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Kobushi Factory – Butai “JK Ninja Girls” Original Soundtrack April 27, 2017

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Track Listing

  1. I Love Ninja Girls -Tokyo vs. Osaka-
  2. Saru mo Odaterya Hitottobi
  3. Atama Warukute Kirigakurezu
  4. Erabu Mirai
  5. Kanashimi no Kakera
  6. Eiga “JK Ninja Girls” no Oshirase Special Talk!

1. I Love Ninja Girls -Tokyo vs. Osaka-

It’s been quite a while since an OST song brought me some smiles and I Love Ninja Girls is cute, very ninja-esque and vocally is quite nice going from strong lines from all the members to a bouncy unison section.  I find it compelling and strongly thought this was great as the theme for the play itself.

2. Saru mo Odaterya Hitottobi

It’s no surprise when it comes to valid vocal prowess, I’m not surprised that Saru mo Odaterya Hitottobi is a solo from Rei.  I really love the intro with just her singing with a VERY powerful presence.  She does tone it down once the music joins in which is bouncy and a bit cute.  I’m not exactly a fan of the synth horns, but OST songs tend to sound cheap so it’s not a thing that kills it, but it’s too noticeable.

3. Atama Warukute Kirigakurezu

Now Hamachan gets a solo as well and her track, Atama Warukute Kirigakurezu, is a simple song in comparison to all of the other tracks.  Despite being a song made by a CASIO (it feels like), I’m just not into this because Hamachan is using her squeaky voice to get by and I feel like I’m listening to some children’s song.  Just not my kind of song.

4. Erabu Mirai

Now we have a track that combines Rei and Ayano together.  Luckily, they both ditched the cutesy sound of their solo entirely for a simple piano/strings ballad.  Fortunately for them, they bring their A game and give a powerful, but short performance.  I kind of wish it wasn’t 2 minutes long, but what can you do?

5. Kanashimi no Kakera

The last track features all of the other Kobushi members that aren’t Hamachan & Reirei and I’m happy they at least focused a little on them with this track too.  It’s nice they also paired them like Ayaka/Sakurako/Minami & Rio/Natsumi/Rena for both verses and choruses and it worked alongside its acoustic guitar based arrangement.  Soft, but it definitely stood out.

 

 

Getting into this I guess preview OST, Kobushi Factory once again sounded decent for JK Ninja Girls.  Granted, 5 songs is not quite enough to satiate my interest in the play since it’s the group as Ninjas and all.  I would say most of the tracks were pretty decent with the only stinker being Hamachan’s solo track…that was a little too idol genki for me.  With their upcoming single featuring the theme for the JK Ninja Girls movie, it makes me wonder how Japanese they’ll make the song since the main theme for the play is kooky.

 

Kobushi Factory – Kobushi Sono Ichi December 5, 2016

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Track Listing

  1. Isogaba Maware
  2. Dosukoi! Kenkyo ni Daitan
  3. Chotto Guchoku ni! Chototsu Moushin
  4. Nen ni wa Nen
  5. Mijiku Hanjuku Torotoro
  6. Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san no Uta
  7. Kenmei Blues
  8. Bacchikoi Seishun!
  9. Zanshin
  10. Survivor
  11. Samba! Kobushi Janeiro
  12. TEKI
  13. Osu! Kobushi Tamashii
  14. Ora wa Ninkimono
  15. GO TO THE TOP!!
  16. Sakura Night Fever
  17. Kobushi no Hana

CD2

  1. This is Unmei (Kobushi 2016 ver.)
  2. Maji Bomber!!
  3. Koi no Jubaku
  4. Seishun Gekijou
  5. Kawaii Kare
  6. Icchoume Rock!
  7. Da Di Du De Do Da Di!

1. Isogaba Maware

Opening the album, the opening riff of Isogaba Maware definitely reminded me of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit”.  Though quickly as that comparison was made the synths get added in and the track shifted sound quite swiftly.  Like with many of their other songs, all 8 members get some kind of spotlight so I approve of that immensely.  Great start to the album!

