I’m fully aware this is an unusual choice to finally return to an album review with but it was just so good that I couldn’t help myself. I’m not even particularly fond of any of these girls specifically. I just like them a moderate amount. That didn’t stop me from enjoying the album though!
Album Name: THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA MASTER Cool jewelries! 003
Artist/Circle: IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls: Fumika Sagisawa 1, Arisu Tachibana 2, Kanade Hayami 3, Asuka Ninomiya 4, Syuko Shiomi 5
Release Date: 06/29/2016
- Saite Jewel (咲いてJewel)
This may be a weird comparison but the instrumentation and melody in the beginning reminds me of a Touhou track by ZUN. I think that’s super charming though. I mean it’s great that CAERULA sounds so good together (Arisu is the only member who feels out of place though) but the song being energetic and fun is an added bonus. Fun though it may be, I’m not sure if it has much staying power. The chorus itself is rather bland and forgettable. Still, better than the second original track.
- Kimi ni Todoke (きみにとどけ)
Arisu Tachibana’s solo cover track. One thing I’ve always loved about the IDOLM@STER franchise is the sheer frequency that the girls cover existing tracks. I’ve never heard the original of Tooi Ongaku but Chihaya’s cover is beautiful and a song I listen to constantly even years after discovering it. I think Arisu character choice for this song but I guess it sounds fine. She’s a bit too soft sounding for the chorus though.
- Sky Clad no Kansokusha (スカイクラッドの観測者)
Asuka Ninomiya’s solo cover track. The whole reason I even looked at this album was because I saw this was on the track list. This seems like a fitting song for Asuka unlike the previous track did for Arisu. She sounds fine at it but it’s really hard to match Kanako Itou here so I may be too biased to compare them. I don’t think her seiyuu is very strong as a vocalist either though.
- Kanade (奏)
Kanade Hayami’s solo cover is a track called Kanade (originally by Sukima Switch), haha. Unlike Asuka’s seiyuu I think Kanade’s, Yuuko Iida, is actually strong enough to support her song. She might be one of the best sounding of the unit next to Syuko, honestly. The song itself is a slow ballad so I guess that might be helping my impression of her.
Syuko Shiomi’s solo cover. I was surprised to see the ending of Okami here but the song itself fits Syuko’s image I guess. Like Kanade, she sounds really good and is a good fit for her song. It’s a little more fast paced than the previous track but it still a ballad-ish track.
- Ookina Furudokei (大きな古時計)
Fumika Sagisawa’s solo cover track. Apparently this was covered before by Chihaya (Asami Imai) but I’ve never heard that or the original. Another slow track which is kind of a let down. I mean it makes sense for Fumika but I was just hoping for something a little more cool like Asuka’s tracks. Still, I suppose this is lovely enough even if I don’t care for such whispery vocals in this case.
- Near to You
A super idol-ish track to get us back on track. Fun and feels like the IDOLM@STER I’m used to. It’s fun though not as impressive as the first group track at the start of the album. Even less memorable than that one though.
The remaining tracks are a drama track amongst the group and karaoke tracks for the two original tracks.
Recommended tracks: The first group track (Saite Jewel) is a surprising treat. The cover songs lean a bit in the slow direction which is a bit disappointing but they aren’t bad by any means. Asuka’s (Sky Clad Observer) and Syuko’s (Reset) are probably my favourites though.