Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Kanako Wada -- Tori no You ni （鳥のように）
This was another Kanako Wada（和田加奈子）contribution to the "Kimagure Orange Road"（きまぐれオレンジ☆ロード）anime franchise from the 1980s, and considering how much she did give to the franchise, it wouldn't be too much of a stretch to believe that the anime cannot be remembered without remembering the singer and vice versa.
"Tori no You ni" (Like a Bird) is this tropical breeze whose lyrics were provided by Wada while the melody was composed by Joe Hisaishi（久石譲）, the same fellow who came up with the soundtrack music for all those Studio Ghibli movies. It's a bittersweet ballad about two people who seem to be perfect for each other but one of them has to keep on chasing that dream without staying with the other. Despite the lyrics though I'd enjoy listening to this while in a hammock along the coast.
The song wasn't an official single from the Wada discography but it can be found in a number of sources. It is a track on her 4th album, "KANA" (1987), as well as being included on her BEST album from 2006, and it is also included on one of the "KOR" soundtrack albums from 1989, "Loving Heart". As for the KOR movie which featured it, it was the 1988 "Ano Hi ni Kaeritai"（あの日にかえりたい...I Want to Return to That Day）.