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Kanon Wakeshima: Suna no Oshiro

Suna no Oshiro, Kanon Wakeshima1. Suna no Oshiro

2. skip turn step♪

3. Suna no Oshiro – Orgel Version –

Suna no Oshiro is Kanon Wakeshima’s second single, released on November 12th, 2008. It was used as the second ending for Vampire Knight.

Suna no Oshiro (the castle of sand) is a great song. I was really happy to see Kanon Wakeshima taking still doll to the next level, which I criticized for its lack of a particular structure and its low-key tune. But the cello on this song is fabulous, and the background instrumentals are absolutely overwhelming. Although they share little when it comes to structure, Suna no Oshiro follows the same scheme of alan’s “RED CLIFF”; the two are incredible masses of tension that are released during the chorus, finally to blow you away with a wonderful bridge. Only problem: it’s three minutes. I could be mean and give it a low rating like Fujisawa Loser, but I don’t feel very mean today.

skip turn step♪ sounds very much like Renaissance music, with light violins and other chords playing in the background. It’s a great B-Side, the complete opposite of Suna no Oshiro; it’s relaxed, cute and playful.

There’s an orgel version of Suna no Oshiro included on the single, just like with still doll, but this time I don’t recognize the song because of the complexity of the original, with several intertwining levels of the orchestra. It lacks the creepiness of still doll, but it’s OK.


Kanon Wakeshima: still doll

1. still doll

2. Kuroi Torikago

3. still doll (Orgel Version)

still doll is Kanon Wakeshima’s debut single, released on May 28th, 2008. It reached #33 on Oricon and sold over 6 838 copies. It was produced by MANA from Malice Mizer and Moi Dix Mois (“me ten months” in French) and was selected as the first opening sequence on Vampire Knight. Kanon Wakeshima began playing the cello at age three, and is at this point considered a virtuoso.

First, let’s get over the bad parts of still doll, and I know some people will hate me for saying this, but still. The main thing still doll is missing is a catchy line or two. The entire song, I was waiting for some really catchy part, but it never came. Secondly, the song was pretty sort, at merely 3:18. So; now to the positive parts of this song. Well, for one, this has got to be the most impressive debut single of the year. still doll is an eerie tune, with absolutely everything it needs to be onr the most unique singles ever released by a Japanese artist. On his blog, MANA correctly stated that the song was “ambient, French and eletronica”. The song does have touches of electronic music in the background, which makes the song all the more eerie. Although it has certain weak points, Kanon’s cello managed to add a distinctive beauty to the song. The song the most similar to still doll would probably be Ashita e no Sanka; both move along very slowly and the lyrics are very sparse and low. Ashita e no Sanka is better simply because the structure is far more imposing.

Kuroi Torikago (black bird-cage) is a disappointment. I really didn’t like the vocals on this song, and I think that the song was a little bit to free-spirited. The cello was, as for the A-Side, wonderful, but the rest of the song was just weird and uncomfortable.

I have nothing else to say about still doll (Orgel Version) than that it’s an enjoyable, soft version of still doll. It is not a remix, but an instrumental of the song.