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AKB48 Team Surprise – Yume wo Miru Nara (Pachinko Hall Version M3) (a J!-ENT World Groove CD Single Review)

October 25, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

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“Yume wo Miru Nara”, the third AKB48 Team Surprise CD+DVD release for the second stage is recommended for those who don’t mind that there is only one single vocal track on the CD and DVD, and also recommended for Takamina and Tomochin fans who want to see this unlikely, but now a reality, pairing of original AKB48 members!

GROUP: AKB48 Team Surprise (AKB48 チームサプライズ)

CD SINGLE: 夢を見るなら (Pachinko Hall Version) / Yume Wo Miru Nara (Pachinko Hall Version)

LABEL: KING RECORDS

CATALOG #: AKBS-20105/6

DURATION: 4:28

RELEASE DATE: September 20, 2014

  1. 夢を見るなら
  2. 夢を見るなら  (Off-Vocal Ver.)

DVD INFO: 16:9 LB, Region 2, Duration: 5:05

  1. ハングリーライオン Music Clip

To commemorate the release of the latest Pachinko AKB48 game machine for 2014 and a tie-in with Pachinko company Kyoraku, 16 senbatsu members of AKB48 would form a special team known as “Team Surprise” and songs featured in the pachinko game will be released each week via a CD+DVD single beginning in September 2014.

Fort this second stage release, the members chosen to participate in this special project are (note: the songs were recorded prior to Oshima Yuko, Shinoda Mariko and Itano Tomomi’s graduation from AKB48):

Team A: Takahashi Minami, Kojima Haruna, Shimazaki Haruka; Team K: Kitahara Rie, Yokoyama Yui; Team B: Watanabe Mayu, Kashiwagi Yuki, Takajo Aki; Team 4: Minegishi Minami; SKE48 Team E: Matsui Rena; NMB48 Team N: Yamamoto Sayaka; NMB48 Team BII: Watanabe Miyuki and HKT48 Team H: Sashihara Rino

Each week from September through mid-November, a single plus its music video will be released via a pachinko hall version (which can be won or sold at pachinko halls) and a web version, each featuring two different covers and will come with exclusive collectors cards for the pachinko hall and another for the web version.

It’s important to note that because these releases are not sold in regular stores, the best way for those living outside of Japan to purchase these singles is through eBay.

The third AKB48 Team Surprise CD single for the second stage is titled “Yume wo Miru Nara” (which translates to “If you Dream”) and is sung by Takahashi Minami and Itano Tomomi.

The single that I am reviewing is the pachinko hall version and features Takahashi Minami and Itano Tomomi on the front cover . The 8-page booklet featuring lyrics, production credits and liner notes from Ishigami and pictures of the group on stage. The back cover of the CD features Minegishi Minami in a red dress.

Also, by visiting the official website for “Yume wo Miru Nara”, you can get access to liner notes, gallery (a few photos are what is featured in the CD insert), wallpaper and poster.

“Yume wo Miru Nara” is an upbeat track and also features an unlikely pairing with Takahashi Minami and Itano Tomomi.  Which is great to see these long time, original AKB48 members perform together.  The song pretty much features a friendship during seasons and shows the past, present and future of these two friends.  The song is a positive track about life and looking towards the future.

The second stage singles also come with a second vocal-less track of the primary single.

As for the DVD, the music video features both Itano Tomomi and Takahashi Minami walking towards the stage while a projection shows sakura trees, blue sky, rain and snow to depict the seasons.  And while they walk to the stage, they take off a layer of clothing (or showing them in different clothing), while acting in season.  But the song is actually quite fitting as it is another goodbye to Itano song as we see Tomochin exiting the back door (like Itano’s “Saigo no Door” graduation song).

It’s important to note that this is a region 2 DVD and will not play on a region 1 player (unless you have a non-region DVD player) but can be played on a MAC or PC using free video playing software such as VLC or Daum PotPlayer.

Overall, the AKB48 Team Surprise CD singles may not be for everyone, primarily because there is only one song and one music video and they cost the same price of a regular single. But yet, if you are an AKB48 collector and you gotta collect them all!

For the most part, “Yume wo Miru Nara” is surprisingly a good pairing of both Takamina and Tomochin.  The song is quite positive but also a fitting music video and pairing as it is almost close to real life as these two have worked together for eight years throughout different seasons and in the end, Itano is saying goodbye as she exits the back door (as in real life as she graduated from AKB48) and Takamina keeps moving forward as the captain of AKB48.

“Yume wo Miru Nara”, the third AKB48 Team Surprise CD+DVD release for the second stage is recommended for those who don’t mind that there is only one single vocal track on the CD and DVD, and also recommended for Takamina and Tomochin fans who want to see this unlikely, but now a reality, pairing of original AKB48 members!

 

AKB48 Team Surprise – Hungry Lion (Pachinko Hall Version M2) (a J!-ENT World Groove CD Single Review)

October 25, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

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“Hungry Lion” is one of my favorite AKB48 Team Surprise upbeat dance tracks.  I love the music for this song and also the upbeat choreography in the music video.  Also, you don’t often see this style of pairing with Oshima Yuko, may it be Mariko or Haruna, let alone Aki.  And the combination with all four members was cute and just fun to watch and listen to!

GROUP: AKB48 Team Surprise (AKB48 チームサプライズ)

CD SINGLE: ハングリーライオン (Pachinko Hall Version) / Hungry Lion (Pachinko Hall Version)

LABEL: KING RECORDS

CATALOG #: AKBS-20103/4

DURATION: 4:28

RELEASE DATE: September 13, 2014

  1. ハングリーライオン
  2. ハングリーライオン (Off-Vocal Ver.)

DVD INFO: 16:9 LB, Region 2, Duration: 4:30

  1. ハングリーライオン Music Clip

To commemorate the release of the latest Pachinko AKB48 game machine for 2014 and a tie-in with Pachinko company Kyoraku, 16 senbatsu members of AKB48 would form a special team known as “Team Surprise” and songs featured in the pachinko game will be released each week via a CD+DVD single beginning in September 2014.

Fort this second stage release, the members chosen to participate in this special project are (note: the songs were recorded prior to Oshima Yuko, Shinoda Mariko and Itano Tomomi’s graduation from AKB48):

Team A: Takahashi Minami, Kojima Haruna, Shimazaki Haruka; Team K: Kitahara Rie, Yokoyama Yui; Team B: Watanabe Mayu, Kashiwagi Yuki, Takajo Aki; Team 4: Minegishi Minami; SKE48 Team E: Matsui Rena; NMB48 Team N: Yamamoto Sayaka; NMB48 Team BII: Watanabe Miyuki and HKT48 Team H: Sashihara Rino

Each week from September through mid-November, a single plus its music video will be released via a pachinko hall version (which can be won or sold at pachinko halls) and a web version, each featuring two different covers and will come with exclusive collectors cards for the pachinko hall and another for the web version.

It’s important to note that because these releases are not sold in regular stores, the best way for those living outside of Japan to purchase these singles is through eBay.

The second AKB48 Team Surprise CD single for the second stage is titled “Hungry Lion” and is sung by Oshima Yuko, Kojima Haruka, Shinoda Mariko and Takajo Aki.

The single that I am reviewing is the pachinko hall version and features the four women posing with their ’60s inspired clothing. The 8-page booklet featuring lyrics, production credits and liner notes from Ishigami and pictures of the group on stage. The back cover of the CD features Watanabe Miyuki and Yokoyama Yui in a red dress.

