“Rain” – SID


Get ready for my most overzealous review yet.

After their last single “sleep,” which disappointed me greatly, SID has returned with THEIR BEST SONG EVER. Again, they are providing a theme song for Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood, but this time it is an opening rather than an ending. An interesting bit of trivia is that SID provided the first ending (Uso) and the final opening for Brotherhood.

Rain has been featured as FMA’s opening theme since early April, which means that I’ve spent a grueling two months waiting for this to drop. The wait has not gone by quickly either! I love this song because when I hear it, I just think of Fullmetal. The opening is sequenced perfectly along with the song. It took me a while to realize this and I understood it even more as the show progressed just how well SID has captured the “it all ends here” feeling that these final few episodes of Brotherhood have given off. I could barrage you with poignant screencaps of how the opening plays upon the ambiguity of rain falling on someone’s face (as in, are they crying, or is that just the rain?) but I won’t since not every one of my readers is as wild about FMA as me and I’m not a fan of torturing people. If you don’t watch FMA, the song is still an amazing listen, but I firmly believe that watching and having knowledge of the anime and its plot accentuates appreciation of the song. Its a little slow before the chorus, but its got a wonderful and epic chorus and is absolutely heart-wrenching. SID hit the nail on the head with this song, and I highly recommend it to anyone! It is one of the best songs I’ve heard this year, and the best anime theme of all time, to me. If you want to watch the PV, click here.

Cut, the b-side, is significantly more energized than Rain and reminds me of a song from a MegaMan game. I know that probably sounds strange, but you’ll just have to listen to it to understand what I mean.

We also get a live version of Chapter 1 an older song by the band. The audio is horribly muffled. Personally, I’d skip this track altogether. But that’s just me.

In Conclusion: Rain is definitely my favorite song right now and probably will be for quite a while. I don’t see this song becoming stale to me anytime soon. Absolutely amazing. Breathtaking. Dare I say “perfection?”

~Alisa~

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5 responses to ““Rain” – SID

  1. It honestly took me a little bit of time to warm up to “Rain,” especially after the energetic, driving vibe of “Period.” But now that I have, I totally agree. The lyrics and the quality of “Rain” are very… melancholy, which is the only thing a final opening song for FMA could be. I’m dying to see what Ms. Arakawa does to wrap up the ending. I already know it’s going to tear my heart out and stomp on it a bit. :/

    • I’m already hurting over this week’s episode. What happened to Roy made me cry my eyes out. (no pun intended)

      I know what you mean about Rain being a big change after Period. Rain is much more epic and tragic while Period is epic in an action kind of way. Two great songs for two great reasons. 🙂

  2. “Rain” is easily their best song. I don’t really like SID and was kinda pissed they got two slots for OP/ED on the anime, but this song is totally worth it (waaaaay better than “uso”).

    • This slams Uso’s face into the ground and makes it eat dirt. And I liked Uso too! Rain is on its own level though.

      SID is to Brotherhood what L’arc was to the original show in terms of getting a load of tie-in songs. SID did an opening and ending for Brotherhood. L’arc did an opening for the first anime and the opening and ending themes for the movie. I have a bunch of useless FMA knowledge, trust me.

  3. If SID does Brotherhood, then I’ll hear all about them when I watch it.

    Talk to ya then, then. 😉

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