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RO-KYU-BU! – pure elements October 14, 2011

Filed under: RO-KYU-BU! — solarblade @ 6:49 am

Track Listing

  1. Ginger☆Ale
  2. SHOOT!
  3. Free Throw na LOVE ni Shitekure
  4. Nee, Konbini de Ice Katte ko
  5. Gyao su!!!!!
  6. Daisuki Connection
  7. Kuusou Dramatic Girl
  8. Party Love ~Ookiku Naritai~ (Album ver.)
  9. You&I
  10. RO-KYU-BU!

1. Ginger☆Ale

Kickstarting the album off, Ginger☆Ale is kind of interesting since it has more of a rock theme like some Buono! songs and it’s interesting to hear the 5-nin sing and it’s also awesome to hear solo lines as well.  It’s spazzy and fun to listen to.  However, two of the members (one I definitely know is Yui Ogura) really just doesn’t fit in the song.  Still I liked it as the first tune of the album.

2. SHOOT!

As the only A-side representing the era, SHOOT! was a surprised because I didn’t know KOTOKO produced the tune but I should’ve known this because of the synth usage in the song and the reason I really liked the song to begin with.  The five ladies aren’t as impressive like the opening song, but it’s passable.  Still think that it’s a rejected sphere song LOL.

3. Free Throw na LOVE ni Shitekure

A couple of songs are split between the members (no surprise there, starting with Free Throw na LOVE ni Shitekure which has Kana, Yuka, and Youko at the front.  I wasn’t expecting such an 8-bit/techno-pop arrangement to pop up for this song but I really like the sound of this one a lot more than “SHOOT!” for sure.  Now, the members sound alright but nothing that screams special.  At least in the chorus they sound melodically together (but I sense some artificial help).  Still a great song and makes ya smile whenever its on!

4. Nee, Konbini de Ice Katte ko

The other two members: Rina and Yui get a song together with Nee, Konbini de Ice Katte ko and while it doesn’t grasp my attention as quickly as the previous song I would say it’s a nice change because this one is slow and more of a ballad before the energetic chorus which is a little bizarre.  Now, I know Yui already know how to deal with duos since she’s half of YuiKaori and all.  Also, I heard a lot of Yui but one makes me wonder if Rina has the same type of vocals as Yui since there’s no other different vocals.  Not my kind of song sadly.

5. Gyao su!!!!!

All 5 members return for another song before splitting again with Gyao su!!!!! and I kind of find this more annoying than anything else which is unfortunate.  They use synths but it’s predominantly guitars and such like “Ginger☆Ale” but less exciting and with poor vocals lol.  Just not that great of a tune.

6. Daisuki Connection

Rina and Yui return again with something that is kind of like “Free Throw na LOVE ni Shitekure” in the way that the song has more of a synthpop kind of feel to it.  To me, this actually sounds nicer for the two ladies since their vocals aren’t the sad part of the song haha.  I actually really enjoyed this song despite not of lot of emotion is found in the song. 

7. Kuusou Dramatic Girl

On the flipside of the coin, Kana, Yuka, and Youko get the more natural sounding song on their second split-off song and once again I’m finding myself kind of bored of the song but it’s better than Yui/Rina’s first tune which is strange.  It’s one of the slowest tunes overall on the album but at least the vocals are solid and not wacky.

8. Party Love ~Ookiku Naritai~ (Album ver.)

It’s a little weird that of the album Party Love (which was the B-side of the era and closing theme for the anime, RO-KYU-BU!) that it would have a new version of the song.  Adding roughly about 30 seconds to the known song.  All that was essentially added was a light extended opening which is bizarre because Party Love is anything but soft.  Otherwise, it’s the same song all-around, being very genki and just wild with the uber-cute vocals from the girls.  It still isn’t my kind of song since it’s just messy arrangement-wise…though the new intro is kind of nice?

9. You&I

I wasn’t sure what to think about You&I because it definitely isn’t a song you don’t expect because it’s like anime-pop but with actual good vocals because most of the singers sound really strong for some absurd reason.  I really like the chorus as well since it has a nice rhythm and the melody is good.  It’s probably my favorite song off the album to be honest hahaha.

10. RO-KYU-BU!

Closing the album is what I kind of would think be the theme song of the anime but that’s “SHOOT!’s” job.  So this is the group’s theme song haha.  After the awesomeness coming from “You&I”, this kind of feels disappointing but understandable and to me it feels like another “Ginger☆Ale”.  Meh hahaha.

Tracks Recommended

  • You&I
  • Free Throw na LOVE ni Shitekure
  • SHOOT!
  • Daisuki Connection

Song of Avoidance

  • Gyao su!!!!!

While I know that this group is just specifically there for the anime, the group’s album is kind of interesting in the long run.  I was expecting something bad after their single, “SHOOT!”, but they surprised me with the new songs for the most part.  They aren’t just pop/rock…they do synth stuff too and I liked that more funny enough.  Alright album, but nothing too amazing xD

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RO-KYU-BU! – SHOOT! August 17, 2011

Filed under: RO-KYU-BU! — solarblade @ 1:32 am

Track Listing

  1. SHOOT!
  2. Party Love ~Okkiku Naritai~
  3. SHOOT! (instrumental)
  4. Party Love ~Okkiku Naritai~ (instrumental)

1. SHOOT!

There’s just something that called to me when listening to SHOOT! and it could possibly because I do only know Yui Ogura and all that but the other five are rather unknowns to me.  Anyway, the main reason that I actually enjoyed the song like I did was because of the synth based arrangement that doesn’t sound cheap or bad.  While the five ladies are sounding a little seiyuu-ish and a bit like sphere almost, it’s a pretty good song for sure still.

2. Party Love ~Okkiku Naritai~

Party Love seems to be a little more sugary coated with uber cute, genki vocals with an energetic arrangement that has guitars and sparkly stuff throughout.  I’m not too fond of these kind of songs since they’re so headache inducing.  I mean there’s solos, but it seems just like they went into genki mode for this one and it’s not really good for them tbh.

 

 

I think I just reviewed this debut single on a whim because it is only just a unit and I don’t even know if they’ll continue on after this because it’s for the anime of the same name it seems.  Then again seeing Yui Ogura (also 1/2 of YuiKaori) participating interested me as well.  SHOOT! is a pretty good debut A-side and it has all the goods of an idol A-side as well which is great and all but is held back by Party Love and it’s crazy-ass genki arrangement…typical idol release? Check!