The CD went on sale Tuesday and the full PV showed up online at the same time. I think Aya's really found her voice. I'm not sure this is the kind of music that will be a popular success for her, but I think it's an artistic success. Does it even have a bit of Shiina Ringo about it? Aya co-wrote the lyrics (and wrote the lyrics for the enjoyable B-side, forget me nots...)
Another fascinating PV, bizarre as it is:
Here it is on the YouTube site.
I've always felt that at its best, Aya's seiyuu voice has a sharp, sinewy strength, a special bright edge. That's what gives her voice something special in this song, I think.
Two more pieces of news: Aya and Paku Romi will do the Japanese dub for two of the main characters in the French animated film Renaissance.
And Aya will do voices for a live-action show called Honjitsu no Neko Jijou, which is about a girl and the humorous lives of five cats. There isn't much information on the official site, but the star girl (Okuwa Maimi) is credited, and Aya is credited as "seiyuu," so I think she will be doing voices for all five cats. She will do the OP, too.
UPDATE: There's now a good divx version of the full PV on stage6.divx.com
UPDATE 2: Neophilia is at #15 for its first day on the charts, significantly lower than Love Gun's #4. The presence of a number of big new releases this week is part of the story; a comparatively lower level of publicity for this release is another. And maybe people who bought Love Gun didn't like it enough to buy Neophilia. We'll see which direction the song heads from here. I think it is an artistic success, but that doesn't mean it will be a commercial success. I have hopes that people who see the PV on TV or hear the song on the radio will start buying it now and it will rise, but we'll see.
UPDATE 3: Started at #15 on the chart, stayed there one more day, now is down to #19. Looks as if the Japanese buying public doesn't agree with me that this is a great song and an entertaining PV. j1m0ne called it "bog standard J-pop," whereas I think of it as inventive and jazzy -- too inventive and jazzy for the buying public. But he knows J-pop better than I.