Okay how awesome is that!!! It makes me want to watch Azumi right now!! lol! 😛 But seriously they really went all out with this release. The outfits…the look…I'm blown away!
Their type C release comes housed in a beautiful slip case and includes a 2 sided poster and a very very thick card. Most importantly though is the bonus track that you get with this version. Their song "HIMEGOTO" is only available on this version. While it's not the star of this release it's a very solid T&T song and one worth owning. Here are pics of the 2 sided poster as well as that bullet proof card! I'm kidding but it's printed on quite thick stock paper. 🙂 It's a photo card/ sticker although I can't seem to pull it apart! lol. It's a random card and you get one of six possible cards. I got the Tsubasa card! 🙂
Much like these images the song "SAMURAI" is a driving rock song with an aggressive feel. Very heavy and may cause you a bit of whiplash! lol. From my very first listen I was hooked. It has an infectious melody and rhythm backed with a pulse pounding beat that will engulf you completely. I don't think that you even need to be a Tackey & Tsubasa fan to appreciate this song. It's really that good! The coupling with song(s) "Yakusoku~…" which is presented here in 2 versions, one sung by Tackey and the other sung by Tsubasa have very distinct sounds to them. Tackey's is a more hip sounding version while Tsubasa's is a more moody version. Personally I like Tackey's version a lot more. Also Tackey's solo PV for this song is a lot more enjoyable to watch. While it's a simple PV Tackey is presented in a very cool way with great looking outfits and his PV is has a joyous feel about it. And when he's wearing that hat he really reminds me of Nakaikun! He really does! Come on that's Nakaikun's style all the way! 🙂 Tsubasa's PV is shot in black & white giving it a great look but it's simplicity may also be it's undoing here as it's I dare say a bit boring at times. Not a bad PV but when compared to Tackey's it really fares in comparison. A lot. He's basically walking down the street singing and not much more is going on. I'm sorry Tsubasa but the producers really gave you the short end of the sword…uh I mean stick here. 😦 But not to worry the main PV for "SAMURAI" is a treat! While the camera work is a bit of that shaky feel as I guess they were trying to capture a "live" feel for this it really does rock!!! The set is great and Tackey & Tsubasa really capture the darkness of this song with power and emotion. While listening to " SAMURAI" Berryz Koubou's song "Sayonara hageshiki koi" came to mind. Not because they're similar but because of their full throttle foot to the floor feeling that I get while listening to them. Just shows that BK rocks too!! 🙂 And now I'm thinking of BK's "Seishun Oodouri" which I believe that coinlockersbaby really raved about! It's such a majestic sounding song and when they sing the part "aruuuuuuusa" I get goosebumps!! Whoa why am I talking about Berryz Koubou when it's a T&T post?!! 😛
Earlier I mentioned that in the making of footage there is evidence of another version of the "SAMURAI" PV which isn't included in these releases. They show behind the scenes clips of them fighting with a warrior dressed in traditional Japanese warlord armor! It looks incredible! And I'm only seeing the making of footage which leads me to believe that the actual PV must be a feast for the eyes! I love anything in the samurai genre and to see T&T here is absolutely amazing! I don't know where this PV is available but with this making of footage it surely must exist!
This release is so awesome and I hope that you will check it out if you haven't already. It must be seen, heard, and experienced first hand to really appreciate it. A very inspired and well directed release! Tackey & Tsubasa rock!!!