ANGERME Tsugitsugi Zokuzoku Regular B Cover

Release Date: April 27th, 2016

Track List:

  1. Tsugitsugi Zokuzoku
  2. Itoshima Distance
  3. Koi Nara Tokku ni Hajimatteru
  4. Tsugitsugi Zokuzoku (Instrumental)
  5. Itoshima Distance (Instrumental)
  6. Koi Nara Tokku ni Hajimatteru (Instrumental)

Review

Tsugitsugi Zokuzoku / Itoshima Distance / Koi Nara Tokku ni Hajimatteru is the first Angerme single after 4th generation member, Kamikokuryo Moe joined, and the last single for Tamura Meimi to participate in.

Tsugitsugi Zokuzoku is definitely the most energetic song out of this single, with a solid beat and some distinctive rap segments. Every once in a while, there’ll be spoken phrases to break up the song, making for a cute touch of contrast. It’s a fast-paced and cool number that takes a bit of a departure from previous “cool Angerme” sounds. And have you noticed? The beatbox at the intro of the song is actually the title of the song itself. Neat.

Next up is Itoshima Distance. It doesn’t stand out nearly as much as the first song does, but is somehow arguably just as much of an earworm. Is it that 90s saxophone sound? Or the bittersweet lyrics? I’m going to go ahead and chalk it up to this: that super-catchy Hakata-ben chorus. Let’s just never mention those outfits in the video and everything will be fine.

Koi Nara Tokku ni Hajimatteru is the one song in this single that’s written and composed by Tsunku, which makes this next comment even harder to say: this song is pretty bland. There’s really nothing particularly notable to comment on, other than the fact that it feels like a Hello!Project backlog song. Even though I don’t hate it, I can’t see it as anything that stands out in Hello!Project history in the long run.

In the end, it’s a decent single: you have the popular cool song, the bittersweet Hakata-ben earworm, and the unfortunately bland side of Hello! Project. Luckily, we’ve finally gotten away from the streak of Angerme songs about losers making their comeback, so that’s an additional plus! It’ll be interesting to see where the group sound goes after this period of member changes. My main hope is that the Angerme coolness doesn’t become a repetitive burden like the EDM was the Morning Musume.

Tsugitsugi Zokuzoku / Itoshima Distance / Koi Nara Tokku ni Hajimatteru (Regular Edition A)

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Tsugitsugi Zokuzoku / Itoshima Distance / Koi Nara Tokku ni Hajimatteru (Regular Edition B)

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Tsugitsugi Zokuzoku / Itoshima Distance / Koi Nara Tokku ni Hajimatteru (Regular Edition C)

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Tsugitsugi Zokuzoku / Itoshima Distance / Koi Nara Tokku ni Hajimatteru (Limited Edition A)

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Tsugitsugi Zokuzoku / Itoshima Distance / Koi Nara Tokku ni Hajimatteru (Limited Edition B)

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Tsugitsugi Zokuzoku / Itoshima Distance / Koi Nara Tokku ni Hajimatteru (Limited Edition C)

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