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First Single Review: ‘Aitakatta-Gustong Makita’ by MNL48

First Single Review: 'Aitakatta-Gustong Makita' by MNL48

A strong debut, nice effort, and a top quality product.

  • Design

  • Packaging

  • Manufacturing Values

  • Impression

  • A strong debut single
  • Good manufacturing values
  • High quality product
  • The CD jacket does not shield the CD
  • An enormous variety of members didn’t take part, making the only hardly consultant of the group as an entire.

Readers Score: zero zero votes

The primary single is a vital milestone for each music group or artist. It’s imagined to herald your “arrival” into the world, and make an enduring impression on the general public. That’s why though not all debut singles or albums develop into smash hits, there’s all the time an incentive to creating it correctly and “delivering the goods” so to talk.

As sisters to Japan’s AKB48 (who additionally occur to be the most important Japanese idol group when it comes to membership AND gross sales), there is a gigantic strain for MNL48 to ship. They usually must do this in a rustic that has but to really perceive what a J-idol really is for, in addition to come to grips to a actuality they’ve but to expertise.

‘Aitakatta-Gustong Makita‘ featured six tracks: three songs and their off-vocal versions. Besides the title track, the single includes ‘Talulot ng Sakura‘ (Sakura no Hanabiratachi), and the only Team song in this release, ‘Umiindak na Saya‘ (Skirt, Hirari). All three are localized versions of AKB48’s hits. And never simply any hit, however their earliest songs, launched again in the course of the time the group was nonetheless recent and has but to hit their first million vendor

Provided that the group is hoped (or anticipated) to hit it massive like the remainder of its sisters, the selection of ‘Aitakatta’ appeared unusual to me. It’s doubtless an AKB basic, and one of many group’s “basic songs“, but it is hardly the song you’d want to market to a wide audience. It is only after some time that I warmed up to the idea because ‘Aitakatta’ is basically a song about “greeting” or “meeting” individuals.

The opposite tracks – ‘Sakura no Hanabiratachi’ and ‘Skirt, Hirari’ – are songs that I didn’t anticipate the typical listener to love. Though all three have been carried out completely by the senbatsu previous to launch, I felt that utilizing them was an enormous danger. I might say although, that regardless that ‘Skirt, Hirari’ was hardly my favourite AKB48 track, I can’t get sufficient of this model. The catch is that I’m a fan and as deep into the rabbit-hole as I’ve allowed myself to be, however who is aware of?

For my part, there are different songs that would have been used, had MNL48 Producer Paolo Kurosawa been going for a commercially profitable first outing. So perhaps what he was going for was making the primary single a sort of “hello” to the followers. A greeting, and an invite to help them. Or perhaps I’m simply overthinking it, and the songs have been chosen at random.

The Delivery
As a result of MNL48 has its personal “store” within the Hallohallo Mall, and just about all MNL48 merchandise purchases are directed by way of it, it is just becoming that we speak a bit of about how my order was processed. Please notice that your experiences may differ.

This single’s launch has been over-shadowed with points, first, the precise launch of the digital variations was pushed from August to October. Second, the precise delivery was purported to have been carried out on the primary week of October, marking one other full week delay. After which, there have been the unrelated points just like the ‘Aitakatta’ MV being over-filtered that some individuals have referred to as it “unwatchable”.

Via all of it, I’m stunned to notice that my transaction was very clean. As a result of I not use a bank card, I opted for the 7-11 cost choice and it was confirmed barely 30 minutes after I made it. Individuals often use their credit score or debit card whereas making on-line purchases, however my expertise tells me that doing so within the Hallohallo Mall might be an excessively difficult matter.

I’m pleased I didn’t encounter any points with the cost, however it was the delivery that gave me complications. For some purpose, “first week” turned “second week” with nary an evidence relating to the delay. This could enhance, as a result of all on-line purchases are funnelled in the direction of the Hallohallo Mall, and delays are what hits an internet retailer’s credibility. The thrill of being the primary to obtain a bodily copy could be simply dampened by the delays.

