Ikimonogakari – ホタルノヒカリ [14th Single]

July 20, 2009 at 3:45 am (Ikimonogakari) (, )

Hotaru no Hikari

Ikimonogakari’s 14th single, entitled ホタルノヒカリ, was released on 07.15.09. The title track was used as the theme song for Naruto Shippuuden.

ホタルノヒカリ is a sweet pop number. The song starts off with te chorus and there’s a very natural feeling to it that catches the listener’s ear. Then the pace quickens and the instrumentation is more upbeat and fun. The vocals sound very nice with the music and carry a breezy feel that suits an anime theme perfectly. Right before the chorus, the instrumentation is really pretty and makes a good introduction to the chorus. The chorus may not be the most interesting but it’s nice. Overall it’s an enjoyable song and one that suits the series very well.

おもいでのすきま is a nice and relaxing number that definitely gives a natural feeling of home. The vocals are quite enjoyable and suits the overall atmosphere of the song. It’s a good compliment to the A-side.

In order to promote the single, a PV for ホタルノヒカリ was made. The video is very simple, just featuring the group singing in the song in front of a pretty backdrop. It’s not the most interesting but it works.

Single Ranking: B –

It was an okay single with two nice songs although they aren’t the most engaging. Both songs carry a natural feeling to them, which is nice. Hopefully the material to come will be stronger.

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