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Yasutaka Nakata / Kyarypamyupamyu – Crazy Crazy/Harajuku Iyahoi January 19, 2017

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Track Listing

  1. Ctazy Crazy (feat. Charli XCX & Kyarypamyupamyu)
  2. Crazy Crazy -remix-
  3. Harajuku Iyahoi
  4. Harajuku Iyahoi -extended mix-

1. Crazy Crazy (feat. Charli XCX & Kyarypamyupamyu)

How strange this single is split right?  Anyway, we begin things with Nakata’s track which was a collaboration with Charli XCX (pretty big name in the West) and Kyary.  Now for me, I actually hear Charli a LOT more than Kyary but it helps as the song is sung entirely in English.  Nakata’s arrangement is a lot brighter than I expected and I enjoyed that the most about this track.  To be quite honest, I actually don’t hear Kyary in the song so her backup is pretty much a missed opportunity here.

2. Crazy Crazy -remix-

I wasn’t expecting a remix to come out of this collab either, so I’m pretty Nakata had a hand with this one too.  Despite hoping for something totally different, I actually felt like Nakata went full lazy on this, changing little except for small splotches of extra synth and repetition with Charli towards the end of the track.  Not sure, but when I see remix, please do not remix it yourself without putting some kind of stronger effort into separating the songs apart…

3. Harajuku Iyahoi

Then we move to Kyary’s track which was originally meant to be a full-on Kyary single before being changed to this split single.  Anyways, it’s been quite a while since we’ve had toy piano being used in an A-side and Harajuku Iyahoi was different.  I do appreciate that the song sounds a bit more EDM than her previous A-sides of recent times and the mood is also somewhat less genki than before.  It’s definitely kind of in the middle but much better than “Sai & Kou” that’s for sure.

4. Harajuku Iyahoi -extended mix-

Surprised to see the extended mix end up on the same single (something that hasn’t happeed since “Kirakira Killer”).  Adding almost 2 minutes to the track, Harajuku Iyahoi sounds a little more club-centric with the punching synths and toy piano.  Not much else that really comes to me, but the song continues to sound nice overall.

As I’ve said, a split single between artist and producer is a bit strange but hey it finally happened right?  I don’t think this single is bad persay, but I don’t think this should’ve happened…together I mean.  I do like the Charli song and Nakata working with a Western artist should happen more often as his electronic arrangements are great!  Charli did a pretty good job, but Kyary might has well not have been a part of it as she was pretty much invisible to the song.  As for Kyary’s side, Harajuku Iyahoi is one of her more catchier A-sides and the extended mix was just as decent.  Overall, they should have been seperate releases.

 

Kyarypamyupamyu – Into Darkness July 11, 2016

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Track Listing

  1. Into Darkness

1. Into Darkness

While I know that it’s more of a Nakata and J.J. Abrams track (as that’s the artists are), I feel like it’s also Kyary’s because she’s the one singing here.  Anyways, Into Darkness was an interesting step for Nakata due to the arrangement having a more foreboding and chilling sound than any of his other works (at the time).  That said, this darker electro sound was also quite something we would’ve expected Kyarypamyupamyu to be involved in as it’s WAY different to stuff we get.  Anyways, Kyary only sings in two short verses in the song which is a bummer because those are far and beyond the best parts of the track.  Rest of the track is mostly Nakata’s arrangement and a robotic voice repeating the title of the track.  Not bad, but I think there could’ve been more to the track.

 

 

So as this digital single was released right after Kyarypamyupamyu’s “Nanda Collection”, this song at the time was something unheard of from her fans (although “Fashion Monster” is probably the closest she had gotten at the time.  Into Darkness is an interesting rarity here with its tie-in to the Star Trek: Into Darkness movie that was out.  Honestly I kind of wish she and Nakata did something like this again, but ever since, her sound has kept up her cutesy side for the most part >.<

 

Kyarypamyupamyu – KPP BEST June 4, 2016

Filed under: Kyarypamyupamyu — solarblade @ 6:19 am

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CD 1 Track Listing

  1. KPP ON STAGE
  2. PONPONPON
  3. Cherry Bonbon
  4. Tsukema Tsukeru
  5. Kyary ANAN
  6. CANDY CANDY
  7. Fashion Monster
  8. Kimi ni 100 Percent
  9. Furisodation
  10. Family Party -album mix-
  11. Super Scooter Happy
  12. Yume no Hajima-rin-rin -album mix-

