Mae Shika Mukanee Cover

Release Date: February 26, 2014

Track Listing

Type A

  1. Mae Shika Mukanee
  2. Kinou Yori Motto Suki (Smiling Lions)
  3. Kimi no Uso wo Shitteita (Beauty Giraffes)

Type B

  1. Mae Shika Mukanee
  2. Kinou Yori Mutto Suki (Smiling Lions)
  3. Himitsu no Diary (Baby Elephants)

Type C

  1. Mae Shika Mukanee
  2. Kinou Yori Motto Suki (Smiling Lions)
  3. KONJO (Talking Chimpanzees)

Theater Edition

  1. Mae Shika Mukanee
  2. Kinou Yori Motto Suki
  3. Koi to ka…

All versions come with instrumental versions as well.

Review

Mae Shika Mukanee is AKB48’s 35th single (37th overall) and the final one for long-time member Oshima Yuko who will be graduating from the group at Ajinomoto Stadium on June 8, 2014.

Normally I don’t review a lot of AKB48 material since I have found that a lot of their releases do sound very similar to each other outside of the random oddball song that deviates from their well-established formula.

But since this is Oshima Yuko’s last single for the organization I figured it would only be proper to give a thorough listen. I’m sure many were probably expecting Gingham Check Part 2 when this was first announced. If that is what you wanted than you may be disappointed.

Mae Shika Mukanee is probably closer in feel to GIVE ME FIVE minus the whole Ska influence.

What you get here is a rather joyous track with plenty of similarities aforementioned GIVE ME FIVE but also like what one would expect to hear from Buono! before they went all K-Pop. You know, when they were still great.

This type of song screams for crowd participation with the various openings for chanting all over the place and therefore may not be exactly the greatest thing for those who can’t see past that aspect.

It is rather fitting for Oshima to leave with this kind of up-tempo, rocking track rather than the typical sappy ballad. No floating away into the unknown future on a boat for her.

The b-sides are a mixed bag of what one can normally expect from AKB48. For some reason the units are named after animals. I’m too lazy to find out why and to be honest I don’t particularly care. It just seems odd.

I will say that the Smiling Lions and Talking Chimpanzees have the better coupling songs. KONJO from the latter in particular pairs up quite nicely with the a-side. That should help you pare down what versions to buy if you’re picky or strapped for cash. But if you’re a big baller you can ignore that advice and scoop up all the editions.

Mae Shika Mukanee (Type A)

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Mae Shika Mukanee (Type B)

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Mae Shika Mukanee (Type C)

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