Release Date: March 23rd, 2016
1. Unmei no Roulette Mawashite
2. Sayonara wa Hajimari no Kotoba
3. Unmei no Roulette Mawashite (Instrumental)
4. Sayonara wa Hajimari no Kotoba (Instrumental)
The fourth and most recent release from La Pompon, Unmei no Roulette Mawashite / Sayonara wa Hajimari no Kotoba serves as the groups second double A-side, as well as the second single of theirs to feature a track used for the popular anime series, Detective Conan (otherwise known as Case Closed). In their latest release, La Pompon update and cover ZARD’s original track, Unmei no Roulette Mawashite, which had previously served as Detective Conan’s 4th series opening, as well as a deliver a graduation song filled with positive energy and hopeful vibes.
A cover of ZARD’s original track of the same name released in 1998, Unmei no Roulette Mawashite is a nostalgic pop tune with some smooth sax in the break, and an upbeat, memorable tune that is catchy and perfectly suited to the six member Idol unit. Currently being used as Detective Conan’s fiftieth ending theme, the song is a bit of a throwback for older fans of the anime series, but will also be well received for its smooth sound and passionate vocals. For an updated cover, La Pompon have definitely added their own spin to both the pace and tone of the track, giving it a little more energy, though not by much. Its still a slow and melodic track with bursts of power throughout, and pleasant all the way through.
It’s a nice little nostalgia kick to the old days, and it works well with La Pompon in its updated format. Almost 20 years after its original release, the song still works, and its reboot is as good as it was in 1998, if not better. It’s a promising cover, if anything.
The second song on the track list is a more energetic, upbeat affair with positive lyrics accompanied by rich vocals and an enticing instrumental that keeps you intrigued all the way through. It’s a passionate, emotional affair that, with each lyric sung, brings you into the song as La Pompon deliver a beautiful performance befitting its graduation theme. Catchy but gentle, Sayonara wa Hajimari no Kotoba is a captivating piece that sheds a positive light on graduations and the hopes of the future, whilst still capturing that emotion and depth of impending departures for the listeners.
It’s a great accompanying track, one that is memorable and easy to sing to, and one that will tickle the fancy of many who listen to it. Thanks to its bright and energetic tone, Sayonara wa Hajimari no Kotoba feels sweet, cheerful, and is brimming with faith and confidence for the near future of those graduating school.
As a single, both songs included hold a lot of promise for fans of the group, as well as for those who enjoy the Detective Conan series and its opening or ending themes. It’s a positive, fun release with two distinct songs, and a great cover of ZARD’s Unmei no Roulette Mawashite that was updated beautifully to fit its modern audience, whilst also serving as a nice throwback to the older fans. Neither song is exactly stronger or weaker than the other, as both have their positives that will appeal to different people, as well as their negatives for other parties.
Overall, this is a great release from La Pompon. It’s catchy, upbeat, memorable and a great listen, ultimately delivering two splendid songs for fans and casual listeners alike to enjoy at their own leisure.
Unmei no Roulette Mawashite / Sayonara wa Hajimari no Kotoba (Regular Edition)
Unmei no Roulette Mawashite / Sayonara wa Hajimari no Kotoba (Limited Edition)