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And with fans voicing their disappointment that their other favorites are not getting a chance, AKB48 creator/producer came up with the idea of the janken senbatsu. Which is a battle via rock-paper-scissors in a major tournament and the top 16 getting a chance to be part of what would be called a janken single and the person who comes out in top, becoming the primary center of the single and the music video, as well as being promoted in publications and television. So, pretty much a person who can unranked, can become the center of the next AKB48 single.
In September, the 1st Janken Taikai (rock-paper-scissors tournament) was held in Nippon Budokan with 51 members competing, Mayumi Uchida, an unranked member of AKB48 became the first winner of the first Janken Taikai. Following her are #2 - Haruka Ishida, #3 - Haruna Kojima, #4 Jaruka Nakagawa, #5 Ami Maeda, #6 Sumire Sato, #7 - Natsuki Sato, #8 Aki Takajo, #9 Tomomi Nakatsuka, #10 Asuka Kuramochi, #11 Kana Kobayashi, #12 Miku Tanabe, #13 Tomomi Kasai, #14 Sakiko Matsui, #15 Atsuko Maeda and #16 Rina Chikano.
The janken single will also be a holiday single and will be released in four different versions. Type-A, Type-K and Type-B will feature the winners of the Senbatsu on the front cover. While all three will feature the main janken track "Chance no Junban" and the Christmas track "Yoyakushita Christmas", each of the three will have a different third track performed by Team A, Team K and Team B. Also, each of the three will be a CD+DVD release with the DVD containing the music videos for the three tracks and three separate parts of the first annual Janken tournament. The fourth version is the theater edition which comes with no DVD but comes with the first two tracks and a third track performed by the Team Research Students (Kenkyusei).
The single sold over 471,000 on its first day, a little lower than the last single "Beginner", but is to be expected as the lineup of "Chance no Junban" does not not feature the primary (and most popular) members.
The version that I will be reviewing is Team-B which features Rina Chikano, Sakiko Matsui, Miku Tanabe, Tomomi Kasai and Atsuko Maeda on the front blue cover. The 14 page booklet features the lyrics and production credits, but also solo photos of each member (that are featured on the cover) with a handwritten message or drawing by the person featured, written all around their photo. While the back CD cover features members of Team-B.
The first track on the single is the janken track "Chance no Junban" (which translates to "The Turn of Chance"). The track is a a fun pop track with a cool, catchy chorus and a pretty upbeat track overall. The song is inspirational as it revolves around a person getting a chance to win. No matter how many times you have lost, to not give up on your dreams. And how luck goes around like a game of rock-paper-scissors game. For one to believe in themselves and as long as they have a voice, they can keep shining.
The second track is titled "Yoyaku shita Christmas" (which translates to "Booked Christmas") and is a holiday song that is an upbeat pop track with cool brass and Christmas bells in the background. The single features the primary senbatsu 14 members along with Ami Maeda and Mika Komori. The song is about a couple promising to meet on Christmas Eve and sharing their first silent night and eventually a booked Christmas. And how the two held each other under the Christmas tree during the holy night.
The third track on the single is "Love Jump" performed by Team B and is an upbeat, catchy pop track. Team B is best known for being more idol-based in AKB48 and the song captures that fun, upbeat style. The song is about a couple meeting each other on Sunday during a snowy day. When the person is waiting at the meeting place, he sees the girl jumping on the street holding an umbrella and greeting the person with love. And despite it being cold, both started jumping on the street together and showing off their energy. But this is another song that doesn't feature all primary senbatsu members but the Team B group.
The remaining three tracks on the album are the instrumental versions of the first three primary tracks.
As for the DVD, the single begins with "Chance no Junban" which is a song featuring the top 15 janken senbatsu members performing and dancing to "Chance no Junban". Each are dressed in white outfits with a beautiful set and clips from the first janken senbatsu. It was interesting to see Mayumi Uchida and other members that you usually don't see in the music videos, taking part in this PV. It was a different feel from the typical top senbatsu members especially not seeing Atsuko or Yuko upfront. But Mayumi Uchida, is a fun member to watch, she may be short and unranked, but it's great to see her and other members getting a chance to be in the limelight.
For the second music video "Yoyaku shita Christmas", the video features the group in their Christmas outfits and taking part of a Christmas performance and a tie-in with 7-11 with the holiday food and items. A fun Christmas music video overall.
For the third music video "Love Jump", the video shows Team B performing, while we see clips of the girls in school uniforms eating lunch at school and having fun while the snow is falling at night. And an interesting clip of Mayuyu dreaming that they all became nurses. A fun video overall.
The fourth video features the third final part (about ten minutes long) of the Janken Taikai documentary and how Mayumi Uchida became the champion of the first janken tournament.
It's important to note that this is a region 2 DVD and will not play on a region 1 player (unless you have a non-region DVD player) but can be played on a MAC or PC using free video playing software such as VLC or Daum PotPlayer.
Overall, I am very pleased with this janken single. It gives a major chance for unknown members, unranked members who have never been in a music video or receive any media spotlight, a chance to become part of the limelight. I know nothing about Mayumi Uchida but it was a pleasure just to see how the Janken Taikai gave her a chance of a lifetime. To become the center of "Chance no Junban" and receive whatever free media promotion that they can get from this experience. So, I'm happy that Akimoto gave these girls a chance!
As for the Type-B versions of this single release, all three songs are catchy, upbeat and fun. I listened to this single a good number of times already and I enjoy it! But I have to admit that my primary reason of wanting to watch the CD+DVD release outside of the music videos, was to watch the Janken Taikai tournament. And if you want to see it completely, you will need to buy all three CD+DVD types.
But overall, the 19th CD single from AKB48 is catchy, upbeat but also inspirational! Recommended!