To counter busying schedules, it was decided in June 2007, that all three AKB48 teams were to be dissolved into a single group. And on the 1st of July, the newly formed Himawari (Sunflower) group began performing their new stage, which took the name of it’s main song, Boku no Taiyou.
Boku no Taiyou (僕の太陽) was released as AKB48’s 7th single and the theme song for the anime adaption of the Australian novel Deltora Quest. Boku no Taiyou translates literally to “My Sun”, though it is suggested in the video that it was meant to transliterate as “My Sunshine”.The song itself is pretty standard pop fare, with cheery motivational lyrics. Not that it’s a bad thing
The selected members for this single were identical to that of Seifuku ga Jama wo Suru, the only exception being Masuda Yuka, who was replaced with Watanabe Mayu.
Boku no Taiyou’s PV would be the only AKB48 video to be directed by Takehisa Masaki, who also did Morning Musume’s 3,2,1 BREAKIN’OUT!!!. Takehisa Masaki is particularly known for his abuse of campy visual effects, so it comes as a (pleasant) surprise that Boku no Taiyou didn’t fall prey. I might be biased, but our own MJ probably did a better job with Morning Musume’s video here.
Boku no Taiyou’s B-side Mirai no Kajitsu (未来の果実/Fruit of the Future) was also used as the theme song for Kyushu Asahi Broadcasting’s 2007 Water and Green Campaign.
Strangely, unlike AKB48’s other DefStar Record singles, Boku no Taiyou did not come in two separate versions. Instead, only a CD version was sold, with the first press bearing a slightly different cover.
Boku no Taiyou offered no bonus DVD, so fans would have to wait till their next release, Yuuhi wo Miteiru ka, which included Boku no Taiyou’s PV. In turn, Yuuhi wo Miteiru ka’s video was absent from it’s own DVD, and was made available inside their “best of” album, Set List ~Greatest Songs 2006-2007~ instead. Fortunately, this would be the only time Sony pulled such a stunt.
As with BINGO!, those purchasing the first press of AKB48’s new single were invited to a exclusive handshaking event to meet their favorite girl. Fans were given an amount of time proportional to the number of copies they purchased, which lead to extreme fans purchasing the CD in bulk.Click here to search CDJapan for official AKB48 goods.
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