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