Shokotan☆Cover x2 ~Anisong ni Ai wo Komete!!~ was Nakagawa Shoko’s 2nd mini-album. It was released September 19, 2007. It sold 17,836 copies in it’s first week and sold 23,964 overall. Shouko covers some of her favorite anime songs in this mini-album.
2. Rinbu -REVOLUTION
3. Catch You Catch Me
4. Teleportation -Koi no Mikakunin-
5. ETERNAL WIND~Hohoemi wa Hikaru Kaze no Naka~
First up is 1/2, the second opening to the anime “Rurouni Kenshin”. Similar to her last single, this song is very rock filled and is very fast paced upon reaching it’s first verse. This is a great rock song that gets more pop during it’s catchy chorus and never gets boring.
Rinbu -REVOLUTION serves as the opening theme for the “Revolutionary Girl Utena” anime. Beginning with the typical anime sound, it begins with it’s pop/rock chorus and it actually sounds pretty good due to the background vocals that cut in between each of Shouko’s lines. The verses are lighter in instruments and pretty standard. It’s nice that they don’t drag out too much either.
Next up is the opening theme for the “Card Captor Sakura” anime, Catch You Catch Me. A Cliche anime instrumental brings us into this happy pop track. The verses are quite simple, as is Shouko’s vocals, which sound really controlled and kinda shy. The chorus is actually really nice on the ears as it sounds pretty silly, even though the first one lasts than 20 seconds.
“ESPer Mami”‘s opening theme, Teleportation -Koi no Mikakunin-, is the next track. It begins with some semi-funky beats and finger snapping but this songs maintains a pop sound overall as the finger snapping isn’t present during the verses. This was a pretty standard song but didn’t manage to shine above the other tracks in any way.
Finishing up the mini-album is the “Gundam F91” ending theme ETERNAL WIND~Hohoemi wa Hikaru Kaze no Naka~. This is definitely the slowest song on the album and makes a good last track. I liked the combination of instruments of instruments in this song that kind of give it a winter feeling. Shouko managed to sing this song pretty well.
Compared to her first mini-album, Shokotan☆Cover x2 ~Anisong ni Ai wo Komete!!~ did a lot better in delivering higher quality, more memorable songs, even though I didn’t recognize any of them. There was also more variety in genres this time around. If your looking for a mini-album to listen to from Shouko, I recommend this one.