A chance for the AKB48 underdogs to shine08 December, 2010 by Chad
AKB48’s latest single Chance no Junban (チャンスの順番/Chance Turn) is out today on the 8th of December. For the first time in history, the idol group released 5 singles in a year, with 2010 being their most successful yet. This single release features the special 16 member team, chosen earlier this year through a whimsical Jankenpon (Rock-paper-scissors) tournament.
This is the first time an AKB48 single is released as 3 separate CD+DVD versions as well as a theater edition. The releases are themed according to the group’s 3 teams, with the Team A, K and B versions sporting their traditional official colors of Red, Green and Blue. Each of these versions contain the Chance no Junban single, its B-side (a Christmas song, which is also their second commercial song for 7-11) and a 3rd song from each of the respective teams.
Instead of compiling all the songs into a single release, the theater version replaces the 3rd track with a Research Student song, another first. It has what is undeniably the worst cover artwork in the history of AKB48 singles.
Many fans have recently commented on an apparent trend with AKB48’s releases this year. They’ve noticed how most of this year’s songs follow a similar pattern to AKB48 releases of the same time last year. This is of course a pretty common occurrence throughout the music industry, as artists commonly release songs themed to the season.
If Heavy Rotation was this year’s Iiwake Maybe and Beginner the new RIVER, it would seem that Chance no Junban can be likened as a slower Kimi no koto ga suki dakara 2. Chance no Junban fills the void for this year’s lack of an equivalent to Kimi no koto ga suki dakara, a B-side that beat all but one single to became last year’s second most voted song.
A preview of the PV:
I’m quite taken in by Chance no Junban myself. Personally, I felt that the vocals could had been stronger but when listened to carefully, Chance has got some amazing instrumentals. As a whole the single has that underdog thing going on too, so many people will like that. The single will also be used as the theme song for AKB48’s upcoming PlayStation Portable (PSP) game AKB1/48 Idol to Koishitara…, more on that some other time. Perhaps.
Among the 3 versions, I’ve actually found Team A’s track the most impressive. Team A’s “Kurumi to Dialogue” is an edgy synth pop inspired song that was featured in AKB48’s recent collaboration with HP computers. It’s a glam kind of track which you’d expect to hear in a cosmetics commercial instead but it’s a catchy song that is single worthy in itself. It almost got me into buying a HP computer.
The HP advertisement:
Unfortunately, I had already pre-ordered the Team K version some time last month, on the logic that Natsuki, Takajao and Kuramochi appear side by side on the cover (にゃんにゃん ごめん!). Not the first time in AKB history I’ve chosen a version without checking its contents first.
For those who haven’t already ordered it, you can get your copy of Chance no Junban at CDJapan (search links automatically generated below). With the current promo, CDJapan is probably the best option. For those living in Singapore, most of the Chance no Junban Senbatsu will be coming over this Friday and Saturday to promote their single at the STGCC. Copies of the CD will probably be on sale at the convention but chances are they’d be the Taiwan versions.Click here to search CDJapan for official AKB48 goods.
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