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Mayu Watanabe – Hikaru Monotachi November 20, 2012

Filed under: Mayu Watanabe — solarblade @ 7:40 pm

Track Listing

  1. Hikaru Monotachi
  2. Chiheisen no Kanata wa Doko ni Aru? -Beyond the horizon- (Type A only)
  3. Heart no Soup (Type B only)
  4. 2-ri no Yoake (Type C only)
  5. Koi wo Funjatta (Regular & Limited only)
  6. Sayonara no Hashi
  7. Hikaru Monotachi (Instrumental)
  8. Chiheisen no Kanata wa Doko ni Aru? -Beyond the horizon- (Instrumental)
  9. Heart no Soup (Instrumental)
  10. 2-ri no Yoake (Instrumental)
  11. Koi wo Funjatta (Instrumental)
  12. Sayonara no Hashi (Instrumental)

1. Hikaru Monotachi

Mayuyu kicks her third single off with Hikaru Monotachi which is a departure from what we’ve heard so far in her solo career throwing her idol pop ways for more of a VOCALOID-inspired arrangement and I’m going to be honest, I was expecting this kind of sound ever since she started her solo career.  Funny enough, I do find that this is her best A-side yet since it’s catchy and is more catered to what I like and it suits her nicely.  It’s just a really solid track and Mayuyu sounds great (despite being heavily auto-tuned and computerized).

2. Chiheisen no Kanata wa Doko ni Aru? -Beyond the horizon-

So the first B-sides are all different considering which version of the single you buy.  We begin with Type A’s track.  After “Hikaru Monotachi” I really wanted more of that, but Mayuyu went backwards and gave us more of the idol feel.  It does have a certain march quality and the addition of the brass is kind of cute in a way, but I really don’t remember much of the song.  Not even Mayuyu’s performance was really memorable.  In a way, the song could be cute and I do get holiday vibes but it’s very light.

3. Heart no Soup

The whole holiday vibe seems to be caked on more with Heart no Soup since it’s a bit more joyous and happy-go-lucky which is a pretty nice thing to listen to.  Mayu also sounds like she’s generally more interested in this song than she was in the previous track…so this was a pretty good B-side.

4. 2-ri no Yoake

Type C’s song is kind of more of what I heard from her last two singles which is OK, but it’s a bit cheesy sounding which I guess is its charming point.  I love the bouncy nature of the song and it just screams super cutesy from her which is true facts lol.

5. Koi wo Funjatta

Found on the Regular and Limited editions, Koi wo Funjatta takes the place of B-side but strangely enough it feels like being ripped off as it’s under 3 minutes.  Unlike “2-ri no Yoake”, this has more of a bland arrangement for it and it sounds like it could be a B-side for SKE or AKB to be honest.  I don’t know but I’m just not really into this one x.x

6. Sayonara no Hashi

Found on all editions, the actual B-side is a ballad oddly enough and I found that to be an interesting thing to see.  It sounds like it wants to be another “Saba no Kanzume” but the biggest difference is that Mayuyu here kept her higher pitch going unlike the latter song.  It’s not a bad song and it has a feeling of dread that I like…I just wish she sung this in a lower range tbh…

 

 

Mayuyu’s 3rd single does somewhat expand her horizons a little bit more.  I found that Hikaru Monotachi is her best A-side yet.  Something about Mayu and electropop sounds intriguing and it fits here quite nicely.  Sadly the rest of the single was kind of a bust.  Heart no Soup and on a lesser scale, Sayonara no Hashi are about average (the former above average) but the other three songs are just kind of plain and really doesn’t improve anything on Mayu.  I wonder if an album is coming next since it would make sense and all.

 

Mayu Watanabe – Otona Jelly Beans July 25, 2012

Filed under: Mayu Watanabe — solarblade @ 1:01 am

Track Listing

  1. Otona Jelly Beans
  2. Saisho no Jack
  3. Koyubi no Hohoemi (Regular edition only)
  4. Itsudemo Soba ni Ite Ageru (Limited A only)
  5. Twin Tail wa Mou Shinai (Limited B only)
  6. Zannen Shoujo (Limited C only)
  7. Otona Jelly Beans (instrumental)
  8. Saisho no Jack (instrumental)
  9. Koyubi no Hohoemi (instrumental)
  10. Itsudemo Soba ni Ite Ageru (instrumental)
  11. Twin Tail wa Mou Shinai (instrumental)
  12. Zannen Shoujo (instrumental)

1. Otona Jelly Beans

Well, it’s no surprise that Mayuyu’s second A-side would’ve been a cutesy song with a title that includes jelly beans XD.  I do like it sounds relatively different from “Synchro Tokimeki” and while Mayu’s vocals are still kind of hard to take in their cute tones, it’s a little more catchy so I guess that’s a good thing right?

2. Saisho no Jack

The B-side found on all editions, Saisho no Jack is a bit like her last A-side actually but it’s a little more nicer to listen to than “Synchro Tokimeki”.  Most of the things I’ve said about her in the previous song actually fits here as well.  I still like “Otona Jelly Beans” a tad bit more though.

