02 September 2014

Johnny's WEST's Zipangu dream

The second single for the most recent Johnny's group to debut has been announced. The single will be a double A-side featuring the songs used as the theme songs for the drama Again!, which stars Fujii Ryusei. The title of the single is Zipangu Ookini Daisakusen / Yume wo Dakishimete and will be released on October 8th and comes in four versions. Each version has a first press bonus of a clear file, with each version having a different one.

The first limited edition is the basic CD with DVD combo. The CD will have the two title tracks plus their karaoke versions. Then the DVD will have the PV and making of for the song Zipangu Ookini Daisakusen.

The second limited edition is basically the same as the first. The major difference is that the DVD has the PV and making of for the other title track, Yume wo Dakishimete.

The third limited edition is just a CD, but comes with a 20-page bonus booklet. The CD will also contain two bonus songs not included in any other version of the single, WESTERN PARADE and Can't stop.

The regular edition of the single will just be the CD but it will contain two bonus tracks not included in the other versions, SUPERSTAR and for now and forever.

There is also a bundle that CDJapan is offering if you want to make sure you are getting all four versions.

So glad to finally have a new single announcement from the group. It seems a bit late to release a single for the theme songs of a summer drama, but at least they are releasing the songs. And I love that in total we are getting six new songs with this single.

That all said I am surprised by the release date. They are up against Nogizaka 46 and there is just no way they will have good enough sales to beat that group. I guess Johnny's is just not going to care about keeping a number 1 debut streak going for the group. In a way that is not bad as it means that they will be a group that will not be so restricted with release dates as they have nothing to protect.

Honestly I am mostly more interested in actually enjoying the single than where it places, as these days it seems to be more about making sure to release on a date there is little competition than actually simply selling well.

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