Review | TOKYO COLOR SONIC!! “If”

TOKYO COLOR SONIC!!’s “If” is a perfect ending to their second season of CDs, highlighting impressive growth in vocals and instrumentals.

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!! "If"
Title: TOKYO COLOR SONIC!! Growing ENDING
Label: eternal voyage
Release date: 27/01/2023
Genre: Rock Ballad

Tracklist:

6 - If

Track analysis:

6 – If

To wrap up the 2nd CD series TOKYO COLOR SONIC!!’s Arashi (CV: Shoya Chiba), Towa (CV: Gakuto Kajiwara), Kaori (CV: Shunsuke Takeuchi), Tomoe (CV: Yuya Hirose) and Iori (CV: Soma Saito) team up to perform “If“.

In a change in tone, this song starts off as a ballad, with a delicate piano melody leading the way as solemn strings join in to add a layer of beauty to the soundscape.

The first verse is quiet and emotional, leaving the spotlight on the vocals, each member takes turns before arriving at the dramatic chorus.

The chorus brings in acoustic and electric guitars as well as warm, bassy drums and a punchy bassline to the mix, taking this song to full-on rock ballad territory.

This time around is worth mentioning that the mixing is so well done that the drums are clear, the acoustic guitars are gentle, the drums have their place on the soundstage and then the strings don’t muffle anyone. The vocals are as clean and clear as day.

“If” ends up shining a lot in this chorus due to how powerful it is on the vocal not to forget the mixing that is tasteful throughout.

When it comes to the vocals, each member has their time in the spotlight, taking turns in the first verse. However, things change from that point on.

We have two teams on the vocal end: Shunsuke Takeuchi and Soma Saito and, on the other end, Shoya Chiba, Gakuto Kajiwara, and Yuya Hirose. These teams are quite important throughout the performance, especially as the second verse kicks in.

Starting from the 2nd verse, listeners get brief duets. Takeuchi opens that verse with Saito and it is stunning what happens as they harmonize. It gets even more amazing when Chiba, Kajiwara, and Hirose team up. And then when all perform the chorus together it is beautiful. 

The emotion in this performance culminating with the tension-soaring instrumental will leave a mark.

All in all, “If” is a fantastic wrap-up to a 2nd season of CDs that was filled with highlights and a lot of growth on the vocals and instrumentals sides.


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

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

TOKYO COLOR SONIC!! Growing ENDING” 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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Arashi, Towa, Kaori, Tomoe, and Iori team up to perform "IF" in the TOKYO COLOR SONIC!! 2nd CD series, Growing. The song starts as a ballad with a delicate piano melody and emotional vocals. The chorus transforms into a powerful rock ballad with acoustic and electric guitars, bassy drums, and a well-balanced mix that stands out for its quality and clarity. The vocals shine, with duets and harmonies adding to the emotional performance. Overall, "IF" is a fantastic wrap-up to the 2nd season of CDs, showcasing growth in vocals and instrumentals for this franchise.

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Arashi, Towa, Kaori, Tomoe, and Iori team up to perform "IF" in the TOKYO COLOR SONIC!! 2nd CD series, Growing. The song starts as a ballad with a delicate piano melody and emotional vocals. The chorus transforms into a powerful rock ballad with acoustic and electric guitars, bassy drums, and a well-balanced mix that stands out for its quality and clarity. The vocals shine, with duets and harmonies adding to the emotional performance. Overall, "IF" is a fantastic wrap-up to the 2nd season of CDs, showcasing growth in vocals and instrumentals for this franchise.Review | TOKYO COLOR SONIC!! "If"