Nana Mizuki

Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha: Sound Stage 01

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Anime voice actress and singer Nana Mizuki does an effective job of bestriding the twin headlands of enormous popularity in the anorak/fanboy community and mainstream J-pop credibility. Part of the reason for that can perhaps be gleaned from "Silent Bible," taken from the first feature film version of anime series Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, which obediently sticks to the first law of J-pop song construction (slow verse, then building intensity, followed by soaring chorus), but combines that with the slightly overenthusiastic techno beats and '90s retro melodic sensibility so beloved of anime songwriters. It's also undeniable that Mizuki, unlike many J-pop singers, has a powerful set of lungs on her, which are deployed to powerful effect on the lead track's more melodramatic moments, as well as on the similar-sounding "Unchain World" from the video game Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: Endless Frontier EXCEED. Nevertheless, there is just not enough on display within the music to lift "Silent Bible" anywhere above cookie-cutter anime/J-pop ephemera.

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