- Joujou Kumikyoku “Smile Fantasy”
- ONE DAY
- Ka~tin Ko~runrun
1. Joujou Kumikyoku “Smile Fantasy”
So the single begins with the “quote-on-quote” leading song and it makes sure it stands that way as it’s a song that’s over 10 whole minutes! For the first half it’s primarily a quiet piano ballad with the ladies getting solo lines and just being way simple. Though the 2nd half does open up further with unison parts and a bit more dramatic of an atmosphere. I remember hearing a lot of Ayacho, Nyon, and Takechan throughout but the other members get significant lines too. This was just way too long of a track and whie I’m sure it works more in the context of the stageplay, by itself it just comes off WAY TOO BORING for me.
2. ONE DAY
At least ONE DAY was a lot more easier to stomach. Meaning it’s at regular length and not the whole 10 minute bomb. Also the lines seem to even out once again which is really nice and really good for Rinapuu and Kanana to stand out. Now being as a stageplay, the normal treatment of their vocals are not present, instead we’re givin this feeling of them performing the song live which also means the melodic feels of their vocals together lash a bit more harshly which is one of the reasons I wasn’t too big of this song, but by themselves the girls sound great!
3. Ka~tin Ko~runrun
Funny that this single would end with a cutesy song. Granted, we haven’t heard S/mileage do a fun song for quite a while and I’m liking this because it’s bringing me some nostalgic vibes of the old 4-nin S/mileage. It’s bouncy, lively and gosh darn sugary! Surprised this wasn’t just simply released as an A-side if anything!
So this was a surprise release and well not even a part of their main discography! SMILE FANTASY! is a stageplay release in which not many H!P acts get to release nowadays. The single for the most part was OK if not weaker than their main singles. Joujou Kumikyoku would’ve been good had it not been 10 minutes long >.>, ONE DAY was simple but the clashing of their voices kind of prevented me from enjoying it too much while Ka~tin Ko~runrun was the best thing being classic S/mileage and all that lol. Sad to say this might be the last 6-nin single as the group just added three more new members. Overall not their best but not terrible.