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Tsubaki Factory – Engeki Joshi-bu Musical “Thank you Very Berry” Original Soundtrack (FULL) May 26, 2016

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Track Listing

  1. Ano Ko ga Utau no wo Mitanda
  2. Wasuremono
  3. Itami wo Close
  4. Kaijuu no Ballad
  5. Itsumo Miru Yume
  6. Onaka Pekoemon
  7. Kyoshitsu ni wa Nani mo Nai wa
  8. Yumemiru Kodomo wa Itsuka Shiru 2
  9. Roku Nichi Bozu no Koi
  10. Oden no Uta 2
  11. Ano Subarashii Ai wo Mou Ichido
  12. Thank You Very Berry

1. Ano Ko ga Utau no wo Mitanda

Opening the DVD+CD release, is a song that I reviewed last year.  I will say that of the three songs of the single, I was pleasantly enjoying the song.  I was actually surprised to see that Maasa had the first lines and then the rest of the Tsubaki Factory joined in.  It reminds of “Triangle Alpha” with its breezy atmosphere, but regardless, it’s a nice tune and great opening for the album.

2. Wasuremono

It’s a little disappointing that most of the new tracks are only about a minute in length so it was hard to think I would have many thoughts.  Wasuremono is a simple ballad with piano and strings with Kiki being the only one singing here.  Since Tsubaki hasn’t really had the spotlight of showing the new girls their vocals, I have to say that Kiki’s voice is bright and quite nice to hear.  Despite the length, it’s a nice little ballad and a good way for Kiki to show off her talents.  Also, Ayasa Onoda and Anna Ishii appear at the last bits (they’re Engeki Joshi-bu members under Maasa).

3. Itami wo Close

So we follow things up with another ballad, this time focused on Yumeno.  Well, I thought it was going to be a full ballad, but after the opening, the tune switches gears to something more upbeat and playful.  Considering that this transitions happens midway through the song (which is only a minute in length), both parts just seem odd smushed together.  Though it does show versatility with Kishimon and I liked that quite a bit!

4. Kaijuu no Ballad

I definitely remember this song from the single a lot because it had the loudest arrangement and came off more as an idol song and has such a fun and summery vibe to it which impressed me.  I really wasn’t sure at the time who was singing but apparantly after watching the play, it ends up being Kisora, Ami, and Risa together…surprising as the vocals are on the cuter side of things.  It was especially nice to see Niinu leading the song though.  Still one of the more memorable songs of the album, despite the length again.

5. Itsumo Miru Yume

Next up is another ballad, this time circulated around Riko.  Now I’m not used to Riko’s voice quite yet, but there’s a sense of innocence and light freshness that she brought to the piano/strings arrangement.  I do love how low she gets on her notes, but it’s a short song once again so it quickly passes by without much of an impression.

6. Onaka Pekoemon

I do feel like the album does pick up with the next track which takes the more funky route with sax lines and genki lyrical content.  It does seem like the trio of Kisora, Ami, and Risa return as the only singers involved and it’s a bizarre song for the trio as it’s portrayed as a silly song with catchy lyrics (and an odd dance to go with it).  It’s like “Urayameshi Gari ya no Dice” basically.

7. Kyoshitsu ni wa Nani mo Nai wa

Going from a funky song to a lightly march styled track is a little odd out of context, Kyoshitsu ni wa Nani mo Nai wa is in a different part of the the play where Kiki and Yumeno are back in focus.  Like “Wasuremono” the simple arrangement makes the push for both ladies to show off more of their vocal talents and I really liked it even with the sad undertone it has.

8. Yumemiru Kodomo wa Itsuka Shiru 2

Continuing on this sad train, the next track opens up with a nice mix of acoustic guitar and bongos to kind of switch the mood a little bit.  I was surprised that Maasa has lines throughout most of the song before Kishimon takes over the last half of this 1:11 track.  Maasa, I have to say impressed me with her vocals as her deeper tone suited the melancholic feel of the track.  Yumeno’s vocals though are brighter, but that’s only because she’s the younger member and all.  Nice little song.

9. Roku Nichi Bozu no Koi

An all Maasa track?  I have to say that I’ve been missing her a lot since she graduated from H!P, but her current position as Theater leader recently has impressed and she’s gotten better singing and emoting.  Hell, in the play she’s having fun videotaping the audience and herself as she performs.  While, I’m not sure how this song fits in and the arrangement could’ve used actual guitars, it’s a great song for her!

10. Oden no Uta 2

Weird to hear accordion for our next track which is a 2nd version because I heard this earlier in the play where Riko performed it.  Well she’s at it again in the album cut and having a kind of French cuteness to it, the 30 second length really doesn’t do anything for the tune and I kind of forget it.

11. Ano Subarashii Ai wo Mou Ichido

Considering I know this is a cover, this track sung by Kisora, Ami, and Risa definitely has a lot of interesting parts going and the harmonizations here are quite impressive for the three that’s for sure.  It’s not a shock that Kisora is once again leading the crusade, but the other two aren’t slacking for sure.  I also love that it’s a bit over 2 minutes unike majority of the songs.  Very pretty track.

12. Thank You Very Berry

Finally, we hit the finale and of course it’s the theme of the stageplay.  Considering that this is a cover of what Berryz Kobo had (and they recently updated it before they disbanded), Thank You Very Berry is the longest track here.  I still do like Tsubaki’s version as it’s a little more youthful and such, I think I was more surprised that Anna Ishii was alongside this ride (she played a character that ex-Berryz member Saki Shimuzu, performed as in the original play).  It’s a twist, but she sounded nice too.  Overall, a nice solid track here!

Tracks Recommended

  • Kaijuu no Ballad
  • Thank You Very Berry
  • Roku Nichi Bozu no Koi
  • Ano Subarashii Ai wo Mou Ichido
  • Ano Ko ga Utau no wo Mitanda

Song of Avoidance

  • Oden no Uta 2

I shouldn’t be surprised anymore when I see H!P’s stageplays get re-released with the DVD of the play included, but it does mean more songs.  From this play, I kind of was surprised at how short the OST was (at least in comparison to most of the previous Engeki entries out there).  There wasn’t too many song hooking on to, but I do feel like Tsubaki was showing a little more color and vibancy to fans (who have been negative since their conception).  This does shine a light for Kiki, Kisora, Riko, and Yumeno’s vocals here, but Risamaru and Tanichan is doing just fine themselves here.  Overall, cute play and a cute OST to boot.

 

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