Two thoughts: One, unless this awkward-even-for-Engrish pronunciation is contributing to her appeal in Japan — which isn’t implausible — MELL really needs to work on her English.
Two, the transition to the chorus at 0:52 is classic Maiko Iuchi. It’s jarring and it’s ugly, which is a shame, considering how well the first portion is arranged.
Speaking of ugly, voting is closed. Those Japanese kids really like their
Shakugan no Shana BLAZE.
Update: Tracklisting is up for the single. So what we get is the original version, a Japanese-language version, and a remix. I’m not complaining, at least not until I find out who’s doing the remix.