Also, by visiting the official website for “Hungry Lion”, you can get access to liner notes, gallery (a few photos are what is featured in the CD insert), wallpaper and poster.

“Hungry Lion” is an upbeat discotheque style single about a girl approaching adulthood and according to the liner notes, instead of using a song such as “Lion Hunter”, because it’s about a woman entering the adult world, the focus was on a “Hungry Lion”.

The second stage singles also come with a second vocal-less track of the primary single.

As for the DVD, the music video features each member in stylish ’60s clothing.  Takajo Aki, Shinoda Mariko and Kojima Haruna are seen in more elegant style clothing, while Oshima Yuko is in a summer dress and hat and each are dancing.  Very cool use of the mirrors in the music video but also like the choreography for this track!

It’s important to note that this is a region 2 DVD and will not play on a region 1 player (unless you have a non-region DVD player) but can be played on a MAC or PC using free video playing software such as VLC or Daum PotPlayer.

Overall, the AKB48 Team Surprise CD singles may not be for everyone, primarily because there is only one song and one music video and they cost the same price of a regular single. But yet, if you are an AKB48 collector and you gotta collect them all!

For the most part, “Hungry Lion” is one of my favorite AKB48 Team Surprise upbeat dance tracks.  I love the music for this song and also the upbeat choreography in the music video.  Also, you don’t often see this style of pairing with Oshima Yuko, may it be Mariko or Haruna, let alone Aki.  And the combination with all four members was cute and just fun to watch and listen to!

“Hungry Lion”, the second AKB48 Team Surprise CD+DVD release for the second stage is recommended for those who don’t mind that there is only one single vocal track on the CD and DVD!

 

AKB48 Team Surprise – Mirai ga Me ni Shimiru (Pachinko Hall Version M1) (a J!-ENT World Groove CD Single Review)

October 25, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

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“Mirai ga Me ni Shimiru” may not have the magic of the last AKB48 Team Surprise first single “Juuryoku no Sympathy” but this is a pretty cool, upbeat, positive CD single.  And perhaps the new AKB48 Teams Surprise will entice people to checking these singles out this time around.

GROUP: AKB48 Team Surprise (AKB48 チームサプライズ)

CD SINGLE: 未来が目にしみる (Pachinko Hall Version) / Mirai ge Me Ni Shimiru (Pachinko Hall Version)

LABEL: KING RECORDS

CATALOG #: AKBS-20101/2

DURATION: 4:14

RELEASE DATE: September 6, 2014

  1. 未来が目にしみる
  2. 未来が目にしみる (Off-Vocal Ver.)

DVD INFO: 16:9 LB, Region 2, Duration: 4:31

  1. 未来が目にしみる Music Clip

To commemorate the release of the latest Pachinko AKB48 game machine for 2014 and a tie-in with Pachinko company Kyoraku, 16 senbatsu members of AKB48 would form a special team known as “Team Surprise” and songs featured in the pachinko game will be released each week via a CD+DVD single beginning in September 2014.

Fort this second stage release, the members chosen to participate in this special project are (note: the songs were recorded prior to Oshima Yuko, Shinoda Mariko and Itano Tomomi’s graduation from AKB48):

Team A: Takahashi Minami, Kojima Haruna, Shimazaki Haruka; Team K: Kitahara Rie, Yokoyama Yui; Team B: Watanabe Mayu, Kashiwagi Yuki, Takajo Aki; Team 4: Minegishi Minami; SKE48 Team E: Matsui Rena; NMB48 Team N: Yamamoto Sayaka; NMB48 Team BII: Watanabe Miyuki and HKT48 Team H: Sashihara Rino

Each week from September through mid-November, a single plus its music video will be released via a pachinko hall version (which can be won or sold at pachinko halls) and a web version, each featuring two different covers and will come with exclusive collectors cards for the pachinko hall and another for the web version.

It’s important to note that because these releases are not sold in regular stores, the best way for those living outside of Japan to purchase these singles is through eBay.

The first AKB48 Team Surprise CD single for the second stage is titled “Mirai ga Me ni Shimiru”, a song that translates into “Future gets in your eyes” and is sung by all 16 members of AKB48 Team Surprise.  According to the liner notes, the song’s title is a play on the popular American song, “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” (sung by The Platters).

The single that I am reviewing is the pachinko hall version and features images of the group members standing on two platforms. The 8-page booklet featuring lyrics, production credits and liner notes from Ishigami and pictures of the group on stage. The back cover of the CD features Kitahara Rie in a red dress.

Also, by visiting the official website for “Mirai ga Me ni Shimiru”, you can get access to liner notes, gallery (a few photos are what is featured in the CD insert), wallpaper and poster.

“Mirai ga Me ni Shimiru” is an upbeat pop track. According to Ishigami in the liner notes, he mentioned that the song separates the members into five groups and the goal was to create an upbeat, positive song.

The song is pretty much about persistence, to not be afraid of failing or when in paid because you can keep trying and to keep trying amidst the pain and darkness, to have the future in your eyes because the world is waiting.

The second stage singles also come with a second vocal-less track of the primary single.

As for the DVD, the music video features the group in their black and white checker outfits with a colorful shirt.  And you watch the group performing on a high platform and the group moves onto the main stage.

It’s important to note that this is a region 2 DVD and will not play on a region 1 player (unless you have a non-region DVD player) but can be played on a MAC or PC using free video playing software such as VLC or Daum PotPlayer.

Overall, the AKB48 Team Surprise CD singles may not be for everyone, primarily because there is only one song and one music video and they cost the same price of a regular single. But yet, if you are an AKB48 collector and you gotta collect them all!

For the most part, “Mirai ga Me ni Shimiru” may not have the magic of the last AKB48 Team Surprise first single “Juuryoku no Sympathy” but this is a pretty cool, upbeat, positive CD single.  And perhaps the new AKB48 Teams Surprise will entice people to checking these singles out this time around.

“Mirai ga Me ni Shimiru”, the first AKB48 Team Surprise CD+DVD release for the second stage is recommended for those who don’t mind that there is only one single vocal track on the CD and DVD!

 

Bob Marley and the Wailers – Legend – 30th Anniversary Edition (a J!-ENT World Groove Album Review)

July 6, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

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For those who have never purchased “Legend” and are curious about “Legend 30th Anniversary Edition”, just know that “Legend” is an essential album for any music collector and reggae music fan. Highly recommended!

ARTIST: Bob Marley and the Wailers

TITLE: Legend – 30th Anniversary Edition

LABEL: Island Records/Tuff Gong / Universal Music Enterprises

DURATION: 68 minutes

CATALOG #: NKCD-6655

RELEASE DATE: July 1, 2014

  1. Is This Love
  2. No Woman No Cry (New – Studio Version)
  3. Could You Be Loved
  4. Three Little Birds
  5. Buffalo Soldier
  6. Get Up Stand Up
  7. Stir It Up
  8. Easy Skanking (New – Alternate Version)
  9. One Love/People Get Ready
  10. I Shot the Sheriff
  11. Waiting in Vain
  12. Redemption Song
  13. Satisfy My Soul
  14. Exodus
  15. Jamming
  16. Punky Reggae Party (New – Alternate Version)

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Photo CR: Adrian Boot – Fifty-Six Hope Road Music, Ltd.

