The DVD and limited editions jackets have similar covers and inner cover shots while the regular edition has them in their white, pink, & blue outfits which are worn in the coupling with PV. That's right the b-side gets a PV for this release! It's all too rare that we're treated to PVs for both songs on H!P releases and two of my favorites from the past are Gocchin's "San towa mamii"/ "Kimi to itsumademo" & the Momusu/ H!P Kids release which included PVs for both "Ganbacchae!" and "Hey! mirai." I like the close up shots on the limited & DVD edition's covers and the inner sleeve of the regular edition is really nice too! Well actually the regular edition's cover may actually be the nicest picture.
The limited edition comes with 2 cards and it's similar to the Kirarin Revolution card that came with Koharuchan's limited edition solo single releases. If I remember correctly it's for a video game. The first pressing of the regular edition comes with a better collectible as has been the trend lately with some H!P releases and it's a sticker sheet which acts as an outer backing and spine. The stickers have Koharuchan & Maimai in animated form. C-ute stuff!
The 2 songs on this release are like night and day! "Hana wo pu-n" is such a wacky song that it's surprising that Tsunku didn't write the lyrics or music! When the lyricist is named "Yum Yum" and the music's written by "Men Men" you know you're in for a wild ride! The first time I watched the "Hana wo pu-n" PV I was like…what the…eh?!…what in the world?!!…but then after hearing the song 5 times in a row I was beginning to actually like it. lol. At first I was thinking that this song would work better if I saw it in the context of the anime that it's written for but after awhile it didn't seem to matter. After the single was playing on repeat for one & a half hours I felt that I wanted to whack my thumb across someone's nose. Hahahahaha! It's hard to imagine that this song's all about doing just that! Well even after listening to it for quite awhile it's still very strange. It's like H!P on too much Red Bull or something!
The absolute best part of the song is when Maimai says "pun!" in her solo lines! It's like nothing I've ever heard before. How can the word "pun" sound so c-ute?!! You have to hear it yourself to understand and I warn you it may over c-ute your circuits! The pre-chorus and middle break in particular have such great hooks in them and it was something that I didn't appreciate right away as I had to first get past all of the "hana wo pu-n" madness! lol. There's also a vintage sounding keyboard that periodically pops up in the song that's reminiscent of The Doors that adds a nice flavor to this wacky song. Ok this song has been playing for about 2 hours straight and it's official, I actually like this strange song a lot! If you can get past all of the strangeness there's actually a pretty catchy song hiding in there. 🙂 It's really hiding though and it wasn't easy to find! lol. Okay well it's still strange and I don't think that'll ever change. But it's a good type of strange in a way.
The coupling with song couldn't be more different from the title track! Well actually it's a double a-side release but I'm so used to calling the 2nd track the b-side. It's amazing that "Yum Yum" & "Men Men" also penned this song! "Futari wa NS" is a much easier song to get into. That's actually an understatement as it's a really sweet enchanting ballad which sounds great the first time you hear it. Here you notice how Koharuchan & Maimai's voices compliment each others so well! In some ways Maimai may actually sing better too. But I think it's really the pairing of their voices that makes these songs work so well. I'm really glad that this is a double a-sided single as we get the treat of a PV for "Futari wa NS" too! Until I received these today I had no idea that there were PVs for both songs! I can't stress enough how really great "Futari wa NS" is!! It may be a simple song but it hits all of the right notes and Koharuchan & Maimai sound really great together! I think it's one of the nicest H!P ballads out there but of course everyone will have their own opinion on that. 🙂
The PV for "Hana wo pu-n" has got to be one of the most if not the most unusual PV H!P has ever released. Starting off with the big nose and then the stuff hanging out of it. lol. Enter in 2 overgrown stuffed animal people and you have all the ingredients for some weird and wacky fun. Koharuchan & Maimai look really cute in their outfits and at times Maimai seems to even out c-ute Koharuchan which isn't easy to do! You can really see why they were chosen for this unit as they have really great chemistry in the PVs and making of segment. It's just like Maimai is Koharuchan's little sister…very very very little sister. lol. And during the making of it's c-ute how Maimai does a lot of the same things that Koharuchan does. The PV for "Futari wa NS" has a lot of great scenes with the 2 of them trying to connect with each other as it really represents the song's meaning. Whether it be with giant ball or huge magnet…heheh…it's really shot well and quite endearing. 🙂 It's actually a pretty touching PV to watch. This is such a great ballad and I think that its PV has a lot to do with that perhaps. Okay I've been listening to this single for about 3 hours now and I definitely have Kira Pika on the brain. 😛 Enjoy the PVs below but I must warn you about "Hana wo p-un." If wacky songs scare you than you may want to stick with just the PV for "Futari wa NS." 🙂
Does anyone else think that Maimai has kind of a mature looking face for her age? When she's dressed in her white outfit she looks like a little woman. lol.