|Yuuki Aoi with the life-size cut-out |
of herself (145cm/4'9") that is on display
at stores. Ao-chan says she mosaic-ed
her face out of embarrassment.
Getting into the top ten is good, but the album itself is better. I was blown away. I had no idea she could be this good a singer. It's a great sign that the more I listen to this music, the more I like it.
Not that Ao-chan is technically a great singer. But she brings her dramatic and voice skills to the task and succeeds brilliantly in creating little works of art. And she hits the notes. What a relief, even if she is technically assisted.
The light, high voice we hear in the PV clip from "Merry-go-Round Horse's Tail" shows up in other cuts. But she also gives us a full-throated rock diva sound, especially in a song by DECO*27, "Sugar Loop."
I especially like the two songs by DECO*27, the other being "Ferris Wheel Clock." But the song that I think will get the most play is "Baby Dolly Alice," by Kawada Ruka, who has done quite a bit of work for anime and seiyuus, recently for Horie Yui.
Make no mistake, most of these are art songs, not straight pop. And Ao-chan puts plenty of art into singing them. They are like little dramas, with her playing a different character in each.
You can hear a couple of sample clips here. The CD itself, both editions, can be purchased from CDJapan (with special photo) or Amazon Japan.
Here is a short video that has just shown up on NicoNico introducing clips of all the songs:
Here is a video of Ao-chan demonstrating the fold-up calendar that comes with the premium edition of the CD:
And here is a drawing Ao-chan made while listening to the album:
Is that an intentional flare censoring part of the drawing? A comment on 2channel suggests that her mention of a manuscript in the blog post I translated shows that she is or has been part of a doujin circle. Finally, here is a photo of the "Petit Pas" corner at the big Akihabara anime/manga/games store, Gamers:
By the way, the album title "Petit Pas," means "Small Step" in French.