There’s no avoiding it – May starts out very slow for releases. I must be missing some stuff, since the only noteworthy release I can see on May 7th – the first regular release date of the month – is Weaver’s “Kocchi wo Muite yo”. So, if you know of a release I should add, please mention the artist and title in a comment, and I’ll add it on. As it is, the list looks a little thin until later on, where we get the two big names – AKB48 and Arashi – as well as a number of releases I would be curious to see the numbers on. I’m still rooting for KAT-TUN to make a comeback and SZ to get a boost from their new programs.
As usual, more complete listings are available on merchant websites, and I use the CD Japan ones to generate this list.
Weaver – Kocchi wo Muite yo
Creephyp – Neguse
Momoiro Clover Z – Naitemo Iindayo
moumoon – Jewel
Sexy Zone – King & Queen & Joker
Superfly – Live
Funky Kato – Kagayake
BABYRAIDS – Bucchake Rock’n Hacchake Roll/Baby Step
SUPER GiRLS – Hanamichi! Ambitious
Yoshikuni Dohchin – Samenagara Miru Yume
BUCK-TICK – Keijijo Ryusei
DEMPA GUMI.inc – Dear Stage e Yokoso
BREATHE – Tomorrows
USAGI – Hello / USAGI ~Fumaina Story~
THE NOVEMBERS – Kyou mo Ikita ne
Tokyo Karankoron – Koi no Machine Gun
AKB48 – Labrador Retriever
TOKIO – Love, Holiday.
Nishino Kana – We Don’t Stop
Otsuka Ai – More More
Kishidan – Kenka Joto
flumpool – The Best 2008-2014 “Monument” (album)
flumpool – Believers High
KANA-BOON – Full Drive
Go Hiromi – 99 wa Owaranai
ULFULS – One Mind
Inaba Koshi – Singing Bird (album)
Suga Shikao – Asteroid / LIFE
Matsuda Seiko – I Love You! ~Anata no Hohoemi ni~
GLAY – Hai to Diamond Anthology (album)
Shiina Ringo – Gyakuyunyuu ~Kouwankyoku~ (album)
Arashi – Dare mo Shiranai
Hirai Ken – Ken’s Bar III (album)
Fairies – (Title TBA)
HY – Glocal – Special Asia Edition (album)
LUNA SEA – Never Sold Out 2 (album)
LUNA SEA – 25th Anniversary Ultimate Best The One (album)
The Miso Soups – ME SO SHE LOOSE (album)
aiko – Awa no You na Ai Datta (album)
Haruka to Miyuki – Sonna Koto Dodatte Ii, Kono Uta wo Kimi ga Sukidato Itte Kuretara. (mini-album)
IDOLING!!! – KYUPI
KAT-TUN – In Fact
Amuro Namie – Ballada (album)
Kobukuro – Hidamari no Michi
Nakashima Mika x Kato Miliyah – Fighter/Gift
Berryz Kobo – (Title TBA)
Shiritsu Ebisu Chugaku – Butterfly Effect
BUCK-TICK – Arui wa Anarchy (album)
TOKYO GIRLS’ STYLE – Killing Me Softly (album)
la la lark – ego-izm
the telephone – SUPER HIGH TENSION!!!
Base Ball Bear – Nijukyusai
ClariS – Party Time (album)
The Flickers – AT FIRST LIGHT
EXILE SHOKICHI – BACK TO THE FUTURE
Che’Nelle – LUV SONGS 2 (album)
Charisma.com – DIStopping (album)
“Labrador Retriever”, eh? I sure wouldn’t have guessed that would be the title of an AKB48 single, which just goes to show what I know about the -48 family side of things.
I watched the first episode of Shinigami-kun, for which “Dare mo Shiranai” is a theme. Given the tone of the show, which is far more restrained than Ninomiya-kun’s Yowakutemo Katemasu, for which “GUTS!” was the theme, I wonder how it’ll do.
If its title is any indication, KAT-TUN’s “In Fact” is a transition that will lead to something. Let’s hope so.
As usual, I’m not too thrilled by the A-side on the SZ single. And since this time the B-side is the outro theme to the anime series “Nintama Rintaro”, the feel of this single will likely be youthful in comparison to the cool temper of most of their album. But while I liked the album, it didn’t sell particularly well, so maybe they’ll get better results with these songs.