CD 2

  1. Ninjari Ban Ban
  2. Mottai Night Land
  3. 5iVE YEARS MONSTER
  4. Kira Kira Killer
  5. Invader Invader
  6. Kanzen Keitai
  7. Tokyo Highway
  8. Crazy Party Night ~Pumpkin no Gyakushuu~
  9. No No No
  10. Mondai Girl
  11. Cosmetic Coaster
  12. Sai & Kou

1. KPP ON STAGE

No surprise that Kyary would have an intro track to open up a best and it’s the technically only new track from the first disc as well!  It starts off with a bang with a nice mix of synths and guitars surprisingly.  Though the latter leaves quickly as Kyary starts to spell out her name.  After that it’s just music, but it closes things off quite quickly with a fanfare (which is random).

2. PONPONPON

As I said above, the rest of the first disc is actually done chronological from her major debut.  Kicking things off with a selection of songs from “Moshi Moshi Harajuku”, we have PONPONPON which is still argubly her most recognizable song in her discography (due to its popularity in the West).  Jumping back in time to re-listen to this track is just nostalgic for me (I mean it hasn’t been that long since this was released right?).  Being also the first song that Nakata had a hand in, this song to me had a certain MEG feel, but with cuter, but nicer vocals.  I do like the catchy beats and Kyary sounds so peppy and adorable!  It’s always been a favorite of mine!

3. Cherry Bonbon

I wouldn’t have thought a 2nd song would be represented from her debut mini-album, but if it had to be any, I’m kind of happy that Cherry Bonbon was that song!  While I love “PONPONPON” for the nostalgic vibes and catchy hooks, Cherry Bonbon is more for the beats here.  It has a certain 80’s vibe to it and Kyary while still emitting a cuter pitch, the song’s arrangement has a Nakata-esque cool vibe to it.  Though I still feel like Kyary says ~Jelly, jelly, jelly bonbon~…sounds tasty too…>.>

4. Tsukema Tsukeru

Jumping into the next batch from “Pamyupamyu Revolution”, Tsukema Tsukeru was the first A-side she released and after such a popular song that was “PONPONPON” she tried to strike gold again here with this song.  The fact that this time there’s a bit more of a smooth sound to go along with toy piano, it was an odd mixture and while I enjoyed the song back then as the next thing after her debut, it has somewhat lowered itself as Kyary released more and more songs.

5. Kyary ANAN

Which is very odd because while my adoration for the previous song dropped, our next song (which is a B-side from that single) ended up growing on me after a LONG while of listening to it.  It’s definitely a frantic song and it reminds me of an intro to a 90’s cartoon for some strange reason.  A lot of the song is pretty much repetitive lyrics and a grating kazoo sound, but when Kyary does sing actual lyrics, it’s bright and energetic.  Yeah, it might not be a song for everyone, but I do put on a smile everytime this song comes on!

6. CANDY CANDY

After the lukewarm “Tsukema Tsukeru”, I had wondered what Kyary was going to do with her 2nd A-side and she fixed everything up with CANDY CANDY.  Slowing things down a smidge, the tune is a bit more controlled and the use of guitar in the backing track is pretty interesting (something Nakata should use more!).  The atmosphere is still cute, but it’s smoothed out so it doesn’t feel like you’re being fed spoonfuls of sugar.  Which is felt so obviously being after “Kyary ANAN” here.  I really love this song and the PV was just as fun to watch too!

7. Fashion Monster

Moving to the “Nanda Collection” set of songs, we see a giant step of change from here on out starting from Kyary’s 3rd A-side!  I mean immediately right from the start, the tune is a lot darker but still retains Kyary’s cuteness.  After the previous tracks, this song was a fresh sound for her and the mix of cute and creepy was just awesome and Nakata did a great job making this one!  Still one of my all-tine favorites!

8. Kimi ni 100 Percent

It took me a while to remember this one because while it was an A-side (and used for Crayon Shin-chan) it never got a PV (as far as I know) and was quickly covered up by its sister A-side “Furisodation”.  It anything the song highly reminds me of “Tsukema Tsukeru” due to the lighter nature of the song, the use of piano/toy piano, and the overly cute vibe I get overall.  It’s a little bland and forgetful to me.