2. Dosukoi! Kenkyo ni Daitan

Then we move back to the group’s major label debut (well the first of the three A-sides).  When they showed off Dosukoi! for the first time, many fans were hoping that they’d stay with the more rockin’ atmosphere that their indies single had and really kicked it up a notch.  I did find the group having a lot more synchronicity with one another and they just powered through the track like it was nothing.  Awesome song still!

3. Chotto Guchoku ni! Chototsu Moushin

Moving to their 2nd major single, the 2nd leading track from the single, Chotto Guchoku ni! took a more funky route, including some brass and fun, bright sounds!  I have to say though that this one wasn’t high up there for me because the growling in the song was a bit overdone for me.  Its slightly grown on me, but it’s still rather on the lower side of the spectrum for me.

4. Nen ni wa Nen

After that, we move back to their indies single and their first song, Nen ni wa Nen.  I have to say, first and foremost, that I’m disappointed that they chose the original cut and not the “Nen’iri ver.” from their major single as that version fixed the hiccups and the fact the group resung the track in much better fashion!  I still do though love the song as it brought some firepower right from the beginning and my first listen to impressive vocals.  Great song overall!

5. Mijiku Hanjuku Torotoro

Finally we’re onto our next new song with Mijiku Hanjuku Torotoro and after the first group songs, this one is a lot more poppier and cute for them.  It does give me a little bit of Buono! vibes when the group was still on their high roll.  I do think that of the new songs, this one is slightly forgettable amongst the multitude of other tracks.  Something else to mention is that ex-ANGERME member Kanon Fukuda wrote the lyrics.  Still, the song is OK, but nothing to write home about.

6. Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san no Uta

Oh boy, moving onto the pseudo-cover of Sharam Q’s “Ramen Daisuki Koike-san no Uta”, Kobushi’s version does sound a bit more like the bands self-cover of it that was done a decade ago.  As for this version, Ramen Daisuki is another A-side that I wasn’t totally into because a lot of the sohg to me feels as if the group is shouting the lyrics.  I still do think Hamachan & Renako are REALLY rough to the ears.  Yeah, it might be my least favorite of the A-sides they released.

7. Kenmei Blues

Woo! Another new song comes our way!  I have to say that it was an awesome decision to premier this right when the album was first announced, Kenmei Blues is pretty badass of a song for the group.  It has a certain spaghetti Western kind of drawl to it and I love the verses as it really shows off the members character (especially Hamachan, Ayapan, and Minamina).  Of the new songs, I was excited for this one and it definitely disappointed, it stands as my favorite of them all!

8. Bacchikoi Seishun!

Ahh yes, moving to the 3rd single for the album, Bacchikoi Seishun! was memorable for being the baseball-themed track and it shows.  I have to admit, the song reminded me a little bit of “Chotto Guchoku ni! Chototsu Moushin” & Osu! Kobushi Tamashii” with the overall feel.  The song itself is pretty catchy in and of itself, but I still feel that Kobushi has a lot more stronger song, so it lands more towards the middle for me.

9. Zanshin

Things slow down a little bit with our next new track, Zanshin which introduces some harmonica into the arrangement!  I really like the American feel of the arrangement as it reminds me of stuff from the past.  Despite that “Kobushi no Hana” was chosen to end the first disc, I would think this would also have been a great choice as well!  It’s a pretty good song to show off a softer side to the group (a slight reprieve from the rock songs).

10. Survivor

I think the biggest surprise was seeing Survivor make the album cut despite the track being used for the group’s “Week End Survivor” stageplay and not being performed too much in concerts, but I suppose this validates its inclusion to future setlists!  Opening with a solo from Hamachan, Survivor begins mysteriously before turning into their darkest rock track on the album!  It’s just a standout track from the album and all the members did an awesome job here!