Back in the early 1980’s, after discovering “Reggae Sunsplash” and being a grommet that would learning to surf thanks to my uncle, I was introduced to the music of the late Bob Marley.

And my first major reggae purchase on cassette would be “Legend”, a compilation album by Bob Marley and the Wailers released in 1984 by Island Records and is a greatest hits collection of singles.

The album would become the best-selling reggae album of all-time with 27 million copies sold worldwide and 15 million RIAA-certified copies in the U.S. alone.

The album has since been released several times with the original cassette having ten tracks and in 1990, a compact disc that wuld feature 14 tracks in their original album lengths and not the edited versions for single release.

In 2002, “Legend” would have an expanded 14-track edition release and would include a bonus disc with 1984-vintage remixes. To be followed up with a 2004 double CD release and would come with a music DVD.

In 2012, “Legend” would receive a high-fidelity release in various resolutions digitally.

But to celebrate the music of Bob Marley and the Wailers and the 30th Anniversary of “Legend”, Universal Music Enterprises will release “Legend 30th Anniversary Edition” as a CD/Blu-ray Pure Audio Disc combo set.

The combo set will include all tracks mixed in 5.1 by GRAMMY Award winning producer Bob Clearmountain on Blu-ray Pure Audio Disc and will include the original, early version of “No Woman No Cry”, replacing the previous live version.

Also, included are two previously unheard alternate versions of “Easy Skanking” and “Punky Reggae Party” which were recently discovered in the Marley vault.

The album would also include Marley’s hits such as “Three Little Birds”, “Get Up Stand Up”, “No Woman No Cry”, “I Shot the Sheriff”, “Jamming”, “Exodus”, “Redemption Song” and “Is This Love”.

Along with a 28-page, casebound book (or PDF if purchasing the album digitally) which features extended liner notes, unseen photos and forewards written by Sir Paul McCartney, Steview Wonder and liner notes by author Christopher Marley, who wrote the book “Marley”.

In addition to the CD+Blu-ray Pure Audio Disc release, “Legend 30th Anniversary Edition” will also be released on tri-color vinyl and pressed as a double gatefold LP allowing for a higher fidelity sound quality that is closer to the original source.

Listening to “Legend 30th Anniversary Edition”, while I’m unable to comment on the Blu-ray Pure Audio Disc and how the tracks sound via lossless 5.1 and how each channel is utilized for the music, I can say from the digital version, listening to the tracks today is just an enjoyable as it was back in the early ’80s.

While I do miss the live version of “No Woman No Cry” (it’s not a big loss as the track is easily available on previous albums),  I do enjoy the melodic and soothing flow of the studio version of “No Woman No Cry”.

And the addition of two new alternative tracks of “Easy Skanking” and “Punk Reggae Party” is a great addition to the best album.

As a person who has purchased the original cassette, the CD and the 2002 Definitive Remastered Edition, I know that for HD music enthusiasts, to listen to “Legend” in 5.1 lossless is a major plus to owning the album, especially to have the included booklet and additional tracks.

I spent many years of my life listening to “Legend” as a teenager with my Bob Marley t-shirt driving miles to go surf, a college student driving off to college and now as an adult and a parent, sharing my passion for Bob Marley and the Wailers and their music with my own family.  I literally grew up with this album and felt the music has always and consistently through the decades, continues to touch my soul.  The melodies, Bob Marley’s vocals, everything about his music is harmonious and wonderful.

For those who have never purchased “Legend” and are curious about “Legend 30th Anniversary Edition”, just know that “Legend” is an essential album for any music collector and reggae music fan.

Highly recommended!

 

Nogizaka46 – Kizuitara Kataomoi (Type-C) (a J!-ENT World Groove CD Single Review)

May 17, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

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“Kizuitara Kataomoi (Type-C) is a pretty cool CD+DVD featuring a very heartbreaking Nogizaka46 song and music video featuring new center Nanase Nishino. Plus Type-C features the Nogizaka46 Undergirls and a fascinating documentary on four members of Nogizaka46. A wonderful eighth CD single!

GROUP: Nogizaka46 (乃木坂46)

CD SINGLE: 気づいたら片想い (Type-C) / Kizuitara Kataomoi (Type-C)

LABEL: Sony Music Labels

CATALOG #: SRCL-8524-5

DURATION: 26 Minutes

RELEASE DATE: April 2, 2014

BUY THIS CD SINGLE from cdjapan.com:

 

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  1. 気づいたら片想い
  2. ロマンスのスタート
  3. 生まれたままで
  4. 気づいたら片想い off vocal ver.
  5. ロマンスのスタート off vocal ver.
  6. 生まれたままで off vocal ver.

DVD INFO: 16:9LB, Region 2, Duration: 1:19:12

1. 気づいたら片想い -Music Video-
2. 生まれたままで -Music Video-
3. 乃木坂の4人

With the eighth new CD single from Nogizaka46 titled “Kizuitara Kataomoi” (which translates to “realizing unrequited love”).

A single which has become Nogizaka46’s best selling single yet with over 457,000 copies sold in its first day. The single also marks the first time Nanase Nishino was featured as the center.

With four versions released (Type-A, Type-B and Type-C which are CD+DVD and regular edition which are CD only), the version that I will be reviewing is Type-C featuring 17 members of Nogizaka46 with tears streaming down their face. The 16-page booklet features photos of a few members individually and the lyrics and production credits.

The single kicks off with “Kizuitara Kataomoi”, an upbeat idol ballad with sad lyrics about loving someone so much that it is quite painful. You feel that you love someone because it’s fate but apparently the other person disagrees and how that unrequited love can be heartbreaking.

The second track is titled “Romance no Start” and is another upbeat idol ballad with happier lyrics. The song is about a person trying to ride their bike quickly to look at the person they like on a bus. And how the person is cool and thinking of how that person stole their heart. And while it’s a one-sided love, it’s the start of romance.

The third track is titled “Umarete Mamade” (which translates to “The Same When I Was Born”) and is a more pop/rock driven track.  It’s a more rebellious song as it revolves around a person who wants to experience life, so they quit school and want to have fun and live a carefree life.

The remaining three tracks are the instrumental versions of the the first three songs.

As for the DVD, the music video for “Kizuitara Kataomoi” and despite it’s song about having a painful love, the music video is quite depressing as it features Nagase Nishino playing a character who has died. The video shows the character becoming the center of Nogizaka46, going through the struggles of being in the center position and collapsing from exhaustion. As we see Nogizaka46 performing and everyone thrilled that Nanase is OK, we get a surprising, yet tragic ending.

As for the second music video for “Umarete Mamade”, the video features members of Nogizaka46 (who are typically not in the top 16) in class and having fun.  Featuring Marika Ito as the center for this undergirl track, the video features a fun video with members showing off a few rhythmic hand gestures while on the table, while everyone is having fun climbing rope, riding scooters or bikes and more.

The third and last video features behind-the-scenes of Nogizaka46 at the variety show “Nogizakatte Doko” for the seventh CD single senbatsu.  This is a documentary that focuses on the members: Sayuri Matsumoto, Nanase Nishino, Hina Higuchi and Marika Ito.  The documentary focuses on how Sayuri is one of the group’s most visible members, Nanase becoming the new center, Hina making it into the senbatsu for the first time and Marika, an undergirl waiting for her big break.

A reminder that this is a region 2 DVD and will not play on a region 1 player (unless you have a non-region DVD player) but can be played on a MAC or PC using free video playing software such as VLC or Daum PotPlayer.

