It has been a while since her first single as a soloist, Kikkake wa YOU. I’ve been waiting not-so-patiently for her to release more all summer. Was the anticipation worth it?
Well, I’m not going to say that it wasn’t, not until I hear the B-sides. Afterall, on her debut single, every B-side was stronger than the actual A-side, and there wasn’t a bad track out of the 4! However, I will say that I’m not completely satisfied with Hapirapi ~sunrise~, as an A-side.
This song is sweet and nice, but it’s very typical and predictable. It’s not bad, but Yuu is capable of so much more. She has an absolutely gorgeous voice and a big range, and can pull off something much more spectacular than this. It’s cute, and that’s about it.
On a positive note, Yuu’s voice in this song does sound fabulous. She really hits the notes nicely, especially from 3:12 – 3:30. Her tone is very pleasant throughout the song.
I feel like Hapirapi would be a great B-side, but it just isn’t strong enough for an A-side, especially where Yuu is still debuting as a solo artist. She needs more dynamic material to draw people in and make new fans. If I heard this on the radio and didn’t know it was her, I’d probably dismiss it. Because I know it is her, and love her, I will get it, but if it wasn’t I would just pass this by…
The video, on the other hand, is actually pretty good. It’s shot partly outside, and features Yuu frolicking happily throughout. I suppose it’s not anything too unusual, but it is somehow entertaining. Possibly because Yuu is really gorgeous here, and is a joy to watch. She looks so cute dancing and enjoying the outside.
If I have one complaint about the PV, it’s that she lip-syncs with a bit too much flair, her mouth movements are very exaggerated, which is a little distracting… But I’ll let her off for that, because she’s just so darn cute!
So overall, the song is a little blah, but… Can you say no to this face?