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Looking Back at 2018: KissBee Favorite Song Countdown! (with Videos + 日本語有り)

As the end of 2018 comes close, why don’t we have a reminiscence about it? That being said, Eigo KissBee would like to do a special countdown of personal favorite songs of KissBee which are released in 2018! Let’s reminiscence together! Or maybe for new fans, these songs could recommend a start to know KissBee better!

 First, the definition of “be released” is “to be officially released within a CD or another official release medium (music card, etc.)”. Some songs have actually been performed since years ago. This year, KissBee released one album, “Pop Honeycomb”, and one mini-album, “imaginism”, with total of 14 songs eligible to be ranked. With that being said, let’s start the countdown!

2018年がそろそろ終わるので、回想しましょう!今回、Eigo KissBeeが「2018年KissBeeリリースされた曲」のお気に入りカウントダウンをします!「リリースされた」ということは、CDでとか、M-カードでとか、リリースされた曲となります。もう2017年からパフォームされてる曲もあります。今年、KissBeeが「Pop Honeycomb」というアルバムと「imaginism」というミニアルバム(EP)をリリースしました。結合しければ、14曲がリリースしました。じゃあ、はじめましょう!


14. Kare Ki ni Hana o / 枯れ木に花を (Pop Honeycomb, 2017)

Author’s least favorite song from the entire list. Author does not get any special vibe from the song and it feels quite monotone. Seems that this is also the least performed song – the Author could not find any performance of it on YouTube.

この曲は、著者の最小お気に入り曲です。特殊なバイブを感じられないし、モノトーンな曲と思います。


13. OKAWARI Paradox / OKAWARIパラドクス (Pop Honeycomb)

On contrary to its rank within this list, this song seems to be quite popular within the fans. But for the Author, it feels quite monotone and really be overshadowed by similar band-ish song in Pop Honeycomb.

このカウントダウンのポジションが低いが、実はファンの中では人気があります。でも著者には、モノトーンな曲だし、他のバンドっぽい曲と比べたら、目立たないと思います。


12. Futsuu no Onna no Ko / 普通の女の子 (Pop Honeycomb, 2017)

(Song starts at 1:37)

This song is cute, but just like its title says, it is pretty ordinary (futsuu). The Author has never seen this song live (seems that this and Kare Ki ni Hana o have not been performed for months), but from the video, the choreography seems pretty lively.

可愛い曲なんだけど、タイトルで書かれたように、「普通」だと思います。著者がこの曲を生で見たことないですが、動画から賑やかな振り付けがありそう。


11. Re☆universe (imaginism)

It is hard for new songs to rate higher as some songs really take time to click with, and this song is no exception. This is strangely a pretty short song. The refrain is pretty powered and there is a cute break before the last refrain, but the Author still has not getting the click.

「クリック」まで時間がかかるから、ちょうどリリースされた曲には、高いランキングを取るのは難しそう。この曲にもその通り。奇妙に、この曲は短い曲です。サビに強いボーカルがあって、最後のサビの前に可愛い分があるが、著者がまだ「クリック」できません。


10. SEKAI color / セカイcolor (imaginism)

The Author really loves how the vocal works in this song. Each member gets equal part, thus making each of their voice can be heard clearly. It has strong and deep choreography as well. Sadly, the music is not really Author’s favorite.

著者がこの曲の歌割が大好きです。各メンバーがイコールな歌割があるから、各メンバーの歌声がよく聞こえます。強くて深い振り付けもあるが、ミュージックが著者のタイプじゃなくて、残念です。


9. FLIC FLAC / フリックフラック (Pop Honeycomb)

If this song just run for exactly 1 minute, Author would say that this is the best release of the year. Rena and Misaki’s parts are ultimately cool, especially given the megaphone-like effect. The music and beat are never heard from KissBee before. Sadly, parts after 1 minute mark kind of slowly turning down the hype created before.

曲が一分だけ流れば、「今年の最高のリリース」を気がします。れなと海咲の分がかっこよすぎると思います。特に、メガホンみたいなエフェクトがあるから。ミュージックやビートがKissBeeから聞いたことありません。残念ですが、先作った誇大広告を薄めそう。


8. Hello Hello (Pop Honeycomb)

It is surprising that this kind of song still exists in today’s KissBee. It has really feminine vibes that bring us back to earlier era of KissBee. Sweet lyrics, sweet choreography.

今のKissBeeにこれみたいな曲がまだあるのはびっくりします。女らしいバイブを持って、何年ぶりのKissBeeを思い出せます。甘い歌詞、甘い振り付け。


7. Rolling!!!!!! (Pop Honeycomb)

This song is a pretty cool band-ish song, but cannot reach higher rank as it took really long time for the Author to finally click with this song. This song is pretty fresh too; it is the first song performed by Nonoka and Yui after (being announced for) promotion, so it features a lot of their voices.

