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Harenchi☆Punch – Doki Doki! My Sister Soul November 4, 2012

Filed under: 80_pan — solarblade @ 1:16 am

Track Listing

  1. Doki Doki! My Sister Soul
  2. Neko Nyan Dance
  3. Otome no Otoshimono
  4. Doki Doki! My Sister Soul -instrumental-
  5. Neko Nyan Dance -instrumental-

1. Doki Doki! My Sister Soul

After “Megaphone” I was curious to what we’ll end up next and I have to say that I kind of like My Sister Soul since it has the great vocals and rapping sections intact.  The song kind of suits the whole airy theme and the girls like I said sound really good, much better than their previous singles!  A pretty solid track from them!

2. Neko Nyan Dance

For the first B-side, Neko Nyan Dance in comparison to the A-side is more synth heavy and also sounds heavily more idol-like than anything previous.  It’s upbeat and cutesy, but the problem here is the vocals are slightly underwhelming because they took the track into more of a cuter route.  Yeah this isn’t my kind of song but it might intrigue some people.

3. Otome no Otoshimono

The other B-side on the other hand is the single’s ballad track and I find myself liking the guitars in the song quite a bit!  It’s kind of slightly sluggish, but the song has probably the nicest vocals amongst the three since it sounds like Mako, Saya, and Tomomi are actually trying to harmonize together.  Nice tune and much better than “Neko Nyan Dance”.

 

 

So as the trio’s last single of the era (and the last single as their names Harenchi☆Punch.  Doki Doki! My Sister Soul is actually a pretty good single if only for the two tracks that I really liked.  The only thing that’s not so good is Neko Nyan Dance since it’s vocally meh and the song itself is just bleh as well.  To think that made the album’s cut over Otome no Otoshimono is baffling!

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Harenchi☆Punch – Kyujosho JUMP↑ March 16, 2011

Filed under: 80_pan — solarblade @ 3:40 pm

Track Listing

  1. Kyujosho JUMP↑
  2. HIKARU Stage
  3. Jaa ne de Yubikiri Mata Ashita
  4. Kyujosho JUMP↑ -instrumental-
  5. HIKARU Stage -instrumental-

1. Kyujosho JUMP↑

Wow, Kyujosho JUMP↑ really kicked things off quite loudly with Tomomi singing strongly while Mako has the rapping parts of the song.  It’s a bit strange in an idol song, but the song is upbeat and peppy which fits it, but they really wanted to sing loud this time around.  If you like loud vocals this would definitely be your type of song!

2. HIKARU Stage

As the first B-side on the single, HIKARU Stage really cuts the energy down in half, but keeps Tomomi’s loud singing present.  It’s really nice to hear Saya and Mako sing a lot more this time around though and let’s be honest, they sound so much better than Tomomi for sure.  I actually prefer the acoustic side to them than whatever was in “Kyujosho JUMP↑”.  The weird thing was the male rap interlude…it was rather quiet and lame…

3. Jaa ne de Yubikiri Mata Ashita

Luckily, the second B-side brings the pep back up in a good way and the effort put in this song by Tomomi, Saya, and Mako is quite strong in the song and they sound like they’re having more fun, but once the chorus comes around…the girls are sounding a little bit pitchy in places.  Ok, this song is interesting for sure.

As the trio’s 3rd single, Kyujosho JUMP↑ might have slightly stepped up after “Megaphone”, but I still don’t really enjoy the main song as much as I did with the B-sides.  Those showed the gals off way more even though it lacked Mako’s rapping and such.  Their vocals do need to tone down a few notches though, they’re starting to sound like they’re yelling!

 

Harenchi☆Punch – Megaphone August 10, 2009

Filed under: 80_pan — solarblade @ 12:15 am

Track Listing

  1. Megaphone
  2. Koi wa Kagai Jugyou
  3. Hakusen ~Start Line <Winter’s Story ver.>
  4. Megaphone (Instrumental)

1. Megaphone

Megaphone showed what Harenchi☆Punch was all about right with this track.  Tomomi is one strong singer, especially if she opens the track up powerfully.  It’s also another track that shows off Mako’s rapping skills and it’s quite cool and fitting in the song.  It does have a summer-kind of feel with it’s pop/rock sound, but it continues to be another strong A-side from the trio.

2. Koi wa Kagai Jugyou

I’m so confused by the opening to this track.  At first it sounded like a Christmas-themed track.  This would be the first time to think that Mako’s rapping was not fitting as it’s under filters and just disrupted the flow of the track.  It doesn’t help that we finally hear Saya have a solo line and she sounds not good in this song.  She has a higher pitch compared to Tomomi’s fuller voice and that also created a riff in the song.  Not so good.

3. Hakusen ~Start Line <Winter’s Story ver.>

Rounding off the single is a rearranged version of their debut A-side.  Basically they took out the original’s rock sound and gave it a nice ballad touch and add in some typical wintry sounds and we get this.  For the lack of musical flow, it’s not too bad, but it does make Tomomi sound really bad because she’s stressing her vocals hardcore, almost to the point of yelling. 

 

 

Harenchi☆Punch’s 2nd effort wasn’t as good as their debut single.  Granted, Megaphone was a pretty good A-side.  It was the B-side and the rearranged version of their debut that brought the single to a new low.  I mean you have three girls with different talents and they weren’t brought out to the forefront…well maybe except Tomomi’s but her voice is stress-heavy.  Get Saya and Mako their own tracks XD

 

Harenchi☆Punch – Hakusen ~Start Line June 18, 2009

Filed under: 80_pan — solarblade @ 11:50 am
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Track Listing

  1. Hakusen ~Start Line
  2. Jewel
  3. Wakachi Aitai Kiseki
  4. Hakusen ~Start Line (Instrumental)

1. Hakusen ~Start Line

Haha, I really like the acoustic opening to this track.  It seems to be something that I actually didn’t expect something like this especially since I came in during the 80_pan era, so this is actually a big surprise since Hakusen is more of pop/rock track and then hearing Mako rap in the song is a nice surprise.  It might be a little too slow, but I actually like this track alot.  Tomomi’s singing and Saya’s playing is quite nice.  Good A-side.

2. Jewel

Jewel is something else LOL.  First off, it’s a bit more rockier ala SCANDAL which is interesting especially with Mako’s rapping as well, you don’t really expect something like this.  It’s actually quite nice and Tomomi sounds a lot better here on this track than on the slower “Hakusen”.  I’d say this would’ve been the better A-side.

3. Wakachi Aitai Kiseki

We get a another “Hakusen-like” track to round off the single.  I have to say though, this was my least favorite off the track for some reason, it just lacked the energy the other two really had and I can see why it didn’t make the album’s cut. 

 

 

Harenchi☆Punch begins their shortlived career with something I didn’t expect coming into this and that’s the fact they were a bit of a rock trio which surprised me well.  Even moreso that one of the members rapped was more intriguing.  I think I might’ve found a group I liked…just wondered why’d they go all electro in their final era.  Ok, Jewel is the best track on the single, while Hakusen was pretty good, bit too slow, but good and Wakachi Aitai Kiseki was just not that memorable for me.