Saturday, March 9, 2013
CoCo -- EQUAL Romance (EQUALロマンス)
I remember that “EQUAL Romance” (EQUALロマンス), by aidoru group CoCo, was the first “old” Japanese song that I ever listened. It was used as the second ending theme for the anime Ranma ½ (らんま1/2), which I was watching at the time.
About the particular performance chosen to start the article, I was very lucky to find it on YouTube, because it was the one that I saw while listening to the song for the first time back in 2006. My first reaction was “WOW! THAT’S KINDA OLD”. We can surely understand this reaction because, at the time, I was not accustomed of seeing girls wearing those kinds of clothes with cute little smiles on their faces while dancing inside a strange blue box lost in the middle of a black background. In general, aidoru culture was just something new and strange for me.
“EQUAL Romance” was CoCo’s debut single back in July 1989. As for the song, it is a typical aidoru synth-pop tune of the late 80s, with some cute vocals and a girly melody behind it. I really like it. It’s just a happy-go-lucky song from the end of the so called aidoru era.
To be honest, though, CoCo’s discography, as a whole, is not my everyday cup of tea. But I must confess that the group and some of their songs are cute and fun. And if purity and naivety are two of the top aidoru qualities, CoCo surely succeeds on it. Their faces and expressions just make the spectator want to take care of them.
“EQUAL Romance” reached #7 on the weekly Oricon charts, selling 119,140 copies. It also reached #82 on the yearly Oricon chart for 1989 (source: generasia). The song was later included on CoCo’s first album, “Strawberry”. As for the lyrics, they were written by Neko Oikawa (及川眠子). The music was composed by Mioko Yamaguchi (山口美央子) and the arrangement was made by Satoshi Nakamura (中村哲).