|Fuwa Fuwa Time
|Hiroyuki Maezawa; Kunihiko Murai; Sakurakou K-ON Bu: Aki Toyasaki,
Youko Hisaka, Satomi Satou, Minako Kotobuki
|May 20, 2009
|CDJapan or Play-Asia
|1. Fuwa Fuwa Time
|Hiroyuki Maezawa; Sakurakou K-ON Bu
|2. Tsubasa wo Kudasai
|Kunihiko Murai; Sakurakou K-ON Bu
|3. Fuwa Fuwa Time (Instrumental)
|4. Tsubasa wo Kudasai (Instrumental)
|5. Fuwa Fuwa Time (Instrumental – sans guitar)
|6. Fuwa Fuwa Time
(Instrumental – sans keyboard)
|7. Fuwa Fuwa Time (Instrumental – sans bass)
|8. Fuwa Fuwa Time (Instrumental –
Review: For some reason, the act of listening to “Fuwa Fuwa Time” filled me with trepidation for irrational reasons that come from the cheesiness inherent in the track title as well as the music video which was just bit silly. Putting irrational fears aside, the song does work within the context of the series by reveling in its cheesiness (which isn’t really a bad thing) and when you get Youko Hisaka to carry the vocals, the song manages to sound pleasant overall.
Youko Hisaka’s performances on “Don’t Say ‘Lazy’” and “Sweet Bitter Beauty Song” have already given us some sense as to her versatility as a singer, and “Fuwa Fuwa Time” provides yet another data point to affirm her vocal abilities. The song starts out with a very catchy guitar groove that segues into Hisaka’s light and fluffy entrance rather well. Hisaka’s voice comes off as being pleasantly endearing in the way she toes that fine line between timidity and determinedness as she tries to draw from her spring of courage to talk to the person she really likes. The emotions that she conveys makes for a perfect match with Mio’s personality and it’s a fun song to listen to with the only cheesy part from the first verse being the call and response part that revolves around the phrase “fuwa fuwa time.”
The second verse keeps the listener’s attention through that little pause in the background music at the beginning, giving Hisaka a moment to shine before it continues on its way with its rhythm and energy. Nothing out of the realm of expectations comes along until you hit that brief interlude with the funky guitar part as well as Hisaka’s recitation around 2:56 which stands out from the rest of the song. Hisaka’s tone during the recitation brings out a mix of sultriness with some agonizing as she tries to summon that courage before becoming annoyed and throwing it off completely in a humorous, but endearing display of frustration. It should be noted that Aki Toyosaki’s silly accompanying interjection marks the other cheesy part about this piece before it closes out with the chorus section along with the song’s namesake call and response, leaving you feeling light and somewhat amused.
“Tsubasa wo Kudasai” seems more like a practice song since its laid-back tone doesn’t have quite the stress and urgency of a live performance and the song sounds better this way. The rhythm is enjoyable and the tempo gives me an image of the girls traveling around on a road trip while singing this song in the back of a beat-up old car. The singing rotation also adds diversity to this song in the way they each exude that sense of joy and freedom they get from just exploring the world around them. Overall, “Tsubasa wo Kudasai” is very upbeat and the girls’ performance makes it a very fun song to listen to.
“Fuwa Fuwa Time” is another addition to the soon-to-be-long list of K-ON! songs that are solid even if their longevity is in doubt. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing since being able to strike the listener in such a way that the song becomes memorable is no easy task, and given K-ON!’s laid-back plot, it’s hard to determine whether these songs are meant to stand the test of time. So within the context of the series, “Fuwa Fuwa Time” successfully brings out Mio’s cutesy, sentimental side, but to ask for anything more than that is akin to wishing that K-ON! pack its BGM with music from Wagner’s The Ring Cycle. K-ON! isn’t a show that’s meant to be taken seriously, and as such, light-hearted songs like “Fuwa Fuwa Time” fit the bill.
Fuwa Fuwa Time (hoarse Yui version)