|Release Title: ENDLESS STORY
Product Code: SRCL-5957
Label: Sony Records
Release date: 2005/09/07
Debut Ranking: #2
Yuna Ito is a relatively new face in the Japanese entertainment scene. She is actually a Hawaiian born artist. Up till the present day, she has only appeared in a couple of variety shows which were broadcasted on television and has been featured on a few magazines. However she has still managed to impress the Japanese audience in many aspects.
Up till her debut Yuna Ito was shrouded in mystery. This has gained Yuna a great deal of attention and fans. All that was known was that Yuna Ito was starring in the highly anticipated movie “NANA” as the lead vocalist of Trapnest, Reira.
On the 7th September 2005, Yuna Ito’s debut single, “ENDLESS STORY” was released. “ENDLESS STORY” happened to be one of the main songs for “NANA” alongside Mika Nakashima’s “GLAMOROUS SKY”. “ENDLESS STORY” has sold around 208,941 copies to date, which is quite a remarkable achievement for a debut single.
I highly believe that this single is the exact antithesis of Mika Nakashima’s “GLAMOROUS SKY”. While Mika’s cover is black and devoid of any glamour, Yuna’s cover is pink, feminine and full of charm. I do believe this was done on purpose to portray the contrast between the character Nana and Reira.
This song is one of those that would leave its melody imprinted into your memory. In a few seconds, the listener gets enchanted in the beautiful piano melody which sets the scene into a heavenly atmosphere. Yuna is gifted with a magnificently clear voice and she manages to perfectly compliment to the background music to create a richly emotional and soulful ballad with. The lyrics are simply worded in touching manner. Yuna also manages to sing the English parts clearly, without any heavy accents. The arrangement of the song manages to blend emotion, soothing instruments and a slight rock edge. It is therefore not surprisingly to find out that the arrangement was assigned to HΛL, known for the arrangement of songs for famous artists like Ayumi Hamasaki.
This track can arguably be considered as more adequate to fit Reira’s role in Trapnest. Yuna manages to pull it off with a rock, upbeat song without straining her vocals. The track begins slowly into what seems to be a deceivingly slow song, till the guitars start playing. Consequently, Yuna’s enticing voice breaks in. The chorus is destined to grow into the listener especially since it does give the feeling of hope and a destination. I do believe this track is rather good for a b-side. My only complaint was that it tended to become a bit repetive, especially in the chorus which is the only flaw I could notice from this song.
I really do believe this single is the best debut single I’ve ever heard. It is indeed of a very high quality for a debut single with a lot of effort enclosed in it. Her vocals are simply perfect. I really do believe that Yuna does have a brilliant career ahead of her full of emotions. “ENDLESS STORY” is a gorgeous ballad with a rock edge in which Yuna’s voice blends flawlessly. “Journey” has the Trapnest style element which the title track lacked. This has complimented to create a well rounded single, with a range of emotions packed in a single small box for the whole world to discover.
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