single review: Koda Kumi “KAMEN feat. Ishii Tatuya”

We are nearly done with the series; we’re now at number ten, and this time, Koda Kumi enlists the help of Japanese crooner Ishii Tatuya, who some anime fans may be familiar with via Gundam SEED. However, this track has no anime tie-in… instead, we’ve got the makings of a love song!

Contrasting this is the Hawaiian concept art, which has Kuu wearing a garment from Hawaii. While we were given a wintry break-up ballad in the form of ‘you’, the series’ first single, will KAMEN make us fall in love in a heated, sensual love song? Read on!

KAMEN feat. Ishii Tatuya
KAMEN feat. Ishii Tatuya (with your darling version) / KAMEN feat. Ishii Tatuya (with your honey version)
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Koda Kumi promoting KAMEN feat. Ishii Tatuya

KAMEN feat. 石井竜也
KAMEN feat. Ishii Tatuya
MASK feat. Ishii Tatuya

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

With its sitar-like opener, meshed with pianos, strings, and both singers crooning, we’re already in for the makings of a very sensual, almost pornographic-like love song. Carrying this formula forward, with each singer delivering their vocals as smoothly as possible, “KAMEN feat. Ishii Tatuya” just almost has me in, with its bridge having a slight catch. However, the overall melody and blend of instruments do not change throughout, and when there is a break, it is merely toned down. Near the end, there’s a conversation between the two that just feels out of place. I’m starting to feel bored as the song goes on, and there doesn’t seem to be any oomph that would normally get me into a ballad. It feels like a song that I would not go out of my way to listen… In true Valentina fashion, I’d like to keep this mask on rather than lipsync this song for my life.


Sorry Kuu, but this one’s a snooze-fest. I didn’t even bother looking at the other two versions: KAMEN (with your darling version) and KAMEN (with your honey version)… these are merely just versions you can sing along to if you’re single and need a duet partner…

Definitely my least favorite of the series, after such an awesome last number nine… I was really hoping this love song would keep the momentum. But alas, there has to be one bad cherry out of the group, and I’m sorry to say, but KAMEN takes the cake. Not a recommend.


Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

One thought on “single review: Koda Kumi “KAMEN feat. Ishii Tatuya”

  1. You were much more generous than I would’ve been! “KAMEN” is by far my least favorite song in her discography. I think even one out of five stars is too high for it. Haha.


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