KOH+, the duo of Fukuhara Masaharu and Shibasaki Kou that paired up with “Kiss Shite” for their 2007 drama Galileo, will pair up once again for their movie rendition of their hit drama. The film, plus a corresponding drama SP, will both premier on October 4th; “Sai Ai” will be released on October 1st.
KOH+ was an interesting duo. Shibasaki Kou, who does very poppy music, does the vocals that are backed with Fukuhara Masaharu, who’s known for his sensitive guitar rock. Their only song together, “Kiss Shite,” was poppy and edgy and fun. (It probably didn’t hurt that they had a great dynamic in the drama.)
“Sai Ai” is nothing like “Kiss Shite” – it’s a slow, orchestra, guitar, and piano backed ballad. It’s a fairly simple but beautiful ballad. For someone who liked “Kiss Shite” though, “Sai Ai” lacks that sassy charm that the former had, sounding just like a normal j-pop ballad. She also cuts off in between her phrases – not a dealbreaker, but it’s a little thing that makes the ballad seem choppy to me.
For a movie, a ballad like this would make a better ending song – and hey, with a name like Sai Ai (Love the Best), maybe it means there’ll finally be some decent romance in the movie. And as a song, “Sai Ai” is a good ballad. But to me at least, KOH+’s second attempt just doesn’t measure up to the quirky and unique goodness of their previous song.
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