9. Furisodation

I think of the poppy cute stuff she released around this time, Furisodation is probably my favorite because it’s got a lot of interesting moments and the heavier amount of percussion and piano and less synth properties are actually refreshing.  It does run a little one-note and the arrangement can come off a little busy, but I thought the tune was fun and bright and left a nice impression on me, even today still!

10. Family Party -album mix-

Well, I thought the first disc was going to be chronological, but the only switch is between the two tracks coming up!  Because Family Party was the 3rd A-side she released for “Pikapika Fantajin” so I was a bit surprised to see this next and not “Ninjari Ban Ban”.  Even moreso that this is the version from the album!  I have to say though, the updated mix is a lot more electronic than the original single edit.  While the song is more of the cuter side of things, this was also more fantasy-like which is nice to hear.  I still don’t know why the chronology broke off here, but it’s whatever.

11. Super Scooter Happy

Then we jump back into the “Nanda Collection” album with this capsule cover (odd because “Mi” was probably meant to be here as it was the album’s promotional track >.>).  This song, a capsule cover is pretty cute and the muted sax/synth mix makes me think of Sesame Street for some reason.  It’s OK and at least it isn’t the worst of the disc lol.

12. Yume no Hajima-rin-rin -album mix-

Then the first disc closes off with the album rendition of the 2nd A-side released from “Pikapika Fantajin”.  I don’t feel like the changes from the single version of the song was as noticeable as “Family Party’s” was so I don’t really focus on this one much.  I also found myself kind of slightly bored of the song because it was a little empty sounding.  Though I will say that it was appropriate as the ending of this disc because the PV was showing how far she’s come since debut.

CD 2

1. Ninjari Ban Ban

I’m not sure whats with the second disc and it’s order, but it does clear out towards the end.  Going back again to the final two “Nanda Collection” A-sides, we begin the second disc with Ninjari Ban Ban!  Like with “Fashion Monster” before it, there was a heavy theme this time around and that’s with ninjas and Japanese culture in and of itself!  Kyary is really having fun with this one and I love the beat and chorus here.  I just think it’s one of her standouts from her best album!

2. Mottai Night Land

Then we jump forward again, but this was what started the “Pikapika Fantajin” era off.  As this was supposed to be related to “Fashion Monster” by theme, I didn’t feel it as strongly as the aforementioned song, but the song’s cutesy atmosphere is fun to listen to and there’s some parts where it feels like Halloween!  Kind of like “Family Party”, this song maybe could’ve used a little more oomph, but I think that’s why the PV was so interesting.

3. 5iVE YEARS MONSTER

Then we jump into one of the two new songs on the release!  I wasn’t sure what I was getting into with new songs, but hearing gritty guitars and a spazzy arrangement throws me off just a little bit.  Maybe it’s a little messy, but once Kyary is singing with minimal instrumentation, it’s pretty nice.  I do like the more rockin’ atmosphere, but it feels weird on an album with mostly electronics.  It’s also a bit short being under 3 minutes and all…

4. Kirakira Killer

I will never understand why they use the original and not the extended because this song is much better in that version (which is lucky that it’s on the 3rd disc).  Kirakira Killer is such an energetic song for Kyary and I was waiting for a song like it (because the other “Pikapika Fantajin” singles were kind of disappointing).  It’s got a stronger melody and that chorus is fantastic!  Add on that I love the backing vocals too..it just made the song adventurous and airy in a good way.  Love it!

5. Invader Invader

Hopefully the last of the “Nanda Collection” A-sides, we enter Invader Invader and coming after “Ninjari Ban Ban in her discography, I was wondering what she’d be pulling off as the last single before the studio album and she surprised me once again!  I mean it has a lot of odd things going on here (no surprise, it’s Kyary) but there’s some synth 8bit moments and some robotic things on top of some dubstep to surprise fans!  It’s a pretty interesting song to say the least and she suited this kind of track quite nicely.

6. Kanzen Keitai

The other new track, Kanzen Keitai sounds worldly from the intro with synths and smooth sounds.  Though Kyary jumps in and her voice does ind of get covered by the music a little and she hits some REALLY thin notes here.  I do like some of the song, but the forceful punch of the chorus (and Kyary’s vocal blows) do not work well and just comes off as a little mechanical sounding.  I mean we have “Slo-mo” for that kind of track.

