ode to Raka Ryushui

last night, the VAMPires gathered at Ranbi’s abode for a mini listening party of "Raka Ryushui", transatlantic no less. Jamez who’s in Oz attended the party too. ahhh, the wonders of technology.

the party turned out to be a huge success when both sides plugged into Akina’s latest and much anticipated offering. the verdict? my hands were clammy and my bumpy heart went into overdrive from the get-go. THIS IS AKINA NAKAMORI IN HER BEST FORM.

the song unleashed riff after riff of engaging elements…between hooks that are to die-for, flashes of "shes back!" and "oh my goodness" filled any cogntive ability i had remaining as my aural sense hogged all of my central processing unit…

i was screaming inside, and i swear tears were forming in me (it’s silly, but i am dropping cathartic tears of joy as i’m typing this now, with RR blasting the roof and walls down – sorry neighbours, but you should be at work?)…but i restrained as the song wasn’t even half way through!

of course, seeing frames of Jamez bobbing to the ferociously arranged song on screen, together with us…and that proud smile hanging off the corners of his handsome face just completed the picture. we were in tune. Akina doing her magic, bringing like-minded fans and afficionados together in a most beautiful manner. the strings in her song are more binding than she can ever imagine.

man, this song is intense, i tell you.

later, we caught up with Joy and Hamu in town over dins, and i tried imposing this question on the latter: "When was the last time you were so exhilarated by an Akina single?"

we searched our individual databanks and the only resonance i could master was "Kisei ~ Never Forget". even that was a grower, and not a wham-bam-hit-you-like-a-truck-puncher. you see, Akina’s singles have been consistently above average in the last few years…but nothing encaptured like she used to with hits like DESIRE, Nanpasen, and Dear Friend.

speaking of which, now i know the answer to my own question.

the last time a single got me into such a state of breakdown (in a good sense of course) was "Dear Friend". it was her return. her gift to her fans she had forsaken and who had worried themselves sick over her attempt to end it all. i spun that cd over and over and over and over and over again. it was the only cd i played for two full weeks. at least.

today, she’s offered us a gem so rare i know i will be eternally thankful as a fan.

from a fan and follower who’s brimming with pride and joy.

i’ve missed you so much. and welcome back, Akina.


Akina fanboy since 14. Still undecided which are his top ten favourite Akina tracks as it's mission impossible. Digs "Everlasting Love" a whole lot more than the average Akina fan.

7 thoughts on “ode to Raka Ryushui

  1. Wow! DB, thanks for sharing that! I’m sure I’ll feel the same way once I’m able to listen to the single in full (still waiting for it to arrive).

    The bit I heard on Universal’s site definitely whet my appetite.

  2. it definitely heightens the joy of listening to each Akina new release when we are together…this is the first time we ever did it right?! Too bad…Hamu and Joy were not free to join us!! Nevertheless, it was really enjoyable and we were all shocked to hear such wonderful music arrangment and the POWERFUL Akina back in business!! 明菜ちゃん、最高!the wait is really worth it!

  3. The preview or even the converted, is unable to show how much power and vocal that she has stored up for this beautiful piece!

    Gotta listen to the original single!

    Simply fabulous!

  4. YES! YES! YES!

    The listening party was definitely VERY FUN and VERY HAPPY that my first AKINA’s single listening party is the powerful "落花流水"!


  5. You guys made me so excited. I’m still waiting for my CD to be shipped together with the DVD from Amazon. Hopefully, my expectation is not too high to top when I get it next month.

  6. Dani, Thanks for your lovely compliments. I had a great time myself. It definitely makes it more special listening it with everyone and it made me feel that I missed out on many possible Akina family club gatherings!

    As for having very high expectations, Patrick, if you hold the expectation that it is going to be like her last few singles, then I think you will be on the right track!

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