A new shiny to listen to came on Saturday. Yes, way to answer! Yay!!!
Listening to the instrumentals and full songs… yes, this single still feels like an ode to old fripSide.
way to answer
No lie that way to answer is my favorite part of this single. So glad you are in my life.
My favorite instrumental parts of the song are definitely the intro riff and the beginning of the 2nd verse.
I still do not hear what the lyrics claim to be in the song. I’m sitting here playing with the song trying to pick out any words and it’s simply impossible. Messing with pitch and speed, I *think* I’m hearing some of the words now, but maybe that’s just because I’m trying to believe they are there. Specifically “time out … hold your solid faith! shoot now! shout now!”
Not that this is important, haha. But it’s on my mind.
As far as lyrics go, these are my favorite of all the a-sides.
Where are all my old comments so I can just copy and paste causeimlazy.
This part is short because I think I talked a lot about this song already in the past. I think I enjoy the instrumental more than the vocal version. But, I love the vocal melodies. The way the song flows from verse to chorus is so seamless, you could almost miss the switch. If you loved songs like praying over, split tears, and snow blind, you might like this one.
My favorite parts in the instrumental? The pre-choruses and the synths in the chorus. I also like the bridge before the guitar solo comes in.
I forgot how this song went since the short version in December, unlike way to answer. The chorus of way to answer was still fresh in my mind after not hearing for a while.
The rest of this post is pretty much why I think way to answer PV is keyboard-smash amazing. And it’s picture-heavy!
way to answer – the PV
No idea what the lyrics are supposed to do with the video, so I’ll just appreciate that these awesome beats are the soundtrack of this awesome video. The intro♥ Love when the video’s speed and cuts match the music rhythm.
The thing that really gets me about this video is how it tries to mimic the cliche horror film set up. Walking through scary woods, finding an abandoned rundown building, and being stalked by suspicious looking fellows. I LOVE IT, OKAY. Even the lighting and video effects give it that old movie feel. Very interesting considering how modern their fashion is. This is what Sat must’ve meant when he said he thinks that the video is artistic.
Anyway, the pair are hiking up a mountain together to find and infiltrate the hideout of the robed men. They are searching for something inside.
Nanjolno, always channeling her inner Ayu through eye makeup. Honestly, I always look forward to how her eyes will be decorated each single. A little more than her dresses.
Most of the video is spent showing the two walking around the hideout, avoiding the caped members.
The camera angle, coloring, and lighting here remind me of an old and very bad horror flick I saw once. I want to say this particular film was from the 80s.
Why video director, why? Maybe I can see why you put this on here, to show who in the real world is a member of this cult, but if that’s the case, then it could have been executed a lot better. Like, the font.
Anyway, here is the point where Sat and Nanjolno find a rubber ear on the ground and stumble across another magician, Magician Toshihiro (Toshihiro Muggy if you go by the DVD case. fripSide’s CD creators have never been very good at spell-check and text editing). The two watch him do some tricks then sneak away to another room.
This is the part of the video where fripSide reveals their epic & hilarious climax. This video was meant to be the end of the ‘Railgun PV’ storyline, so this is how it all ended.
After spending some time sneaking around the hideout, the duo find themselves at a strange room crowded with the robed members. Sitting down, they are facing a wall decorated with a golden mask and an altar draped in white cloth.
What is that on the altar? What are they worshiping over there?
I like the two scenes of Sat and Nanjo after. They do the classic anime “let’s not show their expression to make the scene more dramatic”
So, what is that?
THE EAR THE CULT STOLE FROM THE PYRAMID
*duh duh duhnnn*
All the members get up and start doing some weird dance. Then, their leader sits up and reveals himself.
Upon seeing this scene, I immediately thought, “their hideout is a freaky nightclub!!!!” Probably alone in thinking that, hah. That part was one of the most hilarious things I’ve ever seen in a music video. And Boo Takagi looked so ridiculous on his reveal. I watched the making-of and Nanjolno was trying so hard not to laugh, but couldn’t help it. If it were me, I probably would’ve been rolling on the floor.
Apparently, the higher the position, the more unsuspecting the person. Who would’ve guessed it was Boo Takagi running the show except for all the people that read the spoiler on all the anison news sites.
not that I know who Boo Takagi is. had I grown up watching him, I’m sure this would be a lot more hilarious to me
elle oh elle x100. His mask almost hit the ear.
So then he started doing this…
Then came my favorite moment of the whole video.
My feelings summed up in 35 frames.
(This gif also shows the 80s/early 90s video effect quite well, I think.)
A…. happy ending….? I’m not sure what just happened here.
The music stops, everything goes black. Is it over?
Not yet! They finally got a treasure!!
o it’s cursed. o well.
So, the story of the masked men may have concluded, but there are still questions left unanswered. Why did this cult give fripSide such a hard time? Was their mission to interfere with fripSide’s activities, and so fripSide wanted this stuff to have super powers to get back at them, then Boo cut them a break?
Why did fripSide want these things, anyway? Are they just treasure hunters? Is the pop group just a front to find rare, valuable things to steal?
Am I reading too much into this?
Two criticisms about the video:
I think the mandatory scenes of Sat and Nanjolno jammin’ don’t fit in with the video as well as they could. Although they have the same effect going on as one yellow/orange scene I mentioned above, it feels like I’m watching two videos that were put together. Nanjolno’s outfit doesn’t really fit. It looks nice, don’t get me wrong, but it just doesn’t belong. Nothing she is wearing in those scenes do.
I would’ve liked to have seen the past guests make an appearance. That is criticism #2.
way to answer – making-of
I enjoyed watching this a lot. Very unreal to see the set in real color after watching the finished video!
Yoshino is so cute. “Seems we are filming at some ruins today… they look scary. I hope nothing bad happens.”
Before we leave here, can we just take a moment to look at how cool Sat looks?
It’s still black, but at least he is not in a white shirt and tie this time!
Now challenge some colorAlso in this scene, he gets down on the ground and “practices” the hand movements with the extras. Sat was his normal silly self behind the scenes. Although Nanjolno gets a lot of screen time, it’s nice that we get to see Sat a lot in the behind the scenes all the time.
This ends my journey through the CD+DVD that is way to answer.
I anxiously wait for the next release ^^