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mihimaru GT – mihimaland July 18, 2014

Filed under: mihimaru GT — solarblade @ 8:01 am

mihimaland

Track Listing

  1. Theme of mihimaLIVE 5
  2. Hey! Hey! Hey! ~Mirai Goudatsu Sakusen~ feat. ROLLY
  3. Promise
  4. Harukaze
  5. Mattaku Kioku ni Gozaimasen. ~Shan Ran Ran♪~
  6. Gift
  7. Banzai Sanshou!!! ~DJ NON Remix~ (bonus track)

1. Theme of mihimaLIVE 5

mihimaru GT opens up their “album” with their opening (which is somewhat of a staple to their albums).  It was pretty weird getting into this intro because with the opening lyrics it was very Lion King-esque lol!  It’s definitely unique for mihimaru and the boom-clap sound is very cool and different.  Of course the second half brings miyake and Hiroko rapping and the latter ad-libbing as well.  Pretty cool overall!

2. Hey! Hey! Hey! ~Mirai Goudatsu Sakusen~ feat. ROLLY

Our first full track begins with Hiroko and miyake spelling the name out the group’s name xD.  It’s supposed to be a more fun song with a lot of twists and turns and I kind of grooving along with it.  It’s pretty fun and random and some of the rapping is wacky fun.  If you were wondering, ROLLY is actually the guitarist of the song so take notice.  Overall it’s a cool song and I hope the rest of the album at least tries to follow suit.

3. Promise

So this was released as a digital single a week before this was released so this acts also as the promotional song for mihimaland.  Unfortunately, it’s a mid-tempo track but closer to a ballad which isn’t mihimaru’s strong suit.  It’s not a bad track and the song doesn’t bore me to death like other mihimaru songs…That said, miyake once again makes things awkward with his rapping (kind of wish he would just not appear or do little things).  Overall not bad, but it has its issues.

4. Harukaze

Well, we have an actual ballad coming after “Promise” and well it’s more of a R&B ballad.  So as a softer song, Hiroko sounds good here and she fits the atmosphere quite nicely.  The dramatics are pleasant and the piano/strings sound beautiful.  Also my complaint with the last track is actually missing here.  There’s no miyake to be found which is a blessing XD.  Pretty song overall and I prefer it over the last track.

5. Mattaku Kioku ni Gozaimasen. ~Shan Ran Ran♪~

Getting back into some upbeat tracks, we get Mattaku Kioku ni Gozaimasen. and I’m loving the kind of dance/8bit/R&B/oriental mix…it’s just so original sounding plus miyake sounds fitting.  It’s a fun song to listen to and both members have a lot of energy.  It’s kind of like “Switch” with it’s dance/pop style and honestly, it’s a good thing to hear.  I consider it to be the best track of the mini.

6. Gift

Though the previous track hid that Gift was ANOTHER ballad here.  Honestly, I am surprised we got three slow songs on here.  Gift is even slower than “Harukaze” and feature your typical balald stylings.  It’s so very simplistic of a song and like the previously mentioned track, there’s no miyake present.  This pretty much bored me from the intro to the end…and it’s a lengthy song while we’re at it.  Pass…

7. Banzai Sanshou!!! ~DJ NON Remix~

Funny enough we got one older song to be remixed.  I was surprised none of the previous three singles made the album’s cut (although with the huge amount of best-ofs they’ve released…>.>).  We get a remix of the 2nd of the singles released and honestly I totally forgot how the original went!  The remix is quite nice and has a lot of interesting moments, but there’s a lot of repetition to deal with as well.  Though the actual lyrics and the beat round them is cool as hell!  Interesting remix and strange that it was a bonus track…hm.

 

 

Yeah, this is definitely a mini-album for what it’s worth.  I mean 5 main tracks, an intro, and a bonus track doesn’t in my eyes constitutes this as an album.  mihimaland was OK, nothing that’ll fully stand time cept maybe Mattaku Kioku ni Gozaimasen.  I will say coming on the fact that the duo are going on an indefinite hiatus at the end of 2013 to focus back on solo works…this was kind of meh and just fell down as a release.

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mihimaru GT – Kimi Dake no Story February 24, 2013

Filed under: mihimaru GT — solarblade @ 7:16 pm

kimidakenostory

Track Listing

  1. Kimi Dake no Story
  2. We Got Restart
  3. Kazoku ni Narou yo
  4. Kimi Dake no Story (Instrumental)
  5. We Got Restart (Instrumental)

1. Kimi Dake no Story

I was surprised that mihimaru would make their next A-side kind of a midtempo R&B track that’s quite upbeat and happy sound.  I do like the fact that there’s some electric guitars present and the song gots a lot more color than some of their more recent offerings.  It’s not a bad song though, so I suppose that’s good right?

