Anime CD Review: Unison Square Garden – "Orion Wo Nazoru"

“Orion Wo Nazoru” by Unison Square Garden is the opening theme song for the Tiger & Bunny anime series.

Orion Wo Nazoru
Publisher: Toy’s Factory
Release Date: May 11, 2011

The CD single opens with “Orion Wo Nazoru,” which is recognizable to fans of the Tiger & Bunny anime series. Of course, it’s the full version included on the single and not the shorter edit for the opening credits of the series. It’s an upbeat and fun song that easily gets stuck in your head.

Next is “Boku Wa Kimi Ni Naritai,” which has a more “acoustic” sound to it in comparison to “Orion Wo Nazoru.” It sounds like a song you would hear in an anime, but as far as I can tell, it isn’t from one. It’s a good song, though.

This is followed by “Uno Story,” which has a quiet opening but quickly builds a little more intensity. It’s a more midtempo track compared to the previous two songs. This is also an enjoyable song.

The next song is “Over Driver,” which brings the tempo of the disc back up. The songs on this disc show that Unison Square Garden is quite capable when it comes to their material. They display how they can handle different aspects of rock music arrangements.

The final three songs (“Karakuri Karukare,” “23:25,” and “Galileo No Showcase”) all come from a live release titled, Meet the Autumn Tour 2010 FINAL @ Osaka BIG CAT. Since these are live recordings, the audio quality is noticeably different from the previous four songs included on the disc. For these three tracks, they focused exclusively on uptempo numbers. Since I’m not familiar with the live recording that these tracks came from, I don’t know if they focused on uptempos during the performance, or if that’s what kind of tracks the label decided to focus on when selecting tracks to include on this single.

This CD is worth it if you’re a fan of the Tiger & Bunny anime and want to own the opening theme song in your anime music library. This disc is also worth it to hear more material by Unison Square Garden. To me, at least, hearing this other material proved to me that “Orion Wo Nazoru” wasn’t a fluke. The best way to acquire this CD single is to look around at sites that sell Japanese import CDs and trying to find the best deal.

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