PERFUME's newest single, "TOKYO GIRL", was just released last 15th of February. This is a tie-up song for fellow Amuse Inc. agency mate, Yoshitaka Yuriko's starring drama "Tokyo Tarareba Musume". The said single also contains a B-side entitled "Houseki no Ame" and instrumentals for each songs. "Houseki no Ame" was used as a theme for the commercial of ORA2 toothpaste.
The limited edition includes a DVD of the full version of the music video of "TOKYO GIRL", a "making of" of the music video and a teaser trailer for "COSMIC EXPLORER" Bluray and DVD.
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE SONG "TOKYO GIRL"?
Although many Perfume fans think that this song is not good, I would say that this is a lovely song. Yasutaka Nakata's music for Perfume is evolving and Perfume is now maturing into fine women. So, it's not puzzling to hear a different sound from their earliest songs. I honestly couldn't sleep early for days when a radio rip of "TOKYO GIRL" came out since I was looping the song all night!
HOW ABOUT "HOUSEKI NO AME"?
The coupling song, "Houseki no Ame", received more love from fans than "TOKYO GIRL". I also love this song because of its playful tunes. It reminds me of "Communication".
DID YOU LIKE THE MUSIC VIDEO OF "TOKYO GIRL"?
Absolutely yes! I was still up later in the evening when the short version of the music video came out. I immediately loved it! The fact that Yuririn (Yoshitaka Yuriko) was also part of the production made me beyond happy. She's one of my favorite Japanese actresses. One Perfume fan pointed out that she shouldn't be at the music video at all. I beg to differ since we got a different product this time. "TOKYO GIRL" is a tie-up between a Japanese drama and Yuririn also belongs to Amuse Inc. so this is obviously a tie-up between agency mates too. Also, the concept of having stories in music videos in Japan are nothing unusual. Some J-Pop artists and idols have this kind of music videos too. Collaborations between J-Pop artists and Japanese actors and actresses are also a trend in J-Pop culture. Although, I can understand that Perfume fans are thirsty for more Perfume exposure since the dance included in the music video is too short. Dance routines are one of Perfume's magical elements.
Here are some screenshots of the music video:
You may watch the full version of the music video of "TOKYO GIRL" below:
While, you may watch the ORA2 CM featuring "Houseki no Ame" here:
Here are some screenshots from the "making of" called "Perfume View":
I really love seeing the girls behind the scenes! They were jumpy and just having fun!
If you love Japanese pop music or just plain curious, please do support and give this a listen! You may actually purchase the two songs from Philippine iTunes and stream the single on Spotify Philippines. The single costs 90 Php in iTunes while you may listen to the songs for free in Spotify if you're connected to wi-fi. Just download the applications.
If you're interested in getting the physical copies of the single, you may still buy from the following online stores:
Amazon Japan: Limited edition / Regular edition
Asmart: Limited edition / Regular edition
CDJapan: Limited edition / Regular edition
HMV Japan: Limited edition / Regular edition
Play-asia: Limited edition / Regular edition
YesAsia: Limited edition / Regular edition
ALSO! Perfume will release a BLURAY and DVD of their COSMIC EXPLORER tour! You may watch the teaser trailer below:
The limited edition for both Bluray and DVD costs so much this time since they included so many features for this live Bluray/DVD concert! Both the limited and regular editions will contain two kinds of "COSMIC EXPLORER" live concerts particularly the dome edition and standing edition. They will also include an Ultra Digest of the USA TOUR and two more video features for the limited edition! For more information, please head here to their website.
You may pre-order from the following online stores:
Amazon Japan: Bluray Limited Edition / Bluray Regular Edition / DVD Limited Edition / DVD Regular Edition
Asmart: Bluray Limited Edition / Bluray Regular Edition / DVD Limited Edition / DVD Regular Edition
CDJapan: Bluray Limited Edition / Bluray Regular Edition / DVD Limited Edition / DVD Regular Edition
HMV Japan: Bluray Limited Edition / Bluray Regular Edition / DVD Limited Edition / DVD Regular Edition
YesAsia: Bluray Limited Edition / Bluray Regular Edition / DVD Limited Edition / DVD Regular Edition
Perfume, by the way, had a live streaming on Valentine's day! They performed "TOKYO GIRL" and "Chocolate Disco". You may watch it below:
Please also support Yoshitaka Yuriko's drama, "Tokyo Tarareba Musume". A-chan voice acts for this drama too! You may download from JDramacity.
LET'S KEEP ON LOVING PERFUME!