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