#1 Song Review: Week of 11/16 – 11/22 (AKB48 v. Hoshino Gen)

Hello, Arama! Japan readers and welcome to this week’s installment of #1 Song Review! Last week saw Hoshino Gen top Nogizaka46. Gen is back again this week, facing off against a newcomer. 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: AKB48 – High Tension (Recochoku #10 / iTunes #13)

Ronald: I don’t mind this. I like the fun, disco vibe of it. The little stuttering parts of the song are quite catchy. I don’t even mind the canned guitar on this. I would like to see them do more like this. 6/10

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Recochoku #1 / iTunes #1: Hoshino Gen – Koi (Oricon #16)

Ronald: Same review as before: Hoshino Gen has quickly risen to be one of the big names on the scene today. He’s is one of the two surviving breakout acts of 2015 along with back number (RIP Gesu no Kiwami Otome.), and it’s easily to see why. His song are just so bright and full of energy, but with a sound that is able to crossover to different audiences. “Koi” is a mix of old and new. It incorporates traditional Japanese music, jazz, and funk, but with a pop edge. I like the bridge on this song, and it’s pretty much the opposite of how I felt about the one in the Kanjani8 song. This one is organic and complex and it feels right. That being said, I would like to see Gen switch things up on his next single because I don’t want him to make a bunch of “SUN” clones. 7.5/10

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Ronald’s Rank:

1. Recochoku #1 / iTunes #1: Hoshino Gen – Koi

2. Oricon #1: AKB48 – High Tension

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Which one do you like the most?

Oricon #1: AKB48 – High Tension
Recochoku #1 / iTunes #1: Hoshino Gen – Koi

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  • Comments

    • snap

      This is one of the rare occurrence of me liking an AKb48 song. To 48 fans: does Paruru finger snaps sounded that loud in real life?
      I like both songs but Hoshino Gen KOI is a better ear worm. The girls vocals and disco beats can get annoying after awhile.

    • Kanjo Maru

      Definitely a step in the right direction by AKB. I’d still like to see more I can feel “effort” in, but this was a solid release. Much better than their last take at disco (Halloween night)