#1 Song Review: Week of 7/12 – 7/18 (KinKi Kids v. Mr.Children v. Utada Hikaru)

Hello, Arama! Japan readers and welcome to this week’s installment of #1 Song Review! Last week saw Hey! Say! JUMP top BUMP OF CHICKEN. This week, we have three newcomers facing off. Find out what various staff members thought of the songs that topped the physical and digital charts this week and share your thoughts on them too!

Oricon #1 / Billboard #1: KinKi Kids – The Red Light (not released digitally)

Ronald: I really don’t like this. The problems start at the beginning. The intro, which is also the chorus, is really bad. For some reason, the actual music reminds me of turn of the millennium music, like something someone like Mya would release. You can do older music, but make it fresh. That wasn’t done in this case. It just makes them sound dated. And their voices don’t work well at all together. It’s very two drunk dads at karaoke. The verses are better, largely because they’re not singing together. 2/10


Recochoku #1: Mr.Children – HANABI (not in the Oricon top 200 (probably out of print since it was released in 2008) / iTunes #11 / Billboard #23)

Ronald: I’ve heard this song a bunch of times over the decade since it’s been released on various TV shows, and I still feel the same way about it: It’s nice. But that’s it. It’s something nice to hear every once in a while, in the background, but it’s not something I would seek out. It’s pleasant, but not dynamic enough to capitivate me. 6/10


iTunes #1: Utada Hikaru – Oozora de Dakishimete (not released physically / Recochoku #4 / Billboard #3)

Ronald: Half of you hate me due to what I’ve said about Utada Hikaru’s comeback. While I did like some songs on her last album, it generally underwhelmed me. But this song caught my attention! The opening made me think “Ohh Lord, more mom pop…”, but by the end I was hooked! This song is a nice bridge between her glorious old style and whatever she was trying to do on “Fantôme.” The highlight of the song is the first chorus. Those strings, the way they crescendo, really was like a blast from the past. 8.5/10


Ronald’s Rank:

1. iTunes #1: Utada Hikaru – Oozora de Dakishimete

2. Recochoku #1: Mr.Children – HANABI

3. Oricon #1 / Billboard #1: KinKi Kids – The Red Light


Which one do you like the most?

Oricon #1 / Billboard #1: KinKi Kids – The Red Light
Recochoku #1: Mr.Children – HANABI
iTunes #1: Utada Hikaru – Oozora de Dakishimete

Poll Maker

  • Comments

    • ‘It’s very two drunk dads at karaoke’ NOOOOOOOOOOOOO XD

      I thought Hanabi is a great song. Its one of the iconic songs that is timeless (which explained why its #1 again after 9 years) and everyone’s favorite that I put it together with the likes of Greeeeeen’s Kiseki or Ai’s Story.

      I didnt like Utada’s song at all (which is weird since I remember liking how the teaser sounds). Namie’s new ballad song is much much better. I hope she will release something like Eternally again — now, thats a great song.

    • PigeonPop

      I’m horrified to see that Toshinobu Kubota was behind the Kinki Kids song–surely one of his poorer efforts. I do wonder how things will pan out for the two Utada songs. I personally prefer Oozora, but I won’t be surprised if Forevermore ends up resonating better with the GP.

    • HyperMoot .

      “Half of you hate me due to what I’ve said about Utada Hikaru’s comeback.” because you mention this, let me clarify, I don’t know about others but I never hated you, you sure got on my nerves with that article, but it was all the ‘blind stan’ scornful comments that got me in and when I’m in, I’m in, cause I’m awfully hot-tempered. I dropped a line to Arama’s owners (Kyle and Ryan) ’bout this and a few other things, some sort of apology. I take the opportunity to apologise to you -publicly- and to them again cause my real mistake was to behave like a hog in a place that is open to the public BUT yet a private property, theirs, I was therefore trespassing.

      For the rest, what is done is done, and in real life just like on the web, I guess one reaps what they sow, that applies to everyone, including me of course.

      Like you I like the song, it’s definitely not a Fantôme song but for different reasons maybe, without its glorious ending, I wouldn’t like it that much.

    • A R U

      “It’s very two drunk dads at karaoke”
      imagining Koichi & Tsuyoshi being drunk at karaoke XDDD
      Not their best single, waiting for their self-compose single/album for their anniversary.

    • I’m only commenting because two drunk dads at karaoke. c:

    • Ben_thecoolhobo

      Lmao. Out of all Hikki’s new songs, this is the one you praise? This song is trash.

    • yurisakura

      Loveee Hanabi. Beautiful song, beautiful lyrics. I probably wouldn’t have replayed this song if it weren’t for Code Blue though. But it’s such a perfect OST 💕

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