Moshimo Watashi ga Sora ni

Release Date: January 9, 2013

Track Listing

  1. Moshimo Watashi ga Sora ni Sundeitara
  2. Flying Get (Enka Version)
  3. Ajisaibashi
  4. Moshimo Watashi ga Sora ni Sundeitara (Karaoke)
  5. Flying Get (Enka Version) (Karaoke)
  6. Ajisaibashi (Karaoke)

Note: The version used for this review is the Limited Edition CD.

Review

Moshimo Watashi ga Sora ni Sundeitara is AKB48 Team B member Iwasa Misaki’s second solo single.  Similar to her solo debut Mujin Eki, she skips the idol pleasantries and dips a geta into the Enka pool once more.

When you look at AKB48’s talent pool there are probably not many members who can convincingly pull off an Enka song without sounding like they’re doing a comedy routine or are at a drunken karoke session.

With Iwasa Misaki you have one who has the vocal chops to do so without sounding like a joke.  It could be argued that outside of the departed Masuda Yuka she would be at the upper tier of the short list of “bitches who can sing”.  We won’t get into that debate now, I thought I would just put that out there.

Of course Enka purists are probably going to call the AKS take on the genre bastardization.  Or as those in the Hip-Hop community like to eloquently say, “They ain’t keeping it real son!”

Whether you agree with the “realness” of the Enka or not will depend on your familiarity with the genre itself.  That again, is another debate you should probably have with one who is more knowledgeable with the genre than I.

Regardless the songs on this single package are some pretty chill tracks.  In a way she reminds me of the only other enka singer I am familiar with within the idol world, and that is Maeda Yuki. Except Iwasa is not as hardcore traditional and less boring.  As a side note, I do find both women equally attractive.

Anyway, back to the music. The a-side has a bit of a dramatic feel to it allowing Iwasa to belt out the Enka warble with full enthusiasm.  Again, thank God she can sing as this song would totally fall apart in a lesser vocalist’s hands.  These kinds of songs can get out of hand if some restraint isn’t shown.

It’s also nice to not hear her sing in the upper squeak register I’m used to when she’s with Watarirouka Hashiritai 7.  Squeak and Enka probably don’t mix well I’m guessing.

Included as b-sides are two covers, one of AKB48’s Flying Get and the other of Jounouchi Sanae’s Ajisaibashi.  Flying Get I’m pretty sure is one that will garner interest for the different take on the song but it’s better to skip to Ajisaibashi. That shows some potential for Iwasa if somewhere down the line of her career she wants to drop the AKB thing and go full Enka instead.

This single package probably won’t have lasting appeal to those other than hardcore AKB heads, Wasamin fans or those who want to cautiously try their luck at giving a safer version of Enka a shot. But if you want something that works as a buffer between both idol and Enka this isn’t a bad place to start.

Moshimo Watsashi ga Sora ni Sundeitara (Regular Edition)

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Moshimo Watsashi ga Sora ni Sundeitara (Limited Edition)

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