Release Date: March 29th, 2017

Track List:

  1. To Tomorrow
  2. Final Squall
  3. The Curtain Rises
  4. To Tomorrow (Instrumental ver.)
  5. Final Squall (Instrumental ver.)
  6. The Curtain Rises (Instrumental ver.)

Review

With their graduation impending, veteran Idol group ℃-ute release their final set of songs in their 31st single, To Tomorrow / Final Squall / The Curtain Rises. It’s time to give our final single review for one of Hello! Projects longest serving groups.

With a fun mix of songs to fit a variety of taste buds, ℃-ute’s grand finale is sure to set off a few feels when you give it a go. Though some tracks might feel a little predictable – in terms of Hello! Project quality – it is a satisfying release overall. Would you ever call it the best? Certainly not, but it is not the worst you will ever hear, either.

Opening the triple A-side is the universally friendly track, To Tomorrow. A cookie cutter feel-good song courtesy of Tsunku himself, the song brings tones of happiness and fulfillment, as well as some sweet imagery courtesy of its music video. It pretty much looks how it sounds; airy, gentle and rather beautiful. There is some nice scenic imagery to accompany the song, as well as a generic white room filled with the various Hello! Project leaders and sub-leaders, and ℃-ute themselves.

Of the three tracks, this one is probably the most forgettable, depending on what you like to hear. It is not a terrible song, by any means, but it is also your typical Tsunku brand tune. Pretty, simple, happy, and weak against the other two tracks that make up this release.

Final Squall is the ‘thank you’ track of the three, and includes a music video complete with fan club members to crank up those feels of love and adoration for the group. Though the song itself sounds a bit like a cooler reboot of Gamusha LIFE (2015), it is a fun and energetic release with some sentiment thrown in there. The lyrics are quite beautiful, speaking to both the members and fans of the group.

The music video that comes with their crowd pleasing track is a simple affair, but it gets the job done and feels sentimental. It feels rather intimate and final, which fits the theme of the single. The use of the rain machine and the members singing beneath it feels quite emotional, whilst also keeping in theme with the lyrics.

Concluding the single is The Curtain Rises, with one of the most unique sounds present on the entire track list. Thanks to its aggressive dance sound, this is one of the more refreshing tracks in the single, and definitely the most memorable. If you are not keen on it at first, however, give it a few listens before cementing your thoughts; it can be a grower, in time.

Aesthetically, this is a pretty pleasing video. Its is probably the best looking of the three, in terms of location, set and design, and has one of the best costumes. The members look amazing as well, and though it might not include current Hello! Project members or their fan club, it is great to see ℃-ute throw all their energy and passion into this MV.

Overall, this is a satisfying release that will meet the expectations of ℃-ute’s fans, no matter what your taste in music might be. It is varied, entertaining, and might bring a few tears to your eyes, depending on how much you love this group. Though it might not be the best set of songs from this group, it is still a solid release, fitting its purpose in delivering to us all ℃-ute’s final few.

To Tomorrow / Final Squall / The Curtain Rises Review (Regular Edition A)

To Tomorrow / Final Squall / The Curtain Rises Review (Limited Edition A)

To Tomorrow / Final Squall / The Curtain Rises Review (Regular Edition B)

To Tomorrow / Final Squall / The Curtain Rises Review (Limited Edition B)

To Tomorrow / Final Squall / The Curtain Rises Review (Regular Edition C)

To Tomorrow / Final Squall / The Curtain Rises Review (Limited Edition C)

To Tomorrow / Final Squall / The Curtain Rises Review (Special Edition)