Haru no Arashi is Mano Erina’s 6th major single and it was released on February 24, 2010. It reached #10 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and has sold 14,736 copies.
1. Haru no Arashi♠
2. Hello! Esper! Hello!
3. Haru no Arashi (Instrumental)
Looks like I have a new favorite Mano song! Haru no Arashi, in almost every way, is SUPERB.
What I most love about the a-side is that the song sounds like something Tsunku would have made for Morning Musume. Think of it as a modern version of AS FOR ONE DAY, thus matching Momosu’s current style perfectly. Even though the group would have pulled this song off exceptionally vocally, Mano doesn’t stray too far behind. Although she will forever have room to improve, she finally has a song in which she just sings naturally and doesn’t have to alter her vocal style to match the instrumental. While I did enjoy how Momosu adopted this musical style for their recent singles, they have gotten rather stale though I do hope that Tsunku sticks with this sound for a few more Mano singles.
It took me a while to find out what I really think about Hello! Esper! Hello! since it’s one of those upbeat Mano songs with dangerous vocals but also paired up with the b-side factor. However the song is more than your cute pop song with electric guitar since it actually has a few interesting knickknacks here and there, not to mention a fun little chorus. It’s a cute and happy song that really sets your moods high and while it contrasts nicely with the a-side, it just isn’t my cup of tea.
Although I’m sure if Haru no Arashi were made a Momosu song that it would probably be my all time favorite ever, I’m glad that Mano has finally been given an a-side comparable to the other H!P releases. I can tell that her role as the “boring piano soloist who can’t sing” is quickly disappearing.