AKB48 32nd Single Koisuru Fortune Cookie Review

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So here’s the very late review of the single.

Songs

Koisuru Fortune Cookie (恋するフォーチュンクッキー)

Senbatsu Members: Sashihara Rino, Oshima Yuko, Watanabe Mayu, Kashiwagi Yuki, Shinoda Mariko, Matsui Jurina, Matsui Rena, Takahashi Minami, Kojima Haruna, Miyazawa Sae, Itano Tomomi, Shimazaki Haruka, Yokoyama Yui, Yamamoto Sayaka, Watanabe Miyuki, Suda Akari

Having heard the song as early as June 29th, I started to like it because it has a nice and catchy theme. From the intro until the end, you might think this is one of the songs AKB48 usually releases but it’s not. There’s a 70’s style into it and I think people will like it after a few times listening. Do not expect a Gingham Check, Flying Get or Heavy Rotation style to this song but for what it is, it’s a good song. You can dance to the beat and if you buy the CD + DVD of this, there is a tutorial for it. Best lines here are the “Come on come on come on come on baby, uranatte yo” “Yeah, Yeah, Yeah”, “Wooooo” and are really catchy. I won’t be surprised you’ll easily memorize this song. It kind of draws you in slowly and surely unlike songs like Gingham Check and Heavy Rotation.

Ai no Imi wo Kangaete Mita (愛の意味を考えてみた)

Undergirls: Shibata Aya, Minegishi Minami, Umeda Ayaka, Takajo Aki, Kitahara Rie, Kizaki Yuria, Takayanagi Akane, Matsumura Kaori, Kawaei Rina, Miyawaki Sakura, Furukawa Airi, Yamada Nana, Oya Masana, Iriyama Anna, Kimoto Kanon, Fujie Reina

It’s one of those songs you probably heard one way or another, more like similar to the standard AKB48 tune. This one is more of the First Rabbit type of song that some people may not like it. I don’t think I like it much but mostly it’s because this is the kind of stuff I always heard from AKB48. Having this too much would hurt. Chorus is simple and easy to follow and the beat is more or less normal.

Kondo Koso Ecstasy (今度こそエクスタシー)

Next GIrls: Sato Amina, Katayama Haruka, Nagao Mariya, Kuramochi Asuka, Kodama Haruka, Tano Yuka, Umemoto Madoka, Jonishi Kei, Matsumoto Rina, Saito Makiko, Ota Aika, Yagura Fuuko, Muto Tomu, Ishida Haruka, Kobayashi Ami, Oba Mina

Probably one of the best songs here. It has a mature theme to it. Listening to it with a low key intro is always good. Instrumentals are good but it’s just that it is too short for my liking. Could have added a bridge or something, but this song is something worth keeping in your iPod. Catchy part is the “Kondo Koso Ecstasyyyy”

Suitei Marmalade (推定マーマレード)

Future Girls: Yabushita Shu, Yoshida Akari, Kikuchi Ayaka, Sato Sumire, Maeda Ami, Ogasawara Mayu, Tashima Meru, Iwasa Misaki, Ichikawa Miori, Isohara Kyoka, Tomonaga Mio, Matsui Sakiko, Yamauchi Suzuran, Hirajima Natsumi, Kaneko Shiori, Nakanishi Yuka

Intro is really nice and really helps you remember this song. It’s a light hearted song for me and I really like this kind of song. It’s more of a going steady song. Tempo is just fine and instrumentals are put into good use. One of the more underrated songs in this single and easily great if performed live.

Saigo no Door (最後のドア)

Members: Itano Tomomi, Shinoda Mariko, Oshima Yuko, Kojima Haruna, Minegishi Minami, Takahashi Minami, Miyazawa Sae, Kashiwagi Yuki, Watanabe Mayu, Shimazaki Haruka, Yokoyama Yui, Sashihara Rino, Matsui Jurina

Piano used here is nice. I’m not a huge fan of ballads especially coming from Itano Tomomi. I think her solo parts are nice as always. Everybody kind of blends in. I like the chorus and it intensifies from there. Not really the type to be called a graduation song to me. I would have liked 8 years from Itano’s single 1%. It’s a “don’t feel sad” graduation song to me and I think it’s not Itano’s style. Good song but not what I expected it to be.

