Waiting room (Undergirls)
Ruby (Shinoda Team A) (Type A only)
Yuuhi Marie (Oshima Team K) (Type K only)
Soko de Inu no Unchi Funjaukane? (Umeda Team B) (Type B only)
Tsuyoi Hana (Kenkyuusei) (Theater Edition only)
Sugar Rush (*)
So long! off vocal ver.
Waiting room off vocal ver.
Ruby off vocal ver.
Yuuhi Marie off vocal ver.
Soko de Inu no Unchi Funjaukane? off vocal ver.
Tsuyoi Hana off vocal ver.
(*) = only on DVD, just the PV
1. So long!
If you’ve been following AKB for a long time, then you know the pattern of the group’s singles. So long! is the Sakura-themed single and to be honest this and the last single is where the group usually puts out their most boring songs (sans a few). So long! kind of takes the “Sakura no Ki ni Narou” route and it’s just kind of there and doesn’t really try to stand out amongst the various other songs tacked to the season. Meh, just didn’t do anything for me.
2. Waiting room
Going on to the multitude of B-sides from the single, Waiting room is a bit more stronger of a song because it’s kind of that pop/rock idol track that seems to be recently getting popular. In comparison, the song is much better than “So long!” but I still wouldn’t put it up there with like “Kurumi to Dialogue”, and “Rinjin wa Kizutsukanai” in B-sides.
So the edition specific songs are between the New Teams (though the names now feature the leader of said team). Team A’s Ruby is definitely something in my line of cool songs from AKB48. It’s like the took out the aggressiveness from “UZA” and left this kind of dark and sexy track in Ruby. I just love the buzzing synths and the vocals are a lot mature here which surprised me. Definitely a cool song on the single!
4. Yuuhi Marie
Team K this time around sounds like they got the animu song because it honestly sounds like an ending theme to one of the bigger animes (maybe Dragonball Z?). That being said, it’s kind of formulaic and sometimes I feel like there’s only one girl singing in the song hahaha. It’s just that I kind of expected something more after hearing “Ruby”…this just felt lazy.
5. Soko de Inu no Unchi Funjaukane?
Finally, Team B comes to wrap things up and their song is more of the same after “Yuuhi Marie”, minus the addition of saxophones, it seriously one in the same flow but this actually sounds like there’s more than one member singing. I don’t know but this was kind of disappointing as well because this and the previous track just has the same aura about them.
6. Tsuyoi Hana
Of course on the Theater edition of the single, the trainees (wait..Undergirls….Kenkyuusei aren’t they basically the same idea just with different names?). Anyways, it’s kind of strange that this song has an interesting arrangement because it has a certain Waltz kind of sound going on. It’s kind of cool though if not slightly cheesy, but the melodies these girls hit were actually pleasant. I actually kind of liked this track!
7. Sugar Rush
Yeah, this song isn’t on the tracklist for any of the CDs but the PV is on the DVD so I thought why the hell not! If this was on the CD, this would’ve easily taken the best song of the single because it’s totally different from anything AKB really has put out. If you recall, this song was used in Wreck-It-Ralph and I’m happy the PV got placed on the single because it’s so silly and ridiculous and mixing that with this earworm of a song…I loved it to death!
AKB starts 2013 off with their typical Sakura single and it was a bore to be honest…I wasn’t expecting anything less, but c’mon surprise me at least. Waiting room was better and the fact that Meru Tashima was pushed was indeed surprising (she failed a Momusu audition and Aki.P snatched her up) The Team songs were mostly a bore except for Ruby which was slick and dark and really nice. However the single’s best two songs were Tsuyoi Hana and Sugar Rush…the former being something bouncy and waltzy while Sugar Rush is just catchy as hell…I only wonder what’ll come next…