Releases such as these inspires one to wish that all singles could grow up to be double A-sides~♪♪! Arashi returns with yet another chart topping single breaking the 500,000 sales mark with their dual treat in "Believe" and "Kumori nochi, kaisei" which are both tied into larger visual treats in the movie production "Yatterman" and the t.v. drama "Uta no oniisan" respectfully. What's even more engaging about this double A-side release is that both productions stars a member of Arashi with Shokun in the colorful "Yatterman" and Ohchan in the drama series.
Whenever my Blackberry buzzes with excitement and I see an e-mail being sent by Cdjapan's "Upcoming artist" release subscription I always anticipate the possibility of an Arashi release being in there……….and being goo goo for them the other reason of importance would be that they're LE releases just go out of print soooooo quickly!!!!! (゜Д゜;) Literally within just hours of receiving these release alerts they sell out due to the overwhelming demand of fans and of course the occasional buyer who seeks to re-sell them on online auction sites. So such an e-mail arrived late (for me! XD) one night and while I had woken up to get some water from the refrigerator I noticed that familiar red blinking light beckoning me from my Blackberry….could it be?…….Arashi was calling me? And so late? I have to work early tomorrow! Those thoughts took all of about 2 seconds to register in my half sleepy mind.. (・_・) ………..and I realized that Arashi was indeed calling me to go back to my laptop which I had just layed to sleep for the night about 3 hours earlier~ ＼(^o^)／☆. This called for quick action and I totally forgot that I was actually thirsty to begin with and was soon online…………however, only LE type A and the regular edition were still available for pre-order……and in just three hours or possibly less Arashi's type B version was no where to be found! (;´□｀) I had lost again……..just like when "We Can Make It!" was released and in the wee hours of the morning I rushed in very much the same fashion only to find that another LE had indeed gotten away~! I was able to remedy the situation though back then by searching through Yahoo! Japan Auctions where it seemed that there were many copies of the LE for "We Can Make It!" available, albeit for a much higher and exasperated price! (._.;)
So it seems that in order to capture that elusive type B edition this time around I'll most likely need to go about the same route to my much wanted "Believe" / "Kumori nochi, Kaisei" type B.
(Please note that both type A and Type B Japanese version singles are out of print)
And in case you're curious as to why I have such a "need" and excitement over a second LE version, it's very much due to the wonderful minds at Johnny's Jimusho whom tempt us fans with such extras as a different pv on each LE type~! Type A features the pv for "Believe"…the one with the real members as there's also an animated version out there too!….while type B includes the pv for Ohchan's solo "Kumori nochi, taisei" making both essential gets! ^ ^
And in a time when "Regular Editions" are tossing caution to the wind by remaining as anything but "normal' these days………..Johnny's Jimusho makes sure we're paying lots and lots of attention to their third in line productions, that being the inclusion of a bonus track on this "RE" which isn't available on either LE type A or B releases. XD Additionally karaoke tracks of all three songs are also included.
….And then there's of course the allure of varied cover art work on all three editions where the "RE" has the most distict identity amongst the three (above). =) The black and grays against white give "Believe" / "Kumori nochi, kaisei" a most sophisticated look…..very cool and stylish~! The boys have each opted for a much shorter style this time and I think you'd be hard pressed to find them looking any prettier that they are here! ^ ^
And can they dance?…you bet~~!
While Arashi truly has many many stylish videos in their catalog, "Believe" is near tops in sleek production combining the artful dance of Arashi seamless with beautiful abstract visuals throughout. The set is just purely amazing with a surreal environment planting a picturesque tree in a large indoor chamber complete with water cascading walls. And matching this most mesmerizing pv in "Believe" you'll find a most infectious song♪♪ filled with controlled angst….the violins draping a wonderfully dramatic cloak…..lyrics with conviction……a horn section for sophistication……shake in another intense Shokun self penned rap……..Arashi brings the rest~.
The RE's bonus track "Tobira" could have easily validated this as the world's (first?) triple A-side! Johnny's acts never seem to fail to produce wonderfully euphoric compositions such as "Tobira" ("Door")…….as the entire melody feeds off a most genki mood both in verse and choruses where easily the major hooks lie each and every time…….~♪♪"Makenai de someday!…"♪♪~. I'm always giddy for the good feel type songs and if I start each day with "Tobira" to wake to, sleepy early mornings may soon be much happier ones~…..＼(^o^)／☆. Now if only I could find an alarm clock/radio which will play♪♪ this each and every morning for me o(*´∀｀)o゛♥~.
Ohchan shines on the track "Kumori nochi, kaisei" which fittingly has a bright and youthful stage "musical" feel to it….and what longtime fans of Arashi have known for years is just how amazing of a vocalist Ohchan truly is~! And while the song's temperament is a bit too even throughout for vocal dramatics, Ohchan's voice is strong and impressive nonetheless~!