Namida no Sei Janai (涙のせいじゃない)

Members: Shinoda Mariko, Kojima Haruna, Takahashi Minami, Itano Tomomi, Minegishi Minami, Oshima Yuko, Miyazawa Sae, Kashiwagi Yuki, Watanabe Mayu, Sashihara Rino, Matsui Jurina, Shimazaki Haruka, Yokoyama Yui

Now this is the graduation song I wanted to hear. It has a nice arrangement. Piano is nice as it blends in with the bass, the guitar and the vocals. It delivers a strong message and I think it makes you feel sad because it’s one of those songs that hold much more meaning. Mariko never got her solo part until the end so most likely you’ll hear Takamina as the lead vocals as hers is easily recognizable. One of the best songs in the single.

Aozora Cafe (青空カフェ)

Members: Aigasa Moe, Iwatate Saho, Okada Ayaka, Okada Nana, Kojima Mako, Shinozaki Ayana, Nishino Miki, Murayama Yuiri, Kitagawa Ryoha, Kitahara Yuna, Yamada Mizuho, Shibuya Nagisa, Hayashi Momoka, Okada Kanna, Tashima Meru, Tomonaga Mio

It’s a nice song but more reliant on guitars. Vocals are nice and a nice underrated B-side. It would be always nice to hear these kind of song but I think this doesn’t really deserve to be a theater track as some of the members here can be easily recognized. Piano and guitar and not so hard drum notes are here and is a nice combination.

PVs

Koisuru Fortune Cookie

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It makes people want to dance to the tune of it. It had a lot of people cheering the 16 girls and of course, segments where in the fans also dance and it’s always good. It has become viral and it was good for its time. There was so much hype for this and it might have cost AKB48 more than they should. Costumes are nice and comes in the colored set, American and Philippine sets.

Ai no Imi wo Kangaete Mita

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There are three parts to this, the huddle led by Shibata Aya, the performance on stage with a fake crowd and also the fake audition on the dance room where they get selected for the performance. It has a simple theme that if the judge chose you, you’ll represent. Not much to say here but not much focus on Aya when it should be on her. Lighting goes from dark to light but I guess it was decent when it comes to budget.

Kondo Koso Ecstasy

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Heavily focuses on Amina as it should be. Nice lighting on the bar. The infamous slaps and the “I DON’T BERIEB YOU” line which makes me smile everytime. Spilled drinks, dressing room invasion and the photoshoots are nice to see and I think I like how the director did for this. Excellent I should say. Nice budget allocated here.

Suitei Marmalade

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Shu does the closeup thingy on the start so it was nice for a change. Low budget so they had to use a lot of solo shots here but the girls were nice. It was colorful for the limited resolution used here and the dance wasn’t too elaborate. I thought they could have done better but I guess there’s so much you can do with this.

Saigo no Door

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I like the idea of the nun here and in here, Itano wants to go already but is halted by her friends, the active members of AKB. She travels and would not try to look back without saying goodbye. I like the concept, story and the color they used for this. Not really that outstanding of a PV but I guess it gets the message across

Namida no Sei Janai

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It is more of a throwback than anything as members try to remember what Mariko has done for them and there’s the part about the solo photos and the watching in the theater. It was nice and symbolic. It fast tracks Mariko’s important events in AKB starting from when she was selected as one of the 21 original members of Team A to her announcement of graduation in this year’s sousenkyo. It almose made me cry but because it holds a lot of meaning to me and for the fans. Nice PV overall.

Koisuru Fortune Cookie Extra

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First 3 photos are from Koisuru Fortune Cookie Dance Tutorials. It is in the form of Dance Dance Revolution where 3 members teach you how to dance to the song. Just play the video and pause and try to remember the moves. Kojima Mako, Tano Yuka and Kato Rena’s group will show you how to do it.



The next photos are from ADS77 where the leading character is Okada Nana who is the sister of Iwatate Saho and Nishino Miki. Nana is a robot but also acts as the older sister of Saho and Miki. Kojima Mako and Hirata Rina are the narrators in this one. There are 3 parts to this, each airing for 18 minutes. It showcases their acting abilities but I think this is more of a stage play than anything. It’s a nice try if you are into Japanese dramas and this one is not that hard to understand.

Overall this is a nice single and is worth buying for more than just the music. I think this is the best single so far but then there’s Heart Ereki and the Janken Single so I’ll look out for those and so are you. Nice stuff. No need to rate this because I always rate too low up to almost perfect at best.

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