[Single][2010.08.04] Ikimono Gakari – キミがいる; You Are Here

2010/08/03 at 12:40 pm | Posted in Ikimono Gakari | Leave a comment
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キミがいる; You Are Here is Ikimono Gakari’s 19th single, releasing 2010/08/04. The title track キミがいる was used as the theme song for the second season of the drama “Hotaru No Hikari” (ring a bell?) and is their first A-side written and composed by Kiyoe herself!

The cover? It’s random; apart from the fact that it greatly gives away the single as a summer single – using all those colors, it’s just nothing special…they should have chosen a better cover! It messes with my eyes (was that the whole point? =P)

Tracklist:

  • キミがいる
  • キミがいる – Instrumental

No B-side? That’s a shame!
キミがいる is (obviously) a summer song, and I’m glad they’re back to the typical Ikimono style – fast to mid paced happy songs that compliment and are complimented by Kiyoe’s voice. The song starts off sort of like a ballad, with Kiyoe sounding very magical along with the arrangement, but the music soon turns to a happy, summery feel – not as fast paced as Kimagure Romantic – just mid paced happiness. I LOVE her voice in the verses, she sounds very hyper, and full of summer emotion. The verses are catchy (maybe a bit long and drag the song onto over 5 minutes) but the chorus is the real highlight of the song – it’s suprisingly catchy in a way that you’ll find yourself singing a tune you don’t know, and it’ll turn out to be THIS! The only problem I had is the instrumentation sections after each chorus, that also add to the length of the song. The chorus is repeated alot of times, but I guess it’s okay.
So overall…a nice release – I was very happy listening to this. RECOMMENDED!

The instrumental is….cute! I love listening to instrumentals, and this one is just happy, and CUTE! I’m glad they include instrumentals unlike SOMEONE *ahem* YES KANA! I’m TALKING ABOUT YOU!

Rating:
8/10
For No B-Sides! DX

That’s about it!

Jaa! Mata Ne~

P.S. Random Promo! XD

[PV] Ikimono Gakari – ありがとう; Arigatou

2010/04/25 at 7:00 am | Posted in Ikimono Gakari | Leave a comment
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I have to say I’ve absolutely LOVED IKIMONO GAKARI ever since I heard Blue Bird on Naruto Shippuuden! But lately, they haven’t been making any GOOD or SOLID songs – by which I mean songs like Hotaru No Hikari; ホタルノヒカリ or Futari; ふたり. Nakumonka; なくもんか; and Nostalgia; ノスタルジア just weren’t GOOD enough to listen to. So when I heard these two songs my love for them deteriorated, and I became more “indulged” – OBSESSED with BOYBANDS. But now, that all of our boys (and by “boys” I mainly mean TOHOSHINKI/DBSK and SUJU) are busy doing something or the other, I thought of going back to THESE 2 GUYS+WOMAN/GIRL! And what did I find? mmmmmm…..maybe a song not so good as their normal songs but a good song nonetheless.

ありがとう; Arigatou

My thoughts about the song: It’s O……kay. I miss Ikimono gakari’s fast tempo songs. Mizuno-san needs to write more songs like Hotaru No Hikari, Blue Bird or even Futari. These mid tempo songs just don’t cut it.

My thoughts about the video: KIYOE LOOKS AMAZING! She actually looks a level prettier than before! PLUS I REALLY like what shes wearing. (This is one of the many thigs I love about her; her dresses are never FLASHY or EXTRAVAGANT, she always wears something that looks good and I bet is pretty comfortable.) Everyone looked so touched by the song and the bubble effect is nice too though the ballerina-type-girls-who-look-like-ballerinas-but-are-not-dressed-like-them weren’t all that necessary were they. Even so, the video too is just…fine. Not too HEART RENDERING

Rating:

  • Song: 3.5/5
  • Video: 3.5/5


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