Kimi no Hana / キミの花 cover art released!

The cover art for Oku Hanako’s upcoming double A-side single Kimi no Hana/Saigo no Kiss / キミの花/最後のキス was released today her blog as well as on the Pony Canyon news site.

Here’s the cover for the regular edition:

Kimi no Hana/Saigo no Kiss / キミの花/最後のキス regular edition cover art

Kimi no Hana/Saigo no Kiss / キミの花/最後のキス regular edition cover art

And here’s the cover for the Seiren edition, featuring the three main girls of the series – Tsuneki Hikari, Touno Kyouko and Miyamae Tooru:

Kimi no Hana/Saigo no Kiss / キミの花/最後のキス Seiren edition cover art

Kimi no Hana/Saigo no Kiss / キミの花/最後のキス Seiren edition cover art

In addition, the Pony Canyon post includes this as promotional art:

Promotional art

Promotional art

One more month to go!

Kusabi / 楔 cover art revealed!

The release of Kusabi / 楔 is about a month and a half away and the cover art for the new release has been revealed:

Kusabi

Kusabi / 楔

I wonder if that photo was taken in one of the subway stations or one of the streets where she used to perform. If so, it would give the cover a deeper meaning.

It’s quite reminiscent of the older covers, too. The first one that came to mind was the one for Chiisana Hoshi / 小さな星:

Chiisana Hoshi cover art

Chiisana Hoshi / 小さな星

Kimi ga Kureta Natsu / 君がくれた夏 cover art and track list announced!

I checked the official home page[jp] and I noticed that the header image shows the cover art for the new single:

Kimi ga Kureta Natsu header image

The header image since February 9, 2015

I don’t know how long it’s been up for, but according to the filename, it has been up no earlier than February 9.

Larger image and track list →

Remarks 2014-09-15

You may have noticed that I’ve been posting the weekly song two days late for the past few weeks. This was unintentional, but it I may keep it if it works to my advantage. As a result, I’m officially changing the posting time from Friday/Saturday to “sometime during the weekend”.

Also, I’ve noticed that my posts have been somewhat lacking in descriptions lately. It’s hard to come up with thoughts when my mind is on other things, and it also doesn’t help that it’s also on another artist. For that, I do apologize, and I hope I’ll get “back in the groove” soon.

As a partial consolation, here’s a promotional image. I don’t remember if this is from Fuyu Hanabi / 冬花火 or from Kimi to Boku no Michi / 君と僕の道.

Oku Hanako promotional image

Cocktail2 cover art

Rainy Day

Rainy Day

Here we dive into a little Oku Hanako history. “Rainy Day” is one of her really early indies songs, before her vol.x indies CDs. “Rainy Day” was released in 2003, and vol.1 in 2004. This song appeared as track 4 in an omnibus called “Cocktail2”, part of the Cocktail series released by King Records containing piano hikigatari songs by indies artists. (Maybe it was a competition; I don’t remember).

Cocktail2 cover art

Cocktail2

If the artists selection page means anything, then Oku Hanako is the left-most one on the cover.

2003 was before she started wearing glasses:

Oku Hanako in Cocktail2

Oku Hanako in 2003 as she appears in Cocktail2

This is taken from page in the Cocktail2 booklet:

Oku Hanako in Cocktail2

Oku Hanako’s page in the Cocktail2 booklet

Now then, the song that was put in the release:


“Rainy Day” by Oku Hanako by mokade3 [YouTube]

She doesn’t often go that low, but when she does, she pulls it off really nicely; this is no exception. Her singing, her playing; the song is beautifully done. It’s a sad song, but beautiful nonetheless. Even this early in her works she impresses me! Simply amazing…

Lyrics →

YouTube user airuland875 opening her copy of Kimi to Boku no Michi

I mentioned in my Kimi to Boku no Michi / 君と僕の道 release post that I expected YouTube user airuland875 to post a video of her opening her copy of Kimi to Boku no Michi and showing us the contents soon. It’s finally up!

So for those of us who can’t get a physical copy of the album for one reason or another, here you are:


奥華子さん 7thアルバム 君と僕の道 開封動画 by airuland875 [YouTube]

Ah, a copy of Hanako to Yorimichi / 華子と寄り道 ! Also, those are some really nice photos in the booklet.

More videos of airuland875 opening Oku Hanako releases:

Kimi to Boku no Michi released!

Kimi to Boku no Michi / 君と僕の道 has been released! It was released a few hours ago, actually, because of time zone differences.

Kimi to Boku no Michi CD+DVD cover art

Kimi to Boku no Michi (CD+DVD)

Kimi to Boku no Michi cover art

Kimi to Boku no Michi (CD only)

  1. Kioku / 記憶 (“memory”)
  2. Period / PIRIODO / ピリオド
  3. blue green
  4. Fuyu Hanabi / 冬花火 (“winter fireworks”)
  5. Maboroshi no Hibi / 幻の日々 (“everyday dream”)
  6. Aimai na Kuchibiru / 曖昧な唇 (“vague lips”)
  7. 10 Nen / 10年 (“year 10”)
  8. Anata to Denwa / あなたと電話 (“phone call with you”)
  9. Wedding Dress
  10. Shiwakucha / しわくちゃ (“wrinkled”)
  11. HIKARI (“light”)
  12. Mirai Chizu / 未来地図 (“future map”)
  13. Michi / 道 (“road”)

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