It’s barely two months since MNL48’s first single was launched and right here we at the moment are reviewing the second. Formally unveiled in the course of the “Aitakatta-Gustong Makita” Handshake Occasion, “Pag-Ibig Fortune Cookie” is certainly one of AKB48’s most profitable singles, and one which the worldwide sister teams have all had their very own variations of.
Whereas “Aitakatta-Gustong Makita” acquired shocking success, the expectations – and hopes – for “Pag-Ibig Fortune Cookie” (or “PFC” as referred to as by the followers) are a lot larger as a result of all of its present variations have been hits. If “Aitakatta-Gustong Makita” was alleged to be a “proof of concept”, then PFC is meant to be the actual deal.
In contrast to the primary single, there have been no delays with this one. As talked about, it was introduced through the Handshake Occasion, pre-orders ran for every week (precisely one week too) with the pre-order bonus being an additional handshake ticket.
However the largest factor going for this single is MNL48’s tie-in with Lawsons comfort retailer chain, which can now promote MNL48 merchandise together with copies of the brand new single. As such, many followers already acquired their arms on the only by December 1 (me included).
The packaging fashion is just about the identical as the primary single. It is available in a booklet type which incorporates photographs of the groups and its members. The most important addition is the inclusion of a double-sided poster. One aspect options the PFC senbatsu, and the opposite, the entire group.
In my evaluation of the “Aitakatta-Gustong Makita” single, I gave minus factors on any such packaging as a result of I felt that the CD pocket doesn’t actually shield the CD itself from scratches. However after my expertise with that single, I can say that I underestimated its viability. The CD pocket CAN be positive in any case, and whereas nonetheless not excellent, it has been confirmed fairly enough.
The one drawback I’ve now with this type of packaging is its vulnerability to water. However even plastic instances present no actual safety from the weather, if you consider it.
I’m starting to assume that this packaging is getting used to maintain prices down, permitting followers and hardcore wotas to purchase copies by the majority. If that’s the case, then it can do its job splendidly nicely.
A brand new addition to the packaging is the inclusion of a holder for the Handshake Occasion Ticket. Not is it simply included within the CD pocket like an afterthought, it now occupies a tempo of honor within the packaging.
In contrast to the primary single, “Pag-Ibig Fortune Cookie’s” design could be very colourful. All of the variations of the music had colourful packaging, and MNL48 positive does hold consistent with the “tradition”.
The place the earlier shade scheme appeared muted and funky, this single is brimming with shade and life.
The identical is true with the precise CD itself. The earlier CD solely had a constant blue all through. This time, it is extremely colourful.
Right here is the place this single’s kinks present. For some purpose, the instrumentals within the songs have been additional loud, considerably drowning out the vocals in elements of the second and third songs.
That is shocking, as a result of the earlier single has very clear vocals. It appears that evidently somebody had an concept to make the music actually loud to enrich the “dance-track” nature of the songs. However I really feel that it’s unlikely.
It’s fairly exhausting to comply with with a music whose vocals you possibly can barely hear at elements. And though the primary track was combined higher than the opposite two, it’s a disgrace as a result of “Palusot Ko’y Maybe” (Iiwake Perhaps) and “First Rabbit” are superior to the earlier single’s B-sides.
As you’ll have observed, I separated the audio high quality evaluation from the songs themselves. It’s because this single has two faces: one, a superior set-list and packaging, and the opposite, of mediocre mixing.
It’s fairly unfair to attain down the songs themselves on the idea of poor audio mixing, particularly since these songs are primarily higher than the earlier single’s. So I made a decision to select on the blending in one other standards, whereas I speak concerning the songs themselves.
Earlier than I start nit-picking the person tracks, I’d should say a couple of issues first:
- The songs aren’t shy in retaining sure Japanese phrases. In contrast to the primary single, the place they actually used Tagalog phrases, the composer determined to retain the unique phrases the place they’re applicable, whether or not as a result of the Tagalog equal doesn’t match the track, or as a result of it merely preserves the circulate.
- As an entire, the songs have been “owned” by MNL48 in such a method that it out of the blue develops a lifetime of its personal, considerably unbiased of the originals.
- Like the primary single, this one principally solely has two line-ups: the media senbatsu for “Pag-Ibig Fortune Cookie” who additionally carried out “First Rabbit“, and Group N-IV for “Palusot Ko’y Maybe”. Once more, that’s virtually half of the group with out participation. From press-releases, it appears that evidently the members underwent an audition to find out the line-up. That’s comprehensible as regards to the media senbatsu, however “First Rabbit” might have been open to a different audition taken from the women who failed the senbatsu try-outs.
