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Haruka Tomatsu – Sunny Side Story February 5, 2013

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sunnysidestory

Track Listing

  1. RUN
  2. Q&A Recital!
  3. Nagisa no SHOOTING STAR
  4. ♪Make Up Sweet Girl☆
  5. Baby Baby Love
  6. Yasashiki Hibi
  7. Mirai Girl
  8. Issai Gassai
  9. Hoshi no Stage
  10. Yume Sekai
  11. Oh My God♥
  12. STAGE
  13. Ashita Iro Parasol

1. RUN

Opening up the album, RUN kicks it off on a very bright and lively note with that cool brass intro before moving into something a bit more tame and Haruka-typical.  I kind of liked what I heard from this song and Haruka does sound really into it as well which together gave me a good intro feel…good way to start things off!

2. Q&A Recital!

Though quickly looking at the tracklist, I’m quite taken aback on how this album is filled with old songs >.<.  Starting with the last single that was released before the album, Q&A Recital! is a pretty good follow-up after “RUN” as it includes more brass and even has a brighter tone when compared as well.  I will say that the song has slightly grown on me because of the energy she’s putting out and spazzy arrangement.  Still not the best she’s released but it’s not bad at all!

3. Nagisa no SHOOTING STAR

To me it made sense that they’d put the first single to be released after her debut album right after the most recent.  It’s been a while, but I still really don’t like the song much even after all the time has passed.  It might just be me but the track sounds so elementary and plain and Haruka doesn’t sound all that good here (which is a surprise coming off those last two tracks).  It’s definitely my least favorite of the A-sides released.

4. ♪Make Up Sweet Girl☆

At least she makes up for it with our next new track out of 5.  I’ve been kind of wondering when she would pulled something a little more synth-based and ♪Make Up Sweet Girl☆ kind of fits that slot, but not heavily so.  It’s still a pretty cute song, but it’s not like the others…a little more tame I suppose haha.  I kind of like this track, but I don’t know why hahaha.

5. Baby Baby Love

I suppose it was smart to move this track away from the beginning, because it would’ve sound so bland and vanilla that it wouldn’t stand out.  As the second A-side released for the album, Baby Baby Love is still somewhere in the middle for me because it suffers the same plain vibe as “Nagisa no SHOOTING STAR” but the song is kind of adorable in its own right.  Especially that chorus, I really liked that!

6. Yasashiki Hibi

Funny that the B-side from “Baby Baby Love” is once again the track after!  I found the fact that it slows the album down a bit a nice change of pace for sure and this track did a solid job of showing off Haruka’s vocals.  I can’t say if it’s the best ballad she’s done yet, but I liked this track a lot and suited to be right after the last track!

7. Mirai Girl

Once again, smart choice to have the next new track, Mirai Girl come after as it’s still retains a certain lightness about it but isn’t a ballad unlike “Yasashiki Hibi”.  I did notice though that Haruka is singing under filters the entire time so it’s a bit odd in that respect.  I do love that it sounds like a perfect Springtime kind of song.

8. Issai Gassai

If there was a song that I considered a bit too random for the album, it would have to be the B-side from “Yume Sekai”, Issai Gassai.  I mean it has the same brassy energy of “RUN”, but the song just goes in so many different directions and has joyful kind of tone.  I quite enjoy it though since I still finding myself humming along and just having a good time with this…it might not fit the album, but I liked that Haruka chose this.

9. Hoshi no Stage

I also thought Haruka made another great choice in adding the B-side from “Nagisa no SHOOTING STAR” too!  It has been quite a while since I’ve heard this song though so listening to it, I’m starting to question why I liked this because it’s a lot like a bunch of the songs on the album (even though technically it came first).  The intro does remind me of Momusu’s “The Matenrou Show” but has less impact lol.  Not bad, and honestly the 3 B-sides that made the cut…were the best of the 5 released.

