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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Natsuko Aso -- More-more LOVERS!!


What brought me here was actually Hyadain's(ヒャダイン)"Hyadain no Kakakata Kataomoi-C"(ヒャダインのカカカタ☆カタオモイ-C), the frantic 2011 song which started off a number of the zany and hilarious episodes of the anime "Nichijou"(日常). Now, as a reminder from that article, Hyadain is the pseudonym for anison creator Kenichi Maeyamada(前山田健一)but in the video, there seemed to be a duet between him and a young lady under the name of Hyadaruko(ヒャダル子). Actually, although the lass was singer/actress Natsuko Aso(麻生夏子), her voice in the song was supplied by Hyadain pitched way up through technology.

So as such, I was curious to hear what Aso really sounded like since she's been active as of 2006. Through listening to her 5th single "More-more LOVERS!!" from November 2010, her voice is just a tad lower than the technologically-altered Hyadain voice which made me wonder for a bit why Maeyamada couldn't have allowed Aso to sing the song with her own voice. But then again, "Hyadain no Kakakata Kataomoi-C" had been recorded before the video so really Maeyamada only needed the young lady to provide a body and mouth for the vocals.

Maeyamada, in fact, was behind the just-as-frantic music and arrangement for "More-more LOVERS!!" with prolific anison lyricist Aki Hata(畑亜貴)taking care of the words. Aso hasn't been listed as an aidoru in her J-Wiki profile, but everything about the song and the pastel-coloured music video pretty much screams the recent teen idol genre (although the Tokyo-born singer had already been an adult for about 3 months at the time of release). She reminds me of a few solo aidoru from the Hello Project cadre.

"More-more LOVERS!!" peaked at No. 38 on Oricon and it served as the ending theme for the late 2010 anime "MM!"(えむえむっ!), a show whose characters displayed a lot of their own special kinks. Unfortunately, I couldn't track down a video with the ending credits featuring Aso's song but I did discover that the seiyuu cast consisted of a lot of current A-listers who were already making waves in the industry such as Saori Hayami(早見沙織)and Jun Fukuyama(福山潤).

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