Overall, “Kizuitara Kataomoi” (Type-C) is a cool CD+DVD. The song may sound quite happy, but it’s a song that features painful lyrics. But it’s the music video that touched my heart. It has the same depressing, emotional feel of AKB48’s “Sakura no Ki ni Narou” with the Nogizaka46 video featuring more tears.

I did enjoy Type-C for the fact that it gave the undergirls a chance to shine with the music video “Umarete Mamade”.

I also enjoyed this CD+DVD single because of the documentary of featuring four members of Nogizaka46 and seeing the joys of an undergirl making it into senbatsu and undergirl still waiting for her big break and breaking into the top 16 of senbatsu.  But also, seeing Nanase make it as center for the first time and Sayuringo who is a popular member but has still yet to make it as center.

I feel that the senbatsu may be more appealing to non-Japanese speaking fans versus the plays featured in Type-A and Type-B.

But it’s a solid CD+DVD single and the fact that Nanase Nishino as a center has resonated strongly with fans and the single has become their best selling single, it may mean that Nogizaka46 has found their star center.

A solid single that is recommended for Nogizaka46 fans!

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Nogizaka46 – Kizuitara Kataomoi (Type-B) (a J!-ENT World Groove CD Single Review)

May 17, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

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“Kizuitara Kataomoi (Type-B) is a pretty cool CD+DVD featuring a very heartbreaking Nogizaka46 song and music video featuring new center Nanase Nishino.  Plus Type-B features a music video featuring Mai Shiraishi and Nanami Hashimoto. A wonderful eighth CD single!

GROUP: Nogizaka46 (乃木坂46)

CD SINGLE: 気づいたら片想い (Type-B) / Kizuitara Kataomoi (Type-B)

LABEL: Sony Music Labels

CATALOG #: SRCL-8522-3

DURATION: 25 Minutes

RELEASE DATE: April 2, 2014

BUY THIS CD SINGLE from cdjapan.com:

Kizuitara Kataomoi / Nogizaka46
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  1. 気づいたら片想い
  2. ロマンスのスタート
  3. 孤独兄弟
  4. 気づいたら片想い off vocal ver.
  5. ロマンスのスタート off vocal ver.
  6. 孤独兄弟 off vocal ver.

DVD INFO: 16:9LB, Region 2, Duration: 1:11:54

1. 気づいたら片想い -Music Video-
2. 孤独兄弟 -Music Video-
3. Creator’s Etude (倉持裕 編)
4. Creator’s Etude (濱口優 編)
5. Creator’s Etude (柳沢翔 編)

With the eighth new CD single from Nogizaka46 titled “Kizuitara Kataomoi” (which translates to “realizing unrequited love”).

A single which has become Nogizaka46’s best selling single yet with over 457,000 copies sold in its first day. The single also marks the first time Nanase Nishino was featured as the center.

With four versions released (Type-A, Type-B and Type-C which are CD+DVD and regular edition which are CD only), the version that I will be reviewing is Type-B featuring various members of Nogizaka46 with tears streaming down their face.  The single features photos of a few members individually and the lyrics and production credits.

The single kicks off with “Kizuitara Kataomoi”, an upbeat idol ballad with sad lyrics about loving someone so much that it is quite painful. You feel that you love someone because it’s fate but apparently the other person disagrees and how that unrequited love can be heartbreaking.

The second track is titled “Romance no Start” and is another upbeat idol ballad with happier lyrics. The song is about a person trying to ride their bike quickly to look at the person they like on a bus. And how the person is cool and thinking of how that person stole their heart. And while it’s a one-sided love, it’s the start of romance.

The third track is titled “Kodoko Kyodai” (which translates to “Lonely Brother”) and is a more pop driven track featuring Mai Shiraishi and Nanami Hashimoto.  I actually enjoy this track a lot and it’s great to see these two members together on a single.  The song is pretty much a nostalgic song of a girl dating a guy who rode a motorcycle and remembering a time being with that guy.

The remaining three tracks are the instrumental versions of the the first three songs.

As for the DVD, the music video for “Kizuitara Kataomoi” and despite it’s song about having a painful love, the music video is quite depressing as it features Nagase Nishino playing a character who has died. The video shows the character becoming the center of Nogizaka46, going through the struggles of being in the center position and collapsing from exhaustion. As we see Nogizaka46 performing and everyone thrilled that Nanase is OK, we get a surprising, yet tragic ending.

As for the second music video for “Kodoko Kyoudai”, the song features Mai Shiraishi and Nanami Hashimoto clad in leather and hanging out with Japanese bikers and taking part in upbeat dance choreography.  It’s an unlikely video to see from these two members, so that’s why I enjoyed it so much because it was unpredictable.

The last three remaining videos are various members of Nogizaka46 in “Creator’s Etude” stage plays. Each play is different and they are performing in front of an audience consisting of other Nogizaka46 members.

A reminder that this is a region 2 DVD and will not play on a region 1 player (unless you have a non-region DVD player) but can be played on a MAC or PC using free video playing software such as VLC or Daum PotPlayer.

Overall, “Kizuitara Kataomoi” (Type-B) is a cool CD+DVD. The song may sound quite happy, but it’s a song that features painful lyrics. But it’s the music video that touched my heart. It has the same depressing, emotional feel of AKB48’s “Sakura no Ki ni Narou” with the Nogizaka46 video featuring more tears.

I did enjoy Type-B a lot because of the video featuring Mai Shiraishi and Nanami Hashimoto.  So, if you are a fan of these two members, Type-B is the version to get.

I do feel that for those who don’t understand Japanese, the final three videos from the stage plays may go over the heads of people and thus only the music videos may be a bit more accessible for those fans. But it does give you a glimpse on the acting abilities of various members and how comfortable they are up on stage.

But it’s a solid CD+DVD single and the fact that Nanase Nishino as a center has resonated strongly with fans and the single has become their best selling single, it may mean that Nogizaka46 has found their star center.

A solid single that is recommended for Nogizaka46 fans!

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Nogizaka46 – Kizuitara Kataomoi (Type-A) (a J!-ENT World Groove CD Single Review)

May 17, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

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“Kizuitara Kataomoi (Type-B) is a pretty cool CD+DVD featuring a very heartbreaking Nogizaka46 song and music video featuring new center Nanase Nishino.  Type-A is definitely for the Nanase Nishino fans as the two music videos do revolve around her.  A wonderful eighth CD single overall!

GROUP: Nogizaka46 (乃木坂46)

CD SINGLE: 気づいたら片想い (Type-A) / Kizuitara Kataomoi (Type-A)

LABEL: Sony Music Labels

CATALOG #: SRCL-8520-1

DURATION: 26 Minutes

RELEASE DATE: April 2, 2014

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  1. 気づいたら片想い
  2. ロマンスのスタート
  3. 吐息のメソッド
  4. 気づいたら片想い  off vocal ver.
  5. ロマンスのスタート  off vocal ver.
  6. 吐息のメソッド off vocal ver.

DVD INFO: 16:9LB, Region 2, Duration: 1:11:54

1. 気づいたら片想い -Music Video-
2. ロマンスのスタート -Music Video-
3. Creator’s Etude (上田誠 編)
4. Creator’s Etude (権八成裕 編)
5. Creator’s Etude (三木聡 編)

With the eighth new CD single from Nogizaka46 titled “Kizuitara Kataomoi” (which translates to “realizing unrequited love”).

