HIGH and MIGHTY COLOR – Dreams

“Dreams” by HIGH and MIGHTY COLOR is the second ED for Darker Than Black -黑の契約者-. H&MC is probably best known for their theme songs for Gundam Seed Destiny and Bleach, “Pride” and 「一輪の花」(Ichirin no Hana). Most anime fans are probably familiar with both songs. For those who are unfamiliar with H&MC, they really made a name for themselves with those two songs and their rock and punk/rap style. It was rather refreshing to hear a female vocalist, Maki, in a rock band interlaced with rapping by the male vocalist, Yuusuke.

Compared to the previous theme songs, “HOWLING” and “Tsukiakari”, “Dreams” really isn’t as fitting for a theme song for Darker Than Black. While the previous songs really fitted with the anime series, one with its dark image and the that fitted Gin perfectly, I really can’t see how it fits with the series. Worse, “Dreams” deviated from H&MC’s proven formula of its combination of rock and punk/rap, turned to a slow ballad with Yuusuke singing rather badly in the song (I think it was too high pitched for him).

Perhaps I’m being too critical of the song, but it really didn’t give the same feeling from other H&MC songs. While that being the case, the song does have a rather good and easy melody, and is quite pleasing. The guitar work in the middle of the song was also a good change of pace from the slow feeling of the rest of the song. Maki also sung with a lot of feelings and emotion, and I found myself really drawn to her voice in this song. The combination of all of the above created a song that is really enjoyable, if different from H&MC’s normal fare.

It is perhaps unfortunate that the rest of the singles doesn’t work as well as “Dreams”. “Feel Like Dance” feels a wee bit like a cookie cutter song, and “Mushroom” is decidedly drug induced in its craziness/silliness. While “Feel Like Dance” is a bit typical, it does have pretty good arrangement and it was good to hear Yuusuke rapping again. At the same time, “Mushroom” was so silly that one can’t really take that song too seriously.

Overall, “Dreams” is not bad of a single. Maybe not as good as some of their previous singles, but it holds up on its own.

Rating: 3.5/5

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歌詞 / Lyrics:

巡り会う手、But I know the end has come soon .

ふたりの手吸い付くように
離れないいつも一緒さ
気付いたら傍にいたよね
打ち明けたこともないまま

終わらない夏
どこまでも行こうよ
「大好きだよ」
昨日までも明日からも同じはずだった

夢がそっと告げていたよ 楽しいほど終わりそうで
不思議だよね 離れた手が落ちて
まるで迷子みたい いつの間にかいない

傾けた砂時計には
零れてくふたりの記憶
重ねた手すり抜けるように
落ちてゆく音もないまま

届かない夏
ゆびきりは寂しく
手を振るけど
昨日までも明日からも君を探してる

夢がそっと告げていたよ 無邪気なほど壊れそうで
不思議だよね「ありがとう。」の言葉が
まるで最後みたい いつの間にかいない

巡る季節を逆さまに巡ってた いつかまた逢えると
So、I know you go another way.
ただ信じてた孤独から逃げるように もう終わりにしよう
You don’t take me away, but I understand.

恋と違う解釈でも
愛と違う関係でも
二人はもう新しい二人になれる
僕は行くよスピードに乗って

だからきっと悲しくない だからきっと君は泣かない
だからきっとあの時の二人に さよならを告げても
泣いたりしないよ

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