Nobuhiko Okamoto x Trignal “光を/Tic Tac Anniversary” (Review)

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One of the most anticipated collabs for 2017 is Nobunagal. Nobuhiko Okamoto and Trignal team up for a stellar collaboration single that managed to impress beyond our expectations.


Title: 光を/Tic Tac Anniversary
Label: Kiramune
Release date: 13/09/2017
Genre: J-Pop


1. 光を  
2. Tic Tac Anniversary

Track by track analysis:

1. 光を

光を is completely different from what people could expect from this special collaboration. It kicks off slowly with tender piano notes envelopping Yonaga‘s vocals but after that, the song shifts thrice. On one side we have Eguchi‘s dramatic narration, on other Kimura‘s musical imbued singing and Okamoto‘s sweet notes and then for the chorus, a mix of rock and orchestral elements, an explosion of emotion that hits you when you least expect it. When listening to this piece, please imagine a musical. This song and performance are both crafted like a musical, hence it might sound odd for those not that fond of dramatical pieces. Because of that, the song’s instrumentalization and structure are rather odd. We have a tender side that might hint for a ballad, we have jazzy sections on this song that grab our attention, we have French inspired post-choruses and powerful, strings + timpani driven choruses with some rock touches. This might sound like a mess as you read it but if, like us, you’re thinking about this song as a musical piece, it makes a whole lot of sense. The instrumental is unexpected and incredibly fresh. We’re completely surrendered to Yonaga‘s smooth intro, Kimura‘s musical flare and the powerful chorus. Okamoto surprises once again with his lyrics, this time channeling a musical vibe we weren’t aware that he could even put into words. Fantastic opening track. 5/5

2. Tic Tac Anniversary

Tic Tac Anniversary is the laidback summery tune that we never knew we needed in our lives until we heard it. A funky bass, wah-wah guitar riffs, strings and simple, splashy drums set the perfect summer vibe for us. The instrumental has some retro touches thanks to the rhodes piano and disco inspired synths. On the vocal side, the harmonizations are perfect, it’s as if Okamoto was always a part of TRIGNAL. Individually, we need to give kudos to Yonaga‘s falsetto and Kimura‘s melodic vocals that caught us off guard. Eguchi and Okamoto‘s performances were crucial during the harmonizations. Were you looking for a “feel good” song? Tic Tac Anniversary is the perfect goodbye to this season, it’s fun, laidback, melodic, well crafted and with good vocal performances. A gem. 5/5

Final rating: 

Nobuhiko Okamoto‘s brightness and TRIGNAL‘s energy certainly blended well for this single. Initially skeptical about this release, we now change our opinion. This release is incredibly good. Okamoto isn’t having the best solo career ever – with only one highlight so far on it – but he sure does deliver with this single. It’s also nice to find once again lyricist Okamoto. He went beyond our expectations and wrote a musical piece. We’re not even going to start talking about how hard it is to write lyrics for musicals. It’s on a completely different level. Major kudos for him.
There are a lot of new things we found on this release. Kimura‘s vocals have evolved to a level in which he can comfortably tackle “musical style” of singing, Yonaga finally went for those high notes and showed us a glimpse of his falsetto, Eguchi was the perfect backup for everyone, shifting between performing with low or high registries and Okamoto showed us that not only he has talent as a lyricist, but he also fits best with dramatical and jazzier music styles rather than his trademark bubblegum pop.
Out of this release there are a couple things we’ve realized.
  • TRIGNAL are a force to be reckoned with.
  • Okamoto should definitely change his music style to either dramatic pop-rock or jazzy pop-rock, his solo career would greatly benefit from that change.
  • TRIGNAL and Nobuhiko Okamoto together are a blast to listen to.
  • Nobunagal is one of the best collaboration projects that we’ve ever had the opportunity to listen to.
  • This release is a good candidate for “single of the year”.
Final consideration: give it a listen if you haven’t, this single is totally worth it.

光を/Tic Tac Anniversary is available for purchase on CDJAPAN for all overseas fans.
Single: Title is to be announced / Nobuhiko Okamoto x Trignal
Nobuhiko Okamoto x Trignal
Vanessa Silva
Vanessa Silva
The Hand That Feeds HQ founder, content creator, and music reviewer. Basically, the only person managing everything at The Hand That Feeds HQ. Stumbling upon Mamoru Miyano's "Orpheus" in 2011 was the start of this journey. If music is thought-provoking or deep, you may find her writing almost essays (not limited to, but it happens a lot with Soma Saito's music). She's the producer and host of the male seiyuu-centric podcast, SEIYUU LOUNGE (see Spotify link in this profile).


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