7. Tokyo Highway

I was a bit surprised a “Pikapika Fantajin” song was chosen, but here we have Tokyo Highway!  I actually didn’t remember how this one went because a lot of that album flew over my head when I reviewed it.  As I listen to it, I feel similar to how I feel with “Kirakira Killer” with the arrangement and some of the tricks and chords.  Unfortunately, after a while I get bored since the chorus is so one-dimensional and repetitive to me so it honestly goes by my head.

8. Crazy Party Night ~Pumpkin no Gyakushuu~

Ok, so maybe the remainder of the album isn’t as in line as the first disc (or as I said earlier lol).  Moving into a last section of singles that were released for this best album, Crazy Party Night was the 2nd A-side and initially I didn’t give too much care for it.  Luckily, this is bringing me back and I can totally feel the Halloween theme in this song which is all over the verses (not-so-much the chorus, but she does say ~halloween~ during it).  The song does kind of remind me of “Mottai Night Land” in some respects, but this one is cute and the beat is fun to hear.  A lot better than I remembered!

9. No No No

Then we have one of the B-sides from “Crazy Party Night” next and I remember this one because it had a STRONG Perfume sound to it (well, duh it’s Nakata).  Honestly though, the tribal drums and the heavy piano and shuffling electro wasn’t helping the comparisons.  It feels like Kyary was actually trying to sing stronger for this one and I like the classy vibe out of this one.  It does somewhat stick out in this compilation, but I think that’s a good thing.

10. Mondai Girl

Then we have the first single to release before this released and it’s definitely a favorite of mine since “Kirakira Killer” at least!  Actually the song reminds me of some of the spark that happened in the “Nanda Collection” singles and that made me so happy because I love the electronics and flow of the tune!  One of the best songs in recent times for sure!

11. Cosmetic Coaster

Then in our final stretch is our two main songs from her last single!  Actually, it’s funny that the B-side came first this time to be honest.  Cosmetic Coaster definitely has a strong theme park feel, but I feel like I wasn’t sure whether having it appear as a song here makes sense as it’s one of her genki-cute tracks and it’s just a little generic in comparison to most songs on this album.

12. Sai & Kou

We finally get to the album which ends with the last A-side she released prior to this release and I was a little underwhelmed with it on initial release and while it’s been a month since its release, I wasn’t sure if anything would change.  Being the final track, it’s a little strange like “Cosmetic Coaster” in that it just sticks out in a weird way.  It can be catchy at some points, but there’s multitudes of other MORE catchy songs here!

Tracks Recommended

  • Fashion Monster
  • CANDY CANDY
  • PONPONPON
  • Kyary ANAN
  • Furisodation

  • Kirakira Killer
  • Invader Invader
  • Mondai Girl
  • Ninjari Ban Ban
  • No No No

Song of Avoidance

  • Kimi ni 100 Percent
  • Cosmetic Coaster

Wow, it feels like she debuted not that long ago and yet we are here a mini-album and 3 studio albums later, we finally have KPP BEST which chronicles her singles and some oddities there.  While I feel like she initially wanted to go by release it got messy for the ending of Disc 1 and most of Disc 2 and I was wondering if there was a reason to it.  A lot of the songs here are her best so I’m happy to see that, but there were some meh songs and the 2 new tracks (not counting the intro) weren’t up to snuff IMO.  Still, overall it’s nice and there’s even a 3rd disc containing most of the extended mixes she’s released over the years!

 

Kyarypamyupamyu – Sai & Kou April 20, 2016

Filed under: Kyarypamyupamyu — solarblade @ 10:03 pm

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Track Listing

  1. Sai & Kou
  2. Cosmetic Coaster
  3. Mondai Girl -extended mix-
  4. Sai & Kou (instrumental)
  5. Cosmetic Coaster (instrumental)

1. Sai & Kou

I feel like Kyary’s new A-side Sai & Kou sounds like a march at the beginning before it becomes a rather cutesy and upbeat track for her.  It does sound like a lot of stuff that came from her “Pikapika Fantajin” album, being all synthy (thanks to Nakata) and just being a sugary song itself.  Really though, it’s sort of catchy, but not at the levels of “Mondai Girl” unfortunately.

2. Cosmetic Coaster

A song for her Universal Studios attraction?  Weird to say the least but original in the same sense.  Right from the start, it does give me a theme park kind of feeling with the beats and generally appealing cute sound.  I do feel that its fantasy-esque sound and nature just suits me more than “Sai & Kou” did which in the end made it the better song overall.  Cute and catchy for sure!

