Music in Anime: Penguin Research – Button (Slow version)

This is less a post about my thoughts and more a shoutout to the void to see if anyone can lend me a hand. I super, duper love the rendition of Penguin Research’s song Button that plays at the end of ReLife. It’s easily one of my all-time favourite anime OST tracks. And yet, for some reason, I cannot for the life of me find a studio version online. I’ve tried Youtube, Spotify, literally the back ends of the Google algorithm where all the sketchy sites hang out, and – nada. Nothing. Just live versions with audiences or watery audio.

While you’re here – I really do have to commend ReLife for what it does with its soundtrack. There aren’t a whole lot of tracks to the OST, but the bubbling light jazz fits with its soft and understated art style really well. Makes for really good music to have playing throughout the day while you work. I’d know. That’s literally what I’m doing right now.

The slow piano version of Button, meanwhile, is perfect. Bright and sunny as an opening song, it takes on a far more melancholic tone as leads Kaizaki and Hishiro leave behind their ReLife year along with the friends they’ve made and the memories they’ve had of one another. The lyrics are a perfect accompaniment to these lonely, searching thoughts – but there’s a tone of hope to the whole song, like the singer is speaking to the ghost of a loved one whom he wants his feelings to reach. That hope is rewarded so wonderfully by the time the last plinking piano notes hit, and ReLife: Kanketsu-hen comes to a conclusion. Perfect use of an ending track.

So, yeah, if you know where I can get my hands on a full studio version of the slow version of Penguin Research’s Button, please let me know! I’ll be eternally grateful to you, haha. Also, between Penguin Highway, Mawaru Penguindrum and Penguin Research, I’ve really got tuxedo birds on the brain lately.

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