Welcome back to Song of the Week! This time, we’re back to Old Myu with a song from the Anzamoon era – Usagi and Mamoru’s duet “Gondola no Koibito-tachi” (“Lovers in a Gondola”).
The song debuted in Usagi Ai no Senshi e no Michi, while Usagi and Mamoru are on a date. Rewatching it I remembered this is the first time you hear Mochizuki Yuuta sing as Mamoru on video, since he debuted in the role in the unreleased Gaiden K. (It might be the first time he sings on video period – he doesn’t get a solo in the original Gaiden, I don’t think – just group songs). True, they were still lip-syncing at this point in Anzamoon, but even so. His and Anza’s voices meld very well.
The song played the same role in the unreleased S Henshin musicals, before reappearing in Final First Stage somewhat randomly. I swear they added it in cause it was the final musical of the First Stage, and Anza and Yuuta’s last performance in those roles. It might be fine if it wasn’t followed almost immediately by the rather similar “I Miss You.” I will say, though, there’s a massive improvement between the FFS version versus the Usagi Ai no Senshi version, despite the lip-syncing in the original; Anza and Yuuta’s voices have both improved a LOT in the four years in between.
The song, like almost all the others in Usagi Ai no Senshi, also appears in Last Dracul Jokyoku, sung by Kanbe Miyuki and her Mamoru, Edo Hidemasa. Hidemasa isn’t bad, though he’s no Yuuta. Miyuki I won’t comment on, cause just hearing her sing these days makes me a little sad now that she’s gone.
“Gondola no Koibito-tachi” appears on 3 CDs – the soundtracks for Usagi Ai no Senshi and Last Dracul Jokyoku (Memorial Album of the Musical 2 and 8 respectively) and the special CD Love Ballad Edition. It seems to have only appeared at one fankan, as the Duet Corner for the Black Lady K Fankan, sung by Urai Kenji and Miyazaki Noel (Tuxedo Kamen & Chibimoon, a pairing Marina seems a bit put off by in the commentary), Kawasaki Miki and Yamamoto Aisha (Esmeraude and the other Chibimoon), Nakamaru Shion and Kakiuchi Ayami (Black Lady and Saturn, a pairing which Nao calls mean in the commentary), Nao and Nagisa (Uranus and Aron, one of the Black Moon kids; Nao apologizes for this duet to Yuuka in advance, and during the duet Yuuka pops up from the stage and pouts, though what’s even funnier is she’s dressed like a kappa, a Japanese water yokai, and “Kappa” is Yuuka’s nickname), and Ono Hikari and Suzuki Kasumi (Dimande and Mana, the other Black Moon kid). It did not appear on any special videos.
That’s all for this week! Tune in next week for another Song of the Week!