A single which has become Nogizaka46’s best selling single yet with over 457,000 copies sold in its first day.  The single also marks the first time Nanase Nishino was featured as the center.

With four versions released (Type-A, Type-B and Type-C which are CD+DVD and normal version which are CD only), the version that I will be reviewing is Type-A featuring Nanase Nishino on the front cover with tears streaming down her face.

The single features photos of a few members individually and the lyrics and production credits.

The single kicks off with “Kizuitara Kataomoi”, an upbeat idol ballad with sad lyrics about loving someone so much that it is quite painful.    You feel that you love someone because it’s fate but apparently the other person disagrees and how that unrequited love can be heartbreaking.

The second track is titled “Romance no Start” and is another upbeat idol ballad with happier lyrics.  The song is about a person trying to ride their bike quickly to look at the person they like on a bus.  And how the person is cool and thinking of how that person stole their heart.  And while it’s a one-sided love, it’s the start of romance.

The third track is titled “Toiki no Method” (which translates to “Sigh Method”) and is a more piano-driven, mild pop song.  I actually like the casualness of this track, especially with its vocals.  The song is about being in love and trying to calm oneself from hyperventilating by sighing and counting from 1 to 5 and saying A through E.  A song about being in love for the first time.

The remaining three tracks are the instrumental versions of the the first three songs.

As for the DVD, the music video for “Kizuitara Kataomoi” and despite it’s song about having a painful love, the music video is quite depressing as it features Nagase Nishino playing a character who has died.  The video shows the character becoming the center of Nogizaka46, going through the struggles of being in the center position and collapsing from exhaustion.    As we see Nogizaka46 performing and everyone thrilled that Nanase is OK, we get a surprising, yet tragic ending.

As for the second music video for “Romance no Start”, this is a happier music video featuring a guy waking up and going through the motion of his regular day.  While he plans to make a confession of love to Nishino Nanase, the answer from her is…

The last three remaining videos are various members of Nogizaka46 in “Creator’s Etude” stage plays.  Each play is different and they are performing in front of an audience consisting of other Nogizaka46 members.

A reminder that this is a region 2 DVD and will not play on a region 1 player (unless you have a non-region DVD player) but can be played on a MAC or PC using free video playing software such as VLC or Daum PotPlayer.

Overall, “Kizuitara Kataomoi” (Type-A) is a cool CD+DVD.  The song may sound quite happy, but it’s a song that features painful lyrics.  But it’s the music video that touched my heart.  It has the same depressing, emotional feel of AKB48’s “Sakura no Ki ni Narou” with the Nogizaka46 video featuring more tears.

I do recommend Type-A if you are a Nanase Nishino fan as the two music videos do revolve around her.

I do feel that for those who don’t understand Japanese, the final three videos from the stage plays may go over the heads of people and thus only the music videos may be a bit more accessible for those fans.  But it does give you a glimpse on the acting abilities of various members and how comfortable they are up on stage.

But it’s a solid CD+DVD single and the fact that Nanase Nishino as a center has resonated strongly with fans and the single has become their best selling single, it may mean that Nogizaka46 has found their star center.

A solid single that is recommended for Nogizaka46 fans!

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AKB48 – Mae Shika Mukanee (Type-C) (a J!-ENT World Groove CD Single Review)

March 25, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

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“Mae Shika Mukanee (Type-C)” is an enjoyable single with enjoyable DVD content, but Type-C is definitely recommended for the track “KONJO” and the “Tentoumu Chu! in Hawaii” video.

GROUP: AKB48

CD SINGLE: 前しか向かねえ (Type-C)/Mae Shika Mukanee (Limited Edition, Type-C)

LABEL: King Records

CATALOG #: KIZM-90275/6

DURATION: 26 Minutes

RELEASE DATE: February 26, 2014

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  1. 前しか向かねえ – AKB48
  2. 昨日よりもっと好き – Smiling Lions
  3. KONJO – Talking Chimpanzees
  4. 前しか向かねえ off vocal ver.
  5. 昨日よりもっと好き off vocal ver.
  6. KONJO off vocal ver.

DVD INFO: 16:9 LB, Region 2, Duration: 1:08:07

1. 前しか向かねえ Music Video- AKB48

2. 前しか向かねえ Music Video -Dance Ver.– AKB48

3. 昨日よりもっと好き Music Video

4. KONJO – Talking Chimpanzees

4. てんとうむChu! in ハワイ

With AKB48 member Oshima Yuko graduating, what best to celebrate her final moments with AKB48 than to have a CD single featuring Yuko as a center.

With the 35th single “Mae Shika Mukanee”, AKB48 scores another #1 single to sell over a million copies and the 17th consecutive #1 millionth selling single for AKB48 and their 15th consecutive single at #1 on the Oricon Charts.

The single will be released in three CD+DVD types and one theater edition. There will be the limited and regular editions for Type-A, Type-K and Type-B with different covers (and these three include a DVD, plus a single CD with an exclusive track) and a theater edition (which includes no DVD) with an exclusive track.

The version I will be reviewing is the limited edition version of Type-C which features Yuko Oshima by herself on the cover, while the back features Yamamoto Sayaka playing the drums.   When you open up the single, the cover is a 5-fold with photos of 16 AKB48 members and lyrics and production credits on the opposite side.

The single begins with rock track “Mae Shika Mukanee” (which translates to “Needing to Face Forward”) and the rock track is possible their most electric guitar-driven track.  But this is a track that showcases Oshima Yuko at the vocals and everyone having fun singing the track.  The song is quite positive about taking a path and moving forward.  How you hung around a friend during your younger years and knowing that life is going to change and that the fun happening at the present can’t last forever.  And moving forward, with or without your friend, one must survive and look forward to the future and prepare for a new chapter in one’s life and a new world, since there is no going back.

The song continues to the “Sakura” graduation theme that is part of AKB48’s February single releases, despite not having the word “Sakura” integrated into the lyrics this time around.

Overall,  a touching song for Yuko who has been an integral part of AKB48 and has been one of the more popular, bold members, there is no doubt that it’s quite sad to see her leave AKB48.  But at the same time, with a younger generation coming into AKB48, it’s Yuko’s time to shine, may it be as an actress or a solo singer.

The second track is “Kino yori Motto suki” (which translates to “Love You More than Yesterday”) and is performed by the Smiling Lions. An upbeat idol pop track about loving someone so much that it hurts.  The love is one-sided and loving that person more than yesterday.

The third track is “KONJO” (which is a term used to describe will power) and is performed by the Talking Chimpanzees.  The pop track is catchy and has become my favorite track on the single.  The song is another positive track about believing in one’s self, working harder, trying harder and using your own will power to overcome challenges.

The next three tracks are the instrumental “off-vocal” versions of the first three vocal tracks.

As for the DVD, the first music video features the long version of “Mae Shika Mukanee”.  The video features the girls walking in a post-apocalyptic area of Japan and discovering a freeway with overturned cars and people who may be deceased.   Meanwhile, as Yuko is the leader in the group, there is friction as Jurina wants to head one way and Yuko the other, so the groups end up splitting up.

As Yuko, Yui, Rino and Paruru find shelter and food, they receive a distress call from the other group and they fear that perhaps Jurina may have died.  As Yuko walks around near the building, she discovers a secret room and images of fans screaming for her come to mind. And she starts singing “Mae Shika Mukanee” with the other ladies.

