Hajimete no Keiken is Mano Erina’s 2nd major single and it was released on May 20th, 2009. It reached #6 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and has sold 24,721 copies.
1. Hajimete no Keiken♠
2. Nakimushi Yowamushi
3. Hajimete no Keiken (Instrumental)
I think we were all surprised when we first heard Hajimete no Keiken, although it starts off like any other of Erina’s five previous songs with a nice piano melody, it immediately turns into a much more typical-H!P, upbeat summer track. What surprised me more was that Mano was actually able to pull it off. She doesn’t enter cute mode, so her vocals are still soft, although peppy, especially during the chorus. The song is very simple and fresh so while it is a change for Mano, it doesn’t stray too far from her piano-based, gentler tracks.
Nakimushi Yowamushi was just weird however. There are rock elements in the song, which at first made me excited. Mano+rock just sounds awesome. However, when she starts singing, my hopes died. She’s vocoded! It’s like Tsunku asked her to sing as stale and emotionless as she could and then slapped a layer of vocoding on top of it. It was really unnecessary, but I don’t mind as I just try to avoid this song. The awkward instrumental, Mano’s chopped vocals and the annoying melody are reason enough to make me pretend this song doesn’t exist.
I’m glad Mano showed all of her fans(the majority of which were growing “bored” of her slow music) that she can also pull off upbeat pop tracks, even if it was very “Mano-ish”. That b-side however is just gross.