11. Samba! Kobushi Janeiro

The leading A-side of the 3rd major single was definitely in the realm of the recent Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.  After the event had worn off and the single was not being promoted heavily as such, I actually feel that it’s the strange song on the album as it’s a bit in a different genre and category from the norm from Kobushi.  I still do love the heavier bass beats and overall fun nature of the song but it is an odd one for the album.

12. TEKI

Of the new tracks, TEKI was shown off first earlier in the summer!  Though I have to say I was shocked that this new track is only 2 minutes long.  I mean it does its job by being upbeat and rockin’  and the girls show off a lot of energy.  However, like I said, it’s terribly short and as quickly it begins, it ends.  I think Tsuno Maisa could’ve added another minute to this, but it’s an odd track.

13. Osu! Kobushi Tamashii

Back to A-sides, We have Osu! Kobushi Tamashii and initially I was put off from the growling (because it was on the same single as “Chotto Guchoku ni!”, so it was overbearing to me.  Though with more time, this song became pretty cool and the growling suits the arrangement and overall flow!  It’s got a lot of good parts too, very catchy song and one of my favorite A-sides!

14. Ora wa Ninkimono

Then here is our other cover track, one of the themes to Crayon Shin-chan.  I wasn’t expecting Kobushi Factory to be doing ska for an A-side, but here we are and it was another one of the more stronger tracks from the singles.  I really like how the group just let themselves go and have a fun, silly time with the track.  I even have to credit Fujii for mimicking Shinnosuke (the show’s main character) in the final sections.  Definitely another favorite!

15. GO TO THE TOP!!

Getting into GO TO THE TOP!!, all I could think of how it reminds me of “Mijiku Hanjuku Torotoro” and “Chotto Guchoku ni! Chototsu Moushin” in how that it’s pretty straightforward.  I mean it does show off the group’s vocals once again and I find myself digging the song even if it doesn’t fully stick over other songs on the album.

16. Sakura Night Fever

Then we have our 3rd and last cover on the album, covering a KAN song that was released a year ago originally.  Sakura Night Fever is pretty cute and fun to listen to and it just has a feeling of being a REALLY popular song live as there’s a lot of chanting to go along with it.  I still love the fact that the song is sung in the perspective of a sakura tree proclaiming that it has importance just as much as holidays and seasons.  A really fun song overall!

17. Kobushi no Hana

Finally we at the end of the first disc and ironically enough, Kobushi no Hana was chosen to promote the album with a PV.  As the album’s lone ballad, I thought this was going to be a bit gross, but I have to say, if you were looking for impressive vocals, then this one is definitely going to stick out.  I do have to give props to Sakurako though as she had a PERFECT solo in the second verse.  Really though, H!P ballads rarely impress and beyond the vocals, I don’t think I’ll remember this song very long.

CD 2

1. This is Unmei (Kobushi 2016 ver.)

So as many would assume, the 2nd disc is a cover disc of other H!P songs starting with This is Unmei (originally Melon Kinenbi’s 4th A-side).  It also got the 2016 ver. due to it being the only cover on the 2nd disc to have an update to its arrangement on top of the new vocals.  It still does stick to its faithfulness of the original and Kobushi does try to do a better job, but it is hard to topple Melon’s original.

2. Maji Bomber!!

Considering Kobushi was the group to kind of take over Berryz’ legacy, it’s no surprise that there would be some covers here from them.  Also, the rest of the disc use the arrangement of the original versions.  While I remember this song to be a bit more shouty in performance, it was a bit of a weakness to Kobushi and they do sound a little stressed in covering this one.

3. Koi no Jubaku

Another Berryz cover follows up “Maji Bomber!!” and it’s more interesting as this was a song released in Berryz’ early years.  With that said, I have to say that the more mature vocals of Kobushi makes the song sound a bit more up-to-date and reasonable than the really youthful sound of the original.  Decent cover of the track!

4. Seishun Gekijou

A song I wasn’t expecting Kobushi to cover, it’s a stageplay song originally done by both Berryz & C-ute.  While this is like the 5th version of it that’s out there, it is the first sung by a different group other than the originals.  It’s a pretty simple ballad with piano & strings and also included a male vocalist (who feels more background than he did in the original cuts).  I’ve never was really interested in this song so it didn’t leave a better impression otherwise.