The second music video features the “Make Shika Mukanee – dance version-” without the drama elements.

The third music video is for “Kino yori Motto suki” and is performed by the Smiling Lions.  The song features various AKB48 members in their classroom and a few start singing.  And transitions to the group performing in front of a sakura tree.

The fourth music video “KONJO” is performed by Talking Chimpanzees and this video features various AKB48 members who are part of a volleyball team and all are working hard during their workouts to become better.  The girls are then singing and dancing.

The fifth and final video is “Tentoumu Chu! in Hawaii”.  The video features five members from the sub-unit in Hawaii and must take on various challenges from food challenges or staying inside a shark cage and more.

It’s important to note that this is a region 2 DVD and will not play on a region 1 player (unless you have a non-region DVD player) but can be played on a MAC or PC using free video playing software such as VLC or Daum PotPlayer.

I enjoyed “Mae Shika Mukanee” but is it as good as other AKB48 CD singles, that is definitely subjective.  Especially as “Heavy Rotation” will always be my favorite AKB48 track featuring Yuko as a center.  But as this single is her last, personally as a fan of AKB48, it was going to be a must-buy no matter what.

As for the single, I did enjoy “KONJO” the most as it was a track that I found catchy and addictive.  And as for the DVD, on all three types, the first three tracks are the same.  But what may make one purchase Type-C is the fact that it features the “KONJO” music video but also the five members of Tentoumu Chu! in Hawaii.  Otherwise if you are a Mariko Nakamura  fan, Type-A is what you may want to go for and if you are a Rina Hirata fan, then Type-B is what you want to go for.

But overall, “Mae Shika Mukanee (Type-C)” is an enjoyable single with enjoyable DVD content, but Type-C is definitely recommended for the track “KONJO” and the “Tentoumu Chu! in Hawaii” video.

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AKB48 – Tsugi no Ashiato (Theater Edition) (a J!-ENT World Groove Album Review)

February 21, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

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Musically, while the collection of songs featured on the theater edition of “Tsugi no Ashiato” is primarily for those who don’t own the singles, it’s hard to recommend to those who own the singles already.  But if you don’t own any AKB48 single, this is a solid compilation featuring some of their top selling hit singles from 2012-2013 and also the c/w exclusive track featured only on the theater edition of the singles.

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GROUP: AKB48

TITLE: 次の足跡/Tsugi no Ashiato (Theater Edition)

LABEL: King Records

DURATION: 73 minutes

CATALOG #: NKCD-6655

RELEASE DATE: January 22, 2014

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  1. 恋するフォーチュンクッキー
  2. LOVE修行
    3. さよならクロール
    4. 強い花
    5. あの日の風鈴
    6. 永遠プレッシャー
    7. 青空カフェ
    8. UZA
    9. 君のために僕は…
    10. 私たちのReason
    11. So long!
    12. ギンガムチェック
    13. 真夏のSounds good!
    14. 大人への道
    15. 散ればいいのに…

It has been nearly two years since the release of an AKB48 album.

The last was “1830m” released in 2012 and here we are in 2014 with “Tsugi no Ashiato” (the next footprints), their fifth studio album which features their 26th CD single “Manatsu no Sounds Good” up to their 32nd CD single “Koisuru Fortune Cookie”.

The album would sell over 960,000 copies for its first week and two weeks later, would become the second album for AKB48 to sell over a million copies.

In Japan, there were four versions of “Tsugi no Ashiato” released.  TYPE-A would have two versions, one with two CD’s and one would come with a DVD.  TYPE-B would feature a two discs, but a second disc that featured different tracks than TYPE-A.  And the regular theater edition which would come with the first disc featured in both TYPE-A versions and TYPE-B but would come with one extra bonus track.

The version that I will be reviewing is “Tsugi no Ashiato (Theater Edition)” which features 16 members of AKB48 on the front cover.  The CD insert is a 12-page booklet with the lyrics, production credits but also photos four groups featuring four individuals.

 

The album begins with addictive disco pop song “Koi Suru Fortune Cookie” (AKB48’s 32nd single).

I don’t know how many times I have listened to this song but I absolutely love it!  The song is pretty much a positive song about having a positive attitude, not matter how bad things can get in life, move on, smile and you will get good luck because the future isn’t that bad.  So, like love’s fortune cookie, it’s time to break out of that shell.

The second track “Love Shugyou” (Love Training) was featured in the theater edition of “Sayonara Crawl” and is an upbeat, happy track performed by the kenkyuusei AKB48 members.  And the song is about loving someone so much that it can be painful, because the love is one-sided.

The third track is “Sayonara Crawl”, which is a sweet upbeat track.  The song is about longing for someone you are with, while at the beach.  A girl with her boyfriend at the beach and wanting to spend one’s time with that person on the beach, even sulking a little as the person goes swimming in the ocean.  But pretty much feeling that the summer is a tease, as the person just wants to spend time with the person they really love during the summertime.

The fourth track is “Tsuyoi Hana” (which translates to “Strong flower”) is performed by AKB48′s Kenkyuusei (AKB Research Students) and is like a fairy tale song with its gentle arrangement.  The song, which was originally featured in the AKB48 single “So long!” (theater edition).  The song is about a girl selling flowers at a corner in front of a shoe shop.  With the state of the economy, she can’t sell any flowers and despite how beautiful they are, unfortunately these flower will wither.  She doesn’t have any money to buy food or feed her mother who is sick in bed.  And she prays to God with one wish and that is for God to give her strong flowers that will never wither and die.  A beautiful song!

The fifth track “Ano hi no Fuurin” (which translates to “The Windchime from that day”) is performed by Waiting Girls and was featured on the theater edition of AKB48’s “Gingham Check”.  The song is a touching ballad about one revisiting a familiar place that one went to as a child, but to return as an adult but wishing to hear the windchime of one’s heart.

The sixth track is “Eien Pressure” (AKB48’s 29th single) and features Haruka Shimazaki, Moeno Nito, Yui Yokoyama, Mayumi Uchida, Mariko Nakamura, Maria Abe, Mariko Shinoda, Miyu Takeuchi, Natsumi Matsubara, Yuki Kashiwagi, Kasumi Ueno, Chisato Nakata, Ami Maeda, Ayaka Umeda, Kanon Kimoto and Tomomi Itano.

The single is a sweet, upbeat track sung by the 2012 Janken Taikai and it’s an upbeat, cute song that I enjoy because of its lyrics.  The song is about a person who does not want to become the girl of one’s dreams, because of the pressure.  And when the guy confessed that he liked the girl, the girl is wondering why did the guy choose her?  She doesn’t like to be watched by people because of the pressure.   And she tells the guy to not expect too much from her (due to the pressure), she will be useless like she is now.  And she hopes the guy doesn’t compare her to other girls.  She’s weird, doesn’t have many skills and feels that love is eternal pressure.

The seventh track is “Aozora Cafe” (which translates to “Blue Sky Cafe”) and is a song that was featured in the theater edition of “Koisuru Fortune Cookie”.  The happy track is a summer track of a girl and boy wanting to spend time together talking at the Aozora Cafe near the pool, relax and have fun.

