Despite Kikkawa Yuu’s debut single Kikkake wa YOU being pushed back due to the earthquake, Kikka is pushing forward with her single’s promotions. About a week ago the full radio rip for Kikkake wa YOU was released and a few days ago Kikka performed her song live for the first time and Uta no Rakuen.
I honestly thought I would have enough time to make a post about Kikkake wa YOU’s radio rip before anything else happened with this song. But apparently not, and now this post is going to be about both. XD
Since we’ve already heard half the song when the short version of her PV was released a few weeks back, there’s not really anything going on in the radio rip that we haven’t heard before. The only actually new part of the song is toward the end Kikka sings it just a tad softer then the rest of the song. But since the song is sung relatively slow and soft to begin with it’s hardly noticeable. However, I just keep liking the song more and more each time I hear it. Kikka is absolutely incredible and I can see her surpassing ManoEri really soon.
I thought her performance on Uta no Rakuen was amazing. Kikka was absolutely charming through the whole performance. With her simple yet completely adorable dance. I was also really impressed that she sang live and sounded almost exactly like she does on the recording. It just shows how her years of Egg training has paid off. And just the fact that she’s singing live she’s that H!P is sure of Kikka and are confident with her singing. I mean, despite Berryz Koubou being around for 7 years they still lip synched Heroine ni Narou ka when they performed it on Happy Music.
I still can’t get over how much Kikka reminds me of a young Ayaya. Let’s hope that means her and ManoEri will make a duo similar to GAM one day.
Also, let me just say that I am completely confused by what to call Kikka. At first Kikka’s promo photos said Kikkawa You instead of Yuu, meaning she changed the spelling from now on. But during her performance her name is still written as Kikkawa Yuu. I’m completely confused! I guess I’ll just stick to calling her Yuu from now on. XD
Here’s the radio rip:
And here’s her live performance: