction (Black Lagoon)
  • SATB03 – Track 08 – MAKI – STAR RISE (Bamboo Blade)
  • SATB03 – Track 09 – KANA – innocent starter (Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha)
  • SATB03 – Track 16 – Ma15 – おジャ魔女カーニバル!! (Ojamajo Doremi)
  • SATB03 – Track 18 – PIROCO – 童話迷宮 (Otogi-Jushi Akazukin)
  • SATB04 – Track 02 – Ma15 – Romantic Summer (Seto no Hanayome)
  • SATB04 – Track 04 – KANA – 甲賀忍法帖 (Basilisk)
  • SATB04 – Track 11 – KANA – SECRET AMBITION (Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS)
  • SATB04 – Track 15 – MAKI – dis- (Infinite Ryvius)
  • SATB04 – Track 16 – KONEKO PROJECT – 亡國覚醒カタルシス (.hack Roots)
  • SATB04 – Track 19 – Ma15+MAKI – いちごコンプリート (Strawberry Marshmallow)
  • SATB04 – Track 20 – CAMRY – ユーフォリア (Aria the Natural)

Low Tier:

  • SATB01 – Track 02 – Ma15 – ハレ晴レユカイ (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya)
  • SATB01 – Track 03 – chum – 創聖のアクエリオン (Aquarion)
  • SATB01 – Track 04 – KEIKO – God Knows… (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya)
  • SATB02 – Track 06 – YURiE – First Kiss (Zero no Tsukaima)
  • SATB02 – Track 10 – NINE + MaTrack 15 – 人として軸がぶれている (Sayonara Zetsubo Sensei)
  • SATB02 – Track 14 – KONEKO PROJECT – 勇侠青春謳 (Code Geass – Hangyaku no Lelouch)
  • SATB02 – Track 17 – MAKI – Give A Reason (Slayers Next)
  • SATB03 – Track 01. MAKI – Go Tight! (Aquarion)
  • SATB03 – Track 03 – MAKI – JOINT (Shakugan no Shana Second)
  • SATB03 – Track 14 – YURiE – Shangri-La (Fafner)
  • SATB04 – Track 05 – YURiE – I SAY YES (Zero no Tsukaima Futatsuki no Kishi)
  • SATB04 – Track 08 – KANA – Dancing in the velvet moon (Rosario + Vampire)
  • SATB04 – Track 10 – YURiE – why, or why not (When They Cry – Higurashi)
  • SATB04 – Track 13 – MAKI – Shooting Star (Please Teacher!)
  • SATB05 – Track 01. B.U.S feat.MAKI – ライオン (Macross Frontier)
  • SATB05 – Track 02 – Acid=Stone Valley feat. MaTrack 15 – DISCOTHEQUE (Rosario + Vampire Capu2)
  • SATB05 – Track 04 – Icon feat. KANA – MASSIVE WONDERS (Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS)
  • SATB05 – Track 08 – DJ Sa9 feat. たまゆら – YOU’RE THE ONE (Zero no Tsukaima Princess no Rondo)
  • SATB05 – Track 13 – DJ Sa9 feat. YURiE – forever we can make it! (To Love-Ru)
  • SATB05 – Track 16 – MK feat. CAMRY  – Forフルーツバスケット (Fruits Basket)
  • SATB05 – Track 18 – Dizzi Mystica feat. たまゆら – 君は僕に似ている (Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny)
  • SATB05 – Track 20 – B.U.S feat. MAKI – ノーザンクロス (Macross Frontier)
  • SATB06 – Track 03 – Acid=Stone Valley feat.YUKI – resonance
  • SATB06 – Track 05 – YURiE – Beautiful fighter
  • SATB06 – Track 08 – Acid=Stone Valley Feat. KANA – Pray
  • SATB06 – Track 09 – judas feat.cherry – Lilium
  • SATB06 – Track 14 – DJ Sa9 feat.CAMRY – CANDY☆POP☆SWEET☆HEART
  • SATB06 – Track 19 – Acid=Stone Valley Feat. YURiE – 宇宙に咲く
  • SATB06 – Track 20 – Hommarju feat. NON – 儚くも永久のカナシ
  • SATB07 – Track 03 – Hommarju feat. YURiE – Wonder Wind
  • SATB07 – Track 07 – Icon feat. Latte – RIDEBACK
  • SATB07 – Track 14 – Hommarju feat. Latte – masterpiece
  • SATB07 – Track 19 – Helvetia feat. Latte – Don’t say ‘lazy’
  • SATB08 – Track 05 – Hommarju feat. yumemi – Super Driver
  • SATB08 – Track 16 – Acid=Stone Valley feat. YURiE – Parallel Hearts
  • SATB08 – Track 18 – DJ Sa9 feat. MAKI – futuristic imagination
  • SATB09 – Track 03 – MK feat. CAMRY 恋愛サーキュレーション
  • SATB09 – Track 04 – Disco da gama feat. R.Cena – Sakura
  • SATB09 – Track 09 – Straving Trancer feat. KANA – PHANTOM MINDS
  • SATB09 – Track 15 – MK feat. YURiE – JUSTICE of LIGHT
  • SATB10 – Track 10 – Track 12 – MK feat. R.Cena – rise (STAND ALONE COMPLEX)

