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Opening of the Week: Chain by BACK-ON (Air Gear OP)

The other week, I talked about another opening from a band called Back-On. It was the 16th opening known as Strike Back, and it made me remember just how much I love opening songs by this band. As ridiculous as it sounds, they actually have an enjoyable Linkin Park-esc sound. So this week, I’ll be looking at their opening song for the anime Air Gear: Strike Back

If the immediate Linkin Park comparison above didn’t convince you, then let me tell you a little bit about Air Gear. The show centers around Ikki, a teen who wants to ride using Air trecks. One day, while looking through his room, he finds a pair, and begins his riding career. What are Air trecks? Motor powered roller blades.

The street gang, fighting aspect of the show lends itself to a lot of edge, which is very much reflected in the opening music. Kenji03’s vocals on the prechorus are very reminiscent of Linkin Park’s lead vocalist, and Back-On’s MC Teeda also feels a lot like Mike Shinoda.

Overall, the song is extremely catchy and fun. The Japanese lyrics don’t really inhibit the fun to be had with the song, especially with it’s slower, more powerful build-up.


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Opening of the Week: Strike Back by BACK-ON (Fairytail OP 16)

Fairytail is a show that people have criticized for many different reasons. Whether it be its lackluster story or its cast of one-note characters, virtually everything about Fairytail people have described as mediocre. One thing the show has going for it though is its wonderful collection of intro songs, and today I’ll be looking at another one: Strike Back by Back-On.

The episodes that Strike Back proceeds are in a part of the show where the Fairytail crew and various other allies are trying to stop the resurrection of dragons, even though it has been foretold by prophecy that it will happen. Naturally, then, one would want a song that captures that feeling of rebelling against fate. Does this opening deliver?

Pretty much. Back-On’s particular mix of rock in rap is one that I have appreciated for a while, ever since I heard the opening for Air Gear back in 2013. Admittedly, the song does come off a bit edgy, but, to be fair, a lot of rock and rap fusion can feel edgy in the wake of the legend of Linkin Park.

The group is made up of MC Teeda, and Kenji03, who does pretty much everything else, as they are the only two members of the band as of the writing of this post. The two of them vocally bring a lot to the song, with Teeda especially delivering some heated bars.

The visuals, like a lot of the Fairytail OPs, are nothing really to write home about. They give you a quick setup of the premise of the arc while showing some actions scenes. That is about it.

Overall, though, a solid entry in the Fairytail OP catalog, and definitely worth a listen.


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