Saturday, November 14, 2009

Annabel - Light of Dawn (Armed Librarians ED Single)

RELEASED: 11.06.2009
1. Light of Dawn
2. torus
3. Light of Dawn (off vocal)
4. torus (off vocal)

I wasn't too excited about Light of Dawn when I first heard it. I recall thinking it's slightly more tolerable than ALI PROJECT's Datengoku Sensen. So I was surprised that, upon proper hearing, the song is actually ok. Not great, by any means, but definitely better than I initially thought.

Light of Dawn is a fast-paced electronic number and, thus, a typical anime song. By contrast, the B-side track torus is softer, more melodic and also quite long pegging at six minutes plus. It reminds me of a song by Utada Hikaru. I forget the title but it's at the tip of my tongue. The other two tracks are off vocal versions. Interestingly, Light of Dawn sounds better without the vocals although I have no real issue against Annabel's voice.

Annabel - Light of Dawn @ Play-Asia
Annabel - Light of Dawn (Japan Version) @ Yes Asia
Light of Dawn is the ending theme for the anime Armed Librarians: The Book of Bantorra. Produced by David Production, the anime follows a group of sorcerers known as the Armed Librarians battling against the evil Shideki Church while striving to protect books: stone tablets which a human being's soul turns into once the body dies.

Armed Librarians - The Book of Bantorra @ ANN
Armed Librarians - The Book of Bantorra @ Wikipedia
Armed Librarians - The Book of Bantorra Promo [YouTube]
Armed Librarians - The Book of Bantorra Trailer [YouTube]


Anonymous said...

Nice comment about this single ^^

But I don't know, maybe it's just me. I disagree that the song Light of Dawn is a typical anime song. I know lots of anime songs that are more typical than this. And I know more than a thousand anime songs. Light of dawn is techno-ish (not rare in animes) but for me it gives a different feeling than songs by Mami kawada or Kotoko (I like them both though)About Annabel's voice, I believe it's very nice, much better than most japanese singers, one reason is that it's not high pitched and has a bit mysterious feeling to it. Just my 2 cents :)