Review | LIHITO “Pain in my heart”


Broken, hurt yet still trying to mend himself, LIHITO delivers an emotional performance in the dreamy “Pain in my heart”.

Hana-Doll* is an idol project created by movic (TSUKIPRO, VAZZROCK, Tsukiuta, etc). 7 idols are part of Anthos, group signed to the fictional talent agency Amagiri Production.

Anthos* is comprised of Kent ItoWataru KomadaToshiki MasudaShunichi TokiDaiki HamanoSeiichiro Yamashita, and Shun Horie.

Title: Breathe
Label: Movic 
Release date: 11/09/2020
Genre: Minimalistic electronica


1 - Pain In My Heart
2 - Pain In My Heart (Off Vocal)

Track analysis:

1 – Pain in my heart

An elegant, bass-driven EDM sound leads the way for “Pain in my heart”.

The verses however tone down that intensity, creating a dreamy soundscape that keeps things simple in order to put the spotlight on Kent Ito’s vocals.

This instrumental alone is insanely good, being able to, with barely anything fleshing out hurt, passion, frustration, and regret even to some capacity.

Still, not everything about “Pain in my heart” is simple, you can expect this downtempo song to have a tropical twist, it is minimal but there are some synths that bring a marimba-like percussion in the background, helping the song progress to the chorus.

From that dreamy yet sort of empty soundscape in the verses, you’re taken to a chorus that brings a couple of interesting things to the spotlight while making it ever so slightly busy.

Much like the lyrics or, to keep things simple, the title of this song, this song is fragmented, fragile, and broken in some parts with the big question being “what is love?”.

Synths are cut mid-way through, glitching at some parts. The beat follows the same style however intentionally skipping a beat to reflect a certain hesitancy or even hurt.

As you slowly trail your way through the song, you’ll come to the conclusion that, despite its apparent chillout sound and dreamy vibes, that there is much more going on in the background with another dramatic story being brought forward in this franchise.

And fleshing out that dramatic story with powerful performance is Kent Ito.

The lyrics aren’t particularly long but Ito does make sure to leave a mark with an emotional approach to those. As such he brought head voice, vibrato and even added a whispery touch to his mid-toned vocals. There’s a melancholy in his performance that sticks with you after listening to this song.

Once again, this is a simple performance – apparently – yet Kent Ito took it a step further with passionate performance riding on top of his insane control and technique.

LIHITO’s “Pain in my heart” does stand out for its amazing instrumental however what stays with you is that passionate performance by Ito.

Pain In My Heart is available for purchase at CDJAPAN.

Pain in my heart” is available for streaming on Spotify.

Do not support piracy. Remember to support Anthos* by streaming via official outlets.


"What is love?" is the big question behind LIHITO's emotional "Pain in my heart". The composition of this song is minimalistic at all times. Synths are kept to a bare minimum in the verses, cranking up a bit the tension in the chorus; the beat is the simplest you can get, the bassline equally simple. So, with such a simplistic composition you'd be mistaken to think there wouldn't be much in this song to grab your attention. Well, this instrumental does make sure you want to hear more. From its loungy, dreamy vibe to the way it skillfully fleshes out that hurt in the bits of the beat missing and glitchy synths, there is plenty going on to grab your attention while not taking the focus away from the vocals. Yes, the vocals should be your big focus as Kent Ito made sure to deliver an emotional performance while keeping it minimal, suiting the tone of the song. As much as I write about this song, it's really best to experience LIHITO's "Pain in my heart" for yourself. The journey you go through in the verses is well worth checking out this song and the vocals will make you want to stick around.


Pain in my heart
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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