Oku Hanako made a tweet recently about the upcoming movie, Ashita ni Nareba / あしたになれば (“If Tomorrow Comes”; the AsianWiki has some info about the movie, including a plot synopsis). It looks like she had been asked to do the theme song; it’s called Kimi ga Kureta Natsu / 君がくれた夏（”You gave me the summer”, according to a machine translation).
There’s a trailer that features a clip of the song:
It blows me away! It’s too bad I can’t find the whole song anywhere; I’d love to hear it. However, the style differs significantly enough from her pre-BIRTHDAY works to say that we may never get that early Oku Hanako back.
It only takes one song to introduce you to and get you interested in Oku Hanako’s music. I’ve referenced my story multiple times, and for me, it was Garnet / ガーネット. In addition, appreciation of her works didn’t come without a struggle for me.
I’m sure many of you would have come to know her music through Garnet as well, but our stories are all different. How long was it since you first found out about Oku-san? Which song got you into her music? Did it come with a struggle or did you readily accept it? Tell us your story in the comments!
Oku Hanako often puts instrumental versions of songs on her singles to add to their value (otherwise, you could just wait until it appeared on the next album). They’re tracks in her discography just like any of her other songs, but without her voice, you might feel gypped if I posted it for the weekly song.
So, what do you think? Should I post them as any other song, or should I keep them as bonus material?