The eighth track is “UZA” (the group’s 28th single) which is a slang term for “How Annoying”.  As for the song, it’s probably one of the most fiercest, upbeat dance tracks from the group so far.  It’s different from AKB48′s usual idol pop tracks and I’m not sure if this is part of the maturation that the group is headed post-Atsuko Maeda but for this track alone, It’s a song that allows the group to show off their choreography and it’s a pretty awesome,  upbeat single.  Different from past singles and some fans may feel it may be too different for their tastes, but so far, after listening to the song for a long time now, it’s pretty awesome!

As for the lyrics, “UZA” is about love.  But not the sugary type of love but more of a suggestion to a person to have love in their heart and love as how your heart is feeling.  Don’t hesitate if you love someone.  Kiss them, put your arm around their neck to show affection.  Try not to be soft or too moral, throw away your pride and just do it!  And how that person is so annoying because they don’t act on their feelings.

The ninth track is “Kimi no Tame ni Boku wa…” (which translates to “For You I’ll) and was featured in the “Manatsu no Sounds Good” theater edition.  The track is upbeat and has a more rock feeling with lyrics that are much more darker and not so sugary sweet.  The song is about a person telling the person they love that they will die for them with no regrets.

The tenth track is “Watashitachi no Reason” and was featured in the theater edition of “Eien Pressure” and is an upbeat track about a girl who wants to know why her boyfriend chose her and wants to hear why he likes her.

The eleventh track is “So long!” (AKB48’s 30th single), a sweet ballad that gradually caught my attention.  The single is about one’s final memory with a best friend and friends while in school.  Memories about dreams, love and tears.  But knowing that this is the final time you will be with friends before graduation and by tomorrow, it’s a new chapter in the lives of those graduating.  And saying goodbye to your best friend and despite going separate ways after graduating, that no matter what happens, live strong.  If there is hardship, you’ll persevere.  It’s a good song that grew on me after listening to it a few times, but still, “Sakura no Ki ni Narou” continues to be my favorite of the spring singles from AKB48 so far.

The 12th track is “Gingham Check” (Gingham Check is the stripe pattern that can be seen on table cloths or dresses) and is AKB48’s 27th single.  The song is a fun, idol pop track that I have to admit, it didn’t catch my attention until after I watched the music video.  I suppose coming off tracks such as “Give Me Five!”, “Manatsu no Sounds Good!”, “Gingham Check” at first listen felt as if it was a sugary sweet but catchy song.  But with more listening, I found myself starting to enjoy the song even more!

The song is about a guy who likes a girl and one day, she is wearing a Gingham Check outfit, the pattern of love, blue, white, blue…he wonders if the girl knows if he likes her.  He wants to tell her how he feels but he is too scared to do so.  And he wonders if he can tell her how he feels…yes, no, yes?

The 13th single track is “Manatsu no Sounds good!” (which translates to “Midsummer Sounds good!”), AKB48’s 26th CD single.  The song is an  upbeat, catchy pop track that has the feeling of summer but also an enthusiastic feel due to the many members featured in the song.   The song also captures the feeling of summer incredibly well.

The song begins with the girl saying to put suntan oil lotion on her back and as she removed her swimsuit top and lays down, you can smell the sweet scent of the lotion.  And with the relationship doing so well, the two discuss moving in another step in their relationship by confessing one’s love but it’s something she has been unable to do in the past.  But with the waves sounding good, the midsummer sounding good, the time is right and now she finally has the courage to say “I love you”.

The 14th track is “Otona e no Michi” (the song translates to “the road where we turn to adults”) is performed by Team Kenkyuusei, which are the members-in-training and those who step up for performances or at theater performances when a member of AKB48 is sick or on leave.  The song was featured on the theater edition of “UZA”.

The track is a somber mid-tempo track which can probably be summed up as a song about a person about to say goodbye and waiting for the last train which would take her on the road to adulthood.  And how tearful the day may be, for one to wipe their tears away and with your face looking forward and live for this brand new start in life.

And the 15th bonus track and the final track featured on “Tsugi no Ashiato” (Theater Edition) is “Chireba ii no ni…” (which translates to “things that disappear”) and is a sad song about a couple graduating and a relationship ending.  As the two split and go on different paths, will they find a new love that is better than the first?

Overall, for those who have never purchased the mid-2012 to summer 2013 AKB48 CD singles will probably want “Tsugi no Ashiato” as it includes the single tracks, a few of the tracks featured on the theater edition of singles #26-32 and also a bonus track only featured on this theater edition.

Other than that, if you are an AKB48 fan and own the singles, the theater edition is for those who are hardcore and has to own every AKB48 release, get it for the one bonus track or for handshake tickets.  Because TYPE-A and TYPE-B is what most will want to get for the second disc on both types and the DVD on type-A (which features the air handshakes featuring a few AKB48 members).

Musically, while the collection of songs featured on the theater edition of “Tsugi no Ashiato” is primarily for those who don’t own the singles, it’s hard to recommend to those who own the singles already.  There are no surprises and unlike their last album “1830m”, the latest marketing for this album is similar to the singles that favors those who buy multiple editions of the album.  Even with “1830m”, there were surprises with the regular edition than “Tsugi no Ashiato” and you got much more with that release.

But if you don’t own any AKB48 single, “Tsugi no Ashiato” a solid compilation featuring some of their top selling hit singles from 2012-2013 and also the c/w exclusive track featured only on the theater edition of the singles.

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AKB48 – Suzukake no Ki no Michi de ‘Kimi no Hohoemi o Yume ni Miru’ to Itte Shimattara Bokutachi no Kankei wa Dō Kawatte Shimau no ka, Bokunari ni Nan-nichi ka Kangaeta Ue de no Yaya Kihazukashii Ketsuron no Yō na Mono (Type-H) (a J!-ENT World Groove CD Single Review)

January 6, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

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AKB48′s 34th single is a janken taikai single and one of the longest title for a single track. Of the four various CD+DVD types for “”Suzukake no Ki no Michi de ‘Kimi no Hohoemi o Yume ni Miru’ to Itte Shimattara Bokutachi no Kankei wa Dō Kawatte Shimau no ka, Bokunari ni Nan-nichi ka Kangaeta Ue de no Yaya Kihazukashii Ketsuron no Yō na Mono”, of the sister groups featured, HKT48 has the best music video and one you will want to watch over and over because it’s so fun and hilarious.  So, if you are an AKB48, HKT48 and Kenkyuusei fan, this is the version to get!

GROUP: AKB48

CD SINGLE: 鈴懸(すずかけ)の木の道で「君の微笑みを夢に見る」と言ってしまったら僕たちの関係はどう変わってしまうのか、僕なりに何日か考えた上でのやや気恥ずかしい結論のようなもの (Type-H) / Suzukake no Ki no Michi de ‘Kimi no Hohoemi o Yume ni Miru’ to Itte Shimattara Bokutachi no Kankei wa Dō Kawatte Shimau no ka, Bokunari ni Nan-nichi ka Kangaeta Ue de no Yaya Kihazukashii Ketsuron no Yō na Mono” (Type-H)

LABEL: King Records

CATALOG #: KIZM-259/60

DURATION: 27 Minutes

RELEASE DATE: December 11, 2013

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  1. 鈴懸の木の道で「君の微笑みを夢に見る」と言ってしまったら僕たちの関係はどう変わってしまうのか、僕なりに何日か考えた上でのやや気恥ずかしい結論のようなもの
  2. Mosh & Dive – AKB48
  3. ウインクは3回 – HKT48
  4. 鈴懸の木の道で「君の微笑みを夢に見る」と言ってしまったら僕たちの関係はどう変わってしまうのか、僕なりに何日か考えた上でのやや気恥ずかしい結論のようなもの off vocal ver.
  5. Mosh & Dive off vocal ver.
  6. ウインクは3回 off vocal ver.