In any case, I’m nonetheless excited to obtain my copy. However I can’t converse for everybody.

The Evaluation:
So now we get to the meat of this text: the evaluate correct. In right here we’ll speak concerning the bodily state of the album, the design, the “inserts”, and afterward, we’ll speak concerning the songs themselves.

The Package deal
The packaging of ‘Aitakatta-Gustong Makita’ seems to be like a small booklet. It jogged my memory of the free recreation demos that have been inserted in recreation magazines. It appears cute, however I used to be involved at the way it homes the CD. In any case is claimed and accomplished, CD instances have been most popular as a result of it’s supposed to guard the CD from scratches.

The CD itself is tucked on a decent pocket on the finish of the booklet. It’s not unfastened so no less than the CD doesn’t fall off simply. The one drawback is that getting it out of the pocket is a chore.

The CD itself is unremarkable. The highest aspect is coloured blue with ‘MNL48’ on the highest and the identify of the only on the underside.

However it’s the sleeve – or on this case, the booklet – that’s value speaking about. Followers have hoped that there’s a random photo-card inserted inside. However I feel HHE gave us one thing higher. An precise booklet with a really temporary historical past of MNL48, colourful footage of the senbatsu, the groups, the lyrics (!), and messages from Producer Paolo Kurosawa, General Group Captain Alice, and incumbent Middle Sheki.

The format seems like one other “introduction” of types however it’s good for a debut single. I particularly favored the truth that the lyrics of all three songs are included.

Additionally, for anybody within the women and men behind AKB48 and MNL48, the booklet lists that related info. Yasushi Akimoto is listed because the “Total Producer” of each AKB48 and MNL48. Yasushi Kubota is AKB48’s Government Producer.

However for me, the most important information is that Nariaki Terada and Kazuya Sato, each from AKS, are listed as “Project Producer” with Paolo Kurosawa. Fairly probably a touch that AKS is extra “involved” in MNL48 than I beforehand thought.

I’m additionally stunned that some names that figured prominently in AKB48 historical past are listed as a part of the MNL48 administration. Junji Yuasa (the man who declares the preliminary rankings in AKB48’s Basic Elections) is listed underneath Particular Spport Sound Staff. And AKB48’s costume designer Shinobu Kayano can also be listed as a part of MNL48’s Particular Help Costume and Hair & Make-up Staff.

The importance of those names are nonetheless past me at this level nevertheless it has me excited and made me give bonus factors to this CD.

However who can overlook the handshake ticket? In true AKB48 style, the only features a ticket to what might be MNL48’s first handsake occasion. There are not any dates on the ticket, however there’s the serial quantity and a few necessary reminders.

The Songs
Monitor 01 – Aitakatta-Gustong Makita
By the point I managed to take heed to this monitor, I’ve already seen 4 reside performances of this music by MNL48. The stay model showcased the women’ vocal talents very nicely. The monitor, nevertheless, sounds prefer it was sung by a most of six individuals.

Sheki’s voice dominates the monitor, and whereas that’s to be anticipated as a result of she’s the middle, there are moments once I felt the track seems like “Sheki and MNL48“. It is a good thing that Sheki has above average singing ability in that she can still dominate a group song and still satisfy fans enough to like the effort, but it doesn’t bode well in a line-up that features 16 members.

To be fair, ‘Aitakatta’ as a song doesn’t include a lot of harmonizations and this might have an effect in making chorus lines sound like they were being sung by one person. At least the “la la la la” half did sound like there have been greater than only one singing.

The localization appears to have labored simply positive with this monitor because the adjustment interval for our ears didn’t take so long as I assumed it might be. However I discover that it’s simpler to understand the localization higher whenever you’ve seen the lyrics and listened to the monitor itself.

Monitor 02 – Talulot ng Sakura
MNL48’s first pop ballad is an early AKB48 music about graduations. First carried out within the Fan-Meet, it employs deeper tagalog than ‘Aitakatta-Gustong Makita’. For starters, I haven’t actually heard of ‘talulot’ being utilized in a dialog. That is a type of songs you’d want that they might simply use the unique title, however it’s what it’s.

