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09 September 2010

French Kiss Single [Zutto Mae Kara]

08 September:  Updated with more information
03 August: Updated with Covers, Tracklist

     [French Kiss] is a new Subgroup from AKB48 and it consists of Kashiwagi Yuki, Takajo Aki, and Kuramochi Asuka. They will be releasing a single under the record label Avex on 08 September 2010. The Single will be titled Zutto Mae Kara and the song will be used as the ending theme for the 6th Season of the ongoing sports anime series "Major". Zutto Mae Kara translates to "Since a long time ago".

     The coupling songs for Zutto Mae Kara differ according to the type. There are a total of 3 different types. Type A has Yokaze no Shiwaza, which is Kashiwagi's solo ballad song in Team B 5th Stage. Type B has Aru Aki ni hi no Koto, a lighter song compared to Zutto Mae Kara. And finally Type C has Temodemo no Namida. Originally a duet sung by Kashiwagi Yuki and ex-member Saeki Mika, this version however is a trio between all 3 members. Kashiwagi sings her own lines, while Kuramochi and Takajo share Saeki Mika's lines.

     I'm really excited for this unit. After all, it has Mocchi and Yukirin, 2 of my top 3, in it! At first glance, Mocchi doesn't seem to fit in with Yukirin and Akicha, but then the anime "Major" is a  baseball anime, the drama that they will be doing is baseball themed, even the PV is. Mocchi's father was a famous professional baseball player (now retired). I wonder if Mocchi can play baseball too?

     The song itself is awesome! Definitely going to buy it. It has a great tune and Yukirin's voice was  perfect for it. Even though this song was 50% Yukirin, it's a great song so I'll let that slide. Though I have to say Mocchi's voice sounds the best in the song. Sorry Akicha fans but I have to say that Akicha doesn't have much vocal ability and it sounds a little off when put together with the other two.

     The PV is fine I guess, nothing stunning. Just the regular drama type PV. Or maybe my expectations are too high.

Zutto Mae Kara  (ずっと前から)
Release date: 08 September 2010
  Type A: 3150yen
  Type B: 3150yen
  Type C: 1260yen
Zutto Mae Kara (Ver. A)
01. Zutto Mae Kara
02. Yokaze no Shiwaza 
03. Zutto Mae Kara (off vocal)
04. Yokaze no Shiwaza (off vocal)
01. Zutto Mae Kara - Promotion Video
02. Zutto Mae Kara - Drama Clip
Zutto Mae Kara (Ver. B)
01. Zutto Mae Kara
02. Aru Aki no hi no Koto

03. Zutto Mae Kara (off vocal)
04. Aru Aki no hi no Koto (off vocal)
01. Zutto Mae Kara - Promotion Video
02. French Kiss Special short story
Zutto Mae Kara (Ver. C)
01. Zutto Mae Kara
02. Temodemo no Namida
03. Zutto Mae Kara (off vocal)
04. Temodemo no Namida (off vocal)

First Press bonus includes an event ticket and a trading card (1 random out of 3)

The DVD included in Type A contains a video clip  for "Zutto Mae Kara," but it will also come with an original drama, also  titled "Zutto Mae Kara." The youthful love story has the three girls playing managers of a school baseball team, and part of the story  involves a romance with the team's ace player. The drama is being handled by television, film, and music video director Ten Shimoyama.

Order Links
HMV: http://www.hmv.co.jp/en/search/index.asp?keyword=zutto+mae+kara+akb48&site=&target=SEARCH&type=sr
CDJapan: http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/search3.html?q=zutto+mae+kara&media=&r=any&step=20&order=score
Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.jp/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?__mk_ja_JP=%83J%83%5E%83J%83i&url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=%82%B8%82%C1%82%C6+%91O%82%A9%82%E7+%83t%83%8C%83%93%83%60%81E%83L%83X&x=0&y=0

More after the jump

Type A, Type B, Type C

French Kiss Introduction Message

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