AKB48, SKE48, NMB48, HKT48, JKT48, KKS, Nogizaka46, No Sleeves
Fri Aug 23, 2013 1:08 am
Personally I super love Kondo Koso Ecstasy
Day 1 1 million. Let's see how much it sells overall.
Fri Aug 23, 2013 1:34 am
I love Saigo no Door
. The video is beautiful, especially the white scene toward the end.Namida no Sei ja nai
is more simplistic, but it still made me teary.
edit: fixed links
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Fri Aug 23, 2013 2:05 am
I love the Saigo no Door PV, the aesthetics are sooo pleasing ot me
Wed Aug 28, 2013 12:21 am
Sold 1,330,000 copies for the week. #1 again.
Funny thing is for them, that's a drop.
Wed Aug 28, 2013 12:38 am
That also happened last year between the Bikini single and the Election single (Manatsu no Sounds Good sold 1,822,220 while Gingham Check sold 1,316,240).
In fact last year, post-election, their sales just slowly, slowly declined up until the Bikini single where they exploded again.
So I'm not tooooo worried. Koi Suru Fortune cookie had a better 1st day and 1st week than Gingham Check.
Wed Aug 28, 2013 1:51 am
Yeah, they're really doing better if you look at things from year to year.
Sayonara Crawl did better than Manatsu no Sounds Good, and now Koisuru Fortune Cookie is doing better than Gingham Check.
Not sure if KFC will do better than Flying Get, but right now it's really not trailing so far behind. It's hard to tell because their singles doesn't leave the chart until 374023798423 weeks later.
By the way, this one of the few singles where I seriously enjoy the a-side and all the b-sides. I've been lazy with listening to b-sides for other singles, so I don't remember how most of them go (I remember some I LOVE though).
Sun Oct 20, 2013 9:26 am
Is it just me or they're making the big deal out of the single? I can just find it everywhere.... I dn't remember that much of activity with the other singles...
Fri Oct 25, 2013 11:08 pm
They might've been afraid it wouldn't sell as much with Rino as center (compared to Acchan or Yuko) so they promoted it more. Who knows. I remember thinking Flying Get and Heavy Rotation were everywhere (Gingham Check not as much)
Wed Nov 06, 2013 9:28 am
The ofi channel uploaded the Mv, btw, a few days ago...
Mon Dec 30, 2013 1:56 am
So this song keeps popping up every time I go with a Japanese person to karaoke. I think because of the whole dance-a-long thing, because when it is sung everyone is determined to dance it as well, even if they don't know it.
I also had a girl tell me that she wanted it played at the reception for her wedding
I just found it interesting since I thought the song was a little weak as well (though admittedly I don't really follow their music too much) It was promoted a TON though. Stuff is still all over the place for it and it was months ago.
Mon Dec 30, 2013 7:12 am
Yeah I feel the same way. Not my favorite single at all, but it's like their second "heavy rotation".
Mon Dec 30, 2013 9:54 am
Yeah, and Youtube continue offering me the non-stop uploading of different versions and versions of the song. The AKB channel in Youtube is getting crazy
Wed Jan 01, 2014 4:05 am
It is. I don't like how they organize things at all.
Wed Jan 01, 2014 11:20 am
Most AKB songs are kind of melodically lame. But I think that's on purpose. They're supposed to be easy to take up, easy to remember, and easy to dance to, so as to cast the net as wide as possible. And this particular song is Akimoto I believe thumbing his nose at MM's mad dance skillz. "Yeah, it's great that your girls can sing well and do all kinds of crazily intricate dances, but when it comes to warming people's spirits, this is how it's done." A dance so easy it can be pulled off by 4 year olds and 65 year old grandmas.
Tue Jan 14, 2014 4:08 pm
idk for me it's not at all some sign of lack of quality. Yes, a lot of their songs sound quite simple, but a lot of these simple songs have melodies that would sound as pleasant if they were played on an instrument (like, imagine a piano cover). I can't say the same for a lot of pop songs out there. I mean, generic pop songs in the US sung by teen stars and such kind of just sound like teenagers shouting some stuff, and there's not much of a melody. AKB48 singles tend to stick in my head really easily even after just 1-2 listen and never in an annoying way.
People like to point to the various ways AKB48 appears to compromise quality for gimmicks and easy money-making methods, but like I've said many times on this forum I genuinely enjoy their music... at least the singles and many of the b-sides I've listened to. If I were to sing karaoke regularly or something I'd enjoy singing a lot of these songs because the melodies are nice. To be honest, I don't like the "mature" songs as much. There are lots of good ones, and their singles tend to be pretty good overall, but I prefer the latest single with the long-ass name over, say, Beginner and Flying Get.
Mon Jan 20, 2014 12:33 pm
Just wanted to say I appreciate your better choice of words. When I said, "melodically lame," I meant "melodically simple," i.e. not in bad way, just that they don't typically use complex melodies or harmonies. At least for their singles. Their stage songs tend to be more diverse.
Tue Jan 21, 2014 12:27 am
On the other hand, I have a hard time with most of their "happy" singles and all of my favorite singles are the "cool" singles. I don't really hate the happy/cute singles and I enjoy singing along and all, but they don't bring me the feeling of awe that some of the cool singles do.
All my favorite songs remain stage songs though. That's mostly why I created the YouTube thread... so many of the stage songs and b-sides are overlooked.
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