Berryz Koubou – Asian Celebration

BK Asian Celebration

Release Date: March 13, 2013

Track Listing

Limited A/C/Regular Edition

  1. Asian Celebration
  2. Sekai de Ichiban Taisetsu na Hito
  3. Asian Celebration (Instrumental)

Limited B/D

  1. Asian Celebration
  2. I Like Picnic
  3. Asian Celebration (Instrumental)


Berryz Koubou’s 31st single is the official cheer song for the 14th animated Pretty Cure film Pretty Cure All Stars New Stage 2: Kokoro no Tomodachi.

I’m not exactly sure what a cheer song but this is a pretty good choice given that it’s another in a long line of catchy Berryz dance songs.

Similar to other acts in the H!P fold Asian Celebration continues the trend of Electro Pop that their producer(s) are in love with. Unlike the flagship group there is thankfully some variation between singles so there’s no reason to complain about songs sounding like the same blur of recycled material quite yet.

With a couple of repeated spins I found that this reminds me a lot of the cheesy dance pop of the late 90’s. I cut my DJ teeth on that kind of music so perhaps there’s a bit of personal bias in play here, but I found Asian Celebration to be perfectly fine disposable pop.

Granted, it is not as epically awesome as their covers of the obscure hits of the world, but it’s still a fun listen.

The only thing that really bugs me about this song is that the title sounds like it could be used for a buffet styled restaurant that (not surprisingly) serves Asian food of different varieties and quality.

The b-sides continue the journey into the fun cheese land of yore with a light touchdown into Vengaboys-like territory with Sekai de Ichiban Taisetsu na Hito and then a 360 into what can only be described as an appropriation of other Asian ethnic music on the caveman speak titled I Like Picnic.

What appeals to you is going to depend on your taste. Personally, I’m just happy there isn’t another God awful Tsugunaga Momoko solo song present. That alone is enough to make me love this single package by default.

Asian Celebration (Regular Edition)

YesAsia LogoCDJapan Logo

Asian Celebration (Limited A)

YesAsia LogoCDJapan Logo

Asian Celebration (Limited B)

YesAsia LogoCDJapan Logo

Asian Celebration (Limited C)

YesAsia LogoCDJapan Logo

Asian Celebration (Limited D)

YesAsia LogoCDJapan Logo

About Greg 1080 Articles
Greg is the creator, administrator, editor, code monkey, overlord and general jack of all trades at Selective Hearing. He can be found lurking among the overseas Asian pop fandom and bumming around Japan every year for some reason or another.