3. Mondai Girl -extended mix-

I’m surprised “Crazy Party Night” or even “Mondai Girl” had any extensions (the latter having a remix), but we’re back right at it with a Mondai Girl extension which is great!  Adding almost about a minute more, this version begins immediately with the chorus before the actual song kicks in which is odd but cool.  The new changes within the song are OK, maybe a little unnecessary here and there, but I still love the song regardless!

 

 

Kyary’s 3rd single (and probably the last to represent her upcoming “KPP BEST” best album), Sai & Kou at least stood out a bit more than her previous single by a decent amount.  The leading track, while very reminiscent of past works, is OK for the most part, but most of my interest was at Cosmetic Coaster that’s for sure!  The extended take on Mondai Girl was decent too for the most part.  Just wonder what comes next after the best album to be honest.

 

Kyarypamyupamyu – Crazy Party Night ~Pumpkin no Gyakushuu~ September 3, 2015

Filed under: Kyarypamyupamyu — solarblade @ 2:08 am

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Track Listing

  1. Crazy Party Night ~Pumpkin no Gyakushuu~
  2. No No No
  3. Oshiete Dance Floor
  4. Kimama
  5. Crazy Party Night ~Pumpkin no Gyakushuu~ (Instrumental)
  6. No No No (Instrumental)
  7. Oshiete Dance Floor (Instrumental)
  8. Kimama (Instrumental)

1. Crazy Party Night ~Pumpkin no Gyakushuu~

Seems like Kyary returned to her Halloween-esque kind of sound with Crazy Party Night and it has been a while since we’ve had her last one, “Mottai Night Land”.  Sadly, this song really misses its mark a little.  I think after being spoiled by “Mondai Girl”, this song just feels a little too childish and would’ve been a better B-side almost.  I do like the verses, but the chorus just doesn’t really work for me very much.  Honestly, this just doesn’t really excite me in anyway and “Mottai Night Land” and “Fashion Monster” still rank WAY higher!

2. No No No

Moving into B-sides of the single, No No No starts off kind of like something capsule would’ve done back on “WORLD OF FANTASY” with the electronics, tribal drums, and piano.  I actually was a bit more interested with this song because of its airy, slightly cutesy tone.  Kyary sounds quite effervescent and doesn’t seem to have too much vocoder laced into her vocals which is great!  After a while, I do think the arrangement would’ve suited to Perfume better, but this song nice!

3. Oshiete Dance Floor

I kind of was hoping this to be the harder song off the single, but it sounds like a tune that would’ve been played in Animal Crossing (ironic considering “Kimama” is tied to it).  The tune outside of that doesn’t seem to really do much of anything to me…almost feels like a rejected song from “Pamyupamyu Revolution” with its cutesy electronics from Nakata.  Not terrible, but forgettable.

4. Kimama

The final B-side of the single, Kimama is actually the slow song of the single too.  Actually being tied to Animal Crossing: New Leaf, I was expecting something like this.  A lot of playfulness and childish glow all through it.  That being said, I already said “Oshiete Dance Floor” sounds like a song that would’ve fit as well.  Really, the airy and whispy vocals from Kyary suits the style of the song, but ehhhhh…it’s ok.

Honestly, after being slightly spoiled by “Mondai Girl”, I was surprised at how disappointing this single turned out.  Crazy Party Night just felt weak all-around and didn’t give me the spooky spells that her past ones had.  No No No is probably the best of the single though having such catchy arrangement and nice vocals.  As for Oshiete Dance Floor & Kimama, they felt like they came from the same mindset and sadly neither left much of an impression on me…I hope she picks up after this single

 

Kyarypamyupamyu – Mondai Girl March 19, 2015

Filed under: Kyarypamyupamyu — solarblade @ 2:47 pm

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Track Listing

  1. Mondai Girl
  2. KISEKAE
  3. My Room
  4. CANDY CANDY -remix-
  5. Mondai Girl (Instrumental)
  6. KISEKAE (Instrumental)
  7. My Room (Instrumental)

1. Mondai Girl

I knew Kyary had in her to release another great A-side in the form of Mondai Girl.  It definitely feels like it has a cool 80’s feel to it mixed with her normal zaniness that we’ve all come to love.  I actually think the verses were OK, but the pre-chorus and the chorus is just orgasmic to my ears.  Mostly thanks to Nakata that’s for sure, but I definitely approve of the arrangement regardless.  Definitely didn’t feel repetitive as “Kira Kira Killer” ended up slightly being…great way to kick off the era.

