Hello AramaJapan readers and welcome to this week’s installment of #1 Song Review! Last week saw Shibutani Subaru come out on top against Kumamushi. Kumamushi is back again this week and is facing off against 2 newcomers. 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: SMAP – Karei naru Gyakushu / Humor Shichau yo (not released digitally)
Ronald: Karei naru Gyakushu – I was actually looking forward to hearing this single because one of my personal faves, Shiina Ringo, wrote and composed it. I do get Ringo from it, but in a bit of a watered down form. It’s like a Ringo B-side. It’s decent but nothing amazing. The first guy singing has a really bad voice. It’s quite unpleasant. But I do think this is a good way to go as far as music goes for a group as old as SMAP. It’s a more mature sound. It suits them. It’s an upbeat song without being juvenile. 6.5/10
Humor Shichau yo – And one the flip side, we have a song that SMAP should avoid. This is god awfully cheesy and juvenile. It’s the opposite of “Karei naru Gyakushu.” This sounds like a bunch of other Johnny’s songs. At first I was disappointed in Ringo for making a song this bad but then I checked the credits and realized she didn’t make it. But then again, I could kinda tell she didn’t. If she did, it would be her worst song ever. I’m not a fan of the overly happy, cherry vibe of this song. 2/10
1. iTunes #1: AKINO from bless4 – Miiro
2. Recochoku #1: Kumamushi – Attakaindakara
3. Oricon #1: SMAP – Karei naru Gyakushu / Humor Shichau yo