My first statement is that there appears to be auto-tune in some locations. I don’t fairly get the necessity for an auto-tune in a music that’s clearly within the vocal vary of its singers. The excellent news is that you simply’re more likely to miss these spots should you’re not actively in search of them or your ear isn’t delicate to auto-tune.

Filipinos are good ballad singers and ‘Talulot ng Sakura’ reinforces this picture. It’s the strongest monitor when it comes to vocals on this single and it exhibits the women’ vocal vary higher than the opposite two.

Wanting on the lyrics, I can see that it reads like a poem. Making an attempt to sing alongside looks like a problem as a result of numerous the phrases used within the track aren’t precisely every-day utilization for me. Nevertheless it feels good to truly learn the lyrics whereas listening to the monitor as a result of now you get the entire image.

Monitor 03 – Umiindak na Saya
I’ve a confession to make: AKB48’s “Skirt, Hirari” just isn’t a favourite of mine. I simply didn’t get the attraction, I assume. So I used to be very stunned when MNL48’s model caught stubbornly stubbornly refused to cease enjoying in my head. A extreme case of “Last Song Syndrome” that I haven’t actually utterly recovered from but.

‘Umiindak na Saya’ jogs my memory of some Filipino people songs for some purpose. Fairly unusual as ‘Skirt, Hirari’ is a J-pop track via and thru. However that’s how the music got here to me. In contrast to the opposite tracks, ‘Umiindak na Saya’ was sung by Workforce L, marking it as technically the primary group track. This music has already accomplished one thing constructive for me as a 48 Group fan in that it turned the bridge that allowed me to understand the unique extra.

I might say that the lyrics featured pretty straightforward to know phrases in contrast to ‘Talulot ng Sakura’ the place my thoughts needed to work additional arduous to maintain up.

The Off-Vocals
The monitor additionally options off-vocal variations of the songs. It’s a function that’s the norm for J-idol CDs (though different artists have additionally used the format) and offers the fan with a clear instrumental variations of the songs.

There’s nothing a lot to comment right here apart from the tracks being principally the originals. There wasn’t actually any have to re-record the music so in the event you already received the originals, there’s nothing new to see right here.

A Nit-Decide:
I actually have just one nit-pick. Since this can be a “sousenkyo” single there was some expectation that the Beneath Women and the Subsequent Women will obtain their very own songs as per commonplace within the 48 Group. That didn’t occur as two tracks have been carried out by the senbatsu, and one by Workforce L.

That is makes me really feel that the debut single  isn’t a correct sousenkyo single and it additionally signifies that the Underneath Women and the Subsequent Women wouldn’t get the prospect at performing till the subsequent single comes. However that’s IF Kurosawa-san will even contemplate sticking to the AKB norm and never stick together with his senbatsu for an entire yr. So, regardless of this single being strong when it comes to manufacturing values, there’s a feeling that it isn’t as consultant of the group as hoped, with barely 1 / 4 of its complete members collaborating. I’m not insinuating that it isn’t, however that it feels that method to this fan, a minimum of.

The Backside-line:
I actually need this group to succeed, and I used to be silently dreading the day their single will probably be launched. I used to be face-palming throughout every delay and points that got here up the final two months. However this single proves that the Japanese Idol idea can work within the Philippines.

It isn’t the ground-breaking single that may magically usher in hundreds of thousands of followers to the group (and income to the administration). However it’s a ground-breaking single not simply because it’s the first however as a result of the over-all package deal itself is well-done. The booklet format is a pleasing shock, the colourful footage of the members a most welcome addition, and the messages by Kurosawa-san, MNL48 Group Captain Alice, and the primary middle Sheki are priceless and rank as one among my most necessary mementos from the group.

MNL48’s first single ‘Aitakatta-Gustong Makita’ is a strong effort and a top quality product worthy of a spot within the assortment of any fan – wota or in any other case. No matter you might consider J-Pop idols, this single is an effective first product of what I hope to evaluation extra sooner or later.

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