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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  



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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!






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