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Old 12th March 2021, 08:40 AM
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My only complaint about the song is that I wish they'd inserted an extra 1 second of silence in the beginning XD

This really is so good!
and the end could have been extended a bit more.
after the climax and ayu's signature hahaha woowoo thing, I felt that the slope towards the end went down too fast. The song isn't that long anyway, I wondered why they didn't extend the bars for a calming closure.
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My only complaint about the song is that I wish they'd inserted an extra 1 second of silence in the beginning XD
I agree! it started a little too abruptly plus an extra second to let the piano sound fade before she launches into the HAAAARUUUU YOOOOOOO. the silencing of the piano sounded rather abrupt as well.

other than these, I have no complaint.
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Old 12th March 2021, 09:17 AM
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I Missed this AYU!!! LOVE HARU YO SONG AND PV!!! MY LOVE FOR AYU BACK!!!
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Old 12th March 2021, 10:11 AM
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Does anyone have any rankings? The song is released in Japan already.

The only ranking I see is on Baidu.
https://tieba.baidu.com/p/7257376318?pn=2

Someone took a screenshot of the song ranked at 30th of some kind of chart.
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Old 12th March 2021, 11:07 AM
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Short behind the scenes video from Ayu's instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/CMTmsvah...=199yr1ivl2rh1
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I’m not gonna lie, I preferred her vocal back in 2003. I will need time to get used to this version.
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Old 12th March 2021, 11:44 AM
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The video is gorgeous <3 I'm not a big fan of her vocals, too enka-esque, but that's my personal taste. It's nice to see something with a big production again.

Her pronunciation is kinda weird in the first verse to me, like she's trying too hard to sound 'classic' and ends up sounding like a foreigner
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The video is trending at #9 on YouTube in Japan *just kidding now it’s #11 lol
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Old 12th March 2021, 04:11 PM
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I didn't like the sound of the vocals in the preview but I love them in the full song. I love the instrumentation too and can't wait to see how it would be performed live- epic traditional performance hopefully!
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Old 12th March 2021, 06:54 PM
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I love this song so much and the PV is absolutely perfect!!!

I was so inspired by the Red and White Plum Blossoms gold painting that I purchased a duplicate to put in my living room in my new house and will design around that stunning artwork!!!

The red kimono killed me! I wish there were more scenes with it!!
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I'm getting chills with the chorus part at the end... And the video is stunning.
The song has been added to a couple of Spotify playlists, so hopefully it'll get the boost it needs to trend worldwide

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I love it ! I really like how her voice is gentle this time. The arrangement are top notch. The views on YouTube are really good for her 300k in 24 hours and they are growing really fast ! It will hit 1 million quickly for sure!
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Old 12th March 2021, 09:34 PM
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Does anyone have any rankings? The song is released in Japan already.

The only ranking I see is on Baidu.
https://tieba.baidu.com/p/7257376318?pn=2

Someone took a screenshot of the song ranked at 30th of some kind of chart.
It's iTunes Japan.
Right now it's on #22, that's nice!
But for streaming sites it's neither charting on Line Music nor Apple Music.
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Old 12th March 2021, 09:47 PM
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I can't buy it at iTunes, it keeps showing me error message
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Old 12th March 2021, 10:25 PM
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It's iTunes Japan.
Right now it's on #22, that's nice!
But for streaming sites it's neither charting on Line Music nor Apple Music.

Thank you for the update. What about SPOTIFY JAPAN?

I've been playing it non stop on SPOTIFY. I hope that helps.
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Old 12th March 2021, 11:21 PM
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Love the video - you can really see Kazuyoshi Shimomura's imprint as a photographer. Lots of beauty shots and dramatic still scenes fit for a photo. But at the same time, lacking story and shots of more than 5 seconds (compared to something like Part of Me).

Didn't like the dancers at all - felt they were distracting. The part where they mouth the vocals feels awkward.

Ayu beauty = 10/10.
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I completely forgot about the whole video! Just listened to it today. There's something odd about the way she's singing it. The more controlled parts sound strange, but i haven't figured out yet if i like it or not. It's very breathy, which we had before (merry go round i think but it was different), but there's also this nasally feel to it, which kind of throws me off, but when she's not using that she sounds great! The video, i love the colours the only thing that bothers me are the dancers, i sort of wish it was just her alone, they're everywhere all the time, i'm just sort of tired of them by now and that lip-synching of them was weird and totally unnecessary... If they needed them there so bad, they least they could have dressed them in white instead and not made them lip-synch, so it wouldn't make such a drastic contrast...in general i just found them very out of place. But other than that there were numerous parts where i just wanted to screenshot it, it's full of beauty shots for sure, it is beautiful!

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2003 version >>> 2021 version but 2021 version is also very good, it's just sooo different, I didn't expect it to be like this

I hope it grows on me
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Old 13th March 2021, 12:24 AM
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If they needed them there so bad, they least they could have dressed them in white instead and not made them lip-synch, so it wouldn't make such a drastic contrast...in general i just found them very out of place. But other than that there were numerous parts where i just wanted to screenshot it, it's full of beauty shots for sure, it is beautiful!
I think they were going for some color contrast and double meaning.

Wearing all black with a white dress shirt is the preferred attire to attend Japanese funerals (although the bowties throw me off) so maybe the dancers represent death in the past and are waiting desperately waiting for spring to come (hence, they sing "Spring, please hurry")

Very relevant as the world is hopefully at the tail end of COVID
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