New Aquarion EVOL OP: Paradoxical ZOO

The second OP of Aquarion aired in its 16th episode. It is entitled “Paradoxical ZOO”, with lyrics by Gabriela Robin and Yuho Iwasato, sang by AKINO with bless4, composed and arranged by Yoko Kanno. This song will be included in the upcoming release of the Aquarion OST on May 23, 2012.

10 Responses to “New Aquarion EVOL OP: Paradoxical ZOO”

  1. Cadentia Says:

    I think I like this new opening more than the first one :D

  2. Yyrkoon Says:

    One of the best Akino song for me!

  3. Darius Says:

    Mmmmm I like it a bit. I’m amazed that she’s able to create music for these different shows with very different styles and not be flustered in getting them mixed up. How does she organize & arrange her creativity

  4. grunty Says:

    Me likey. :D I didn’t like the first one at all. :X

  5. Xard Says:

    Considering that I’ve seen the OP like 3 times and I still can’t remember anything about it apart from its general feel and general LOLCLUSTERFUCKness I’d say it’s a pretty weak song but I wait for full ver before making that call

  6. Yyrkoon Says:

    I think the refrain is very strong, it has a lot of punch, the strings line in the background is superb. For me, it’s Go Tight with more speed, more power and especially a better melody, better chords and better arrangements. I loved it as soon as the song began. Since then, I listened to it non stop at work and I’m still not tired of it :)
    For me, Kimi no Shinwa had really a bad refrain, some parts sounded like some song for children with accelerated tempo… ^^ Just try to sing the refrain of Kimi no Shinwa by replacing the lyrics by some “Tadadadada”. The first OP refrain sounds ridiculous, while the new OP sounds good.
    However, I did like the first OP verses and introduction chorus :)

  7. Cadentia Says:

    @Yyrkoon

    I just have to +1 everything you said because that’s how I feel. Damn, I like the entire song, but the refrain is the best. I don’t get tired of following that strings line.

  8. Yyrkoon Says:

    @Cadentia: I’m glad you too like it ;)

    The only thing I don’t like so far in this song is its title…

  9. Xard Says:

    As usual – and just like with Universal Bunny album – I’ve come over after repeated listens and more time has passed. Paradoxical Zoo is great and better than first OP. I still am not particularly fond off the vocal melody at all parts but the best parts of chorus (ZETSUBOU TEKI NI KIMI WA KIIREII SAAA) really carry a punch and the song has a terrific violin arrangement as expected of Kanno.

    I can understand the comparison to Go Tight and yeah, Paradoxical Zoo is stronger than it. Best of Aquarion after Sousei no Aquarion, Koya no Health and Gekkou Symphonia IMO (though like always full ver. is needed before making the judgement)

    I think the first OP was pretty nice but nothing really special (Gekkou Symphonia is still where it’s at as far as Aquarion music goes :P ) but nevertheless I feel like I should reply to:

    “For me, Kimi no Shinwa had really a bad refrain, some parts sounded like some song for children with accelerated tempo… ^^ Just try to sing the refrain of Kimi no Shinwa by replacing the lyrics by some “Tadadadada”. The first OP refrain sounds ridiculous, while the new OP sounds good.”

    I don’t really agree with this “ridiculousness” thing. The two OPs strive for entirely different feels and have different message/theme and the musical form is there to reinforce the theme. Perhaps archexample of this for me is The Beatles’s Sexy Sadie and how the G- to F#-Major progression gives feeling of getting “pushed back” (http://www.icce.rug.nl/~soundscapes/DATABASES/AWP/ss.shtml).

    The “tadadadada” getting dismissed as “children song refrain” (not that there is anything wrong with children song chorus in the first place IMO) is a bit hasty to my taste because I think it supports the message of lyrics very well: it has this thriumphant, sunny, pushing forward through rocks feel untill the narrator can board that “ship of shining light”.

    Paradoxical Zoo in comparison is much darker “survival” song thematically/lyrically and the dramatic flair and punch of chorus is there to support the song that reminds me of Lion’s “ikinokoritai” in this respect.

    You (and me) just find the latter sort of composition more attractive; it doesn’t mean Kimi no Shinwa was less thought out or more banal at composition stage.

  10. mai Says:

    I think Kimi no Shinwa was meant to try to evoke Sousei no Aquarion, which was undoubtedly very successful. That said, I feel the same way for both of them. They’re both really catchy tunes, but I’d rather listen to other songs to be frank. I don’t see anything wrong with either song, because they serve their purpose well.

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