Kamigami no Asobi ED

Kamigami no Asobi ED「REASON FOR…」

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From the team that brought us Uta-Prince’s「MAJI LOVE 1000%」comes the first all-god boy band’s debut single 「REASON FOR…」(we didn’t hear the OP until the second episode so that’s technically their second single). Though not as much of a dance jpop track as Maji 1000%, Reason For… is just as catchy and surprisingly infectious. The gods aren’t in a boy band per se as they’re credited individually – Apollon (Miyu Irino), Hades (Ono Daisuke), Tsukito (Uemura Yuuto), Takeru/Susanoo (Toyonaga Toshiyuki), Baldr (Kamiya Hiroshi) and Loki (Hosoya Yoshimasa). But judging by the ED done in the style of a boy band music video, I’m going to go ahead and label them as one. Boy bands typically put out 2 types of songs – dance tracks and sad, emotion-filled tracks. Just take Japan’s national boy band Arashi for example – dance track “Monster” and emotional “Dear Snow” singles both released in 2010. 「REASON FOR…」is the latter and quite fittingly so if you consider Kamigami to be about gods getting to understand human feelings through Yui. 

So what do the cast say about this ED? Irino thought it reflects the theme from Kamigami and is quite the passionate type of song. OnoD thought it reflected each character’s personality well and that it could even be the OP. Uemura likes the beginning intro bit because it has a raring-to-go feel to it (the 1:30 min cut does but I’m not so sure about the full version). Toyonaga calls it pop psychedelic (it kinda is!) and the more one listens to it, the more one will get into it, liking it more and more (I can attest to that since I did have it on loop on nico nico for an hour…). HiroC thought you could really feel Yui’s struggle in getting the gods to feel human and Hosoya prefers it to the OP (I do too! that OP is… bleah). Reason For… is slowly turning into my guilty pleasure of Spring 2014.

I say the music video is typical boy band because you’ve got the 6 gods in individual frames, each holding an apple (god knows the meaning behind that) and then teamed up into 3 pairs – Greek, Japanese and Nordic, standing around in random urbanscape, looking far far away (watch Arashi’s Dear Snow, they do that lots too) lost in their emotions/thoughts. And then there’s what HiroC calls 裸祭り(はだかまつり) naked festival aka the token fan service. The camera pans upwards as the boys lounge on a staircase – why oh why? There’s even a rotating camera effect during the chorus as each god holds one hand to his chest, emotionally belting out those lines. Cheesy but hey, it’s that kind of show. At least it’s tasteful!

Lyrics (sourced from here)

【Ap】 その胸に咲かせた 望み聞くよ聞かせて
【Ha】 満天の星空 願いを託そう
【Ts】 ありふれた言葉が 煌めきだす瞬間
【Ta】 気付くだろう 求めてたもの 確かな真実に

【Ba】 柔らかく光さす笑顔
【Lo】 退屈すぎる永遠(まいにち)さえ
【Ba,Lo】 ゆっくり溶かしてゆくから
【Ts,Ta】 理屈じゃ計りきれない
【Ap,Ha】 想い Precious one

【All】
泣き出しそうなほど優しい愛よ 届け 翼にのせて
例えられない不安すべて この腕包み込んで
声にすることも叶わぬ痛み
初めて触れた My feeling
高鳴る鼓動 受け止めて強く 輝かせたい for you

【Ap】 眩しすぎる風は 昨日と違うサイン
【Ha】 怖がらなくていい 瞳そらさずに
【Ts】 戸惑いはいつでも 足をすくませるけど
【Ta】 信じたなら つき進めばいい 心のまま前へ

【Ba】 抑えきれない涙の訳
【Lo】 たまには本気にもなるでしょ?
【Ba,Lo】 誰も止められないなら
【Ts,Ta】 感情のままに見せて
【Ap,Ha】 さあ I’m not ashamed

【All】
重ね合う運命の螺旋から
たったひとりを見つけて
それを愛と呼べるならば もう迷わないでいい
何億分の一の確率で 繋がる奇跡の cross road
人が生きる意味を問うのなら
抱きしめさせて for me

泣き出しそうなほど優しい愛よ 届け 翼にのせて
例えられない不安すべて この腕包み込んで
声にすることも叶わぬ痛み
初めて触れた My feeling
高鳴る鼓動 受け止めて強く
輝きだす ENDLESS LOVE

The full song has just been released but otherwise, watch the ED each week for Baldr’s hair-commercial-worthy shot near the end and that fun sequence at 1:03 – 1:05 where the boys are rotated in the same pose. I know I will.

 

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