5. Kawaii Kare

Here we are with another Melon Kinenbi cover that was later down in the group’s career and this one had more of an electronic feeling.  I actually also ended up liking this cover even if Melon did this better once again.  Though I have to say I was impressed with them vocally here and manage to add some spice to it!

6. Icchoume Rock!

Of the Berryz songs they chose to cover, I was surprised that they chose Icchoume Rock! (an album song from “7 Berryz Times”, which was an album I barely even remember…AND I REVIEWED THAT!).  So no surprise, I had to go back and listen to the original first before jumping into this.  Kobushi’s cover of it is pretty decent and definitely fits majority of their discography.  The only thing I was like WTF about was Reirei’s lines…overdoing it a bit much here.  Still, the song is good though.

7. Da Di Du De Do Da Di!

The last track of the disc is funny enough a Momusu cover, but surprise, surprise that this song originally came from their 2nd album, “Second Morning”.  Talk about reaching back right?  Either way, Da Di Du De Do Da Di! definitely once again suits Kobushi (especially after “Zanshin” but this song is a bit repetitive and at that lacks the special feel this song when Momusu sung as the ending section was filled with nods to various other songs Momusu had done.  Kobushi just glosses over it and for that it ended up madly repetitive and screwy with the fade-out outro.

Tracks Recommended

  • Osu! Kobushi Tamashii
  • Kenmei Blues
  • Ora wa Ninkimono
  • Sakura Night Fever
  • Survivor

Song of Avoidance

  • Seishun Gekijou

Finally we have Kobushi Factory’s first album and overall it was a decent album to have with all the group’s songs on their and a nice amount of new songs balanced with some new covers.  Kobushi Sono Ichi really shows off the pop/rock feel of the group but goes off to add cuter songs in the fray.  While I think there were better choices of songs to cover than what we got, in the end everything was impressive in some way.  Good album!

 

Kobushi Factory – Samba! Kobushi Janeiro/Bacchikoi Seishun!/Ora wa Ninkimono July 19, 2016

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Track Listing

  1. Samba! Kobushi Janeiro
  2. Bacchikoi Seishun!
  3. Ora wa Ninkimono
  4. Samba! Kobushi Janeiro (Instrumental)
  5. Bacchikoi Seishun! (Instrumental)
  6. 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”?

 

Kobushi Factory – Sakura Night Fever/Chotto Guchoku ni! Chototsu Moushin/Osu! Kobushi Tamashii February 16, 2016

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Track Listing

  1. Sakura Night Fever
  2. Chotto Guchoku ni! Chototsu Moushin
  3. Osu! Kobushi Tamashii
  4. Sakura Night Fever (Instrumental)
  5. Chotto Guchoku ni! Chototsu Moushin (Instrumental)
  6. Osu! Kobushi Tamashii (Instrumental)

1. Sakura Night Fever

I was kind of surprised to see H!P change their normal strategy with singles as the main A-side is actually a cover (most H!P singles had that as the 3rd A-side).  Anyways, Kobushi Factory kicks this single off with Sakura Night Fever which is a cover of a KAN song back in 2015 (not exactly a long stretch of time considering H!P as a whole had performed it last year as well).  I have to say that this version trumps KAN’s version as there’s just a lot more energy and the arrangement is sped up slightly to give a stronger beat.  It’s a pretty fun song for the group and hearing Minami and Rena get most focus (on top of Natsumi’s ending line) is quite decent!  Great way to kick off 2016 for the group!

2. Chotto Guchoku ni! Chototsu Moushin

Coming into the next track, I was quite curious because famed producer Hyadain was involved in the song.  The song itself is pretty funky with a lot of horns and a slightly unique arrangement.  The thing that bothers me a LOT about this song is the excessive grunting going on because it’s kind of throwing certain girls into a very unfortunate place (especially Rei!).  I don’t know why it’s bothering me now and not back in their last single of all things.  It’s a bit too repetitive too and the dependence on the growling is just ehhhhh.  Can’t win them all sadly.