3. Koyubi no Hohoemi

If you want something a little more exciting from Mayuyu, then we have Koyubi no Hohoemi for the listeners which has more of a idol-pop sound with synth horns and synths.  Kind of typical but it has a little more going on in its arrangement so that it avoids being to bland.

4. Itsudemo Soba ni Ite Ageru

I guess our next track seems to be the ballad on the single which is cool and all but Mayu shouldn’t be using her cute vocals for ballads.  I mean she should’ve used her “Saba no Kanzume” voice since I felt it would’ve been more appropriate here.  Otherwise, the song is pretty and I guess Mayu does sound OK in the song but once again the other ballad still stands out more than this one.

5. Twin Tail wa Mou Shinai

I noticed that when I saw this, it was credited as Mayuzuka46…yeah…it sounds like a parody of Nogizaka46 but with Mayuyu leading the troupe I guess.  Twin Tail does kind of sound like a Nogizaka song which is a bit absurd for me but it’s kind of cute and the style is fun to listen to.  Not much else to say about the song, but it’s nice.

6. Zannen Shoujo

The final track on the single is actually a solo version of a Team B song ^_^.  Funny enough the song has the strongest arrangement because it sounds like an anime intro song with its heavy use of electric guitars.  I don’t think a solo version is suitable because Mayu’s vocals aren’t totally selling the song but the arrangement is a plus. 

 

 

To be honest, I think Otona Jelly Beans didn’t take as many risks overall than what “Synchro Tokimeki” did which to me was disappointing.  I do think the songs were alright but nothing that really stood out this time around.  I guess it’s a suitable second single but I hope she does something random for her next single.

 

Mayu Watanabe – Synchro Tokimeki February 29, 2012

Filed under: Mayu Watanabe — solarblade @ 11:29 am

Track Listing

  1. Synchro Tokimeki
  2. Mitsuami no Kimi e
  3. Shinjuku Yuutousei (Regular edition only)
  4. Lavender no Juutan (Limited A only)
  5. Mayuyuroid (Limited B only)
  6. Saba no Kanzume (Limited C only)
  7. Synchro Tokimeki (instrumenal)
  8. Mitsuami no Kimi e (instrumental)
  9. Shinjuku Yuutousei (instrumental)
  10. Lavender no Juutan (instrumental)
  11. Mayuyuroid (instrumental)
  12. Saba no Kanzume (instrumental)

1. Synchro Tokimeki

Mayuyu kicks her debut off with well…something that was totally expected for being one of the cuter and more recognizable members from AKB48.  The song kind of reminds me of tons of songs done by Aki.P so it’s no surprise that I found it to be a little disappointing.  I actually think this sounds like something I would hear from Watarirouka Hashiritai 7 actually…it’s cute and Mayu sounds alright for the most part but the music is uneventful for me.

2. Mitsuami no Kimi e

It’s sad that this song reminds me of the A-side minus love of synthed up horns haha.  It’s a bit more natural sounding of a song and showcases Mayuyu’s cute vocals a bit more but I still find myself thinking it’s bland and forgettable.  Maybe the light sitar was the only surprising aspect but I just can’t with this song.

3. Shinjuku Yuutousei

>.<  Really Aki.P?  There’s plenty of other instruments to use besides synth horns dude!  As the regular edition’s bonus track, Shinjuku Yuutousei is a little more serious sounding than the previous two tracks and I do like that about it and Mayuyu is singing quite nicely along with the meh arrangement.  So far it’s my favorite off the single but it’s not exactly saying much.

4. Lavender no Juutan

Yeesh at Mayuyu, she’s just really wanting this single to feel like one whole song doesn’t she?  Though I get very light ska vibes in this song while retaining her idol pop sound and I hear a little bit of auto-tune in various places in the song.  I’m not too big of a fan of this one but this will sure get some ears perking I think…

5. Mayuyuroid

At least Mayuyuroid tries to be something absurdly different than the previous songs by being the kind of song that I would actually find on a Katamari OST.  Especially that heavily auto-tuned/filtered introduction.  I’m also hearing some electric guitar as well which made me happy.  While it’s probably the most sugary thing Mayu has done…I kind of like it haha. 

6. Saba no Kanzume

Funny that after all of that, the Limited C version is a moving ballad which at first sounds like it was going into JERO-land and it kind of does and I’m VERY surprised at this song for sure.  I didn’t know Mayuyu can sound THIS good since she’s singing in a much deeper tone than I’m so used to.  The only thing I think is a little irksome is her note sweeping, it feels awkward to me and sounds just as much but still pretty good!

 

 

Mayuyu’s debut single didn’t really do much to impress me very well and chose weak songs to promote her IMO.  I didn’t really like Synchro Tokimeki, Mitsuami no Kimi e, and Lavender no Juutan.  They felt like so many previous efforts from various ___48 groups and Mayu’s own group WH7.  Things moved better with Mayuyuroid since it was unusual but somehow worked with her cute voice and Shinjuku Yuutousei took that and made the arrangement a little more serious sounding which is pretty good.  Though Saba no Kanzume is on its own league since it’s a totally different voice IMO haha.  Still pretty good though.  Hopefully her next one will be better >.>