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Otsuka Ai – 桃ノ花ビラ [Debut Single]

Posted on: July 17, 2008

Otsuka Ai’s debut single, entitled 桃ノ花ビラ, was released on 09.09.03. The title track was used as the opening theme song for Nihon TV Network’s drama entitled Suika.

桃ノ花ビラ is a cute song that really catches the listener’s ear. The song begins with a sweet instrumental before the first verse starts. Ai’s vocals sound great here and the repeating words really stand out to the listener. The chorus has that energy that makes it so adorable and addictive. The instrumentation becomes a little more varied as more traditional Japanese instruments help enhance the instrumental. The pure instrumental sequence sounds great as those Japanese instruments are spotlighted nicely and then a few lines are sung before the chorus. These lines show off Ai’s vocals strength with the final line in particular as she reaches a little higher. Sweet instrumentation brings the song to a perfect finish. 桃ノ花ビラ is a wonderful song that shows off Ai’s adorable side and hooks the listener from first listen.

向日葵, a fun and relaxing poppy number, is the single’s B-side. A sweet instrumental starts off the song and soon the beat really comes in with a certain cuteness to it. When the song’s true sound comes in, the listener becomes intrigued and then the first verse starts. Ai’s vocals sound very nice, holding that cuteness that she pulls off well. The chorus sounds very nice and is notable as Ai hits the higher notes with good power. The pure instrumental section is absolutely fantastic and really makes the sound of the song stick out in the listener’s mind. Pure instrumentation brings the song to a nice close along with some nice vocalizing from Ai on the way. This B-side is definitely memorable and is a strong compliment to 桃ノ花ビラ.

In order to promote the single, a PV for 桃ノ花ビラ was made. The video is pretty simple, featuring Ai in the forest with animated creatures to really bring out that cute element established by the song. Although it isn’t very eventful, it’s a very nice visual representation of the song.

Single Ranking: A +

Otsuka Ai’s debut single is definitely a strong way to introduce the world to her talent. The A-side is an adorable song that shows off Ai’s vocal talents very nicely. The B-side takes a more relaxing approach while still showing off that cute flare. Both songs are definitely some of Ai’s strongest.


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