#1 Song Review: 12/28 – 1/3 (NMB48 v. Hoshino Gen)

Hello, Arama! Japan readers and welcome to this week’s installment of #1 Song Review! Last week saw Hoshino Gen defeat QUARTET NIGHT. 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: NMB48 – Boku Igai no Dareka (not it the Recochoku or iTunes top 50)


Ronald: At first, this song reminds me of their song “Must be now”, which I previously called an “E-girls impersonation.” But then is becomes a bit more 48 group, finding a decent common ground between the group’s less cringe-inducing material and the E-girls’ sound. I will say that the “rapping” was really odd here, but unexpected, which is a nice twist of sorts. I’m not saying it was good though. 4/10


Recochoku #1 / iTunes #1: Hoshino Gen – Koi (Oricon #3)

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: Hoshino Gen – Koi

2. Oricon #1: NMB48 – Boku Igai no Dareka


Which one do you like the most?

Oricon #1: NMB48 – Boku Igai no Dareka
Recochoku #1 / iTunes #1: Hoshino Gen – Koi