Mika Nakashima – Hatsukoi

January 30, 2013 at 4:39 PM | Posted in Mika Nakashima | Leave a comment

Mika Nakashima – Hatsukoi

1. Hatsukoi
2. Kioku
3. Ashita Sekai ga Owaru Nara ~World’s End Ver.~
4. Hatsukoi (Instrumental)

Hatsukoi is the thirty-sixth single by Japanese singer Mika Nakashima, released on December 5, 2012. The title track was used as the theme song for the movie Kyou, Koi wo Hajimemasu. The single debuted at #14 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and has sold 12,126 copies to date.

Moving into another Mika ballad, the musical composition of Hatsukoi actually gives me goosebumps with its beautiful piano melody and strings arrangement. I love how Mika controls her vocals in the verses, she actually sounds better than usual, but then in the chorus she’s singing in her higher register and it’s just pitchy, almost makes me go haywire. Thank god most of the song is a little less pitchy and icky, I think I have to listen to the instrumental if I want the music.

Kioku apparently is the holiday inspired song of the two major tracks on this single, and even though it’s January, bring it on. Her vocals are a bit better than in the previous track and there is nothing wrong with the cute piano/bells arrangement of the song so I guess I instantly prefer this one over that icky A-side. The melodies aren’t that special, but this B-side still kicks the A-side’s ass any day.

Ashita Sekai ga Owaru Nara ~World’s End Ver.~ is just like its original, not my favorite, they just made it a little creepier with some sound effects on the background. Trying to scare everyone for 2012.12.21 or what..? WE’RE STILL HERE. Conclusion: the song loses some of its impact, haha. It succeeds in making the original scarier, but that’s it.

I wasn’t impressed by this single, I just said I’d prefer the B-side because I had to pick one song that I actually liked a little bit on this single. Mika’s vocals ruin almost every good song, I had hoped she started to sound better throughout the years but I really would like her to take some singing lessons (which she probably won’t). But because I just dislike her vocals and her music is very pretty, I won’t be too severe. If you like Mika’s ballad, than this is the single for you. If you dont, KEEP OUT.

3 stars


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