2. We Got Restart

Then we slide into the B-sides and We Got Restart is definitely more along the lines of what I like in mihimaru GT.  Minus the small tinges of Oriental music, the song has more of a dance style and I actually like listening to HIROKO’s vocals in the song.  Though I still do think it’s just a bit strange hearing the title sung and all because that’s broken as hell lol.  Not bad, not bad.

3. Kazoku ni Narou yo

I’m surprised that mihimaru did a cover of a song that was released back in 2011.  You know, that Masaharu Fukuyama song that was immensely popular?  Granted the song keeps its sentimentality and quiet feel but with HIROKO singing by herself.  It’s a pleasant cover, nothing that ultimately says KEEP ME…but it’s a nice extra.

With mihimaru getting all ridiculous with releasing best albums now, it’s nice they threw this single out there.  Kimi Dake no Story isn’t too bad and it’s cute and fun to listen to but We Got Restart was a much better track even if the title makes 0 sense lmao.  Their cover of Kazoku ni Narou yo was pretty good, but I think I like Masaharu’s version more still.  Overall not bad…but the group needs to stop releasing so many best albums T.T

 

mihimaru GT – Banzai Sanshou!!! November 1, 2012

Filed under: mihimaru GT — solarblade @ 9:23 am

Track Listing

  1. Banzai Sanshou!!!
  2. Bakapoji “Don’t stop the music”
  3. DE.SU.NE
  4. Banzai Sanshou!!! (Instrumental)
  5. Bakapoji “Don’t stop the music” (Instrumental)
  6. DE.SU.NE (Instrumental)

1. Banzai Sanshou!!!

Starting the single, Banzai Sanshou!!! opens up in a completely strange way for me with horns and strings in a classical fashion but it turns into this hip-hop fusion which is different but kind of cool in a way.  miyake starts essentially with a pretty cool rap with hiroko following him with some singing.  It’s lively and kind of fun for the duo since they’ve been slightly lagging in recent times so this is a nice comeback.

2. Bakapoji “Don’t stop the music”

The first B-side is more quirky and silly to listen to but I kind of like that whole 80’s pop sound which is like a blast of nostalgia for me.  Of course hiroko this time is leading which is rather cool and she fits this sugary sound.  I feel like it’s trying to be “Switch” but with less oomph which is nice but the song needed something more to make it feel more complete.

3. DE.SU.NE

I’m a little confused to see this song get a PV and yet it’s not on the DVD >.<.  This song is VERY weird when compared to the previous two tracks for sure.  It’s has that whole urban hip-hop feel but is also quite funky as well which is cool…plus the PV is totally absurd LOL.  hiroko does some rapping, but it doesn’t seem to flow as good as miyake who shined in the track.  Though this song’s chorus is quite annoying with that call and response of ~desu ne, desu ne~…really vague.

 

 

It feels like it’s been so long since mihimaru GT released “One Time” and with the second single, Banzai Sanshou!!! brought back the randomness of the duo and it’s something I’ve missed.  The leading track was classy but also totally them.  Bakapoji was more a nostalgic trip but it’s good for what it is and DE.SU.NE was random at its finest.  There were a couple issues, but this single was good for the most part.

 

mihimaru GT – One Time December 14, 2011

Filed under: mihimaru GT — solarblade @ 9:54 pm

Track Listing

  1. One Time
  2. SURVIVOR
  3. One Time (Instrumental)
  4. SURVIVOR (Instrumental)

1. One Time

It’s awesome to hear HIROKO and miyake start the A-side off singing together.  While they don’t have the best vocals to mesh together, it’s nice.  After all the excitement from the last few singles, One Time takes a much needed chill pill and we are left with a mid-tempo R&B track.  It’s simple and nice but there’s parts where I kind of cringe at HIROKO’s higher register and miyake’s lack of enthusiasm.  It’s just a very low key song for them, but the fans that like mihi’s more chilled out songs might enjoy this a lot.  Think “Omedetou” and you’ll get the gist of the song.

2. SURVIVOR

SURVIVOR was definitely not what I was expecting as a B-side (strange placing IMO).  I actually liked SURVIVOR and how peppy and kind of upbeat it was.  There’s a lot of ~whoa whoa whoa’s~ and quite a bit of muted trumpet to give it more spice to an already synthy kind of song.  HIROKO sounds so much better here but miyake is just being himself.  Much more memorable than “One Time”.

 

 

As their first single since “mihimalight”, One Time is alright but nothing special from the A-side.  It reminds me too much of “Omedetou” and while that was a while ago, it still brought up a lot of similarities.  At least SURVIVOR sounded pretty different and brought the energy that the single needed.  It’s half and half, but the B-side is clearly the winner here.

