Review | Growth “Jiyuu no Tabiji”


Jyuu no Tabiji” is another reminder that Growth are, indeed, one of the best 2D groups out there. Absolute masterclass of an experience.

Title: 自由の旅路
Label: Tsukipro/Movic 
Release date: 23/04/2021 (digital) / 09/07/2021 (physical)
Genre: Lyrical pop


1 - 自由の旅路
2 - 自由の旅路 -off vocal-

Track analysis:

1 – 自由の旅路

Growth go big on their epic sound, bringing to the table harp melodies, a grandiose choir, orchestral elements – such as timpani – for extra drama in the track.

The verses are intense, putting the listener at centerstage to experience it all.

On one side you find soaring strings in background, timpani heighten the drama while harp melodies give this song a mysterious edge. Wind instruments give a picturesque dimension to “Jyuu no Tabiji” while the percussion takes us on a journey through distant lands.

The soundscape created is one in which you want to lose yourself. You want to experience it, you want those epic journeys, that sense of danger and accomplishment. “Jyuu no Tabiji” encompasses all that in outstanding fashion.

On the vocal end, Growth show everyone why they are the resident power vocals.

Shunichi Toki leads the way with powerful long notes riding on his mid-tones, Junta Terashima adds a lot of emotion from his low notes and, when necessary, his high notes add to the epic vibe coming from the vocal track.

Daiki Yamashita and Yoshitaka Yamaya go for those almost unattainable ethereal high notes that make Growth’s performance stand out.

As a whole, Growth are on top of their game, their harmonies will make chills run down your spine, their crescendos carry a lot of emotion, their delivery will grab your attention from the get-go.

Their performance as a whole is outstanding, like an upgraded take on their 2017 single “Mahou no Kizuna”.

Absolute masterclass of an experience with the instrumental and the vocals.

This is going to be featured as 1 of the 4 opening themes for TSUKIPRO the animation 2, anime set to premiere in July 2021.

Jiyuu no Tabiji is available for pre-order at CDJAPAN.


Growth do what they know best: impress everyone with their unique and refined brand of lyrical pop, taking the listener on a journey through their fantasy-inspired soundscapes while delivering a performance that will make goosebumps all over you. "Jyuu no Tabiji" is another reminder that Growth are, indeed, one of the best 2D groups out there. Absolute masterclass of an experience - this is no longer a song but an experience - on the same level as "Mahou no Kizuna" (2017).


Vanessa Silva
The Hand That Feeds HQ founder and music reviewer writing about Japanese music since 2010. Also, the only person managing everything The Hand That Feeds HQ related. In 2011, I stumbled upon Mamoru Miyano's "Orpheus". Since then I have been writing about male seiyuu music. You may find me writing almost essays whenever music is really good (not limited to, but it happens a lot with Soma Saito's music). I also host the male seiyuu-centric podcast, SEIYUU LOUNGE (see Spotify link in this profile).






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