Single review: “Departures ~Anata ni Okuru Ai no Uta~” by EGOIST

EGOIST is a fictional band featured in the anime, Guilty Crown, Departures ~Anata ni Okuru Ai no Uta~ is their first single.

Release date: 30th of November, 2011

Track List:
1. Departures ~Anata ni Okuru Ai no Uta~
2. Euterpe
3. Departures ~Anata ni Okuru Ai no Uta~ (TV Edit)
4. Departures ~Anata ni Okuru Ai no Uta~ (BOOM BOOM SATELLITES Remix -meteoric rain-)
5. Departures ~Anata ni Okuru Ai no Uta~ -Instrumental-
6. Euterpe -Instrumental-
7. Departures ~Anata ni Okuru Ai no Uta~ (TV Edit) -Instrumental-

1. Departures ~Anata ni Okuru Ai no Uta~
As the first ending theme for Guilty Crown, Departures is a delicate ballad sung by Chelly’s gentle voice. I first heard it in the anime, and I liked it at that point, so I decided to look up the full version. I think the highlights of the song would have to be when Chelly hits those high notes towards the end of the bridge and in the last chorus. That’s also when the arrangement builds up and finishes nicely with the twinkling of the piano. I liked it in the anime, I really like it as a full song!

2. Euterpe
Euterpe is an insert song for the same anime. It begins with Chelly’s soft singing with a piano accompaniment. As the song progresses, the arrangement gets more interesting, and to be honest, I’m not quite knowledgeable enough to name the instruments used. It’s quite eerie and I just love the whole atmosphere. I do question the little blippy electronic bit, which I think sits in between the first chorus and the second verse. Also, why the sudden ending? I kind of expected it to be longer, and I would have liked it to. Nonetheless, it’s a great song overall, it’s just those two details that sort of brought it down.

The rest of the single contains instrumentals, remixes and TV edits of Departures ~Anata ni Okuru Ai no Uta~ and Euterpe, but I won’t be writing about them. I can say though, that the fourth track is my least favorite…

Overall, EGOIST’s first single is quite interesting. I really liked the melancholic mood of Departures, and Euterpe‘s uneasy kind of feeling. However, as previously mentioned, I didn’t quite enjoy the fourth track as much. I also think we could’ve gone without the Departures (TV Edit) -Instrumental- because we already have the full instrumental. But Departures and Euterpe go together really well, so it was a good choice to release them as a single, nonetheless.

Rating: 3.5/5