last fall as the OP of To Aru Kagaku no Railgun. And I love it now when I see the video of fripSide performing it in person at the Music Japan anime song event in June.
You may prefer the other performers at the event, which was a kind of mini-Animelo: Mizuki Nana, Chihara Minori, angela, May'N, Takahashi Youko, Tamura Yukari, Granrodeo.
But "Railgun" just grabs me by my low-class pop soul and won't let go. It has energy and melody and drive. It's all "hook."
It's especially effective in a large hall full of roaring, light-stick waving otaku. The somewhat sick-making camera work and Nanjou-san's repetitive movements don't detract from the song's power at all.
The fripSide part of the show starts with a clip of the exotically beautiful Nanjou-san and sat -- who's pretty cute himself -- doing their regular radio show. She asks him when he did the homework assigned during high-school summer vacations: he says he did it in the first week. "Really?" she presses him. "Really," he replies. I guess that's the kind of habit that helps you become a top music programmer.
sat is the heart of the group, writing, programming, and performing all the music. Nanjou-san took over last year from the group's original vocalist, nao, who left to pursue a solo career.
A full video of the concert is on the Chinese video site youku.com. A clip of the Railgun part alone has been removed from another site.
I have to admit that one of my pleasures in watching the clip was to think how the 26-year-old Nanjou-san, who has been a seiyuu since 2006 with only middling success, is suddenly a star on stage in front of thousands of cheering fans. I felt happy for her. I was one of the few who enjoyed her performance as Koko in D.C. II: Da Capo II in 2007. She also played Maria in Canaan.
And I can't be sure, but I think the voice-over during the interview may be seiyuu Sugita Tomokazu (Gin in Gintama, Kyon in Haruhi).
fripSide CDs available from CD Japan.