Tetsuya Kakihara – “Call me” (album review)

Tetsuya Kakihara is a name quite well known in Japan and overseas regarding his voice acting in major anime such as Fairy Tail, Ao no exorcist, Hakkenden and many others that I would take an eternity to finish mentioning them. Kakihara-san is a German-japanese voice actor that has, like many other voice actors in Japan, turned to singing too.

Earlier this year his 3rd mini-album was released with the title “Call Me”.

Tetsuya Kakihara 柿原徹也 - Call Me

I’ve always been keen on seiyuu turning musicians but sometimes there are just some of them that are not made for the music business. Tetsuya Kakihara is not one of them… I was intrigued when I first heard that he decided to join a music label (Kiramune) to start singing professionally; I love his voice but I never expected great things from his singing, well, we all are a bit reluctant when we hear some actor trying to jump to the music business so I guess, at the time, that was a natural reaction.

Well… I just had to take a look of some of his songs and eventually I was even more drawn into his soft, angel-like voice.

Ranging from pop to rock Tetsuya Kakihara can sing it all and proof of that is the difference between this album and the previous one “Continuous” that was more electro-pop based. Vocal speaking I think that, by listening this album you can tell that Tetsuya has improved a lot his singing, now delivering the vocals with more power and emotion than on the previous mini-albums.

Now off to the track by track analysis.

1 – Call my name
We start off with the right foot on this one. Good track with great instrumental, good melody very pop-oriented. Top notch vocals on this track. I get that “feel-good” impression out of it so I guess it’s a good sign. By the way: I haven’t seen the pv yet. 4.5/5

2 – Hands up
Another pop-rock song, interesting in its whole but definitely not one of my favs. I don’t know why but the instrumental in some parts sounds a bit annoying (I guess it’s the background synth we’re talking about). Honorable mention: great guitar solo by the end of the song making it a bit more enjoyable to listen to. 3.5/5

3 – Eternal screaming
By far the best track on the album. If you want a track that has “rock” all over it is this one. Electric vocals and that guitar and drums are absolutely crazy. 5/5

4 – 運命の引力 (roughly translated as fatal attraction)
Here it is a traditional ballad. Angel-like voice from Kakki, beautiful lyrics and a mesmerizing instrumental piece make this song one of the most enjoyable ones to listen to. 4.5/5

5 – ocean flying
Another highlight in this album. Perfect rock instrumental with an addictive/strong bassline throughout the chorus (some of you might miss it when you listen to the song at first but on a second listen there it is the bass adding spice to the chorus). Overall great song. 4.5/5

6 – Cheers!! 
Not the best track to end the album but nevertheless an interesting track. High-speed punk-rock instrumental that works very well in the song the only problem for me are the trumpets… I just don’t see them fitting in the song. Have I mentioned that the drums go crazy on this one? And that it has a great guitar solo to make up for the excess of trumpets in the song? Yeah that’s right. But with all that the song doesn’t get more than ok. 3/5

Final rating: 4/5 – Good album with interesting tracks and great vocal work but I get the feeling that “Continuous” was overall a better mini-album, at least a bit more consistent in terms of song quality .

It’s great though to see Kakki singing more rock songs than electro/pop-oriented ones like in his previous works, in my opinion his voice fits best with rock. Can’t wait to hear more music from him.

The album is available in two versions: the regular and the deluxe. (You can check them on the links provided below).

Call Me / Tetsuya Kakihara
Tetsuya Kakihara
Call Me / Tetsuya Kakihara
Tetsuya Kakihara
– It was announced that later this year there’s a new single coming out.