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Kyarypamyupamyu – Ninjari Ban Ban March 20, 2013

Filed under: Kyarypamyupamyu — solarblade @ 10:40 am

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Track Listing

  1. Ninjari Ban Ban
  2. Unite Unite
  3. Minna no Uta -extended mix-

1. Ninjari Ban Ban

I have to say that I was wondering when Kyary will release something a bit bizarre for an A-side again especially after “Fashion Monster” and Ninjari Ban Ban is such a unique song for her.  I mean the song just sounds Japanese and the ninja strikes and melodies of the song sound like entirely ninja-ish.  I have to give props to Nakata for doing this because it’s so different and cool.  Great A-side!

2. Unite Unite

I was surprised this wasn’t “Invader Invader” but this song as the actual B-side and it’s kind of like the cousion to “Kimi ni 100 Percent, but also has a certain Perfume tone to it which is a bit strange.  Then again it also has some odd capsule moments (especially the synths solos).  It’s interesting also the Nakata incorporated toy piano here as well.  It’s an interesting song no doubt and I can find myself enjoying this a lot in the future.

3. Minna no Uta -extended mix-

44 extra seconds = an extended mix?  Well it seems so for Minna no Uta (an album song from “Pamyupamyu Revolution”).  I liked that beat intro since it sounds like some works of Nakata’s past works, but once the silly melody of harmonica and bass synth jump in, the song goes into its cute route and I find myself like the tune again and the “PONPONPON” reference is funny lol.  Even though this was a useless extension, I still like Minna no Uta.

I was so surprised Kyary would release a single SO SHORTLY after “Kimi ni 100 Percent/Furisodation” but I’m good with that since it means more Nakata to fawn over.  Ninjari Ban Ban definitely is one of my top favorite Kyary songs with its eccentric Japanese sound and catchiness.  Unite Unite is cute, but it also kind of reminds me of Perfume is a strange way…but that’s good too.  The Minna no Uta extension was a bit unneeded but it’s Kyary’s thing so I cant say too much.  I hope an album is next!

 

Berryz Koubou – Asian Celebration

Filed under: Berryz Koubou — solarblade @ 9:42 am

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Track Listing

  1. Asian Celebration
  2. Sekai de Ichiban Taisetsu na Hito (Limited A, C, and Regular only)
  3. I like a picnic (Limited B and D only)
  4. Asian Celebration (Instrumental)

1. Asian Celebration

You know ever since “Heroine ni Narou ka!”, Berryz has never really unimpressed me in their A-sides but for some reason, the league of A-sides end because I really am not a big fan of Asian Celebration.  I mean the disco vibes are actually really nice, but it’s just a lot of everything else that ended up getting wrong.  I mean the amount of Miyabi’s English is surprising but that was ok.  What annoyed me the most were the purposely done DJ scratched vocal flip they were doing in the verses…that was supremely annoying (especially Yurina, who was shockingly BAD in this song).  After “WANT!”, this just comes as a big disappointment.

2. Sekai de Ichiban Taisetsu na Hito

The B-side found on most editions, Sekai de Ichiban Taisetsu na Hito seems to be the afterthought from “WANT!” with its more electro sound but strangely enough this kind of sounds like an anime theme, but I’m OK with that because the song is actually kind of nice to listen to, especially seeing here the back members get a lot more presence.  The chorus is a bit sugary for me, but I do like the arrangement.  Not bad and it’s slightly better than “Asian Celebration”.

3. I like a picnic

So on the other two editions, we get ANOTHER Bird Thongchai cover!  This time of I like a picnic because that isn’t a strange title for them >.>.  After “cha cha SING” and “Loving you Too much”, it seems this whole Thai bang is getting to the girls lol.  I like a picnic is kind of more upbeat like “cha cha SING” but there’s a lot more going on vocally and in the arrangement.  I kind of like the song as its another quirky cover TBH lol.

Berryz has finally dropped a meh A-side after all the good single they’ve done for a while.  Asian Celebration is weak and kind of vocally unpleasant to my ears.  Didn’t help the PV was a “Dakishimete Dakishimete” clone…it was bad.  At least Sekai de Ichiban Taisetsu na Hito and I like a picnic fared much better.  The main B-side is quite poppy but I like the arrangement.  The cover song was the best of the single though as it was just so fun!  At least they can go up from here now lol.