#1 Song Review: Week of 7/26 – 8/1 (Mr.Children v. Utada Hikaru)

Hello, Arama! Japan readers and welcome to this week’s installment of #1 Song Review! Last week saw SKE48 defeat Mr.Children and EGOIST. Mr.Children is back this week (but with a different song), 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: Mr.Children – himawari (not released digitally)

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Ronald: I find myself running into the same problem with Mr.Children: their songs are nice, but not really all that exciting. There’s nothing really unexpected here; it’s fairly by the numbers. This one does get more interesting towards the end though because there is an actual vocal and instrumental climax. 6/10


Recochoku #1 / iTunes #1: Utada Hikaru – Forevermore (not released phyiscally / Billboard #8)

Ronald: The singles that Utada has put out post-“Fantôme” have exceeded the bulk of that album, largely because they are a throwback to her previous sounds. While I do like “Oozora de Dakishimete” a lot more, “Forevermore” is nice, but not to the point where I can say it’s been on repeat for me like “Oozora de Dakishimete.” The thing I really liked about “Oozora de Dakishimete” is that it reminded me of early 00s Utada mixed with her newer sound. “Forevermore” just reminds me of a “HEART STATION” album track that I would listen to only if I was playing the album as a whole, or just didn’t turn to something else after my usual “Stay Gold” to “Take 5” listen of that album. 7/10


Ronald’s Rank:

1. Recochoku #1 / iTunes #1: Utada Hikaru – Forevermore

2. Oricon #1 / Billboard #1: Mr.Children – himawari


Which one do you like the most?

Oricon #1 / Billboard #1: Mr.Children – himawari
Recochoku #1 / iTunes #1: Utada Hikaru – Forevermore


  • Comments

    • Dayse

      Although I did enjoy Oozora de dakishimete, Forevermore got me addicted, I love everything about the song.
      As for Mr Children, I’ve tried, but their music doesn’t catch my interest, however, I do find it nice.

    • HyperMoot .

      @Ronald, everyone has different sensibilities but I think that Forevermore is very different from any Heart Station track, at least sound wise . Here we have a real drummer not boxes and he’s doing a subtle yet awesome job, the keyboards line, the strings, well,everything makes it closer to the swing feel she tried with her cover of Hymne à l’amour, however, the Piaf cover was a disaster, Forevermore is neat. I liked Oozora too but I really prefer this new single.

      • analog

        Agreed. Forevermore doesn’t sound anything from Heart Station. The sound is more organic than that album. It’s her recent style in arrangements – lots of strings and live instruments.

    • What

      Im in love with Forevermore

    • Paola Mejia

      I prefer the Mr. Children one, but none impressed me that much