My hard drive crashing was pretty bad, but I also realized has some music on my boot drive which only has 120GB of space. Turns out I had a bunch of old music!
And then while listening to it, I came across this glorious track.
It’s funny how the smallest thing led me to this entire group.
It all started one day, when I decided to switch all my music from English to Japanese. Don’t get me wrong; I still like music that originates here in the US, but for the purposes of language study, I decided to adopt Japanese-language only music. And it’s not really that I think Japanese music is really unique either, I just find that the music I enjoy is pretty much the same across the ocean.
The only exception being J-Pop, which I find completely different than American Pop. I kinda get the feeling that the Japanese trends are like 3 years behind US trends though.
I downloaded a pack of Oricon Top 50 stuff, and the no3b Kimi Shika single was one that found a spot on my playlist. It wasn’t my favorite song of the pack, but I did like it. I had no idea who no3b was, I just knew that I liked the song.
There was also another song in that pack, Team Dragon – Kokoro no Hane, which I found to be kinda lackluster… oh, the irony.
Being bored one day, I decided to watch the PV. I had made a post earlier today about how I thought that certain music resonates me because of the context in which I hear the song, and sometimes, I watch PVs to get some of that context.
After viewing it, I thought the pudgy girl was cute but she looked pretty young and everyone looked kinda whiny and a bunch of crybabies.
And then, one day…
One day, I was messing with my brand new Samsung Galaxy S. (No, I didn’t leave a number out. It was the original Galaxy S.) I was feeling lazy and I didn’t want to get out of bed, so I decided to play with the Youtube browser.
“Hmm, no3b… I wonder if they have any other songs…”
It was this song, Kisu no Ryuusei, that really got me interested in the group. I don’t know what it is about this song that I really like, but I just liked it. I looked at their other singles, and Tane was really cute, but I wasn’t a big fan of Relax! or Lie. But THIS song. I loved everything about it. The vocals, the dance, the costumes. It was simple, not too crazy, and fun to listen to. Even the name is cool; all it is is a simple pun.
One thing led to another… I wanted to know more about the group, which led to watching more clips on Youtube, eventually moving on to AKBingo… and the rest is history.
I’m actually somewhat disappointed that they aren’t as active anymore, as I really liked all their singles: Answer, Kuchibiru Furezu, Pedicure Day, Kirigirisujin. The unfortunate timing of Miichan’s scandal, along with the elevation of Takahashi Minami to General Manager level kinda killed it off.