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Best Wishes,
“Best Wishes,” ends up putting a good spotlight over each group, ensuring that members were paired up with contrasting vocals in order to highlight their vocals. This is something that most “ensemble” or “all-star” songs fail to achieve: a way to put the spotlight on everyone.  And Akira Takizawa and Takeshi Hama managed to pull that off flawlessly in this song. The perfect wrap-up to a series of strong, exciting, and even, at times, unexpected songs in TSUKIPRO THE ANIMATION 2.

Review | SOARA, Growth, SolidS, QUELL “Best Wishes,”

“Best Wishes,” arrives as the perfect track to wrap up TSUKIPRO THE ANIMATION 2’s streak of songs as well as a fantastic showcase of what a good “all star” song should sound like.

Title: Best Wishes,
Label: Movic
Release date: 27/05/2022
Genre: Pop/Rock

Tracklist:

1 - Best Wishes, (SOARA・Growth・SolidS・QUELL)
2 - Drama track [TBD]
3 - Best Wishes,  -off vocal-

Track analysis:

1 – Best Wishes,

And to wrap up the streak of releases in TSUKIPRO THE ANIMATION 2 is “Best Wishes,”, song performed by SOARA, Growth, SolidS, and QUELL’s members.

A bright piano melody paints a beautiful soundscape leading up to the upbeat, fast-paced verses.

Acoustic guitars, a punchy bassline, snary drums, and synths join in, all to deliver a powerful, emotional performance in a song that will, quickly, make you want to sing along to it.

The chorus is quite the tricky section for this song, having to accommodate 17 vocals yet that is done in a genuinely smart way. 

Vocals are panned to different sides of your ears to give the impression that you are watching a live show, with sound coming from different directions depending on where are the performers on stage. 

This dynamic makes it so that while the chorus features all 17 vocals at the same time on top of a fast-paced pop-rock instrumental with high-pitched, slow strings when you get to the latter half of the song, you get a bonus. 

The vocals that, up until the chorus were only slightly panned to each ear, are now fully panned and you get to experience this song as if you were attending a live show. 

For example, you get SolidS and QUELL’s members split into two groups, panned to left and right, and then, coming from the center arrive the powerful vocals by SOARA and Growth. When it is time for the unison chorus, you’ll find yourself completely invested in this performance. 

More immersive than this, only if this song had been performed with a dummyhead mic, really. 

Tremolo strings join in later stages in this song, adding a sense of urgency to what is already a fairly energetic and uptempo tune.

“Best Wishes,” ends up putting a good spotlight over each group, ensuring that members were paired up with contrasting vocals in order to highlight their vocals. This is something that most “ensemble” or “all-star” songs fail to achieve: a way to put the spotlight on everyone.  And Akira Takizawa and Takeshi Hama managed to pull that off flawlessly in this song.

The perfect wrap-up to a series of strong, exciting, and even, at times, unexpected songs in TSUKIPRO THE ANIMATION 2.


TSUKIPRO The Animation 2 vol.7 is available for purchase at CDJAPAN.

Vanessa Silva
Vanessa Silvahttps://www.handthatfeedshq.com
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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“Best Wishes,” ends up putting a good spotlight over each group, ensuring that members were paired up with contrasting vocals in order to highlight their vocals. This is something that most “ensemble” or “all-star” songs fail to achieve: a way to put the spotlight on everyone.  And Akira Takizawa and Takeshi Hama managed to pull that off flawlessly in this song. The perfect wrap-up to a series of strong, exciting, and even, at times, unexpected songs in TSUKIPRO THE ANIMATION 2.Review | SOARA, Growth, SolidS, QUELL "Best Wishes,"