10. Yume Sekai

Moving into the 4th A-side released and Yume Sekai was the ballad single for sure!  Even though this track does have anime written all over it, it’s quite nice and flows smoothly throughout the entire song.  It might have not grown on me as much as I thought it would after the single review, but it’s passable.

11. Oh My God♥

Then we finally finish the old stuff with the 3rd A-side.  It’s funny because I also felt like this song didn’t seem to fit the album either because it’s the only track that I can classify as pop/rock (or at least I thought).  Oh My God♥ has slightly grown on my just because it is a fun rock song to listen to.  Plus Haruka does do a better job overall singing, but there are some weak notes for sure.  So I guess in a way it did grow better than before.

12. STAGE

I’m happy the remainder of the album is new tracks but only two? lol.  STAGE kind of takes the electric guitars from the last track and placed it in more of a mellow arrangement.  I do think “Yasashiki Hibi” is still the better ballad of the album because STAGE kind of moves a bit too slowly for my tastes.

13. Ashita Iro Parasol

The final song though mirrors the pop/rock genre “Oh My God♥” did with a bright pop/punk rock feel.  It’s actually got a cool melody and I can remember a lot of it more than the aforementioned track that’s for sure.  Haruka does a lot of shouting, but I feel like this song is strange as an ending to the album.  Still, a great song overall!

Tracks Recommended

  • Yasashiki Hibi
  • RUN
  • Ashita Iro Parasol
  • Issai Gassai
  • Mirai Girl

Song of Avoidance

  • Nagisa no SHOOTING STAR

With Sunny Side Story, I think Haruka (and her company) took way too long for this album to come out.  I know she’s a busy gal with being a seiyuu and working with sphere and all…but lord this took forever to come out.  Then we end up with most of the album being old stuff with is a bit of a bummer with only 5 new tracks to deal with.  Though this album wasn’t bad at all…I would go and say this is good…but not on the happier side…it’s more like in between just ok and good lol.  Hopefully Haruka can be quicker with her next album.

 

Haruka Tomatsu – Q&A Recital! October 15, 2012

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Track Listing

  1. Q&A Recital!
  2. Donut
  3. Q&A Recital! (Instrumental)

1. Q&A Recital!

Of course going into Haruka’s 5th A-side here in the era, it’s not a surprise that it’s still her upbeat and cute style found within Q&A Recital!  I like the energy of the song but it doesn’t leave much of a mark on me, plus it’s more or less something we’ve already heard from her (but with them horns).  I didn’t like it as much as I did with “Yume Sekai” but I guess it’s a good enough representation of her upbeat and cute side. 

2. Donut

Funny, I kind of would’ve expected Donut to also be more along the cuter side of Haruka, but this actually is more relaxed and Haruka’s voice sounds really good in the song given it’s pop/rock style.  It’s a pretty nice track though I don’t like how her vocals are layered in the chorus, but otherwise this was a pleasant B-side.

 

 

Where is that album?!? As this is Haruka’s 5th single for this era it’s starting to drag on.  Q&A Recital! is OK at best, but I don’t think the track is as good as her previous efforts.  Donut would’ve fared so much better as the leading track, but it’s whatever.

 

Haruka Tomatsu – Yume Sekai July 28, 2012

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Track Listing

  1. Yume Sekai
  2. Issai Gassai
  3. Yume Sekai (Instrumental)

1. Yume Sekai

I like how Haruka opens the song quite smoothly, I wouldn’t have expected a ballad to come from her but this is a nice change of setting actually.  Her voice is actually quite solid which I don’t think I’ve said yet through the singles I’ve reviewed from her.  It’s a song that actually fits the anime its for and is just pleasant to listen to song.

2. Issai Gassai

The B-side is actually was what I was expecting the A-side to sound like.  I don’t know why but when I listen to this but I keep thinking of sphere’s music because it’s right in their lane of stuff they would release.  It’s upbeat, silly, and Haruka is enjoying the song even though her pitch is a bit higher.  It’s fun and made me tap my foot with it lol.