3. Osu! Kobushi Tamashii

Now, the 3rd A-side is a bit more intuitive with the grunting as it shows more emotional value than in the previous track, but we also don’t have as much of it which is awesome!  I do love the equality for the members here, all having solo lines throughout.  It’s a pretty interesting song as it suppose to have an Ouendan kind of feel and it’s just catchy and there are some parts that remind me of songs like “Busu ni Naranai Tetsugaku” so it’s got that going for it…very cool song!

 

 

When it comes to Kobushi’s 2nd major single, I have to say it’s slightly less enjoyable?  I don’t know, but I definitely didn’t care for Chotto Guchoku ni! Chototsu Moushin from the repetition to the overabundance of growls in the song.  However, both Sakura Night Fever and Osu! Kobushi Tamashii were the highlights of the single and I personally think they were better than their debut.  So I suppose it’s even to their last single huh?  Either way, I can’t wait to see what’s next!

 

Kobushi Factory – Engeki Joshi-bu Musical “Week End Survivor” November 3, 2015

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Track Listing

  1. Survivor
  2. Nemuri no Rondo – Introduce
  3. Koko Kara Dashite
  4. Nemuri no Rondo – Doubt
  5. Tsuzuku Omou
  6. Memory
  7. Sayuri ~Prelude~
  8. Nemuri no Rondo – Fluctuations
  9. Sayuri
  10. Sagashidase
  11. Nemuri no Rondo – Lost
  12. Koukai
  13. Nemuri no Rondo – Belief
  14. Sayonara

1. Survivor

Opening up the stageplay is Survivor which was also found on Kobushi Factory’s debut indie single (as the secondary A-side).  While I was expecting it to be slightly different because in the stageplay Maasa had the solo intro and not-so-much Hamachan.  On the single, I was definitely impressed with the really dark and edgy arrangement from Kobushi since fans weren’t totally sure where the group would land and “Nen ni wa Nen” didn’t solidify a genre.  I will say I’m still loving it and am very salty that it might not even appear on a future release for the group because I love the guitarwork and the group sounds pretty badass.  Still an amazing song!

2. Nemuri no Rondo – Introduce

Now on the release we get a BUNCH of interludes which may or may not interest fans.  For me, I couldn’t care less since I already know they’re just used for dance numbers and to kind of stretch the stageplay longer.  Introduce was probably the highlight for me because it was a bit of 70’s psychedelic mixed with the gritty guitarwork.  While I do think of the play when I hear this, by itself (and the other interludes, do make it seem a bit trite).

3. Koko Kara Dashite

Next track up and we get a slower ballad-like song with Koko Kara Dashite, well for a little bit because the angry arrangement kicks things up better.  While I do think the beat and pianowork is making this song a lighter affair.  I also notice immediately that the production isn’t as tight or worked on in comparison to “Survivor” but I can easily see why.  It’s a pretty cool track and a lot of the song is sung with smaller groupings, but I liked it a lot!

4. Nemuri no Rondo – Doubt

Here we are again we another interlude and it continues that dark, psychedelic theme, but it’s not as hard hitting as “Introduce” even though they are at the same length.  Really not much to say here, but I liked the former better as it had more fire behind it.

5. Tsuzuku Omou

Though I think the next track on the album is definitely a good song and one of my favorites.  Actually, for some reason I’m reminded of “Anata wo Aishita Kioku” from the “LILIUM” soundtrack, but I think it’s that marching kind of pulse of the beat that reminds me of it.  Though I’m loving this song a bit more as there’s more intrigue and hearing Reirei have a lot of solos is surprising and she sounds great!  The rest of the group is also sounding good without effects too.  Very cool track!

6. Memory

As a Hamachan and Ayapan solo track, Memory is a quiet ballad in amongst the songs, but I felt that their vocals are pretty unique.  I will say Hamaura’s vocals are kind of unusual to me as her voice is more squeakier in comparison to Ayaka’s more mature and controlled vocals.  Hearing them harmonizing is a bit shaky, but I thought it was nice for the most part.