2. KISEKAE

Is it me, or does KISEKAE remind me of a Perfume song?  Used as a CM song for the 3DS, KISEKAE is more of the cuter side of things and the arrangement is also quite simpler overall.  I do enjoy the fantasy-like soundscape it puts out and the fluffy sound is pretty refreshing, but the song itself is something I don’t remember too much in the long run.  I was also surprised with how much her voice was drowning in the vocoder.

3. My Room

Now this seems like the normal B-side we would’ve gotten from Kyary as it’s quite sugary and bouncy and fitting for a Children’s show even though this was also a CM song too.  Not sure if it stands out either amongst the other cute songs she’s already done.  I will say the playful piano is probably the best asset of the track, but otherwise meh.

4. CANDY CANDY -remix-

Oh?  No extension of the A-side (or something from “Pikapika Fantajin”?).  Hearing a remix of one of my favorite songs from “Pamyupamyu Revolution” was intriguing, but I was wondering how it was going to change things…and it did just that.  Though I feel like the song is slower with the lyrics even though I don’t think it is.  I was laughing after the intro because it changes into a club banger (which is the opposite of it originally).  It’s an interesting take on the song and definitely has a different tone.

Kyary begins her new era off with a pretty strong A-side in Mondai Girl.  It’s definitely A-side material and has a cool 80’s adventure feel to it and can stand amongst the other lead tracks she’s had.  However, the rest of the single just kind of fell flat for me.  KISEKAE was slightly good, but not really memorable, but My Room was a lot worse as it was just an idea we’ve heard a lot before and the CANDY CANDY remix was….different to say the least…I hope she’s does better from here on out.

 

Kyarypamyupamyu – Pikapika Fantajin July 7, 2014

Filed under: Kyarypamyupamyu — solarblade @ 11:49 pm

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Track Listing

  1. Pikapika Fantajin
  2. Kira Kira Killer
  3. Yume no Hajima-rin-rin -album mix-
  4. Mottai Night Land
  5. Serious Hitomi
  6. do do pi do
  7. Family Party -album mix-
  8. Ring a Bell
  9. Tokyo Highway
  10. Koi Koi Koi
  11. Sungoi Aura -album mix-
  12. Explorer
  13. Pikapika Fantamix (iTunes only)

1. Pikapika Fantajin

Like all of Kyary’s previous album we begin with an introduction piece!  I was surprised it starts off with such fanciful strings before sparkles and synths join in.  It sounds so regal and so formal but in reality the noteworthy thing is that Kyary just says the album title and we’re off to our next track.

2. Kira Kira Killer

I’m kind of sad that they didn’t change anything with Kyary’s 4th A-side released prior to the album (more or less didn’t even go with the extended mix which is 100% more better than the original).  Anyways, Kira Kira Killer is probably my favorite A-side regardless and even though it’s all about luck, the tune is cool (although in this era it blended with the other A-sides a little too much).  Still, it’s an energetic track and the chorus is my favorite part of the song! I still way prefer the extended mix, but this is a worthy tune and kicks things off nicely.

3. Yume no Hajima-rin-rin -album mix-

So somes songs got edited up for the album release and the first one Yume no Hajima-rin-rin got 40 seconds added to its time.  Actually some of the changes dull out the song so it doesn’t sound AS fantasy-like but still has a little bits here and there.  The new changes don’t change things too much for me, but the song is still rather nice as it feels smoother?  It’s nice, but I think I’d take the original more but this is a nice listen too…hmmmm >.<  At least the ending was a nice way to close it off.

4. Mottai Night Land

As the first A-side, Mottai Night Land came in and funny enough to me it’s Kyary’s 2nd Halloween song and while it doesn’t stand out like “Fashion Monster” did, this song kind of takes cute and uses spooky chords to move on which surprisingly worked.  Also it stood out as an A-side moreso than the other 3 did as they all kind of sounded similar in one way another, Mottai Night Land had its own personality.  It’s pretty much tied with “Kira Kira Killer” as favorite A-side.

