I have no idea where this thing came from, but there was apparently a “rental limited release” CD released on August 19, 2015, titled “Oku Hanako 10th Anniversary Rental Best ~NON STOP CD~” / 奥華子10th Anniversary レンタルベスト 〜NON STOP CD〜. I’m not sure how this is specifically a “rental best”, nor why they would call it “non-stop”.
According to the blurb on Pony Canyon’s post, it’s meant to be the most representative of Oku Hanako, taking songs from all over her discography, most notably Garnet / ガーネット and Kawaranai Mono / 変わらないもの, the two songs that made her famous.
The tracklist isn’t numbered in the post, but it is complete (14 songs):
- Yasashii Hana / やさしい花
- Kaette Oide / 帰っておいで
- Garnet / ガーネット
- Kawaranai Mono 変わらないもの
- Koi (2012 Arrange version) / 恋（2012 Arrange version）
- Anata ni Suki to Iwaretai / あなたに好きと言われたい
- Waratte Waratte / 笑って笑って
- Saigo no Koi / 最後の恋
- Hastukoi / 初恋
- Trump / トランプ
- Cinderella / シンデレラ
- Ai wo Mitsuketa Basho / 愛を見つけた場所
- Taisetsu na Mono / 大切なもの
- Kusabi / 楔 -くさび-
I will assume that these are the arranged versions where possible, which would leave 2 hikigatari tracks out of 14: “Kaette Oide” and “Saigo no Koi”.
I like this selection, and if this is the order that they’re going with, then I have no complaints. Is it the most representative? I guess it could be better, but I’m sure there’s more than one set that could be considered representative.
If you were tasked with compiling a list of songs that are most representative of Oku Hanako, what would they be? Leave your answer in the comments!