#1 Song Review: Week of 9/6 – 9/12 (Kanjani8 v. DAOKO x Yonezu Kenshi)

Hello, Arama! Japan readers and welcome to this week’s installment of #1 Song Review! Last week saw AKB48 defeat DAOKO x Yonezu Kenshi. DAOKO x Yonezu Kenshi are 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: Kanjani8 – Kiseki no Hito (not released digitally)

Ronald: I tend to like Kanjani8’s band / more mellow tracks and this one is no exception. The song almost borders on twee, but there is something quite endearing about it, heartwarming even. This song is a nice prelude to fall. 7/10

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Recochoku #1 / iTunes #1: DAOKO x Yonezu Kenshi – Uchiage Hanabi (Oricon #30 / Billboard #2)

Ronald: Same as before: This is basiacally a Yonezu Kenshi song featuring DAOKO. I have my problems with Kenshi, and they’re evident in this song. While listening to this, all I can think of is a rehash of a The Chainsmokers song. But I will say that DAOKO’s voice has improved. I listened to one of her albums a few years ago and I had to stop it a few songs in because her voice literally gave me a headache and made me want to vomit. I don’t have that issue now! However, I’m a bit lost as to what her point is. She was a rapper, and now she’s trying to be a popstar? I don’t get it… 5.5/10

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Ronald’s Rank:

1. Oricon #1 / Billboard #1: Kanjani8 – Kiseki no Hito

2. Recochoku #1 / iTunes #1: DAOKO x Yonezu Kenshi – Uchiage Hanabi

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Which one do you like the most?

Oricon #1 / Billboard #1: Kanjani8 – Kiseki no Hito
Recochoku #1 / iTunes #1: DAOKO x Yonezu Kenshi – Uchiage Hanabi

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  • Comments

    • Kylie

      Seriously k8 song scores higher than uchiage hanabi. Guess it’s a personal opinion but k8 nvr scored in the music section for me and this song is just another prove of it. Heard the original track and the singing and song is horrible. It’s as though they played safe with the beat, very stereotypical beat found in many Japanese songs.

    • the groupie who

      nice song, lovely vid. Usually not a big fan of their mellow songs but Kiseki no Hito and Seishun no Subete surprised me, my 2 fav eito songs of this year.

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