#1 Song Review: Week of 1/25 – 1/31 (Kanjani8 v. Hoshino Gen v. Mr.Children)

Hello, Arama! Japan readers and welcome to this week’s installment of #1 Song Review! Last week saw Hoshino Gen defeat Daichi Miura and Mr.Children. Gen and Mr.Children 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 – Naguri Gaki BEAT (not released digitally)

Ronald: This is like if Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra made a Johnny’s song. It’s decent, but a bit on the tame side. It’s kinda fun, but I feel like it could’ve been even more fun. It’s like they’re letting loose, to a point. I want them to go all the way. 5/10


Recochoku #1: Hoshino Gen – Koi (Oricon #15 / iTunes #2 / Billboard #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


iTunes #1: Mr.Children – Hikari no Atelier (Oricon #13 / Recochoku #2 / Billboard #6)

Ronald: Same review as before: Mr.Children’s newest single is the theme song for the current asadora, “Beppinsan.” And it sounds like it, but if Yuzu did it. For some reason, when listening to this, all I can think of is Yuzu as opposed to Mr.Children. Probably the twee jangliness of the track itself. It’s a good enough song, nothing really all that interesting, but then again, it’s an asadora theme and people want something soothing in the morning. 6/10


Ronald’s Rank:

1. Recochoku #1: Hoshino Gen – Koi

2. iTunes #1: Mr.Children – Hikari no Atelier

3. Oricon #1 / Billboard #1: Kanjani8 – Naguri Gaki BEAT


Which one do you like the most?

Oricon #1 / Billboard #1: Kanjani8 – Naguri Gaki BEAT
Recochoku #1: Hoshino Gen – Koi
iTunes #1: Mr.Children – Hikari no Atelier