OOOoooooooh DIS A GUD MUSIC.
This is absolutely my favorite song on the album for a multitude of reasons, the song is catchy as hell and does a bunch of neat things, the video is cool and has some fancy pants presentation, but before I squee over those I’ll sort the story first.
So this song bares a decent resemblance to Killer Song, the world showcased here bares a fair resemblance, deserts, bandits, rampant killing. But where as the killing in Killer Song was seen as a big deal, Solider-chan over here is quite happy to kill to survive, seems even proud of how good she is at it even as the song bobs along while she smirks to a man becoming a fountain.
You could question if Roxas and his loli are really heroic, but Soldier-chan isn’t painted in that light at all, she’s a bad person who only cares about her survival(also cute as fuq and dose hips but that’s besides the point).
SO WHO WANTS TO TALK ABOUT EYES.
Something I think a lot of people are overlooking is the PV’s, they’re full of little details that help further bring these characters to life. And this PV has a somewhat interesting trait, nobody has any eyes, the crowd, the bandits, the shopkeeper, Aniki(give it a bit), even the The Invincible Solider doesn’t have eyes until he saves her, at which point he grows a face.
What’s this say to me? It supports that Soldier-chan only cares for herself, everyone else is a faceless nobody to her, it’s only when someone is fighting to help her that he grows a face. Now there is one exception to this, Aniki grows eyes when he is cut down, whether this has more meaning too it I can’t say, it’s possible it was primarily to show the fear in his face better.
BUT SEE HERE’S WHERE THIS SHIT GETS GOOD. Because right at the end, after killing The Invincible Solider, in the last shot of the PV. She loses her eyes. If we go by this interpretation that No Eyes = Not a relevant person to her then this last shot could imply that she is overcome by regret and grief that her selfish personality is the entire reason that The Invincible Solider, someone she truly cared for, died that she falls into self loathing after the story.
For a little bit more, The Invincible Solider is usually depicted with shimmering light glowing on him during his solo shots, helping further drive that this guy is the nicest coolest dude, this light does not, however, shine on him after he finds out she killed a man.
BUT ENOUGH ABOUT THAT LETS TALK ABOUT THIS MUSIC
Oh BABY this is suuuuuuch a good song, the speed of the music is fantastic, Yanagi Nagi going absolutely ham on this shit, and the instruments are all giving it their all the entire song too, the entire thing is just a treat to listen to.
My favorite part is the “cha cha” “ba ba” “ja ja” onomatopoeia parts of the song, aside from sounding good, help further to strengthen the connection between the song and the story, as the music itself is providing sound effects for the PV(something that happens again in a later song that I am SO EXCITED to be able to point out). This is such a good thing, it really helps bring the stories to life that much more.
But we’re not done with that either, the same notes arn’t just used for sound effects and sometimes are applied to a normal word in the lyrics. Muyou, Mazui, Miteta, You ni. As examples.
ALL OF THESE ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT WORD IN EACH SENTENCE. It was useless to fight him. This is bad. He saw me. I will end up like Aniki.
Having them sung in a different tone(?) to the rest emphasizes their importance and further connects the song to the story and MMMMMMMMMMMM ISSO GOOOOOOOOOD.