Hello, Arama! Japan readers and welcome to this week’s installment of #1 Song Review! Last week saw RADWIMPS defeat HKT48. RADWIMPS 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: Arashi – Power of the Paradise (not released digitally)
Ronald: The arrangement of this reminds me of another Arashi song I like, “Sakura.” This song also reminds me of JPop from last decade, but not in a bad way where it seems dated. I’m not saying it sounds fresh though, just nostalgic. I feel like this could’ve fell into cheesy territory, but I’m glad that it didn’t. 7/10
Recochoku #1 / iTunes #1: RADWIMPS – Zen Zen Zense (movie ver.) (not released physically)
Ronald: Same review as before: I’m not really feeling this. It’s OK, but it’s just that: OK. This could’ve been made by a bunch of other bands. There’s nothing really special here that is grabbing me and making me pay attention. Frankly, I’m bored by this song. 5/10
1. Oricon #1: Arashi – Power of the Paradise
2. Recochoku #1 / iTunes #1: RADWIMPS – Zen Zen Zense (movie ver.)