Years ago, probably 2009 which means about three years ago, I first listened to song 【JUST BE FRIENDS】by Megurine Luka, composed by Dixie Flatline. The song was such a spot on, it grows on me on first try and no matter how many times I listened to it, it always left me with depressed feelings, sadness, down-ness, frustration, annoyance, and all kind of heartbroken feelings. The song; the melody, the lyrics, they're all beautiful, like all Japanese song, a little bit nonsensical at first but the meaning behind them are deep. I cannot list down my favorite part from the song, because maybe I'll end up listing the song from the very beginning to the end, but 【サヨナラ、愛した人、ここまでだ、もう振り向かないで、歩き出すんだ；これ
Another intersting part of this song, the part that I'm sure catches everyone eyes, are the MV. The MV is simple with not much effect, much like slideshow and very simple at that. The drawing is clean, not many details, simple, yet enchanting, and it managed to deliver the feeling of the song very well. The usage of mute colour like grey, white, black, with Luca's pink hair added a melancholy atmosphere. The sequence of pictures showed how the two characters, soon to be former lovers, changed after times; the uneasiness, the sadness, the doubt between them, surprised feelings, anger, disappointment, and moment of happiness, in short 5:06 minutes, we receive all these feelings at once, both from the song and the video.
Just yesterday, I found out that there is a sequel of this song when I was browsing tumblr. I immediately checked on youtube and found this song called 【answer】. I, who was having such high hope for this song, was a little bit disappointed since Yunomi is no longer the illustrator but someone else named Mogelatte. Not that Mogelatte's drawing is bad, but it kinds of killed the atmosphere a little. Everyone had already related JBF with Yunomi's arts which is packed in JBF Remix album jackets, and to change it into someone else's, for me, kills the mood. The song itself wasn't as epic as JBF but it's good and it grows on me after several times repeat. Now I realized the song has similiar mood with JBF but, I don't know how to say it since I do not understand music, but it feels like Dixie Flatline, the composer, tweaked the original song a little, try listening to both 【JBF】and 【answer】at the same time, you'll get what I mean.
Overall it's a good song, not as heartbroken and bittersweet as the prequel but this sequel definitely a must hear, especially if you love 【JBF】so much.
: Answer - Megurine Luca