Do Tearful Requests Matter?

Preface: There’s going to be a lot of embedded content in this post, particularly YouTube videos.

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“Baby, don’t I think” what?

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

After weeks of 4K Melons, Maho birthday projects, and Okinawan grandma idols, it’s time to return to more “normal” fare here on M3. Namely, getting to those long-awaited, long-delayed reviews from a quarter ago.

If I may be frank, it’s been a long quarter year and 2 months. From the last phase of election campaigning to the election results to the various protests and calls to action (some more literal than others) to the bizarre antics of the new administration, it really took its toll. Compounding this was a long feeling of burnout that culminated in an unpleasant Christmas present in the form of stomach flu. (Sheesh, that’s the second time in the row where a bout of burnout and illness marked my final months of a year.)

Anyway, things appear to have gotten back to normal. While I’m somewhat disappointed in the fact the M3 comic is behind schedule (primarily due to scripting issues), I am glad that a backlog of posts that erupted is finally being chipped away at. (Curse you, H!P, and how you have a buttload of groups who haven’t released a single A-side single since 2013.)

So let’s begin where we left off in 2016 by digging into Country Girls #4!

Dou Datte Ii no

Alternatively translated as “Does It Matter?” and “It Doesn’t Matter,” the official translation is “I Don’t Care.”

The Song

The song continues from the 1950s-inspired leanings the Girls have been going for as of late. The lyrics speak of how one just shouldn’t care about the things that hold you down and live freely with honesty.

You can see some making-of footage, courtesy of Upcoming:

Recording backing choral vocals from songwriter/composer Nakajima Takui.

Recording instrumentals, featuring drums from arranger Suzuki Shunsuke and drums from Toshiyuki Takao.

Recording main vocals, featuring Ozekai Mai, Funaki Musubu, and Yanagawa Nanami.

The MV

🎶  Nous, nous appelons Lolita. 🎶  Oops, wrong song.

The MV is set at a dance hall (appropriate as it was filmed at Yokohama Bay Hall) with a band on stage. In some shots, we see the girls rocking out and just having a good time. How appropriate for these times!

There is also a special “smartphone” version of the MV (though I had a bit of a hard time getting used to it):

You can see some making-of footage, courtesy of Upcoming:

You can view a dance lesson below, courtesy of the 189th Hello! Station:

Namida no Request

Alternatively translated as “Tearful Request” and “Tears Request,” the official translation is “Request for Tears.”

The Song

As mentioned just about everywhere else, this is a cover of the sophomore single A-side of Fukuoka-based septet The Checkers, a performance of which you can see below for comparison. (However, you might want to prepare for a lot of squealing, courtesy of the predominately female audience):

Despite this being a cover of a song from the 80s (though that is meaningless), this continues the 50’s-inspired pop* CG had gone for as of late. (In fact, as you can see from the above video, this aspect is more an artifact of the original band.)

In contrast to the previous A-side, the lyrics speak of heartbreak. Befitting this, it’s (slightly) slower in tempo, highlighting the somber mood. The mood is “lightened” by the alto sax, breaking up the vocal portions.

No, I’m not going to mention how is Harsher in Hindsight now on account of… well…

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Momo’s got one last request for you…

You can see some making-of footage, courtesy of Upcoming:

Recording vocals featuring Morito Chisaki, Yamaki Risa, and Tsugunaga Momoko.

Recording the sax portions, featuring saeka on alto sax.

*In regards to the previous A-side and the Checkers, the general “style” has been described as “rockabilly.”

The MV

Fittingly, we start with a shot of the Country Girls with tears falling from their eyes before moving to the colorful MV. We see our leading ladies in red (the aforementioned Morito, Yamaki, and Tsugunaga) carrying the tune while the other Girls in blue (Funaki, Ozeki, and Yanagawa) sing backup.

In between the shots of them singing and dancing, we see our girls engaged in other hijinks. Playing with miniature versions of themselves, standing in falling confetti, and Nanami’s saxcapades.

On the topic of falling confetti, almost certainly representing those raindrops that fall from a heartbroken one’s eyes. If you don’t understand what I meant, allow me to enlighten you with a classic that is oddly relevant to the theme of tears!

You can see some making-of footage, courtesy of Upcoming:

Final Thoughts

One great thing about doing a single after its release is that I can report on everyone’s favorite measure of idol success: saaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaales~! Reportedly selling 26,984 units total, the single is Country Girls’ lowest-selling one. However, it is still higher than their predecessors’ “Shining Itoshiki Anata” of 16,450 total reported sales. Selling 25,150 in its first week, the single took the #4 spot on the Oricon charts in its first week.

I’ll leave you with some hep saxy times, courtesy of Nanami and saeka.

See you next time (hopefully with less groan-worthy puns)
— Magi-Kat 💖


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