 

 

It’s been a while but it’s nice to see Haruka release a new single (the third one in this set) but Yume Sekai is probably my favorite single I’ve reviewed yet from her.  The leading song is a pretty strong ballad and made me notice her vocals a lot more in a positive light while Issai Gassai took more of a fun and silly route and that actually worked here…so where’s that album? XD

 

Haruka Tomatsu – Oh My God♥ July 12, 2011

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Track Listing

  1. Oh My God♥
  2. Orange☆Smoothie
  3. Oh My God♥ (Instrumental)

1. Oh My God♥

It’s no surprise that Haruka does cute songs since it’s her job is to be cute XD.  Oh My God though does switch things up for her since instead of the cutesy pop style I’m used to her, this track is more along the lines of a pop/rock song and it’s a good shock to me.  Haruka might be tapping into her genki seiyuu style but it’s not headache inducing like when others try it.  It’s not a bad song, but it doesn’t fully stand out like previous A-sides from her.

2. Orange☆Smoothie

The B-side feels like it fits here simply because it’s summer time and all that.  It does continue to have a pop/rock kind of feel but the guitars have better riffs in the song.  I won’t stress to admit that Haruka is acting oddly cuter in this tune than in the A-side.  Ehhhh, it’s alright, but it’s definitely B-side material from her.

 

 

I don’t think Oh My God♥ surpasses “Baby Baby Love” in the least but I like that Haruka tried for more guitars in this release.  Sadly I felt both songs came up too short and didn’t really show off Haruka really well in the vocal department.  What happened to the good vocals from her last single?

 

Haruka Tomatsu – Baby Baby Love November 2, 2010

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Track Listing

  1. Baby Baby Love
  2. Yasashiki Hibi
  3. Baby Baby Love (Instrumental)

1. Baby Baby Love

I guess Haruka isn’t going to really let up on the uber cute stuff is she?  It’s your typical cute drum heavy bubblegum poppy tune, but at least I think Haruka’s vocals sound better than they did in “Nagisa no SHOOTING STAR”.  At first I couldn’t tell what was the chorus of the song, but after a while I kind of ended up listening to the song again and it sounds catchy and vocally more easier for me to get used to.

2. Yasashiki Hibi

Just judging by the title, I was guessing that Yasashiki Hibi was going to be more of a slower song and I was right.  I was surprised that Haruka ended up singing better than I ever heard her before so that was a good thing for me.  She still doesn’t have the best vocals of the sphere girls, but Haruka at least proved that she’s no slouch in the vocal department and this song proved it. 

Hands down, I was impressed with this single more than I ever was with “Nagisa no SHOOTING STAR” simply because Haruka didn’t overload the cuteness this time around and showed off her pipes in Yasashiki Hibi, I wanna see more of this side from her because it’s pretty good otherwise ^_^

 

Haruka Tomatsu – Nagisa no SHOOTING STAR October 26, 2010

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Track Listing

  1. Nagisa no SHOOTING STAR
  2. Hoshi no Stage
  3. Nagisa no SHOOTING STAR (Instrumental)

1. Nagisa no SHOOTING STAR

What’s there to really say about Nagisa no SHOOTING STAR?  I mean it’s one of those happy summer anime themes and it fits nicely, but why does Haruka sound too squeaky cute for this song for some reason?  Her voice doesn’t seem to really change notes throughout and as much as it’s peppy, it just doesn’t work for her here.

2. Hoshi no Stage

Why does Hoshi no Stage sound like something YAZIMA Beauty Salon would’ve used???  To be honest, I prefer this tune over “Nagisa no SHOOTING STAR” since Haruka isn’t acting high like a kite.  Her vocals were easier to swallow and in fact more catchy and interesting of a song than said A-side. 

While this single marks the beginning of Haruka’s 2nd era, Nagisa no SHOOTING STAR wasn’t a good A-side to do that with.  It seems after “Girls, Be Ambitious.” she would’ve known better to not have done this (or at least make Hoshi no Stage the A-side).  Maybe her next single will at least remedy the issue at least.