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Tsubaki Factory – Tsubaki Factory SOUND & VISION Vol. 1 March 30, 2016

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Track Listing

  1. Seishun Manmannaka!
  2. Kedakaku Sakihokore!
  3. 17sai
  4. Cabbage Hakusho ~Haru-hen~

1. Seishun Manmannaka!

Opening the mini-album is their indies debut!  Although, I’m surprised they didn’t call it a second take, especially how they made it important enough to call their actual indies single a “First Take”.  I have to say, the song is still quite catchy and as upbeat as the original, the only changes are the fact it was resung and the final ~manmannaka~ has some vocal layers this time and not so much that being a Kiki solo.  Overall, I have to say this update is nice, but maybe not needed?  I don’t know, but I do enjoy this track a lot!

2. Kedakaku Sakihokore!

Then we move to their 2nd indies single and the song is a lot more edgy and cool to listen to.  Taking up the role as another EDM song for the group, not much has changed on my opinion of this track since the single release so I still love Yumeno and Risa’ rapping section to the catchy verses and chorus.  It’s a track that really shows off a lot of personality and force, very impressive song!

3. 17sai

Then we jump back to the group’s actual first song they performed, a classic by Chisato Moritaka (well it was done earlier by Saori Minami in the 70s, but it’s based off of Moritaka’s 80s version).  The track is just as upbeat and synth-driven and it’s a pretty bouncy song for the group (which I could say for the previous two tracks as well).  However, this brightness given by the arrangement makes things feel somewhat fresh and I enjoy that the members sound a LOT better than they did debuting with it despite being obviously pitched higher than its live performances.  It’s just great we’re finally getting a studio version of it though!

4. Cabbage Hakusho ~Haru-hen~

The mini-album closes out with with a surprising cover of a SATOYAMA track (makes sense because the mini was released at a SATOYAMA event before its general release).  Interesting they chose the updated version over the original, but honestly the track sounded better this way (even better without Riho or Ayaka involved).  I still do think that excerpt of “Furusato” is beyond song damaging, but otherwise the song sounds better with these 6 tackling it.  Oh yeah, a ballad for once!!

 

 

Tsubaki’s first mini-album is a bit short with only 4 songs (I’ve seen H!P singles being longer), but for what we’ve got it was decent (plus the fact that the 4 songs had PVs, was great too!).  Very happy with their turnout even if many fans aren’t still on the train for them.  Though, I could be happier with more songs…

 

Tsubaki Factory – Kedakaku Sakihokore! January 6, 2016

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Track Listing

  1. Kedakaku Sakihokore!
  2. Kedakaku Sakihokore! (Instrumental)

1. Kedakaku Sakihokore!

It’s no surprise that Tsubaki would continue to get the EDM songs from H!P and I’m quite OK with that!  Though I have to say, they’ve been getting some impressive arrangements and I am liking the beats out of this track moreso than their debut indies.  Though, the biggest surprise is that there’s a cool rapping section between Risamaru and Kishimon.  It’s an aggressive song and while the group still has its shake-ups dealing with harmonizing, it’s definitely a better turnout!

 

 

As the group’s 2nd indies single, Kedakaku Sakihokore! is a much better song than “Seishun Manmannaka!” just with the arrangement alone!  I just love the synthwok and the group is showing progress and now I feel like the members are on the same level (with a couple members being slightly weaker).  I’m curious to when they’ll shift to a major debut (means PVs apparantly >.>).  Still a nice single!

 

Tsubaki Factory – Engeki Joshi-bu Musical “Thank You Very Berry” Original Soundtrack November 28, 2015

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Track Listing

  1. Ano Ko ga Utau no wa Mitanda
  2. Kaijuu no Ballad
  3. Thank You Very Berry

1. Ano Ko ga Utau no wa Mitanda

As the first song off the single, Ano Ko ga Utau no wa Mitanda opens up with Maasa singing the first lines, but quickle actual group joins in shortly after.  I’m enjoying the kind-of wintry sound despite the fact it’s quite a Spring song (if we’re going by the cover).  The tune does get a beat after a while for the chorus.  I’m liking most of the vocals involved (Rikoriko sounds odd though, but she always kind of has).  It’s a nice first track overall and Maasa kind of stole the show (sorry Tsubaki!)

2. Kaijuu no Ballad

Of the three songs, Kaijuu no Ballad is the most upbeat of the three, but I was sorely disappointed that it’s only 1:20 in length, but what they got out of it was exciting and that chorus could’ve been amazing if only they had stretched the song out longer…Maybe the rerelease will fix that up?

3. Thank You Very Berry

As the main song for the play, Thank You Very Berry is quite familiar to me especially this year because Berryz Koubou had decided to resing it because this stageplay was originally done by them on their final album.  Tsubaki’s version changes the arrangement around a little bit with harps added in and some more flowing strings and less percussion.  Also the spoken dialogue in the bridge is omitted too.  As for the vocal performance, it was decent, a lot better than what “Seishun Manmannaka!” produced.  They are still a bit weak, but they could handle this tune.

 

 

Seeing as a trend of H!P of recent is to release a smaller cut of the OST before bringing in a much fuller release, Tsubaki’s stageplay single is OK for the most part.  Kaijuu no Ballad really needs a longer length because it has a lot of potential going on!  Ano Ko ga Utau no wo Mitanda is decent, but Maasa took a lot of the spotlight here.  Also with Thank You Very Berry, I feel like we were spoiled a bit much after hearing Berryz resinging it earlier in the year, so this feels unfortunately weaker in the long run.  I can only wonder what could be added on the rerelease (which I hope is coming soon).

 

Tsubaki Factory – Seishun Manmannaka! September 14, 2015

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Track Listing

  1. Seishun Manmannaka! (First Take)
  2. Seishun Manmannaka! (Instrumental)

1. Seishun Manmannaka! (First Take)

So we another debut song to contend with huh?  I wasn’t expecting the group to kick things off with Seishun Manannaka! which is more or less in the latest batch of EDM songs, but I don’t mind this because it’s got one of the most badass intros I’ve heard in a while which is something I adore about H!P’s stuff.  The song itself is a pretty simple tune, giving all 6 members solo lines so there’s no straight-up lead.  One of the things that does slightly bother me is that there’s a male robotic voice repeating ~seishun s.e.i.s.y.u.n~ all over the song (it gets a bit annoying towards the end).  Otherwise, this is a pretty solid song!

 

 

Wow, another H!P group debuts.  While in a similar status like Kobushi Factory, Tsubaki Factory actually hasn’t fully impressed me like their sister group had.  First, their vocals aren’t all quite there yet (especially Ami Tanimoto’s as she’s kind of the newbie here).  Their first indies, Seishun Manmannaka! isn’t really bad, but it definitely doesn’t beat Juice=Juice, Country Girls, OR Kobushi’s debut singles by a long shot.  With the song being credited as a first take, I assume that when they major debut (or get an album), this song will be updated…so for right now, it’s passable.