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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Miyu Tomita, Saori Onishi, Naomi Ozora and Kana Hanazawa -- Hallelujah Essaim (ハレルヤ☆エッサイム)

Had another anime-and-food outing with my friend today. It's hard to believe that the Winter 2017 season is approaching its end, especially since we've been enjoying more shows than we had expected this time around. It'll be a pity to see them go.

One of those shows has been "Gabriel Dropout" (ガヴリールドロップアウト) with the episodic hilarity involving two teen angels and two teen demons in the same high school. I've already written about the earworm opening theme "Gabriel Dropkick" (ガヴリールドロップキック) starring the seiyuu behind those 4 characters: Miyu Tomita(富田美憂), Saori Onishi(大西沙織), Naomi Ozora(大空直美)and Kana Hanazawa(花澤香菜).

Well, they're also at it again with the ending theme "Hallelujah Essaim". I had to look up what essaim means, and apparently it is the French word for swarm. I'm not quite sure what the connection is, though.

Written by Ryuji Sakai(坂井竜二)and composed by Shingo Yamazaki(山崎真吾), it wasn't quite the immediate earworm for me that "Gabriel Dropkick" was but it's grown on me gradually over the weeks. And it has that similar back-and-forth banter among the seiyuu while the rock and techno (a bit of chip tune, perhaps?) are blasting away. From what I could get from Sakai's lyrics, it sounds like I'm hearing how the girls really feel for each other despite all the over-the-top bickering in the episodes.

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