Ayane - Crest of Knights
Catalog Number: AVCA-49031 (limited edition AVCA-49030/B)
Released On: August 24, 2011
Composed By: Chiyomaru Shikura, Keiichi Ueno, Koji Ueno
Arranged By: Masaki Mashimo, Keiichi Ueno, Koji Ueno
Published By: 5pb.Records
Recorded At: STUDIO 5pb.
Format: 1 CD (limited edition includes bonus DVD)
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01 - Crest of Knights
02 - GO->Love&Peace
03 - Fullmoon Rhapsody
04 - Crest of Knights (Karaoke)
05 - GO->Love&Peace (Karaoke)
06 - Fullmoon Rhapsody (Karaoke)
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They photograph Ayane in a different pose and tack on a DVD, and that's a limited edition. This is common practice in Japan for some reason.

J-Pop idols may be dime-a-dozen, much like any country's pop stars. But, get the right composers, performers, and producers involved, and you'll occasionally make something with enough appeal to make it worth talking about.

The single I'm reviewing here is actually more a "triple." There are no b-sides. At least, not in my opinion.

The first track, "Crest of Knights," is the theme song for Chevalier Saga Tactics, imageepoch's PS3 RPG. Excellent percussion and secondary/harmonic vocals are found throughout. This is just a tight, tight bit of polished pop-rock. If you're okay with super-manufactured stuff that still manages to sound awesome, you'll like this one. Lo-fi elitists stay away (that's sort of a rule for J-Pop).

The second track, "GO -> Love & Peace" is the ending track for Neptune Mk. 2, Compile Heart's RPG that manages to take consoles and game developers and turn them into girls. Or robot girls. I didn't quite follow that part of it. But I know Ayane's song is very catchy. Put it in a rhythm game (DDR or DJMax Fever being my preferences) and it'll get played way more than the latest remix of "Butterfly" or Max 300. I can get my nerd-dance on to this piece.

The third track might be my favorite, though it's for the game I know least about. "Ore no Tsure wa Hitodenashi" ("I don't need your boyfriend" is my rough stab at a translation) is a digital novel / graphic adventure from Whale. The song Ayane provides for the game, Fullmoon Rhapsody, is terribly catchy. The fast tempo, the semi-predictable melodies, the wild synths running circles around the percussion, and the epic chorus – that's how you build a hit, my friends!

I'm not saying you should run out and buy this single, but if you're interested in any of the three aforementioned games, it's worth your while to pick up this disc. You'll get two more fun, spirited songs with it.

Reviewed by: Patrick Gann