Shit Tier:

  • SATB01 – Track 08 – chum – ETERNAL BLAZE (Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A’s)
  • SATB03 – Track 12 – YURiE – Virgin’s high! (Sky Girls)
  • SATB04 – Track 17 – YURiE – 明日へのbrilliant road (Stellvia)
  • SATB06 – Track 02 – MAKI+MaTrack 15 – プレパレード
  • SATB06 – Track 07 – Icon feat.Latte – PSI-missing
  • SATB08 – Track 07 – Hommarju feat. mamiko – 片翼の鳥 5
  • SATB09 – Track 11 – Rev feat. YURiE – 時の向こう 幻の空
  • SATB 10 – Track 09 – Acid=Stone Valley feat. TAKANORI – 裏切りの夕焼け (Durarara!!)

Thoughts:

ET4 is the height of all that is good in the ET series. After that, ET5, probably by comparison but even if you haven’t heard ET4, is a part of the lowest. From ET5 we’re in a downward slump. We hit the best they can be and dive bombed to the worst. From ET5 and up, it is an upward climb to becoming something credible and worth listening to again. Although EP5 is regarded as the worst album in the series, I found that it was terrible as a whole. There were many songs that weren’t good but none that weren’t just as bad as other tracks on good albums. i.e ET5 sucked as a whole so that no real song stuck out as the culprit whereas better albums might have obvious tracks that stink up the albums. After ET5, things become lifeless and unoriginal. Slowly, as the albums come out, more and more improvements are made. By ET9, things are starting to sound decent again.

Notes:

  1. I had a lot of free time back then
  2. Disregarding anything I’ve said previously in reviews, this ranking came from a listen to all the alsumb at the time of ranking rather than based on previous opinions
  3. I know this song has been done to death but this has remained my favourite version out of every other I’ve heard. Also, only the version from the first album applies and not the later extended version. I recall them being too different and that ruined the experience.
  4. But this is one of my favourite songs done by Exit Trance from any of their album series so unless someone can give me a reason why it shouldn’t remain on the list, it’s going to stay here.
  5. Was gonna stay classy and just name this bottom tier but thanks to this song I knew I had to go with the current title

4 Comments

  • mizuha

    July 31, 2011

    Unrelated, but have you tried the stuff from a circle called “Voltage of Imagination” before? Thought you might like it.

  • Fang-tan

    August 3, 2011

    Voltage of Imagination? Is that Katakiri Rekka’s dealio? If so, then yes I’ve listened to a few of their albums that spring up at comiket. However Katakiri never really does it for me so I’ve never been really blown away by anything I’ve heard. Haruka Shimotsuki does vocals for it as well though, right? Perhaps I’ll look into some more of their stuff.

  • mizuha

    August 4, 2011

    Katakiri…?

    Their C77 release (I think?): nicovideo.jp/watch/sm9051105

    Has onoken, 茶太, なぎ, etc.

    Their upcoming C80 album preview: nicovideo.jp/watch/sm15192197

    Their stuff: nicovideo.jp/mylist/14714880

  • pspost

    January 24, 2012

    Actualy I agree with your Top.
    “SATB01 – Track 20 – YURiE” comes from very powerful original song so I’m not surprised.
    But the second best ever SATB song is “SATB 6 – 11. Catch You Catch Me”.
    And then go every other CAMRY songs, I think)

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