7. Sayuri ~Prelude~

I do think this is the only case where spoken dialogue happens on the album, there’s a sort-of music-box and small accordion parts, but it seems like it’s only Rio involved here, but like I said, it’s a short interlude.  Interesting to figure why it was included, but I’m sure it’s supposed to make sense with “Sayuri”.

8. Nemuri no Rondo – Fluctuations

Another 40 second interlude (huh, two interludes back to back huh?).  Unlike the previous two, Fluctuations is pretty straightforward as a rock-lude.  Nothing major to really talk about, just another bridge to our next track.

9. Sayuri

Taking from the prelude, the same arrangement kicks off Sayuri and it’s kind of a haunting ballad with the flickering piano melody.  It’s a different kind of song and the light movement in the arrangement is unique.  I do love hearing the members get solo lines (but I don’t think all of them get one, I think it was just Sakurako, Minami, Ayano, Ayaka, Natsumi, and Rei).  It’s a pleasant track though and it’s got some cool unsettling parts too!  Cool song overall!

10. Sagashidase

Then the next track is up next and I’m liking the beat and cool guitar.  I’m also loving that Rei took up a lot of the lyrics in the track as her deeper notes are pretty cool!  Actually I figured she was talented, but she really outdid herself in this song.  It does seem that after a while Sakurako and Minami join in the song for some solo parts before all three come together.  It’s a cool song and I’m really happy to see these three paired up as such.

11. Nemuri no Rondo – Lost

So the 4th interlude is pretty much the most hype of the 5 as it’s fast-paced and hard-hitting as an interlude, but as fast as it came, as quick as it goes and that slightly saddens me because this could’ve been a badass song tbqh.

12. Koukai

I’m surprised that our next song begun with a 40 second piano intro before Hamachan starts to begin singing.  Making it a shorter song on the release, Koukai is kind of the plain-jane song of the release which isn’t so bad, but I’m not really that interested in it lol.  Ayano’s vocals while on pitch, is like Karins where I don’t think it’s suited for ballads honestly.

13. Nemuri no Rondo – Belief

The final interlude, Belief returns us to that weird psychedelic arrangement, but it seems the rock elements are still punching and it included some strings as well giving a really cool battle theme almost which is impressive though once again too short for its own good.

14. Sayonara

As the closing theme (well “Survivor” and Nen ni wa Nen” closed it off, but that didn’t pertain to the stageplay, except the former).  Another ballad at play with Hamachan in front which didn’t interest me much, but after her lines the rest of the group joins in and the tune kind of goes into a mid-tempo ballad which is nice they added more oomph to it.  It’s a decent closer that’s for sure.

Tracks Recommended

  • Survivor
  • Tsuzuku Omou
  • Sagashidase
  • Koko Kara Dashite

Song of Avoidance

  • Koukai

After being terribly disappointed in “Koisuru Hello Kitty”, I was wondering what Kobushi’s stageplay and funny enough, Week End Survivor was pretty badass and fitting for such a group whose sound is right now a bit more pop/rock.  A lot of the songs were pretty good and really gave a cool vibe to this group.  My only problem is that there was WAY TOO MANY interlude here (almost half the album are interludes).  Still without that problem, this was a solid OST and if Kobushi hadn’t already caught my attention after their indies single, then I’m going to be heavily following their careers!

