- Dosukoi! Kenkyo ni Daitan
- Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san no Uta
- Nen ni wa Nen (Nen’iri ver.)
- Dosukoi! Kenkyo ni Daitan (Instrumental)
- Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san no Uta (Instrumental)
- Nen ni wa Nen (Nen’iri ver.) (Instrumental)
1. Dosukoi! Kenkyo ni Daitan
Opening up with a taiko drum, Dosukoi! is a pretty heavy-hitting song but I love it! It’s got a lot of punch and the theming around Sumo is quite unique for H!P to pull off and luckily it definitely worked out for the best. Just like “Nen ni wa Nen” there’s no REAL lead here, but the fact the 8 of them are sounding so rough and gritty just excites me especially Ayaka, Rio, Rei, and Ayano! I’m just loving the energy and excitement here and definitely is my favorite from the single (to make fair that “Nen ni wa Nen” isn’t a new song).
2. Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san no Uta
I was surprised that the group would go on to cover a 1991 song by Sharam Q (Tsunku’s band) for their 2nd A-side. Considering the original was bizarre and full of shenanigans (and it was called “Ramen Daisuki Koike-san no Uta”, clearly there was going to be changes abound. To be honest, this sounds a lot more together and less all over the place when compared to the original, but the voices here are kind of hit and miss here. A lot of the time it sounds like shouting and sadly Ayano and Rena DO NOT sound that great together. I do love the catchy chorus though and the ~ra-men daisuki, ramen daisuki~ lines too. Still not bad, just I prefer the other two songs.
3. Nen ni wa Nen (Nen’iri ver.)
Surprised that they’d make a new version of 1/2 of their indies single (sad that “Survivor” is just a stageplay song). The new version of Nen ni wa Nen doesn’t change too much in the arrangement (if there is, it’s little and the extra ~NEN~ at the start). Also to notice that the group resung the song giving the 8 another change at making it more sassy than the first time (props to Rei by giving her epic rolling r’s). Still an epic song for the group and they just made it BETTER than the original version which is so scary but sooo good!
Wow this group just went 0-100 with their first major label single! Something must be said when a group just sounds great and feels like pros already. With Kobushi Factory, all the members were Kenshuusei for quite a while (Rei and Ayaka were NGP Kenshuusei for a while themselves before joining H!P) and they all seem primed and it shows. Dosukoi! Kenkyo ni Daitan is energetic and very adventurous, a nice upgrade from their indies beginnings. Ramen Daisuki is alright, but maybe a little off vocally (and subjectively) for the group, but it’s got good moments. Finally, Nen ni wa Nen was an extra treat, but one that was handled VERY well (looking at MEMORIAL EDITS and Updated Momusu….take notes). Overall a great debut and Kobushi has a LOT of style for being such a young group!