DVD INFO: 16:9 LB, Region 2, Duration: 42:56

  1. 鈴懸の木の道で「君の微笑みを夢に見る」と言ってしまったら僕たちの関係はどう変わってしまうのか、僕なりに何日か考えた上でのやや気恥ずかしい結論のようなもの – Music Video – Short Film ver.-
  2. 鈴懸の木の道で「君の微笑みを夢に見る」と言ってしまったら僕たちの関係はどう変わってしまうのか、僕なりに何日か考えた上でのやや気恥ずかしい結論のようなもの – Music Video
  3. Mosh & Dive Music Video
  4. ウインクは3回 Music Video
  5. LOVE修行 Music Video

As with most AKB48 end of the year singles, their 34th single titled “Suzukake no Ki no Michi de ‘Kimi no Hohoemi o Yume ni Miru’ to Itte Shimattara Bokutachi no Kankei wa Dō Kawatte Shimau no ka, Bokunari ni Nan-nichi ka Kangaeta Ue de no Yaya Kihazukashii Ketsuron no Yō na Mono” (which translates to “Sort of a little bit embarrassing conclusion I came up to after thinking for days about how our relationship would change if while walking along a road of plane trees I said to you, ‘I dream of your smile'”) is a janken single and the longest title for a Japanese CD single release.

Back in September, the fourth AKB48 Janken Taikai (rock-paper-scissors tournament) took place and in the end, SKE48 and AKB48 member, Jurina Matsui won the tournament and became the next center for the 34th single. Beating NMB48’s Emika Kamieda but also giving other AKBG girls a chance to shine, such as Rina Hirata, Mina Oba, Wakana Natori, Ayaka Kikuchi, Yuuka Tano, Maria Abe, Nao Furuhata, Rie Kitahara, Mizuki Tsuchiyasu, Reina Fujie, Yukari Sasaki, Ami Yumoto and Shizuka Oya.

And with this 34th single which continued AKB48’s streak of over a million copies sold (1,033,336 copies were sold in its first week), following the tradition set with “Heart Ereki”, there will be a total of four CD+DVD releases and one theater release.

The version I will be reviewing is Type-H featuring Jurina Matsui on the cover and comes with a 12-page booklet which includes lyrics, production credits and photos of each member in group or solo.

The single kicks off with “Suzukake no Ki no Michi de ‘Kimi no Hohoemi o Yume ni Miru’ to Itte Shimattara Bokutachi no Kankei wa Dō Kawatte Shimau no ka, Bokunari ni Nan-nichi ka Kangaeta Ue de no Yaya Kihazukashii Ketsuron no Yō na Mono”.

My first impressions of the song is that it’s one of the more catchier janken songs, much better than “Eien Pressure” and “Chance no Junban” and love the catchy arrangement and vocals for this track! The song is about dreaming of one’s smile and wondering why you can’t stop thinking about that person’s smile. And knowing that person while you were very young and how that person was like a little sister, but now that the person has grown up, you see them much differently.

The second track is “Mosh & Dive”, an upbeat dance track from AKB48 and is a very catch song and one that could have easily been a single and would have done that well. It’s that good! The song is about liking a superstar and that star is surrounded by groupies. And 1! 2! 3! the person will mosh and dive, to get closer and let that person know you love them.

The third track is titled “Wink wa 3-Kai” (which translates to “Wink 3 times”) and is performed by HKT48 and is a sweet, upbeat idol pop track and is a very humorous and fun song!

The song is about how one wants to communicate their love to someone by winking three times and how the winks is a whisper of saying “I love you”.  And with so many girls vying for that guys attention, she needs to take the chance by giving the person she likes, the three winks as one time is not enough, four is too many and three is a perfect confession.

The remaining three tracks are the instrumental versions of the first three songs.

As for the DVD, the DVD begins with the short film version of “Suzukake no Ki no Michi de ‘Kimi no Hohoemi o Yume ni Miru’ to Itte Shimattara Bokutachi no Kankei wa Dō Kawatte Shimau no ka, Bokunari ni Nan-nichi ka Kangaeta Ue de no Yaya Kihazukashii Ketsuron no Yō na Mono”.

The film version begins with a group of students burying a time capsule and then everyone reuniting for their reunion. But some people are uncomfortable as their lives have not taken off like they have hoped and some just waiting for that special opportunity. But for everyone to reunite, everyone has a chance to discuss their lives and then Jurina trying to break the tension, starts singing a song which everyone joins in. And then the music video kicks off with the girls dancing to the song and we see the pop version of the group and their teenage high school version singing and learning to dance to the song.

The second video is the music video for “”Suzukake no Ki no Michi de ‘Kimi no Hohoemi o Yume ni Miru’ to Itte Shimattara Bokutachi no Kankei wa Dō Kawatte Shimau no ka, Bokunari ni Nan-nichi ka Kangaeta Ue de no Yaya Kihazukashii Ketsuron no Yō na Mono” and removes the dramatic portion of the film version.

The third video track is for “Mosh & Dive”, an awesome upbeat dance track with AKB48 sporting vinyl, singing and dancing and for the most part, what I enjoyed about this video is seeing many of the members of the various teams together for this one track. All sporting red and black vinyl. It’s a cute and sexy music video!

The fourth video track is for “Wink wa 3-Kai” performed by HKT48. The video is hilarious as we see HKT48 Kenkyuusei Kanna Okada as the center of the song but what is so fun is seeing all the HKT48 members giving guys a wink and the guys fainting.  It’s a fun, upbeat HKT48 track!

The fifth music video for “LOVE Shugyou”, a music video shot earlier this year and is performed by the AKB48 Kenkyuusei. The song was originally included in the AKB48 31st single “Sayonara Crawl” theater edition (which doesn’t come with a DVD), so the music video was included on the Type-H version and features the group

It’s important to note that this is a region 2 DVD and will not play on a region 1 player (unless you have a non-region DVD player) but can be played on a MAC or PC using free video playing software such as VLC or Daum PotPlayer.

Overall, “Suzukake no Ki no Michi de ‘Kimi no Hohoemi o Yume ni Miru’ to Itte Shimattara Bokutachi no Kankei wa Dō Kawatte Shimau no ka, Bokunari ni Nan-nichi ka Kangaeta Ue de no Yaya Kihazukashii Ketsuron no Yō na Mono” (Type-A) is fun CD+DVD and a version that you want to get if you are a fan of HKT48 and the Kenkyuusei from earlier this year.

Of the four various CD+DVD types for “”Suzukake no Ki no Michi de ‘Kimi no Hohoemi o Yume ni Miru’ to Itte Shimattara Bokutachi no Kankei wa Dō Kawatte Shimau no ka, Bokunari ni Nan-nichi ka Kangaeta Ue de no Yaya Kihazukashii Ketsuron no Yō na Mono”, of the sister groups featured, HKT48 has the best music video and one you will want to watch over and over because it’s so fun and hilarious.  But of course, Type-N and Type-S has the Janken video footage and thus is over an hour long.  But still a 34th single worth owning if you are an AKB48, HKT48 and Kenkyuusei fan!

Purchase this single from CDJapan:

or YesAsia.com

 

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