As the song title suggests, Ayaya's H!P swan song takes little steps back towards her earlier catalog but still remains as a musical vehicle reflecting her growth and vocal maturity as an artist….it's still hard to believe that Ayaya is already 22! ^ ^ "Chocolate damashii" or Chocolate "soul" as the kanji here being directed to the pronunciation of "damashii" is written as "魂" ("tamashii")…meaning "soul" presents a modest but lively mid tempo arrangement and while upon first listen I may have been anticipating something even livelier, "Chocolate damashii" is truly an enchanting arrangement with all the elegance of strings and acoustic piano all wound up into a bouncy and cutely driven melody~♪♪.
"Chocolate damashii"'s soul reminds me of great 70's music including orchestration that is reminiscent of ELO….although that may just be me =), but what I really love is the arrangement which goes a bit outside of the box as it utilizes a double bridge which heightens the song both in octave and spirit occurring at the composition's middle and then once again to close the track. Ayaya's playful and matured vocal nuances work perfectly with the simple verse and chorus arrangements giving them a pretty and distinct Ayaya charm. Truly a song arrangement such as this one would have faired far less had it been presented earlier in Ayaya's career but here it simply sparkles as Ayaya's is able to effortlessly push vocal expression and give character to each note…something which is typically common only amongst seasoned artists.
Yet the "soul" of "Chocolate damashii" remains in its two sweet "bridge" arrangements……."♪♪~fu~fu-fu~fu~~♪♪~fu~fu-fu~fu~~♪♪….."
As you can see "someone" (me) absentmindedly didn't order the accompanying CD single >_<; so I'll have to wait a bit longer to hear the coupling with track. The pv DVD single which runs only about 15 minutes is surprisingly quite short for a H!P production as pv DVDs have been gaining in lenght due to longer behind the scenes footage being offered as well as the always welcome abundance of fun candid moments (￣▽￣) to go along with them.
But perhaps the pv's simplicity itself is to blame here for the short running time as both version are somewhat much too similar to tell apart at times and the chocolate box sets on set along with a table, bed, and fuzzy lamp are pretty much the extent of Ayaya's pv backdrop…although that wall of boxes is quite impressive and I kept imagining Ayaya taking a run at them after shooting was all finished and knocking them down! ^o^ Ayaya's charm and playful expressions are definitely the centerpiece here as I find these pvs so cute and enjoyable to watch and yet perhaps they could have done a bit more with the chocolate theme in terms of blue screen and other post production graphics…but still I find myself unable to complain even in the slightest when soaking in this single…as musically and vocally, "Chocolate damashii" is much too wonderful a single♪♪ to be deterred by visual simplicities.
Below are the pv's original version, making of clip and then the "Sweet Ayaya Ver." of the pv which I warn is very very similar to the original: