- Samba! Kobushi Janeiro
- Bacchikoi Seishun!
- Ora wa Ninkimono
- Samba! Kobushi Janeiro (Instrumental)
- Bacchikoi Seishun! (Instrumental)
- Ora wa Ninkimono (Instrumental)
1. Samba! Kobushi Janeiro
If you couldn’t guess the song and what it’s all about, it’s about the upcoming Rio de Janeiro Olympics! Hearing the song, it does remind me of a certain recent track by ANGERME, “Asekaite Carnival” as both are samba tracks. but this one lacks the weird inclusion of dubstep! I really like the festive atmosphere and the heavier pulsing beats that filter through the song and the great brass playing. Another thing that I found interesting is that when they say Rio, their member Rio Fujii is somewhat involved! Overall, it’s a catchy song and fits the celebratory feel of the Olympics quite nicely!
2. Bacchikoi Seishun!
Next up is our baseball-themed A-side, Bacchikoi Seishun! and to be honest, it did slightly remind me of “Chotto Guchoku ni! Chototsu Moushin” with the kind of pop/rock sound alongside the members growling some of their lines. I found myself growing into enjoying the song because initially, it was pretty weak and sounded like some of their previous things. Though the song’s chorus is what saves it mostly (and Natsumi and Rio’s filtered lines). Probably my least favorite of the single, but it grows on you.
3. Ora wa Ninkimono
It seems that Kobushi has also fallen into covering different songs, unlike doing Sharam Q and KAN, this time they’re doing a cover of a classic Crayon Shin-chan from 1993! Kind of was surprised that the group covered such a song, but I really like the energy and spaz moments that come from each of the 8 members. It’s energetic and surprisingly REALLY catchy! (and let’s be honestly much more vocally there than the original >.>)
Kobushi’s 3rd major single to me is kind of lower than their last single, but definitely not in the league of being poor or bad, it’s still quite strong overall! I do think that Samba! Kobushi Janeiro & Ora wa Ninkimono were the memorable songs here as they give us new sides of the group we haven’t seen yet and they tackled them both nicely! Especially that Crayon Shin-chan cover, that was pretty awesome! As for Bacchikoi Seishun! it’s more or less what we’ve come to expect from the group, so it doesn’t totally stand out to me, but its PV made up for that luckily! So…where’s our album and more importantly where’s “TEKI”?