かっこいいバンドっぽい曲ですが、「クリック」まで長い時間かかったから、もっと上に取るのはできません。フレッシュだし、ののかと優衣が正規に上がる発表の時、この曲は最初の曲ですからののかと優衣の歌声がよく聞こえます。


6. LOVE Sugite Shibou!! / LOVEすぎて死亡っ!!(仮) (Pop Honeycomb)

The Author thinks that this song is synonymous with Sakura. Well, she is the center. Her voice sounds so dominant in this song and the lyrics have cute-mischievous feel like her. The choreography is fun too: the zu-kyu-kyun part has members “shooting” the fans while the do-kyu-kyun part has members being “shot” by fans.

この曲にはさくぽむのイメージが強く映っています。まぁ、さくぽむがセンターですからかもね(笑)。さくぽむの歌声が目立ちし、歌詞も可愛くていたずららしく、さくぽむっぽいです。振り付けも面白い、「ずっきゅんきゅきゅん」はメンバーがファンをシュートすることで、「どっきゅんきゅきゅん」はメンバーがファンにシュートされることです。


5. Adventure Jar! with Game / アドベンチャージャー! with ゲーム (Pop Honeycomb, 2017)

(Song starts at 6:55)

This is a really playful song, as Misaki described it. The piano intro seems familiar, but Author cannot remember what it sounds similar to until now. The lyrics are funny and pun-ny. Members also do a janken game during live performance, making it one of the most fun song to watch.

海咲の言った通り、本当に遊びな曲です。イントロがお馴染みですが、何かと似てるのは覚えられません。歌詞が「Funny」と「Pun-ny(駄洒落いっぱい)」です。ライブの時、メンバーがじゃんけん大会をやっているし、生で見る本当に面白い曲になります。


4. KIMIHAJI / キミハジ (Pop Honeycomb)

The song itself is pretty simple, but in no way monotone. Well, if thinking about it again, the song is pretty standard. But what makes it being rated so high is that the Author can really feel a “hard effort from the members to convey their feelings”, especially during the refrain part. Not only in recording but also during live performances, it always give a different vibe. No wonder, this song was Rena’s favorite before SEKAI color came. Oh, this is also a nice song for karaoke (available in Karaoke no Tetsujin by the time of this article). Author’s high score in this song is 94.

シンプルな曲ですが、モノトーンな曲ではありません。特にサビのなか、「全力で気持ちを伝えたい」気分を強く感じます。レコーディングではなく、生でもそう感じて、毎回特別なバイブを作ります。この曲をカラオケするのも楽しいです。著者の最大点は94点です!


3. Kakedase Bravery!! / 駆け出せBravery!! (Pop Honeycomb, 2017)

(Song starts at 11:44, full song available on KissBee’s SoundCloud)

This song is probably rated so high pretty subjectively, as this song was chosen as Rion Maeda’s graduation song (until now, sometimes Author still shed some tears while hearing this song). But despite that, this song is so full of energy and positivity, creating cheerful vibes and differing it from the most releases this year. And God, the refrain is addicting.

前田璃音の卒業曲に決定されたから、こんな高いランキングは主観かもしれない(著者は今まで聴くと時々涙を流します)。それでも、エナジーやポジティブたっぷりの曲で、陽気な気分を作れます。それより、サビがはまりやすい!


2. Hajimari no Arch / はじまりのアーチ (imaginism)

(Song starts at 30:42)

The last song on this list to be heard by the Author which able to break straight to the (nearly) top. It’s been 3 years since their last slow ballad song release and KissBee nailed it better than ever. It has both strong points from SEKAI color and Rolling!!!!!!, which are members getting equal part, making their voices can be heard clearly, and featuring the new members well, respectively. But not just that! First, they finally include harmonization for the vocals, which is included in the latter part of the song. Second, the choreography is totally amazing and deep.

一番最近聴くのはこの曲ですが、すぐ上にブレイクできます。こんなにスロー・バラドは3年ぶりで、前より美しくやります。セカイcolorとRolling!!!!!!の見どころを持ってるし、最後のサビでハーモニーがあります。そして、振り付けも深くて素晴らしい。


1. KIBOU NO -just one time- / キボウノ -just one time- (Pop Honeycomb)

Author thinks that this is KissBee’s pinnacle of band-ish song. Somehow, the song gives an old anime OST feels, plus time-space travel feels as referred on some parts of its lyrics and choreography (really love when they do clock-ish hand gesture). The sound effect variation is really rich in this song. Two of Author’s favorite parts of the song are the piece of sound played before the first refrain, and within the last refrain, before the music is being fully played again.

著者には、最上級のバンドっぽい曲になりました。なんか、この曲を聴くと、古いアニメのテーマソングっぽいを気がします。そして、歌詞や振り付けから、タイム・スペース旅のバイブを感じます。時計の針の振り付けが大好き!この曲に色々なサウンドエフェクトを使いそうです。一番好きなサウンドエフェクトは、サビ1の前とサビ3の中です。


So how was the list? Does it match your preferences? Or maybe it has really contrasting rank with yours? Regardless of that, 2018 has been painted by another different color of KissBee – a deeper and more mature color. What color will be shown by KissBee in 2019? Let’s wait and see!

どう思いますか?自分の好みと合ってますか?合ってませんか?とにかく、2018年はKissBeeの新色、先より深くて成熟した色、に染まっていました。2019年には、どんな色になるんでしょうか?楽しみましょう!


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