- Choiwaru Devil
- Dou ni mo Tomaranai
- Harusaki Kobeni
- Kojin Jugyo
- Uchi ni Kagitte Sonna Koto wa nai Hazu
1. Choiwaru Devil
I had figured this song sounded familiar but it’s only because this whole release is kind of an odd one to begin with. Apparantly back in 2007, this alongside “Dou ni mo Tomaranai” were planned to be W’s 7th single but due to Aibon’s scandal and eventual firing, the single (and album) were both scrapped and left to the unknown until now-ish. Well, if you follow Tsuji, she actually released an updated cut of this song, “Chibi★Deviwl” back in 2010 in her Children’s cover album. Also to note, these songs were sung as if it was still 2005/2006 so Aibon/Nono still sound young. Choiwaru Devil sounds darker in comparison to both singles prior, “Miss Love Tantei” and “Ai no Imi wo Oshiete!” which is cool to hear but it sounds familiar too! Aibon & Nono of course work well off each other and it’s a total surprise to hear them to once again try rapping like this did in “Miss Love Tantei”. Overall, the song is cool and yeah probably would’ve been great back then.
2. Dou ni mo Tomaranai
I wonder if this was originally going to be the lead or the B-side of that single? Either way, I do know this song because Morning Musume would’ve eventually cover it in 2009. Hearing the duo cover it is pretty cool if not surprising because it really feels like something that came from their first album (which is unironically a cover album). It’s catchy and the duo sound good overall. I do like the feisty atmosphere and the band itself is awesome too. Pretty good cover!
3. Harusaki Kobeni
The remaining 3 songs on this release were actually going to be part of their 3rd album, “W3: faithful”, but likewise that was cancelled as well. Kind of surprised that the idea for the album was pretty much set to possibly be half original songs and half covers (well from the prior singles and this release in itself). I’m loving the intro to this song though and it turns into this breezy and airy affair with Aibon & Nono singing just as light as the tune is. I was kind of surprised with the magical sound from the song and it really colored a pretty picture in my head. Nice cover!
4. Kojin Jugyo
I recognized this song because misono had covered this song as her 2nd single! Unlike the slow pace of “Harusaki Kobeni”, Kojin Jugyo was rockin’ and aggressive here and while I enjoy the take, I’m not sure if the horns or the duo’s higher vocals suited this song fully, but I definitely commend them for trying something they really haven’t delved into and this brassy/rock n’ roll vibe wouldn’t be the last time H!P would tackle this style!
5. Uchi ni Kagitte Sonna Koto wa nai Hazu
Even back then, Moritaka songs were covered too? Yeah, I guess the last track of this mini is a Chisato Moritaka cover (not the first time and certainly wasn’t the last). I wasn’t sure from the intro, but it did start to speed up and turn into this interesting track that kind of felt like a mix of the last couple songs. I think this song also reminds me of songs from “Duo U&U”. Not the most memorable on the mini to be fair.
I never thought we’d ever hear something from W again after their disbandment in 2006. But here we are 13 years later and they announced they were going to perform at HinaFest and dropped this bomb on us. Granted this was kind of in a way a closure to the group since this mini-album included what were to be their 7th single and parts of their 3rd album (unless they wanna surprise more?). I will say, Choiwaru Devil was a good sign of the group’s directon, but the covers maybe were starting to get old for the duo as besides Harusaki Kobeni, I wasn’t attracted to the rest of them very much. What an utter surprise of a release this is and so happy to see these two together on stage again!