#1 Song Review: Week of 6/7 – 6/13 (Kis-My-Ft2 v. Namie Amuro)

Hello, Arama! Japan readers and welcome to this week’s installment of #1 Song Review! Last week saw Namie Amuro defeat AKB48. She’s 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 / Billboard #1: Kis-My-Ft2 – PICK IT UP (not released digitally)

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Ronald: This is ok. I do like the dance-oriented sound that Kis-My-Ft2 goes for at times. It’s very gay club circa 2000. I don’t know if they’re trying to bring the 00s back or if they’re just stuck there. Is this dated or strangely ahead of its time? 5.5/10


Recochoku #1 / Billboard #1: Namie Amuro – Just You and I (Oricon #21 / Billboard #4)

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Ronald: Same review as before: More like “Just Me and Boredom.” Namie, this should’ve been an album track, not a single. I know I drag Namie a lot for being an old idol who doesn’t contribute to her music, but she does have a number of good songs. Too bad she hasn’t had one since “Mint.” This plodding ballad reminds me of another single of hers from last year that bored the crap out of me, “Hero.” I didn’t like “Hero”, so why would I like a sequel? At least it’s not the dated EDM that she’s so fond of doing… 3/10


Ronald’s Ranking:

1. Oricon #1 / Billboard #1: Kis-My-Ft2 – PICK IT UP

2. Recochoku #1 / Billboard #1: Namie Amuro – Just You and I


Which one do you like the most?

Oricon #1 / Billboard #1: Kis-My-Ft2 – PICK IT UP
Recochoku #1 / Billboard #1: Namie Amuro – Just You and I


  • Comments

    • Namie’s song is such a nice song. I cant believe you gave it only 3/10 lol

    • takufox

      Really disappointing that you thinking Namie is just an old idol that does not contribute to her songs when she does. While her name isn’t in the credits she has made it very clear in the past as to what songs she chooses and what will be in the song how it will be sung. People’s artistry can be conveyed in other ways outside of singing and songwriting. I understand it may not be apparent to what is actually contributed by her but at the end of the day the reason why she went the route she did axing Komuro is because she wanted to express herself in ways that would be an authentic representation of her.