The Koda Kumi Rate: PART IV. All things come to an end, WINNER announced

Which short track / interlude if your favorite / deserves a full version?

  • Introduction ~WALK OF MY LIFE~

    Votes: 6 75.0%
  • Interlude ~Dance~

    Votes: 1 12.5%
  • Introduction ~My music is designed from my DNA~

    Votes: 1 12.5%

  • Total voters


Average: 6,61
Highest scorers: 9x3 (@otenkiame, @Remorque, @Music Is Life), 8,5x2 (@Yeziirl, @RUNAWAY)
Lowest scorers: 0x1 (@V3RYP05H), 4x1 (@cookiedough)
My scores: 7

Like you would expect anything other than a song from "inside" at this point, you murderers! Produced by Kumi's hubby Hi-yunk and written by him and Kumi, the song appears as the opening track to W FACE ~inside~. It was one of the two songs on the album to get a music video.

This is quite nice! I don't know what I was on when I was rating this, I think I should have given it a point more. It's warm and breezy, the pace is step-springing and the overall sentiment is mood-boosting. Moreover Kuu sound wonderful gliding on these melodies. Ooh, this is probably why I didn't give this more points - the melodies are a bit lacking in the chorus. It feels like a second verse. I guess it suits the message of the song though and the middle 8 is lovely.

Speaking of the message, the song is supposed to be about the daily struggles of a modern young woman or something along those lines. The title was inspired by the "Bridget Jones's Diary" movie.

On the weekend I clean my room and talk about my friends' love
Every day I'm so busy, and that's fine in it's own way, but
I've decided!! When I'm old I'm gonna live in Hawaii!!
I try holding onto reckless dreams like that

(c) @otenkiame

I'd say something like "honestly, me" to this, but these days I'm just trying to survive, dddd.

Had to press @V3RYP05H (0) for answers and got this out of them, "BRIDGET SONG fails as the opening track for me. It reminds me of the bland early ‘00 hits that used to clog up the radio Stateside (if you told me this was a cover of a Jason Mraz song, I’d believe it) which always compelled me to change the station. It also suffered from having a video that felt like it never ended when I watched the bonus BluRay for the first time." Yeah, okay, but I still don't see how this deserves a zero though.

This one made our very own silver set of @Cutlery (7) reminisce, "Very singer-songwriter. It also sounds a little like my middle school's anthem. The lyrics are relatable!"

@RUNAWAY (8,5) just found it cute, "this song is so cuteeeeee. I can’t get enough of this one." I believe he can't get enough of it.

@Yeziirl (8,5) wasn't as talkative about this little album as he was about the others in the rate, still we got this from him, "It’s a ballad album, no comments lmao" What are you laughing your ass off about exactly here, hmm, precious?

And lastly @otenkiame (9) was on the verge of stanning, "One of my favourites of the "inside" songs. It's full of warmth and confidence; a cute track that manages to keep a mature and sophisticated atmosphere. This is the kind of cute song that Kuu needs to stick with, because she totally pulls it off in the most natural way possible." I agree, don't look at my score.

As with most songs on the album, this one got itself a spot in the setlist of "W FACE" tour.​

Since I can't get over the amazingness of this gif, we shouldn't stray to far from traditions...



My fun

Average: 6,64
Highest scorers: 9,5x1 (@Music Is Life), 9x1 (@Weslicious)
Lowest scorers: 4x1 (@Cutlery), 6x7 dddd (@cookiedough, @lalaclairi_, @Ana Raquel, @RUNAWAY, @mi|kshake, @otenkiame, @Yeziirl)
My score: 8

No rest for the wicked or, in our case, ~inside~. Produced by Chara (her own stuff, duh) and written by her and Kumi, the track serves as a closing one for the album. According to the album's booklet, along with some Chara's own unique bleating in places, the track houses a bit of Kumi's son vocals for the first time. The second time would be in recently released "puff".

This is probably the most off-kilter song in Kumi's discography. It truly doesn't sound like anything else. I would say that the space-y soundscape is "classic Chara", but she is so unorthodox with her music, that I'm not really sure this is "classic" in her book, dddd. A mental note to self to listen to more Chara. I just can't help but love this. It's so warm and inviting. I can feel Kumi's love for her child in her voice. It's a lullaby to her most precious thing in the world.

I do say, that this is about her son, still the lyrics are so ambiguous, that, honestly, I don't know. I'd imagine it's from the perspective of her son and she's trying to list the things he find "fun", maybe?​

Riding a beat of happiness

Dancing with a special love
Gather at the base of a rainbow
(c) @otenkiame

You got the beat?

Warning: do not leave @Cutlery (4) unattended with your children, "The children, the nursery rhyme tea, the bubbliness… a no from me".​

@otenkiame (6) definitely tried as he might to like this, "I hate to say it, but I'm just not a fan of this song. It's cute with her son joining in (is that her son? Or just some random children?) I'll give Kuu props for trying out something different, though. But...It's not really my cup of tea at the end of the day." It does have an acquired taste, so don't fret too much.

And the song left @RUNAWAY (6) asking existential questions, "what the fuck was this song…." We just don't know.​

So far Kumi has only performed this during some dates of the fanclub tour in support of "AND"... which I had the most amazing opportunity to attended! By the time this track came on in the setlist I was full-on bawling my eyes, because of the song that was perfromed before it, but we'll leave that for another elimination, kekeke.

I can't find any footage of it legitimately, so you will have to deal. But then again, y'all didn't really like this one, so...