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Solua - Yoake no Ashioto

“Yoake no Ashioto” by Solua is the ending theme song for Noein: To Your Other Self. The full-length version of the song was released in Japan on a CD single on November 23, 2005. This four-track CD single contains two versions of "Yoake no Ashioto," as well as two versions of a song called "Unmei no Boat"; however, “Unmei no Boat” is not used in Noein: To Your Other Self.

The first version of "Yoake no Ashioto" is the full-length version of the song, and not the edit that was included on the second Noein: To Your Other Self soundtrack CD that was released in Japan. There is also an instrumental version of the full-length version of "Yoake no Ashioto" included on this CD single.

I have to say that the full-length version of "Yoake no Ashioto" is stronger than the edit used as the ending theme music for Noein: To Your Other Self. The instrumental version isn't bad, although the instrumental isn't quite as strong as the instrumental of "Idea" (the opening song for Noein: To Your Other Self) that appears on the "Idea" CD single. If you have enough knowledge of Japanese and know "Yoake no Ashioto" rather well, then you could use the instrumental to perform a karaoke version of the song.

After listening to the single, I have to say that I wasn't overly impressed with "Unmei no Boat." While it isn't necessarily a bad song, it's a song that just didn't stand out to me or grab me when I first listened to it. And since I wasn't impressed by the actual song, the instrumental version didn't do anything for me, either. However, if you like the song and know it well enough, the instrumental could be used to perform a karaoke version of "Unmei no Boat."

The single for "Yoake no Ashioto" is not available for purchase in the United States. In order to obtain a copy of it, you will have to find a retailer who can import it from Japan for you. Your best bet would be to go through an online retailer that specializes in importing music from Japan.

If you like the ending song for Noein: To Your Other Self, then I would recommend importing this CD in order to acquire the full-length version of "Yoake no Ashioto." While the TV edit isn't bad, I think the full-length version of "Yoake no Ashioto" is a stronger version of the song. This would be a good addition to an anime music CD library, especially for fans of Noein: To Your Other Self.

I wrote this review after listening to a copy of this CD that my husband purchased for me as a gift.


Yoake no Ashioto
Unmei no Boat
Yoake no Ashioto [Instrumental]
Unmei no Boat [Instrumental]

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