- Shalala! Yareru Hazu sa
- Eejanaika Ninjanaika
- Yami ni Nukegake (SP Edition only)
- Picchi Pichi Tomodacchi (SP Edition only)
- Shalala! Yareru Hazu sa (Instrumental)
- Eejanaika Ninjanaika (Instrumental)
- Yami ni Nukegake (Instrumental)
- Picchi Pichi Tomodacchi (Instrumental)
1. Shalala! Yareru Hazu sa
Kicking the single off, I was happy to hear that Shalala! gives me a mix of pop/punk with a little bit of ska in the tune. Considering that it fits with Kobushi’s overall style, it was pretty decent and has a nice positive sound to it all. I have to say though that I love the chorus and the energy the girls put in. Surprising though that it’s the only song on the single not tied to something!
2. Eejanaika Ninjanaika
That said the rest of the single is tied to the JK Ninja Girls staeplay & movie. Though I was wondering why they made the other A-side sound like a showgirls-like track mix with some light ondo. It’s cute as things go but like with “Samba! Kobushi Janeiro” it’s one of the oddball A-sides they’ve had. I will say that it’s catchy as hell though and everyone gets a solo line which is always decent to hear too!
3. Yami ni Nukegake
The last two tracks were insert songs for the stageplay (“Eejanaika Ninjanaika” was the theme for the movie). Starting with Yami ni Nukegake, a song that outside of the play, Kobushi has been performing a lot of, it’s a pretty interesting song. You can hear the ninja-esque elements, but it does stem closer to Kobushi’s style but has a lot of funky bass lines and horn lines. Strange as it seems, it works a lot better than “Eejanaika Ninjanaika” as it’s a bit more edgy and the girls have a lot more solos to handle, but came out sounding amazing here! Curious to why this wasn’t an A-side because it sounds awesome!
4. Picchi Pichi Tomodacchi
The same can’t be said for the last track though. I instantly felt the stageplay feel immediately from the arrangement and the weird instrumentation. On top of the male quips that were thrown in. A lot of the girls sound higher than I thought and that in itself was odd. Though it’s not as strange as the interlude of the guys singing against this EDM-ish cutesy arrangement for a little while. What a strange choice to put on the single, couldn’t this have been on the “JK Ninja Girls” OST?
As the group’s first single after their first album, “Kobushi Sono Ichi”, I feel like they hit a weird point with this one. I think Shalala! Yareru Hazu sa was appropriate enough to be the leading track because it sounds like a lot of their stuff prior. Though having the other 75% being tied to their JK Ninja Girls stuff might have led them astray since none of the songs really fit Kobushi’s style. That said though, I did really love Yami ni Nukegake and in some parts Eejanaika Ninjanaika as there’s some experimentation that works for them moreso than “Samba! Kobushi Janeiro” did. Picchi Pichi Tomodacchi is just an odd song for them and to throw random male parts in didn’t help much in the end.
I guess it should be mentioned that this is also Rio Fujii’s final single with the group as she’s graduating and I don’t think she was well-represented here as a send-off single. Shalala!’s PV helped, but Rio chose to announce this a bit after the single’s announcement sadly. Still, I’ll miss her energy and quirkiness…hopefully she won’t leave too much of a hole behind.