Review | TOKYO COLOR SONIC!! “Grow up!!”

The TOKYO COLOR SONIC!! franchise polishes its music to release a strong opening track with “Grow up!!” for the 2nd CD series “Growing”.

What is TOKYO COLOR SONIC!!

Tokyo Color Sonic!! is the name of the mixed-media franchise created by sprout and counting with character designs by the popular illustrator Ryo Fujiwara.

This franchise includes a star-studded 10 main character cast, with characters split into 5 different “buddy” units of singer + songwriter.

Tokyo Color Sonic counts with a balanced mix of drama CD + music.

To know more about this project, make sure to check our quick guide to it.

TOKYO COLOR SONIC!! features vocals by Shoya Chiba, Soma Saito, Gakuto Kajiwara, Shunsuke Takeuchi and Yuya Hirose.

Review

TOKYO COLOR SONIC!! "Grow up!!"
Title: TOKYO COLOR SONIC!! Growing STARTING
Label: eternal voyage
Release date: 22/07/2022
Genre: Pop/EDM

Tracklist:

1 - ふたたび、情熱の時間がやってくる
2 - 新しい相棒
3 - 彼らの日常生活
4 - 今心を失ったら、ダメなんだ
5 - 本当の言葉、本当の目的
6 - Grow up!!

Track analysis:

6 – Grow up!!

Slowly building up the tension with high-tension synths, “Grow up!!” opens the doors to what is a dreamy tune.

Despite the intense intro, the verses make the best of atmospheric synths on top of a minimalistic instrumental made for the vocals to shine.

The chorus raises the tension yet again, however, contrary to previous songs in the franchise, it is not as overwhelming to the vocals, leaving just enough space available for everyone to give their best in this performance 

You will find yourself singing along to the chorus by the second time it comes in, something that attests to just how addictive this song is while having such a simple instrumental.

With a pulsating baseline and a breathy atmosphere, each member takes turns in performing this song, smoothly and slowly taking those.

Expect both clean singing in the very first part of the song as well as rapping just before the bridge. 

The addition of Yuya Hirose on the vocal end is quite interesting. He arrives to complement the tenor side of TOKYO COLOR SONIC’s lineup, harmonizing with Soma Saito and Shoya Chiba while bringing a smoother edge to the group’s performances.

Now, one of the big issues the franchise had been tackling was the mixing of their songs.

This time around, the mixing or, should I say, the composition was made in a way that the vocals, no matter the mixing, would sound clean and clear at all times. When the time came for the mixing, the song was pretty much as clean as you get in here.

This is something that, in my opinion, raised the enjoyment of listening to “Grow up!!” in comparison to “Begin on Buddy“.

The franchise kicks off its “Growing” CD series in a really strong way with TOKYO COLOR SONIC!!’s “Grow up!!”.


TOKYO COLOR SONIC!! Growing STARTING is available for purchase at CDJAPAN.

Tokyo Color Sonic!! Growing STARTING / Drama CD (Shoya Chiba, Yuto Uemura, et al.)
Drama CD (Shoya Chiba, Yuto Uemura, et al.)

TOKYO COLOR SONIC!! Growing STARTING” is available for streaming on Spotify.


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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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SUMMARY

"Grow up!!" raises the quality in the TOKYO COLOR SONIC!! franchise, polishing areas in which it was failing in previous releases while showcasing how the group's - and franchise's - new dynamic works. Yuya Hirose fits right in with the group, adding more power to the "tenor" side of the lineup - with Shoya Chiba and Soma Saito - while being a perfect bridge with the baritones and bass members within the group. "Grow up!!" goes more towards a simpler EDM sound that is dreamy and hopeful in tone, putting a smile on your face while making you want to sing along to it. Strong kick off to a promising new CD series.

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"Grow up!!" raises the quality in the TOKYO COLOR SONIC!! franchise, polishing areas in which it was failing in previous releases while showcasing how the group's - and franchise's - new dynamic works. Yuya Hirose fits right in with the group, adding more power to the "tenor" side of the lineup - with Shoya Chiba and Soma Saito - while being a perfect bridge with the baritones and bass members within the group. "Grow up!!" goes more towards a simpler EDM sound that is dreamy and hopeful in tone, putting a smile on your face while making you want to sing along to it. Strong kick off to a promising new CD series.Review | TOKYO COLOR SONIC!! "Grow up!!"