#1 Song Review: Week of 2/1 – 2/7 (A.B.C-Z v. Hoshino Gen)

Hello, Arama! Japan readers and welcome to this week’s installment of #1 Song Review! Last week saw Hoshino Gen defeat Kanjani8 and Mr.Children. 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: A.B.C-Z – Reboot!!! (not released digitally / Billboard #3)

Ronald: Trash. Simply put, this is just utter garbage. It’s a noisy affair, the musical equivalent of a Latin American circus. I don’t know why they had to put a Latin twist on a song that was already chaotic and nonsensical to make it even more annoying. I just felt like I was being bombarded with sound for no particular reason the whole time I listened to this. 0/10


Recochoku #1 / iTunes #1 / Billboard #1: Hoshino Gen – Koi (Oricon #20)

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


Ronald’s Rank:

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

2. Oricon #1: A.B.C-Z – Reboot!!!


Which one do you like the most?
Oricon #1: A.B.C-Z – Reboot!!!
Recochoku #1 / iTunes #1 / Billboard #1: Hoshino Gen – Koi


  • Comments

    • shinryu

      ABCZ has the least listenable songs in J&A I really like them as performers but a lot of their songs are just chaotic mixes of nonsense sadly

      • sun

        This. The members are likable (despite not having much in the looks department…) but their songs are just loud noises.

      • guest

        They have a bunch of nice songs, but they’re never put as A-sides. Usually the A-side is the worst song on their single/dvd. Idg the logic behind this.

    • Kuro Pinku

      I can’t say I like two songs very much but Recochoku… i think better than Reboot.

    • HyperMoot .

      after just one listen I really feel boothurt

    • neko

      how many week have Koi be on the first place? about ABCZ I kinda like the latin felling , maybe is because i´m costa rican

    • ran

      The ABCZ song reminded me of Kisumai somehow.