I’ll get to my usual “OMG ANGEL BEATS IS A VIDEO GAME” rantings in a bit, but the new version of the opening song caught my attention more so than the game hints.
It got me thinking about those Haruhi Suzumiya character singles that came out a few years back. They were your typical corporate cash-in that banked on the fans wanting every little possible thing revolving around their new favorite series. Each character got their own two or three song single. I ended up buying a few of the domestic releases of these damn things.
Each of the singles had the character in question “covering” Hare Hare Yukai. Unfortunately, most of them ended up being lame rehashes of the song, with the only difference being that there was only one character doing the singing. Essentially, they epitomized the problem that most people have with cover songs: There’s nothing different other than the idiot doing the singing.
The key exception was Kyon’s version of Yukai. By changing it from an upbeat j-pop tune to a low-key guitar number, and altering a few lines, it changes the entire meaning behind the song. And Kyon’s Kyonisms tossed about don’t hurt either. It goes from being a celebration if eccentricities to “When will this hell end? Someone please help me!”
We have the same thing going on with the abrupt change in Angel Beats’ opening song. We went from a solemn piano number with electric parts to a straight-up rock number. The shift in tone isn’t as drastic as the shift seen between the standard version of Yukai and Kyon’s version, but I dig the change none the less. And I think the song works better as a rock piece once you insist on inserting in the lyrics.
It goes to show that the best cover songs change the inherent meaning of the original tune, much like how the best manga to anime translations make changes to the original storyline.
Returning to this week’s dose of me claiming that Angel Beats is a video game.
The series outright admits that Yuri is a villain, much like how last week’s episode had Angel questioning why she’s being made out to look like a bad guy. Only villainesses go “ohoho!” Kodachi wasn’t a nice lady, and she went “ohoho!” This fits perfectly into the idea that Yuri is some sort of video game level boss or something along those lines. She’s like the big bad at the end of a dungeon, guarding the Tier 8 (Endless) goodie that Angel needs to complete her set.
And the baseball tournament was totally, like, a seasonal event that Angel had to put up with to get some rare item. She’ll probably post it on the auction house later in the day and rake in the Gil.