Maenomeri Cover

Release Date: August 12, 2015

Track Listing

Type A

  1. Maenomeri
  2. Suteki na Zaiakukan
  3. Seifuku wo Kita Meitantei
  4. Maenomeri (off vocal)
  5. Suteki na Zaiakukan (off vocal)
  6. Seifuku wo Kita Meitantei (off vocal)

Type B

  1. Maenomeri
  2. Shousou ga Kono Boku wo Dame ni Suru
  3. Seifuku wo Kita Meitantei
  4. Maenomeri (off vocal)
  5. Shousou ga Kono Boku wo Dame ni Suru (off vocal)
  6. Seifuku wo Kita Meitantei (off vocal)

Type C

  1. Maenomeri
  2. Nagai Yume no Labyrinth
  3. Seifuku wo Kita Meitantei
  4. Maenomeri (off vocal)
  5. Nagai Yume no Labyrinth (off vocal)
  6. Seifuku wo Kita Meitantei (off vocal)

Type D

  1. Maenomeri
  2. 2588 Nichi
  3. Seifuku wo Kita Meitantei
  4. Maenomeri (off vocal)
  5. 2588 Nichi (off vocal)
  6. Seifuku wo Kita Meitantei (off vocal)

Review

Maenomeri is SKE48’s 18th single and the last for first generation member Matsui Rena.

The a-side is typical SKE styled up-tempo idol pop that is catchy yet generic enough to not stick out too much. Does that indicate that the song isn’t that great? Well in the grand scope of SKE48’s catalog this probably would be the case. As a stand-alone track it’s perfectly serviceable 4 minute ear candy to ease your idol cravings.

While I like the song itself, the video is disappointing. No disgusting bikini’s at the beach is blasphemy. Also, why is Rena not showing some epic athletic ability by jumping over cars?

The b-sides offer the more interesting tracks. The Matsui Rena solo song is 2588 days is a ballad about her time as an active member of SKE48.

The song has a bit of a bittersweet feel to it, which might seem odd to some who expect graduation songs to be celebratory. The only negative is that it does expose Matsui as a rather weak vocalist. She sounds a bit nasally. If she is your oshi, the sound of your tears and eventual emotional breakdown will probably make you forget about that fact.

The other b-side to take note of is the Team KII song Shousou ga Kono Boku wo Dame ni Suru. It’s not as bright and upbeat as the other songs in this single package and instead opts for slightly moody mid-tempo pop rock territory. Its video doesn’t quite evoke the same feeling as the song. But if you like whole spinning stage and slow motion effects then enjoy.

Taking all things into consideration, Maenomeri can be summed up as a pleasant yet somewhat unmemorable (or understated) single to end Matsui Rena’s career as a member of SKE48.

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