The whirlwind of anticipation leading to Manoeri's major label debut release payed dividends as "Otome no inori" ("Maiden's prayer") debuted at #3 on the Oricon charts and settled at #7 for the week's ranking. ^ ^
The previews of the covers were so overwhelmingly *pretty* that I opted for her A, B and C versions and with this being her major debut I felt a little extra giddy in getting these three versions~…(^q^).
The cover and inner artwork is greatly varied for these three editions…(the RE was a bit similar to type A's cover) and one of H!P's most photogenic doesn't disappoint in delivering adorable images all around!
Type A edition is the only standard sized jewel CD case release of the four as it includes a DVD in addition to the CD which presents the "Close up ver." of Manoeri's "Otome no inori" pv. Type B perhaps is the most collectible though as it includes a full color 24 page photo book!! ＼(^o^)／☆..which is definitely my personal favorite extra in most cases~! Type C includes a serial numbered event card which is common amongst all first press editions….so really choosing to purchase this edition was purely based upon aesthetics. =)
While I do have an extreme fondness for the title track, here I would have flipped the script giving its b-side top honors for this single. "Mizuiro omoi" just has such a divine warmth♪♪ and cuteness about it and in various ways a much more engaging melody♪♪ than its predecessor…………so much reminiscent of early 90's J-Pop I find. And the song itself I find seems to suit Manoeri's vocal stylings much more than any song that she's released thus far in her indies releases……..although "Manopiano" I do consider otherwise in this sense. Both tracks do possess a real folk type of arrangement to them with the added elegance of Manoeri's ever present piano♪♪~. The cuteness and pureness of her vocals though, I do find to take to a much better presence in the phrasing of the vocal arrangement in "Mizuiro omoi" but that's not to say that I don't absolutely adore the title track as well~!
YouTube was undergoing a bit of site maintenance so I uploaded the "Close Up Ver." of "Otome no inori" here to VOX instead (above), this being the only version available to me at the moment with her pv DVD single being released on the 25th. I'm sure hoping that the original pv is much much much more engaging and fun than the "close up ver." which is about as plain as can be……basically a pink back screen with a single take being employed and yes only one angle being taken here throughout the entire music video. Surely this could have been much more creative, but Manoeri's so adorable here…….so I'll give no further complaints about the simple production of this pv version. 🙂
"Otome no inori" is truly more in the flavor of melancoly♪♪ and much of the mood of the verses are actually quite in the genre of "haunting" and dramatic giving this song a flavor that would actually suit a J-drama of the right compliment quite well I think. ^ ^
Here's to much more success for Manoeri~! (￣▽￣)……..following are the rest of the front, inner and back cover artwork scans as well as complete scans of Type B's 24 page photo booklet to finish~……..
I think I adore♥ this cover the most of these three…..
……..and lastly the scans from "Otome no inori" type B's 24 page photo booklet…