 

Kobushi Factory – Dosukoi! Kenkyo ni Daitan/Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san no Uta/Nen ni wa Nen (Nen’iri ver.) September 2, 2015

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Track Listing

  1. Dosukoi! Kenkyo ni Daitan
  2. Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san no Uta
  3. Nen ni wa Nen (Nen’iri ver.)
  4. Dosukoi! Kenkyo ni Daitan (Instrumental)
  5. Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san no Uta (Instrumental)
  6. Nen ni wa Nen (Nen’iri ver.) (Instrumental)

1. Dosukoi! Kenkyo ni Daitan

Opening up with a taiko drum, Dosukoi! is a pretty heavy-hitting song but I love it!  It’s got a lot of punch and the theming around Sumo is quite unique for H!P to pull off and luckily it definitely worked out for the best.  Just like “Nen ni wa Nen” there’s no REAL lead here, but the fact the 8 of them are sounding so rough and gritty just excites me especially Ayaka, Rio, Rei, and Ayano!  I’m just loving the energy and excitement here and definitely is my favorite from the single (to make fair that “Nen ni wa Nen” isn’t a new song).

2. Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san no Uta

I was surprised that the group would go on to cover a 1991 song by Sharam Q (Tsunku’s band) for their 2nd A-side.  Considering the original was bizarre and full of shenanigans (and it was called “Ramen Daisuki Koike-san no Uta”, clearly there was going to be changes abound.  To be honest, this sounds a lot more together and less all over the place when compared to the original, but the voices here are kind of hit and miss here.  A lot of the time it sounds like shouting and sadly Ayano and Rena DO NOT sound that great together.  I do love the catchy chorus though and the ~ra-men daisuki, ramen daisuki~ lines too.  Still not bad, just I prefer the other two songs.

3. Nen ni wa Nen (Nen’iri ver.)

Surprised that they’d make a new version of 1/2 of their indies single (sad that “Survivor” is just a stageplay song).  The new version of Nen ni wa Nen doesn’t change too much in the arrangement (if there is, it’s little and the extra ~NEN~ at the start).  Also to notice that the group resung the song giving the 8 another change at making it more sassy than the first time (props to Rei by giving her epic rolling r’s).  Still an epic song for the group and they just made it BETTER than the original version which is so scary but sooo good!

Wow this group just went 0-100 with their first major label single! Something must be said when a group just sounds great and feels like pros already.  With Kobushi Factory, all the members were Kenshuusei for quite a while (Rei and Ayaka were NGP Kenshuusei for a while themselves before joining H!P) and they all seem primed and it shows.  Dosukoi! Kenkyo ni Daitan is energetic and very adventurous, a nice upgrade from their indies beginnings.  Ramen Daisuki is alright, but maybe a little off vocally (and subjectively) for the group, but it’s got good moments.  Finally, Nen ni wa Nen was an extra treat, but one that was handled VERY well (looking at MEMORIAL EDITS and Updated Momusu….take notes).  Overall a great debut and Kobushi has a LOT of style for being such a young group!

 

Kobushi Factory – Nen ni wa Nen/Survivor April 7, 2015

Filed under: Kobushi Factory — solarblade @ 5:26 am

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Track Listing

  1. Nen ni wa Nen
  2. Survivor

1. Nen ni wa Nen

Well, I wasn’t sure what we were going to get with Kobushi Factory’s debut, but Nen ni wa Nen is definitely a good way to kick things off.  Focused on having a sound more akin to Buono!’s certain pop/idol/punk rock kind of feel, the song is pretty cool and has a lot of interesting things going on.  I was surprised that most of the solos here went to Rei and Minami, but everyone did comes off with at least one solo.  Plus the chorus is pretty badass I must say…what a cool way to impress me for such a new group!

2. Survivor

Though, I found it odd that they’d make a stageplay track be the group’s other A-side on the single.  Even moreso that this song is a LOT darker than what I was expecting from the group, but no surprise considering Week-end Survivor is a darker play.  The track is pretty heavy and while there isn’t much of solos unlike in “Nen ni wa Nen” (I think Ayano has the only solo), I’m enjoying the arrangement a WHOLE lot.  Not bad!

I was real curious to what Kobushi Factory was going to pull off for their debut as they kind of have ties to Berryz Kobo before their indefinite hiatus.  Nen ni wa Nen/Survivor was a single I would have not expected for the group to debut with (more or less an indies release), but this actually sounded just as good as the major groups in H!P.  I’m very intrigued to see where this group goes for the rest of the year!