Man do we have a lot of new releases coming out this week. A lot more than I remembered, that’s for sure. Let’s just forget the introductions this week and dive right in.
BABYMETAL are top of the batting order this week with their new single “Megitsune”. After how well their first release of the year “Ijime, Dame, Zettai” was received, it felt like they had a lot to live up to with their follow up. I’m pleased to say that “Megitsune” more than lives up to the standard set by “Ijime, Dame, Zettai” and I might even go as far as to say that I like it more. The heavy metal instrumentals infused with traditional Japanese elements are incredibly catchy and the vocal performance on show is top notch too. For those of you who care about my opinion, for my money this is the idol release of the week right here.
Berryz Koubou release their 32nd (is it really? I’ve lost count at this point) single titled “Golden Chinatown / Sayonara Usotsuki no Watashi” and it feels like I’m one of the few non-Hello!Project fanatics that is hyped for this one. Sure, “Golden Chinatown” is cheesy as all hell but it’s a catchy song and it has a bit of charm to it. There are worse songs out there that get more praise than this. “Sayonara Usotsuki no Watashi” is a kinda strange electro-pop ballad type thing, and on an initial listen it doesn’t sound all that great. However, after a couple of plays the chorus starts to get a hook in you and it ends up being okay. I can get why people don’t like this kind of single but I enjoyed it because it’s just a bit of fun.
NMB have a new single out this week and I almost didn’t want to talk about it because it’s just so painfully average that it hurts. “Bokura no Eureka” is a pretty mid-tempo song that never really gets where you’d hope it would go and in my humble opinion, it’s probably the worst a-side that NMB48 have ever put out. The b-sides don’t fare much better sadly with “Yabanna Softcream” and “Sayanee” being the standouts in a fairly uninteresting crowd. NMB48 made this big deal about “Teppen Tottande” and wanting to perform on Kohaku at the start of the year. I’m not sure they deserve to be there right now based on this year’s musical output.
Our last featured release this week comes from Ono Erena who is releasing her debut album titled “Erena”. The album features all of her singles to date as well as a number of new songs to give the fans who have been with her from the start something to get their teeth into. The Limited B edition of the album features a second disc where Ono covers a variety of Vocaloid songs. Given the less than positive response to Ono’s more Vocaloid style singles, this is probably for the best. If you haven’t been following Ono’s solo career so far, what are you waiting for? Now is the perfect time to get caught up.
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Of the other releases this week, there isn’t really much I can recommend. I’m not sure if the Team Syachihoko song is brilliant or complete garbage and pretty much everything else leaves a lot to be desired. Everything that is, except for the debut solo single of Idoling!!!’s Yokoyama Rurika which is actually quite good and well worth your time.
Leave a comment and let me know what you’re looking forward to this week.