CD Track Listing
- Joujou Kumikyoku “Smile Fantasy”
- ONE DAY
- Cur~tain Ko~runrun
- SMILE OVERTURE
- Yumemiru 15sai
- Asu wa Date na no ni, Ima Sugu Koe ga Kikitai
- Jitensha Chiririn
- ONE DAY (Shinroku ver.)
- Watashi no Kokoro
- aMa no Jaku
- Joujou Kumikyoku “Smile Fantasy” (Shinroku ver.)
- Cur~tain 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. Cur~tain 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!
1. SMILE OVERTURE
Funny enough, the rerelease opens with the lone new song (which I’m not sure I count as a new song as it’s just a 1:30 intro). It’s nice that it does have lyrics from the group and like they did with “Cur~tain Ko~runrun” had a section to introduce the 6 S/mileage members. Very cutesy, but gets the point across.
2. Yumemiru 15sai
So on the rerelease, the big thing is that all 6 members get a solo song of an already established S/mileage song which is cool and all, but for at least half of them, they also got a different arrangement. Meimi is up first and she gets to tackle the group’s major label debut. I like the music-box opening of the song a lot and the change in arrangement is well, definitely upbeat and has natural instrumentation of the original. Meimi sure knows how to keep up with the song’s frantic BPM and somehow keep it leveled. Interesting take on the song that’s for sure!
3. Asu wa Date na no ni, Ima Sugu Koe ga Kikitai
So Rina gets the 2nd indies single they released and I was surprised the song went through one change and that was lowering the pitch to something Rina could handle (at least that’s what I thought was the case). I’m not sure why, but for some reason I do think Rina handled the song just fine, but the lack of other vocals makes this somewhat lonely sounding (plus the pitch shifting makes the song more sad?). It’s alright, but nothing spectacular.
4. Jitensha Chiririn
Then we get into Takechan’s solo track and fortunately there was no pitch-shifting to be had here. Being a B-side from “Uchouten LOVE”, I had basically forgot about this song, but I like that Akari brought it back and this suits better as a solo track as it’s mid-tempo and keeps the cute vibe going. Overall, good choice!
5. ONE DAY (Shinroku ver.)
I was surprised that I didn’t realize the rerelease also included two edited takes on songs from the single release. The biggest difference to me is that the original’s piano melody was replaced by this kind of CASIO-keyboard arrangement. I’m not sure where I stand with the change, but it also added some acoustic guitar, but otherwise it’s the same and even then the keyboard gets covered up mostly whereas the original kept up with the piano. I do like that it tried to give a more lullaby-esque sound, but the original was better.
Figures that Kanana would choose this song because it is heavily a Kana song already. Like Rinapuu’s solo, the tune has dropped pitch to fit more Kana’s vocals alone. Ironically, giving Kana a chance to sing a MUCH lower tone of this track is surprising but really tasteful and Kana sounds great and all, but I’m so used to the original as it is so it’s weird to my brain. It’s something you’ve got to get used to, but it’s definitely interesting and I’m sure Kanana fans are excited by this one!
7. Watashi no Kokoro
So Nyon chose a more recent song as well (a track from their sophomore album). Being the lone ballad selection, Watashi no Kokoro is pretty basic for me, but having Kanon tackling this song by herself is nice and her more squeaky vocals somewhat suit the arrangement, even though she does have her moments where I squint. Not my favorite of the six, but I think she chose a good song for herself.
8. aMa no Jaku
Finally, we have Ayacho’s solo song and I am not surprised that it’s the group’s debut single! Like Meimi’s solo, this one was changed in arrangement. It’s a bit slower, but it’s more natural sounding featuring some piano and some strings as well. I’m not sure how Ayaka did it, but her voice is just as shrilly as it was when she debuted (which might be on purpose, who knows). She doesn’t do a half bad job though, but I think for nostalgic reasons, the original arrangement is better.
9. Joujou Kumikyoku “Smile Fantasy” (Shinroku ver.)
Why oh why would you edit an already long ass song? I mean fortunately the time hasn’t changed, but damn I had to listen to this all over again! After listening to both (which remind you is like 20 minutes spent), I really couldn’t figure out what the big difference between the two were (unlike how obvious it was with “ONE DAY”). I’m sure there’s something though and it could a small change in comparison. Still doesn’t leave me too engaged however.
10. Cur~tain Ko~runrun
I’ve already talked about it above, so read that!
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 Cur~tain 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.
The rerelease had a little more depth to it and had some nice extras like the solos of S/mileage songs. Most were OK, some were a bit unusual too. The edited versions of the songs were completely unecessary though, so it’s a strange deal all around. Overall, this was a weaker release.