Hatsukoi / 初恋
- hatsu- / 初
- koi / 恋
Hatsukoi: it’s one of Oku Hanako’s 2010 singles and is undeniably one of her most moving songs. She almost always ends up looking emotionally drained after performing this song live, and if I get really into the song, it can get me, too.
It’s a sad song, telling about a couple who had recently broke up. The girl still likes the guy and begs him to remain friends. Well, it’s a little deeper than that; I’ll leave you to read the translation.
Musically, the song is tastefully and appropriately arranged. There are four main instruments: drums, guitar, strings, and of course, piano. They all add to the inherent sadness of the song, especially the strings.
This song also features, in my opinion, the best of her music videos:
Hanako Oku – Hatsukoi [JPopsuki]
I think the song has been somewhat overused in promotional material, but Hatsukoi is definitely one of Oku Hanako’s best.