Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!
How’s your summer? Mine’s been pretty productive as I’ve been working on a “secret project” that ate up a good chunk of my time. (This is why posts after the ANGERME reviews are a little slow. The core of this one was done in mid-late July!)
Without further ado, here is a spotlight on Country Girls’ second single and the first since Shimamura Uta
died left the group.
Wakatte Iru no ni Gomen ne
Although originally translated as “I Know and Yet I’m Sorry” and “Even Though I Know, I’m Sorry,” the official translation is “I know but I’m sorry.”
The music continues the cuteness of the previous single. At times a sweet toy piano is tinkering in the background.
In a sense, it’s a slight continuation of “Itoshikutte” where our adorable heroine (played by Morito Chisaki) is cutely suffering from a love problem. Eventually, she and “Maitaro” work out their issues and continue their relationship.
The story in the song is presented as a kamishibai. The closeups are in a library while the dance shots are in a field.
There’s also a bit of humor in the casting of the boy and girl, along with Momobaa (gomenne).
Alternatively translated at “Summer Time Hesitation,” the official translation is “Hesitating Summertime.”
It’s a calm, mellow song for the summer that makes one take it easy. (I’m reminde of “Take It Easy” as I continue to listen.) The “tu tu tu”s at the end are also cute.
An outdoor scene, which’ll please anyone looking for more varied locations, where they’re dancing in a field and a forest. The girls do cute things together like make arts and crafts, take a selfie, all of which are referenced in the lyrics.
The entire single is a lovely summer package that continues the fun of their previous single while further showcasing with our ladies can do. In light of the departure of Shimamura Uta, who was her group’s equivalent to Airi, Riho, and Karin, CG had to really step up to show they can survive. In a sense, this is more like the sudden departure Murakami Megumi, who was a big deal in C-ute’s early days before jumping ship prior to their majors to “concentrate on studies.” (To this day, it’s believed to be yet another case of “Kareshigate.”)
The single will go on sale on August 5th. Do these idols a solid and support them, would you please?
Until next time,