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Track Listing

  1. Jyuuroku Sympathy
  2. Suiyobi no Alice
  3. Sono Mama de
  4. Namida ni Shizumu Taiyou
  5. Kimi no C/W
  6. 1994 nen no Raimei
  7. Omoidasu Tabi Ni Tsurakunaru
  8. Oteage Lullaby
  9. Kinmokusei
  10. Suteki Na Sankaku Kankei
  11. Tabidachi No Toki
  12. AKB Festival

Review

AKB48’s Team Surprise is a tie-in with Pachinko company Kyoraku.  They are a special unit comprised of various members from the AKB48 family.

The members are:

Team A: Maeda Atsuko, Takahashi Minami, Takajo Aki, Shinoda Mariko, Kojima Haruna
Team K: Oshima Yuko, Itano Tomomi, Yokoyama Yui, Miyazawa Sae, Minegishi Minami
Team B: Watanabe Mayu, Kashiwagi Yuki, Kitahara Rie
Team 4: Shimazaki Haruka
SKE48 Team S: Matsui Rena
HKT48 Team H: Sashihara Rino

In total there are 12 songs that have come out of this collaboration and they vary in degrees of quality.  Let’s face it, AKB has their sound down to a tee and you’re either going to like their brand of idol pop or you’re not.

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And since this is a blatant attempt at cross-promotional activities the odds are pretty high that most of these songs can be considered throwaways when compared with the rest of AKB’s vast catalog.  I guess it depends on how sick you are of their standard formula.

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That doesn’t mean there isn’t some decent material to salvage out of this group of singles.

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Kimi no C/W is a fun bit of pop featuring Watanabe Mayu, Shimazaki Haruka and Takajo Aki.   Two thirds of the group is idol squeak so perhaps those of you with low tolerance (or a strange hate for ponkotsu) will not dig the song so much.

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Namida ni Shizumu Taiyou has a bit of that retro vibe that K-Pop girl groups have been rocking.  It features Miyazawa Sae, Kashiwagi Yuki and Shinoda Mariko putting their sexy on to great effect.

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Lastly there is my personal bias of my oshi Takahashi Minami and her solo song Oteage Lullaby.  That song by far is the best of the bunch and strangely the most mainstream / non-idol sounding one as well.

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Otherwise the rest of the songs are a mixed bag.  Regardless of what I think there is a lot to cater to the varying tastes of AKB fans.  Just don’t expect a lot out of the videos.  Those are pretty ghetto unfortunately and are the only major negative in this package of singles.

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