My love for rhythm games and mobile games has been fairly well-documented on this website. As such, it should be no surprise that I was on the [email protected] hype train for a while. It is true that I was slagging off the Starlight Stage mobile game a few months ago. I still stand by my opinion that the game has issues. Nevertheless, I still strongly believe that [email protected]: Cinderella Girls has the best music of all the major idol properties of recent times. Get your Love Live and BanG DreaM! music outta here.
Coming up with this list was an absolute nightmare. I had to cut out so many of my favorite songs just because 10 spots wasn’t enough. So believe me, there are a lot of songs that probably deserve a spot on here that I just couldn’t find a place for. With that said, here are my top 10 best [email protected]: Cinderella Girls Songs.
#10 Nebula Sky
Performed by: Anastasia
The inclusion of this song on this list is possibly due to Anastasia being my favorite character from the anime series. Even right now, I can’t tell if I actually like Nebula Sky or if I feel obligated to have it here, so I’ll be careful and just put it at 10th place. There’s always such a great sense of mystery in all of her songs because her singing voice is just awkward enough to believe that she’s actually half Russian.
#9 Ki・ma・gu・re☆Cafe au Lait!
Performed by: Miyamoto Frederica
I know this song is a questionable choice since most people liken it to nails on a chalkboard. I used to feel exactly the same way but it grew on me over time. Maybe there’s something about these multi-ethnic characters that interest me. Then again, I feel the same way about this as Cirno’s Perfect Math Class. The song is lacking in conventional ways, but the instrumentals and vocals still work well together.
Performed by: Kirari, Rika, Miria, Miku, Riina, Rin, Uzuki, Mio, Chieri, Anzu, Kanako, Ranko, Minami, and Anastasia
I’m one of the few mutants that unconditionally likes Cinderella Girls even more than the original [email protected] Knowing that, it shouldn’t be the biggest surprise that one of the openings would be a favorite song of mine. The imagery of the second opening is engraved in my mind every single time I hear this song. I don’t know if it should earn points for that. It does make the song more fun to listen to, so I suppose it’s fine.
#7 Onedari Shall we?
Performed by: Maekawa Miku
I have a soft spot for fun and jazzy trumpet melodies. I also have a soft spot for characters that try too hard to be bubbly and cute. So Maekawa Miku and her solo song would naturally be among my favorites. The instrumentals are solid and the song as a whole has a great sense of momentum at times.
#6 Love Letter
Performed by: Igarashi Kyoko, Shimamura Uzuki, and Kohinata Miho
I don’t really know why I like this song in particular. I’m not typically a fan of this overly happy, genki-girl idol music. Also, the pace of the song feels sort of wonky. But no matter how much I try to rationalize it, I can’t convince myself that it’s a bad song. It’s one of the few [email protected] songs that I still have in my music playlist, so I guess it deserves its place on this list.
#5 Hotel Moonside
Performed by: Hayami Kanade
If nothing else, Hotel Moonside is definitely the most unique song here. For the rest of them, I could think of some other similar songs. I have never heard of a song like Hotel Moonside before. It’s an EDM song with the vocal performance of a typical pop song. The composition by Taku Inoue is brilliant and has easily one of the catchiest beats in the entire [email protected] discography.
#4 Trancing Pulse
Performed by: Kamiya Nao, Shibuya Rin, and Hojo Karen
You know what I love about the Cinderella Girls anime? The fact that the “antagonist” was a genius. As much as they want to push the notion that New Generations was a good group, Triad Primus just sounds infinitely better. It’s got the strong vocals, it’s got the hype chorus, and it’s got a cool guitar solo for the bridge. The ingredients are just all here.
#3 Sakura no Koro
Performed by: Hamaguchi Ayame, Kobayakawa Sae, Domyoji Karin, Yorita Yoshino, and Wakiyama Tamami
I have a great appreciation for modern music that apes classic folk music. That’s pretty much what Sakura no Koro is. It has all of the right parts that make something like Mai Mai Tonight and Touchuu Aika work. Even more, I find myself reminded of older enka songs like Kokoro no Ito. It feeds on my nostalgia just enough without feeling regressive or derivative. Just the way I like it.
#2 Koi Kaze
Performed by: Takagaki Kaede
A few months ago, I wrote an article about the artist Rurutia. I mentioned that she had a knack for creating very clear distinctions between the intense and mellow sections of her music. No song in the entire [email protected] collection evokes that style as well as Takagaki Kaede’s Koi Kaze. It’s bombastic, dramatic, and weighty in all of the right ways to make me want to listen more.
Performed by: Sakuma Mayu, Kobayakawa Sae, Mizumoto Yukari, Mimura Kanako, and Hayami Kanade.
You know, when I was trying to rank these songs, the first song I placed down was Aikurushii in first place. It felt like a given to me but I can understand how it would feel like a very anticlimactic way to cap it off.
It’s not a very exciting song and I don’t even think the singing is the best. But when I think of [email protected], this is the song that I associate with it the most. I also love how the title can mean both “Charming” and “Love is Painful”. It fits the melancholic tone of the song very well. But really, I believe I could have rearranged the entire top 5 on this list and it would still reflect how I feel, more or less. They are all great songs.
Once again, I’d like to stress that I felt horrible leaving out a bunch of very deserving songs from this list. That’s just the reality of making a top 10 list sometimes. Also, if you have any favorites that didn’t show up here, let me know in the comments below. I’m pretty sure I listened to everything that I had an interest in, but maybe I missed one. I can’t wait to hear what you think. I’ll be back with more reviews, news, and rankings soon. Keep an eye out for it. Until then, mata neeee~!
Oh, by the way, I don’t own the rights to any of the audio clips used in this article. Go play the mobile game or buy the albums if you like them.
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