 

mihimaru GT – mihimalight September 19, 2011

Filed under: mihimaru GT — solarblade @ 5:01 am

Track Listing

  1. Theme of mihimaLIVE 4
  2. Evo★Revolution
  3. Thank U 4 Today
  4. Neo Generator feat. KEN THE 390
  5. Kon’ya mo Cinderella
  6. Di-lemma
  7. 1/2 no Shiawase
  8. Masterpiece
  9. 880 ~EiEiO!!!!!!!!~ feat. Daimaou Kosuka
  10. Ka・Cha・Ina
  11. Omedetou
  12. Rajimaru GT Kessaku Talk Shuu part.3 with Daimaou Kosuka

1. Theme of mihimaLIVE 4

It’s not surprising that once again we have an introduction to an album.  Even weirder is that it’s longer than the last mihimaLIVE but like almost 30 seconds longer.  It starts with speaking lines by someone who’s fluent in English.  Once the halfway is passed, HIROKO and miyake pop in by doing some quick lyrics (miyake does it better not gonna lie).  After their parts it goes into some chanting for the rest of the song.  It’s a little strange as an intro but worse is that it moves into our next tune in a kind of abrupt way…

2. Evo★Revolution

Gotta love funky and exciting songs from the duo, case and point, Evo★Revolution, the duo’s 3rd A-side released in the era and I seriously loved HIROKO’s energy as well as miyake’s interesting rap section.  Amongst the other lead songs from the era, this had the most fun and really stood out to me more than the other two.

3. Thank U 4 Today

Since the group is well known for their more urban hip-pop songs, Thank U 4 Today is quite a positive song that makes you want to enjoy life.  It retains the funky bass and arrangement for this song and while I don’t think HIROKO’s performance isn’t worth gawking over, miyake’s rap actually pulled me in.  It’s alright, but I don’t remember it much.

4. Neo Generator feat. KEN THE 390

At least I can seriously enjoy Neo Generator a lot more since it’s a bit more danceable and funky with the synths this time around.  The tune is pretty fast-paced and both miyake and KEN has a great time together even at one point rapping together lol.  HIROKO seems to have a minor part in this song but she’s still present, but clearly isn’t of total importance.  Still, I was impressed with this tune…shows off the rappers in a great way!

5. Kon’ya mo Cinderella

After the excitement of “Neo Generator” the opening of Kon’ya mo Cinderella sounded so weak and felt like it was created in ten minutes hahaha no offense.  It is pretty much relaxed though so that’s good but how they pronounce ~cinderella~ sounds really off-putting and just kind annoyed me when they said it every time in the chorus.  At this point, I’m just kind of over the song.

6. Di-lemma

Of the new songs on this album, I was impressed the most with Di-lemma ^_^.  I love the stringwork in the song and it worked with HIROKO’s light vocals which sound perfect in this song (makes you wonder why she wasn’t like this in some of the previous ones).  It’s just right and miyake’s part works along with the song even though it does change the arrangement a little.  Pretty awesome song here!

7. 1/2 no Shiawase

As the album’s first ballad, it made good and moving away from “Di-lemma’s” use of the strings into a slower setting.  It kind of reminds me of “Ai no Hikari” which was off the single preceding this album so it kind of makes me frown.  Moreso, miyake is absent in this song so take that as you will.  To me, it sounds like leftover “OPEN THE DOOR” material that just either didn’t make the cut or just was too bland to even be there lol!

8. Masterpiece

To call a song masterpiece is pretty ballsy and this is DEFINITELY not one in any meaning of the word.  The first time I heard the duo’s second A-side of this era, it left me generally confused and bewildered at what happened.  mihimaru GT has tackled rock before but usually on B-sides and album tracks but leading it as an A-side was so unlike them.  Did anyone know wth HIROKO/miyake said in the beginning?  It was bizarre and the rest of the song isn’t any better.  HIROKO’s vocals do no justice to the arrangement and it was a major sour note to me on this album.

9. 880 ~EiEiO!!!!!!!!!~ feat. Daimaou Kosuka

Remember “Dosu Koi” from their last album?  Yeah that was a pretty awesome song and it seems Daimaou returns once again for some fun times with the duo.  Out of the songs I’ve heard so far, this has the most synth usage but once again I get the very exciting presence from everyone and I find myself loving this song and miyake is just pure WIN!  Daimaou stands out as well and he’s just lulzy in his line while HIROKO takes a sexy feel.  Yeah, this is an amazingly fun song and cleans up the mess that “Masterpiece” left.

