Tegami-Rolling Days

Release Date: January 16, 2013

Track Listing

  1. Tegami
  2. Rolling Days
  3. Tegami (Instrumental)
  4. Rolling Days (Instrumental)

Review

17-year-old Asahi Tasaki is the winner of a mysterious UP-FRONT audition no one knew about. Sometime after the announcement she was placed in the SATOYAMA movement to make her official debut.

Fast forward to January of 2013 and this single gets its official release after being sold exclusively at H!P events earlier in the month. Buzz about the girl seemed to be rather positive. So what are we to make of this enigmatic ingénue who has been thrust upon the idol fandom? Well upon first look it appears that she is primed to be the replacement for Mano Erina.

Both girls play the piano and do mostly… Well…. I guess the closest thing I can think of is UP-FRONT’s version of adult contemporary. Based on this single alone I believe Asahi Tasaki is probably a little more advanced than Mano Erina was at the beginning of her career. Meaning that she doesn’t sound like a boring robot.

In a way this reminds me of a not boring Aya Matsuura track or maybe something that Abe Natsumi would be given and in the end it’s a rather sweet song that should appeal to those who have a taste for well-constructed ballads.

Unfortunately that may not fly with those who like their idol genki 24/7/365, but I feel this is what will set Asahi apart from the rest of the H!P fluff if done right. Perhaps lessons learned from the departed Mano Erina will serve in guiding this young lady in the right direction immediately?

Of course that is assuming that she actually is a H!P member.  Or is she similar to Kikkawa Yuu where she would kind of be in a ‘tweener role. Half in and half out of the organization so to speak?

The other song on this package is Rolling Days. It’s an up tempo song that shows that this girl is not just about belting out the lite radio AC fare. Versatility. Nice. Personally I don’t think the song is that great but I can see how it would charm the pants off others

Is Asahi Tasaki a suitable replacement for Mano Erina? Definitely. But I for one hope that she is kept as far away from Hello! Project as possible and follows the Kikkawa Yuu route instead. It looks like groups are the big thing for 2013 in H!P anyway. Soloists can flourish outside for a while & come in to play when there needs to be filler during costume changes at a concert.

I have to say that this was a pleasant surprise from UP-FRONT and their mysterious audition from parts unknown and I highly recommend giving it a chance.

Tegami/Rolling Days

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