5. Serious Hitomi

Finally, we get to our first new track and already it’s different from songs we’ve heard this era by having this gritty electric guitar riff!  I wasn’t expecting Nakata to do something like this but hey it’s unique and random.  Serious Hitomi feels energetic and kind of takes Kyary’s cute vocals and meshes it with this almost shoegaze (albeit dirty) sound.  Can’t deny that it’s really interesting and sticks out on the album in a good way!

6. do do pi do

So another staple of Kyary’s is a capsule cover, this time do do pi do from “L.D.K. Lounge Designers Killer” and once again chooses the song I least liked from that album (similar to “Super Scooter Happy” but I ended up liking Kyary’s a lot XD).  Kyary’s do do pi do of course suits her sugary voice a lot better than it did with Toshiko’s and of course I instantly fit myself interested here.  Though the deadpan voice is kind of meh to listen too lol.  It’s a bouncy song though and the chorus was done better.  Overall much better than the original xD.

7. Family Party -album mix-

As the 3rd A-side, I hate to be mean but I instantly forgot how this song went lol!  The changes though on the album mix basically made the song fill out more with the synths so it doesn’t sound as tinny when compared to the original.  Otherwise it’s basically the same song otherwise.  I still can’t be too bothered to remember this one.  There’s just a lot of things that stick out to me (maybe the chorus) but that’s repetition and that doesn’t count for me.  My least favorite of the A-sides released.

8. Ring a Bell

Going into a small string of new songs, we begin with Ring a Bell and there’s something about it that reminds of songs from “Pamyupamyu Revolution”…it’s just that cutesy/bouncy track with fantasy-ish sounds.  Though this song is ridiculously odd in the lyrics which are mostly in English surprisingly.  Talking about going to the studio and looking for a microphone and being happy today.  It surprised me a lot since I didn’t think Kyary would tackle something like this.  However, it’s a friggin earworm of a song and found myself singing along with Kyary.  I think after the initial response fades I might like it less?  For now, it’s a pick-me-up after the boredom in “Family Party”.

9. Tokyo Highway

Moving on, Tokyo Highway is an interesting song as the song is a bit more faster but it also reminds me of the various A-sides she has which means its got quality behind it.  There’s something about it that feels like an adventure is happening in this tune and I liked that.  Though after a while I do feel like the chorus just drags itself dry and had me longing for it to end, still it’s a rather nice track…one of the better within the new songs.

10. Koi Koi Koi

What is going on here with this song.  There’s a lot of minor chords here and it sounds totally unexpected after the previous song used here.  Unlike the other songs which filled out the spaces, Koi Koi Koi takes a more minimalistic approach by mostly using piano/xylophone/bells.  It’s a very unorthodox tune for this album but I kind of enjoyed this like oddball.

11. Sungoi Aura -album mix-

Of all the B-sides, you had to choose the worst one Kyary?  Sungoi Aura definitely didn’t do anything compared to “Slo-mo” and “Scanty Skimpy” so seeing this make the album is disappointing.  More or less getting an album mix.  It gains a minute extra which is a new extended ending, but the song is still overall the same song we got mostly so I’m just here nor there and kind of meh-ing all over the place.  Never really liked this one.

12. Explorer

So the album ends with Explorer which begins with a march arrangement which makes sense since some of Kyary’s songs have that feel.  Not sure how it’s supposed to mean at the end of the album but whatever.  The song seems so simplistic and Kyary’s voice is a lil squeaky.  I don’t know, but this song just didn’t stand out to me and feels well bland?  It just didn’t work.

13. Pikapika Fantamix

So on iTunes, you get a bonus track which is essentially a medley of the songs from the album.  I suppose it’s a nice incentive since it’s all the songs in rapid succession.  Not really an important track though.

Tracks Recommended

  • Kira Kira Killer
  • Mottai Night Land
  • Tokyo Highway
  • do do pi do
  • Koi Koi Koi

Song of Avoidance

  • Sungoi Aura -album mix-

Ahhh Kyary’s 3rd album and it’s where I’m starting to feel the gimmick starting to run dry.  Pikapika Fantajin is an OK album but she’s starting to somewhat slump in her music and it’s all kind of starting to meld into one another.  I mean it’s kind of meh that even the A-sides are lacking this time around.  I don’t know but “Nanda Collection” is way better of an album than this one >.<