Hello, Arama! Japan readers and welcome to this week’s installment of #1 Song Review! Last week saw a tie between Che’Nelle and Ken Hirai, leading them both to defeat B’z. This week, we have two newcomers facing off. 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: Johnny’s WEST – Osaka☆Ai･EYE･Ai / Ya! Hot! Hot! (not released digitally / Billboard #2)
Ronald: I’m surprised I’m not cringing! This is actually decent. It’s not one of the super upbeat, goofy messes that they normally release. That being said, I don’t like it when they the song’s title in the song. That part is really corny. But overall, this is an interesting and groovy turn for this joke of a group. 5.5/10
Recochoku #1 / iTunes #1 / Billboard #1: Yonezu Kenshi – Peace Sign (Oricon #2)
Ronald: When Yonezu Kenshi first debuted under a major label, I took a liking to him. His work was quirky and interesting. With his growing popularity however, his work has grown dull. “Peace Sign” for instance sounds like any other anime theme. It doesn’t sound like Kenshi, it lacks the innovative spark that drew me to him in the first place. 5/10
1. Oricon #1: Johnny’s WEST – Osaka☆Ai･EYE･Ai / Ya! Hot! Hot!
2. Recochoku #1 / iTunes #1 / Billboard #1: Yonezu Kenshi – Peace Sign