Anyway, let’s proceed with the songs.
“Pag-Ibig Fortune Cookie” is a basic AKB48 music, not solely as a result of it turned tremendous massive, but in addition as a result of it’s so catchy that even people who find themselves in any other case not into idol songs can latch on to it.
The identical is true of its tagalog model. It’s catchy, the lyrics is fairly straightforward to get into, and it’s actually enjoyable to bop with. The brand new senbatsu options new faces who’re additionally recognized for having robust vocals, however this single continues to be owned by Sheki Arzaga, middle for the second straight single.
It’s not that the others aren’t ok, it’s simply that Sheki’s talent far surpasses the others. Given her huge stage expertise and vocal coaching, it’s going to be exhausting to take her seat on the prime. Nevertheless, which may not essentially be a nasty factor: Sheki is a “triple threat” in relation to expertise, and the best way she’s dealt with being middle endeared her to a whole lot of followers which now additionally embrace wotas.
In contrast to “Aitakatta-Gustong Makita”, I can hear the others singing in “PFC”. I can faintly make out the voices of Sela, Kay, and Brei.
PFC as a track is definitely tailored for Sashihara Rino, who bested present and annointed members to snag first place in AKB48’s 32nd Single Basic Election, thereby making her the middle for this single. From being teased for her being “ugly” (she’s not as cute as Mayuyu, or Aachan, however she’s definitely not ugly), to figuring in a scandal that noticed her being despatched to HKT48 on the opposite aspect of Japan, Sashihara appeared to have a critical case of dangerous luck, however nonetheless snagged primary nonetheless.
“Palusot Ko’y Maybe” is the sadly named tagalog model of “Iiwake Maybe”. If Group L carried out “Umiindak na Saya” within the first single, this time it’s the flip of Staff N-IV. This group had good singers in Group Captain Ecka, Belle, and Brei, so there’s a little bit of an expectation there.
I could make out the voices of Ecka and Brei, however I can’t actually place Belle in addition to the others. Not shocking as I’ve not often heard a few of them sing. The music itself makes use of a number of auto-tune like the unique. And I really feel that the women have been made to sing “cutesy” harking back to how AKB48 did a few of their early singles, as an alternative of utilizing their pure voice vary.
Once more, that’s not essentially a nasty factor: Ecka, for instance, has sufficient vocal vary to go from ballad to cute, with a contact of playfulness that the music requires. Extra importantly, that’s how the music was meant to be carried out, so it’s no shock that MNL48 members will attempt to replicate it, even when it means going towards their pure vocal vary.
“First Rabbit” is one other revelation for me. Identical to how “Umiindak na Saya” warmed me as much as a music I beforehand didn’t look after, I fell in love with “First Rabbit” regardless that I’ve by no means fairly favored the unique.
The message of the music actually resonates with me, with its message of not being afraid to be first, not giving up the battle regardless that you’re harm and have no idea what is going to occur.
“First Rabbit” might probably be the right MNL48 track that may tug on the heart-strings of those that are going by way of quite a bit in life.
MNL48’s appear to inform a narrative: of the place the group is presently at, and the place they needed to go. “Aitakatta-Gustong Makita” was a proof of idea that additionally works as an “introduction”. “Pag-Ibig Fortune Cookie” then again, is a single that’s undoubtedly aimed toward everybody, from the catchy pop tune of the title monitor, to the pure-idol sound of “Palusot Ko’y Maybe“, to the deeper “light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel” message of “First Rabbit“.
I now perceive – and settle for – the choice to maintain to the booklet-type of packaging, welcome the colourful design, in addition to the robust selection of songs. The one negatives that I can see is the less-than-stellar mixing and the shortage of illustration from different members of the group.
“Pag-Ibig Fortune Cookie” is a superb second effort to a rising arsenal of MNL48 songs. I hope that the subsequent single, they work out a approach to repair the blending, and with the best songs, may simply have a breakthrough single….in the event that they didn’t break by means of with this one, that’s.
- Higher package deal design.
- More sensible choice of songs.
- A strong follow-up.
- The title monitor is catchy as hell.
- The “audition” format adopted to decide on the senbatsu successfully locks out greater than 50% of the group.
- The blending leaves lots to be desired. There are spots that the lyrics is tough to comply with as a result of the instrumental is method too loud.
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