Tag: Koda Kumi

  • the best of jpop 2021 thus far

    the best of jpop 2021 thus far

    Here we are folks, we are at the sequel stage of 2021’s very best of Japanese pop in 2021. Surprisingly, my last post, “the best of jpop 2021 so far”, received an incredibly slow but warm welcome, to the point where I got inspired to share more songs that have been on my radar from […]

  • single review: Koda Kumi “4 hot wave”

    single review: Koda Kumi “4 hot wave”

    Let’s travel back to 2006… I was literally graduating junior high school. Can you believe it’s been 15 years since then?! I’m old. Old enough to know when Koda Kumi hit the peak of her career, a time of fashion choices that were deemed cool and sexy (that I can safely say are now questionable, […]

  • single review: Koda Kumi “real Emotion / 1000 no Kotoba”

    single review: Koda Kumi “real Emotion / 1000 no Kotoba”

    K, U, M, I in position… it’s showtime, girls! For a big chunk of indeterminate time, I’ll be reviewing some old Koda Kumi stuff, as if I haven’t already reviewed a huge chunk of her stuff! Joking aside, I have revisited Final Fantasy X-2 recently, mostly because I’ve been on a huge gaming kick, and […]

  • single review: Koda Kumi “Someday / Boys♥Girls”

    single review: Koda Kumi “Someday / Boys♥Girls”

    We finally made it boys and girls! I thought we would never make it, or that we would make it here someday… but no, we are finally at the end of the single series! Capping off the 12 Singles of Christmas is the series’ only double A-side single, ‘Someday / Boys♥Girls’, though Someday was promoted […]

  • single review: Koda Kumi “WIND”

    single review: Koda Kumi “WIND”

    We are nearly done! Having gone through ten singles already, we now land at the eleventh single of the series (and if you haven’t already read the previous ten reviews, what are you doing?!). Titled ‘WIND’, this single takes Kuu into a more conventional J-pop territory, and her concept art goes for an Italian feel. […]

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

    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 […]

  • single review: Koda Kumi “Ima Sugu Hoshii”

    single review: Koda Kumi “Ima Sugu Hoshii”

    I’m going to go against the grain here and say upfront already: this is my favorite of the twelve. Nine singles in, and I’m already revealing it in the introduction? Why, touki, why?! Because I’m going to gush in this review. That’s all I’m going to do. There really is no surprise here (if you […]

  • single review: Koda Kumi “No Regret”

    single review: Koda Kumi “No Regret”

    At number eight is Kuu’s next foray into anime! Tying itself in with the anime, Ueki no Housoku (or otherwise known as The Law of Ueki), as an opening, Kuu takes this project into another unique direction. Here, the concept art is that of Persia, wearing a Persian garment with fierceness. Musically, the song has […]

  • single review: Koda Kumi “Candy feat. Mr.Blistah”

    single review: Koda Kumi “Candy feat. Mr.Blistah”

    Are you ready to be taken to the Middle East? Number seven in the 12 Singles of Christmas series is ‘Candy feat. Mr.Blistah’, the second collaboration for the series overall. Here, Koda Kumi, ero-kakkoii songstress and legend, takes us on a magical carpet ride to Africa with the cover art for the single, and then […]