Give a Reason

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"Give a Reason"
Single by Megumi Hayashibara
from the album Bertemu, V-sit
Released April 24, 1996
Format 8cm CD single
Genre J-Pop, Anime music
Length 18:04
Label Starchild
Writer(s) Satomi Arimori, Hidetoshi Sato
Producer(s) Toshiro Yabuki, Toshimichi Otsuki
Megumi Hayashibara chronology
"Going History"
(1995)
"Give a Reason"
(1996)
"Kagiri nai Yokubō no Naka ni"
(1996)
Masami Okui chronology
"Shake It"
(1996)
"Jama ni Sasenai"
(2011)
"Naked Mind"
(2011)

"Give a Reason" is a song by Japanese voice actress and recording artist Megumi Hayashibara. It was used as opening theme for the anime series Slayers Next, and on April 24, 1996 it was released as a single along with Masami Okui's song "Jama wa Sasenai" (邪魔はさせない?), which was used as ending theme for the same series. The single charted at number 9 on the Oricon charts, becoming Hayashibara's highest peak at the time and her first top 10 single in the Japanese charts.

In 2009 the song was again used as an insert song in Slayers Evolution-R, nine years after its original release. "Give a Reason" is considered[who?] her trademark song. It is also her best-selling single (with 232,850 copies sales) according to Oricon. It was also certified gold by the RIAJ.[1]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Arrangement Length
1. "Give a Reason"   Satomi Arimori Hidetoshi Sato Tsutomu Ohira 4:24
2. "Jama wa Sasenai (邪魔はさせない?)"   Masami Okui Okui, Toshiro Yabuki Yabuki 4:38
3. "Give a Reason" (Off Vocal Version)       4:56
4. "Jama wa Sasenai" (Off Vocal Version)       4:38

Cover versions[edit]

The song has been covered by several other Japanese voice actors and J-Pop singers.

  • Masami Okui
  • Haruko Momoi - included in the album More & More Quality Red: Anime Song Cover (2008)
  • Chihiro Yonekura - included in the album Ever After (2008)
  • Eri Kitamura - included in the album Hyakka Seiran: Jōsei Seiyū Hen II (2008)
  • Ryōko Shintani - included in the album Hyakka Seiran: Jōsei Seiyū Hen III (2009)
  • m.o.v.e - included in the album Anim.o.v.e 01 (2009)
  • Shoko Nakagawa - included in the album Shokotan Cover 3: Anison wa Jinrui wo Tsunagu (2010)

References[edit]

  1. ^ 日本レコード協会『THE RECORD』 No.442(1996年9月号) より