It might be the last week of May but that doesn’t mean that AKS are ready to relinquish their death grip on your wallets quite yet. This week sees a further two releases heading our way from the idol juggernaut which I’m sure has you all wishing for the relative calm of June at this point.
Speaking of AKS, last week was a pretty good week for AKB48 with “Manatsu no Sounds Good” at the time of writing this almost selling as much as “Flying Get” has sold overall (1.62 million copies) in just its first week. With this easily being AKB’s best first week ever, perhaps they have yet to peak like some people have claimed. Alternatively perhaps the number are just artificially inflated due to various factors, such as this being the election voting single as well as Maeda Atsuko’s graduation and this being her “last single”.
All of that aside, let’s get into this week’s new releases.
Not yet – “Suika BABY”
First up this week we have Not yet and their 4th single “Suika BABY” or “Watermelon BABY” if we’re using the translated title. Not really sure what they were going for there but it’s hardly the first time that the title of an idol single has caused eyebrows to be raised. As far as the song is concerned, it took a while but it eventually grew on me after I initially didn’t like it very much at all. It might just be me but I’ve recently noticed that a lot of the current AKS releases are starting to sound a bit too similar to each other. I don’t know if this is because the same girls are being used in multiple releases within a short space of time or if Akimoto is just running out of ideas but it saddens me that I feel this way. With regards to the b-sides, Yokoyama Yui gets a solo song and Kitahara Rie tries her hand at writing lyrics for the first time so based on that alone you should probably at least give them a couple of listens.
S/mileage – “S/mileage Best Album Complete Edition 1”
I’m not really sure what I’m supposed to say about this S/mileage album. In case you haven’t guessed by the title, it’s a “best of” album and it features every a-side song that the group have ever released (from their indies right up to “Dot Bikini”). I guess if you’ve ever wanted to get into S/mileage but found their back catalog to be a daunting prospect for whatever reason, now is the time. That’s all there really is to say, if you’re already a S/mileage fan there isn’t much here for you unless you want all of the songs on one disc/playlist (which you could just do yourself in like 5 minutes if you really wanted to).
Watarirouka Hashiritai 7 – “Shounen yo Uso wo Tsuke!”
Last up this week we have Watarirouka Hashiritai 7 with their new single “Shounen yo Uso wo Tsuke!”. I personally like Watarirouka a whole lot but I just can’t really get behind this release. There isn’t even anything particularly bad about the song it’s just again, too similar to other things already on offer. What I mean by that is that this could just as easily be a Watanabe Mayu solo single because rightly or wrongly that’s pretty much the bulk of what you’re hearing. If you like Watarirouka don’t let my opinions put you off checking this one out because like I said it’s a fine song that doesn’t really have any glaring faults. I just wish they’d use the “Friends” part of “Mayu and Friends” more so there’s a clearer distinction between Watanabe Mayu the solo artist and Watarirouka the AKB48 sub-group.
That’s all we have for this week folks. I’d say be sure to check back next week but unless I’m mistaken there isn’t actually anything coming out? Please do leave a comment and correct me if I’ve missed something but if I haven’t then I guess we’ll see you in two weeks for the next installment of “This Week in Music” here on New School Kaidan.