It was a pretty tough decision for me between Hibiki and Yayoi. Both of their EX songs were the only ones I was perfectly pleased with in how
they came out in terms of arrangement, vocals, quality. They both got the desired solos that I've been waiting for. And I enjoyed all their solos.
So... going more into detail with Yayoi's, I was pleasantly surprised with her album, even more with the fact that I was not a big fan of her voice to
begin with. I went into hers with low expectations, yet I was able to enjoy all her songs to the fullest! Listening to Pla-Sonic Love was like having a
sugar rush while diving into an ocean of fluffy stuffed cute... things; bliss. XD Chikataku enveloped me in warm, tender feels, remiscent of Mayako
Nigo's performance at SSA last year. I'm really glad Yayoi got this solo, her character especially makes this song all the more so precious. I teared up
at both of her covers, not only were they beautifully arranged, but they also had a lot of heart, and injected with a bit of Yayoi moeness... made quite
the powerful combination indeed. After those 3 straight emotional songs in a row(lol), my spirits were immediately lifted with Good-Byes(I only listen to Yayoi's m@ster solo for this one XD), as I cheer along with the background. I had so much fun with her album. I remember before the MA3 series, like for the longest time, I had Yayoi at just shy of my "love tier" with the only thing holding her back was her singing voice. This was just enough to give that little push I needed to finally get her up there. Lastly, gawd I can't get enough of that cover art(those colors, that outfit, that pose). <3 Definitely one of the best ones of the set. XDD
So with all that said, there's a highly likely chance I would've voted for Yayoi's as the best MA3 if it weren't for one main particular song on Hibiki's album. A song I've been wishing for a m@ster ever since I became a Hibiki fan, that song being shiny smile. I cannot fully express in words how happy I was when it finally happened. I was like, my idol... finally getting her own solo m@ster... of her only personal song... after all these years, finally. I mean like, I was already crying from joy when I found about the duet m@ster with Haruka the year before, how much more from this, it was like a dream come true. T.T
Then about a month or 2 later, I found out Nu performed it live at 9th... Well then, *ahem* on to the other songs of the album. I'll have to echo most of what Maka said here. I was really thrilled seeing Hibiki getting a unique song like Pon De Beach that drew inspiration from her Okinawan roots while still highlighting her energetic and outgoing personality. And the m@ster ver. couldn't have come out any more perfect. Kazaguruma reminded a lot of Nada Sousou, and it's always nice to have more of these ballads for her.(can always count on her to nail these types of songs XD) I was also not much of a fan of Buzzstyle, and I like Good-Byes a lot more than Kimi Channel, though she did perform them both well.
So in short, I had enjoyed Yayoi's the most overall and she would have won me over if only Hibiki had gotten another solo song other than shiny smile.
Also, one of my fav things from the MA3 albums were the Only My Note solos waiting at the end of each one. I thought it was the perfect way to end each CD on a good note(lol pun not intended).
Special mention to Yukiho's Snowdome. Out of all the covers from this series, I've listened to this one the most admittedly. It's a really warm and comforting song that cheered me up quite a few occasions. Lol one of those was today actually when I was driving home. While this song was playing, and as I turned the corner, this big rainbow appeared on the sky in front me, and I hadn't seen one in a long while. It was one of those rare perfect moments haha, felt great. XD