- Ai Sae Areba Nanni mo Iranai
- Namida Iro no Ketsui
- Majokko Megu-chan
- Ai Sae Areba Nanni mo Iranai (Instrumental)
- Namida Iro no Ketsui (Instrumental)
- Majokko Megu-chan (Instrumental)
1. Ai Sae Areba Nanni mo Iranai
As the first A-side of the single, I was curious to what the group would put out. This does feel like a song that could’ve been released when they first changed their name to ANGERME. The song itself seems to focus solely on Ayacho, Rinapuu, Kanana, and Takechan and they all sound pretty awesome to be fair and I’m kind of liking the slight neo-classical feel about it, but it does sound like a 2013 H!P track where it feels like 3 separate songs stapled together to try to make a full one. I do like majority of it (the verses & chorus) but when it comes to its prechorus, the shift to a waltz-like style is a bit sudden and out of place. It’s a good track, but not quite at the level of any of the previous A-sides of their last single.
2. Namida Iro no Ketsui
Has there ever been a ballad released as an A-side for ANGERME (or S/mileage for that matter?) that’s this slow paced? Either way, like the previous track, it seems like this one focuses solely on Rikako, Murotan, and Kamiko (I’m sure Maho would be here, but since she’s absent in the single, it had to be this way). As a ballad, it’s a bit to the book, but I do enjoy the effort in making some nice chords to make things pop more. I will say Moe and Mizuki sound great and while Rikako has a squeaky tone, she still manages to sound decent. Interesting as an A-side
3. Majokko Megu-chan
Like with their previous A-side, “Mahou Tsukai Sally”, Majokko Megu-chan is a cover of a well-known anime theme. Though it does have equal line distribution, it does seem to focus a lot on Kassa which makes sense. Somehow this song reminds me of tracks W used to cover and how the covers has a lot of brass and energy put into it. It’s a decent cover, I’m not sure if it’ll last long in my memory though.
Another single that features a member missing in action? Seems like UFP needs to take care of their girls more it seems like. Anyway, ANGERME’s newest single is definitely not where I thought it’d be after the glorious “Umaku Ienai / Ai no Tame… / Wasurete Ageru”. None of the songs really seem to go places for me. I do like the ballad, Namida Iro no Ketsui the most from the single as it’s something different from the group and there was some efforts compared to previous ballads of theirs. Ai Sae Areba is decent, but I thought we had left the “Brainstorming”, “Help me!!”, “Aitte Motto Zanshin” mistakes behind. I’m sure it’ll grow on me in due time though. Majokko Megu-chan is nice, but it seems a bit standard for me…With all the H!P changes, I kind of wonder what’s going to happen with ANGERME (will Maho leave, will we get new members? etc.).