10. Ka・Chi・Na

So if HIROKO can get a solo track on here, miyake can easily do one as well and that’s what we have here.  I love miyake’s rapping in the verses and the song is just pretty dark and mysterious.  Loving the marching drums and HIROKO is present, but in breaths and small parts and repeating ~kachaina~.  It’s catchy as hell and the tribal things later in the song add more spice to the already awesome track…yeah it’s pretty damn good.

11. Omedetou

I find it slightly strange that they pulled Omedetou to the album despite being about over a year old and released before “mihimaballads”.  Omedetou feels a little strange coming after two energetic pieces and add that this is like mihimaru’s regular ballads with pretty vocals from HIROKO and a rap included by miyake.  At least I’m more interested in this ballad than in “1/2 no Shiawase”.

12. Rajimaru GT Kessaku Shuu Talk part.3 with Daimaou Kosuka

Just like the last two studio albums, this album ends with another Rajimaru GT and I have NO IDEA what they are talking about.  Maybe liner notes…but I’m not sure because there seems to be humorous parts throughout this 10 minute track.  I wonder if there’ll be anyone who could do a rough translation of what’s going on here x.x; (and of course the other 2).

Tracks Recommended

  • 880 ~EiEio!!!!!!!!!~ feat. Daimaou Kosuka
  • Di-lemma
  • Evo★Revolution
  • Ka・Cha・Ina
  • Neo Generator feat. KEN THE 390

Song of Avoidance

  • Masterpiece

Unlike “mihimalogy” where it was full of pre-released A-sides, mihimalight ended up being sort of a stalemate for me.  I really did think that they left all the good songs towards the end plus a couple of songs in the first half.  Sadly, they also had so incredibly plain songs as well (and the atrocious “Masterpiece”).  I don’t know…I like both album and if it was my way I would take tracks off both albums and stuck em’ on one haha.

 

mihimaru GT – Evo★Revolution August 4, 2011

Filed under: mihimaru GT — solarblade @ 9:49 pm

Track Listing

  1. Evo★Revolution
  2. Ai no Hikari
  3. Evo★Revolution (Instrumental)
  4. Ai no Hikari (Instrumental)

1. Evo★Revolution

I love funky mihimaru GT songs and Evo★Revolution fills that gap that’s been missing for quite a while.  both HIROKO and miyake have pretty good parts going for them even though HIROKO does sing a whole lot more in the long run.  I just love the energy from this song and they’ve brought back a lot of interest in me into them after the last couple A-sides were a little bit blah.

2. Ai no Hikari

I do think that it’s a little strange to see that the B-side is a ballad from the duo and is a total 180 switch from the spazzy “Evo★Revolution”.  I like the pretty arrangement that consists of mostly piano and strings with HIROKO singing the entirety of the song while miyake is nowhere in sight of the song. 

 

 

Closing the “mihimalight” era, Evo★Revolution is quite a good single and much better of an A-side than their last one, “Masterpiece”.  There’s just something I love when it’s HIROKO/miyake mixing up in a funky track.  I do think Ai no Hikari is a little strange being only HIROKO present, but it’s still a pretty good ballad.  Overall, it was a nice single!

 

mihimaru GT – Masterpiece June 10, 2011

Filed under: mihimaru GT — solarblade @ 12:27 am

Track Listing

  1. Masterpiece
  2. Hajimari no Ippo
  3. Masterpiece (Instrumental)
  4. Hajimari no Ippo (Instrumental)

1. Masterpiece

I’m kind of surprised that Masterpiece brings the duo into a rockin’ atmosphere.  I will say that I was surprised by HIROKO’s speedy vocals at the beginning of the song.  Given the tie-in to the new Yu-Gi-Oh series that’s playing in Japan, this was interesting choice.  miyake doesn’t have as a big of a role compared to her but it’s interesting nonetheless.  I’m not sure what to think of the song since it’s not a normal GT song if you know what I mean.

2. Hajimari no Ippo

Unlike the A-side which has a prominent rockin’ atmosphere, Hajimari no Ippo seems to fit amongst the likes of “Torokechou Dandy~” and “Un♥Lock” since both are pretty much summer songs of their era and this feels like one too.  miyake also has a bigger job doing his raps amongst the lighthearted brass sound.  It’s light, but it suited them nicely and doesn’t feel strange, unlike the previous song.

 

 

After releasing their last single, “Omedetou”, their ballad best-of, and doing their solo activities, it’s nice to see mihimaru GT back together for another single.  However, Masterpiece is a bit of an odd choice of a comeback track.  I love the guitars and arrangement, but HIROKO’s vocals don’t sound that intriguing and her fast parts were weird and add in the fact that miyake had little to do in the song and you get something forgettable.  Hajimari no Ippo though is a good summer song and features both members better.  I wonder what’s next for them.