Single review: “Vitalization” by Nana Mizuki

Nana Mizuki is a Japanese pop singer and popular anime seiyuu under the KING RECORDS label. Vitalization is her 29th single.

Release date: 31st of July, 2013

Track list:
1. Vitalization
2. Ai no Hoshi
3. Dramatic Love

1. Vitalization
An assortment of erratic synths and beats marks the beginning of a new track from Nana, a new Synchrogazer, and a new song that makes one lose all inhibitions and allows them, for almost four minutes at any one time, to experience a masterpiece. As that erratic assortment falls silent, a rush of deep synths welcomes Nana, who enters the song with pitch-perfect vocals, soon joined by constant electronic beats and sharp violins. The verses are dominated by the aforementioned beats, but given an edge with the amount of synths present, coupled with frequent electronic-sounding snippets. A forceful dubstep breakdown is heard just before the chorus, sounding seemingly, though purposefully out of place, and breaking the harmony found in the verses, thereby making a solid pathway to the following aspect of the song. As her vocals escape their heavily filtered state and made clearer, we practically drown in the beautiful insanity of the chorus. If you take a step back from this song in all of its excellence, you’ll see that it’s crazier than Synchrogazer, but in that, it could very well spell a better song overall.

2. Ai no Hoshi
Interestingly enough, the B-side is a touching ballad, entirely contrasting the wild and exciting nature of Vitalization. Beginning with a soft, simple piano melody over subdued strings, the initial composition gradually develops with the addition of percussion and acoustic guitar, from its ethereal beginnings to the point of absolute poignancy. Clearly, Nana’s vocals are the highlight, as we hear her flawlessly executing high notes throughout the song, mostly during the chorus. So as to create a distinction between the different parts of the song, the verses are sung quietly, but in a graceful manner. Magnificent flourishes of violins are heard as we near the end, creating an uplifting mood in a heavenly atmosphere. The whole song is just filled with all of these emotions which my words alone cannot explain, and despite the language barrier, I can completely feel each one. Now, I am not familiar with Nana’s entire discography, but this, most certainly, is her best ballad in my eyes. (So far, that is. She could get even better! *-*)

3. Dramatic Love
Steady synth rhythms, together with dance beats, make up the introduction of the second B-side, completely shaking me out of the fragile and emotional state that Ai no Hoshi put me in, and situating us in the middle of synthpop territory. It’s no surprise that Nana utilises her cutesy vocals in this, giving the song a quirky, delightful quality. At the beginning of each verse, Nana is supported by noticeable background vocals, adding a creative touch to the track. Oddly enough, the chorus’ melody reminds me of that of Ikimonogakari’s NEW WORLD MUSIC, made significantly uptempo with some added idol-esque pep. The bridge uses game-like sounds composed in a tune that is specifically consistent with the song before bursting out into that familiar Dramatic Love melody with some dubstep influences this time around. As a whole, it’s quite a fun and enjoyable song that will definitely satisfy those who are in need of some good old J-Pop from Nana-chan.

There’s so much to love about this single, starting with the eargasmic and totally epic Vitalization, continuing with the tearfully beautiful ballad that is Ai no Hoshi, and then wrapping things up with an entertaining J-Pop number which we know as Dramatic Love. This single is definitely strengthening my love for Nana Mizuki Nana-chan-kami-sama, alright?! If you haven’t listened to this already, prepare to be amazed. Enough said. ;)

Rating: 5/5

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12 thoughts on “Single review: “Vitalization” by Nana Mizuki

  1. “Great, you and Yuki have said it all. What am I supposed to write for my review now”
    Yup well you certainly managed to write something good ;-)
    Btw no Nana-chan-kami-sama???

  2. She deserves the position she is right now, she struggle so much to get where she is now.
    Remembering the times from Supersonic Girl until Alice & Kicking that it was until Hybrid Universe for Eternal Blaze where people really got into her more than normal.
    This was an excellent single, and right now my favorite from her.

  3. Its IMO among her worst singles, with three faceless tracks on it. Vitalization is just an odd duck, a song that doesn’t know what it wants to be and has too many distortion effects, Ai no Hoshi has too much of everything and the last one, lets not waste too much breath on it, haha. Two of those little stinkers even end up on her 10th album and thats one thing i could do without. It also sold far worse than Bright Stream. Hopefully she regains momentum with that album, as 2013 was pretty much a waste of a whole year, single release wise. She worked too long and hard to get her career killed off by TM Revolution tracks and Vitalization type singles.

    • Oh, well, it’s at least good that you have reasons for your dislike of the single. Are you one who likes Synchrogazer more than Vitalization then?

      Alright, so which single or singles of hers are among your favorites? ^.^

      I’m excited for her upcoming album and what kind of stuff she’ll have on it!

      • Yes, i prefer Synchrogazer by far. That song has just more punch, and has far less silly vocal acrobatics than Vitalization. It also keeps the pace, and doesn’t change it all the time and is just straight forward. The latter was probably just a test by the songwriter to see if she could manage to sing the craziest songs, and then they ran out of ideas or time and had to stick with Vitalization. Or something like this. :) I just dislike the show-off-y nature of Vitalization.

      • I overlooked your other questions, sorry. I like her Metro Baroque single especially. Party! Party! became quickly a favorite, but there are so many songs i like from her, its difficult to pick some out. For some reasons, i like her selfwritten songs especially. They kind of showcase Nana’s optimistic and positive personality especially. I have all her songs in a huge playlist and there aren’t any i skip. Not even the Vitalization songs, but thats just because her voice makes anything bearable.

        One record that always sticks out however is her first EP, she released as Chisato X Nana. Its now rather rare, but i could manage to buy a new copy. Thermidor of her Live Grace Bluray/DVD is on it for example. Such a beautiful song. Do you know the song Desire? Its from the Rosario + Vampire anime, along with Discotheque, and some other songs. Its a great one, and one of the few songs where she uses her deepest voice. Its somewhat erotic.

        The Phantom Minds single is also wonderful. Probably the most typical representation of the later Nana songs, with these many string instruments. Somehow these songs are extremly feminine. I just can’t imagine a guy singing them.

        Despite what i said, i’m looking forward to her new CD. She really releases her stuff with neckbreaking speed.

      • Quite the avid Nana fan, I see ;)

        Actually, you mentioned some really great singles from her! And I definitely agree that her voice makes anything bearable. Definitely one of the best voices in anison :)

        METRO BAROQUE and PHANTOM MINDS are both quite typical representations of her style of music, which most of the time happens to be string anison/pop. While being typical, they happen to be wonderful examples of what she has to offer. And yes, her self-written songs are absolute wonders!

        The question is, will her upcoming album top ROCKBOUND NEIGHBOURS? ;)

    • I don’t see Ai no Hoshi as “much of everything”, this is a ballad really well done and among many one of her best ballads. Vitalization is in this case a new way to discover new sound that started Symphogear and reminds a lot of the anime music.

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