ANGERME – Taikibansei/Otome no Gyakushuu Review


Release Date: February 4, 2015

Track Listing

  1. Taikibansei
  2. Otome no Gyakushuu
  3. Taikibansei (Instrumental)
  4. Otome no Gyakushuu (Instrumental)


With the addition of the third generation of members S/mileage started a “second chapter” of their career with a name change. They are now know as the artists formerly known as S/Mileage and have an unpronounceable symbol to represent their new beginning.

I’m just playing. Their new name is ANGERME. A name proposed by second-generation member Nakanishi Kana. The name is a combination of the French words “ange” (angel) and “larme” (tear).

The concept behind the name is to have the members of ANGERME (the angels) work together to achieve their goals and once they reach them, be overcome with happiness and cry.

Okay… Well that’s probably better than some cryptic, unpronounceable symbol. But not by much.

With this rebirth comes ANGERME’s first official single Taikibansei / Otome no Gyakushuu. This single contains many things from the bag of tricks used in Hello! Project productions of yore.

Taikibansei sounds like a throwback to the Dance Man era H!P with its light disco touches and catchy dance beat. For you younger H!P fans who have no idea who Dance Man is (and for shame if you don’t know your H!P history), a more relevant example would be to think of this as something similar to Morning Musume’s The Matenrou Show.

Otome no Gyakushuu goes in the opposite direction with a harder dance beat, liberal use of strings, various tempo changes and pauses to build tension in the song. An older H!P song I can immediately compare it to is Morning Musume’s Onna to Otoko no Lullaby Game. That too uses some of the arrangement methods I mentioned in a similar manner.

I gave up on following S/mileage after Maeda Yuuka left the group and have only casually listened to them since. I don’t really have a lot of love for the early 2nd generation songs and nothing really kept my interest until around Mystery Night/Eighteen Emotion.

So if you’re like me, does this third generation and rebranding bring hope that perhaps things have turned around for a group that had strong potential before the original four imploded?

I believe that may be the case. This package is fresher than what they have been doing previously. So that may bring the wandering sheep back into the fold a little or at least get people interested in what they will release next.

Long time fans/listeners most likely will appreciate that this next version of the group might be something different. The fact that this is their highest selling single to date may be an indication of that.

Taikibansei/Otome no Gyakushuu (Regular A)


Taikibansei/Otome no Gyakushuu (Regular B)


Taikibansei/Otome no Gyakushuu (Limited A)


Taikibansei/Otome no Gyakushuu (Limited B)


Taikibansei/Otome no Gyakushuu (Limited C)


Taikibansei/Otome no Gyakushuu (Limited D)


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