Nogizaka46 – Ima, Hanashitai Dareka ga Iru Review

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Release Date: October 28, 2015

Track Listing

Type A

  1. Ima, Hanashitai Dareka ga Iru
  2. Shitto no Kenri
  3. Popipappapa
  4. Ima, Hanashitai Dareka ga Iru ~off vocal ver.~
  5. Shitto no Kenri ~off vocal ver.~
  6. Popipappapa ~off vocal ver.~

Type B

  1. Ima, Hanashitai Dareka ga Iru
  2. Shitto no Kenri
  3. Otona e no Chikamichi
  4. Ima, Hanashitai Dareka ga Iru ~off vocal ver.~
  5. Shitto no Kenri ~off vocal ver.~
  6. Otona e no Chikamichi ~off vocal ver.~

Type C

  1. Ima, Hanashitai Dareka ga Iru
  2. Shitto no Kenri
  3. Kanashimi no Wasurekata
  4. Ima, Hanashitai Dareka ga Iru ~off vocal ver.~
  5. Shitto no Kenri ~off vocal ver.~
  6. Kanashimi no Wasurekata ~off vocal ver.~

CD Only & Anime Edition

  1. Ima, Hanashitai Dareka ga Iru
  2. Shitto no Kenri
  3. Sukima
  4. Ima, Hanashitai Dareka ga Iru ~off vocal ver.~
  5. Shitto no Kenri ~off vocal ver.~
  6. Sukima ~off vocal ver.~

Review

Ima, Hanashitai Dareka ga Iru is the 13th single release by Nogizaka46, and it was used as the theme song for the animated film Kokoro ga Sakebitagatterun da.

The a-side is a light, pleasant-sounding pop song or the type of track that this group can pull off easily without much effort. This means those looking for a genki idol single will probably fall asleep while listening to this.

So yes, this isn’t the most exciting thing to hear, but it does demonstrate the type of songs that Nogizaka46 (arguably) excel at more than their 48 family cousins. So it’s perfect for those who don’t necessarily need to get hyped 24/7, are in the mood for relaxing listening or just don’t want to be bombarded with rambunctious idol noises.

The b-sides (except for Popipappapa) follow the example set by the main track, which makes for a bit of consistency in the overall package. Kanashimi no Wasurekata and Sukima leave the longest-lasting impressions of that particular grouping of songs.

The one track that sticks out amongst the flowery, mellow sweetness is Popipappapa. It’s the only up-tempo song in this series of singles. Similar in structure to what one would hear from Stereo Japan, it should please those who prefer dance pop with light EDM elements.

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