Release Date: January 30, 2013
- Choco no Dorei
- Sore wo Seishun to Yobu hi
- Bike to Sidecar (Type B)
- Fuyu no Kamome (Type C)
- Oikake Shadow (Type C)
Choco no Dorei is SKE48’s 11th single and the last for graduating members Yagami Kumi, Kuwabara Mizuki, Takada Shiori Hiaramatsu Kanako, Ogiso Shiori, Akaeda Ririna, Ueno Katsumi and Hara Minami.
The a-side is a high-energy dance track that has a slight disco flavor. It’s a marked improvement from their appearance AKB48’s Eien Pressure single. It is peppered with the trademark 48 family type sounds (especially the synthetic horns) but thankfully it manages to ride the line between generic 48 filler and something worth listening to more than once quite handily.
What this reminds me of is a cross between a funky Ongaku Gatas song and a hyper C-ute song. If you know of those two Hello! Project groups then you should have an idea of what I’m talking about when it comes to the background music. Whether that caters to your taste(s) will determine how much mileage you’ll get out of Chocho no Dorei.
It is customary that every idol single comes in multiple editions and this is no different. The biggest pre-release b-side hype was on Darkness and Sore wo Seishun to Yobu hi. The former was because of its mainstream club sound (similar to UZA) and its equivalency to being SKE48’s version of EXILE’s Dancer’s Anthem. Think about that one real hard and you’ll get it.
The latter is because it involves every girl who is leaving the group in the spring. And they get a very pretty swan song too. The vocal arrangement is quite nice, and is my favorite part of the song.
The overall feeling one gets while listening is enough to make the most gangster of idol fans fall to their knees in tears and scream, “KOOMS! Why you leaving girl??!!” Of course, you can also insert your favorite graduating member in her place if she’s not your dearly departed in the group.
The other b-side worth mentioning is the mid tempo Bike to Sidecar. It’s strange to hear acoustic guitars in a SKE song. Perhaps there have been before; if so then maybe I need to pay attention more. Unlike the graduate song this is more of a clap your hands like fool, get that shit eating grin on your face and get uplifted kind of track.
Unfortunately the rest of the b-sides aren’t so great and fall into the generic 48 sound right from the first notes. So again, based on what you like in your ear candy your mileage will vary. If I had to pick one then Oikake Shadow seems like it’s not as generic sounding.
Overall this was a fairly decent package of songs carried mostly by those I mentioned above. Looking back at my recommendations you’re going to end up buying all three versions of this single regardless. Sorry, no avoiding multiple buys this time.
Choco no Dorei (Type A)
Choco no Dorei (Type B)
Choco no Dorei (Type C)