The Kantai Collection anime, better known amongst fans as KanColle, has taken the fandom by storm. The anime, which came out of an online browser game, has proven to be very popular. In the game, players command a fleet of warships that have their basis on historical warships and send them off to fight battles.
With such success, it was inevitable that this franchise would get turned into an anime where it was released during the Winter 2015 anime season and is currently still ongoing as of this writing. And if there’s anything that can be agreed upon regarding this series, it’s that it has some pretty good music going for it. That’s not a small feat either: one thing our writer found out when she went to Comiket was there were a lot of KanColle doujin music groups setting up shop at the event.
So when you look at the KanColle anime’s music, here’s what’s on offer:
First, we have the KanColle opening single, “Miiro,” sung by AKINO of bless4. Now if there’s something to know about AKINO, it’s that she has a huge voice that’s very fitting for power pop. She can project, get in your face, and then some. Unfortunately, when she does so here, it becomes a bit overwhelming. What hurts this song further is that it’s awfully repetitive, without any adornments that would make it a compelling listen. Verdict: it sucks and is completely forgettable.
Far better is KanColle‘s ending theme, “Fubuki,” sung by newcomer Shiena Nishizawa. For a debut single, Nishizawa’s voice shows a great amount of promise: the piece is very catchy and it’s hard not to like the sustains leading into the intense lyrical flurry that engages your thoughts of how well Nishizawa can navigate those passages. I also like how it flows; the song never feels static and bland because there’s always some shift to hold my attention. So it might not knock your socks off, but it’s at least worth a listen.